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Public Speaking

I am an accomplished public speaker, having honed my craft firstly as a teacher and then in my capacity as an IT Project Manager. I'm sure that anyone who witnessed my presentations at the monthly team meetings at 'The Office' would vouch for the fact that my talks are going to be lively and fun!

I will talk on a variety of subjects, both local and further afield. Please see my list of Published Articles (under 'Writing') to get a feel for the kind of subjects I offer. My writing enables me to research any number of subjects, which can be turned into talks.

I provide my own equipment (laptop, projector etc) and any talk I give will be illustrated with photographs of whatever it is I am describing.

My fees are reasonable and negotiable, with expenses only having to be charged on top of this if I am required to travel longer distances. My fee, including any expenses would be agreed up front, so there are no hidden extras for you.

Oh and by the way the picture here tells a story. This is a plaque telling us that the war poet Rupert Brooke once lived in Bournemouth. The plaques of Bournemouth could be that elusive talk you're looking for!

There are lots of local talks such as this that I can do: Christchurch blue plaques, Hengistbury Head, the New Forest National Park, 150 years of Christchurch Station, the long lost Hurn Branch, Bournemouth Plaques, Jack the Ripper in Dorset. You have lots to choose from!

About to go on parade at the East Dorset Heritage Trust, Allendale House, Wimborne (10th August 2017) 



Dad's Army Fact & Fiction: 

An affectionate look at both the Home Guard and its portrayal in the popular TV series Dad's Army.

I look at the real Home Guard, why it was formed and what it did, with some popular myths dispelled in the process. I also look at the TV series, the characters, the actors who played them, the catchphrases, film locations, best episodes and so forth. Although the TV series was a sitcom, it is worth recording that the real Home Guard lost over 1,600 members, killed on duty, during its lifetime, with two of its number posthumously receiving the George Cross, this nation's highest gallantry award for those not facing the enemy. The talk attempts to be lively and fun, but also attempts to set the record straight.



The Ringwood to Christchurch Railway (The Long Lost Hurn Branch)

150 years of Christchurch Station

Hengistbury Head

New Forest National Park

The History of the British Sandwich

150 years of the London Underground

Bournemouth Blue Plaques


Lesser Known Christchurch

Christchurch Blue Plaques

Jack the Ripper in Dorset 

Mr Selfridge, Fact and Fiction 

The Plaques of Poole 

Magna Carta, the Battle of Evesham and After

Dad's Army Fact & Fiction (NEW)

Vigo (Spain) and Pilgrimages

Funchal (Madeira) and its famous visitors

Lanzarote in the movies

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria


Bilbao, Biscay and the Shipping Forecast 


MOST POPULAR TALKS (No. of Bookings)

1 - 150 years of the London Underground (58) 

2 - Dad's Army Fact & Fiction (48)

3 - Mr Selfridge Fact & Fiction (40)

4 - Bournemouth Blue Plaques (31)

5 - Hengistbury Head (23)

6 - The History of the British Sandwich (22)

7 - Lesser Known Christchurch (13)

8 - Poole Plaques (11)

9 - The Ringwood to Christchurch Railway (9) 



"I pass on to you that there were only strongly favourable comments about content, delivery and satisfaction ref. your talk, going on to the following Sunday, with several "best ever talk" comments."

(BarryRutterford - Boscombe and Southbourne Probus Club) 

"Just a line to thank you so much for coming to our club yesterday.  Our members were full of praise for both the content and the way you presented it in the bar and over lunch.  I am glad you were also able to sell so many copies of your book."

(Graham Newton - Programme Secretary, Christchurch Probus Club) 

"Your talk today, on the History of the London Underground, was one of the best our group has had the pleasure to hear in years (and we book 17 talks p.a. :-). We look forward to next year's subject."

(Chris Simkins - Programme Secretary, National Federation of Occupation Pensioners, Bournemouth) 

"It is we who should be issuing the thanks as you really did lift us,in every sense, last night. The feedback from our members was most positive, so we look forward to seeing you again."

(Ken Cook - Programme Secretary, Ferndown Historical Society)

 "Steve's talk to the Christchurch Local History Society on the demise of the Ringwood to Christchurch Railway provided the ideal mix of facts, illustrations and nostalgia. With three extra rows of seats  required, it was a full house. Our members and guests were soon adding their own memories and questions, all of which ensured a very lively evening. His timetable even allowed a scheduled stop for refreshments."

