Discussion Nights

The Discussion Group was started to facilitate open and free discussions with wide ranging topics.

The ability to speak freely without fear or favour was of prime importance and has been warmly received by REX Probus members.

Meetings were held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 for 7:30pm in the Mere and Tabley Community Club. Meetings usually finished at 9pm.

Confidence of the free speech aspect is much appreciated and used to good effect.

Meetings were suspended after March 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions but they were successfully re-started online by Zoom on Tuesday 1st December. Another Zoom meeting will be arranged in early January.


The discussion group meets at the Mere and Tabley Community Club on the first Tuesday of each month from7:30pm to 9pm. Michael Harrison was one of the founders of the group, but after acting as group leader for ten years, he stood down a year ago and John Beaumont and John Newhouse act as Joint Secretaries. The format has now been widened so that instead of the leader providing a topic each month, the whole membership suggest subjects of interest, and the evening is often broken up into two short discussions rather than a single main topic.
This year we have discussed the history and future of railways, gender and transgender issues, pensions, assisted dying, artificial intelligence, electric and driverless cars, the rise of populism and social media and various other newsworthy matters as they have arisen.

Our meetings are open and friendly, and there is no pressure upon individual members to speak or to provide subjects for discussion. The regular attendance this year has been up to 15 members each month, and all members of the Rex club are welcome to join us, whether on a regular or an occasional basis.

Anyone who wishes for more information about the group, please speak to either secretary.


The Group has met on a monthly basis for the past year and it is proposed to continue for the next 12 months.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month but are subject to change for the Christmas and Easter periods.

We meet at the Mere and Tabley Community Club, which is the venue for our regular Probus meetings and we aim to start at 7.30pm.

Subjects are mostly announced beforehand with exception of open evenings when members bring their own subjects for consideration. 

Over the past twelve months we addressed  New Years resolutions /Why are we here? /History of our democracy /Gender evolution /What is music? /and surprisingly for a discussion group subject we even had Silence!

Our aim is to provide a friendly, comfortable and open venue to allow discussion/debate with views taken on a ‘without fear or favour’ basis. New members are assured of a warm welcome and there is no pressure to talk or provide subjects if so desired but in most instances people usually get drawn in and cannot avoid saying something. Drinks are served at the bar and this may be the reason for some of the contributions!

Occasional visitors or non Mere and Tabley Community Club members will be asked to contribute £2 per visit, but joining forms are available at the meeting if so desired, which will allow full access to the Mere and Tabley Community Club facilities other than summer bowling.

For other information please contact the Discussion Group Secretary

Michael Harrison