Probus Club of Balwyn NorthANNUAL PROGRAM – 2021 – 2022

To view the annual program of events and functions for The Probus Club of North Balwyn Inc. A0016781Z

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PDF Document 2020 Meetings & Functions2022 Meetings and Functions (Version 2) 

Special Notice to all members: –


We have been successful in acquiring an allocation of 50 boxes (of 10) N95 Masks and 60 boxes (of 5) RAT’s. This was a Victorian Government initiative, distribution handled through Boroondara Council.

These will be available for distribution to Members at Our next General Meeting in 2923, Please join us and pick up your Covid 19 supplies.

Functions, Day Trips & Theatre

Caption BusFunctions: – Convener Richard Heal develops & instigates interesting day trip outings throughout the year.

The following functions have been organized as follows: –
Christmas Luncheon at Greenacres Golf Club, 51 Elm Grove
Kew East Victoria 3102

Tuesday 6th December 2022 @ 11.30 for 12pm To register your attendance please contact Richard Heal

M: 0415 776 039 E:   As a limit of 60 guests has been imposed by the golf club.

See Newsletter for further details.

Dates for your Diary for 2022:

Dine Out: Shopping Town Hotel, Williamson Road Doncaster

Wednesday 19th October at 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start please contact
Neil Gray 8848 0938 to register your interest as there is a limit of 20 guests imposed by the Hotel.

Theatre EventsTheatre Events: – Convener Lothar Lanz organizes interesting theatre events and cinema events throughout the year.


The following Theatre & Cinema Events have been organized for 2021-2022.

Musical at the Regent Theatre Wednesday 14th December Matinee 1pm 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat”

Based on the Bible’s book of Genesis and originating from a cantata written for a school choir, Joseph is a much-loved family classic.

Written in 1968 and featuring lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph features iconic pop and musical theatre classics known around the world such as UK #1 Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me and Go Go Joseph. 

Joseph has been performed in 86 countries and has starred many famous faces around the globe, including Jason Donovan, Donny Osmond, Phillip Schofield, Alexandra Burke, Sheridan Smith, Darren Day, Stephen Gately, Gareth Gates, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, David Cassidy and more.


at the Comedy Theatre – 240 Exhibition Street Melbourne on 22nd February 2023 Matinee @ 1 pm

                                      Don’t Just See It Solve IT

This thrilling West End production is THE genre-defining murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time… case closed!

As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a remote countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst! One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts. Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim? Can you solve this world-famous mystery for yourself?

Directed by Australian theatre icon Robyn Nevin and starring Anna O’Byrne as Mollie Ralston, Alex Rathgeber as Giles Ralston, Laurence Boxhall as Christopher Wren, Geraldine Turner as Mrs Boyle, Adam Murphy as
Major Metcalf, Charlotte Friels as Miss Casewell, Gerry Connolly as Mr Paravicini, and Tom Conroy as Detective Sergeant Trotter, plus Jack Bannister, Elisa Colla and Chris Parker.

All bookings should be sent by email to  or SMS to 0405 220 935

Palace Cinema Balwyn – for Seniors

 Tickets are $10.00pp for Seniors or $8.00 for members of the Golden Club. 


Complimentary Morning Tea on the session before 12pm every Wednesday
Morning Tea includes a mini-sweet with a self-service tea and coffee station

Golden Years screenings every Wednesday at 11am 

  • Armageddon Time – November 9 ·

  •  The Woman King – November 16

  •  She Said – November 23
  • Where: Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace Brighton Bay & Palace Cinema Como.

Tickets: $8 Golden Club Member, $10 Senior Ticket


Some meetings have been Suspended due to Covid-19 Virus. The following SIG’s Heritage/Genealogy, Photography/Travel, Investment, Computer are being conducted by Zoom Video Conference system (see newsletter for details)

The following Special Interest Groups (SIG’S) meetings will be held at Balwyn North Uniting Church, Duggan Street, Balwyn North (Melway MAP Ref. 46 F3).  Anyone is encouraged to join us and will be made welcome, please contact one of the conveners for more information. Currently the SIGs are using the Zoom Conferencing system to stay in touch.

