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Public Speaking

I am an accomplished public speaker, having honed my craft firstly as a teacher and then in my capacity as an IT Project Manager. I'm sure that anyone who witnessed my presentations at the monthly team meetings at 'The Office' would vouch for the fact that my talks are going to be lively and fun!

I will talk on a variety of subjects, both local and further afield. Please see my list of Published Articles (under 'Writing') to get a feel for the kind of subjects I offer. My writing enables me to research any number of subjects, which can be turned into talks.

I provide my own equipment (laptop, projector etc) and any talk I give will be illustrated with photographs of whatever it is I am describing.

My fees are reasonable and negotiable, with expenses only having to be charged on top of this if I am required to travel longer distances. My fee, including any expenses would be agreed up front, so there are no hidden extras for you.

Oh and by the way the picture here tells a story. This is a plaque telling us that the war poet Rupert Brooke once lived in Bournemouth. The plaques of Bournemouth could be that elusive talk you're looking for!

There are lots of local talks such as this that I can do: Christchurch blue plaques, Hengistbury Head, the New Forest National Park, 150 years of Christchurch Station, the Navitus Bay Wind Farm, the Isle of Purbeck Geological World Heritage Site, the Swanage Railway, Kinson Smugglers, the long lost Hurn Branch, Railways of the New Forest, Bournemouth Plaques, the famous graves of St Peter's Bournemouth, Jack the Ripper in Dorset. You have lots to choose from!

About to go on parade at the East Dorset Heritage Trust, Allendale House, Wimborne (10th August 2017) 

 

NEW TALK

Dad's Army Fact & Fiction: 

An affectionate look at both the Home Guard and its portrayal in the popular TV series Dad's Army.

I look at the real Home Guard, why it was formed and what it did, with some popular myths dispelled in the process. I also look at the TV series, the characters, the actors who played them, the catchphrases, film locations, best episodes and so forth. Although the TV series was a sitcom, it is worth recording that the real Home Guard lost over 1,600 members, killed on duty, during its lifetime, with two of its number posthumously receiving the George Cross, this nation's highest gallantry award for those not facing the enemy. The talk attempts to be lively and fun, but also attempts to set the record straight.

   

TALKS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

The Ringwood to Christchurch Railway (The Long Lost Hurn Branch)

150 years of Christchurch Station

Hengistbury Head

New Forest National Park

The History of the British Sandwich

150 years of the London Underground

Bournemouth Blue Plaques

Southampton

Lesser Known Christchurch

Christchurch Blue Plaques

Jack the Ripper in Dorset 

Mr Selfridge, Fact and Fiction 

The Plaques of Poole 

Magna Carta, the Battle of Evesham and After

Dad's Army Fact & Fiction (NEW)

Vigo (Spain) and Pilgrimages

Funchal (Madeira) and its famous visitors

Lanzarote in the movies

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Tenerife

Bilbao, Biscay and the Shipping Forecast 

 

MOST POPULAR TALKS (No. of Bookings)

1 - 150 years of the London Underground (40) 

2 - Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction (28)

3 - Bournemouth Blue Plaques (25)

4 - Dad's Army (23)

5 - Hengistbury Head (19)

6 - The History of the British Sandwich (18)

7 - Lesser Known Christchurch (10)

8 - The Ringwood to Christchurch Railway (8) 

8 - Poole Plaques (8)

 

TESTIMONIALS 

"I pass on to you that there were only strongly favourable comments about content, delivery and satisfaction ref. your talk, going on to the following Sunday, with several "best ever talk" comments."

(BarryRutterford - Boscombe and Southbourne Probus Club) 

"Just a line to thank you so much for coming to our club yesterday.  Our members were full of praise for both the content and the way you presented it in the bar and over lunch.  I am glad you were also able to sell so many copies of your book."

(Graham Newton - Programme Secretary, Christchurch Probus Club) 

"Your talk today, on the History of the London Underground, was one of the best our group has had the pleasure to hear in years (and we book 17 talks p.a. :-). We look forward to next year's subject."

(Chris Simkins - Programme Secretary, National Federation of Occupation Pensioners, Bournemouth) 

"It is we who should be issuing the thanks as you really did lift us,in every sense, last night. The feedback from our members was most positive, so we look forward to seeing you again."

