The Probus Club of Huntingdon and St Ives


Meetings Programme 2019-2020






2nd April

Nigel Macknight

The World Water Speed Record

Donald Campbell and his father Sir Malcolm Campbell dominated speed-record breaking for decades with their iconic “Bluebirds”. Their dynasty came to an end with Donald’s death on Coniston Water. Author Nigel Macknight leads a team that aims to regain the World Water Speed Record for Britain. He’ll talk about his own venture and of the Campbells.

7th May

Dr Mike Muncaster

Music of the American Civil War

The role that music played in the War plus musical illustrations.

4th June

Simon Dew

Dews Coaches

A family-run local private coach service with over 60 years experience in group travel in UK, Europe and World-wide.

2nd July

Prof Richard Sharpe

Hops the Key to Beer Flavour
The brewing industry in a snapshot, the brewing process, the chemistry and botany of hops and their contribution to the flavour and aroma of beer.

6th August

Ladies' Summer Lunch & Carvery

No Speaker


3rd September

John Deekes

Fenstanton & St Ives History

Archaeology found on the A14, St Ivo, Capability Brown and lords of the manor at Fenstanton.

1st October

Bernadette Merry 

Scams Awareness 

Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams.

5th November

Mike Wabe

Life and Death in a Victorian Gaol

History brought to life with a range of objects used at the time.

3rd December

Christmas Lunch

Nicki Sly

About Alpacas

A light hearted but informative talk. How the speaker ended up with alpacas, their history, and what they are used for.

7th January 2020

Paul Wyer

(Trust Promoter, Public Engagement)

Wildlife Trusts

Every Wildlife Trust is an independent charity. Volunteers work together to make their local area wilder and make nature part of life, for everyone.  Paul wil talk about the Trust and hedgehog conservation.

4th February

President's Lunch

Stephen Bridge 

(Former CEO at Papworth Hospital)

The Fight to Save Papworth Hospital

3rd March

No Speaker

Annual General Meeting