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- The Wasbies (Zoom talk)
10 February 2.30pm – via Zoom
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 –...
- Butlins Holiday Camps (Zoom talk)
10 March 2.30pm – via Zoom
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.
- The demise of accents
14 April 2.30pm – Christian Centre
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.
- Dropping the Habit
12 May 2.30pm –
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.
- Wimbledon Centre Court
9 June 2.30pm – Christian Centre
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.
- Conspiracy theories
14 July 2.30pm – Christian Centre
Why do people believe in conspiracy theories, and what is the real evidence to support them? Speaker Andy Thomas 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,...
- Anne of Cleves
8 September 2.30pm – Christian Centre
Speaker Helen Poole 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...
- Disappearance of Amy and Amelia
13 October 2.30pm – Christian Centre
Our speaker, aviation historian Jim Barnes, looks at women in the story of flying and how they made world news and brought about innovation. From Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart to the Red Arrows, women achieved many firsts in the air and in engineering.
- The Brinks-Mat Robbery
10 November 2.30pm – Christian Centre
Speaker Ian Brown started as a beat constable in the Lake District and rose to become Detective Inspector in the Metropolitan Police. His 30-year career involved the Krays, the Sweeney, armed robberies, Brinks-Mat and heading a drugs squad in the Caribbean. The talk goes through the planning, execution and the elaborate criminal chain that converted...