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

DOGS TRUST SPEAKERS
Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK, caring for around 15,000 stray and abandoned dogs across its rehoming centres every year. The charity is also involved in campaign work, as well as running other education and community projects and schemes – across the UK and abroad.
Would you like to find out more? The charity’s Supporter Relations Officers offer FREE talks to community groups about all aspects of their work and, where possible, also bring a four-legged friend with them.
If you would like a talk for your Probus Club, simply find your nearest rehoming centre on the charity’s website, scroll down the webpage and contact the relevant Supporter Relations Officer.
Website: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/our-centres/

LEONARD CHESHIRE SPEAKER
We’ve got the gift of the gab and our speakers are available to come and talk to you.
Our speaker can cover a variety of topics including the history of Leonard Cheshire the man, our UK & international work, disability equality & inclusion and more.
Talks can be to small or large audiences, and we are happy to tailor the content and activities to your group. Presentation length can also be tailored to fit your needs.
All of our speakers are free of charge.
To find out more please contact Lisa Oliver.
Email: speakers@leonardcheshire.org
Call: 07720337130
Website: www.leonardcheshire.org/speaker

BOB SINFIELD
Bob is an actor, author and broadcaster.  In his spare time he enjoys talking about comedy writing for such stars as Bob Monkhouse, Tracey Ullman, Jasper Carrott and David Jason. He’s also a radio buff and can tell you much about the many behind-the-mike antics he’s encountered over the years, involving everyone from Rupert Everett to Kenny Everett.  For jazz fans, as the author of George Chisholm’s biography, Bob has many tales of George’s incredible dual career as trombonist and comedian.
Based in Surrey, Bob charges £70 + 40p per mile travelling expenses and will always consider short-notice bookings nationwide.
Contact 020 8770 1076, 07956 397595 or doctorsinuk@yahoo.co.uk

MACULAR SOCIETY
Do you know the five habits for good eye health? Would you know what to do if you woke up one morning with wonky vision? Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the biggest cause of sight loss and the older we are, the greater our risk. Around one in every 200 people has AMD at 60. By the age of 90 it affects one person in five.
The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss. We provide free information and services to improve the lives of people affected and fund research so that one day we can overcome macular disease. Our team of volunteer speakers and staff cover the UK so if you would like an inspiring and informative talk about looking after your vision please contact Stella Black. Stella.black@macularsociety.org

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 Lisa Johnston (Team Administrator), email: info@mercyships.org.uk , phone number: 01438 727 800

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

JOAN WARD
Through her adventures and tales of everyday life among the Petra Bedouin, Joan Ward sheds light on The Middle East News & Living With Islam in her talk ‘Living with Arabs’.
Although based in Northumberland, Joan will travel anywhere within reason and does not expect her travel expenses to be fully covered. Contact via http://www.joanward.co.ukor 07876 207464.

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 COOKE
Alan has over 35 years experience working as a trainer both in his own business and for various others including the aviation industry.
He started Norstar Magnetics Ltd over 14 years ago and the brand is now synonymous with quality health care products. Also interest in complementary therapy increased and as a result he studied and became a qualified magnotherapist in 2003.
Alan is also a member of the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine)
Talks:
ARE YOU INNOCENTLY HARMING YOUR FAMILY WITH POLLUTED INVISIBLE RADIATION?
A talk on smart meters, cordless phones, cell phones wi-fi etc and what this means for all of us. No holds barred in this hard hitting talk!
Following two years of extensive research Alan will lift the lid off why the government and power companies are so keen to install these meters into our homes.
This presentation will amaze, shock, anger and inform you all in one presentation. Armed with the facts you will have a greater understanding of how to react to this latest intrusion. Alan will speak in Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Gloucestershire as he visits these areas regularly, which will mitigate on travel expenses.
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5-A-DAY?
A talk and demonstration aimed at promoting awareness of well- being in ourselves. Come and sample great tasting fruit and veg made before your very eyes as Alan shows you how to put together some great tasting concoctions.
As a nation we eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, with only 15% of adults meeting the target. In children it is even less.
Fruits and vegetables are incredibly versatile, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances) vital for good health.
Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals.
MAGNET THERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS
As a nation we are living progressively longer and many people are now looking for alternate ways to obtain pain relief away from the conventional method of prescribed drugs.
In his talk Alan demonstrates how this form of therapy works with some audience participation. It should be noted that this non-invasive treatment works for around 85% of people that use it. Over recent years a pulsed electrical magnetic device has become available to the market and speeds up healing time significantly. Working as a safe and effective portable machine arthritic sufferers and people with sports injuries have found this piece of kit invaluable.
Phone: 01403251733 Mobile: 07949118642
Email: al@alcooke.co.uk
No set charge but donation appreciated. Reasonable travel expenses can be agreed at the time of booking.

WHALE AND DOLPHIN CONSERVATION

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year (2018) and I wondered whether any Probus clubs would like a presentation on our work, our achievements and our exciting future projects at one of their meetings/socials?  Whether we live inland or by the coast, recent research is showing that whales, in particular, are proving vital in man’s fight against climate change and are therefore important for each and every one of us on the planet.Local groups within reach of Chippenham, Wiltshire, would also be very welcome to come to our offices for an illustrated talk. There is no charge but, as we are a registered charity, a donation would be much appreciated.
For further information on our work, please do have a look at our website – www.whales,org
sharon.stevenson@whales.org
Sharon Stevenson
Whale and Dolphin Conservation
Brookfield House
38 St Paul Street
Chippenham SN15 1LJ
T: 01249 449500

Dr RICHARD GULLIVER
My wife and I lived on Colonsay and Islay in the Hebrides for 27 years. While there I undertook survey work on rare plants. Following this activity I was asked to select the 22 Islay botanicals which give – “The Botanist” Gin – its distinctive flavour. Between 2010 and 2017 all the Islay botanicals in the gin were gathered and prepared by ourselves.  I now give talks on 1) The Botanist Islay Dry Gin – our part in a global success story; and 2) Our Life in the Hebrides.
We are both garden and countryside wildlife enthusiasts. Two further talks are available. 3) An Introduction to Garden Wildlifeis divided into two main parts. Firstly the kinds of wildlife that may occur in gardens; and secondly means of managing the garden to encourage wildlife. 4) The Joy of Wild Orchids in Britainwill focus on enjoying orchids in the wild and will refer to our Field Studies Council publication – The Aidgap Colour Guide and Identification Key to Orchids. Orchids often appear in unexpected places, have great variety of flower colour and form, have strange folklore beliefs and have inspired photographers and artists over the decades. If you have not yet caught ‘UK orchid fever’, this talk will inspire you.
I charge £75 plus fuel at cost for 70 miles from Shrewsbury; for more distant destinations please get in touch. Dr Richard Gulliver – richardlgulliver@gmail.com – please copy in mavisgulliver@googlemail.com

BEDFORDSHIRE

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.

