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Probus Club of Torquay, UK

Provides an opportunity for retired and semi-retired people to keep active mentally and physically as well as enjoying social interaction with fellow members. The club was formed in 1970 and we are a club of some forty men and welcome enquiries from professional and business men interested in joining us. At each meeting we have a guest speaker. This is a popular part of club activities as speakers are chosen to speak on a variety of subjects and members usually find them interesting, entertaining and informative.

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Probus Club of Torquay, UK. Loads of free parking and disabled access.

Provides an opportunity for retired and semi-retired people to keep active mentally and physically as well as enjoying social interaction with fellow members. The club was formed in 1970 and we are a club of some forty men and welcome enquiries from professional and business men interested in joining us. We meet at 10 am every Thursday in the Livermead House Hotel which provides plenty of free parking. Many of us choose to socialize after the meeting in the bar.

A recent speaker

1 At their recent meeting Torbay Probus Club members enjoyed a most engrossing talk given by Peter Gibbs. He had the honour of being the youngest of twenty trumpeters at Queen Elizabeths Coronation in Westminster Abbey in June 1953. Peter was specially selected for reason of his exceptional musical talent when he was student at Kneller Hall Military Academy.

Peter told that his early introduction to music as a young Devon boy came about through his parents who played in the local Salvation Army Band. He was encouraged to join the junior section of the band where he had the opportunity to try more than one or two brass band instruments before making a preference and liking for the trumpet. Later, as a young teenager aged fourteen, he enlisted in the Army as a boy soldier in the Third Dragoon Guards. His musical talents were soon recognized and he was accepted for regimental band training. Again his abilities shone through and he transferred to Kneller Hall for advanced instrumental training to become a fully experienced bandsman.

Peter related he had a successful and enjoyable Army career both in U.K. and Germany and that occasionally, he was asked to sit in and play as a trumpeter in one of the U.K.s Symphony Orchestras. Rounding off his talk, Peter played a short recorded orchestral piece from Hubert Parrys I was Glad, in which he had played a short solo trumpet piece. Also on display to Club members were a small number of trumpets from his personal collection.

Our future program

3 Oct. Simon Dell, A virtual tour of Lundy Island.

10 Oct. Norman Stacey, Waste of Energy.

17 Oct. Laura Cowie, Cybercrime.

24 Oct. David Cooper, 3 Weeks with Wendy Woo.

31 Oct. Nick Pannell, Torbay Shipwrecks.

7 Nov. Paul Young, Attack on the World Trade Centre.

14 Nov. Peter Lewis, The Life of an Army Education Officer.

21 Nov. Roger Saunders, A Cabinet of Curiosities.

28 Nov. AGM.

5 Dec. Michael Clapp, The Falklands War.

12 Dec. Roger Hamilton, A celebration of Turkeys.

19 Dec. and 26 Dec. NO MEETING.

Meeting place

LIVERMEAD HOUSE HOTEL

Seafront Torquay TQ2 6RH

Contact 0845 071 0571

We meet at 10 am every Thursday

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