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.

FREE SPEAKERS
Free speakers are available nationwide on the topic of bowel cancer. Many are bowel cancer survivors and all are volunteers, determined to raise awareness of the symptoms, the risk factors, how to reduce risk, diet, good bowel health and the national screening programme. Talks last about 30 minutes and leaflets are distributed. To book a speaker either contact Kathryn Vizor, 0207 940 1769 ext 294, Kathryn.vizor@bowelcanceruk.org.uk, or book a talk via the website: https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/how-we-can-help/our-awareness-work/book-a-talk/

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 24years 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 2019 dates will be full but if you have a cancellation please call me. I charge 30p a mile for coming plus a £50 donation for the charity.
I return to India the first week of November until the following mid March. Please check my website, details below.
Anita Edgar-Cole:   anita@childrescue.net
El Shaddai Charitable Trust Ltd
Co-founder UK 0044 7813345367. March-November
India 0091 7517517283 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

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

NADENE STEVENSON
Hello. I am Nadene and I am the current President of the Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill & Chigwell.
I am passionate about helping others and would love to talk to your club about the Power of Magnets for health and wellbeing. Three years ago, I suffered from chronic back pain and migraines. Within three days of wearing a magnet I was pain free. Since then I have helped hundreds of customers with conditions ranging from arthritis, vertigo, headaches/migraines, back/shoulder/neck/elbow/knee pain through to MS and Muscular Dystrophy.
I am willing to travel up to an hour from Loughton.
If you would like me to come along as a FREE speaker, please either email me at nadenes@hotmail.co.uk or call me on 07743 527297.

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

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

BRISTOL

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) – Free Speakers
CHSW cares for over 1000 children who have life limiting conditions, and provides support to nearly 500 families in the South West. We operate three hospices in the region and each hospice offers families respite and relaxation, laughter and friendship, as well as expert palliative and terminal care. Our hospices are full of love and laughter, where families can begin to forget their worries for a while, be a family again and receive the very best care for their child. If you would like to hear more about how we care and support families, we can provide FREE SPEAKERS at a time suitable for your group and can tailor the talk to suit you.  To book a talk or tour, please e-mail reception.cf@chsw.org,uk or call 01275 866600, we would love to hear from you.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

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

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

ROGER WOODARD
A fellow Waveney Probus member and I are able to give talks for travelling expenses at 50p a mile from Lowestoft and any miscellaneous materials. We can travel to Norfolk and Suffolk and possible Essex and Cambridgeshire. Subjects include World War 2, the construction industry, mineral extractive industry (mining) health, Occupational health & safety, major incidents worldwide and the list goes on!
I can be contacted on email: rogerwoodard@icloud.com and by mobile: 07397192299

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.

CHESHIRE

Shropshire • Staffordshire • Cheshire Blood Bikes
This charity was established in 2014 and by May 2019 had completed 15,000 deliveries between hospitals, all done by volunteers at no cost to the NHS. In 2018 we rode our blood bikes 219,480 miles across three counties and made 4,318 deliveries. We serve eight NHS Trusts, the Severn Hospice, the North West Human Milk Bank, the University of Birmingham (faecal matter transplants) and Public Health England.
Backing up our riders are the vital controllers who work from home and take the calls from the hospitals and despatch the riders – monitoring their every journey until they are safely home. The third vital group in our charity is the fundraisers who you will see at local supermarkets, fetes, bikes shows etc with their collection buckets.
We also have a thriving ‘Speaker Team’ , well equipped and knowledgeable about our charity who can give talks around our three counties. There is no charge but a donation is always welcome.
Our patrons are the Lord Lieutenants of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. In July 2018 we were honoured to be given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
www.ssbbgroup.org.uk
For further information about talks contact Helen at talks@ssbbgroup.org.uk

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.

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 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

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) – Free Speakers
CHSW cares for over 1000 children who have life limiting conditions, and provides support to nearly 500 families in the South West. We operate three hospices in the region and each hospice offers families respite and relaxation, laughter and friendship, as well as expert palliative and terminal care. Our hospices are full of love and laughter, where families can begin to forget their worries for a while, be a family again and receive the very best care for their child. If you would like to hear more about how we care and support families, we can provide FREE SPEAKERS at a time suitable for your group and can tailor the talk to suit you. To book a talk or tour, please call 01726 871800 we would love to hear from you.