ALAN COOKE
Alan has over 35 years experience working as a trainer both in his own business and for various others including the aviation industry.
He started Norstar Magnetics Ltd over 14 years ago and the brand is now synonymous with quality health care products. Also interest in complementary therapy increased and as a result he studied and became a qualified magnotherapist in 2003.
Alan is also a member of the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine)
Talks:
ARE YOU INNOCENTLY HARMING YOUR FAMILY WITH POLLUTED INVISIBLE RADIATION?
A talk on smart meters, cordless phones, cell phones wi-fi etc and what this means for all of us. No holds barred in this hard hitting talk!
Following two years of extensive research Alan will lift the lid off why the government and power companies are so keen to install these meters into our homes.
This presentation will amaze, shock, anger and inform you all in one presentation. Armed with the facts you will have a greater understanding of how to react to this latest intrusion. Alan will speak in Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Gloucestershire as he visits these areas regularly, which will mitigate on travel expenses.
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5-A-DAY?
A talk and demonstration aimed at promoting awareness of well- being in ourselves. Come and sample great tasting fruit and veg made before your very eyes as Alan shows you how to put together some great tasting concoctions.
As a nation we eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, with only 15% of adults meeting the target. In children it is even less.
Fruits and vegetables are incredibly versatile, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances) vital for good health.
Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals.
MAGNET THERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS
As a nation we are living progressively longer and many people are now looking for alternate ways to obtain pain relief away from the conventional method of prescribed drugs.
In his talk Alan demonstrates how this form of therapy works with some audience participation. It should be noted that this non-invasive treatment works for around 85% of people that use it. Over recent years a pulsed electrical magnetic device has become available to the market and speeds up healing time significantly. Working as a safe and effective portable machine arthritic sufferers and people with sports injuries have found this piece of kit invaluable.
Phone: 01403251733 Mobile: 07949118642
Email: al@alcooke.co.uk
No set charge but donation appreciated. Reasonable travel expenses can be agreed at the time of booking.

BRISTOL

The Best Way to see Snowdonia” is an illustrated talk about the Ffestiniog Railway. This railway and the neighbouring one it also operates, the Welsh Highland Railway, takes visitors on wonderful scenic routes through mountainous Snowdonia. The railway has a fascinating history.  It is supported by volunteers and owned by a charity.  The Bristol Group of the Ffestiniog Railway Society is very pleased to offer this talk to Probus Clubs within 30 miles of Bristol. No fee but donations welcome.  Contact: Mark Temple, marktemple05@uwclub.net

*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

ALAN COOKE
Alan has over 35 years experience working as a trainer both in his own business and for various others including the aviation industry.
He started Norstar Magnetics Ltd over 14 years ago and the brand is now synonymous with quality health care products. Also interest in complementary therapy increased and as a result he studied and became a qualified magnotherapist in 2003.
Alan is also a member of the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine)
Talks:
ARE YOU INNOCENTLY HARMING YOUR FAMILY WITH POLLUTED INVISIBLE RADIATION?
A talk on smart meters, cordless phones, cell phones wi-fi etc and what this means for all of us. No holds barred in this hard hitting talk!
Following two years of extensive research Alan will lift the lid off why the government and power companies are so keen to install these meters into our homes.
This presentation will amaze, shock, anger and inform you all in one presentation. Armed with the facts you will have a greater understanding of how to react to this latest intrusion. Alan will speak in Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Gloucestershire as he visits these areas regularly, which will mitigate on travel expenses.
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5-A-DAY?
A talk and demonstration aimed at promoting awareness of well- being in ourselves. Come and sample great tasting fruit and veg made before your very eyes as Alan shows you how to put together some great tasting concoctions.
As a nation we eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, with only 15% of adults meeting the target. In children it is even less.
Fruits and vegetables are incredibly versatile, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances) vital for good health.
Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals.
MAGNET THERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS
As a nation we are living progressively longer and many people are now looking for alternate ways to obtain pain relief away from the conventional method of prescribed drugs.
In his talk Alan demonstrates how this form of therapy works with some audience participation. It should be noted that this non-invasive treatment works for around 85% of people that use it. Over recent years a pulsed electrical magnetic device has become available to the market and speeds up healing time significantly. Working as a safe and effective portable machine arthritic sufferers and people with sports injuries have found this piece of kit invaluable.
Phone: 01403251733 Mobile: 07949118642
Email: al@alcooke.co.uk
No set charge but donation appreciated. Reasonable travel expenses can be agreed at the time of booking.

IAN PEARCE
I am an experienced public speaker and am a volunteer speaker for Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability, (ABDC). We are a small registered charity working with disabled children in the refugee camps in Palestine.
I would welcome the opportunity of visiting Probus groups a 30 mile radius of Milton Keynes.
CONTACT: ipearce@live.com

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY

Andante is a small fundraising choir with a large range of music to suit all tastes. We sing in and around Milton Keynes to help good causes. In short – we raise our voices to help you raise funds.
The choir provides a mixed programme arranged with our conductor Roger Windmill. We sing very varied music so there’s something for everyone – well known melodies from stage and screen, folk songs, spirituals, church music, pop songs and classics. Choir items are interspersed with duets, quartets and solos from our singers and our talented accompanist Ed Tomlinson. We involve the audience too, particularly at Christmas.
Our concerts provide an evening’s entertainment in support of the cause you choose. In recent years we’ve helped local groups raise thousands of pounds for diverse causes including schooling in Africa, an orphanage in Sri Lanka, Willen Hospice, a Food Bank, an Alzheimer’s Centre, community hall and church repairs, and children’s, environmental, and cancer charities.
The choir’s services are given free of charge; your only outlay is a fee of £60 for our accompanist. We provide programme artwork, but you are responsible for publicity and ticket/programme sales. Obviously proceeds are relative to audience size and ticket price, as is choosing a date that avoids school and public holidays. Normally we sing two sets of 45 minutes each, with a 20 minute interval – but some groups invites us to sing before and after a meal to make an evening with a difference.
We simply need space for 18 chairs and a good piano for accompaniment (we can bring one if necessary).
The following dates available for spring and autumn 2018:
Saturday 19th May
Saturday 22nd September
Saturday 20th October
Saturday 17th November
Please enquire about dates for 2019 if you would like to book further ahead.
To find out more and book an entertaining concert from Andante please contact us via our website: www.andantemk.org or email me (ian@collcott.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

DAVID WALMSLEY
is an Oxford history graduate and a former secondary school head teacher and leadership consultant. He has a wide interest in history and will tailor make a talk, with PowerPoint presentation, to suit particular interests. Alternatively, groups may choose from a number of prepared talks, examples of which are:
1066 – the struggle for the English throne
The Crusades – The Holy Wars
King John and Magna Carta
England and Scotland – with a special focus on Bannockburn
The 100 Years’ War
Henry V and Agincourt
The Wars of the Roses
The English Civil War
Life in Medieval England – focus on the 14th century – Black Death; Peasants’ Revolt; Chaucer
The French Revolution
Napoleon and Waterloo
Russia under the Tsars
The Russian Revolution
Causes of World War 1 – how far was Britain to blame?
The rise of Nazism
Russia under Communism
Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbour?
Fee: £50 donation to Sale Sports’ Club. No travel expenses. Based in Sale, Cheshire. Will travel 25 miles.
dwalmsley@uk2.net: 0161 282 8154

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

CORNWALL

SWAYNE O’PIE

Swayne O’Pie is an experienced speaker who has participated in numerous arts and humanities debates in university forums and other venues. He has been an advisor to Bob Geldof on his TV programmes, his contributions to Cambridge University publications, and his meetings with ministers.
Women’s issues are very well addressed at every level and there has been a Minister for Women since 1997, which is fine. However, the many serious issues faced by men and boys today are represented nowhere, even though there are more male than female MPs.
His talk, Minister for Men: The Moral and Democratic Case, explores this interesting cultural anomaly and has been accepted by the Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institute as a philosophical contribution to cultural thinking.
Swayne charges £60, which includes travelling to the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, the southwest and South Wales. Swayne is available as a replacement in the event of a cancellation.
Telephone: 01453 520483. Email swayneopie@gmail.com

