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- 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 With previously unpublished research she sets the record straight about the Titanic quartermaster who steered into an iceberg and then kept control of a lifeboat.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.