Register of Speakers

SPEAKERS – ORGANISED BY AREA

Category 1: GROUPS THAT HAVE SPEAKERS NATIONWIDE AND SPEAKERS WILLING TO TRAVEL

Followed by speakers by country and county in alphabetical order starting with England. Please note: it’s worth checking your neighbouring counties as some speakers may travel to yours.

ATTENTION ALL SPEAKER SECRETARIES!
Have you had a sudden cancellation or a gap in your programme?
Why not have a “standby” CD available? The CD is entitled “Flat Bottomed Boats” and covers a seven-month voyage in a 190ft Tank Landing Craft in WW2 from England to India to prepare for the invasion of Jap held territories.
Price £25 which is donated to charity, returnable if not suitable.
Contact 01202 759921 or email yvonnefairchild@talktalk.net

MACULAR SOCIETY
The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss. Our 22,000 members make us the biggest membership group in the sight loss sector and the voice of people with macular conditions. We provide free information and support to improve lives and ensure no one has to face macular disease alone. There are around 300 Macular Society groups around the UK and beyond. We fund research so that one day we can overcome macular disease.
If any clubs would like a regional manager, of which there are ten across the country, to come and speak, to tell you more about the condition and what we do to support people, please contact:
Stella Black. Stella.black@macularsociety.org

RAFPT
The Royal Navy Presentation Team is a small team of officers, sailors and Royal Marines who tour the country talking to the general public about the role and the importance of the Royal Navy. In the last year the team has briefed audiences ranging from U3As, WIs and Rotary Clubs to business leaders and Members of Parliament.
The team explains how the Navy is organised into six fighting arms, each with a distinct role to play. It then explains why the UK needs the Royal Navy: the importance of credible defence, how the Navy promotes and protects our interests abroad, and ensures the world’s sea trading routes are kept open.
The presentation goes on to cover how the Royal Navy operates, either as individual units or collectively in what is known as a Task Group. The team goes through the different types of operations and where the Navy is currently operating around the globe.
The Navy’s people are the single most important factor from where the strength and flexibility of the Royal Navy is derived, and you will hear about how we underpin our commitment to our people with an enduring set of standards, values, customs and traditions. Finally, the team takes a brief look into what the future holds for the Royal Navy.
At the end of the 40 minute presentation, which can be tailored to meet specific needs, there is the opportunity to ask questions of the team, all of whom have had recent frontline experience.
The presentation is offered free of charge. If you would like more information or wish to book the team, please email NAVYMEDIACOMMS-RNPTDIRECTOR@MOD.UK or call 02392 727466.

MERCY SHIPS UK
We welcome the opportunity to share our work and volunteering opportunities at club meetings throughout the year.
Our speakers provide an inspiring, illustrated presentation about the work of the world’s largest charity hospital-ship, the Africa Mercy, and dedicated volunteers who provide free medical treatments in countries that lack healthcare services.
No fee – donation, collection or fundraisers are very much appreciated and will make a big difference.
Please could we ask you to share this information with your network of Probus Clubs and let them know that if they would like to follow the journey of our amazing hospital ship, could they please contact jane.palmer@mercyships.org.uk (Community Coordinator) or telephone 01438 347481 in the first instance.

FRED. OLSEN
Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines offers club presentations on request, so if you are thinking of organising a group cruise it might be the ideal way to find out what they offer.
For further details contact 01473 746169 or email group.sales@fredolsen.co.uk

MAF-UK
has a team of committed and dynamic speakers who come to your club and give a full audio visual presentation on the work of MAF around the developing world. MAF began just after the Second World War with former RAF personnel with one small aircraft in the Sudan. Today they fly all over the developing world serving many different organisations and agencies to enable the needs of the world’s most isolated people groups through aviation and technology. If you would like to book a visiting speaker (no charge) please call if you are in Scotland: 0141 332 5222 or for the rest of the UK 0845 850 9505 or book online at www.maf-uk.org/presentation

CHILD RESCUE
Hello to all the UK PROBUS clubs.
I am the founder of El Shaddai Charitable Trust Ltd rescuing Street Children in India. For the past 22 years I have spent half the year living in India hands on and the rest of the year in Teignmouth, Devon going around the country giving interesting talks and slide show presentations. I bring a suitcase of Indian artefacts to sell plus all my own equipment except a screen. I promise you a good time!
My phone number is 01626 770926 or mobile 07813 345367.
I realise your 2017 dates will be full but if you have a cancellation please call me. I do not charge for coming, I do not refuse a donation towards travel!
I return to India the first week of November until the following March. Please check my website, details below.
Anita Edgar:   anita@childrescue.net
El Shaddai Charitable Trust Ltd
Co-founder UK 0044 7813345367. April-November
India 0091 9225901334 November-March
UK 0044 7813345367.  March- November
www.childrescue.net

*ROY WOOD
Entertaining, Enlightening, Excellent, Enjoyable, Educational, Engaging – these are just some of the words that have been used to describe Roy Wood and his presentations by Probus Club members.
Roy is a professional speaker having delivered motivational, educational and humorous talks to various audiences worldwide over the last three decades. He is currently focusing his energies into delivering inspirational and informative talks to Probus and other similar clubs on a weekly basis.
Currently Roy’s most popular presentation is How to Enjoy a Healthy and Wealthy Retirement in which he explains some of the greatest challenges to your wealth and indeed health in retirement and how these may be overcome by simply knowing and applying ‘the rules of money’. It is delivered in an extremely light-hearted manner with many amusing anecdotes and real life stories. It is appealing to retirees of all ages.
Additional titles;
The Secrets of the Rich
The Philosophy of Money
The 4 Biggest Challenges to Your Financial Well Being in Retirement
Roy normally asks for a flat fee between £30-£50 and he will visit any Probus Club UK wide.
To book Roy Wood to visit your club please phone Natalie on 0141 9549266 or alternatively email roywood.speakingevents@gmail.com

BOB KERMEEN
I have a Powerpoint presentation that lasts for about 45 minutes. I talk about the background to a novel I have written called ‘A Nastia Game’. Essentially the story is based on real events when I trained, amongst others, Iraqi Air Force Officers in the mid-seventies at the RAF Staff College, Bracknell.
The talk concentrates on the findings of the research, rather than the novel. For example, how many know that Saddam Hussein won a UNESCO award for setting-up free hospitalisation in Iraq, or that Tony Blair’s so-called Weapons of Mass Destruction were supplied to Iraq by the Americans during their war with Iran.
Details of the book can easily be found on Amazon.co.uk where there are over a dozen 5-star reviews, as well as a CV of myself.
I live in SE Cheshire, but can usually step in at short notice. I am happy to travel and will not charge a fee. Any profit from the books sold afterwards (at a 30% discount of £12) will be donated to The British Legion (NW Branch).
For further details please contact Bob Kermeen at 01270 873706 or by email: r.kermeen@btinternet.com

*BERNARD LOCKETT
I am a Trustee of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and have often spoken on radio and television. I have two main talks – The Musical Theatre of Gilbert and Sullivan and The Social and Political Satire of Gilbert and Sullivan.
I live in Kent and am willing to travel anywhere throughout the UK. My fee is £80 plus travel expenses.
My name is Bernard Lockett and you can contact me on 01303 226050 or 0777 6174895 or email lblockett@btinternet.com

BEDFORDSHIRE

*BARRIE HYDE
The title of my presentation is: ‘You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks, Or Can You?’
Having survived the perils of the commercial world for 33 years I started writing as a cathartic response to being put on the scrap heap by my employer. Realising that if writing was to become a second career I needed to learn the craft I joined my local writers’ club.
My first book, A Higher Authority, was published in 2014 and its sequel in 2016.
The subject matter of my talk is as follows:
The effects of retirement. Proving there is life beyond the day job. How I as an older person came to start writing. The process of writing a first novel. The process of getting a novel published.
How to market a novel. How can you start living your dream?
For further information please look at my website – details below.
Email       barriehyde@hotmail.com
Mobile     0777 271 5549
Landline  01234 825492
Website    http://barriehyde.wix.com/books-seller
Barrie will travel within a 100 mile radius of Bedford. Fee: £50 plus 40ppm.

RICHARD SHARPE  – Dr BEER (FOC)
Degree in Chemistry, PhD in Brewing Science.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemists and Fellow of the Institute Brewing and Distilling.
Visiting Professor of Food Safety at University of Bedfordshire.
1979 / 99-Research & Development Director for Whitbread plc.
1999 / 11-Technical Director and CTO of Brewing Research International.
2011 / Present – Technical Consultant –Brewing.
Consulted for world’s top 50 brewing CEOs.
Published over 100 technical articles, books and patents.
Enjoys beer, golf, sailing and fast cars – just like my audience.
Talks on Brewing, Hops, Flavour and flavour recognition.
Richard does not charge a fee but asks for travel expenses at the current Government recommended rate.
Richard Sharpe. A member of the Probus Club of Bedford Millennium.
BTech, PhD, C.Chem, CSci, FRSC, FIBD.
Email: richard.sharpe@tlynk.com
Tel :  07785 995 333

BERKSHIRE

NICK BRAZIL
Nick is an author, documentary film maker and photographer. His illustrated talks on a variety of different subjects reflect his varied life experience. They are as follows:

  • A Journey Through Peru. Richly illustrated by Nick’s own photographs this is a journey through this fascinating South American country including many mysterious and ancient sites such as Macchu Piccu and the Nazca Lines.
  • A Journey With Ghosts. Whilst recovering from a life threatening illness he wrote a book about first hand paranormal experiences. The book became a classic of the genre and this talk is based on his researches relating to it.
  • Castles In The Air. An entertaining and informative look at the bizarre world of Victorian inventions from the canine powered sewing machine to an aerial city suspended by balloons.
  • Billy Biscuit – The Man Who Coined the Three Rs. This is the story of Sir William Curtis Bt MP financial power behind the Pitt Government and friend of The Prince Regent and the man who coined the phrase “The Three Rs”.
  • The Ambush Was Closed For Lunch. Running aid in the anarchy of post communist Albania.
  • Namibia – The Land God Made In Anger – A journey through this fascinating southern African country with its vast deserts, the second largest canyon in the world and The Skeleton Coast.
  • A Balkan Railway Adventure – A rail journey from Pangbourne in Berkshire to Split in Croatia and back. Includes many fascinating cities such as Munich, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Vienna.
  • Dubrovnik – Pearl of The Adriatic. An introduction to this ancient Adriatic city which has survived earthquakes, invasions and siege to remain one of the most beautiful places on earth.
  • Slovenia – The Balkans Beautiful Northern Secret. Although it is only a two hour flight from London, the most northern Balkan country remains relatively unknown. This talk will acquaint you with its beauty and history.
  • Jordan – A Young Country in an Ancient Land. A journey through the land of the Bible and Petra The Rose Red City Half as Old as Time.
  • Literary & Artistic Footprints of The Thames Valley. A journey up the Thames visiting places closely associated with writers and artists such as Alexander Pope and DH Lawrence.
    NB Nick can also arrange to show any of his 8 documentaries (average running time 35-45 minutes) followed by a Q & A session.
    Charges are £50 for a talk plus 40 pence per mile within a 50 mile radius of Reading. Beyond that price is negotiable.
    Nick can be contacted by phone on 0118 984 1602 or e-mail: nicholasbrazil@btinternet.com

*RUPERT MATTHEWS
Rupert Matthews is a professional historian who has written over 100 published books and numerous magazine articles as well as appearing on TV and radio. He offers a range of lively talks packed with amusing anecdotes, gripping facts and exciting incidents, all tailored to be suitable for Probus audiences. All talks are illustrated, unless stated otherwise. Subjects include:
The Battle of Waterloo
* Jack the Ripper
* The Wreck of the Titanic
* Myths and Legends of the First World War
* RAF Bomber Command at War
* The Real King Arthur
* Richard III – Hero or Villain?
* Is Magna Carta still relevant today?
* Yeti – Reality or Hoax?
* Your Local Ghosts
* The Biography of Father Christmas (costume changes)
* Why St George is the patron saint of England (costume changes)
* Plus (to be introduced in 2016) “The Battle of Hastings, 950th Anniversary Update”
All talks come in 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute versions and most involve a powerpoint presentation – Rupert brings his own equipment. The more light-hearted talks involve audience participation as well as jokes and theatricals. Rupert usually talks to audiences in Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire but will go anywhere if required. Standard fee is £60, plus 25p per mile for travel beyond 20 miles from Epsom, Surrey. Full details are available on www.rupertmatthews.com.
Contact: rupert@rupertmatthews.com or 07721 455944.

*DEREK ARMITAGE
My name is Derek Armitage and I am a member of the Andover Probus Club. After retiring from the Army I became the Curator of the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop for 12 years. I now spend my time as the Secretary of Test Valley SSAFA and guiding battlefield tours to Arnhem and Normandy. In addition I give talks on British Army Aviation, the RFC, Glider Operations during WW2, Famine relief in Ethiopia and The Berlin Airlift and Rorke’s Drift.
I produce my own projector/PC and each talk can be trimmed to fit any function but in general last around 40 mins. I will travel to any venue in Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and to the Surrey border. My charge is £50 including travel. For more details contact Derek Armitage at 230 Weyhill Road, Andover, Hants SP10 3LP or tel 01264 337624.

BRISTOL

*TONY GRIFFITH
My name is Tony Griffith and I am a retired head teacher of a primary school. I am also a member of The Inner Magic Circle and offer a talk, The Art of the Magician, for Probus and such groups.
The Art of the Magician is a talk/show presentation that explores various aspects of the magician’s art in an entertaining way.
During the presentation I talk about such famous magicians as Houdini, Chung Ling Soo, The Piddingtons, Chan Canasta, Tommy Cooper and other famous exponents of the magician’s art. At the same time I talk about different types of magic, where it can be performed and give some entertaining practical demonstrations.
The Art of the Magician fits in well on the small after dinner speaking circuit. No special stage, lighting or venue is required. The presentation lasts approximately one hour and questions are invited.
I live in Bristol but am willing to travel. There is a basic small fee plus travelling costs. For further details contact 01275 835463, www.tonygriffith.co.uk or tony@tonygriffith.co.uk

*JOHN GINGELL
John Gingell would like to offer clubs in the South Gloucestershire and Bristol area a Chocolate Presentation Talk. This covers the history of the cocoa bean, chocolate and chocolate making. I have 40 years experience as a Chocolatier at Cadburys. This is a 1 hour talk and includes a demonstration on making chocolate from raw ingredients, sampling and a historic display stand.
The charge is £35 plus £5 expenses. John Gingell can be contacted on 0117 9671394 or mobile 07932921173 or email ginge800@talktalk.net

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

BARBARA and ROGER ASKEW
Barbara Askew is willing to give PowerPoint presentations on a variety of subjects including The English Cathedral; Windsor Castle and Windsor Great Park; Queen Victoria and Prince Albert; the history of British gardens; the plant hunters and being a Blue Badge Guide. Talks special for 2011-12 are The Olympic Games Past and Present; Elizabeth and Philip celebrating Prince Philip’s 90th birthday and Her Majesty the Queen a Diamond Jubilee Celebration.
Roger Askew also has a wide range of Powerpoint presentations to offer including English Music; The History of Music in London; The Life of an English Cathedral Chorister; Puccini; Gilbert and Sullivan; Shakespeare; C S Lewis: Lewis Carroll; The Gardens of the Royal Landscape in Windsor Great Park; Where did Christmas come from? The Olympic Games Past and Present and Charles Dickens a Bicentenary Celebration.
Both Barbara and Roger can be contacted at The Firs, Farthing Green Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4JQ tel 01753 644582 or email barbaradaskew@yahoo.co.uk or rogeraskew@yahoo.co.uk or you can visit their website www.windsorheritagetalksandtours.com

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

BRIAN HOLDICH
Brian Holdich is a member of Deeping Probus Club and his latest subject is “The Torchbearer”.
Brian was fortunate to be selected to carry the Olympic Torch through the packed city streets of Peterborough on July 3, 2012, in preparation for the London Olympic Games. The excitement generated by carrying the torch in front of thousands of spectators will live with him forever.
Any fee given is donated to charity. Brian is prepared to speak within a 50 mile radius of Peterborough and can be contacted on 01778 344214.

