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  • Why Social Club Membership Counts
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2019
    Why Social Club Membership Counts

    There are around 6,500 community and sports clubs around Australia and astonishingly, about 30% of those are Probus Clubs.

    One of the issues with retirement is what do you do with your time? Some of us find renewed vigour for old hobbies, like gardening or crafts, both things we could do on our own and in our own homes. But what if that’s not enough?

    Well, over the years around 125,000 retirees have taken to Probus Clubs with absolute gusto and have been spending much of their retirement time simply socialising and having fun with friends. They’re always happy to tell you how much Probus has brightened their lives and rekindled their zest for fun and friendship in retirement, and they’re equally happy to welcome new members into their Clubs.

    You’ll find Probus Clubs are a mix of socialising, morning teas or lunches sometimes with interesting guest speakers, and both small and large group activities arranged by fellow Club members. Probus Clubs have a great choice of activities every month, whether it’s day trips, playing cards, crafting, dining out or helping arrange even more activities for your friends.

    But it’s not just about your own social life of course, it’s also about what you as a member can add to others’ lives. Your participation as a Probian is an important part of someone else’s social activities, and as you make more friends, your circle of social influence gets wider and wider, meaning more of your fellow Members look forward to seeing you and doing something together. You become a part of their lives just as much as they do yours, and it’s this bond of friendship that has seen Probus become the major social group it is.

    We all look forward to seeing our friends, but how nice is it to realise that they look forward to seeing us just as much? Probian Barbara from Queensland says ‘I’ve been a member now for six years and I’ve enjoyed every single one. Each year we get new members and all of them bring new ideas and life into our Club’. ‘I love welcoming them into our club and helping them get the same enjoyment out of Probus that I do’.

    The Probus website features a Club Finder that will help you find your nearest clubs. Just type in your postcode and the site will give you a list of clubs in your area and the opportunity to contact them. You can visit as many of them as you like to choose the one that’s right for you, and then start having fun!

    You can find out more about Probus by calling (Australia) 1300 630 488 or (New Zealand) 0800 1477 6287.

    Visit to find out where your nearest Probus Club is. 

  • Deidre and John Baird Celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 7 May 2019
    Deidre and John Baird Celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary
    Foundation members, Deidre and John Baird, celebrated their Diamond (60th) wedding anniversary on 9 May this year. 
    This is a fantastic milestone and, on behalf of all our members, I extend to them our heartiest congratulations.
    Well done Deidre and John
    Dick Bushell - President
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 6 May 2019

    Spot On Productions is continuing it's concert series for seniors this June 14th with it's new concept of a Sing Along show. Audience members will be encouraged to join in with all their favaourite 60s songs while being lead by a professional singer. Music from Elvis, The Beatles, Dusty Springfield, The Supremes, Lulu and so many more!

    Join us for morning tea prior to the show at 10:30am then into the new Pioneer Theatre for a concert not to be missed.

    Date : Friday 14th June, 2019
    Time : 10:30am
    Venue : Pioneer Theatre Castle Hill (under the library).
    Cnr of Pennant St and Castle St Castle Hill
    Cost : $25 + 50cent booking fee per ticket
    Booking info : Go to and click on the Book Tickets button

    If you have any further questions or prefer to book over the phone please e-mail your phone details to Katrina at

    We hope you can join us for a fun morning at The Pioneer Theatre!

  • Probus Press Release - Rediscover your favourite activities in retirement
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2019
    Probus Press Release - Rediscover your favourite activities in retirement

    Today’s media is full of advisory stories for Over 50s with one common theme…the need to stay “active in retirement”, generally attached to a photo of some seniors abseiling or white water rafting. But our senior years are not always about THAT type of activity, and that’s what THIS story is all about!

