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!
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