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WHILST WE ARE UNABLE TO HOST OUR USUAL MONTHLY MEETINGS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ARRANGE FOR ON LINE PRESENTATIONS FROM A VARIETY OF INTERESTING SPEAKERS. THESE ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL MEMBERS ON ZOOM. SEE MONTHLY MEETINGS PAGE FOR DETAILS.

 

To attend any of these presentations all you need to do is follow the link which will be emailed to all members approximately a week before.

January 2021:

Steve Roberts -‘The Cockney Detective’

Steve Roberts is a former Scotland Yard detective who was brought up in London’s East End and despite requests from senior officers for him to refine his accent by attending elocution lessons, he kept his cockney tones. This resulted in him keeping the essence of who he is, a very natural guy who now enjoys entertaining audiences with his cockney wit and charm.

In his talks he shares many personal experiences, highlighting the highs and lows of police work, from the pain suffered when bitten on the backside by a police dog to the jubilation felt when rescuing a hostage in a kidnap investigation. All this certainly lived up to the Metropolitan Police’s recruiting slogan, ‘Dull it isn’t’ and on retiring Steve can confirm that ‘Dull it certainly wasn’t’.

February 2021:

Chris Hare -  ‘40 Years Without A Proper Job’.

The title was chosen because being in the entertainment business the public often tends to dismiss the fact you are really working.

Covering many roles, including stage management, Greenwich entertainment centres, toastmaster and writing a column for a theatre magazine enabled Mr Hare to convey a wide knowledge of a vast variety of artists.

He also has some amusing tales to tell.

 

March 2021:

David G. Allen - “The Weird and Wonderful World of the Law”

Hugely entertaining, David Allen is a talented speaker and storyteller with a fascination for classic films and all things Victorian and is ideally suited for any group, corporate or after dinner event.

His knowledgeable presenting style is fun, energetic and inventive, always with a great deal of humour and improvisation.

His talks are always meticulously researched yet at the same time creative, fun and spontaneous.

A prize-winning short story writer, his collection of short stories ‘Be Sure Your Sins’ has recently been published by NotsoNoble books.

 

April 2021:

Lucy Allen - “From Titanic to Skyfall: The Highs & Lows of a Stuntwoman’s Life”.

Lucy Allen is a Stunt Woman and Public Speaker, who has been giving talks about her life as a Stuntwoman since 2010.

 

6th May 2021

 Paul Barwick -  The 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko

The 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko by 2 Russian assassins using the radioactive nerve agent Polonium 210. We look at his life, his death and the reasons why a vengeful President finally said enough. We ask if his family will ever find proper justice

 

 03 June 2021

Tony Harris - Sherlock Holmes 

Tony Harris is a professional comedian, raconteur and actor who specialises in historical talks with a hysterical twist. He brings a unique blend of history and comedy Last year Tony gave us a very interesting performance of Winston Churchill, we welcome him back this time with his entertaining talk "Sherlock Holmes"

 

01 July 2021

Chris O'Donoghue -  Behind the Scenes at Chelsea Flower Show

Chris O’Donoghue is a family man who has lived in Kent and East Sussex for most of his life. The South-East is very special to him. He has a passion for its natural habitat and plants and a thorough understanding of the vagaries of the terrain and soil.

Two of his award-winning Chelsea gardens have been inspired by contrasting aspects of the area which are close to his heart. He now lives by the coast, near Rye in East Sussex

 

05 August 2021 

Melanie Gibson - Eva Braun

Eva Braun – victim or contriver?

 From being an enjoyable part-time ‘hobby’ the repeat bookings for my talks grew to such an extent that I gave up a stressful job to become a full-time speaker.

 Hear the story of the woman who devoted her life to Hitler.  The material of the talk is sensitively presented in order to appeal to a wide audience.  Reassuringly Jewish audience members regularly tell me that this talk could safely be given at a synagogue.

 

02 September 2021

Andrew Buller  -  Life as an Author

Go behind the scenes into the Life of an Author and illustrator.  Andrew shares his love for his work and what it takes to keep going in producing over fifty titles.

He reveals the many facets involved and some of his trade secrets too.