Computer GroupComputer Group: – Convener: Rodney Manser – meets on the Fourth Tuesday in the month.

Meetings commence at 10.00 am with a small contribution to offset morning tea & site fees. These meetings cover various interesting topics including hardware, software items and video presentation of technology updates. Website updates and data sharing are discussed to update content.

 Heritage & GenealogyHeritage/ Genealogy Group: – Convener: Graydon Findlay – usually meets from 10.00 am till noon on the second Monday in the month currently conducted via Zoom

Through talks and discussions at meetings and by visiting relevant interesting venues, the group helps members develop skills to research and record their family history and to learn about places that have significant heritage values.

Investment GroupInvestment Group: – Acting Conveners: Don Campbell, Denis Spinley – meets on the Second Thursday in the month.

To mark Seniors’ Week, an Open Day for interested seniors to join us at our meeting on 13th October. Meeting will commence at 10.00 am to 12.30pm, with a small contribution to offset morning tea & site fees by PCNB members, Guests will be free. The Topics for discussion are:

  • European Power Grid with special mention of Germany, UK, France.
  • Nuclear energy and small modular reactors
  • Progress of wind/nuclear/hydrogen in Australia.
  • New method of vaccination
  • Morning Tea & light lunch will be provided
  • Non-members are invited by visiting the Boroondara Council website.
  • Photography/Travel

Photography /Travel Group: – Convener: Nino Xerri – meets on the Third Tuesday in the month.

Meetings commence at 10.00 am, with a small contribution to offset morning tea & site fees. Photographic challenges covering assorted topics & Travel expeditions with submissions from the members. Outside visits are scheduled from time to time presenting members challenges on a specific topic. Guest speakers covering Travel interests are invited.

The following Special Interest Groups (SIG’S) meet at various locations as indicated in each group.

Bridge SigBridge: – Convener: Per Knudsen – meets on Third Thursday in the Month at 1pm

Players of Bridge meet at the Kew Golf Club starting at 1pm Refreshments are available in comfortable surroundings.
Interested players are welcome to join and tuition will be provided to learn the intricacies of the game. Meeting dates can be changed to a more convenient time.
Players are now called upon as the numbers have declined recently, interested players are encouraged to contact Per Knudsen.

Dine Out SigDine Out: – Conveners Gerald King, Ken Mitchell & Neil Gray on rotating basis.

Dinners are held at conveniently located hotels and social clubs on the third Wednesday in the month, starting at 6.00pm. Wives, partners, and friends are always welcome.

Golf SigGolf: – Convener Bruce McInerney
The once-a-year golf tournament for the Probus Club have been held at the Freeway Golf Course starting at 10am. A trophy will be presented to the winning player. Players interested in competing in this tournament please contact Bruce McInerney for the next event for 2022.

Lunch & Chat: – Convener: Graydon Findlay – this SIG has been suspended at present.

The SIG was introduced to fill the void whilst we are not able to go to Dine-Out venues, Cinemas or Theatres. This event allowed the participants to talk about selected films they watched whilst having lunch. 
The Zoom Lunch & Chat SIG monthly meetings that have been held since May 2020 are as follows.

