Saturday, 20 March 2021

 I don't usually do this but just for once................

Thank you so much - great talk and interesting discussion - which is just what we want!

We all enjoyed the session

 Crime and Punishment to the Leicester Secular Society                               

October 2020

I just wanted to say thank you so much for your fascinating talk this afternoon.

I am already receiving positive comments from the audience, so you can be assured we all enjoyed it. My husband and I found it really interesting and as several others commented, we learnt such a lot of new information.

 Remembrance to Huntingdon U3A Group


Thank you again for such an interesting talk which we all enjoyed.

If I can offer any help in rating it to assist you in getting more bookings, I will happily do so.

 The  Gunpowder Plot to Mole Valley Probus

November 2020

Thank you for your excellent talk this evening I think it went down very well. I think the question and answer session cemented the fact that you know your subject very well.

Stay Safe On-Line to Chanctonbury Probus Club

November 2020

 I had good feedback from your talk last night . The people who contacted me afterwards said they enjoyed it.

It lasted just long enough and the slides did enhance the talk .                                                  

 Votes for Women to Harrogate Bloomers WI

November 2020

I’ve had several e-mails from folk saying that they enjoyed your talk

The Pontefract Murder to Bedale Archaeology & History Soc

December 2020


We very much enjoyed your talk this morning.

The History  of the English Canals to Alsager & District U3A

January 2021

Thank you for your talk on Guy Fawkes, everyone thought it was fascinating. We enjoyed it so much we would like to ask you if you could do your suffragette talk for our meeting on 3rd March

 The Gunpowder Plot to Barnsley Opals WI

November 2020

It was a wonderful talk and I have had a number of emails stating how much people enjoyed it.

After You're Dead to the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society

March 2021

We have had a run of good speakers and you did not disappoint. I've had so much positive feedback. Gordon's was typical. He commented to another member that it left him wanting more. Always a good sign. 

 Model Villages to Haxby & Wigginton U3A

March 2021

Monday, 14 December 2020

 My last talk of 2020 was 'Votes for Women' to Craven U3A, and a  break now until January when it will be 'The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun' to the Mole Valley Probus on the 7th.

My bookings continue to be via the Zoom platform well into 2021, and I wonder when 'normal service will be resumed'.

In the meantime I'm up-grading my Internet service so as to provide a more stable platform for this new way of working.

I will continue to offer virtual talks for as long as they are required and 'in person' ones as soon as the restrictions allow.

Thank you all those who have supported me during theses difficult times and I pray that you all keep safe and well.


Sunday, 11 October 2020

Whilst there is no real substitute for face-to-face meetings, and the social interaction that flows from these, one advantage to societies of using Zoom for their regular meetings is that they are no longer constrained to engaging a speaker within reasonable travelling time of their venue.

With Zoom they can select the talk they want, no matter where the speaker might live.

This is well illustrated by the talks I currently have booked:

Probus clubs in West Sussex and Surrey, Women's Institutes in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shropshire and Sheffield, a Rotary Club in Kent, and U3A branches in Kent and Shropshire.

All my talks, all 18 of them, are available as virtual presentations complete with a full Power Point slide show.

If this is something your organisation might be considering, but don't know where to start, please get in touch with me and I will be only too happy to guide you through the process, with no obligation to book one of my talks.

Thursday, 27 August 2020

 Zoom meetings are rapidly becoming the 'new normal as more and more societies use this way of keeping in touch with their members.

The 1st, 2nd and 10th of September, the 22nd of October and the 3rd of November are all Zoom bookings for my talks but some organisations are experimenting with face-to-face meetings using masks, track-and-trace and social distancing to meet the various restrictions we are rapidly becoming accustomed to.

As always I remain available to talk to your society either virtually, using Zoom or any other similar platform, or face-to-face wearing my new full-face mask for safety.

As there are no travelling expenses involved with a virtual meeting my fee for a \Zoom (or similar) talk is a flat-fee to all societies of just £35.

Monday, 3 August 2020

I've just finished what is my 18th talk, 

'Votes for Women'

The story of the Suffragettes and Suffragists and their struggle for emancipation from 1865 to 1928.

It includes an account of Emily Wilding Davison's death in the 1913 Epsom Derby and a pen-picture of some of the leading protagonists, who they were and what happened to them.

It also describes the political situation after the First World War and why the government finally agreed to give women the vote.

As with 
all my talks it is very well illustrated with over 30 PowerPoint slides with lots of contemporary photographs and a video of the 1913 Derby.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Virtual talks using Zoom are really taking off, two done in the last week, and another  two already booked.
The talk to Sale Probus, 'After You're Dead' was very well received and I'm now looking forward to talking about 'Barnbow' to the Rotary Club of Rounday.

Could this be the face of the future?
Contact me if you think this would benefit your society for advice, even if you don't book me as a speaker.