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

GLEN BIRD – HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE
Are you looking for an inspiring, personal and uplifting talk for your group? Hello, I am a volunteer speaker on behalf of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a nationwide charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to important and potentially life-saving sounds. I’m also a father to Hannah, a deaf child (now adult), and our story covers how we discovered Hannah was deaf, how we as parents dealt with having a deaf child and then Hannah picks up the story and talks of her fight with both deafness and its effect on her mental health and how her hearing dog both changed and saved her life. Where possible we’ll bring along a hearing dog for you to meet and see a demonstration of what they do for a deaf recipient. Centred in Plymouth I will travel up to 25 miles without expenses and 40p per mile thereafter within the wider South West. I take no fee but a donation of £40 is requested. Email:pistolier@live.com or call
T: 07717345772 Website: www.hearingdogs.org.uk

JULIAN MITCHELL
I am a published author local to Ivybridge. I have written a crime fiction novel called ‘Missing on Dartmoor’, which features the moor and towns and cities that surround it.
I have prepared a slideshow presentation called ‘Confessions of a Novice Writer’ that charts my experience of writing my first novel and getting it published.
If any Probus Clubs would be interested in my presentation, please mail me. I do not make a charge for my 50-minute talk and supply all the kit for the slideshow.
Contact julianmitchell48@sky.com

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.

DEVON

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) – Free Speakers
CHSW cares for over 1000 children who have life limiting conditions, and provides support to nearly 500 families in the South West. We operate three hospices in the region and each hospice offers families respite and relaxation, laughter and friendship, as well as expert palliative and terminal care. Our hospices are full of love and laughter, where families can begin to forget their worries for a while, be a family again and receive the very best care for their child. If you would like to hear more about how we care and support families, we can provide FREE SPEAKERS at a time suitable for your group and can tailor the talk to suit you. To book a talk or tour, please call 01271 325270, we would love to hear from you.

DORSET

GAIL ALDWIN

Gail Aldwin was 20 when she travelled from London to Kathmandu on a converted double decker bus. She then lived in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Spain before having a family and settling in Dorset in 2006. Thriving on the creativity of the area, Gail started writing and after redundancy from Dorset County Council, this became her second career. Where do you get ideas for writing? This popular question is addressed in Gail’s talk where she uses examples from her short stories, poetry and excerpts from her novel The String Games to illustrate how inspiration for writing is found.
Visit https://gailaldwin.comto find out more about Gail and her writing. She is available to deliver talks (free of charge) in Dorset and can be contacted at gail@gailaldwin.com

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

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.

DURHAM

ESSEX

NADENE STEVENSON
Hello. I am Nadene and I am the current President of the Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill & Chigwell.
I am passionate about helping others and would love to talk to your club about the Power of Magnets for health and wellbeing. Three years ago, I suffered from chronic back pain and migraines. Within three days of wearing a magnet I was pain free. Since then I have helped hundreds of customers with conditions ranging from arthritis, vertigo, headaches/migraines, back/shoulder/neck/elbow/knee pain through to MS and Muscular Dystrophy.
I am willing to travel up to an hour from Loughton.
If you would like me to come along as a FREE speaker, please either email me at nadenes@hotmail.co.uk or call me on 07743 527297.

ROGER WOODARD
A fellow Waveney Probus member and I are able to give talks for travelling expenses at 50p a mile from Lowestoft and any miscellaneous materials. We can travel to Norfolk and Suffolk and possible Essex and Cambridgeshire. Subjects include World War 2, the construction industry, mineral extractive industry (mining) health, Occupational health & safety, major incidents worldwide and the list goes on!
I can be contacted on email: rogerwoodard@icloud.com and by mobile: 07397192299

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 engineer 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

PROF COLIN TERRELL
Brain function – and maintenance!
A light-hearted and non-jargon history of increases in the knowledge of brain function from 1850s through to the present use of magnetic resonance imaging – followed by recent large scale research based guidelines on how to keep an over 65-year-old brain active.
Colin (based in Cheltenham and a member of Charlton Kings Probus) is happy to give his talk to Probus groups in the West Midlands and Oxfordshire in exchange for a £50 donation to a local charity.
Email: CT@aspirepsychologists.co.uk

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

GUIDE DOGS: THE LIFE CHANGERS
Our enthusiastic, trained speakers give entertaining and informative talks about how the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association helps people with sight loss. The talks focus on how the world-famous Guide Dogs are trained and how they help their owners, sometimes even saving their lives. The team giving the talk will includea Guide Dog owner with their wonderful dog, plus another speaker, such as a puppy walker with their Guide Dog puppy. The Guide Dog owner will talk about their experiences of coping with sight loss and how their Guide Dog has changed their life. Although it is a serious subject, the speakers include amusing anecdotes about the dog training and life with a Guide Dog. We do not charge fees or expenses but welcome donations. Our branch of the Guide Dog charity is based in Worcestershire and East Herefordshire. We cover these areas plus north Gloucestershire. 07584 288493. 01886 880816 jean.emberlin@btinternet.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.