*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

BOB SINFIELD
Bob is an actor, author and broadcaster.  In his spare time he enjoys talking about comedy writing for such stars as Bob Monkhouse, Tracey Ullman, Jasper Carrott and David Jason. He’s also a radio buff and can tell you much about the many behind-the-mike antics he’s encountered over the years, involving everyone from Rupert Everett to Kenny Everett.  For jazz fans, as the author of George Chisholm’s biography, Bob has many tales of George’s incredible dual career as trombonist and comedian.
Based in Surrey, Bob charges £70 + 40p per mile travelling expenses and will always consider short-notice bookings nationwide.
Contact 020 8770 1076, 07956 397595 or doctorsinuk@yahoo.co.uk

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

DEVON

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.

IAN WILLIAMSON
I offer a talk about my three weeks in Nepal, fund raising for St Margaret’s Hospice and helping the Nepalese 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.

DORSET

MIKE WEBBER
Keen amateur photographer and Probus member Mike Webber gives illustrated talks in Dorset and the nearer parts of adjoining counties.  He has given shows to over 40 organisations, including five Probus clubs, all but one of whom have already made repeat bookings.
The shows are given in return for a donation to his local church, usually of £50.  In addition modest travelling expenses are requested if the venue is over ten miles from Poole.
Nineteen different titles are currently available covering gardens, overseas travel, steam railways and photo quizzes. Details of the shows available can be found on the church website:
http://www.stjohnschurchbroadstone.org.uk/our-community/a-speaker-for-your-society.php
Mike can be contacted on mikewebber@ntlworld.comor by phone 01202 259844

MIRANDA PENDER
Miranda didn’t start playing guitar or writing songs until her mid-50s, but has more than made up for it since! She has recorded two CDs and published a booklet of song lyrics. She performs in pubs, folk clubs and at festivals, and several of her songs have been played on local radio. Raunchy, romantic, poignant, humorous, Miranda’s subjects range from shipwrecks to stalkers; from the perils of punting to that awkward situation where you discover your lover’s name sewn into the back of his underpants…
She is now establishing herself as a popular speaker, telling the stories behind the songs with a light-hearted mix of words and music. Her two talks are:
LATE-FLOWERING LYRICIST
This is a story of how it may never be too late to change direction in life; how Miranda learned the importance of ‘seizing the moment’; and how, with a bit of determination, you might be able to achieve things you never dreamed of!
LIFTING THE LID
The perils of researching family history: stories and songs of love, loss, jealousy, betrayal, revenge… often humorous, sometimes poignant, occasionally shocking.
Miranda presents a set of original songs woven around some of the more bizarre stories from her family history.
The standard performances are 45 minutes plus time for questions, but Miranda can adjust the timing to suit your requirements.
Miranda’s fee is £40 + 30p per mile travelling expenses. Based in Sherborne, she is normally prepared to travel throughout Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Please contact her to discuss bookings further afield.
From March to October Miranda is available mornings, afternoons and evenings; November to February, afternoons only. She will always consider a short-notice booking to cover a cancellation.
PHONE: 01935 815497/07896 354616 EMAIL:info@mirandapender.com

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

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.

ALAN COOKE
Alan has over 35 years experience working as a trainer both in his own business and for various others including the aviation industry.
He started Norstar Magnetics Ltd over 14 years ago and the brand is now synonymous with quality health care products. Also interest in complementary therapy increased and as a result he studied and became a qualified magnotherapist in 2003.
Alan is also a member of the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine)
Talks:
ARE YOU INNOCENTLY HARMING YOUR FAMILY WITH POLLUTED INVISIBLE RADIATION?
A talk on smart meters, cordless phones, cell phones wi-fi etc and what this means for all of us. No holds barred in this hard hitting talk!
Following two years of extensive research Alan will lift the lid off why the government and power companies are so keen to install these meters into our homes.
This presentation will amaze, shock, anger and inform you all in one presentation. Armed with the facts you will have a greater understanding of how to react to this latest intrusion. Alan will speak in Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Gloucestershire as he visits these areas regularly, which will mitigate on travel expenses.
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5-A-DAY?
A talk and demonstration aimed at promoting awareness of well- being in ourselves. Come and sample great tasting fruit and veg made before your very eyes as Alan shows you how to put together some great tasting concoctions.
As a nation we eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, with only 15% of adults meeting the target. In children it is even less.
Fruits and vegetables are incredibly versatile, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances) vital for good health.
Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals.
MAGNET THERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS
As a nation we are living progressively longer and many people are now looking for alternate ways to obtain pain relief away from the conventional method of prescribed drugs.
In his talk Alan demonstrates how this form of therapy works with some audience participation. It should be noted that this non-invasive treatment works for around 85% of people that use it. Over recent years a pulsed electrical magnetic device has become available to the market and speeds up healing time significantly. Working as a safe and effective portable machine arthritic sufferers and people with sports injuries have found this piece of kit invaluable.
Phone: 01403251733 Mobile: 07949118642
Email: al@alcooke.co.uk
No set charge but donation appreciated. Reasonable travel expenses can be agreed at the time of booking.

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

ANDREW BAKER
Andrew, a historian, political scientist and educationalist, offers a wide variety of talks ranging from two on Brexit covering what issues shaped the referendum to the broader context for the outcome, to British history, European history and four on sensational episodes from the 1960s and 70s including the Lady Chatterly trial, Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood Speech, the consequences of John Profumo’s attendance at a weekend party and the story of Jeremy Thorpe.Andrew charges £60 plus expenses and is prepared to travel within about 75 miles of his home in Thorpe Bay, Essex. Contact: AJBaker48@hotmail.co.uk

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

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.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

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

PHILIP BOWEN
A historian and retired deputy headmaster, I have given fully illustrated PowerPoint talks to many organisations and audiences including Probus and the National Trust.
Topics include The Tudor Bishops of Worcester – saints, sinners, heretics, Italians and a poisoner; the genius of Charles Dickens; Tolstoy – an enigma; the decline and fall of the British Aristocracy and the Stately Home; a history of Christmas; the Gunpowder Plot (which was very well received at a Bonfire Night banquet at Coughton Court); the Pilgrim Fathers; the USA’s Founding Fathers; President Nixon – crook or statesman?; Britain in the 1950s; JFK and a history of the USA through paintings.
My fee is £40 + travel expenses. I am based in Worcestershire but can consider neighbouring counties. I can also consider a short notice booking. Contact me on 01905 798757 or my mobile 07484 25 45 46.