    In my youth I must have been a member of about a dozen or so clubs, each one catering to any one of my many social activities like sports, walking, table games and others. I had a wide range of interests, but as time wore on and I got older, my priorities changed, the amount of spare time I had changed, and my responsibilities at work and at home all took their toll on my social life. I gave up most of those memberships over the years and never found the time to go back to them. As we age, our interests also change and mature, so we tend to let our old favourites go in the hope that one day we can take them up again. That time is now! Our senior years are here, and we now have the perfect time to rediscover our favourite activities with likeminded people once again!

    I recently went to a Probus Club get-together and while I was expecting a pleasant social meal and a chat, what I got was so much more. Before I went, I did my research so I know that there’s over 125,000 Probus Club members around Australia and New Zealand and they have regular social meetings and get-togethers, as well as trips and tours. What I didn’t know was that each Club has its own collection of “Interest Groups” formed by the members who contribute their own ideas and turn them into a great range of activities for anyone who chooses to join in. From simple table games like Scrabble and cards, to the light activities of walking, photography and cycling, right through to sailing and fishing, world cruising and many, many others.

    Anyone can form an Interest Group, for any activity, and Probians are quick to take up the invitation to join in on the fun especially when it’s one of the things they used to enjoy previously. And members can of course belong to as many or as few Groups as they choose. Each Probus Club has its own Interest Groups, because each and every Club is different, with a different set of members and different geography, and because of this it’s not uncommon for Clubs to join forces for a particular activity. Day trips are a favourite and can involve four or five Clubs or more depending on the destination, and these are determined by one of the Interest Groups, like museums, galleries, wineries or scenic locations off the beaten track.

    Rediscover the activities you thought you’d forgotten by joining a Probus Club and begin to enjoy retirement with like-minded people! You can find out more about Probus by calling (Australia) 1300 630 488 or (New Zealand) 0800 1477 6287. Visit to find out where your nearest Probus Club is.

    For more information, please contact Monika Prasad
    or (Australia) 1300 630 488 or (New Zealand) 0800 1477 6287 Additional photos and interview opportunities available.

  • Tour to South Africa April/May 2020
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 2 Apr 2019
    Tour to South Africa April/May 2020
    Hi Everyone,
    I am the International Tour Convener for the Combined Probus Club of Castle Hill.
    I am currently in the throws of organising the above tour.
    We have some space for additional Probus members from other clubs if they are interested.
    I have attached a copy of the Itinerary and Price list for your information.
    We are looking for a 30% deposit no later than the 20th April 2019 with the balance due December 2019 and January 2020.
    It would be appreciated if you would circulate this matter amongst your members and any further information can be obtained by contacting me as follows:-

    Tony Folland. Email:- Mobile:- 0412 016 307
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 23 Feb 2019

    Probus Northern Districts Golf Day

    Host: Glenhaven Probus Club


    The Probus Northern Districts Golf Day for 2019, which is being organised by Glenhaven Probus Club, has been booked for Tuesday, 3rd September at Castle Hill Country Club.  The course should be in magnificent condition by then, as major renovations are currently in progress to all bunkers, and some greens and tees. With new water courses through three fairways, it will add a great deal of interest to those who have not played there for a while.  Plenty of carts are available at $20 per person.  Long term major sponsor SCENIC° Luxury Tours and Travel are again supporting the event and along with Aveo Bella Vista, Atour Travel Services and RIadvice will ensure a wonderful day for all participants.  The cost will be the same as last year - $65.
    The Probus Northern Districts Golf Day is a stableford competition that includes:
    • Men’s and Ladies singles and a Probus club team events from a shotgun start
    • A long prize list through the generosity of sponsors.
    • Prize giving ceremony accompanied by snacks
    • Interested golfers need a registered Golflink handicap
    • If your club wishes to enter a single competitor or multiple teams, they will be most welcome
    We have included a flyer which we are hoping you can include in your newsletter, so members can mark the day in their calendars.
    To download the flyer please click here.

