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    Speaker Notes - September & October 2018

    Speaker names marked with an asterisk  *  are Dorridge U3A members

    Date:   Thursday 6th September

    Topic:  The history of horse racing in Birmingham and district

    Speaker:  Chris Pitt

    Chris is a horse racing historian and freelance racing journalist, former BBC Radio WM racing correspondent, and author of four books on horse racing history.

    Date:   Thursday 20th September

    Topic:  Queens of country music

    Speaker: Maggy Farmer

    Maggy is a local girl and knows Dorridge Village Hall and park very well - one of her dog's favourite places!
    She has been a singer for most of her life, performing with symphony orchestras, swing bands, her own rock group and duo and on her own. She enjoys the variety of music this has offered me - country music being a part of that mix.

    Date:   Wednesday 26th September

    Topic:  Holidays that take you out of this world

    Speaker:  Judy Preece

    Judy is a retired language teacher, and has lived in various parts of Britain and the Czech Republic. Her main interest is Music and she sings in The Strolling Players.
    She is an active amateur astronomer, and bought her first telescope in the 1970s.The activities described in today’s talk has brought her into contact with the sciences, specifically astro-physics, which she has found particularly broadening. She will be speaking about solar eclipses, zero gravity experiences and stormchasing!


    Date: Thursday 4th October

    Topic: Our finest hours

    Speaker: Ken Ballantyne

    Ken was born to Army officer parents at Gibraltar Military Hospital in 1949, educated at schools across Europe, Scotland and England. Part of his early years were spent living and playing amongst the bomb craters left in the German Ruhr by RAF Bomber Command. When he was seven, his parents took him and his brother to the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery to educate them about the true price that had been paid for our lives and freedom, an experience which became an indelible memory for him. His wish to join the RAF was frustrated by hay fever but he went on to serve for several years as a police officer before graduating and practising law as a solicitor. When he retired, he combined his love of writing with his interest in the personal experiences of those who had fought in the World Wars. A member of the Bomber Command Association, the Shropshire Aircrew Association, the Metheringham Airfield Museum and Friends of RAF Skellingthorpe, he now spends much of his time collecting the true stories and experiences of the men and women who served on the Home Front and in the Armed Services during the World Wars. With his wife Elaine, he established Laundry Cottage Books in 2005 in order to publish his first book. Several other titles have followed. He has also helped veterans write their own accounts & Laundry Cottage Books has published some of these.

    Date: Thursday 18th October

    Topic: The Women's Institute at War

    Speaker: Vince Williams and Jon Goodson

    The fascinating story of the efforts, roles and undertakings of the W I during wars and conflicts. The talk covers the inaugural period during the first world war right through to the conflicts of today. Jon and Vince are seasoned speakers at WI meetings throughout the Midlands. They share a particular interest in the utilisation of the canal system to further the war effort during both world wars. 

    Date:  Wednesday 24th October

    Topic:  "The Clipper Round The World Clipper Race and My Part In It"

    Speaker:  Malcolm Evans

    Malcolm is retired and took part in the clipper race when he was 62. His career started as a research biologist for ICI and moved through to various roles: advising on, selling and forecasting the use of pesticides and fertilisers in various business sectors, latterly with the Scotts / MiracleGro company, a product some of the audience may have used.