JEANETTE MOSER
Jeanette Moser and her partner Alan offer a choice of stimulating presentations that escape from the usual speaker mould. Both are Probus members from Johannesburg now settled in the UK. ‘There’s a book in you’, illustrated with readings from her own cathartic book ‘Letting Go’, explores the extraordinary journey of her family escaping from Nazi Germany, secret service duties in Africa, a daughter in a drug bust, joy and sadness, to her present day lusty joy of living as a 70 year young granny. This heart warming talk will trigger many to start on their own memoirs.
And for something quite different, ‘Aware, Alert Alive’, her life’s work training women, girls and men to deal with the incidence of violent behaviour in our society; mugging, assault, demos, even rape? Jeanette has 40 years experience in teaching and lecturing on self defence around the world. This is a rewarding talk, full of fun and illustrated with practical techniques all will find of value and will enthral your club members. Based in Ely, Cambridgeshire she is happy to travel almost anywhere given the fare and a modest fee.
Call  01353 698483 or email jeanette@moserbard.co.uk

CHESHIRE

KEITH THOMPSON
I offer four presentations:

  1. Looking for Jack –A personal Journey.  (The search for an uncle lost in WW2).
  2. One Man’s Legacy (Founder of the Commonwealth War Graves).
  3. The  “Pals” Batallions & the Somme.
  4. The Cenotaph & the Unknown Warrior.

I am based in Sale, Cheshire and will travel within 25 miles (without a fuel charge).
I ask for a donation (minimum £35) for a local charity supporting the Christie Hospital in Manchester.
I can be contacted by phone (0161 973 0030) or e-mail: keith.thompson547@ntlworld.com.

*CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON
I am an experienced speaker to Probus Clubs, initially in the Cheshire and South Manchester areas but now available in N Yorks, County Durham and Teeside. I have all my own audio visual equipment and charge a very modest fee mainly to cover petrol costs. My topics are The Battle of the Somme 1916, First World War VCs and the Story of Noel Chavasse VC and Bar, Forgotten Victory August to November 1918 and Winston Churchill the Warrior (which can be one talk or a 2-parter.) I am currently preparing talks on Dresden 1945 and the Zulu Wars 1879. I can be contacted on 01748 850385 or emailed christopherrobinson114@btinternet.com

*GUY OTTEN
Guy Otten, a humanist celebrant, gives PowerPoint talks on non-religious funerals and other ceremonies, humanism and the mythical origins of Islam (about which he is writing a book). His popular presentation on non-religious funerals is a light-hearted talk entitled ‘Strictly Die Laughing’.
He is based in Stockport and happy to speak in the Greater Manchester and north Cheshire & Derbyshire areas for £30 including travel.
For bookings further afield travel expenses and a modest fee are sought.
Contact Guy on otten.guy@gmail.com or telephone 07799 3047887.

ALAN HOPKIN
Alan Hopkin has been a specialist in the music business for 60 years. Now semi-retired and a member of Probus he gives talks ranging from his early years (including the war) of living over and working in a musical instrument shop and dealing with all the famous people who came into the shop. Reminiscences of an army bandsman (a humorous talk), changing face of popular music in the 20th century and how the rock book affected the whole music trade, music in education and music as a career.
Alan does not charge for these talks but asks for a donation to Cancer Research and will travel to the adjacent counties to Derbyshire. For further information contact Alan on 01335 324242 or email hopkinstrings@googlemail.com

BERNARD DENNIS
Bernard Dennis is a member of the British Longbow Society (BLBS) and talks about the development of bows & arrows throughout the ages, ranging from the need for hunting, the use in war and recreation and also the legend of Robin Hood.
The BLBS was first established in 1951 and its main purpose is to perpetuate the use of the English longbow as a recreational sport whilst maintaining the age old traditions associated with a weapon that significantly influenced the history of the British Isles.
The talk is illustrated with examples of a ‘self’ Yew longbow, an old scythian re-curve bow and modern equivalents, various types of arrows and arrowheads used for hunting, war and recreation, the development of the target and explanations of many well known phrases used in everyday language, such as ‘rule of thumb’, ‘brace yourself’, ‘the butt of the joke’, ‘fast and loose’ etc.
No charge is made for the talk, which can last from 30-60 minutes depending on time constraints and content, but a donation to the Claire House Children’s Hospice Charity would be appreciated. I can cover Cheshire, Wirral, Flint, Wrexham, Denbighshire and north Shropshire. Contact: Bernard Dennis MBE, Tel: 07966 436073 or 01244 660102. email dennis@bernard20.orangehome.co.uk .

GORDON ATKINSON
My wife and I support a local charity called Under The Mango Tree. The charity exists to support a small rural school north of Mombasa in Kenya. The school is really important to the community as it gives local children a chance of a good basic education; a chance to change their future lives. We last visited the school in October 2015 and hope to visit again during 2016.
We are available to give an interesting illustrated talk within reasonable travelling distance of Northwich should you be looking for a speaker. There is no fee although of course we are happy to accept donations for Under The Mango Tree.
ps – We call the charity Under The Mango Tree because when the school started they had no builds at all, children literally gathered under the shade of a mango tree.
Email: underthemangotreekambe@gmail.com

BOB KERMEEN
I have a PowerPoint presentation that lasts for about 45 minutes. I talk about the background to a novel I have written called ‘A Nastia Game’. Essentially the story is based on real events when I trained, amongst others, Iraqi Air Force Officers in the mid-seventies at the RAF Staff College, Bracknell.
The talk concentrates on the findings of the research, rather than the novel. For example, how many know that Saddam Hussein won a UNESCO award for setting-up free hospitalisation in Iraq, or that Tony Blair’s so-called Weapons of Mass Destruction were supplied to Iraq by the Americans during their war with Iran.
Details of the book can easily be found on Amazon.co.uk where there are over a dozen 5-star reviews, as well as a CV of myself.
I live in SE Cheshire, but can usually step in at short notice. I am happy to travel and will not charge a fee. Any profit from the books sold afterwards (at a 30% discount of £12) will be donated to The British Legion (NW Branch).
For further details please contact Bob Kermeen at 01270 873706 or by email: r.kermeen@btinternet.com

*ALAN HAYHURST
I am willing to travel in a radius of 40 miles from Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire. I have a number of talks including “Ladykillers” – a light-hearted look at crimes and criminals; “Banking in a Gentler Age” – a funny talk about the old days and not a boring financial diatribe and “A Visit to Scotland Yard’s Black Museum”. I am happy to send a flyer containing all the talks of my wife and myself on receipt of a stamped addressed envelope to Alan Hayhurst, “Mallards”, 37 Greenhill Road, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 7BG. Telephone 0161 980 2188 or email alan.hayhurst@sky.com

*JIM FINN
My name is Jim Finn and I am willing to offer the following talks to Probus Clubs:
Another Copper’s Story; Life of Frankie Vaughan; Growing Up in 1950s Liverpool;
A Global Trip on a Merchant Ship; Shades of Northern Ireland.
My fee is based on mileage at a maximum of 50p per mile but is negotiable according to an individual group’s budget. (Minimum charge £25).
Areas covered Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
For further information contact Jim Finn at 6 Rutland House, Blundellsands, Liverpool L23 6TT or on pjflpl@yahoo.co.uk

CORNWALL

*STEVE RHODES
Steve Rhodes has two main topics to offer, firstly the history of Plymouth Argyle in the late 50’s and early 60’s and Replenishment at Sea – How naval capability is sustained by underway replenishment. Steve has written a book about Plymouth Argyle covering the 1958-59 season and the lead up to it and is currently working on the period 1959-62. He has met all the surviving players and where possible the families of those no longer with us. His naval talk stems from his career at sea in Royal Fleet Auxiliary Solids Support handling and transporting naval armaments in UK and abroad.
Steve Rhodes can be contacted at 2 Sea Road, Carlyon Bay, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3SF or on 01726810024 or email stevrho@btinternet.com

CUMBRIA

MARTIN COOMBS
The Friends of Amasango UK support the work of a school in Grahamstown, South Africa, which endeavours to give street children an accelerated primary education, so that they can join their more fortunate peers in high school at some later date.
This does not merely help the individuals concerned, who might otherwise get no education at all, nor in some cases any food, it also helps society as a whole, for these are the children who would grow up into the criminals of the future, in the absence of the education which will give them an alternative.
Whilst more information about the charity and the school is available at http://www.amasango.org.uk/ , my motive in writing is to let you know that I, as a trustee of the Friends, am available to talk about this work to schools, social groups or churches within a 40-mile radius of Kirkby Lonsdale.  Our motives in this are to raise awareness, provoke thought about the possibilities of volunteering at the school and, if appropriate, raise funds for the work.
To this end we have created an attractive ‘slide-show’ for use where projection equipment is available, to be supplemented in the near future by a video presentation cut down from a South African Broadcasting Corporation feature on the topic.  I am a retired teacher and well used to talking to sizeable groups.
If such a talk or presentation would be of interest please feel free to contact me at martinccoombs@btinternet.com or on 015242 71752.  I will be happy to discuss the options and in due course to arrange a date and time.

DERBYSHIRE

ALAN HOPKIN
Alan Hopkin has been a specialist in the music business for 60 years. Now semi-retired and a member of Probus he gives talks ranging from his early years (including the war) of living over and working in a musical instrument shop and dealing with all the famous people who came into the shop. Reminiscences of an army bandsman (a humorous talk), changing face of popular music in the 20th century and how the rock book affected the whole music trade, music in education and music as a career.
Alan does not charge for these talks but asks for a donation to Cancer Research and will travel to the adjacent counties to Derbyshire. For further information contact Alan on 01335 324242 or email hopkinstrings@googlemail.com

*GUY OTTEN
Guy Otten, a humanist celebrant, gives PowerPoint talks on non-religious funerals and other ceremonies, humanism and the mythical origins of Islam (about which he is writing a book). His popular presentation on non-religious funerals is a light-hearted talk entitled ‘Strictly Die Laughing’.
He is based in Stockport and happy to speak in the Greater Manchester and north Cheshire & Derbyshire areas for £30 including travel.
For bookings further afield travel expenses and a modest fee are sought.
Contact Guy on otten.guy@gmail.com or telephone 07799 3047887.

DEVON

CHILD RESCUE
Hello to all the UK PROBUS clubs.
I am the founder of El Shaddai Charitable Trust Ltd rescuing Street Children in India. For the past 22 years I have spent half the year living in India hands on and the rest of the year in Teignmouth, Devon going around the country giving interesting talks and slide show presentations. I bring a suitcase of Indian artefacts to sell plus all my own equipment except a screen. I promise you a good time!
My phone number is 01626 770926 or mobile 07813 345367.
I realise your 2017 dates will be full but if you have a cancellation please call me. I do not charge for coming, I do not refuse a donation towards travel!
I return to India the first week of November until the following March. Please check my website, details below.
Anita Edgar:   anita@childrescue.net
El Shaddai Charitable Trust Ltd
Co-founder UK 0044 7813345367. April-November
India 0091 9225901334 November-March
UK 0044 7813345367.  March- November
www.childrescue.net

 

STEPHEN BROOKES
My name is Stephen Brookes and I give talks in the south Devon area on: 1) The Romanian royal family and 2) The Black Prince of Perthshire. Both last 45 – 50 minutes and are free of charge.
I can be contacted on 01626 336697/07799 031491.

*DEIRDRE DEE
When Deirdre Dee was an actress in the 1970s she was persuaded by music hall aficionado Roy Hudd to perform a one-woman show about the Queen of the Music Halls, Marie Lloyd. Months of research turned up quotes, previously unknown songs and newspaper articles on the singer of “y old Man said Follow the Van”. This is Deirdre’s most popular talk.
Other talks include “Adventures by The Seaside”, a musical romp through seaside holidays, “The Adventures of Eve”, a whistle-stop tour of famous women through history, “Adventures in the Garden”, famous gardens and gardeners and a talk on “Superstitions and Haunted Theatres”.
Deirdre’s fee is £50 including travel if within 15 miles of Sidmouth. After that travel is charged at 40p a mile. All talks are approximately 45 minutes with questions afterwards if required.
Tel 01395 576736. Mobile 07970 814568. Email Deirdre.dee@btinternet.comwww.adventuresofeve.co.uk

*BRIAN PORTCH
Brian Portch offers Probus Clubs in the Devon area illustrated talks on I K Brunel – Engineer; A tour of the Anglo Zulu War battlefields in 2010; The Anglo Zulu War 1879; Devon connections and the Anglo Zulu War; The Mostyn Memorial Window in Ideford Church, Devon; and “Zulu” – The making of the film and its legacy.
Brian charges £40 plus travel expenses and can be contacted on 01626 853540 or email briancportch@hotmail.com

IAN WILLIAMSON
I offer a talk about my three weeks in Nepal last November, fund raising for St Margaret’s Hospice and helping the Napalese people by painting the outside walls of a newly built cancer hospital and building a house for a family who lost their home in the earthquake.
I am now raising funds for the next St Margaret’s Trek to Peru in April 2017. The minimum donation for the talk is £50 (which goes to the hospice).
My contact number is 07478 672185 and from my base in Yeovil I will travel anywhere in Devon, Somerset, Dorset and South Gloucestershire with no travel expenses. Two further talks on my Australia trip and conservation restoration work in the Czekh Republic will be available later in the year.

*MAC McLAREN
My name is Mac and I and have a lifetime’s experience of lifeboats, search and rescue, coastguards, and anti drug smuggling in the south west. My talks are informative and instructional, with many personal illustrations/incidents. This coupled with humour and enthusiasm. The talks are; Taking you to the sharp end of the lifeboat service (the operational side); Coastguards/Coastwatch Search and Rescue (I was manager of a coastal watch station reporting to HM Coastguards, including helicopter SAR); The drug smuggling scene around the south west (I was linked to Customs Anti Drug Smuggling Alliance); Keeping safe on the coast/beach; My memories of the Penlee lifeboat disaster in 1981 (this is the most popular topic I am asked to present). I am part of a small team that owns the Mabel Alice (ex Penlee lifeboat) with many dramatic and emotional stories. I cover the west country, charging £30.00 plus contribution toward fuel. In addition I do after dinner short speeches/entertaining. Mac McLaren. My contact number is Exeter 01392 259824 or email maclifeboats@live.co.uk

*JOYCE WEST
In order to do a Probus talk, I am willing to travel within a 30 mile radius of Seaton, Devon. My three talks are:
1) ‘A Pensioner’s Adventures on the Amazon’. A wonderful 30 minute video accompanies this interesting, terrifying and sometimes hilarious commentary.
2) ‘A Pensioner’s Tall Ship Adventure’. An unusual, unexpected but group bonding experience, conveyed in a 25 minute talk, followed by a 30 minute video.
3) ‘A Pensioner’s Sub Zero Adventure’. Thrills upon thrills, fall after fall, bloodied huskies, terrifying speeds, utter silence and numerous new experiences.
A 25 minute talk with a 25 minute video.
The charge is £30 plus petrol.
For further details contact Joyce West 01297 624374 or email joyce.crumble@live.co.uk

*ROBERT HESKETH
Contact:  rhesketh@tiscali.co.uk
Web: www.roberthesketh.co.uk
Phone: 01626 833887
Address:  52 Priory, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9HU.
I am a freelance writer and photographer with a strong interest in local history (my first degree subject). To date, I have published 40 Devon, Dorset and Somerset titles (see www.bossineybooks.com) and written numerous illustrated articles for Devon Life, Dartmoor Magazine, Country Walking and other publications. I also contribute West Country landscape and people photographs to a photographic library, see www.imageclick.co.uk.  Since 2002, I have been giving talks to local history clubs, Women’s Institutes, societies, U3A and Probus Clubs on Devon themes:
Devon Place Names**
Devon Inns**
Devon Ghosts**
Haunted Pubs in Devon
Devon’s  Churches**
Smuggling in Devon**
Devon Photoquizzes (3)**
Devon’s Geology**
Armageddon How Some Devon Newspapers Reported the Outbreak of the First World War**
Devon Castles**
Surnames in Devon and beyond**
Devon’s Railway Heritage**
Please contact me if you would like further details or to offer me a booking. All the talks are illustrated with high quality colour slides (except Armageddon which is in black and white) and last between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on what the audience wants.  Questions from the audience are always welcome. I can supply the projector, projection stand and projection screen.  To see my profile please visit www.linkedin.com  and www.dianemannering.co.uk (speakers page).
Charges: £45 plus 30p per mile travel each way from Bovey Tracey.
*I also act as a tour guide for local coach tours, adapting my extensive local knowledge to the needs of the party and tour.

