New Lochaber Probus Club holds first meeting

The first meetng of the new Lochaber Probus Club was held on Thursday, including organisers David Anderson (right) and David Robertson (third) from right). Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F03 LOCHABER PROBUS CLUB
The first meetng of the new Lochaber Probus Club was held on Thursday, including organisers David Anderson (right) and David Robertson (third) from right). Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F03 LOCHABER PROBUS CLUB

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Probus is the Latin word for probity – honesty, decency and strong moral principles. It is also the name of a club for PROfessional and BUSiness people, mainly retired or semi-retired to meet and share views.

Lochaber’s first  Probus Club held its first open meeting in the Alexandra Hotel, Fort William, on Thursday of last week, attracting a group of interested people to gauge their views on whether or not to proceed further.

Formed by two retired Fort William businessmen – David Anderson, who spent his career as an optometrist in Fort William, and David Robertson, who worked in the insurance sector –  the answer came back as a definite ‘yes’, with meetings now scheduled every fortnight the Lochaber group to be registered as Scotland’s 57th club.

Mr Anderson said: ‘We plan to meet twice a month for lunch with hopefully a guest speaker once a month. David Robertson and I are looking forward to developing this new exciting venture.

‘We have been very encouraged by the responses that we have already received from those who feel that Probus has a unique place to support this sector of the retired population which is often overlooked.’

Contact with the club can be made through its Facebook page ‘Lochaber Probus Club’ or via the Alexandra Hotel.