(Ian Watson - Programme Secretary, Christchurch Local History Society)

"Thank you for coming to talk to our Society on Tuesday evening. Everyone that I have spoken to enjoyed it very much. Your presentation was excellent and gave all present the chance to see more clearly precisely what you were talking about. I will be in touch again when I start to put next season's programme together."

(Trevor Gilbert - Programme Secretary, Verwood Historical Society) 

"Thank you so much for giving the Wimborne Historical Society such an interesting and informative talk about the New Forest National Park . We were taken aback by the detailed information you supplied and some facts of which we were completely unaware. You have inspired us to hunt out some of the ‘treasures’ you mentioned to be found there! We look forward to meeting you again and listening to another of your varied subjects."

(Annette Arnold - Programme Secretary, Wimborne Historical Society)



After Dinner Club

Age Concern Christchurch Friendship Group

Age Concern, Hall on the Hill, Christchurch

Amberwood-Highcliffe Afternoon WI

Ashley Heath WI

Avon and Fordingbridge WI

Barton-on-Sea Probus 

Barton Townswomen's Guild (3 times)

Battle of Evesham Festival (2015)

Boscombe/Southbourne Probus Club (twice)

Bournemouth & Beyond Discovery Group (3 times)

Bournemouth & Christchurch NHS Retirement Fellowship

Bournemouth Red Arrows Association 

Brendon Care Clubs (12 times)

British Airways Retirement Association

Broadchalke WI

Broadstone Evening Townswomen's Guild

Bure Probus Club (twice)

Burton Friendship Club (3 times)

Canford Heath Townswomen's Guild (twice)

Canford Magna & Merley WI

Christchurch & New Forest National Trust Association

Christchurch Central WI

Christchurch Conservaties

Christchurch History Society (3 times)

Christchurch Probus Club (4 times)

Christchurch U3A

Christian Cancer Care, Christchurch

Cranborne Historical Society (3 times)

Dorchester Evening Townswomen's Guild

Dorchester Ladies Group (Durnovarian Dames)

Dorset Family History Society

Dorset Federation of Townswomen's Guilds

Dorset Morris Minor Owners Club 

East Dorset Heritage Trust (4 times)

East Dorset National Trust Association

East Hants Federation of Townswomen's Guilds

Ferndown Evening Townswomen's Guild (3 times)

Ferndown Historical Society (5 times)

Ferndown Probus

Ferndown Rotary Club

Fordingbridge Historical Society

Friends of Christchurch Library

Friends of the Red House Museum

Friends of Stanpit Marsh

Friends of St Barbe Museum, Lymington

Hall on the Hill, West Christchurch

Hants Genealogical Society, Highcliffe (twice)

Hearing Concern Romsey

Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Community Association, Men's Forum (twice)

Highcliffe Evening Townswomen's Guild

Highcliffe Ladies' Luncheon Club (5 times)

Highcliffe Local History Society (5 times)

Highcliffe Wine Circle

Kinson Historical Society (3 times)

Kinson Ladies Group (twice)

Kinson Townswomen's Guild 

Knole Club, Boscombe

Kyriai Ladies Group, Parkstone

Ladies Charity Luncheon Club, Mudeford (twice)

Lilliput WI

Lymington & District Historical Society

Lymington U3A

Lymington WI

Meeting Point, Barton (twice)

Merley Evening Townswomen's Guild

Meyrick Ladies Probus (twice)

Minster Probus (3 times)

Moose International Poole Lodge (4 times)

Moose International Winton Lodge 

MS Society, Lymington & District

Mudeford Ladies Club

Mudeford Ladies Luncheon Club (twice)

National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, Bournemouth Branch (5 times)

National Women's Register, Barton/New Milton (twice)

New Forest Probus

New Horizon Club, Christchurch (5 times)

New Milton Men's Get Together (twice)

New Milton Stroke Club

North Bournemouth Probus Club (3 times)

Parkstone Evening Townswomen's Guild (3 times)

Parkstone Probus

Parkstone Trefoil Guild

Pennington WI

Poole Heart Support Group

Poole Museum Society (4 times)