(Ken Cook - Programme Secretary, Ferndown Historical Society)

 "Steve's talk to the Christchurch Local History Society on the demise of the Ringwood to Christchurch Railway provided the ideal mix of facts, illustrations and nostalgia. With three extra rows of seats  required, it was a full house. Our members and guests were soon adding their own memories and questions, all of which ensured a very lively evening. His timetable even allowed a scheduled stop for refreshments."

(Ian Watson - Programme Secretary, Christchurch Local History Society)

"Thank you for coming to talk to our Society on Tuesday evening. Everyone that I have spoken to enjoyed it very much. Your presentation was excellent and gave all present the chance to see more clearly precisely what you were talking about. I will be in touch again when I start to put next season's programme together."

(Trevor Gilbert - Programme Secretary, Verwood Historical Society) 

"Thank you so much for giving the Wimborne Historical Society such an interesting and informative talk about the New Forest National Park . We were taken aback by the detailed information you supplied and some facts of which we were completely unaware. You have inspired us to hunt out some of the ‘treasures’ you mentioned to be found there! We look forward to meeting you again and listening to another of your varied subjects."

(Annette Arnold - Programme Secretary, Wimborne Historical Society)

 

GROUPS and EVENTS WHERE I'VE SPOKEN

Age Concern Christchurch Friendship Group

Avon and Fordingbridge WI

Barton Townswomen's Guild (twice)

Battle of Evesham Festival (2015)

Boscombe/Southbourne Probus Club (twice)

Bournemouth & Beyond Discovery Group (twice)

Bournemouth Red Arrows Association 

Brendon Care Clubs (8 times)

British Airways Retirement Association

Bure Probus Club (twice)

Canford Heath Townswomen's Guild

Canford Magna & Merley WI

Christchurch Central WI

Christchurch Conservaties

Christchurch History Society (3 times)

Christchurch Probus Club (3 times)

Christchurch U3A

Cranborne Historical Society (twice)

Dorchester Evening Townswomen's Guild

Dorset Federation of Townswomen's Guilds

East Dorset Heritage Trust (3 times)

Ferndown Evening Townswomen's Guild (3 times)

Ferndown Historical Society (5 times)

Fordingbridge Historical Society

Friends of Christchurch Library

Friends of the Red House Museum

Friends of Stanpit Marsh

Friends of St Barbe Museum, Lymington

Hall on the Hill, West Christchurch

Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Ladies' Luncheon Club (4 times)

Highcliffe Local History Society (3 times)

Kinson Historical Society (3 times)

Kinson Ladies Group

Knole Club, Boscombe

Kyriai Ladies Group, Parkstone

Ladies Charity Luncheon Club, Mudeford

Lymington & District Historical Society

Lymington WI

Meeting Point, Barton (twice)

Minster Probus (3 times)

Moose International Poole Lodge

Mudeford Ladies Luncheon Club

National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, Bournemouth Branch (twice)

National Women's Register, Barton/New Milton

New Horizon Club, Christchurch (3 times)

New Milton Men's Get Together (twice)

New Milton Stroke Club

North Bournemouth Probus Club (twice)

Parkstone Evening Townswomen's Guild (3 times)

Parkstone Probus

Parkstone Trefoil Guild

Pennington WI

Poole Heart Support Group

Poole Museum Society (3 times)

Post Office and BT Veterans

Retired Engineers' Luncheon Club (3 times)

Ringwood U3A

Romsey Historical Society

St Catherine's Hill WI

St George's Ladies Evening Group

St Leonards/St Ives Age Concern (6 times)

St Leonards/St Ives WI 

St Martin's Discovery Group, West Moors

Society of Poole Men (twice)

Southbourne Friendship Club

Southbourne Literary Society

South Wessex Archaeological Association (twice)

Tangent Ladies' Circle, St Leonards (twice)

Tiddington Good Companions, Stratford-upon-Avon (twice)

Verwood Evening Townswomen's Guild

Verwood Historical Society (3 times)

Wallisdown Ladies Group

Waterford Probus Club

Wessex Friends (3 times)

West Christchurch Residents' Association

Wimborne Civic Society

Wimborne Evening Townswomen's Guild (twice)

Wimborne Historical Society 

Wimborne Methodist (twice)

Wimborne Probus Club (3 times)

