Arundel Probus Club

What is it?

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The Arundel Probus Club is a local association for retired and semi-retired, professional or business men and women. It was started in 1980 and currently has about 40 members.

Like all the 1,500 or so Probus clubs in the UK, the Arundel club is autonomous and chooses its own rules and programme. It is run by a small Committee of members elected annually.


The Club meets regularly for comradeship as members enjoy the company of like-minded local people with whom they can share their lifetime experiences as well as extend their knowledge and interests.


The club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, except for December, at the White Swan Hotel, Chichester Road, Arundel and members gather from 10.30 for a 11.00 start. At most monthly meetings there is an invited speaker after which members retire to the bar before having a two-course lunch in a private room at the hotel. But staying for lunch is optional. Sometimes a club quiz may be organised in the place of a speaker.

On the second Thursday each month members and their partners and friends have a Pub Lunch at one of the many excellent hostelries around Arundel. (See 'Lunches')

Tell me more

At the AGM in April the club elects its officers for the following year, typically a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, speaker-secretary and social secretary.

As Christmas approaches a Christmas Lunch party is held, also at the White Swan Hotel.

PROBUS is not a charitable organisation so there are no fund-raising obligations on members. The only source of income for the club is from members’ annual fees which are currently £40 for a full year. (That fee is reduced depending on the time of joining during the year.) A joining fee of £15 is also payable. In addition, a monthly raffle for a bottle of something also adds to the kitty.

Neither is Probus a service organisation other than by providing services to its own members and their partners. The club is run by its members for its members.


Arundel Probus Club welcomes new members and invites men and women interested in what the club has to offer to make contact and to visit for a couple of meetings to find out more about what we do and whether membership is for them.

Loneliness in old age is on the increase as people live longer, sometimes eventually alone, and the days of meeting regularly with workmates or colleagues become a distant memory. For people trapped in this situation joining Arundel Probus Club can provide some relief.

But you don’t have to be lonely, depressed or fed up with your lot to enjoy Probus membership. Many of us joined because we simply wanted to after hearing good reports from existing members!

What Next?

Please contact our Secretary, Richard Brennan for more information.

Phone No. 07974 021045 or email

Club Lunches

Examples of typical lunches at the White Swan. The Probus Two-course Lunch menu costs £18 (Includes £1 staff gratuity)

Main Course
Chicken chasseur, buttered potatoes
Smoked haddock Florentine

Eves pudding
Vanilla ice cream
Cheese and biscuits


Main Course
Irish Stew
Battered local cod and chips, peas, tartare sauce

Banoffee Pie
Vanilla ice cream
Cheese and biscuits

Recent Venues for Pub Lunches

  • The Gribble. Lovely thatched pub in village of Oving with its own brewery.
  • The Ship and Anchor. On the Arun’s riverside in Ford, near Arundel.
  • Angmering Manor. Hotel/Restaurant in the village of Angmeing.
  • The George, Burpham. Lovely pub in this Downland village.
  • The Fox, Patching. Always a warm welcome here.
  • Arun View, Littlehampton. The best fish and chips around.

Club Diary

Beaulieu Day Out

It was a great day out especially the motor museum, which within is an old garage which Richard Brennan's brother designed and put together.

The Secret Army Museum showed the courage of volunteers from all walks of life and many were women unfortunately many died in the line of duty.

We all enjoyed the company of friends from Arundel and also other clubs.

A few topics of talks at regular club meetings

Riding for the Disabled Association - Arundel Group

Hilary and Jane are volunteers with the Arundel group of the Association the aim of which is to give the opportunity of riding on a horse or pony to any disabled person who might benefit in their general health and mental well-being from the equine therapy offered.

Nationally, the RDA has over 500 groups with 18,000 volunteers teaching riding to over 25,000 disabled people.

Arundel RDA is one of 39 groups in the South East region.

Managing the Norfolk Estate

Peter Knight has been manager of the Norfolk Estate for longer than he cares to mention and it is a testimony to his skills and achievements that he has stayed in post for so long. Rumour has it that the Duke of Norfolk will not let him go under any circumstances.

The Norfolk Estate comprises large tracts of Sussex Downland originally containing four farms managed by tenant farmers until they were brought together under Peter’s management. The land across the farms had large fields to suit farm mechanisation. Hedges and field margins had been removed and some areas of historic value had been cultivated and archaeology lost or ignored. That is until Peter set about restoring biodiversity to the estate, and the results are amazing as you will hear. Miles of new hedgerows have been planted, field edges restored and even a new dew pond constructed. Wildlife has returned in abundance.

Why create another Whisky or Gin brand?

Alastair, now 70, has been a resident of Rustington for 5 years and, since retiring, had been seeking an opportunity to return to the leisurely management of a business ! His previous challenge had been the 800 Km hike, beginning at the base of the French Pyrenees across Northern Spain on the wonderful Camino de Santiago.

Whisky and Gin perhaps sounds a major challenge in today’s world of global brands, however, the challenge is to find that elusive gap in the market !Starting any new business is a daunting concept but Inverspirits was created. HMRC was then persuaded that this “mission” was viable but other doubters took longer to convince.

Life of a Bargee

Ever wondered what life on a barge was like? How engines went from horse to horse- power? Did you know a canal once came very close to Littlehampton? This unique talk will give you an insight into bargee life, from the confined family living quarters to the modern-day boater.

Learn how the canal and its inhabitants have diversified to remain viable and see the vast array of boat uses we have nowadays. Experience with them this historical and personal journey which evolves from a decade of personal experience of canal life.