    Please contact Stephanie Badger on or 02 9899 5509 or 0418 243 569 to enable a Registration Form to be emailed to your club. 
    We thank PSPL for sending out this email on our behalf, as we do not have a list of email addresses of all Clubs in the Northern Districts.
    Yours in Probus Friendship,

    Gemma Borg
  • Broadway Reimagined┬á- Pioneer Theatre - Castle Hill
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 24 Nov 2018
    Broadway Reimagined - Pioneer Theatre - Castle Hill
    Broadway Reimagined’s ONE NIGHT ONLY SHOW at Castle Hill’s Brand New Pioneer Theatre is only 9 Days away!

    A number of PROBUS groups have already reached out to us about enjoying this fabulous night out so I would like to extend to you the same VERY SPECIAL OFFER.


    Containing a full line up from your favourite musicals including Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Singing in the Rain, Hair, and Chicago, Broadway Reimagined has been successfully debuting shows all across Sydney including opening for Multi-instrumental Jazz musician; James Morrison. 

    This ONE NIGHT ONLY Performance is not to be missed and will be a unforgettable night out.

    Broadway Reimagined 
    1st December - 8pm
    The Pioneer Theatre - Castle Hill

    To get your special discounted tickets please go to the following link: 

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Kind Regards,

    Jess Catherine - Associate Producer
  • Musical Memories Concert at the new Pioneer Theatre at Castle Hill
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2018
    Musical Memories Concert at the new Pioneer Theatre at Castle Hill
  • Harmony Showcase at the Pioneer Theatre - Castle Hill
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2018
    Harmony Showcase at the Pioneer Theatre - Castle Hill
    This rare afternoon of wonderful a capella harmony is not to be missed. You will be treated to a unique show hosted by the local, award winning, Hills Harmony Chorus and feature harmony quartets HighJacked, Chromium, First Edition & Accelerando

    Other featured acts will include Vituoso Violinist, Peter Donald, The Sydney Balalaika Sextet and The Jigsaw Dance Troupe. 

    Intermission entertainment will be provided by feature guitarist ,Isobel Szanto.

    Master of Ceremonies will be long time 2CH radio announcer Gareth MacRay OAM,  .

    You will hear music sung in the unique Barbershop style four part harmony ranging from the classics through to the Beatles and everything in between.   

    The show will run for two hours and include a short intermission where a complimentary afternoon tea will be provided 

    For further details download the Concert Flyer HERE 
  • Cluster 5 combined Barefoot Bowls plus dinner activity
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 7 Sep 2018
    I am sending a reminder for the above combined Cluster 5 social gathering which I have booked at Pennant Hills Bowling Club on Yarrara Road, Pennant Hills for Friday 2nd November 2018.  The cost for bowls is $10.00 per person and commences at 4.00pm running through to 6.00pm - the club will provide information before we commence playing re techniques (could be a debatable point for some of us!) and I think we will have a club guy  on hand when we commence playing.  All equipment will be supplied so all we have to do is turn up.  
    We can then, if anyone wants to, have dinner at the club and I know the meals are pretty good and reasonably priced.  Please advertise this amongst your members 'cause any person in your club is welcome - they don’t need to be part of the participating committee. Hopefully we will have a good number of attendees - and of course I would need to know numbers prior to the event to let the club prepare. 
    We will be away from the 8th September until the 20th October 2018 hence this reminder early but I will be in contact with you again before the 2nd November.  Please email if you have any questions and hopefully I will be able to respond whilst we are away.
    Thanks and I look forward to a fun evening,

    Kay Rankine
    Ambassador - Thornleigh Mixed Probus Club
  • Jenny Wyse
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 6 Aug 2018
    Jenny Wyse
    We are very saddened to hear that our friend Jenny Wyse has passed away and our thoughts are with Duncan and their family. We have enjoyed the companionship of Jenny in our club and are sorry we can no longer appreciate her warm smile but will always remember her friendship.

    Our thoughts and love are with Duncan .
  • Annual Spring Lunch 2018
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 6 Jun 2018
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