*ADRIENNE HESKETH
Contact:  rhesketh@tiscali.co.uk
Web: www.adriennehesketh.co.uk also www.dianemannering.co.uk (speakers page).
Phone: 01626 833887
Address:  52 Priory, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9HU.
Devon Land and Sea Piano Presentation I’ve been writing my own compositions ever since I learnt to play the piano as a little girl.  This presentation includes sixteen of my best piano pieces. Devon’s land and seascapes have been the inspiration for most of them, as I explain in during the presentations, which last around 45 minutes.  The style is my own, but best described as modern classical.  My Devon collection is available on CD, price £10.  The talk can be given with a piano in situ or by CD.
Devon Composers I also offer a Devon Composers Presentation, with CDs, mainly featuring the Rev. Sabine Baring Gould and his collection of lost Devon and Cornwall folk songs.
My new Christmas Themed Presentation describes the history of the Christmas carol, Christmas music and poetry with CD. I can give a live performance of some carols on piano by request with this presentation.
My new Hallowe’en Themed Presentation describes the origins and aspects of Halloween, illustrated with music on CD and a poem.
St. George’s Day/Shakespeare Themed evening is a celebration of English music, poetry and a short talk on the life of Shakespeare.
Currently working on A Devon Themed evening, Scottish Themed evening, Valentine evening.  Please ask about these if you are interested.
Please contact me if you would like further details or to offer me a booking.
Charges: £45 plus 30p per mile travel from Bovey Tracey.
Charity Concerts for churches in which I play a medley of classical music are free.

*MARK ANDRESEN
Mark Andresen invites Probus Clubs in Devon, Somerset and Dorset to consider the following talks: Picture Post Magazine – How a 1930’s paper influenced the current affairs TV of today; Chasing the Tarka Trail – how a great author raced to follow up a classic novel; Defrocking the Priestly Hero – Edwardian Atheism in uncanny fiction; The Dispassionate Eye – Mervyn Peake’s War and its impact upon his art and Aliens of London – Rudolph Carter at 1950’s BBC and his TV of the Apocalypse.
Each talk lasts for 30-45 mins. Mark charges £30 and he can be contacted on 079 5017 4455 or email markandresen@hotmail.com

DORSET

CLIVE GREENAWAY
It is over 25 years since we lost the great Tommy Cooper. So with the master storyteller Clive Greenaway you can enjoy an affectionate look at one of Britain’s best loved comics as he takes you through Tommy’s life. This warm tribute is brimming with Tommy’s favourite anecdotes and lovable gags – and find out what did happen to Tommy’s last fez!
Enjoy the awesome ‘bottle-glass, glass-bottle; the incredible mind-reading duck; the chaos of the Chinese linking rings, the unbelievable Indian rope trick plus many more.
For further details telephone 07860 290437, email info@clivestjames.co.uk or see web site www.clivestjames.co.uk

HOWARD NICHOLS
Having recently retired from a position of Staff Instructor to RNLI Lifeboat crews, and now Vice-President of North Bournemouth Probus, Howard Nichols is entering the world of speaking to groups, associations and ‘after dinner functions’. Seven fully prepared and illustrated talks on various subjects come with digital projectors and screens. Each one comes with additional information of further interest.
The Mysterious Life of Walter Henry from a child in a Victorian workhouse to a lifetime on the ocean liners. His eyewitness account of the sinking of the Titanic.
Potty about Poole Pots: The history of Dorset’s famous Poole Pottery.
A Man of Speed Neil Streets Story. How a man shaped the sport of speedway for over 50 years. His connection with a three times world champion.
RNLI, a life on the road. The speaker’s amusing experiences of training lifeboat crews throughout the UK and Ireland. His unusual and adventurous life with his school on wheels.
The Trans Siberian Express. The speaker’s journey from Moscow to Beijing doing it the hard way!!
A Life on Rails. The speaker’s lifetime of wandering the world, riding and photographing the famous and unusual journeys that can be done by train.
The Longest Journey. Ever wondered how far you could go from your local station? Without changing stations, only platforms, where in the world would you end up?
There would be no charge to Probus Clubs except to recover the cost of travelling.
Contact Howard Nichols, 27 Sovereign Close, Bournemouth BH7 7RP or Tel 01202 303514 for a colour catalogue of the talks. email speaker@howard-nichols.me.uk

*ROGER and SANDRA DOWNTON
Roger and Sandra Downton are professional speakers and give five talks. The talk they suggest for their first visit is In the Wake of the Cockleshell Heroes – This is the true wartime story of a courageous WWII attach by canoe on enemy shipping in the docks of Bordeaux and is cleverly interwoven with the present day canoeing escapade by Roger and Sandra. Armed with very little canoeing experience and a waterproof navigation chart they survived the many moods of the giant, rapid flowing waters of the River Gironde. The presentation details the history of Operation Frankton as verified by Bill Sparks the last survivor of the Operation, who Roger met and interviewed before his death.
For Ladies Probus Clubs they have a talk History and Magical Demonstration of Egyption Dance.
For further details contact Roger and Sandra Downton on 01202 740279 or email risotto_roger@hotmail.com

IAN WILLIAMSON
I offer a talk about my three weeks in Nepal last November, fund raising for St Margaret’s Hospice and helping the Napalese people by painting the outside walls of a newly built cancer hospital and building a house for a family who lost their home in the earthquake.
I am now raising funds for the next St Margaret’s Trek to Peru in April 2017. The minimum donation for the talk is £50 (which goes to the hospice).
My contact number is 07478 672185 and from my base in Yeovil I will travel anywhere in Devon, Somerset, Dorset and South Gloucestershire with no travel expenses. Two further talks on my Australia trip and conservation restoration work in the Czekh Republic will be available later in the year.

ROBIN MILLER
After 34 years with the British Army, Robin Miller retired in November 2006. Living in Shaftesbury Dorset, he has raised funds for many Service and civilian charities. He has 23 Powerpoint presentations, and has already delivered 222 presentations to 122 different organisations in Southwest England, including 36 local Probus Clubs. He is willing to cover surrounding counties by arrangement.
His available presentations include 4 general subjects, 6 natural history/science topics, and 13 military history.
Ring 01747 854765, or email <robin.miller4@btinternet.com> to receive a detailed list of topics and to arrange a presentation, which is also available in the event of an emergency requirement. Questions are welcome at the end of each presentation. The presentations are free, but any donation to charity would be gratefully received. No costs or expenses are charged, as it is a not-for-profit hobby.

*RALPH JERRAM
Ralph Jerram’s talk INCORRECT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is still being well received by Probus and U3A where he describes his experiences as a personnel manager within the police force in London and offers an entertaining and very humorous but thought provoking look at a serious theme and is not afraid to discuss perceived taboo subjects. Never any offensive language used.
His new talks, the history of the Pun, THE PUN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD, The HISTORY OF DESERT ISLAND DISCS, and the 12 PEOPLE WHO WHO MESSED UP BRITAIN are also extremely entertaining and being appreciated by a wide variety of organisations.
Ralph, based in Gillingham, Dorset, travels country wide and his telephone number is 01747 826436, e-mail rjerram@btinternet.com where he can advise of his web page which describes his talks in more detail.

*MARK ANDRESEN
Mark Andresen invites Probus Clubs in Devon, Somerset and Dorset to consider the following talks: Picture Post Magazine – How a 1930’s paper influenced the current affairs TV of today; Chasing the Tarka Trail – how a great author raced to follow up a classic novel; Defrocking the Priestly Hero – Edwardian Atheism in uncanny fiction; The Dispassionate Eye – Mervyn Peake’s War and its impact upon his art and Aliens of London – Rudolph Carter at 1950’s BBC and his TV of the Apocalypse.
Each talk lasts for 30-45 mins. Mark charges £30 and he can be contacted on 079 5017 4455 or email markandresen@hotmail.com

DURHAM

CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON
I am an experienced speaker to Probus Clubs, initially in the Cheshire and South Manchester areas but now available in N Yorks, County Durham and Teesside. I have all my own audio visual equipment and charge a very modest fee mainly to cover petrol costs. My topics are The Battle of the Somme 1916, First World War VCs and the Story of Noel Chavasse VC and Bar, Forgotten Victory August to November 1918 and Winston Churchill the Warrior (which can be one talk or a 2-parter.) I am currently preparing talks on Dresden 1945 and the Zulu Wars 1879. I can be contacted on 01748 850385 or emailed christopherrobinson114@btinternet.com

ESSEX

REG WHEELER
I have spent nearly 60 years as an amateur actor/singer/performer and I speak about life on the ‘wicked’ stage, recalling my renditions of the work of Jake Thakray, Max Miller and Robb Wilton to name but a few. My talk is punctuated with songs and jokes and sleeplessness is guaranteed.
I live in Brentwood Essex and I am willing to travel 30 miles or so to entertain you for expenses and a donation to the British Heart Foundation.
If you are interested my name is Reg Wheeler and I can be contacted on 01277 231481 or email me on cyrano1@live.co.uk

*THE HEALTH CARE TRAINING COMPANY – Private care advice and education
The Health Care Training Company (THCTC) provides talks that are informative, educational, light-hearted, entertaining and sometimes life changing.
Subjects include: Keeping fit and active for older people, preventing falls and maintaining independence, Improving your memory, supporting people with dementia at home, the secrets to healthy aging, personal safety for older people, surviving the care trap, ten ways to age disgracefully, finding the right care option, staying in your own home, keeping your money and care, managing personalised budgets, what financial help is available from the Government?, supporting a loved one with a long term illness.
Fees for the talks are £85 plus 45 pence per mile. Contact Louisa on 01245 357132 or email louisa@thctc.co.uk for bookings or information

LEN TAPHOUSE
Five Years as a Dockyard Apprentice
Len Taphouse served an apprentceship as an engineer with Harland & Wolff at North Woolwich, between 1956 & 1961. He relates the wild goose chases, the hardships endured as well as the highlights. He tells of the characters in the docks and some of the associated stories about them.     (45-60minutes)
The Spirit of the Iroquois
This is the story of the tanker IROQUOIS, a special tanker that was built to tow another one, an experiment by Standard Oil Co. from 1907. Len Taphouse relates how his father as chief eEngineer carried out his duties, how the ship was used during WW2. Len also relates some of his father’s other experiences. (45minutes).
Len is based in Hornchurch, Essex. 01708 441862. email:stellentap3@aol.com
No fee charged but donations accepted to lodge benevolent fund. Travelling charged if incurred.

*BARRY ROOT
Barry Root is available for speaking engagements in East Anglia. Barry is Manager of Norfolk and Essex Racing Clubs (horse racing) and a bloodstock agent and will speak on the subject of “Bringing Racehorse Ownership to Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex (as appropriate) – a potted account of thoroughbred horse racing and breeding”. For more details contact Barry Root at Norfolk Racing Club, Cleveland House, Weaverhead Lane, Thaxted, Essex, CM6 2LE. Tel: 01371 831769 or email norfolkracingclub@btinternet.com

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

WHISPER & SHOUT
present “The Lavishly Illustrated History of Mr Punch”
or
“The world of puppets”
After a busy year performing for many Women’s Institutes in Gloucestershire, we are inviting invitations from Probus groups within 30 miles of our base in Stroud.
Both talks, lasting around 45 minutes, are based on personal experience as a performer and archive material with photos, video clips and display puppets.
Our fee is £40 which we donate to Cheltenham Maggie Centre, a support service for cancer patients and their families. There is no mileage charge.
Contact Diana Humphrey Tel 01453 750009 or email whisperandshout@tiscali.co.uk

GLOUCESTERSHIRE SPEAKERS
Gloucestershire has its own website for speaker secretaries which can be accessed on payment of a subscription. To see a sample use link below. If you would like to subscribe to that service email Mike Aggleton: probus@aggleton.name
http://www.probus-gloucester.org.uk/aZbY72DgX.html

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

IAN WILLIAMSON
I offer a talk about my three weeks in Nepal last November, fund raising for St Margaret’s Hospice and helping the Napalese people by painting the outside walls of a newly built cancer hospital and building a house for a family who lost their home in the earthquake.
I am now raising funds for the next St Margaret’s Trek to Peru in April 2017. The minimum donation for the talk is £50 (which goes to the hospice).
My contact number is 07478 672185 and from my base in Yeovil I will travel anywhere in Devon, Somerset, Dorset and South Gloucestershire with no travel expenses. Two further talks on my Australia trip and conservation restoration work in the Czekh Republic will be available later in the year.

*JOHN GINGELL
John Gingell would like to offer clubs in the South Gloucestershire and Bristol area a Chocolate Presentation Talk. This covers the history of the cocoa bean, chocolate and chocolate making. I have 40 years experience as a Chocolatier at Cadburys. This is a 1 hour talk and includes a demonstration on making chocolate from raw ingredients, sampling and a historic display stand.
The charge is £35 plus £5 expenses. John Gingell can be contacted on 0117 9671394 or mobile 07932921173 or email ginge800@talktalk.net

HAMPSHIRE

IAN STOCKBRIDGE MNM
I have given a presentation to the Fareham Probus club and will be doing another to the Waterlooville and to the Hamble Valley. If any clubs in the Hampshire, West Sussex area would like me to give them a talk they can get in touch with me.Subject is “Merchant Navy Seamen during the wars”.
I do not charge but would appreciate a donation for the Merchant Navy Fund. I have been researching the Merchant Navy during WWII for 30 years and since 1993 have focused on those who lost their lives at sea.  I have been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for my work.
Contact: Ian.stockbridge@gmail.com

*HOWARD NICHOLS
A member of the North Bournemouth Probus, I am experienced in the world of speaking as a port lecturer to the cruise industry.
I have a fully illustrated brochure of talks on various interesting subjects, all are available “on line” by contacting howard@nichols-mail.co.uk or by post as the result of calling 01202 303514 or by writing to Howard Nichols, 27 Sovereign Close, Bournemouth, BH7 7RP.
If you wish to know more then please visit my website www.howard-nichols.me.uk

DAVID OTTLEY
David Ottley is an ex submariner and experienced speaker who can deliver a variety of talks on submarines including their history, the submarine service, how a submarine works, life onboard and HMS Alliance / the Submarine Museum at Gasport.
The talks are illustrated and last in the region of 40 minutes with all necessary equipment being provided.
All donations (no fixed requirement) go to the Submarine Museum.
Talks can be followed by a group visit to the museum, which I would liaise, and includes a tour through HMS Alliance, our only surviving WW11 submarine.
Contact – David Ottley (Winchester – Hampshire) 01962 772440 moulinropley@btinternet.com

*RUPERT MATTHEWS
Rupert Matthews is a professional historian who has written over 100 published books and numerous magazine articles as well as appearing on TV and radio. He offers a range of lively talks packed with amusing anecdotes, gripping facts and exciting incidents, all tailored to be suitable for Probus audiences. All talks are illustrated, unless stated otherwise. Subjects include:
The Battle of Waterloo
* Jack the Ripper
* The Wreck of the Titanic
* Myths and Legends of the First World War
* RAF Bomber Command at War
* The Real King Arthur
* Richard III – Hero or Villain?
* Is Magna Carta still relevant today?
* Yeti – Reality or Hoax?
* Your Local Ghosts
* The Biography of Father Christmas (costume changes)
* Why St George is the patron saint of England (costume changes)
* Plus (to be introduced in 2016) “The Battle of Hastings, 950th Anniversary Update”
All talks come in 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute versions and most involve a powerpoint presentation – Rupert brings his own equipment. The more light-hearted talks involve audience participation as well as jokes and theatricals. Rupert usually talks to audiences in Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire but will go anywhere if required. Standard fee is £60, plus 25p per mile for travel beyond 20 miles from Epsom, Surrey. Full details are available on www.rupertmatthews.com.
Contact: rupert@rupertmatthews.com or 07721 455944.

