Waltham Forest Probus Club

The Probus Club of Waltham Forest is located on the North East London and Essex borders. We meet at The Queen Elizabeth, Forest Side, 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 (2023-2024) are £10:00 per year, and the monthly lunch costs £16:00 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.

2024 Programme of Speakers:

January 15th – club lunch – speaker: Mark Freedman – topic: An Overview of Podiatry and Foot Problems

February 19th – club lunch – speaker: John Pearson – topic: Cheeses

March 18th – club lunch – speaker: Kathy Lancaster – topic: Sir Christopher Wren and City Churches

April 15th – club lunch – speaker: Gary Lewis – topic: Alfred Hitchcock, His Life & Times

May 20th – club lunch – speaker: Steve Hookins – topic: 80th Anniversary of D-Day, a Short Walk on the Longest Day

June 17th – club lunch – speaker: Chris Truran – topic: First Forensics & the Tottenham Outrage of 1909

July 15th – club lunch – speaker: Nick Dobson – topic: Underground virtual tour Guide to Historical London

August 19th – club lunch – speaker: Jeff Page – topic: The National Gallery & Sir Edward Landseer

September 16th – club lunch – speaker: Janet Seward – topic: Shakespeare – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

October 21st – club lunch – Club AGM – speaker: John Watkins – Wildlife Photography and Audio Visual Presentation

November 7th – Ladies Lunch – speaker: Marilyn Hickie – topic: Volunteering in Rwanda

November 18th – club lunch – speaker: Pauline Martindale – topic: Me and My Camera Around the UK

December 16th – 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)