ALAN COOKE
Alan has over 35 years experience working as a trainer both in his own business and for various others including the aviation industry.
He started Norstar Magnetics Ltd over 14 years ago and the brand is now synonymous with quality health care products. Also interest in complementary therapy increased and as a result he studied and became a qualified magnotherapist in 2003.
Alan is also a member of the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine)
Talks:
ARE YOU INNOCENTLY HARMING YOUR FAMILY WITH POLLUTED INVISIBLE RADIATION?
A talk on smart meters, cordless phones, cell phones wi-fi etc and what this means for all of us. No holds barred in this hard hitting talk!
Following two years of extensive research Alan will lift the lid off why the government and power companies are so keen to install these meters into our homes.
This presentation will amaze, shock, anger and inform you all in one presentation. Armed with the facts you will have a greater understanding of how to react to this latest intrusion. Alan will speak in Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Gloucestershire as he visits these areas regularly, which will mitigate on travel expenses.
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5-A-DAY?
A talk and demonstration aimed at promoting awareness of well- being in ourselves. Come and sample great tasting fruit and veg made before your very eyes as Alan shows you how to put together some great tasting concoctions.
As a nation we eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, with only 15% of adults meeting the target. In children it is even less.
Fruits and vegetables are incredibly versatile, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances) vital for good health.
Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals.
MAGNET THERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS
As a nation we are living progressively longer and many people are now looking for alternate ways to obtain pain relief away from the conventional method of prescribed drugs.
In his talk Alan demonstrates how this form of therapy works with some audience participation. It should be noted that this non-invasive treatment works for around 85% of people that use it. Over recent years a pulsed electrical magnetic device has become available to the market and speeds up healing time significantly. Working as a safe and effective portable machine arthritic sufferers and people with sports injuries have found this piece of kit invaluable.
Phone: 01403251733 Mobile: 07949118642
Email: al@alcooke.co.uk
No set charge but donation appreciated. Reasonable travel expenses can be agreed at the time of booking.

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.

HAMPSHIRE

DR JOHN BEVAN
I would be happy to give a Powerpoint presentation anywhere within 100 miles of Gosport, Hampshire. My fee of £60 is donated to charity and I charge 40p per mile from Gosport.
Talks include: Cdr Crabb – what really happened?An expert analysis of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Cdr Crabb during a spying mission under a Russian warship in Portsmouth Harbour in April 1956.
Operation Tadpole: The story of the Italian frogman sabotage operations and British counter-sabotage operations in Gibraltar during WW2 where Buster Crabb came to fame.
Gosport, the Deane brothers and the diving helmet: The story of how two brothers invented the diving helmet and sought fame and fortune. One died a horrible death while the other became the country’s foremost and most expert diver, culminating his career in glory in the Crimean War and personally destroying Sebastopol Docks.
Commercial diving, past and present: The story of how commercial diving started and expanded worldwide branching into scientific and military diving.
The Diving Museum: How the all-volunteer Diving Museum started and developed into the best in the world in just six years.
The top ten treasure dives: The stories of the top ten most successful treasure dives – when, where and by whom, with details of the millions of pounds-worth of gold, silver and jewelry recovered.
A career in diving: The author’s international diving career spanning military, commercial, sport and historic underwater operations.
Tel: 023 9260 2260. Mobile: 07802 785050 Email: info@drjohnbevan.com Web: www.submex.co.uk
(Proceeds to registered charity: The Historical Diving Society)

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

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

ALAN COOKE
Alan has over 35 years experience working as a trainer both in his own business and for various others including the aviation industry.
He started Norstar Magnetics Ltd over 14 years ago and the brand is now synonymous with quality health care products. Also interest in complementary therapy increased and as a result he studied and became a qualified magnotherapist in 2003.
Alan is also a member of the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine)
Talks:
ARE YOU INNOCENTLY HARMING YOUR FAMILY WITH POLLUTED INVISIBLE RADIATION?
A talk on smart meters, cordless phones, cell phones wi-fi etc and what this means for all of us. No holds barred in this hard hitting talk!
Following two years of extensive research Alan will lift the lid off why the government and power companies are so keen to install these meters into our homes.
This presentation will amaze, shock, anger and inform you all in one presentation. Armed with the facts you will have a greater understanding of how to react to this latest intrusion. Alan will speak in Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Gloucestershire as he visits these areas regularly, which will mitigate on travel expenses.
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5-A-DAY?
A talk and demonstration aimed at promoting awareness of well- being in ourselves. Come and sample great tasting fruit and veg made before your very eyes as Alan shows you how to put together some great tasting concoctions.
As a nation we eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, with only 15% of adults meeting the target. In children it is even less.
Fruits and vegetables are incredibly versatile, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances) vital for good health.
Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals.
MAGNET THERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS
As a nation we are living progressively longer and many people are now looking for alternate ways to obtain pain relief away from the conventional method of prescribed drugs.
In his talk Alan demonstrates how this form of therapy works with some audience participation. It should be noted that this non-invasive treatment works for around 85% of people that use it. Over recent years a pulsed electrical magnetic device has become available to the market and speeds up healing time significantly. Working as a safe and effective portable machine arthritic sufferers and people with sports injuries have found this piece of kit invaluable.
Phone: 01403251733 Mobile: 07949118642
Email: al@alcooke.co.uk
No set charge but donation appreciated. Reasonable travel expenses can be agreed at the time of booking.

HEREFORDSHIRE

PHILIP BOWEN
A historian and retired deputy headmaster, I have given fully illustrated PowerPoint talks to many organisations and audiences including Probus and the National Trust.
Topics include The Tudor Bishops of Worcester – saints, sinners, heretics, Italians and a poisoner; the genius of Charles Dickens; Tolstoy – an enigma; the decline and fall of the British Aristocracy and the Stately Home; a history of Christmas; the Gunpowder Plot (which was very well received at a Bonfire Night banquet at Coughton Court); the Pilgrim Fathers; the USA’s Founding Fathers; President Nixon – crook or statesman?; Britain in the 1950s; JFK and a history of the USA through paintings.
My fee is £40 + travel expenses. I am based in Worcestershire but can consider neighbouring counties. I can also consider a short notice booking.
Contact me on 01905 798757 or my mobile 07484 25 45 46.

HERTFORDSHIRE

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

ALAN COOKE
Alan has over 35 years experience working as a trainer both in his own business and for various others including the aviation industry.
He started Norstar Magnetics Ltd over 14 years ago and the brand is now synonymous with quality health care products. Also interest in complementary therapy increased and as a result he studied and became a qualified magnotherapist in 2003.
Alan is also a member of the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine)
Talks:
ARE YOU INNOCENTLY HARMING YOUR FAMILY WITH POLLUTED INVISIBLE RADIATION?
A talk on smart meters, cordless phones, cell phones wi-fi etc and what this means for all of us. No holds barred in this hard hitting talk!
Following two years of extensive research Alan will lift the lid off why the government and power companies are so keen to install these meters into our homes.
This presentation will amaze, shock, anger and inform you all in one presentation. Armed with the facts you will have a greater understanding of how to react to this latest intrusion. Alan will speak in Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Gloucestershire as he visits these areas regularly, which will mitigate on travel expenses.
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5-A-DAY?
A talk and demonstration aimed at promoting awareness of well- being in ourselves. Come and sample great tasting fruit and veg made before your very eyes as Alan shows you how to put together some great tasting concoctions.
As a nation we eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, with only 15% of adults meeting the target. In children it is even less.
Fruits and vegetables are incredibly versatile, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances) vital for good health.
Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals.
MAGNET THERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS
As a nation we are living progressively longer and many people are now looking for alternate ways to obtain pain relief away from the conventional method of prescribed drugs.
In his talk Alan demonstrates how this form of therapy works with some audience participation. It should be noted that this non-invasive treatment works for around 85% of people that use it. Over recent years a pulsed electrical magnetic device has become available to the market and speeds up healing time significantly. Working as a safe and effective portable machine arthritic sufferers and people with sports injuries have found this piece of kit invaluable.
Phone: 01403251733 Mobile: 07949118642
Email: al@alcooke.co.uk
No set charge but donation appreciated. Reasonable travel expenses can be agreed at the time of booking.