HAMPSHIRE

PARKINSON’S UK
I am the volunteer speaker for Parkinson’s UK covering Surrey and parts of Hampshire, East and West Sussex and SW London. I can do a presentation lasting from 1/4 hr to an hour and make no charge. I cover the causes and effects of Parkinson’s, which affects 148,000 adults in the UK, ways of mitigating its effects; current research hopes; the support offered by Parkinson’s UK and ways in which individuals or clubs can support the charity. We have several laughs along the way and even those in my audiences with the condition find it helpful and informative. I hope I can raise awareness of what Parkinson’s is amongst Probus members. 80% of respondents in a public poll thought Parkinson’s wasn’t a serious complaint. Awareness needs to change if we are to get the cure we need.
Valerie Box (volunteer speaker, Surrey and Borders, Parkinson’s UK)
01428 682678 / 07884 235828. vbox@parkinsons.org.uk

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

HEREFORDSHIRE

GUIDE DOGS: THE LIFE CHANGERS
Our enthusiastic, trained speakers give entertaining and informative talks about how the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association helps people with sight loss. The talks focus on how the world-famous Guide Dogs are trained and how they help their owners, sometimes even saving their lives. The team giving the talk will includea Guide Dog owner with their wonderful dog, plus another speaker, such as a puppy walker with their Guide Dog puppy. The Guide Dog owner will talk about their experiences of coping with sight loss and how their Guide Dog has changed their life. Although it is a serious subject, the speakers include amusing anecdotes about the dog training and life with a Guide Dog. We do not charge fees or expenses but welcome donations. Our branch of the Guide Dog charity is based in Worcestershire and East Herefordshire. We cover these areas plus north Gloucestershire. 07584 288493. 01886 880816 jean.emberlin@btinternet.com

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

KENT

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

LANCASHIRE

LEICESTERSHIRE

MARK TEMPLE
I am a speaker with the National Trust Talk Service at Stoneywell, Leicestershire. I can offer four talks as follows, each lasting approx. 1 hour:
1)Stoneywell and the Gimson Family (booking through Stoneywell Talk Service 01530 248040‬ (a minimum donation of £50). Looking at the cottage (Ulverscroft), the Gimson family business and the arts and crafts legacy of Ernest Gimson.‬‬‬‬‬‬
2) Lost Windmills of Leicestershire (donation £50 in support of Hough Windmill). Exploring the Windmills in the county.
3) The Mountsorrel Quarry and its Railway (£50 suggested donation to Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre).
4) The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie. (£50)
Willing to cross into adjacent counties. Transport costs for journeys over 15 miles appreciated.
Mark.temple@rural-web.me.uk

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

PARKINSON’S UK
I am the volunteer speaker for Parkinson’s UK covering Surrey and parts of Hampshire, East and West Sussex and SW London. I can do a presentation lasting from 1/4 hr to an hour and make no charge. I cover the causes and effects of Parkinson’s, which affects 148,000 adults in the UK, ways of mitigating its effects; current research hopes; the support offered by Parkinson’s UK and ways in which individuals or clubs can support the charity. We have several laughs along the way and even those in my audiences with the condition find it helpful and informative. I hope I can raise awareness of what Parkinson’s is amongst Probus members. 80% of respondents in a public poll thought Parkinson’s wasn’t a serious complaint. Awareness needs to change if we are to get the cure we need.
Valerie Box (volunteer speaker, Surrey and Borders, Parkinson’s UK)
01428 682678 / 07884 235828. vbox@parkinsons.org.uk

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

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

MIDLANDS – WEST

PROF COLIN TERRELL
Brain function – and maintenance!
A light-hearted and non-jargon history of increases in the knowledge of brain function from 1850s through to the present use of magnetic resonance imaging – followed by recent large scale research based guidelines on how to keep an over 65-year-old brain active.
Colin (based in Cheltenham and a member of Charlton Kings Probus) is happy to give his talk to Probus groups in the West Midlands and Oxfordshire in exchange for a £50 donation to a local charity.
Email: CT@aspirepsychologists.co.uk

