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Bill Kerr speaking about PROBUS

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Bill first told us a little about himself. He was born in Pontefract, Yorkshire and he preferred sport to academic studies. His first job was in the Personnel Department of the National Coal Board and then he moved to Sheffield to deal with the redundancies in the Coal, Shipbuilding and Steel industries.

Sadly, after having a serious, head on collision car accident, which involved months in hospital recovering and learning to walk again, he was pensioned off. He returned to college and education.
In 1994 he was awarded the MBE by our Queen for services to Steel.

He has worked as a volunteer for the RNLI and Brixham Does Care. In 2002 he joined PROBUS. It is an organisation for Professional and Business men and women, which started, as a luncheon club, in 1971 in London and has grown worldwide.

It does not have a central governing body and each group is free to make its own rules.

Brixham’s PROBUS started in 1967 and the members have chosen to have a separate group for men and for women. They are open to all regardless of their occupation.

The men meet on Thursday morning in the Catholic Church Hall, where we have our own sound equipment. Their 54 regular members pay £2 per visit and they can pay into a raffle. This covers expenses and three annual social dinners.

Each week we have a visiting speaker, who is free to speak on any subject except politics and religion. There is no dinner provided, but many members meet at venues nearby for a drink and a meal.

We care for the welfare of members by contacting those who are not well and we provide those who need support. Our wives enjoy their own space on a Thursday.

The women’s PROBUS meets every other Tuesday at the same venue.

We enjoyed listening to Bill and we thanked him for all his service to the community.

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