KENT

JOHN MANKERTY
Commander John Mankerty OBE, RN.Rtd, nased in Belvedere, Kent, gives the following talks:
Lord Mountbatten – my personal experiences on accompanying Lord Mountbatten on ceremonial occasions. I was also responsible or the co-ordination of his funeral.
HMS Ark Royal: The Royal Navy’s moving airfield.
The Royal Tournament: My experiences as a naval commandant.
Jack Tar’s Sayings still in use today!: Those assembled are encouraged to work out the origins of everyday expressions which come from the days of ‘ships of the line’. For example “Let the cat out of the bag”.
HMS Swiftsure/HMS Diamond collision: I was serving in HMS Swiftsure when the ships collided off Iceland during Exercise Mariner in October 1953.
Talks can vary between 30 and 60 minutes and are in exchange for a donation to Seafarers UK.
Contact: 01322 442265/07939 046692. Email: johnmankerty@waitrose.com.

BRIAN SCOVELL, the former Daily Mail sportswriter, speaks about the famous and infamous cricketers, footballers and politicians he has worked with since 1958 when he started in Fleet Street with the Daily Mail, including Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Gary Lineker, Jimmy Greaves, Rio Ferdinand, Pele, David Beckham, Jose Mourinho, John Motson, Alf Ramsey, George Best, Wayne Rooney, Trevor Brooking, Bill Nicholson, Lawrie McMenemy, Roy Hodgson, Sepp Blatter, Sam Allardyce, Gareth Southgate, Denis Compton, Ian Botham, Colin Cowdrey, Fred Trueman, Geoff Boycott, Michael Holding, Gary Sobers, Brian Lara, Jim Laker, Ken Barrington, Mike Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Henry Blofeld, Brian Johnson, Dickie Bird, Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, John Major, Dennis Skinner, Henry Kissinger, Robert Maxwell, Clement Freud and many more.His 27th book “Conquests of 1966” is about England winning the FIFA World Cup and he was the only national sports writer to cover that and the England v West Indies Test series. Four of his books were nominated for the British Sports Books Awards and his next one is about Lord Learie Constantine, the all time great all rounder who broke the colour bar in 1944 when he won a High Court action for being ejected from a hotel because of his colour.Members of 60 Probus Clubs in the South of England have heard his anecdotes and insights about them. If you want to join them and be entertained contact him on: b.scovell@btinternet.com 0208 464 4133

ALAN COOKE
Alan has over 35 years experience working as a trainer both in his own business and for various others including the aviation industry.
He started Norstar Magnetics Ltd over 14 years ago and the brand is now synonymous with quality health care products. Also interest in complementary therapy increased and as a result he studied and became a qualified magnotherapist in 2003.
Alan is also a member of the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine)
Talks:
ARE YOU INNOCENTLY HARMING YOUR FAMILY WITH POLLUTED INVISIBLE RADIATION?
A talk on smart meters, cordless phones, cell phones wi-fi etc and what this means for all of us. No holds barred in this hard hitting talk!
Following two years of extensive research Alan will lift the lid off why the government and power companies are so keen to install these meters into our homes.
This presentation will amaze, shock, anger and inform you all in one presentation. Armed with the facts you will have a greater understanding of how to react to this latest intrusion. Alan will speak in Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Gloucestershire as he visits these areas regularly, which will mitigate on travel expenses.
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5-A-DAY?
A talk and demonstration aimed at promoting awareness of well- being in ourselves. Come and sample great tasting fruit and veg made before your very eyes as Alan shows you how to put together some great tasting concoctions.
As a nation we eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, with only 15% of adults meeting the target. In children it is even less.
Fruits and vegetables are incredibly versatile, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances) vital for good health.
Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals.
MAGNET THERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS
As a nation we are living progressively longer and many people are now looking for alternate ways to obtain pain relief away from the conventional method of prescribed drugs.
In his talk Alan demonstrates how this form of therapy works with some audience participation. It should be noted that this non-invasive treatment works for around 85% of people that use it. Over recent years a pulsed electrical magnetic device has become available to the market and speeds up healing time significantly. Working as a safe and effective portable machine arthritic sufferers and people with sports injuries have found this piece of kit invaluable.
Phone: 01403251733 Mobile: 07949118642
Email: al@alcooke.co.uk
No set charge but donation appreciated. Reasonable travel expenses can be agreed at the time of booking.

LANCASHIRE

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.

HEALTHWATCH LINCOLNSHIRE
OONAGH QUINN is employed as an engagement officer for Healthwatch Lincolnshire.  As part of her role she is able to give talks, both formal and informal, about the work that Healthwatch Lincolnshire is doing in the county to improve the services provided by the NHS and Social Care Services, how groups and individuals can get involved and how together we can make a difference.  Are you looking for a speaker to attend one of your meetings? Please get in touch and we can make a mutually convenient time and date. Work tel is 01205 820 892 or work mobile is 07436 581 997.

LIVERPOOL – SEE MERSEYSIDE

LONDON

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 three 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 £60 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

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

ALAN COOKE
Alan has over 35 years experience working as a trainer both in his own business and for various others including the aviation industry.
He started Norstar Magnetics Ltd over 14 years ago and the brand is now synonymous with quality health care products. Also interest in complementary therapy increased and as a result he studied and became a qualified magnotherapist in 2003.
Alan is also a member of the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine)
Talks:
ARE YOU INNOCENTLY HARMING YOUR FAMILY WITH POLLUTED INVISIBLE RADIATION?
A talk on smart meters, cordless phones, cell phones wi-fi etc and what this means for all of us. No holds barred in this hard hitting talk!
Following two years of extensive research Alan will lift the lid off why the government and power companies are so keen to install these meters into our homes.
This presentation will amaze, shock, anger and inform you all in one presentation. Armed with the facts you will have a greater understanding of how to react to this latest intrusion. Alan will speak in Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Gloucestershire as he visits these areas regularly, which will mitigate on travel expenses.
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5-A-DAY?
A talk and demonstration aimed at promoting awareness of well- being in ourselves. Come and sample great tasting fruit and veg made before your very eyes as Alan shows you how to put together some great tasting concoctions.
As a nation we eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, with only 15% of adults meeting the target. In children it is even less.
Fruits and vegetables are incredibly versatile, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances) vital for good health.
Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals.
MAGNET THERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS
As a nation we are living progressively longer and many people are now looking for alternate ways to obtain pain relief away from the conventional method of prescribed drugs.
In his talk Alan demonstrates how this form of therapy works with some audience participation. It should be noted that this non-invasive treatment works for around 85% of people that use it. Over recent years a pulsed electrical magnetic device has become available to the market and speeds up healing time significantly. Working as a safe and effective portable machine arthritic sufferers and people with sports injuries have found this piece of kit invaluable.
Phone: 01403251733 Mobile: 07949118642
Email: al@alcooke.co.uk
No set charge but donation appreciated. Reasonable travel expenses can be agreed at the time of booking.