*DEREK ARMITAGE
My name is Derek Armitage and I am a member of the Andover Probus Club. After retiring from the Army I became the Curator of the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop for 12 years. I now spend my time as the Secretary of Test Valley SSAFA and guiding battlefield tours to Arnhem and Normandy. In addition I give talks on British Army Aviation, the RFC, Glider Operations during WW2, Famine relief in Ethiopia and The Berlin Airlift and Rorke’s Drift.
I produce my own projector/PC and each talk can be trimmed to fit any function but in general last around 40 mins. I will travel to any venue in Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and to the Surrey border. My charge is £50 including travel. For more details contact Derek Armitage at 230 Weyhill Road, Andover, Hants SP10 3LP or tel 01264 337624.

MIKE CURTIS
Greetings. My name is Mike Curtis and I offer guest speaker services on a number of subjects. Last year I spoke at the Probus meeting in Wells, Somerset on “Tornado”; the A1 Pacific Steam Engine built in the UK for 50 years. These talks cover the whole project from Dream to Steam. This year I have been retained by the same club to talk on “Life in a Submarine”, being an ex-Royal Navy Submariner. These presentations cover a number of differing aspects associated with living, working, and operating in a submarine. I have further been asked to create a series of presentations covering “The Russian Convoys”.  My presentations last between 45 – 60 minutes and are produced in PowerPoint with audio, pictures and video. I charge £35 for each talk plus mileage, being based in Bedhampton near Portsmouth I can cover large areas of Southern England within reason. For more details on any of these three subject areas, I can be contacted by email on curtismc49@sky.com or by phone on 07894208720.

HEREFORDSHIRE

*NIGEL VANDYCK
Whether you appreciate modern art or think it is rubbish, Nigel Vandyck’s talks on art history are for you. A retired army officer, Nigel is now a student of art history and particularly its close connection with society in the Western World. His digitally illustrated talks range from 25,000 BC to WW2 and beyond. He is more of an enthusiast than a teacher, more stimulating than educational. He replaces preconception and prejudice with knowledge and understanding.
Nigel can deliver his talks within a 50 mile radius of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire or, given plenty of notice, near Lewis East Sussex, Downton near Salisbury and Penarth, near Cardiff.
For further information please contact Nigel Vandyck BA (Open) on mickleden@keme.co.uk or Nigel Vandyck, Mickleden, Linton, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7RY.

*WALLY HAPPY
Wally Happy has the following talks available to Probus Clubs within a 50-60 mile radius of Fleet in Hampshire.
Open Wide – tales from the dental chair. A humorous look at working life as a military hospital dental/facial technician.
The Reluctant Racing Cyclist. My parallel sporting life, after an unusual beginning that took me close to Olympic/professional status and how I milked it.
From Erk to Pongo and almost back to Erk over 31 plus years. A documented yet poignant account of an interesting career in both services.
My fee is £40 plus mileage (50% goes to Frimley Park Hospital’s Heart2Heart Appeal). For further details contact Wally Happy, 2 Regent Close, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 3NS. Tel 01252 621164 or email w.happy@ntlworld.com

HERTFORDSHIRE

*MIKE RUFF
What entertained Queen Elizabeth, animated Jane Austen and delighted Dickens?  Country dancing is a common thread in our social history that is rarely mentioned outside of novels.  Mike Ruff uses contemporary images and musical examples to give a new angle on history.  Mike is well known and active as a dancer, teacher, author and musician. Based in St Albans and willing to travel widely. Prices negotiable from £75 + travel. See www.mikeruffmusic.co.uk/lecturerecitals.html  or call Mike on 01727 831917

*IAN SENIOR
I give a novel and unusual account of how time and energy determine people’s behaviour past, present and – even more importantly – future.
Fossil fuels are running down, the planet is heating up and fracking is becoming a probability in the UK.  Atomic power brings danger of accidents, problems of waste storage not to mention bombs.  Green power is unlikely to make up for pending energy shortages. Over and above all these, population, migration and warfare are all increasing.
My talk is particularly relevant and topical.
I was educated at Oxford and University College London. My book Time and Energy – understanding human behaviour past, present and future was published in 2013. I’m regularly interviewed by the BBC in relation to postal and mail matters.
My Powerpoint talk, based on my book, has been successfully given to Probus clubs, U3A branches and others including a Rotary and a university association.  I can provide Probus speaker secretaries as contacts who have heard the talk.
My fee is £50 plus mileage from King’s Langley, Herts.
Contact  iansenior@aol.com.  01923 400400

COLIN GENT
Colin Gent gives illustrated talks on two subjects. WWII Royal Navy Destroyers, their wartime and post-war service and The Rolls-Royce Merlin Aero Engine that powered many WWII aircraft types.
The talks can be tailored to your requirements anything from 20 to 90 mins. My fee , which goes to charities, is negotiable depending on club size.
Please contact Colin Gent, Chartered Engineer, Beechwood, 137 The Drive, Rickmansworth, WD3 4DJ, tel 01923 779847 or email colin_mgent@hotmail.com

KENT

*BRIAN SCOVELL
the former Daily Mail sportswriter, speaks about the famous and infamous cricketers, footballers and politicians he has worked with in his 40 year career, including Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Gary Lineker, Jimmy Greaves, Rio Ferdinand, Pele, David Beckham, Jose Mourinho, Colin Cowdrey, Fred Trueman, Geoff Boycott, Michael Holding, Gary Sobers, Brian Lara, Jim Laker, Ken Barrington, Mike Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, John Major, Dennis Skinner,  Henry Kissinger, Learie Constantine and countless more.  He has written 27 sports books, four of which were nominated for the British Sports Books Awards. The latest one, “The Conquests of 1966,” is about the World Cup and the England v West Indies series when he was the only national newspaper sport writer to cover both, for the defunct Daily Sketch.
He is now heading for his 50th Probus Club appearance in the South of England and if you want to add your name to the list and be entertained contact him on:
b.scovell@btinternet.com
0208 464 4133
07879612690

*RUPERT MATTHEWS
Rupert Matthews is a professional historian who has written over 100 published books and numerous magazine articles as well as appearing on TV and radio. He offers a range of lively talks packed with amusing anecdotes, gripping facts and exciting incidents, all tailored to be suitable for Probus audiences. All talks are illustrated, unless stated otherwise. Subjects include:
The Battle of Waterloo
* Jack the Ripper
* The Wreck of the Titanic
* Myths and Legends of the First World War
* RAF Bomber Command at War
* The Real King Arthur
* Richard III – Hero or Villain?
* Is Magna Carta still relevant today?
* Yeti – Reality or Hoax?
* Your Local Ghosts
* The Biography of Father Christmas (costume changes)
* Why St George is the patron saint of England (costume changes)
* Plus (to be introduced in 2016) “The Battle of Hastings, 950th Anniversary Update”
All talks come in 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute versions and most involve a powerpoint presentation – Rupert brings his own equipment. The more light-hearted talks involve audience participation as well as jokes and theatricals. Rupert usually talks to audiences in Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire but will go anywhere if required. Standard fee is £60, plus 25p per mile for travel beyond 20 miles from Epsom, Surrey. Full details are available on www.rupertmatthews.com.
Contact: rupert@rupertmatthews.com or 07721 455944.

*BERNARD LOCKETT
I am a Trustee of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and have often spoken on radio and television. I have two main talks – The Musical Theatre of Gilbert and Sullivan and The Social and Political Satire of Gilbert and Sullivan.
I live in Kent and am willing to travel anywhere throughout the UK. My fee is £80 plus travel expenses.
My name is Bernard Lockett and you can contact me on 01303 226050 or 0777 6174895 or email lblockett@btinternet.com

*ROY INGLETON
Roy Ingleton MA, a member of Maidstone Probus II and a former senior police officer, is the author of numerous books, mainly on police, crime and related matters. He has several talks including:
The History of Policing Kent – tracing police systems from Anglo-Saxon times through to the present day.
The Gentlemen at War: Taking its title from a speech by Winston Churchill this looks at the role of the police in Britain during WWII.
The Heartbeat Years:  dealing with post war years, especially the 1960s and new for 2010 a talk on Kent Disasters.
Each talk lasts about one hour with time for questions. The basic fee is £50 with a contribution towards petrol costs where the venue is more than 20 miles from Maidstone.
For more details contact Roy Ingleton on 01622 762030 or email roy.ingleton@bethere.co.uk

WILF LOWER
Talks given by Wilf Lower include

  • “Lost Empires” the last days of Music Hall and Variety,
  • “Behind the Scenes of Televisions Golden Years”,
  • “Under Billowing Sails: – the romance and reality of tallships
  • “Medway Tales from the Dividing River”.

All talks are supported by visual PowerPoint with projector and screen provided. Wilf was responsible for BBC-TV’s scenic operations department when BBC’s programmes were more popular than ever before or since.
A fee of £45 is requested which includes all expenses for venues in the north/central Kent area. For talks outside this area there could be a small additional charge for travel.
For further details contact Wilf Lower at 67 Beechwood Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME5 7HJ or on 01634 852801.

LANCASHIRE

*STEVE HALLIWELL
Steve Halliwell is a former police officer, but now fully recovered. He has had a lifetime’s interest in natural history, a pastime that eventually took him to the remote islands of St Kilda in the Outer Hebrides. His four visits there triggered an interest in the social history of the islands, an interest that rapidly extended to an interest in his birth place of Preston.
His research into the history of Preston resulted, among other things, in a book entitled ‘Preston Pubs’ and more recently in a book about a Preston Freeman called Moses Holden 1777 – 1864. Holden was an Evangelical Wesleyan Methodist itinerant, non-ordained missionary (which may be easy for you to say) in the Fylde and Over-Wyre area, as well as a travelling astronomical lecturer before the advent of the railways. The book is due to be published in early 2016.
A more recent interest has been developed in the gardens and adjacent grounds of some of our grander halls and stately homes, with his latest talk being of a colourful journey through the garden year at Gresgarth Hall in Caton, in the beautiful Lune Valley.
Talks particularly suited to Probus Groups are:
St. Kilda – The Lonely Isles.
St. Kilda – A Social History
My Work as a Local History Detective
Moses Holden 1777 – 1864: Self-educated Genius
Levens Hall – The Park and Gardens
The Hornbeam to the Handkerchief Tree
Gresgarth Hall Gardens: A Journey through the Year
The Iconic Inns and Taverns of Preston   (But only to audiences close enough to Preston to have an appreciation)
If you wish to have me come and speak to you, I will travel anywhere in Lancashire, and possibly a little further. My fee is £40 plus travel expenses.
Please ring me on 01772 768637 or email me at srh.steve@aol.co.uk. I have a website which lists all my talks. On another page you will find the talks I’m engaged to give. Visit www.stephenhalliwell.com

*MICHAEL HINDLEY
Michael Hindley was a Member of the European Parliament for 15 years and gives a non-party political, informative and entertaining talk on “Europe – fact and fiction”. Michael writes and broadcasts on European and international affairs and also acts as guest lecturer for Noble Caledonia, Saga and Cunard Cruises.
No travel limit but within a reasonable mileage distance (50p per mile, or 2nd class rail fare) from Blackburn, Lancs or Carshalton, Surrey. Fee £30 to £50.
Contact: email: info@michaelhindley.co.uk
Tel: 0776 8845939
Website: www.michaelhindley.co.uk

*JIM FINN
My name is Jim Finn and I am willing to offer the following talks to Probus Clubs:
Another Copper’s Story; Life of Frankie Vaughan; Growing Up in 1950s Liverpool;
A Global Trip on a Merchant Ship; Shades of Northern Ireland.
My fee is based on mileage at a maximum of 50p per mile but is negotiable according to an individual group’s budget. (Minimum charge £25).
Areas covered Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
For further information contact Jim Finn at 6 Rutland House, Blundellsands, Liverpool L23 6TT or on pjflpl@yahoo.co.uk

*MILITARY HISTORY TALKS – Peter Cunliffe
Peter Cunliffe lives in Preston, Lancashire with a previous career in printing and photography. He now works as a freelance writer, speaker and researcher.
While he specialises in RAF operations in WW2, he is able to deliver a wide range of interesting military history talks on topics such as Agincourt, the Battle of Britain, and The Great War. He is equipped with his own state of the art projection and sound equipment. Fee: £50 plus agreed travel expenses.
CONTACT: peter.cunliffe@me.com
WEBSITE: bombercommand.jigsy.com
Phone:01772 752732
Mobile:07761 053105

LEICESTERSHIRE

JOHN GREENWOOD
I am a member of Market Harborough Probus Club.
I am a retired Professor of Politics and speak to my own Probus Club on a range of political issues. Last year I spoke to a title ‘The Joy of British Politics’ which was very well received. I have been booked again to talk on Britain’s Best Prime Minister. I also talk to schools and in the recent past have lectured to university audiences and at academic conferences. I enjoy speaking and keep fully up to date on current politics.
I would be happy to speak to Probus clubs within 200 miles of LE16 9EB and would consider further afield, subject to discussion. I do not ask for a fee, but travelling expenses would be required – either the cost of the petrol or cheapest available train fare.
Please contact me initially by email: jrgreenwood@gmail.com.
John Greenwood BA, PH. D. Professor Emeritus De Montfort University

ALAN HOPKIN
Alan Hopkin has been a specialist in the music business for 60 years. Now semi-retired and a member of Probus he gives talks ranging from his early years (including the war) of living over and working in a musical instrument shop and dealing with all the famous people who came into the shop. Reminiscences of an army bandsman (a humorous talk), changing face of popular music in the 20th century and how the rock book affected the whole music trade, music in education and music as a career.
Alan does not charge for these talks but asks for a donation to Cancer Research and will travel to the adjacent counties to Derbyshire. For further information contact Alan on 01335 324242 or email hopkinstrings@googlemail.com

DEREK JERRAM
Dam and Blast is a talk by Derek Jerram on impounding reservoir disasters speaking form personal experience. Water can cause enormous problems as we all know, especially when it is impounded behind a dam which as not been designed or constructed safely. This talk reviews some impounding reservoirs, both recent and historical which have caused great loss of life or money or prestige, or all of these. Derek Jerram was a chartered engineer and a chartered arbitrator and was a water engineer for many years, with an experience of dams old and new.
If you wish to be entertained by stories of men’s greed or folly and their consequences then please give me a call on 01455 290410 or email dsjerram@tiscali.co.uk. No fee will be charged but a donation to The Spence’s Pension Charity would be welcome. This charity has no overheads whatsoever.

