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The History of Probus

What is Probus?

Probus Formed

Initially known as ‘The Campus Club’ the organisation was given its present name the following year.

The Idea Spreads Overseas

By this year branches were established in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.

The word Probus is an abbreviation of the words PROfressional and BUSiness, however membership is not restricted to these two groups.

It also embraces former executives of government and other organisations, in fact anyone who held a position of responsibility during their professional life.

Probus clubs provide an opportunity for retired professionals to attend regular meetings with like-minded people who appreciate similar interests and social standing. Probus is an organisation for active retirees who enjoy the camaraderie that belonging to this organisation brings.

What is its Purpose ?

Probus provides a support network for professionals when they retire, these clubs were initially started for men but over the years has seen a steady growth in Ladies and Mixed clubs. Many clubs have extensive networking, social programmes, which include meetings with other Probus clubs, group trips, holidays and involvement in community projects etc.


A Truly World-Wide Phenomenon

Branches in Asia and Africa meant there were around 4,000 in total, with over 300,000 members.



The concept of Probus was born in the UK and has grown to be a huge success worldwide. One Australian gentlemen said to Ralph Harper in the late seventies “Probus is the best export the UK has ever had”.





Your Local Branch

Probus Club of Sarum, in Salisbury, continues to thrive, and invites new members to enjoy its success.


Probus Club of Sarum Founded

A.G. Williams was the first President of our local branch.

Probus Club of Sarum

Salisbury Probus meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. We are always keen to consider new members who in live in and around the city of Salisbury.