About Us


The Objectives of the Club are to provide a congenial monthly lunch meeting where members can enjoy each other’s company, develop friendships and listen to interesting and entertaining speakers. In addition, we should run enjoyable functions and outings to locations and venues appealing to the widest possible interests of members and their wives. I personally feel that the involvement of wives is particularly important and can add to the enjoyment of members in creating a friendly atmosphere.

– Bill Filmer, Founder Chairman 1997





2024 Chairman


David Butcher



I have been a member of Probus for eleven years.


Born in 1947, l was educated at Xaverian College Brighton.  I have lived most of my life in Sussex, sixty years locally.


I went to work in the City, my first job was with Kleinwort Benson.  In their Securities Department, doing Bank of England returns, due to exchange control - very boring.  I moved jobs several times, becoming involved with the UK’s privatisation, Eurobonds & other Investment Banking activities.  When l left the City, l was a Managing Director of a large International Investment Bank.


Since 1997 I have been a member of The Rotary Club of Cuckfield Lindfied and Haywards Heath, which has been very enjoyable & rewarding.  My wife, Patricia, has been very supportive of Rotary Readers, which helped the local schools with listening to their pupils read.


I do Pilates twice a week, belong to a walking group & like cooking and watching somebody else gardening - l do the lawns!


My favourite word is quafftied.


I look forward to a happy, healthy & fun year as your Chairman.






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