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- The Weird and Wonderful World of the Law – Talk by David Allen
12 February 2.30pm – at the Christian Centre
David was a locum solicitor for over 25 years and travelled around the country encountering raging judges, dotty clients and weird cases. There are bizarre true-life oddities, draft old laws still in place and political correctness gone raving mad!
- Actors Behaving Badly – Talk by David Barry
11 March 2.30pm – at the Christian Centre
Famous for playing Frankie Abbott in Please Sir! during his 60-year career, David has collected many funny anecdotes about famous actors and their outrageous behaviour. He started writing when he was still in The Fenn Street Gang and has become a successful author.
- A Conspiracy Theory of the World – Talk by Andy Thomas
8 April 2.30pm – at the Christian Centre
Why do people believe in conspiracy theories, and what is the real evidence to support them? Andy uncovers a compelling alternative history, as told by those who question the establishment view, finding repeating patterns of intrigue from the Roman Empire, the Gunpowder Plot and the World Wars, to JFK, Watergate, the NASA missions, Princess Diana,...
- Time and Calendars – Talk by Stephen Tonkin
13 May 2.30pm – at the Christian Centre
Steve Tonkin has been an amateur astronomer since childhood. He has taught astronomy for over 30 years and written many articles and books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Referring to the talk Time and Calendars Steve says “The measurement of time has always been a facet of Astronomy. The phases in...
- The Man who sank The Titanic – Talk by Sally Nilsson
10 June 2.30pm – at the Christian Centre
Sally is the great, great granddaughter of the man in the title – Quartermaster Robert Hichens. With previously unpublished research she sets the record straight about the Titanic quartermaster who steered into an iceberg and then kept control of a lifeboat. Robert Hichens has gone down in history as the man who was given the...
- Behind the Scenes on Wimbledon Centre Court – Alan Chalmers
8 July 2.30pm – at the Christian Centre
Alan Chalmers 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, his first being Frank Sinatra. He has many anecdotes from 1976 onwards.
- Anne of Cleves – Helen Poole
9 September 2.30pm – at the Christian Centre
Helen is a historian and archaeologist. She has many interesting talks on a variety of subjects, but her great interest is in Anne of Cleves. Anne was Henry VIII’s fourth wife, briefly. She agreed to an annulment and remained in England for the rest of her life. She was referred to as the King’s Beloved...
- The Rise and Demise of Accents Including the forgotten Surrey Dialect – Susan Purcell
14 October 2.30pm – at the Christian Centre
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.
- The Life and Time of Edith Cavell – Talk by Melanie Gibson-Barton
11 November 2.30pm – at the Christian Centre
Melanie has visited and lived in Belgium for several years. She does talks relating to Belgium and one of them is the story of Edith Cavell, the British heroine who died in Brussels in 1915. Edith was a nurse working in Brussels and she saved the lives of soldiers from both sides and helped them...
- Local Surrey Ghosts – Talk by Rupert Matthews
9 December 2.30pm – at the Christian Centre
Rupert Matthews is a professional historian who has written over 100 published books and numerous magazine articles as well as appearing on TV and radio. He talks on many subjects and this time it is about local Ghosts.