Wimborne Rotary Club

Young at Heart Club, Ringwood (twice)

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS (Bookings) 

21/09/2017 - Meyrick Ladies (Jack the Ripper in Dorset)

04/10/2017 - Westbourne WI (Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction)

05/10/2017 - Lymington U3A (Plaques of Bournemouth)

13/10/2017 - Hampshire Genealogical Society (Christchurch Blue Plaques)

23/10/2017 - Wesley Guild, Poole (Poole Plaques)

24/10/2017 - New Horizon Club, Christchurch (London Underground)

25/10/2017 - East Hants Federation of Townswomen's Guilds (the history of the British sandwich)

26/10/2017 - Tiddington Good Companions, Stratford-upon-Avon (Dad's Army)

30/10/2017 - St Martin's Discovery Group, West Moors (London Underground)

03/11/2017 - Poole U3A (Dad's Army)

10/11/2017 - Highcliffe Wine Circle (Dad's Army)

13/11/2017 - St Leonards/St Ives Age Concern (Dad's Army)

15/11/2017 - Merley Evening Townswomen's Guild (Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction)

16/11/2017 - Highcliffe Community Association Men's Forum (London Underground)

20/11/2017 - MS Society, Lymington & District (Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction)

23/11/2017 - St George's Ladies Evening Group (London Underground)

29/11/2017 - Wimborne Ladies Luncheon Club (Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction)

05/12/2017 - New Forest Probus (Plaques of Bournemouth)

15/12/2017 - Highcliffe Local History Society (the history of the British sandwich)

08/01/2018 - Wessex Friends (Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction)

10/01/2018 - (afternoon) Ferndown Probus (London Underground)

10/01/2018 - (evening) East Dorset National Trust Association (London Underground)

11/01/2018 - Verwood Evening Townswomen's Guild (Dad's Army)

16/01/2018 - Bournemouth & Beyond Discovery Group (Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction)

18/01/2018 - Canford Heath Townswomen's Guild (Poole Plaques)

06/02/2018 - Verwood Flower Club (the history of the British sandwich)

12/02/2018 - Moose International Poole Lodge (Dad's Army)

14/02/2018 - Kinson Ladies Group (Dad's Army)

15/02/2018 - National Women's Register, Barton/New Milton (London Underground)

21/02/2018 - Broadchalke WI (Dad's Army)

07/03/2018 - Ringwood Salvation Army Social Group (London Underground)

13/03/2018 - Wimborne Evening Townswomen's Guild (Jack the Ripper in Dorset)

15/03/2018 - Ringwood U3A (London Underground)

03/04/2018 - Christian Cancer Care, Christchurch (Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction)

06/04/2018 - National Federation of Occupational Pensioners (the history of the British sandwich) 

12/04/2018 - Ashley Heath WI (London Underground)

17/04/2018 - Mudeford Ladies Club (Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction)

18/04/2018 - Barton Townswomen's Guild (Dad's Army)

20/04/2018 - Burton Friendship Club (Dad's Army)

08/05/2018 - Lilliput WI (Dad's Army)

14/05/2018 - Bournemouth & Christchurch NHS Retirement Fellowship (Lesser Known Christchurch)

16/05/2018 - Highcliffe WI (Christchurch Blue Plaques)

08/06/2018 - Hampshire Genealogical Society (Hengistbury Head)

06/07/2018 - Burton Friendship Club (Christchurch Blue Plaques)

09/07/2018 - Moose International Poole Lodge (Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction)

14/08/2018 - Highcliffe Ladies Luncheon Club (Dad's Army)

13/09/2018 - Durnovarian Dames, Dorchester (Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction)

18/09/2018 - Poole Probus (London Underground)

28/09/2018 - Burton Friendship Club (Hengistbury Head)

03/10/2018 - West Parley Townswomen's Guild (Dad's Army)

08/11/2018 - National Federation of Occupational Pensioners (Bilbao, Biscay & the Shipping Forecast)

12/11/2018 - Moose International Poole Lodge (Poole Plaques)

15/11/2018 - Meyrick Ladies Probus (Dad's Army)

12/02/2019 - Bournemouth Probus (the history of the British sandwich)

18/02/2019 - Parkstone Evening Townswomen's Guild (Dad's Army)

Date TBC - Lymington WI (Dad's Army)