During the Second World War one of the largest British Commonwealth armies ever assembled fought the Japanese in South-east Asia, first on the border between what was then British India and Burma and then pushing deeper into Burma itself. Supporting the Fourteenth Army were an intrepid group of women known colloquially as the Wasbies – […]

Our speaker Stephen Wells went from being a Butlins Redcoat to becoming an entertainment executive responsible for putting on the biggest names in show business. He has lots of great stories about the stars, including Cliff Richard, Des O’Connor, Jimmy Tarbuck, Ringo Starr, Dave Allen, Tommy Trinder and many more.

Speaker Susan Purcell is a professional linguist, lexicographer (dictionary compiler), crossword editor and compiler. She is the author of 12 books related to words and language. She will be speaking about the demise of accents, including the forgotten Surrey dialect.

Speaker Marion Dante tells of her 33 years as a nun in a Salesian Sisters convent in Surrey and how she left the order at the age of 47 to begin a new life in the world outside. 

Speaker Alan Chalmers spent 40 years at 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, his first being Frank Sinatra. He has many anecdotes from 1976 onwards.