Celebration cake marks a special day

C150374-1 Bog Mar19 Probus  phot kate''Celebrating their 25th anniversary. From left: Shirley Atkins, immediate past president, Gill Dart, social secretary, Margaret Castledine, president, Margaret Saunders, treasurer, Gillian Wintle, vice president, and Barbara Farmery, secretary.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C150374-1 SUS-150313-175612001
C150374-1 Bog Mar19 Probus phot kate''Celebrating their 25th anniversary. From left: Shirley Atkins, immediate past president, Gill Dart, social secretary, Margaret Castledine, president, Margaret Saunders, treasurer, Gillian Wintle, vice president, and Barbara Farmery, secretary.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C150374-1 SUS-150313-175612001
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A CELEBRATION cake was enjoyed by Felpham Ladies Probus Club to mark its 25th anniversary.

The treat was baked by Louise Castledine, the daughter-in-law of club president Margaret Castledine, and followed a special lunch.

The memorable occasion also included a performance by singer Amy Baker of songs from the 50s and 60s.

Mrs Castledine said: “The ladies are so friendly. When I joined the club, everyone made me so welcome.

“We just enjoy every monthly event we have.”

The club was formed in 1990 and held its first meeting at Middleton Sports Club.

Members have since met at various venues. The past 11 years have seen them meet at the Beachcroft Hotel in Felpham.

At present, the club has 44 members.

As well as their monthly lunches at the hotel in Clyde Road, they also enjoy visits to the theatre and open gardens, where they often have cream teas.

All the members have worked in the professions or in business, fulfilling roles such as nurses, solicitors or school teachers.

Probus clubs were set up for professionals and business people as an offshoot of the Rotary movement for people who have retired.

Those who have been executives in government or held a position of responsibility in other organisations can also join.

Probus was formed in 1970 in the UK and has grown to be a success worldwide.