LINCOLNSHIRE

*ERIC-NOEL FARTHING
Experienced speaker. M.A.(Research) specialist in English/German social, political and military history 1890 to 1952. For example Hitler’s British family; The British SS; Men that fought for Hitler; Mrs Hitler – the life of Eva Braun; Winifred Wagner, an English women at Bayreuth. Full list/précis of 30 talks available. Lincolnshire and immediate area. Peppercorn fees for talks plus mileage.
Please contact Eric-Noel Farthing for further information on 01522 542731.

*Dr JOHN HARDING PRICE
Based in Lincoln, Dr John Harding Price is willing to give a talk to enable people to be alert to change in their life which move them from mental health to mental illness, even if only momentary and the consequences when that change moves over into the questions of law and crime. This enables people and their family to be aware of changes of function, emotion and attention which are affecting or damaging their decision making. The role of the GP as a trusted friend and confidant or an eight minute time watcher. Awareness of friends and colleagues’ state of mind and when to seek help, and how and where to do it. The consequences when medical service failure can lead to a person ending up as a murderer, committing suicide or a prison inmate.
For more detail contact Dr Price on 01522 528662.

ANDREW DURKAN
I am a solicitor now based in Scunthorpe. I specialise in the areas of will drafting (including protection of assets from care home fees), administration of estates, lasting powers of attorney and applications to the Court of Protection. I have given talks to different groups on the work that I do. They have tended to be quite informal and often react to any particular issues people want to raise.
If any groups in my area would be interested in having me talk to them, I do not charge for my time or travel and I would be happy to travel within a 20 mile radius of Scunthorpe.
Andrew Durkan. Email: ad@sillslegal.co.uk

Dr JOHN HARDING PRICE
My name is Dr John Harding Price. I have sixty years continuous experience in medicine as a GP and a Consultant Psychiatrist.
I am available to speak on a number of issues in Mental Health and I am happy to talk to small groups or larger audiences.
Subjects include:

  • Mental Health in a turbulent world.
  • Understanding the unconscious mind and rebalancing it when it goes amok.
  • What went wrong in such disastrous cases as Raoul Moat in Northumbria, Derick Bird in Cumbria or the barrister Mr Saunders in London

Our recent book ‘Not What the Doctor Ordered’ by Austin Mitchell MP (for Greater Grimsby) and myself is enabling some people to understand how mental illness can fit into peoples’ lives.
There is no charge for the talk, just expenses.
Further details are available from Dr John Harding Price, The Lawn Medical Centre, St Anne’s Close, Lincoln, LN2 5QT.

LIVERPOOL – SEE MERSEYSIDE

LONDON

MIKE RUFF
What entertained Queen Elizabeth, animated Jane Austen and delighted Dickens?  Country dancing is a common thread in our social history that is rarely mentioned outside of novels.  Mike Ruff uses contemporary images and musical examples to give a new angle on history.  Mike is well known and active as a dancer, teacher, author and musician. Based in St Albans and willing to travel widely. Prices negotiable from £75 + travel. See www.mikeruffmusic.co.uk/lecturerecitals.html  or call Mike on 01727 831917

GRAHAME WILLIAMS
Grahame Williams offers the following talks in the south east of England. Tower Hamlets – an ever changing Borough. 19 Years on the Bench – experiences as a JP. First Impressions of India – the golden triangle. A Funny Old Life – anecdotes and stories. Life in an Ivory Tower – an insight into the academic world. The Rotary Foundation – anecdotes & stories about Polio Eradication, Group Study Exchange, Matching Grants & Scholarships. Travel Tribulations – ups and downs of foreign travel. Life as a Milkman.
No fees or expenses are expected but a donation to RNIB (Talking Books) would be much appreciated.
Grahame can be contacted on 0208 508 6204 or by email grahamyra@btinternet.com

*GARRY WYKES
Garry Wykes is a Retired Warden of The Crown Jewels at HM Tower of London where he worked for 12 years and has been lecturing on several interesting and Historical themes since 2005. He speaks to women’s groups, retired businessmen, Probus Clubs, historical societies and other interested organisations within the Greater London area.
Garry has delivered lectures on board Cunard’s RMS Queen Mary 2,    and the Queen Victoria with lecture voyages on the Celebrity Infinity, SeaDream One and other cruise ships.
He served as a volunteer Olympic Games Maker during the 2012 London Olympic Games and Paralympics in the Protocol Team at the ExCel centre in east London.
Garry was at one time a Borough Councillor in East Cheshire and previously worked for Astra Zeneca in Cheshire for 26 years.
His digital illustrated presentation, called ‘Treasures and the Tower’ gives an insight into the amazing history of the Tower and the famous Crown Jewels. It lasts for approximately 45mins but can be tailored to your requirements. It includes humorous anecdotes and plenty of opportunities to ask questions. He also has several other lectures, which may be of interest: ‘The History of British Coronations’, ‘Prisoners in The Tower’ and ‘The Kings and Queens of England’.
The fee for one of his talks is £70 plus travelling expenses, which at the moment is 40p per mile.
If you are interested in holding one of his talks at your branch, please contact him by phone at (Home) 020-8980 2193, (Mobile): 07950 973 506, or by e-mail on garrywykes9@icloud.com

*ROY BILHAM ARCM
Roy started playing the cornet with Rowntrees Cocoa Works Band in York at the age of 12. At 20 he joined the Royal Artillery Band, the oldest band in Great Britain, where he became principle trumpet of both the wind and orchestra, Band Sergeant Major and Deputy Band Master.
Since retiring from the RA Band in 1987 he has worked as a busy freelance trumpet player, playing with several leading London Orchestras, most notably the Philharmonia, with whom he has performed in many of the major concert halls in Europe, Japan and the USA.
Roy’s own ensemble Thames Fanfare Brass was formed in 1987 and is still covering fanfares for occasions such as Royal film premieres, awards ceremonies and dinner music for banquets at the Mansion House, the list is endless.
Travel with Roy as he takes you on a journey spanning 50 years and 35 countries playing his trumpet. Listen as he talks about the famous and sometimes infamous people he has met along the way. Laugh with him as he tells you amusing and sometimes embarrassing anecdotes from his days in the army. Smile as he recounts stories from royalty to his next door neighbour. Follow him as he takes you to grand and magnificent venues all around the world. Listen as Roy plays music from his 5 decades as a professional trumpet player from classical to the charts.
Tel: 01322 430779 Email: rbilham@thamesfanfarebrass.com

*CHRIS TRURAN
I am a retired Crime Scene Investigator and I worked for the Metropolitan Police for 40 years. I examined 25000 crime scenes. I have 3 talks that I give on Fingerprints, DNA and other Trace Evidence in Criminal Investigations. My talks include a PowerPoint presentation and I bring all my own equipment. I have given talks to ten Probus Groups in the London and home counties area.
I charge £50 and travel expenses @ 40p per mile over 30 miles from Wood Green, North London.
I am often available at very short notice if your booked speaker has let you down!
Please contact me on 0208 888 9696 or chris.truran@virgin.net (member of the Probus Club of Enfield).

*ALAN HAINES
Alan Haines an experienced guest speaker whose unique presentations are guaranteed to add that extra sparkle to your club meeting or event. He uses archive film footage, animations, technology, music, magic, humour and lots of audience engagement to bring his presentations to life.
Alan provides all of his own equipment and the appropriate licences. He just needs the venue to provide a three pin plug socket. It’s helpful if he can have access to the venue at least thirty minutes before the start time. He is able to travel anywhere although most of his work is in the South East of England. His fees are very affordable and he offers exceptional value.
Current popular presentations include;
A KICK UP THE SIXTIES
A whimsical excursion back to the 1960s. It’s a trip down Memory Lane with lots of nostalgia and humour. It evokes fond memories of The Twist, Mods and Rockers, The Beatles, The Profumo Scandal, The Great Train Robbery and loads more. Prepare yourself for a swinging experience.
A SWIPE AT THE SEVENTIES
Following on from the huge popularity of A Kick Up The Sixties, A Swipe At The Seventies takes a playful look at the following decade. The 60s are remembered with huge affection and was a tough decade to follow so how did the 1970s do? Platform shoes and Chelsea boots are not compulsory but may be worn if desired.
MAD MUSICIANS AND CRAZY DANCERS
A look at some of the musicians and dancers who can only be described as ‘eccentric’. Featuring comedy music and dancing at its  whackiest and with the stories behind the artistes this is an informative as well as a riotous presentation.
FROM DADA TO DOO DAH
The Dada art movement, of the early 20th century, was influenced by the French artist, Marcel Duchamp. So too were the iconic comedy group of the 1960s, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. With recorded music, silent films and animations we consider the question, “What is art”?
All presentations run for 45 minutes.
Phone: 07872 613419. Email: alanhaineslondon@yahoo.co.uk. Website: www.alanhaines.co.uk

TREVOR WALKER
I am an official awareness volunteer speaker / stand holder for Prostate Cancer UK. Why? Because having had the cancer I care passionately about awareness – better tested than permanently rested! I had no symptoms – a random test caught it in time.
The facts:
Only 46% of people even know what the prostate is! 12% what it does!
1 in 8 men will get the cancer (1 in 4 if a black man) / 10000 men die every year – 1 every hour – from the illness.
It is already the most common cancer in men and will be the most common cancer of all by 2030 which is startling as women – 50% of the population – cannot get it.
Those at high risk are: over 50 years old / if it’s in the family / African Caribbean men – yet only 83% of people know who is at higher risk!
I usually start a talk by asking how many in the audience have had the cancer which means how many others are likely to get it! Gloom, doom and despondency! But then say “heh, look at me! Nearly 20 years later and I am still alive and kicking and annoying people because it was caught in time!
Although women cannot have the cancer physically, they are affected by it emotionally, practically and financially, can nag their men folk to be tested and give the support so needed if necessary. Hence I talk to women’s groups too.
So if your group may benefit from such a talk (free of charge in central and west London, Middlesex and nearby) please let me know and I will be there – have memory stick, will travel!
Trevor Walker trevorewalker@aol.com / 07768 966128

MANCHESTER

CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON
I am an experienced speaker to Probus Clubs, initially in the Cheshire and South Manchester areas but now available in N Yorks, County Durham and Teesside. I have all my own audio visual equipment and charge a very modest fee mainly to cover petrol costs. My topics are The Battle of the Somme 1916, First World War VCs and the Story of Noel Chavasse VC and Bar, Forgotten Victory August to November 1918 and Winston Churchill the Warrior (which can be one talk or a 2-parter.) I am currently preparing talks on Dresden 1945 and the Zulu Wars 1879. I can be contacted on 01748 850385 or emailed christopherrobinson114@btinternet.com

*JIM FINN
My name is Jim Finn and I am willing to offer the following talks to Probus Clubs:
Another Copper’s Story; Life of Frankie Vaughan; Growing Up in 1950s Liverpool;
A Global Trip on a Merchant Ship; Shades of Northern Ireland.
My fee is based on mileage at a maximum of 50p per mile but is negotiable according to an individual group’s budget. (Minimum charge £25).
Areas covered Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
For further information contact Jim Finn at 6 Rutland House, Blundellsands, Liverpool L23 6TT or on pjflpl@yahoo.co.uk

KEITH THOMPSON
A member of Brooklands Probus Club in Sale, Cheshire, I speak about the search for my late Uncle, who was killed in action in Normandy: “Looking for Jack”  It looks at the effects of war on an ordinary family,  social history, visits to both WW1 & WW2 war graves and an unexpected twist. The talk lasts just over one hour and has been delivered to Probus and other organisations and been well received (so far!)  A donation to a local charity supporting the Christie hospital in Manchester is requested. Will travel in a 25 mile radius of Manchester.
E-mail keith.thompson547@ntlworld.com
Tel:  0161 973 0030

ALAN HOPKIN
Alan Hopkin has been a specialist in the music business for 60 years. Now semi-retired and a member of Probus he gives talks ranging from his early years (including the war) of living over and working in a musical instrument shop and dealing with all the famous people who came into the shop. Reminiscences of an army bandsman (a humorous talk), changing face of popular music in the 20th century and how the rock book affected the whole music trade, music in education and music as a career.
Alan does not charge for these talks but asks for a donation to Cancer Research and will travel to the adjacent counties to Derbyshire. For further information contact Alan on 01335 324242 or email hopkinstrings@googlemail.com

BRIAN GREEN
Brian Green is a retired company director and is offering the following talks – Disney and the Music, Disney and the Oscars, Disney and the Songwriters, I Got Gershwin, A funny thing  happened on the way to Stephen Sondheim, Andrew and his Amazing Technicolour Musicals; That’s Barbershop and The Best Stage Musicals Ever.
Brian lives in Gatley so any venue within 30 mile radius of Manchester Airport is OK, and asks for a £30-£60 charity donation.
For more details contact Brian Green on 0161 491 0425 or email bmgreene22@gmail.com

MERSEYSIDE

BERNARD DENNIS
Bernard Dennis is a member of the British Longbow Society (BLBS) and talks about the development of bows & arrows throughout the ages, ranging from the need for hunting, the use in war and recreation and also the legend of Robin Hood.
The BLBS was first established in 1951 and its main purpose is to perpetuate the use of the English longbow as a recreational sport whilst maintaining the age old traditions associated with a weapon that significantly influenced the history of the British Isles.
The talk is illustrated with examples of a ‘self’ Yew longbow, an old scythian re-curve bow and modern equivalents, various types of arrows and arrowheads used for hunting, war and recreation, the development of the target and explanations of many well known phrases used in everyday language, such as ‘rule of thumb’, ‘brace yourself’, ‘the butt of the joke’, ‘fast and loose’ etc.
No charge is made for the talk, which can last from 30-60 minutes depending on time constraints and content, but a donation to the Claire House Children’s Hospice Charity would be appreciated. I can cover Cheshire, Wirral, Flint, Wrexham, Denbighshire and north Shropshire. Contact: Bernard Dennis MBE, Tel: 07966 436073 or 01244 660102. email dennis@bernard20.orangehome.co.uk .

*JIM FINN
My name is Jim Finn and I am willing to offer the following talks to Probus Clubs:
Another Copper’s Story; Life of Frankie Vaughan; Growing Up in 1950s Liverpool;
A Global Trip on a Merchant Ship; Shades of Northern Ireland.
My fee is based on mileage at a maximum of 50p per mile but is negotiable according to an individual group’s budget. (Minimum charge £25).
Areas covered Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
For further information contact Jim Finn at 6 Rutland House, Blundellsands, Liverpool L23 6TT or on pjflpl@yahoo.co.uk

MIDLANDS – EAST

*BRIAN TEALL
My name is Brian Teall and I am willing to give talks in the Midlands. I live in Coleshill and charge mileage if I go further afield.  I give Power Point Presentations such as Demoliton and rebuilding a 17th Century timber framed barn; Refurbishing Coleshill Old Market Hall; A visit to Lybia; a Holiday in Ethiopia; The Inca trail in Peru; Ancient Rome; A very different sort of Christmas; A visit to Syria and Restoration of Middleton Hall near Tamworth. I also give talks such as Hitler’s V3 and Barnes Wallis big bomb; Enigma code machine and Bletchley Park; William Strata Smith who challenged the church on the age of the earth; homeopathy; Magalithic Monuments and the Origins of Christianity. Where it all went wrong.
For more details contact Brian Teall by email brianteall@talktalk.net

*ALASTAIR GOODRUM
I present illustrated talks on the aviation history of the East Midlands (including counties around The Wash. Talks are based on my four published books and numerous articles. 1. The World’s First Top Gun School – RAF Sutton Bridge In Peace and War; 2. Balloon, Bleriots & Barnstormers – 200 Years of Flying for Fun; 3. No Place for Chivalry – Night Fighter Action of E Midlands in WW1 & WW2. 4. Dying To Fly- Human Cost of Military Flying 1912 to Present. I also have a talk Women in Aviation dealing with East Midlands stories and wider examples. Duration of talks are as required by the group.
For more information contact Alastair Goodrum at alijo34@yahoo.co.uk

*PHIL GRIFFITHS
My name is Phil Griffiths. In the run-up to the decimalisation of coinage during the late 1960s I began collecting coins from the change in my pocket. This led to taking a deeper interest in coins and their history.
My talk begins with the origins of coins in Greece almost 3000 years ago, takes in the first coins to circulate in Britain over 2000 years ago and takes the story right through English history to the current coinage.
My PowerPoint presentation is entitled ‘Stories of the English Coinage’ and contains over 40 images showing coins, maps and illustrations/photographs of coin-making methods from ancient times to the present day (the latter supplied by The Royal Mint). The talk demonstrates how the art, technology, culture, religion, language and politics of their times influence coin design and lasts between 45 minutes and an hour.
I am based in Walsall and willing to travel throughout the Midlands. My fee is £50 plus reasonable travelling expenses.
For further information contact me at pgriffo@talktalk.net or telephone 01922 451953.