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

DR ROBERT CRUTHERS
I am a member of South Croydon Surrey Probus and for the past few years I have given a talk entitled “Doctor at Sea” to a number of Probus groups etc. in this area. I do not charge but request a donation to my charity, ORBIS.
Contact Dr Cruthers at: 17 Mayes Close, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9LB, telephone 01883 623441 or email bobcruthers@talktalk.net

BRIAN SCOVELL

The former Daily Mail sportswriter and who has travelled to 92 countries, so far, and met thousands of famous and infamous cricketers, footballers, politicians and others in his exhilarating career including Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Alf Ramsey, Walter Winterbottom, Bill Nicholson, Jimmy Greaves, Gordon Banks, Geoff Hurst, Trevor Brooking, Bobby Robson, Sam Allardyce, Gareth Southgate, Roy Hodgson, Gary Lineker, Jimmy Greaves, Eusebio, Paul Gascoigne, Sepp Blatter, Rio Ferdinand, Pele, David Beckham, Jose Mourinho, Denis Compton, Keith Miller, Richie Benaud, Peter May, Tom Graveney, Brian Close, Colin Cowdrey, Fred Trueman, Geoff Boycott, Michael Holding, Gary Sobers, Brian Lara, Wes Hall, Jim Laker, Ken Barrington, Mike Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Ian and Greg Chappell, Barry Richards, Ian Botham, Brian Johnson, John Arlott, Henry Blofeld, Margaret Thatcher, Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles, Sarah Ferguson, Harold Wilson, John Major, Dennis Skinner, Enoch Powell, Henry Kissinger, Robert Maxwell, Lord Learie Constantine and countless more. He has written 28 sports books, four of which were nominated for the British Sports Books Awards. His latest one, on Learie, the all time great all rounder who broke the colour bar in Britain, should be published next July. Members of 84 Probus Clubs in the south of England have heard his anecdotes and insights about them. If your club wants to be entertained as well contact Brian on: b.scovell@btinternet.com, 0208 464 4133 or write to 84, Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 3BD. He’s available at short notice.

MANCHESTER

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 .

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 Libya; 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

MIDLANDS – WEST

PHILIP BOWEN
A historian and retired deputy headmaster, I have given fully illustrated PowerPoint talks to many organisations and audiences including Probus and the National Trust.
Topics include The Tudor Bishops of Worcester – saints, sinners, heretics, Italians and a poisoner; the genius of Charles Dickens; Tolstoy – an enigma; the decline and fall of the British Aristocracy and the Stately Home; a history of Christmas; the Gunpowder Plot (which was very well received at a Bonfire Night banquet at Coughton Court); the Pilgrim Fathers; the USA’s Founding Fathers; President Nixon – crook or statesman?; Britain in the 1950s; JFK and a history of the USA through paintings.
My fee is £40 + travel expenses. I am based in Worcestershire but can consider neighbouring counties. I can also consider a short notice booking.
Contact me on 01905 798757 or my mobile 07484 25 45 46.

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

*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

*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

DOGS TRUST

Fancy a new and interesting speaker? Paige at Dogs Trust Snetterton is waiting to hear from you! She offers free talks about the work of the charity Dogs Trust, often with a canine chum by her side, and is willing to travel all over the East Anglia region. Her talks are usually 45 minutes long (with time for Q&A) but can be shorter if requested. You can get in touch with her either on 01953 497912 or email directly at paige.langton@dogstrust.org.uk.

She doesn’t charge a fee or travelling expenses, but instead asks for a donation towards the charity (amount of your choosing!)

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

SHROPSHIRE

Dr RICHARD GULLIVER
My wife and I lived on Colonsay and Islay in the Hebrides for 27 years. While there I undertook survey work on rare plants. Following this activity I was asked to select the 22 Islay botanicals which give – “The Botanist” Gin – its distinctive flavour. Between 2010 and 2017 all the Islay botanicals in the gin were gathered and prepared by ourselves.  I now give talks on 1) The Botanist Islay Dry Gin – our part in a global success story; and 2) Our Life in the Hebrides.
We are both garden and countryside wildlife enthusiasts. Two further talks are available. 3) An Introduction to Garden Wildlifeis divided into two main parts. Firstly the kinds of wildlife that may occur in gardens; and secondly means of managing the garden to encourage wildlife. 4) The Joy of Wild Orchids in Britainwill focus on enjoying orchids in the wild and will refer to our Field Studies Council publication – The Aidgap Colour Guide and Identification Key to Orchids. Orchids often appear in unexpected places, have great variety of flower colour and form, have strange folklore beliefs and have inspired photographers and artists over the decades. If you have not yet caught ‘UK orchid fever’, this talk will inspire you.
I charge £75 plus fuel at cost for 70 miles from Shrewsbury; for more distant destinations please get in touch. Dr Richard Gulliver – richardlgulliver@gmail.com – please copy in mavisgulliver@googlemail.com

PHILIP BOWEN
A historian and retired deputy headmaster, I have given fully illustrated PowerPoint talks to many organisations and audiences including Probus and the National Trust.
Topics include The Tudor Bishops of Worcester – saints, sinners, heretics, Italians and a poisoner; the genius of Charles Dickens; Tolstoy – an enigma; the decline and fall of the British Aristocracy and the Stately Home; a history of Christmas; the Gunpowder Plot (which was very well received at a Bonfire Night banquet at Coughton Court); the Pilgrim Fathers; the USA’s Founding Fathers; President Nixon – crook or statesman?; Britain in the 1950s; JFK and a history of the USA through paintings.
My fee is £40 + travel expenses. I am based in Worcestershire but can consider neighbouring counties. I can also consider a short notice booking.
Contact me on 01905 798757 or my mobile 07484 25 45 46.

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

ANDY LUCKER
I am a member of Wellington Probus and also a speaker.
I talk about my time as a detective constable on the Crime Squad at Heathrow Airport detecting, arresting and prosecuting baggage thieves and pickpockets.
I show a 30 minute film produced by the BBC “Airport” programme which contains covert footage of real thieves committing their offences and being arrested by me and my colleagues.
I then enlarge upon my many varied experiences as a Metropolitan and British Transport Police officer of 37 years which include my dealings with Victoria and David Beckham who had their luggage stolen at Heathrow in 2000.
I have my own projector and equipment and am happy to travel any reasonable distance in the West Country from my home near Taunton.
I charge £50 plus reasonable travelling expenses to be agreed on booking. All monies earned I donate to local charities.
Contact: andylucker@yahoo.co.ukor mobile: 07799 140460

MIRANDA PENDER
Miranda didn’t start playing guitar or writing songs until her mid-50s, but has more than made up for it since! She has recorded two CDs and published a booklet of song lyrics. She performs in pubs, folk clubs and at festivals, and several of her songs have been played on local radio. Raunchy, romantic, poignant, humorous, Miranda’s subjects range from shipwrecks to stalkers; from the perils of punting to that awkward situation where you discover your lover’s name sewn into the back of his underpants…
She is now establishing herself as a popular speaker, telling the stories behind the songs with a light-hearted mix of words and music. Her two talks are:
LATE-FLOWERING LYRICIST
This is a story of how it may never be too late to change direction in life; how Miranda learned the importance of ‘seizing the moment’; and how, with a bit of determination, you might be able to achieve things you never dreamed of!
LIFTING THE LID
The perils of researching family history: stories and songs of love, loss, jealousy, betrayal, revenge… often humorous, sometimes poignant, occasionally shocking.
Miranda presents a set of original songs woven around some of the more bizarre stories from her family history.
The standard performances are 45 minutes plus time for questions, but Miranda can adjust the timing to suit your requirements.
Miranda’s fee is £40 + 30p per mile travelling expenses. Based in Sherborne, she is normally prepared to travel throughout Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Please contact her to discuss bookings further afield.
From March to October Miranda is available mornings, afternoons and evenings; November to February, afternoons only. She will always consider a short-notice booking to cover a cancellation.
PHONE: 01935 815497/07896 354616 EMAIL:info@mirandapender.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.

