Stephen Ross and Godfrey Massey-Thompson from Heswall Probus

Listeners invited to join Heswall Probus celebrations

Radio Clatterbridge listeners have been invited to join a Wirral men’s club in celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.

Heswall Probus was formed in 1968 to keep active men of retirement age and beyond.

Welfare Officer Stephen Ross and Godfrey Massey-Thompson from the social comcmittee came into the studio to tell people more about the organisation.

“It started purely as a lunch club but it has developed enormously since then” – Stephen Ross

The Coffee Club programme heard how the group arranges a huge range of activities and events including speakers, coffee mornings and walks plus sport, games and quizzes.

The Probus name is a compound of the words professional and business although membership isn’t restricted to these two groups.

Members around the world include former government executives and anyone who held a position of responsibility during their professional life.

Heswall Probus currently has about 100 members, the youngest in their late 60s, but new members join of all retirement ages.

Presenter Steve Evans asked if they ever get any complaints about the male-only membership policy.

“Our wives are delighted for us to be sent out of the house from under their feet!” – Stephen Ross

The club will celebrate its half-century with a special open event at Thornton Hall Hotel at 2pm on Wednesday 27th June.

Tickets cost £22.50 by calling Ian on 0151 353 0344 or Godfrey on 0151 342 8523 or emailing