There was a record attendance at our 40th Anniversary lunch on 16th May 2013. Eighty-four Probus RTW members and their ladies attended, together with forty-seven guests. Twelve Probus clubs were represented, including one ladies-only club and our twin club from Senlis. The guest list included:
Peter Gibby one of the leading Rotarians who, in 1973, took the initiative in setting up the RTW Probus Club
Linda Smith, step-daughter of Howard Simmonds, former Rotarian and founder of RTW Probus
Seven representatives from our twin Probus club in Senlis
Roger Kasper, editor of the “Kent and Sussex Courier”.
Geoff and Jean Abbott, respectively chairman Tonbridge Probus Club 2009 and vice-president elect Hilden Ladies Probus Club.
Len Bignell of Probus 2, Maidstone.
John Bingham, vice-president Probus Tonbridge and his wife Beryl.
Ed Cooksey, Hon Secretary Maidstone Probus and his partner Beryl Harding.
Barry Davis, president, Ashdown Probus and his wife Sue.
Ken Hallam, committee member Maidstone Probus and his wife Elizabeth.
Eddie Hathaway, past chairman Sevenoaks Probus and his wife Jill.
Keith Hodgson, past chairman Meridian Probus club East Grinstead and his wife Susan.
Geoffrey Holland, past chairman of Sevenoaks Probus and Julia Brown.
Mike Kilfiger, programme secretary Meridian club, East Grinstead and his wife Jean.
Richard Lawrence, chairman Meridian Probus club, East Grinstead and his wife Margaret.
Morris Nicholls, vice-chairman Maidstone Probus and his wife Margaret.
Jeremy Oldershaw, Wadhurst Probus and his wife Rhonda.
Christine Phelan, Hilden Ladies Probus.
Brian Phillips, chairman East Grinstead Probus and his wife Sylvia.
Keith Prior, past president Probus Tonbridge, and his wife Judy.
Shirley Rees, president Hilden Ladies Probus.
Michael Richardson, chairman Sevenoaks Probus and his wife Helen.
Brian Robinson, chairman Maidstone Probus.
Alan West of Cranbrook and District Probus and his wife Marion.
On each of the sixteen tables were placed a red (for ruby anniversary) corsage for each of the ladies, souvenir menu cards, and some archival items from the foundation of the Club in 1973. President Don Smith opened the proceedings by welcoming the members’ ladies and the other guests with special mentions for Peter Gibby, Linda Smith, Roger Kasper and visitors from Senlis.