Probus Club of Balwyn NorthANNUAL PROGRAM – 2020 – 2021

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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: –

1812 Theatre Company
3 Rose Street, Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, 3156.


“And Then There Were None”
a play by Agatha Christie was held on Friday, 2nd July.

Dates for your Diary for 2021 – 2022:

Christmas Breakup Function:
Tuesday 14th December 12 noon for 12.30pm start


To be held at Greenacres Golf Club 51 Elm Grove Kew East Vic 3102.
Contact Convenor Richard Heal  if you are interested in attending.
Further details will be advised closer to the event

Presidents Function: High Tea – Tuesday 18th January 2022

Details will be provided about venue,  & Time.
Keep an eye out for further details in later newsletters:


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 

“Moulin Rouge” Musical at the Regent Theatre, Wednesday January 19th, 2022, Matinee 1pm. 

For those unfamiliar, 
Moulin Rouge! The Musical – set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris at the turn of the century – follows ambitious, lovesick writer Christian, and dazzling actress Satine. Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge, with its many characters including the nightclub’s host Harold Zidler; the brilliant, starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec; the greatest tango dancer in all of Paris, Santiago; the tempting Nini; and The Duke of Monroth, the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants.

For details and bookings please contact Denis Spinley at

Palace Cinema Balwyn – Thursday Matinee 11.00 am – Please stay tune for details for Matinee & Lunch sessions to resume next year 2022.

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


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 Vide 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) once Covid-19 restrictions have been relaxed.  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 is 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.

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.

Meetings commence at 10.00 am, with a small contribution to offset morning tea & site fees. Guest speakers are invited from time to time covering various Investment opportunities. Also, share market information about major retail groups and challenge of on-line selling.

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 various 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 always welcome.

Golf SigGolf: – Convener Bruce McInerney
The once-a-year golf tournament for the Probus Club will be held at the Freeway Golf Course on Tuesday 22nd May starting at 10am. A trophy will be presented to the winning player. Players interested in competing in this tournament please contact Bruce McInerney.

Lunch & Chat: – Convener: Graydon Findlay – meets on fourth Thursday in the month.

This new SIG was introduced to fill the void whilst we are not able to go to Dine-Out venues, Cinemas or Theatres. Further Lunch & Chat zoom meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of the month while these restrictions are in place. 

About a fortnight before the zoom lunch meetings, two or three movies are selected and details sent to participants so they can decide which films to watch at home in comfort prior to the zoom lunch.

An invitation is emailed to participants with a link so they can join the zoom lunch meeting at home. While having a light lunch they talk about the films thy have watched and chat about what they have been doing and how their families have been coping during the changing COVID-19 restrictions. 
Zoom Lunch & Chat SIG monthly meetings that have been held since May 2020.

The next SIG meeting will be Thursday 25th November 2021, for further information please contact the convenor.
  • My Summer in Provence (2014)– Available on SBS on Demand
  •  Last Cab to Darwin (2015) – It is not available on Channel 32 or SBS on Demand
  • Song for Marion (Unfinished Song) (2012).  It will be on Channel 32 at 7.50 pm on Monday 22nd November It is also available SBS on Demand
    Previous movies reviewed: –  
  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 Guernsy 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
  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

Please contact Graydon Findley for more information and invitation process for the zoom meeting.

Walking GroupWalking Group: – Convener: Richard Heal – meets on the Third Friday in the month. Please note the next walk change of date is 26th March. 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 close 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 at 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.

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