MIDLANDS – WEST

TROOP AID Supporting injured troops
We have three very experienced and informative speakers on the work of this small charity with a World Wide Reach www.troopaid.info
We are very much in demand and have spoken to many Probus Clubs over the past nine years.
Troop Aid was founded in November 2006 by three ex servicemen in Solihull, West Midlands. It was at that time they discovered that Service Personnel returning to the United Kingdom from Operations or Training exercises arrived back without their personal effects or clothing. The objective of TROOP AID was then and still is today to supply the ‘basic essentials’ when service casualties are admitted to hospital while they are serving their country.
Examples of what we supply are a GRAB BAG, both male and female containing toiletries, shower mules, socks, underwear, t-shirt and shorts, at the QE hospital in Birmingham we also supply refreshments in the Military family’s room.
Our GRAB BAGS are currently being sent out to the UK Military Hospitals Units in Cyprus, Canada, Kenya and Germany plus all Ministry of Defence Hospital Units throughout the UK
We do not charge a fee however donations or a collection would be very much appreciated. Travel over 25 miles from Solihull is charged at .45p per mile, or a contribution to public transport.
Please contact Pam Sutton on 0121 711 7215 / 07734 384260 or
e-mail troopaid@icloud.com

*CHRIS EDWARDS
I was having so much fun giving presentations during 6 years working for the RSPB, I left to become a full time talk presenter and guided walks leader.
Talks are fully illustrated with stunning PowerPoint slides and soundtrack. I am constantly updating and adding to my presentations, which normally last around 1 hour.
This year I offer the following entertaining talks:
Garden Birds – I didn’t know they did that!
Trollops! Gigolos! I name and shame them, plus more insights to birds
Birdwatching for all!
Fun tips and techniques for knowing who’s nibbling your nuts
Gardening for Wildlife
How you can make your garden wildlife friendly
RSPB Middleton Lakes – From gravel pit to nature reserve
The fascinating story of creating a nature reserve from gravel pits
I also offer guided walks around two of the most interesting RSPB nature reserves in the West Midlands; Middleton Lakes and Sandwell Valley. Kindly ask for further details.
Tel: 07855 786431 email: cwve@talktalk.net

*BEN STEPHENS
Most of us have lived our lives to the full and either have created or inherited assets which we now hold dear and would plan to pass on to our loved ones when we die. Unfortunately we hear too many tales about estates which have been ravaged by a variety of issues which substantially reduce the value of those estates and in some cases wipe them out altogether. There are genuine ways of protecting your estate against the like of Inheritance Tax, care fees and other third party attack – but only if you plan ahead.
Ben Stephens’ talk discusses the issues and potential solutions at a general level, but with an opportunity to then set up individual appointments when cases can be discussed in private.
No fee, no travel costs anywhere in the West Midlands, however a small donation to the Midland Air Ambulance would be appreciated.
For more details contact Ben Stephens on 07814 440379 or email benstephens17@gmail.com

*CLIFF KIRBY-TIBBITS
Cliff Kirby –Tibbits has 6 talks in his repertoire. Five are humorous. One, however, is anything but. On being told that his factory was haunted, he began to investigate. Hear how it started and how it sadly finished, he has recently spoken to The Ghost Club in London . He worked at Jabez Cliff & Co. who were Saddlers to the Queen, he talks about its history 1793-2011. “The History of Walsall, Warts and All” and “The Versatility of Leather”. He is widely travelled but occasionally trips went wrong; fire at 35000ft and a wheel dropping off a taxi, are just two stories from ” Never a Dull Moment ,40 years of Business Travel” . Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on Television Game or Quiz Show? He has been on The Generation Game, Weakest Link twice and Who wants to be a Millionaire, listen to his experiences in “ A Contestants Eye View” He has also been on BBC’s “Great British Railway Journeys” with Michael Portillo as Walsall’s Spokesperson on the Saddle Industry.
He charges £50 + mileage if more than 40 miles. He can speak at short notice, if someone has to cancel
Email cliffkt@hotmail.co.uk mob 07769 181066

*JON COOPER
Jon Cooper is a qualified financial adviser and a director of Sensible Money which designs investment and insurance products for companies to offer to their customers, alongside this he operates a sales and marketing consultancy. Jon has founded over a dozen businesses in the last 20 years including the Weston Financial Group which he grew to a £10m turnover before selling to a plc. Jon appears regularly on BBC Radio and writes a business column in the Birmingham Post and online. Jon will cover any subject to do with financial security. Jon Cooper charges a £40 fee and can be contacted at 107 Caversham Place, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6HW or at Sensible Money 01283 575 450 or gh@sensiblemoney.co.uk

PHIL GRIFFITHS
My name is Phil Griffiths. In the run-up to the decimalisation of coinage during the late 1960s I began collecting coins from the change in my pocket. This led to taking a deeper interest in coins and their history.
My talk begins with the origins of coins in Greece almost 3000 years ago, takes in the first coins to circulate in Britain over 2000 years ago and takes the story right through English history to the current coinage.
My PowerPoint presentation is entitled ‘Stories of the English Coinage’ and contains over 40 images showing coins, maps and illustrations/photographs of coin-making methods from ancient times to the present day (the latter supplied by The Royal Mint). The talk demonstrates how the art, technology, culture, religion, language and politics of their times influence coin design and lasts between 45 minutes and an hour.
I am based in Walsall and willing to travel throughout the Midlands. My fee is £50 plus reasonable travelling expenses.
For further information contact me at pgriffo@talktalk.net or telephone 01922 451953.

*BRIAN TEALL
My name is Brian Teall and I am willing to give talks in the Midlands. I live in Coleshill and charge mileage if I go further afield.  I give Power Point Presentations such as Demoliton and rebuilding a 17th Century timber framed barn; Refurbishing Coleshill Old Market Hall; A visit to Lybia; a Holiday in Ethiopia; The Inca trail in Peru; Ancient Rome; A very different sort of Christmas; A visit to Syria and Restoration of Middleton Hall near Tamworth. I also give talks such as Hitler’s V3 and Barnes Wallis big bomb; Enigma code machine and Bletchley Park; William Strata Smith who challenged the church on the age of the earth; homeopathy; Magalithic Monuments and the Origins of Christianity. Where it all went wrong.
For more details contact Brian Teall by email brianteall@talktalk.net

NORFOLK

*DOREEN REED
Doreen Reed has entertained many audiences with her homespun amusing poems and tales of everyday life, some should be taken with a pinch of salt. If you remember the 50’s and 60’s you will appreciate her subtle humour. She is often heard on BBC Radio Norfolk. She has been described as very funny with the ability to write an amusing tale about even the most mundane events. Doreen lives near King’s Lynn in Norfolk but will travel throughout East Anglia. Fee for 45 minutes is £30 plus 20p per mile travel.
More details email: dh.reed@btopenworld.com. Or tel: 01485 571913 Or website: www.doreenreedpoet.com

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

KEN HEATHCOTE & PIPER
I am a registered speaker for Dogs for Good (formerly Dogs for the Disabled) with eight years of speaking experience with my first Assistance Dog, Petra. She has now retired and I have a successor dog named Piper. I have to gain the confidence with Piper over six months before I can accept any bookings. However, because many organisations reserve speakers well in advance, I can now take bookings from July 2017 onwards. I can usually fill in at short notice if you are let down, but only from July 2017.
I am severely disabled, a quadriplegic and speak from my powered wheelchair, so the venue must be wheelchair friendly.
I talk for approx 45 min -1hr, usually with a demonstration if conditions allow.
I talk about myself and disability, and the difference living with the help of an Assistance Dog makes.
I talk about Piper from puppy to present.
About the charity and its good work.
My present fee is £45 (which goes to the charity) + travelling expenses of 40p per mile.
email k.heathcote61@gmail.com. Tel 01623 406701(Mansfield)

ROY WOODWARD
Roy Woodward offers a variety of talks in Nottingham and the surrounding areas. Titles include Aluminium I and II, Cricket, Hollywood Westerns, Hollywood Musicals, Gangsters and Boxing. All are “one man’s view of” rather than a strict history of the subject. No fee is charged, just a modest amount for travel expenses. For further details contact Roy at 27 Hallfields, Edwalton, Nottingham, NG12 4AA or on 0115 9235713.

ALAN HOPKIN
Alan Hopkin has been a specialist in the music business for 60 years. Now semi-retired and a member of Probus he gives talks ranging from his early years (including the war) of living over and working in a musical instrument shop and dealing with all the famous people who came into the shop. Reminiscences of an army bandsman (a humorous talk), changing face of popular music in the 20th century and how the rock book affected the whole music trade, music in education and music as a career.
Alan does not charge for these talks but asks for a donation to Cancer Research and will travel to the adjacent counties to Derbyshire. For further information contact Alan on 01335 324242 or email hopkinstrings@googlemail.com

OXFORDSHIRE

*ROGER SHAW
My name is Roger Shaw, Commodore of Henley Offshore Group and a member of Henley Probus.
I have been speaking to Probus/Rotary and yacht clubs for three years and am normally invited back.
My talks are:
1. Disasters I have created as a Skipper over 24000 miles in the Baltic,Med and Southern England. It is lighthearted.
2.Ten years sailing in New England (Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Newport, Cape Cod). Both nautical and historical (eg whaling in Nantucket).
3. Zheng He, admiral of the largest fleet ever assembled who sailed around the world in 1421 and discovered America 70 years before Columbus, who had a Chinese map! Based on Gavin Menzies best selling and controversial book (1421)
4.The Oregon Trail. 1840/1860 from Missouri to Oregon (and California) 400,000 migrants,20,000 deaths through cholera and 200 by American Indians whose land they invaded.
I charge £50 plus travel from Henley.
07841 039946/roger.shaw01@btinternet.com

*BARRY ROOT
Barry Root is available for speaking engagements in East Anglia. Barry is Manager of Norfolk and Essex Racing Clubs (horse racing) and a bloodstock agent and will speak on the subject of “Bringing Racehorse Ownership to Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex (as appropriate) – a potted account of thoroughbred horse racing and breeding”. For more details contact Barry Root at Norfolk Racing Club, Cleveland House, Weaverhead Lane, Thaxted, Essex, CM6 2LE. Tel: 01371 831769 or email norfolkracingclub@btinternet.com

SHROPSHIRE

*JIM FINN
My name is Jim Finn and I am willing to offer the following talks to Probus Clubs:
Another Copper’s Story; Life of Frankie Vaughan; Growing Up in 1950s Liverpool;
A Global Trip on a Merchant Ship; Shades of Northern Ireland.
My fee is based on mileage at a maximum of 50p per mile but is negotiable according to an individual group’s budget. (Minimum charge £25).
Areas covered Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
For further information contact Jim Finn at 6 Rutland House, Blundellsands, Liverpool L23 6TT or on pjflpl@yahoo.co.uk

BERNARD DENNIS
Bernard Dennis is a member of the British Longbow Society (BLBS) and talks about the development of bows & arrows throughout the ages, ranging from the need for hunting, the use in war and recreation and also the legend of Robin Hood.
The BLBS was first established in 1951 and its main purpose is to perpetuate the use of the English longbow as a recreational sport whilst maintaining the age old traditions associated with a weapon that significantly influenced the history of the British Isles.
The talk is illustrated with examples of a ‘self’ Yew longbow, an old scythian re-curve bow and modern equivalents, various types of arrows and arrowheads used for hunting, war and recreation, the development of the target and explanations of many well known phrases used in everyday language, such as ‘rule of thumb’, ‘brace yourself’, ‘the butt of the joke’, ‘fast and loose’ etc.
No charge is made for the talk, which can last from 30-60 minutes depending on time constraints and content, but a donation to the Claire House Children’s Hospice Charity would be appreciated. I can cover Cheshire, Wirral, Flint, Wrexham, Denbighshire and north Shropshire. Contact: Bernard Dennis MBE, Tel: 07966 436073 or 01244 660102. email dennis@bernard20.orangehome.co.uk .

SOMERSET

IAN WILLIAMSON
I offer a talk about my three weeks in Nepal last November, fund raising for St Margaret’s Hospice and helping the Napalese people by painting the outside walls of a newly built cancer hospital and building a house for a family who lost their home in the earthquake.
I am now raising funds for the next St Margaret’s Trek to Peru in April 2017. The minimum donation for the talk is £50 (which goes to the hospice).
My contact number is 07478 672185 and from my base in Yeovil I will travel anywhere in Devon, Somerset, Dorset and South Gloucestershire with no travel expenses. Two further talks on my Australia trip and conservation restoration work in the Czekh Republic will be available later in the year.

*RICHARD BALLINGER Teacher/Magician, can offer the following:

  • TEACHING with MAGIC – Interactive Talk to appeal to ALL your members.
    • COMEDY MAGIC SHOW – Be AMAZED – MYSTIFIED – & AMUSED.
    Please contact Richard (WESTON-SUPER-MARE) on 01934 418184   07979 600 797  magic@richard-ballinger.co.uk

*MARK ANDRESEN
Mark Andresen invites Probus Clubs in Devon, Somerset and Dorset to consider the following talks: Picture Post Magazine – How a 1930’s paper influenced the current affairs TV of today; Chasing the Tarka Trail – how a great author raced to follow up a classic novel; Defrocking the Priestly Hero – Edwardian Atheism in uncanny fiction; The Dispassionate Eye – Mervyn Peake’s War and its impact upon his art and Aliens of London – Rudolph Carter at 1950’s BBC and his TV of the Apocalypse.
Each talk lasts for 30-45 mins. Mark charges £30 and he can be contacted on 079 5017 4455 or email markandresen@hotmail.com

STAFFORDSHIRE

NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM – ALREWAS
The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire has a number of volunteers who offer presentations to groups. The charge for these presentations is £25 to the arboretum together with travelling expenses of 45p per mile. To arrange for a presentation contact the arboretum at 01283 245143.

DON WATSON
My name is Don Watson. I was taught the art of speaking to a large group of people when I became Sick Berth Petty Officer in the Royal Navy. On and off since then I’ve been a public speaker. I am happy to travel up to 30 miles from Burton upon Trent. I ask for £20 which I donate to charity and £10 for petrol. My talks include: My Career in the Prison Service during the 50s and 60s. Probation Officer in Staffordshire in the 60s. Round the world with Don and Evelyn. A journey in Spain via France including a ride on le Shuttle. The Orient Express. Malta and Us. Jersey – Occupation Remembered, and others.
For further details contact Don at 37 Charnwood Road, Burton on Trent, Staffs DE13 0PN or on 01283 561343.

