History created at Clitheroe Probus Club

From left to right Clitheroe and District Probus Club secretary Dennis Ogden, one of the first female members Gwynne Sleight, and chairman Dave Sleight.
From left to right Clitheroe and District Probus Club secretary Dennis Ogden, one of the first female members Gwynne Sleight, and chairman Dave Sleight.
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History has been created at Clitheroe and District Probus Club which is inviting women to join its ranks for the first time since it was launched 45 years ago.

Women will be invited to join after the committee voted unanimously in favour of it.

We feel that this is the right way forward for the survival of the club and also to reflect the changes that are happening in society

Mr Dave Sleight

There has already been a lot of interest, including from Mrs Gwynne Sleight who is the wife of the chairman Mr Dave Sleight, who is among one of the first to join.

Speaking about the historic move, Mr Sleight said: “We feel that this is the right way forward for the survival of the club and also to reflect the changes that are happening in society.

“This will give the club a whole new perspective and direction for the future and we are really excited about it.”

The Clitheroe club is taking its lead from the national organisation and its founding club, Clitheroe Rotary, both of which accept female membership.

Mr Sleight contacted around 15 to 20 Probus clubs around the country that already have mixed membership and the verdict from them all was “it was something that had to happen.”

He added: “It is about embracing change that will give new life to the Probus club and also take it forward in a new way.”

Mrs Sleight she was looking forward to becoming a member of the Probus Club.

She said: “It is going to be something new and different as in the past women only attended social events.”