STAFFORDSHIRE

LEE CARROLL
I am semi retired after 35 years in the entertainment industry as a comedian and TV/radio broadcaster.
My fee is £50 within 10 miles of Rugeley, Staffordshire, and I am prepared to travel with expenses added at 75p per mile up to a distance of 25 miles.
Talk 1.”35 years sharing secrets of the stars” Powerpoint talk on my career in showbusiness as a comedian, TV & radio presenter, with interesting anecdotes and a few jokes too! I have had the pleasure of working alongside Gene Pitney, The Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Neil Sedaka, Priscilla Presley, The Two Ronnies and many more.
Talk 2. “Writing for television, how to sell your TV show ideas” another Powerpoint presentation. I have written on some of TV’s biggest gameshows including “Play your Cards Right” and “Winner Takes All” as well as devising and presenting my very own panel gameshow on ITV: “Run with the Ball”. Normally a workshop, but this talk gives an insight on how to present an idea to TV executives.
Contact details: Hollywood House,6 Avonlea Gardens, Rugeley,Staffs WS152SY
Tel: 01889-623447 Mob: 07936-114964 Email:leenwcarroll@gmail.com

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.

*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

SURREY

BOB SINFIELD
Bob is an actor, author and broadcaster.  In his spare time he enjoys talking about comedy writing for such stars as Bob Monkhouse, Tracey Ullman, Jasper Carrott and David Jason. He’s also a radio buff and can tell you much about the many behind-the-mike antics he’s encountered over the years, involving everyone from Rupert Everett to Kenny Everett.  For jazz fans, as the author of George Chisholm’s biography, Bob has many tales of George’s incredible dual career as trombonist and comedian.
Based in Surrey, Bob charges £70 + 40p per mile travelling expenses and will always consider short-notice bookings nationwide. Contact 020 8770 1076, 07956 397595 or doctorsinuk@yahoo.co.uk

DR ROBERT CRUTHERS
I am a member of South Croydon Surrey Probus and for the past few years I have given a talk entitled “Doctor at Sea” to a number of Probus groups etc. in this area. I do not charge but request a donation to my charity, ORBIS.
Contact Dr Cruthers at: 17 Mayes Close, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9LB, telephone 01883 623441 or email bobcruthers@talktalk.net

ALAN COOKE
Alan has over 35 years experience working as a trainer both in his own business and for various others including the aviation industry.
He started Norstar Magnetics Ltd over 14 years ago and the brand is now synonymous with quality health care products. Also interest in complementary therapy increased and as a result he studied and became a qualified magnotherapist in 2003.
Alan is also a member of the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine)
Talks:
ARE YOU INNOCENTLY HARMING YOUR FAMILY WITH POLLUTED INVISIBLE RADIATION?
A talk on smart meters, cordless phones, cell phones wi-fi etc and what this means for all of us. No holds barred in this hard hitting talk!
Following two years of extensive research Alan will lift the lid off why the government and power companies are so keen to install these meters into our homes.
This presentation will amaze, shock, anger and inform you all in one presentation. Armed with the facts you will have a greater understanding of how to react to this latest intrusion. Alan will speak in Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Gloucestershire as he visits these areas regularly, which will mitigate on travel expenses.
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5-A-DAY?
A talk and demonstration aimed at promoting awareness of well- being in ourselves. Come and sample great tasting fruit and veg made before your very eyes as Alan shows you how to put together some great tasting concoctions.
As a nation we eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, with only 15% of adults meeting the target. In children it is even less.
Fruits and vegetables are incredibly versatile, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances) vital for good health.
Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals.
MAGNET THERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS
As a nation we are living progressively longer and many people are now looking for alternate ways to obtain pain relief away from the conventional method of prescribed drugs.
In his talk Alan demonstrates how this form of therapy works with some audience participation. It should be noted that this non-invasive treatment works for around 85% of people that use it. Over recent years a pulsed electrical magnetic device has become available to the market and speeds up healing time significantly. Working as a safe and effective portable machine arthritic sufferers and people with sports injuries have found this piece of kit invaluable.
Phone: 01403251733 Mobile: 07949118642
Email: al@alcooke.co.uk
No set charge but donation appreciated. Reasonable travel expenses can be agreed at the time of booking.

SUSAN PURCELL

Susan Purcell is a professional linguist, lexicographer (dictionary compiler), crossword editor and compiler, and the author of 12 books related to words and language. Susan’s most popular talks, which are light-hearted, entertaining and suitable for all, are:
The A to Z of the English dictionary.
What makes a word a word, and how does it get into the dictionary?
The ups and downs of crosswords: the history of the crossword, and tricks of the compiler’s trade.
The rise and demise of accents and dialects, including the forgotten Surrey dialect.
Susan is based in Guildford, Surrey. Her 2018-19 fee is £75, which includes travelling expenses to venues within 20 miles of Guildford; otherwise, a modest mileage charge will be made. Susan is frequently available at short notice.
Contact Susan on 01483 303188, or at purcellsusan@hotmail.com. Susan writes a popular blog on language matters, which can be viewed here www.virtuallinguist.typepad.com.

*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

DR JONATHAN NEWMAN
Dr Jonathan Newman is a social anthropologist whose research has taken him from the Colombian coffee fields to drug and weaponry trade fairs. For Dr Newman, anthropology is a way of travelling that anyone can do. His talk shares the secrets of how to go on an anthropological holiday and re-ignite the spirit of exploration. Using anthropology, it is even possible to travel far without leaving your own home.
In addition to my talk  ‘Anthropology as an alternative holiday’ I speak on the following:
· The transition of cannabis lifestyles  – a collaboration between law, commerce and science
· The Medical Cannabis Bike Tour – a study of the highs and lows of philanthropy, sport and drugs
·  Fairtrade and the violent conditions of coffee production
·  The ethos and ethics of security and weaponry markets
Email: anthropologicalholidays@gmail.com
No cost. Reasonable travel expenses from Brighton can be agreed at the time of booking.

BRIAN O’GORMAN
Giving talks has been an important part of my activity since retirement .
My appointment as Historian of the British Music Hall Society has provided plenty of opportunity of regular talks to them, since 1988, focusing on the personalities, style and attractions of that form of variety entertainment and I have written two books on the subject with another in preparation .
My other areas are National Service (in Nigeria, West Africa), Cricket and the Argentine – all based on my personal experience.
I am usually able to travel at short notice (expenses only).
E MAIL kogorman01@aol.com. Based West Sussex.