*ROGER HAILWOOD
Roger Hailwood is a retired teacher whose talks include:
China, the palaces and the Great Wall
Norfolk, the Broads, windmills and churches
To the top of Kilimanjaro.
Ethiopia, a trek through the highlands
Ethiopia, its rock churches
New Zealand, volcanoes and hot springs
The Yorkshire Dales.
Contact: Roger Hailwood at 01283 790188, or roger.hailwood@tiscali.co.uk

*DAVID TAYLOR
I am David Taylor, a member of Uttoxeter Probus Club. I joined the Prison Service at the age of 21 and spent my first ten years working with young offenders and on promotion moved to headquarters to work in the industrial relations section dealing with issues in the 38 prisons in the South East.
Following further promotion to chief officer at a large remand centre in Ashford, Middlesex and to a governor grade at Felltham Young Offenders, I moved to Reading Prison where, as deputy governor, I was responsible for the operation of the “Supergrass unit”, holding high profile informers. The last five years of my service was at Nottingham Prison as deputy governor and it was from here that I  became involved in promoting and leading humanitarian aid convoys to the Balkans from 1995 onwards.
I retired after 32 years in the prison service and continued running convoys into Kosovo and Albania. In recent years I have been involved in deployment as an election monitor with OSCE in Bosnia, Albania and the Ukraine and worked as a consultant at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda.
I have appeared on Carlton TV’s “Central Weekend” and “Crimestalker”. Also on a Channel 4 documentary examining the needs of hearing impaired long-term prisoners. The extract from Crimestalker can be viewed at http://youtu.be/IDpTQHMuATc
Talk 1: Prison and Prison Life
An entertaining, anecdotal and light-hearted resumé of prison life covering the humour in prison and looking at the issues that confront staff and prisoners alike, including the challenges brought by notorious prisoners.
Talk 2: Humanitarian Aid Convoys
An informative and topical talk on planning for a multi-vehicle convoy and the equitable distribution of aid, including the horrendous experiences and the risks involved and the lighter moments of enhancing the life of refugees and orphans, albeit for a short time.
The cost of the talks is £50, which goes to charity, plus reasonable travel expenses from Uttoxeter. No equipment is required.
Contact.  Probus@vacationcars.biz
01889 500687/07970 096146

*ALAN HOPKIN
Alan Hopkin has been a specialist in the music business for 60 years. Now semi-retired and a member of Probus he gives talks ranging from his early years (including the war) of living over and working in a musical instrument shop and dealing with all the famous people who came into the shop. Reminiscences of an army bandsman (a humorous talk), changing face of popular music in the 20th century and how the rock book affected the whole music trade, music in education and music as a career.
Alan does not charge for these talks but asks for a donation to Cancer Research and will travel to the adjacent counties to Derbyshire. For further information contact Alan on 01335 324242 or email hopkinstrings@googlemail.com

SUFFOLK

*DEREK PALGRAVE
Chartered chemist Derek’s interest in history began in the early 50s with mediaeval churches and genealogy.
Over the decades his expertise has grown significantly and he offers more than 30 talks on topics ranging from tackling your family history to heraldry, the origins of surnames to church art and architecture, plus a number of scientific topics.
Derek asks for a donation to The Churches Conservation Trust and charges 40p per mile to cover travelling, insurance and maintenance costs. He will travel a maximum 50 miles from Bury St Edmunds.
For a full list of talks please write to Crossfield House, Dale Road Stanton, Suffolk IP31 2DY, telephone 01359-251050 or send an E-mail message to D.A.PALGRAVE.54@cantab.net

*BARRY ROOT
Barry Root is available for speaking engagements in East Anglia. Barry is Manager of Norfolk and Essex Racing Clubs (horse racing) and a bloodstock agent and will speak on the subject of “Bringing Racehorse Ownership to Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex (as appropriate) – a potted account of thoroughbred horse racing and breeding”. For more details contact Barry Root at Norfolk Racing Club, Cleveland House, Weaverhead Lane, Thaxted, Essex, CM6 2LE. Tel: 01371 831769 or email norfolkracingclub@btinternet.com

SURREY

*JONATHAN JONES
My name is Jonathan Jones and I am the officially appointed Town Crier for Farnham, Surrey and give my talks on my role as a Town Crier. I come in my full regalia and include a “shout” at the end of my talk. I also give talks/performances on Kipling – his life and poetry; Dylan Thomas – his life and works; A Christmas Carol; Pickwick Papers, The Just So Stories; and more.
I am willing to travel anywhere within a radius of 50 miles of Farnham.
My fees are flexible in that as the size of groups vary and hence what they can afford, I ask that you pay what you might normally expect to pay a speaker plus mileage at 30p per mile.
For further details contact Jonathan Jones on 01252 721375. To see his website go to www.farnhamtowncrier.co.uk

MICHAEL HINDLEY
Michael Hindley was a Member of the European Parliament for 15 years and gives a non-party political, informative and entertaining talk on “Europe – fact and fiction”. Michael writes and broadcasts on European and international affairs and also acts as guest lecturer for Noble Caledonia, Saga and Cunard Cruises.
No travel limit but within a reasonable mileage distance (50p per mile, or 2nd class rail fare) from Blackburn, Lancs or Carshalton, Surrey. Fee £30 to £50.
Contact: email: info@michaelhindley.co.uk
Tel: 0776 8845939
Website: www.michaelhindley.co.uk

*RUPERT MATTHEWS
Rupert Matthews is a professional historian who has written over 100 published books and numerous magazine articles as well as appearing on TV and radio. He offers a range of lively talks packed with amusing anecdotes, gripping facts and exciting incidents, all tailored to be suitable for Probus audiences. All talks are illustrated, unless stated otherwise. Subjects include:

The Battle of Waterloo
* Jack the Ripper
* The Wreck of the Titanic
* Myths and Legends of the First World War
* RAF Bomber Command at War
* The Real King Arthur
* Richard III – Hero or Villain?
* Is Magna Carta still relevant today?
* Yeti – Reality or Hoax?
* Your Local Ghosts
* The Biography of Father Christmas (costume changes)
* Why St George is the patron saint of England (costume changes)
* Plus (to be introduced in 2016) “The Battle of Hastings, 950th Anniversary Update”
All talks come in 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute versions and most involve a powerpoint presentation – Rupert brings his own equipment. The more light-hearted talks involve audience participation as well as jokes and theatricals. Rupert usually talks to audiences in Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire but will go anywhere if required. Standard fee is £60, plus 25p per mile for travel beyond 20 miles from Epsom, Surrey. Full details are available on www.rupertmatthews.com.
Contact: rupert@rupertmatthews.com or 07721 455944.

*SUSAN PURCELL
My talk on The History and Compilation of Dictionaries always goes down well with Probus groups, and I have been invited back for a second time by several Surrey groups. The talk is light-hearted and amusing and considers how dictionaries reflect their era, the humour to be found within dictionaries (yea, really!), new words and who decides what will go in to a dictionary.
I am a writer and lexicographer (dictionary compiler) and am the author or editor of dictionaries, a thesaurus and language and grammar books. I also write crossword clues for a living and offer another talk on the History and Compilation of Crosswords.
I live in Guildford and can often step in at short notice. I don’t need any equipment. My fee is £60, which includes travel expenses for venues up to 20 miles from Guildford. My name is Susan Purcell and my telephone number is 01483 303188 and email is purcellsusan@hotmail.com

*COLIN SUMMERHAYES
Colin Summerhayes gives talks on Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment and Energy and Climate Change – Two Sides of the Same Coin which deals with the current rise in the price of oil, the impact of the burning of oil on the climate and the common solution to both problems. Colin is a scientist associated with Cambridge University’s Scott Polar Research Institute. Colin lives in Guildford and will travel to the surrounding areas. He charges £50 and can be contacted by email at cps32@cam.ac.uk or at 4 Springfield Road, Guildford, GU1 4DP, tel 01483 575948.

*MAJOR (ret’d) PAUL WHITTLE TD
Major (ret’d) Paul Whittle TD, based in Woking, Surrey gives a range of almost 20 Powerpoint talks on unusual journeys – often by rail- in faraway places including Burma, China, India, Sri Lanka and Eritrea. Other subjects include the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale, St Petersburg, ‘Treasures of the Nile’, Gibraltar and UK steam heritage railways. Distance is no object and much of the fee income goes to charities in India and Burma.
Fee: Min of £65 plus travel expenses.
Contact: 01932 346549 or paul.whittle@tinyworld.co.uk.

SUSSEX

IAN STOCKBRIDGE MNM
I have given a presentation to the Fareham Probus club and will be doing another to the Waterlooville and to the Hamble Valley. If any clubs in the Hampshire, West Sussex area would like me to give them a talk they can get in touch with me.Subject is “Merchant Navy Seamen during the wars”.
I do not charge but would appreciate a donation for the Merchant Navy Fund. I have been researching the Merchant Navy during WWII for 30 years and since 1993 have focused on those who lost their lives at sea.  I have been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for my work.
Contact: Ian.stockbridge@gmail.com

*NEIL HUNT
Neil Hunt is a Fellow and Past President of The National Association of Toastmasters and during his career he has worked at over 2600 events including large formal banquets, awards ceremonies, diplomatic receptions, charity functions and weddings etc. Neil wears traditional uniform as he takes you on a journey into the mysterious world of the professional toastmaster. Prior to training as a Toastmaster Neil was a Commercial Diver during the 1970’s and 80’s who’s work included salvage in the black tidal waters of the River Thames, construction in the notorious North Sea oil fields and harbour construction in the Middle East. During this open and informal talk Neil speaks about the various projects he has worked on and demonstrates the traditional Standard Diver’s Helmet. Neil Hunt is based in Horsham, West Sussex and his fees are negotiable depending on distance. For more details about either of Neil’s talks contact him on 01403 265932 or email redtails1@gmail.com

*RUPERT MATTHEWS
Rupert Matthews is a professional historian who has written over 100 published books and numerous magazine articles as well as appearing on TV and radio. He offers a range of lively talks packed with amusing anecdotes, gripping facts and exciting incidents, all tailored to be suitable for Probus audiences. All talks are illustrated, unless stated otherwise. Subjects include:

The Battle of Waterloo
* Jack the Ripper
* The Wreck of the Titanic
* Myths and Legends of the First World War
* RAF Bomber Command at War
* The Real King Arthur
* Richard III – Hero or Villain?
* Is Magna Carta still relevant today?
* Yeti – Reality or Hoax?
* Your Local Ghosts
* The Biography of Father Christmas (costume changes)
* Why St George is the patron saint of England (costume changes)
* Plus (to be introduced in 2016) “The Battle of Hastings, 950th Anniversary Update”
All talks come in 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute versions and most involve a powerpoint presentation – Rupert brings his own equipment. The more light-hearted talks involve audience participation as well as jokes and theatricals. Rupert usually talks to audiences in Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire but will go anywhere if required. Standard fee is £60, plus 25p per mile for travel beyond 20 miles from Epsom, Surrey. Full details are available on www.rupertmatthews.com.
Contact: rupert@rupertmatthews.com or 07721 455944.

*NIGEL VANDYCK
Whether you appreciate modern art or think it is rubbish, Nigel Vandyck’s talks on art history are for you. A retired army officer, Nigel is now a student of art history and particularly its close connection with society in the Western World. His digitally illustrated talks range from 25,000 BC to WW2 and beyond. He is more of an enthusiast than a teacher, more stimulating than educational. He replaces preconception and prejudice with knowledge and understanding.
Nigel can deliver his talks within a 50 mile radius of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire or, given plenty of notice, near Lewis East Sussex, Downton near Salisbury and Penarth, near Cardiff.
For further in formation please contact Nigel Vandyck BA (Open) on mickleden@keme.co.uk or Nigel Vandyck, Mickleden, Linton, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7RY.

*JOY LEWIS and DERRICK HUGHES
Joy Lewis and Derrick Hughes give musical presentations, demonstrating unusual instruments through songs, tunes and anecdotes. Their instruments include Northumbrian smallpipes, hammer dulcimer, crumhorn, concertina, bowed psaltery, recorders, serpent and Celtic harp. With over 30 years experience of performing traditional music, they have provided musical talks and after dinner entertainment for many different groups. Whatever their audience, the emphasis is always on entertainment with plenty of humour.
Their website www.myspace.com/joylewisandderrickhughes provides photographs and samples of music taken from their two CDs.
Joy and Derrick live in East Sussex, but will sometimes play for audiences further afield. If you would like more information, including a complementary seven-minute DVD showing excerpts from a recent concert, please email joydeckmusic@hotmail.com or ring 01323 891998.

*NEIL SADLER
“A policeman’s lot  …can be quite an interesting one!” Are you looking for an interesting, entertaining and interactive speaker who is an experienced, recently retired police officer? Members of the audience will be provided with topic cards and they may choose to hear about such fascinating cases as “When is a bomb not a bomb” – policing Gatwick Airport.  “Searching for Missing Persons” – the happy ending for the lost two year old in dense woods.  “Football match policing – the beautiful game?”. “Dealing with the vulnerable – the sad and bad” and many more.
Fee would be £39 + travel rate of 25p per mile.
For further details contact Neil Sadler, 3 Winchester Villas, Ardingly Road, Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17 5HF. Tel: 01444 412781 or email neil_sadler@talk21.com

TEESSIDE

*CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON
I am an experienced speaker to Probus Clubs, initially in the Cheshire and South Manchester areas but now available in N Yorks, County Durham and Teesside. I have all my own audio visual equipment and charge a very modest fee mainly to cover petrol costs. My topics are The Battle of the Somme 1916, First World War VCs and the Story of Noel Chavasse VC and Bar, Forgotten Victory August to November 1918 and Winston Churchill the Warrior (which can be one talk or a 2-parter.) I am currently preparing talks on Dresden 1945 and the Zulu Wars 1879. I can be contacted on 01748 850385 or emailed christopherrobinson114@btinternet.com

WARWICKSHIRE

*CHRIS ARNOT
Chris Arnot’s latest book, Small Island by Little Train, was published by the AA in May, 2017. Chris became an author after writing features for national newspapers for over 25 years. A regular contributor to The Guardian, he also wrote for the Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Observer and The Times.
He co-wrote The Archers Archives for BBC Books and Aurum Press has republished his book on Britain’s Lost Cricket Grounds for the second time. His other books include The Day We Won the Cup and Fields of Dreams (Step Beach) as well as Britain’s Lost Breweries and Beers (Aurum). Britain’s Lost Mines was described by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall as “an extraordinary gallery of lives and landscapes” and Britain’s Lost Cricket Festivals was shortlisted for the British Sports Book of the Year awards.
You can read more about Chris (based in Coventry but will travel all over) at www.chrisarnot.co.uk and he can be contacted at chrisarnot@btinternet.com or on 07950-499550.

WILTSHIRE

*NIGEL VANDYCK
Whether you appreciate modern art or think it is rubbish, Nigel Vandyck’s talks on art history are for you. A retired army officer, Nigel is now a student of art history and particularly its close connection with society in the Western World. His digitally illustrated talks range from 25,000 BC to WW2 and beyond. He is more of an enthusiast than a teacher, more stimulating than educational. He replaces preconception and prejudice with knowledge and understanding.
Nigel can deliver his talks within a 50 mile radius of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire or, given plenty of notice, near Lewis East Sussex, Downton near Salisbury and Penarth, near Cardiff.
For further in formation please contact Nigel Vandyck BA (Open) on mickleden@keme.co.uk or Nigel Vandyck, Mickleden, Linton, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7RY.