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

NORFOLK

ROGER WOODARD
A fellow Waveney Probus member and I are able to give talks for travelling expenses at 50p a mile from Lowestoft and any miscellaneous materials. We can travel to Norfolk and Suffolk and possible Essex and Cambridgeshire. Subjects include World War 2, the construction industry, mineral extractive industry (mining) health, Occupational health & safety, major incidents worldwide and the list goes on!
I can be contacted on email: rogerwoodard@icloud.com and by mobile: 07397192299

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

Dr Béatrice Crawford

I have given my Talk, ‘A Life-Changing Trek on the Great Wall of China and the Book it Inspired’, to various groups in Oxfordshire including Fishbourne Literary Festival. My book, ‘Voices on the Great Wall’, has 31 five-star Reviews and sells at Blackwells in their Travel Section, and online on http://amzn.to/2oELeUc.   I donate my book’s royalties and speaker’s donations to Helen & Douglas House Children’s Hospices (https://www.justgiving.com/BsBook). Thanks to my book, and my talks, I have raised so far over £12,000 in aid of Helen & Douglas House Children’s Hospices.
I live in Oxford and can be contacted by email: b.m.crawford@btinternet.com

SHROPSHIRE

Shropshire • Staffordshire • Cheshire Blood Bikes
This charity was established in 2014 and by May 2019 had completed 15,000 deliveries between hospitals, all done by volunteers at no cost to the NHS. In 2018 we rode our blood bikes 219,480 miles across three counties and made 4,318 deliveries. We serve eight NHS Trusts, the Severn Hospice, the North West Human Milk Bank, the University of Birmingham (faecal matter transplants) and Public Health England.
Backing up our riders are the vital controllers who work from home and take the calls from the hospitals and despatch the riders – monitoring their every journey until they are safely home. The third vital group in our charity is the fundraisers who you will see at local supermarkets, fetes, bikes shows etc with their collection buckets.
We also have a thriving ‘Speaker Team’ , well equipped and knowledgeable about our charity who can give talks around our three counties. There is no charge but a donation is always welcome.
Our patrons are the Lord Lieutenants of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. In July 2018 we were honoured to be given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
www.ssbbgroup.org.uk
For further information about talks contact Helen at talks@ssbbgroup.org.uk

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

SOMERSET

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

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.

SOMERSET

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) – Free Speakers
CHSW cares for over 1000 children who have life limiting conditions, and provides support to nearly 500 families in the South West. We operate three hospices in the region and each hospice offers families respite and relaxation, laughter and friendship, as well as expert palliative and terminal care. Our hospices are full of love and laughter, where families can begin to forget their worries for a while, be a family again and receive the very best care for their child. If you would like to hear more about how we care and support families, we can provide FREE SPEAKERS at a time suitable for your group and can tailor the talk to suit you.  To book a talk or tour, please e-mail reception.cf@chsw.org,uk or call 01275 866600, we would love to hear from you.

STAFFORDSHIRE

Douglas Macmillan Hospice
Dougie Mac, as colloquially known, is a 33-bed adult hospice facility providing holistic palliative care to people in the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire area but also touching on Shropshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. In 2018 more than 3,500 people benefited from their care services. In 2023, they will celebrate their 50th birthday as an independent charity with no connection to any national charities. The hospice relies entirely on voluntary donations for 80% of the £12.7m needed to run its specialist services.
Core activities revolve around delivering ‘bespoke’ care and the funding of ‘bespoke’ care.
There is no charge for speaking to Probus groups but donations would be welcome to help fund their services.
We will travel within our referral area which is Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. Our hospice is in Stoke-on-Trent but our area is around 300 square miles so if we receive enquiries outside of this area we would certainly review the request.
To book a talk contact the Supporter Hub: Telephone 01782 344304 or email fundraising@dmhospice.org.uk

Shropshire • Staffordshire • Cheshire Blood Bikes
This charity was established in 2014 and by May 2019 had completed 15,000 deliveries between hospitals, all done by volunteers at no cost to the NHS. In 2018 we rode our blood bikes 219,480 miles across three counties and made 4,318 deliveries. We serve eight NHS Trusts, the Severn Hospice, the North West Human Milk Bank, the University of Birmingham (faecal matter transplants) and Public Health England.
Backing up our riders are the vital controllers who work from home and take the calls from the hospitals and despatch the riders – monitoring their every journey until they are safely home. The third vital group in our charity is the fundraisers who you will see at local supermarkets, fetes, bikes shows etc with their collection buckets.
We also have a thriving ‘Speaker Team’ , well equipped and knowledgeable about our charity who can give talks around our three counties. There is no charge but a donation is always welcome.
Our patrons are the Lord Lieutenants of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. In July 2018 we were honoured to be given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
www.ssbbgroup.org.uk
For further information about talks contact Helen at talks@ssbbgroup.org.uk

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.