ALAN COOKE
Alan has over 35 years experience working as a trainer both in his own business and for various others including the aviation industry.
He started Norstar Magnetics Ltd over 14 years ago and the brand is now synonymous with quality health care products. Also interest in complementary therapy increased and as a result he studied and became a qualified magnotherapist in 2003.
Alan is also a member of the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine)
Talks:
ARE YOU INNOCENTLY HARMING YOUR FAMILY WITH POLLUTED INVISIBLE RADIATION?
A talk on smart meters, cordless phones, cell phones wi-fi etc and what this means for all of us. No holds barred in this hard hitting talk!
Following two years of extensive research Alan will lift the lid off why the government and power companies are so keen to install these meters into our homes.
This presentation will amaze, shock, anger and inform you all in one presentation. Armed with the facts you will have a greater understanding of how to react to this latest intrusion. Alan will speak in Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and Gloucestershire as he visits these areas regularly, which will mitigate on travel expenses.

ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5-A-DAY?
A talk and demonstration aimed at promoting awareness of well- being in ourselves. Come and sample great tasting fruit and veg made before your very eyes as Alan shows you how to put together some great tasting concoctions.
As a nation we eat less than three portions of fruit and veg a day, with only 15% of adults meeting the target. In children it is even less.
Fruits and vegetables are incredibly versatile, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and a variety of phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant substances) vital for good health.
Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals.

MAGNET THERAPY AS A COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS
As a nation we are living progressively longer and many people are now looking for alternate ways to obtain pain relief away from the conventional method of prescribed drugs.
In his talk Alan demonstrates how this form of therapy works with some audience participation. It should be noted that this non-invasive treatment works for around 85% of people that use it. Over recent years a pulsed electrical magnetic device has become available to the market and speeds up healing time significantly. Working as a safe and effective portable machine arthritic sufferers and people with sports injuries have found this piece of kit invaluable.
Phone: 01403251733 Mobile: 07949118642
Email: al@alcooke.co.uk
No set charge but donation appreciated. Reasonable travel expenses can be agreed at the time of booking.

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

TEESSIDE

WARWICKSHIRE

PHILIP BOWEN
A historian and retired deputy headmaster, I have given fully illustrated PowerPoint talks to many organisations and audiences including Probus and the National Trust.
Topics include The Tudor Bishops of Worcester – saints, sinners, heretics, Italians and a poisoner; the genius of Charles Dickens; Tolstoy – an enigma; the decline and fall of the British Aristocracy and the Stately Home; a history of Christmas; the Gunpowder Plot (which was very well received at a Bonfire Night banquet at Coughton Court); the Pilgrim Fathers; the USA’s Founding Fathers; President Nixon – crook or statesman?; Britain in the 1950s; JFK and a history of the USA through paintings.
My fee is £40 + travel expenses. I am based in Worcestershire but can consider neighbouring counties. I can also consider a short notice booking.
Contact me on 01905 798757 or my mobile 07484 25 45 46.

WILTSHIRE

MIRANDA PENDER
Miranda didn’t start playing guitar or writing songs until her mid-50s, but has more than made up for it since! She has recorded two CDs and published a booklet of song lyrics. She performs in pubs, folk clubs and at festivals, and several of her songs have been played on local radio. Raunchy, romantic, poignant, humorous, Miranda’s subjects range from shipwrecks to stalkers; from the perils of punting to that awkward situation where you discover your lover’s name sewn into the back of his underpants…
She is now establishing herself as a popular speaker, telling the stories behind the songs with a light-hearted mix of words and music. Her two talks are:
LATE-FLOWERING LYRICIST
This is a story of how it may never be too late to change direction in life; how Miranda learned the importance of ‘seizing the moment’; and how, with a bit of determination, you might be able to achieve things you never dreamed of!
LIFTING THE LID
The perils of researching family history: stories and songs of love, loss, jealousy, betrayal, revenge… often humorous, sometimes poignant, occasionally shocking.
Miranda presents a set of original songs woven around some of the more bizarre stories from her family history.
The standard performances are 45 minutes plus time for questions, but Miranda can adjust the timing to suit your requirements.
Miranda’s fee is £40 + 30p per mile travelling expenses. Based in Sherborne, she is normally prepared to travel throughout Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Please contact her to discuss bookings further afield.
From March to October Miranda is available mornings, afternoons and evenings; November to February, afternoons only. She will always consider a short-notice booking to cover a cancellation.
PHONE: 01935 815497/07896 354616 EMAIL:info@mirandapender.com

WHALE AND DOLPHIN CONSERVATION
Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year (2018) and I wondered whether any Probus clubs would like a presentation on our work, our achievements and our exciting future projects at one of their meetings/socials?  Whether we live inland or by the coast, recent research is showing that whales, in particular, are proving vital in man’s fight against climate change and are therefore important for each and every one of us on the planet.
Local groups within reach of Chippenham, Wiltshire, would also be very welcome to come to our offices for an illustrated talk. There is no charge but, as we are a registered charity, a donation would be much appreciated.
For further information on our work, please do have a look at our website – www.whales,org
sharon.stevenson@whales.org
Sharon Stevenson
Whale and Dolphin Conservation
Brookfield House
38 St Paul Street
Chippenham SN15 1LJ
T: 01249 449500

WORCESTERSHIRE

PHILIP BOWEN
A historian and retired deputy headmaster, I have given fully illustrated PowerPoint talks to many organisations and audiences including Probus and the National Trust.
Topics include The Tudor Bishops of Worcester – saints, sinners, heretics, Italians and a poisoner; the genius of Charles Dickens; Tolstoy – an enigma; the decline and fall of the British Aristocracy and the Stately Home; a history of Christmas; the Gunpowder Plot (which was very well received at a Bonfire Night banquet at Coughton Court); the Pilgrim Fathers; the USA’s Founding Fathers; President Nixon – crook or statesman?; Britain in the 1950s; JFK and a history of the USA through paintings.
My fee is £40 + travel expenses. I am based in Worcestershire but can consider neighbouring counties. I can also consider a short notice booking.
Contact me on 01905 798757 or my mobile 07484 25 45 46.

ALISON HARRIS (career under the maiden name Parkinson if you want to Google her!)
The editor of Probus magazine had a former life as a newspaper and magazine editor, then as a public relations consultant and freelance journalist. Her late mother (Ida Parkinson) was the very first Macmillan Nurse in Hereford & Worcestershire, a calling which has greatly affected the whole extended family’s outlook on life. Alison 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, or about her late mother’s life and legacy, beginning from when she an away from home to train as a nurse. 25p per mile expenses required plus a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support is asked. Tel: 01905 452183 or email editor@probusonline.org

YORKSHIRE

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 PLANNERS
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 Planners Ltd
01484 600589/07763351706

PETER SLATER
I’m a retired BBC staff sports reporter, although you may still hear me on Radio 5 Live or BBC TV on a Saturday afternoon, covering football matches.
My talk is called “Don’t You Know Who I Am” and is based on my book which recounts my dealings with Brian Clough, Alex Ferguson, Muhammad Ali, Damon Hill and Sir Chris Hoy amongst others.
I’ve been sharing my experiences with Probus groups for a number of years and the response has been universally encouraging. So if you want to hear about life in the Premier League, Formula One and the Tour De France then I could be just what you’re looking for.
I’m based just outside of Sheffield, so anywhere within a 50 mile radius would be fine. I charge £50 plus travel expenses @ 40p per mile. I also bring a few books for sale.
Contact me by email slaterpeter@aol.com or on 07860 641066.

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 that 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

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

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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