*DEREK ARMITAGE
My name is Derek Armitage and I am a member of the Andover Probus Club. After retiring from the Army I became the Curator of the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop for 12 years. I now spend my time as the Secretary of Test Valley SSAFA and guiding battlefield tours to Arnhem and Normandy. In addition I give talks on British Army Aviation, the RFC, Glider Operations during WW2, Famine relief in Ethiopia and The Berlin Airlift and Rorke’s Drift.
I produce my own projector/PC and each talk can be trimmed to fit any function but in general last around 40 mins. I will travel to any venue in Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and to the Surrey border. My charge is £50 including travel. For more details contact Derek Armitage at 230 Weyhill Road, Andover, Hants SP10 3LP or tel 01264 337624.

WORCESTERSHIRE

*CHRISTOPHER J A SMITH
I speak for around an hour and give a slideshow about an epic 16,500 mile, 13 month bicycle ride from the UK to Beijing. More details of journey, author and talks can be found on my website www.cycleuktochina.com. I have already given presentations to several Probus Clubs. I charge £35 plus 40p per mile and I’ll travel anywhere in the UK from home in Bewdley, Worcestershire. Christopher J A Smith – email chrisjasmith@yahoo.com

*DAVE TYE
Dave Tye makes and performs on Native American style flutes. He gives talks about the origins of the native American first peoples, their tribal and family lives, their spirituality and beliefs and how they survived from day to day finishing with their demise under the invaders. Dave’s talk includes native tunes which he plays on his flutes. The talk and music can be as little as 45 mins up to 1 ½ hours to suit the time available. Flutes can also be viewed and purchased at functions or from his web site www.crescentmoonflutes.com
Dave is available to speak anywhere within approx 30 miles of Worcester. The fee is £30 plus travel expenses. For further details contact Dave Tye by email at davetye@aol.com or mobile 07703026864.

ALISON HARRIS (career under the maiden name Parkinson)
The editor of Probus magazine will visit clubs within a 50-mile radius of Worcester to talk about her career as a newspaper and magazine journalist from the days of typewriters to today’s technology. 25p per mile plus a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support is asked. Tel: 01905 452183 or email editor@probusoline.org

YORKSHIRE

*PETER G. DRAKE
I have led or been a member of 48 expeditions visiting 65 countries in five continents. I have driven overland from the UK to Nepal to climb in the Himalayas, have twice crossed the Sahara to the River Niger and have followed the Nile route south to East Africa. Although I have climbed and walked in the Arctic, Australia, USA and Himalayas, the last 45 years have been spent mainly on expeditions in Africa and the Middle East.
I have led expeditions to North Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Australia, South Africa, Namibia, Morocco and the USA.
I have written six books on expedition planning and the outdoors, I am a member of the Outdoor Writers Guild, I worked for the Scout Association for 38 years and have lectured part time at The University of Leeds.
I live in the small Pennine village of Brockholes in the Last of the Summer Wine country in West Yorkshire.
I charge a small fee plus travel expenses.
For further details contact Peter G. Drake – 68 Ridings Fields, Brockholes, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 7BG. Tel. 01484 663678 email peterdrake68@hotmail.com

*PAT OSBORNE
Pat Osborne is becoming well known to the Probus groups in West Yorkshire and nearby areas for her interesting talks.
She has added four new ones to her list. They are:

  • Lady Randy, Winston’s mother.
  • Eva Peron, the life of the real Evita.
  • The secret life of Charles Dickens and
  • The Life of Norman Wisdom.

For a booking enquiry or a full list of Pat’s talks she can be contacted on 01484 715528 or email pat@patosborne.co.uk

*CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON
I am an experienced speaker to Probus Clubs, initially in the Cheshire and South Manchester areas but now available in N Yorks, County Durham and Teesside. I have all my own audio visual equipment and charge a very modest fee mainly to cover petrol costs. My topics are The Battle of the Somme 1916, First World War VCs and the Story of Noel Chavasse VC and Bar, Forgotten Victory August to November 1918 and Winston Churchill the Warrior (which can be one talk or a 2-parter.) I am currently preparing talks on Dresden 1945 and the Zulu Wars 1879. I can be contacted on 01748 850385 or emailed christopherrobinson114@btinternet.com

ALAN HOPKIN
Alan Hopkin has been a specialist in the music business for 60 years. Now semi-retired and a member of Probus he gives talks ranging from his early years (including the war) of living over and working in a musical instrument shop and dealing with all the famous people who came into the shop. Reminiscences of an army bandsman (a humorous talk), changing face of popular music in the 20th century and how the rock book affected the whole music trade, music in education and music as a career.
Alan does not charge for these talks but asks for a donation to Cancer Research and will travel to the adjacent counties to Derbyshire. For further information contact Alan on 01335 324242 or email hopkinstrings@googlemail.com

*JOHN MUMFORD ESTATE PLANNING
John is a much in demand speaker who has spoken at many Probus groups over the years. The talk emphasises the problems of having only a will and the importance of protecting your assets against care fees, protecting the family bloodline and avoiding probate via family trusts. I discuss the importance of having lasting powers of attorney and the problem families have when dementia, infirmity etc occurs, as well as other legal and financial issues. I travel within two hours of Huddersfield. There is no charge for my talk. Travel expenses are donated to my charity, Kirkwood Hospice.
John Mumford Estate Planning Solutions
01484 600589/07763351706

*PETER SLATER
My name is Peter Slater, and I’ve recently retired as a BBC staff sports reporter and producer, after more than 30 years in the business.
My book “Don’t You Know Who I Am”, (35 years being ignored by sports rich and famous ) recounts my dealings with Brian Clough, Alex Ferguson, Muhammad Ali, Damon Hill and Sir Chris Hoy amongst others.
I’d like to share my experiences with a generation who’ll remember Bill Shankly and Henry Cooper, Mika Hakkinen and Steve Davies, and who’d like to know more about life in the Premier League, Formula One and on the Tour De France.
I’m based just outside of Sheffield, so anywhere within a 50 mile radius would be fine. I won’t charge a fee just travel expenses, although I may just bring the odd copy of the book for sale.
I can be contacted by email slaterpeter@aol.com or on 07860 641066.

*JOHN D TAYLOR – member of Albemarle Probus
I offer to give a talk and presentation on my book, demonstrating the trials and tribulations of a famer wishing to become a published author.
From Pushchair to Ploughshare: a Yorkshire Farmer’s Tale was written initially as a letter to my grandchildren and future generations of my family. It is jam-packed with richly drawn anecdotes that begin with my childhood during the Second World War, first in Hull then for almost five years in Nidderdale in Yorkshire. Alongside my brother we returned to East Yorkshire and bought and built up a farming business, diversifying into many other ventures along the way. Humour, resilience, pragmatism and family devotion with an eye for the comic are to be found in abundance in my book.  The talk will show the pitfalls waiting to trap any would-be author, particularly one who at school thought he wouldn’t ever be clever enough to do anything other than manual work. The talk and PowerPoint presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes.
I charge just £40 inside the East Yorkshire boundary. (All other areas should add travel costs @17p per mile measured from Hull).
Following the meeting I will be available to sign copies of the book.www.frompushchairtoploughshare.com

*JIM FINN
My name is Jim Finn and I am willing to offer the following talks to Probus Clubs:
Another Copper’s Story; Life of Frankie Vaughan; Growing Up in 1950s Liverpool;
A Global Trip on a Merchant Ship; Shades of Northern Ireland.
My fee is based on mileage at a maximum of 50p per mile but is negotiable according to an individual group’s budget. (Minimum charge £25).
Areas covered Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
For further information contact Jim Finn at 6 Rutland House, Blundellsands, Liverpool L23 6TT or on pjflpl@yahoo.co.uk

*NOEL MORONEY
I have been a member of my Probus club, in Brighouse, for many years and following two years continuous service as chairman three years ago, when our syllabus secretary became ill, I took over his role two years ago.
I am a speaker and have given talks all over Yorkshire to many Probus clubs and would like to increase my exposure in the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside.
I currently have seven talks which include: The Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compestela, Past Tales of West Yorkshire, Yarns from The Textile Trade, Deciphering the Dictionary, or why do we say that? And Unexpected Stories from History. Two new ones are in progress.
Noel Moroney: 01484 715108/07969 419518/noel.moroney@hotmail.com

IRELAND

SENTRY HILL
Are you looking for a visiting speaker for your Probus Club? We can provide a speaker who will talk about Sentry Hill, a 19th century farmhouse in Carnmoney, Co Antrim, operated by Newtownabbey Borough Council. The house and contents provide a rare insight into life in rural Ulster during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was the home of the McKinney family, who came from Scotland in the early 1700s. The contents of the house have survived intact, largely due to William Fee McKinney, born in 1832 and who lived at Sentry Hill for most of his life. He built up a remarkable collection of diaries, letters and artefacts. He was also an accomplished photographer, taking hundreds of photos of the people, workers and places of the time. In addition to this, McKinney was the Secretary of Carnmoney Presbyterian Church for over 60 years. A tour of the house is also available, talking about the family, Victorian community, his archives, emigration and the First World War. The visit includes a personal guided tour of the house, an exhibition area, audio visual presentation, gardens and light refreshments. The visit to the museum normally lasts around two and a half hours so is ideal for an evening outing or as part of a day trip. There is a small charge for the visit to the house.
We will be happy to provide a speaker for your Probus Club who will deliver an illustrated talk on the history of Sentry Hill House and the family. There is no fee for the speaker, any speaker’s fees being given to our chosen charity or a charity supported by your club.
We are open all year round for pre-booked groups and for details on price, access, speakers and what is on offer, please feel free to contact Wesley Bonar on 028 9083 2363 or sentryhill@newtownabbey.gov.uk

*GUY WARNER
Guy Warner is a historian and author living in Carrickfergus in Co Antrim. He can offer 18 different Powerpoint talks on aspects of aviation history, based on the books which he has written. He has been a regular speaker to Probus Clubs in Northern Ireland for several years. He is willing to travel anywhere in the UK, IOM or ROI, as long as his expenses are covered. For a full list e-mail him at gwarner06@aol.com or telephone 028 90862843.

SCOTLAND

ALZHEIMER SCOTLAND
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Richard Leckerman, and I am the Dementia Advisor, working with Alzheimer Scotland, covering the East Renfrewshire locality. Part of my role is about making our community more Dementia Friendly. I can provide awareness raising “Dementia Friends” training, or come and speak about the work I am doing. For more information please e-mail rleckerman@alzscot.org or telephone 0141 410 5327.
www.alzscot.org

RONALD STEVENSON
My name is Ronald Stevenson and I am a member of the Braids Probus Club in Edinburgh. My talk is entitled “A Baby Grand was not a piano” and, I think, comes into the “something different” category. The presentation is actually about trams, mainly as we remember them, and the reason for the title will be revealed during the talk.
It is short on facts and figures but is long on stories and anecdotes.
The talks lasts about 40 minutes and accompanied by slides.
There is no fee but any proceeds find their way to Rachel House, (CHAS) Kinross.
I can be contacted at 27 Craiglockhart Gardens, Edinburgh, EH14 1LZ.

*ESTATE AND ASSET PROTECTION LIMITED
We cover all of Scotland and our informal talk covers the following topics:-
The Importance of having a will
The benefits of a Power of Attorney
Capping the cost of long-term care
Potentially protecting your home against long term care costs
Funeral Plans
The service is free of charge.
Office:   08443 721 189
Mobile: 07742 179 735 (Tony)
Email: t.rosenbaum@estateandassetprotection.co.uk
Website: www.estateandassetprotection.co.uk

MAF-UK
has a team of committed and dynamic speakers who come to your club and give a full audio visual presentation on the work of MAF around the developing world. MAF began just after the Second World War with former RAF personnel with one small aircraft in the Sudan. Today they fly all over the developing world serving many different organisations and agencies to enable the needs of the world’s most isolated people groups through aviation and technology. If you would like to book a visiting speaker (no charge) please call if you are in Scotland: 0141 332 5222 or for the rest of the UK 0845 850 9505 or book online at www.maf-uk.org/presentation

NORTH WALES

*JIM FINN
My name is Jim Finn and I am willing to offer the following talks to Probus Clubs:
Another Copper’s Story; Life of Frankie Vaughan; Growing Up in 1950s Liverpool;
A Global Trip on a Merchant Ship; Shades of Northern Ireland.
My fee is based on mileage at a maximum of 50p per mile but is negotiable according to an individual group’s budget. (Minimum charge £25).
Areas covered Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
For further information contact Jim Finn at 6 Rutland House, Blundellsands, Liverpool L23 6TT or on pjflpl@yahoo.co.uk

BERNARD DENNIS
Bernard Dennis is a member of the British Longbow Society (BLBS) and talks about the development of bows & arrows throughout the ages, ranging from the need for hunting, the use in war and recreation and also the legend of Robin Hood.
The BLBS was first established in 1951 and its main purpose is to perpetuate the use of the English longbow as a recreational sport whilst maintaining the age old traditions associated with a weapon that significantly influenced the history of the British Isles.
The talk is illustrated with examples of a ‘self’ Yew longbow, an old scythian re-curve bow and modern equivalents, various types of arrows and arrowheads used for hunting, war and recreation, the development of the target and explanations of many well known phrases used in everyday language, such as ‘rule of thumb’, ‘brace yourself’, ‘the butt of the joke’, ‘fast and loose’ etc.
No charge is made for the talk, which can last from 30-60 minutes depending on time constraints and content, but a donation to the Claire House Children’s Hospice Charity would be appreciated. I can cover Cheshire, Wirral, Flint, Wrexham, Denbighshire and north Shropshire. Contact: Bernard Dennis MBE, Tel: 07966 436073 or 01244 660102. email dennis@bernard20.orangehome.co.uk

SOUTH WALES

*NIGEL VANDYCK
Whether you appreciate modern art or think it is rubbish, Nigel Vandyck’s talks on art history are for you. A retired army officer, Nigel is now a student of art history and particularly its close connection with society in the Western World. His digitally illustrated talks range from 25,000 BC to WW2 and beyond. He is more of an enthusiast than a teacher, more stimulating than educational. He replaces preconception and prejudice with knowledge and understanding.
Nigel can deliver his talks within a 50 mile radius of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire or, given plenty of notice, near Lewis East Sussex, Downton near Salisbury and Penarth, near Cardiff.
For further in formation please contact Nigel Vandyck BA (Open) on mickleden@keme.co.uk or Nigel Vandyck, Mickleden, Linton, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7RY.

*DAVID J HARRISON
David J Harrison has a wide variety (35 in number) of talks on subjects ranging from Monmouth and the Chartists; Naughty Samuel Pepys; Jack the Ripper; Dylan Thomas; The Kings and Queens of England; L S Lowry; The Hell Fire Club; Horatio Nelson and the Hamiltons; Charles Dickens’ secret life; Wonderful William Morris and many more.
David charges £40 for his talks and will travel in a radius of 50 miles of Monmouth.
For a full list of his talks contact David on 01600 772849 or at 11 Monkswell Road, Monmouth, NP25 3PF or email davidjharrisonma@yahoo.co.uk

GAVIN DAVIES
I have given a number of talks to Probus Clubs in South Wales (and have even been invited back which shows either I am a good speaker or they are desperate). The talks I have written are about military history covering aspects of the First World War and the American Civil War plus one about a financial crisis when a country found it was nearly bankrupt (hard to believe but it did happen!). I have been a student of both wars for a number of years and have visited most of the major battlefields.
I live in the Vale of Glamorgan and am happy to travel within the Swansea – Brecon – Chepstow area.
I do not charge but do ask for a donation to Help for Heroes and, if I have to travel for more than half an hour a contribution towards petrol costs is appreciated.
I will be happy to send or email a list of talks to anyone who is interested.
Please contact: Gavin Davies, Pen-Y-Bryn, Penmark, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 3BP. Tel 01446 710669 or email davies357@btinternet.com

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