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

ROGER WOODARD
A fellow Waveney Probus member and I are able to give talks for travelling expenses at 50p a mile from Lowestoft and any miscellaneous materials. We can travel to Norfolk and Suffolk and possible Essex and Cambridgeshire. Subjects include World War 2, the construction industry, mineral extractive industry (mining) health, Occupational health & safety, major incidents worldwide and the list goes on!
I can be contacted on email: rogerwoodard@icloud.com and by mobile: 07397192299

SURREY

PARKINSON’S UK – FREE SPEAKER
I am the volunteer speaker for Parkinson’s UK covering Surrey and parts of Hampshire, East and West Sussex and SW London. I can do a presentation lasting from 1/4 hr to an hour and make no charge. I cover the causes and effects of Parkinson’s, which affects 148,000 adults in the UK, ways of mitigating its effects; current research hopes; the support offered by Parkinson’s UK and ways in which individuals or clubs can support the charity. We have several laughs along the way and even those in my audiences with the condition find it helpful and informative. I hope I can raise awareness of what Parkinson’s is amongst Probus members. 80% of respondents in a public poll thought Parkinson’s wasn’t a serious complaint. Awareness needs to change if we are to get the cure we need.
Valerie Box (volunteer speaker, Surrey and Borders, Parkinson’s UK)
01428 682678 / 07884 235828. vbox@parkinsons.org.uk

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 bobcruthers36@gmail.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

PARKINSON’S UK – FREE SPEAKER
I am the volunteer speaker for Parkinson’s UK covering Surrey and parts of Hampshire, East and West Sussex and SW London. I can do a presentation lasting from 1/4 hr to an hour and make no charge. I cover the causes and effects of Parkinson’s, which affects 148,000 adults in the UK, ways of mitigating its effects; current research hopes; the support offered by Parkinson’s UK and ways in which individuals or clubs can support the charity. We have several laughs along the way and even those in my audiences with the condition find it helpful and informative. I hope I can raise awareness of what Parkinson’s is amongst Probus members. 80% of respondents in a public poll thought Parkinson’s wasn’t a serious complaint. Awareness needs to change if we are to get the cure we need.
Valerie Box (volunteer speaker, Surrey and Borders, Parkinson’s UK)
01428 682678 / 07884 235828. vbox@parkinsons.org.uk

ALAN CHALMERS
I spent 40 years on Wimbledon’s Centre Court as the All England Club’s steward with special responsibility for looking after the seating arrangements and security of the competitors, their guests and assorted VIP guests, my first being Frank Sinatra! I have constructed a talk entitled A TYPICAL DAY BEHIND THE SCENES ON CENTRE COURT to which I have attached a plethora of anecdotes from 1976 onwards, delivered on a decade by decade basis. I gave a talk to Midhurst Probus several months ago which seemed well received and I have given the talk in Sussex on seven more occasions since last summer. I charge £75 with payment made out to Midhurst Macmillan for whom I raise funds. Email alan@tennisbookshop.com

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.

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

WILTSHIRE

WHALE AND DOLPHIN CONSERVATION
Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) celebrated its 30th anniversary in 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

GUIDE DOGS: THE LIFE CHANGERS
Our enthusiastic, trained speakers give entertaining and informative talks about how the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association helps people with sight loss. The talks focus on how the world-famous Guide Dogs are trained and how they help their owners, sometimes even saving their lives. The team giving the talk will includea Guide Dog owner with their wonderful dog, plus another speaker, such as a puppy walker with their Guide Dog puppy. The Guide Dog owner will talk about their experiences of coping with sight loss and how their Guide Dog has changed their life. Although it is a serious subject, the speakers include amusing anecdotes about the dog training and life with a Guide Dog. We do not charge fees or expenses but welcome donations. Our branch of the Guide Dog charity is based in Worcestershire and East Herefordshire. We cover these areas plus north Gloucestershire. 07584 288493. 01886 880816 jean.emberlin@btinternet.com

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 ran away from home on an Irish farm to train as a nurse. 45p per mile expenses required plus a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support is asked. Tel: 01905 452183 or email editor@probusonline.org

