Retford Men’s Probus Club has been running since 1971. Our meetings take place at the Westhill Community Centre, Ordsall at 10.00am every other Friday. If you want to get involved please use the contact form on this website.
This month, we are looking at the life of our President Roy Evans. Last year we told you about our previous President George Teesdale, and his life working in the Coal Mining Industry.
Well Roy spent all his working life from 1964 until 2016 working in Industrial Safety. He is qualified upto degree standard on General Safety, but for the last 20 years specialised in his first love, Fire Protection. Back in the 1960’s Roy was a fireman in Watford, then worked as a trainer teaching retained fire fighters from Kent and Warwickshire how to maintain and use Breathing Apparatus. Working for the Chubb Group, Roy was seconded to the MOD in the late 1970’s and until 1985 worked closely with various bodies and establishments in designing an ear defender, which would provide protection for about 80% of the MOD’s needs. This resulted in 1985 of orders for over 300,000 pairs of Ear Defenders, the design of which are still in use to this day.
Roy moved to Clarborough over 32 years ago, with his wife Kate. Both are heavily involved with Retford’s U3A, with Roy running both their Family and Military History groups. Roy was very pleased to be invited to be Vice President last year, by both Bob Blatchford and George Teesdale, and so far has enjoyed his term as President.
Roy’s message at this time, is for all members and friends to have a Happy Christmas, and an Optimistic New Year. Retford Men’s Probus Club meet every other Friday morning at Westhill Community Centre, in Ordsall at 10.00. If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail our secretary Dennis Beevers at, email@example.com and he will give you more details