Waltham Forest Probus Club

The Probus Club of Waltham Forest is located on the North East London and Essex borders. We meet at The Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford, from 12.15 to 3.30pm on the third Monday of each month.

The meetings consist of a two course lunch, followed by a guest speaker. The talks cover a range of subjects of general interest.

The ladies are catered for by a Ladies Lunch held each November, and a Christmas Lunch in December, which are open to all members and a guest. In addition, we hold pub lunches and/or excursions during the year at which partners are welcome.

The current membership fees (2021-2022) are £10:00 per year, and the monthly lunch costs £13:00 per head which includes two courses, main and sweet, with tea or coffee.

You are welcome to become a member of the Probus Club if you are a man who is retired or semi-retired from a profession or business. You will be invited to a lunch as a guest to see the club and then decide whether you wish to join.


The club was founded in 1977 and has the aim of offering those no longer in full-time employment to meet in convivial and social surroundings.

2023 Programme of Speakers:

January 16th – club lunch – speaker: Peter & Christine Padwick – topic: Story of the British Music Hall

February 20th – club lunch – speaker: Michael Carrington – topic: On the Buses

March 20th – club lunch – speaker: Howard Slater – topic: London’s East End

April 17th – club lunch – speaker: Maggie & Tony Radcliffe – topic: The Fifties

May 15th – club lunch – speaker: James Higgs – topic: Quiz Experiences

June 19th – club lunch – speaker: Jeff Page – topic: William Morris – His Life and Times

July 17th – club lunch – speaker: Chris Truran – topic: Digital Forensics

August 21st – club lunch – speaker: Steve Hookins – topic: “King Albert of the Belgians/World War One”

September 18th – club lunch – speaker: Joanna Moncrieff – topic: “Chris Moncrieff – Press Association”

October 19th – club lunch – Club AGM – speaker: Steve Jenkins – Clapton Orient Update

November 7th – Ladies Lunch – speaker: Elizabeth Abbott – topic: “Guide Dogs”

November 20th – club lunch – speaker: Joan Francis – topic: Slide Quiz

December 19th – Christmas Lunch – no speaker

For more information, please contact the club secretary: Peter Haines (020 8529 8141, mob 07772 802 991) email: peterhaines995@btinternet.com or treasurer Lawrie Curtis (020 8524 1894)