YORKSHIRE

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

SCOTLAND

TOOLS WITH A MISSION – free of charge
Garry Sloan is based in Edinburgh city centre and will travel throughout Mid Lothian, East Lothian and West Lothian. This is an approx. 25 mile radius from Edinburgh city centre. His talks are free of charge and no request is made for expenses.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the world’s poorest countries with 63% of the population living below the poverty line. Basic infrastructure is almost non-existent and it can be impossible to travel across the country. Civil war remains the main barrier to growth and the general lawlessness discourages investment despite DRCs huge natural resources.
The people of DRC are determined to change and see their country prosper again. The community spirit and faith of the people are helping to bring genuine change to the country. Tools with a Mission is partnering with organisations across DRC who want to transform lives through community projects, church partnerships and training facilities.
We send 40-foot HiCube containers, the largest available, packed with tools and equipment to go to DRC.  Many of our tools support community-based projects and with such a young population there is an urgent need to provide employment and the hope that life in the DRC is worth living.
Transforming one life, will transform the future of the whole family, which in turn will transform the potential of the whole community.
To hear more contact Garry by emailing garrysloan5@gmail.com

Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC) – free speakers
We are a charity providing live music for people in healthcare settings across the UK. Our sessions are designed to humanise clinical settings, reach and connect people, encourage communication, meaningful interactions and evoke emotions and memories.
Since 1948 our aim has been to overcome barriers which prevent people, regardless of their health or wellbeing, from accessing the therapeutic benefits of live music. From lullabies for babies in neonatal units to old favourites for those living with dementia, we deliver up to 5,000 live performances and music sessions a year and reach over 90,000 beneficiaries in hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres, special schools and community settings to bring ‘Joy Through Live Music’.
We can make presentations to suit each individual group and are always keen to come along and talk to interested groups.  We have volunteers across the Central Belt of Scotland, Aberdeenshire and Orkney!  No fees or expenses are charged but we are always delighted to receive a donation to the charity. Phone 0131 556 5848 or email  hello@mihc.org.uk.  Further information about the charity can be found on www.mihc.org.uk

CURLING – free of charge

Scottish Curling (aka the Royal Caledonian Curling Club) would like to offer our ten-strong development officer network as potential speakers to Probus clubs across Scotland. Our aim would be talk a bit about curling history, its journey to the Olympics and how members could try curling if they have not already tried the sport, or not played it in many years.
To book a talk please contact one of the following:
Scottish Curling Development Officers:
Aberdeen – Laura Mutch development@curl-aberdeen.co.uk
Ayr –  Scott Andrews scott@scottishcurling.org
Dundee –  David Jones  david@scottishcurling.org
Perth & Kinross – Ann-Maree Davidson AnnMareeDavidson@liveactive.co.uk
Lanarkshire – Jim Morrison jmprop@btinternet.com
Stirling – Hammy McMillan Jr  mcmillanh@ActiveStirling.org.uk
Edinburgh –  Evie Chamberlain  evie@edinburghcurling.co.uk
Dumfries –  Graham Sloan   Sloan@dumgal.gov.uk
Lockerbie –  Anna Sloan   sloan@lockerbieicerink.com
National Disability Officer – Helen Kallow Helen@scottishcurling.org
For postal enquiries about talks on curling and to hear about ‘Try Curling’ please write to:
Iain M Stewart,
National Development Manager,
Scottish Curling,
2a Ochil House, Springkerse Business Park, Stirling FK7 7XE
Tel: 0131 333 3003

CHARITY SPEAKER – FREE TO CLUBS IN FIFE
Haiti Help, registered charity SC 042062, is based in Fife and raises money to support community projects on the island of La Gonave off the coast of Haiti.
In 2009, Lou, Carole and Elaine, 3 nurses from Fife were asked to go to Haiti to help immunise children.  Although expecting to see poverty, the nurses were shocked at the level of deprivation they encountered, particularly in the local children’s home. Haiti Help was formed on their return to Scotland where they hoped to raise enough money to make a difference.  Ten years, ten return visits and several hundred thousand pounds later they are still working hard to make things better for the islanders.
We have a powerpoint presentation that can last from 20mins to 1 hour, to suit the time allocated.  We are always keen to come along and talk to interested groups.
No fee or expenses within Fife. Happy to travel further afield if a donation is given to the charity. Phone Lou on 01592 782389  or email  admin@haitihelp.org to book or for further info.

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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