Learning is fostering friendships in Balclutha.

The Balclutha-based Focus Club, previously known as Probus, was all about friendship and fellowship, committee member Alma Barrie said.

The group, open to all, is a non-service, social and learning club that meets each month at the South Otago Town & Country Club for morning tea, then a meeting, then optional lunch after.

The club had various speakers informing members of different aspects of careers and walks of life they have had, Mrs Barrie said.

‘‘It’s always interesting to be informed, especially with the friends we’ve made in the club.’’

The club had around 120 members aged from about 55, and had both men’s and women’s sections. There were more women than men, and the men would like more members in future, Mrs Barrie said.

‘‘Probus was originally created by Rotary, but then the name was changed to Focus Club.

‘‘It’s a vital group for many members, especially those without partners. It’s a way to be social and get amongst people in the community, and to have a conversation and a laugh.’’

The group went for day outings to different local food outlets and other attractions in and out of the district.

‘‘We’re disability-friendly and have many members who have been in the district for years and love coming along to get out of the house, which is great,’’ she said.

People were welcome to try out the club and to come along, Mrs Barrie said.

Meeting are held every second Wednesday morning of the month, excluding January.