Probus founder milestone

Over 80 friends and family turned out to help Maurice Barton, the founder member of Bridgnorth Probus Club, celebrate his 100th birthday recently. Maurice has been both chair and president of the club, which was founded in 1974, and still attends monthly meetings. To mark this milestone, Probus members presented the centenarian with a pair of framed photographs.

“Maurice has had an incredibly varied and interesting life including being chief of Military Police in Bangkok and attaining a degree in his eighties,” said Mike Purnell of Probus. “We’re very grateful for his membership and support which has spanned four decades.”
Maurice still plays bridge twice a week, and only this summer he travelled to Krakow in Poland with his daughter Suzanne Millington.

Probus provides regular meetings and activities for retired professionals and businessmen. The club meets monthly at the Down Inn for lunch and a talk. This autumn members will hear about The Vikings of Shropshire in an illustrated talk by Sydney Crump on 14 November and Some Motoring Stories from Mike and Gina Barker on 12 December. Congratulations on your century, Maurice, from all of us at WW!

For more information about Probus, call 01746 764474 or email


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