An Association of Retired Professional and Business People Throughout the World

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The purpose of this website is to introduce you to our Probus Club and to give you some idea of who we are and what we do. Our Club was founded in 1978 and has currently about 15 members. Previously known as Bangor West Probus Club, the name having been changed to Crawfordsburn Probus Club in 2016.  Our primary aim is to provide opportunities for retired professional and businessmen to be in touch with others who are like minded.

Probus Clubs are for the retired and partially retired who have followed a career in the professional and business world. They are non-political and non-sectarian. Meetings and social functions are held with the object of promoting fellowship amongst members. Probus Clubs spread world wide in the 1970's.

We meet on Friday morning each week at 10.30 a.m. in The Old Inn in the picturesque village of Crawfordsburn, Co Down, Northern Ireland (see map). Meetings conclude at 12 noon. 

Our members live locally, most of whom are from the town of Bangor, some 3 miles away, but also from the neighbouring villages of Helen's Bay and Craigavad.

A wide range of backgrounds are represented in our membership, ranging from science and engineering to sales, education, law and government, as well as many others. Many of their interests include working for the community and supporting local activities.

We would welcome new members, who should initially contact our secretary ( further information about joining our club.

Probians visiting Bangor or Crawfordsburn would be most welcome to attend any of our meetings and social events.

Please feel free to leave a message on our guestbook.

What is PROBUS?

"PROBUS is the Association of retired and semi-retired professional and business personnel in autonomous localised clubs throughout Ireland, Britain and the rest of the world."

The word PROBUS is an abbreviation of the words PROfessional and BUSiness but membership is not restricted to these two groups.  It also embraces former executives of government and other organisations and, in fact, any person who had some measure of responsibility in any field of endeavour.

The basic purpose of a Probus Club is to provide regular gatherings of persons who in retirement appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances and similar level of interest.  There are men's and ladies' clubs and dual gender clubs.

The emphasis is for Probus Clubs to be:

  • Simple in structure
  • Free from constraints and obligations of service clubs
  • Involve members in minimum costs
  • Directed primarily to provide fellowship and with the opportunity for development and acquaintance
  • Made up from members who are compatible with one another
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