  1. Opal Dream – SBS OnDemand – May 2020
  2. Love Alaska – Beamafilm (using your Council Library card to view) _ May 2020
  3. Charlie and Boots – SBS OnDemand – May 2020
  4. Florence Foster Jenkin – SBS OnDemand – June 2020
  5. A Street Cat Named Bob – SBS OnDemand – June 2020
  6. The King’s Speech – Channel 32 (SBS Movies) – July 2020
  7. Maggie’s Plan 2015 – Channel 32 (SBS Movies)- July 2020
  8. Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016 NZ Film – Channel 32 (SBS Movies) _ July 2020
  9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2017)-Channel 76 (7Flix) – August 2020
  10. The man who invented Christmas (2017) – Channel 32 SBS Movies – August 2020
  11. Two is a Family – SBS On Demand – August 2020
  12. Viceroys House (2017) – Channel 32 – September 2020
  13. Interlude in Prague (2017) – Channel 32 – September 2020
  14. The Best Offer” (2017) – SBS On demand – September 2020
  15. Get Low (2009) – Channel 32 – October 2020
  16. Tracks (2013) – Channel 32 – October 2020
  17. Chalet Girl (2011) – Channel 32 – October 2020
  18. Lion (2016) Channel 32 – Saturday 14th November
  19. A United Kingdom (2016) Channel 32 – Sunday 15th November
  20. A Little Chaos (2014) Channel 32 17th November
  21. The Lunchbox (2013) Channel 32 – Tuesday 8th December
  22. The Railway Man (2013) Channel 32 – Wednesday 9th December
  23. The Jane Austin Book Club (2007) Channel 32 – Friday 8th January
  24. Broken Hill (2009) Channel 32 – Tuesday 12th  & 14th January
  25. A Private Function (1984) Channel 32 – Wednesday 13th January
  26. Maudie (2016) Channel 32 Friday 12th February
  27. The Finishers (2013)  French Film De toutes non forces Channel 32 – Saturday 13th
  28. Last Chance Harvey (2008) SBS on Demand 
  29. Red Joan (2018) SBS Channel 32
  30. Elementary (Primaire) (2016) SBS Channel 32
  31. All is True (2018) SBS  channel 32
  32. The Diving Bell & the Butterfly (2017) SBS Channel 32
  33. What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) SBS Channel 32
  34. La Vie En Rose (2070) SBS  Channel 32
  35. Esio Trot (2015) SBS Channel 32
  36. The Wife (2017) SBS Channel 32
  37. The Words (2012) SBS  Channel 32
  38. Jasper Jones (2017) SBS Channel 32
  39. Mystery of Henri Pick (2019) SBS Channel 32
  40. Lucky Grandma (2019) SBS  Channel 32
  41. Faces Places (2017) SBS on Demand & BeamaFilm
  42. 5 Flights Up (2014) SBS on Demand 
  43. Hotel Sorrento (1995) on BeamaFilm
  44. Nebraska (2013) on SBS Channel 32
  45. Made in Dagenham (2010) on SBS
  46. Night Train to Lisbon (2013 ) on SBS
  47. Haute Cuisine (2012) – SBS on Demand 
  48. Talking Heads -Episodes, 1,2 & 3on E1 available ABC  iView, E2 Channel 2 15th October @ 10.05pm, E3 22/10 @ 10.05pm all episodes also available on ABC  iView.

  49. Sweet Country (2017) on SBS on Demand
  50. My Summer in Provence (2014) on SBS on Demand
  51. Last Cab to Darwin (2015) on SBS on Demand
  52. Song for Marion (Unfinished Song) (2012) on SBS Demand
  53. Hampstead (2017) – Available on SBS on Demand
  54. South Solitary (2010) – Available on ABC iView
  55. The Secret Lives of Our Urban Birds.  Available on ABC iView
  56. Light Between Oceans (2016) – Available on SBS on Demand
  57. Then Came You (2020) – Available on SBS on Demand
  58. Quartet (2012) –  Available on SBS on Demand

Please contact Graydon Findley for more information.

Walking GroupWalking Group: – Convener: Richard Heal – meets on the Third Friday of the month. Please note the next walk is 18th November.  Details are in the Newsletter.

Meetings commence at 10.30 am. Various walks are organized within the district meeting at a designated starting point. Lunch being organized at a local café within proximity. New walkers are most welcome to join the group.

Woodcraft Woodcraft: – Convener: Don Macdonald – meets on the First Monday in the month.

Meetings commence from 9.00 am until noon. Held at Woodcraft Manningham off Foote Street Templestowe (Melway Map Ref 33 E5) at Templestowe Village State School Building—near RSL. There are 1st class woodcraft facilities with an efficient exhaust duct system and modern safe equipment. Any member with an interest in wood turning is very welcome. Contact Don Macdonald for further details.

To view full details of the monthly Special Interest Group’s (SIG’s) select the Newsletter page which will cover the full details.

If you would like more information about any of the Activities of our club, please use the Contact Form on the Contact Us page.