Poole Probus

Poole U3A

Post Office and BT Veterans

Retired Engineers' Luncheon Club (3 times)

Ringwood Salvation Army Social Group

Ringwood U3A (twice)

Romsey Historical Society

St Catherine's Hill WI

St George's Ladies Evening Group (twice)

St Leonards/St Ives Age Concern (9 times)

St Leonards/St Ives WI 

St Martin's Discovery Group, West Moors (twice)

Salvation Army Ladies, Winton 

Society of Poole Men (3 times)

Society of Women Writers & Journalists

Southbourne Friendship Club (twice)

Southbourne Literary Society

South Wessex Archaeological Association (twice)

Sundowners, Copythorne

Talkabout, Downton

Tangent Ladies' Circle, St Leonards (twice)

Thorney Hill & Bransgore WI 

Tiddington Good Companions, Stratford-upon-Avon (3 times)

Tuesday Luncheon Club, Bournemouth

Verwood Evening Townswomen's Guild (twice)

Verwood Flower Club

Verwood Historical Society (3 times)

Wallisdown Ladies Group

Waterford Probus Club (twice)

Wesley Guild, Poole

Wessex Friends (4 times)

Westbourne Masonic

Westbourne WI

West Christchurch Residents' Association

West Parley Townswomen's Guild

Wimborne Civic Society

Wimborne Evening Townswomen's Guild (3 times)

Wimborne Historical Society 

Wimborne Ladies Luncheon Club

Wimborne Methodist (twice)

Wimborne Probus Club (3 times)

Wimborne Rotary Club

Young at Heart Club, Ringwood (3 times)



21/12/2018 - Highcliffe Local History Society (Dad's Army)

02/01/2019 - Cameo Ladies, New Milton (London Underground)

03/01/2019 - Verwood Horticultural Society (Dad's Army)

08/01/2019 - Christchurch History Society (Jack the Ripper in Dorset)

14/01/2019 - Christchurch U3A (Dad's Army)

15/01/2019 - Dorset Ladies Luncheon Club (London Underground)

31/01/2019 - Lands Ladies, Northbourne (Bournemouth Plaques)

01/02/2019 - National Federation of Occupational Pensioners (Hurn Branch)

04/02/2019 - Wessex Friends (Hengistbury Head)

07/02/2019 - Highcliffe Rotary Club (London Underground)

12/02/2019 - Bournemouth Probus (the history of the British sandwich)

14/02/2019 - Bournemouth Literary Luncheon Club (Mr Selfridge)

18/02/2019 - Parkstone Evening Townswomen's Guild (London Underground)

05/03/2019 - East Dorset Heritage Trust (the history of the British sandwich)

06/03/2019 - (morning) Minster Probus (Dad's Army)

06/03/2019 - (evening) Ringwood Salvation Army Social Group (Dad's Army)

08/03/2019 - Hampshire Genealogical Society (Dad's Army)

13/03/2019 - Wimborne Stroke Support Group (Dad's Army)

25/03/2019 - St Leonards/St Ives Age Concern (Subject TBC)

27/03/2019 - Barton-on-Sea Probus (Dad's Army)

03/04/2019 - Hengistbury Residents' Association (Dad's Army)

08/04/2019 - NFOPs, Christchurch/New Milton (the history of the British sandwich)

16/04/2019 - Mudeford Ladies Club (London Underground)

17/04/2019 - Studland History Group (Dad's Army)

24/04/2019 - (morning) Bournemouth Ladies Probus Club (London Underground)

24/04/2019 - (evening) Christchurch & New Forest National Trust Retirement Associaton (London Underground)

25/04/2019 - Sunrise, Westbourne (Dad's Army)

01/05/2019 - West Parley Townswomen's Guild (the history of the British sandwich)

08/05/2019 - Burton Women's Fellowship (Lesser Known Christchurch)

14/05/2019 - Twynham Probus (Lesser Known Christchurch)

16/05/2019 - Ringwood U3A (Dad's Army)

08/06/2019 - Dorset Thimble Society (Mr Selfridge)

18/06/2019 - Verwood Probus (Subject TBC)

24/06/2019 - Ringwood & District RBL (Dad's Army)

04/07/2019 - Verwood Townswomen's Guild (London Underground)

22/07/2019 - Bransgore Townswomen's Guild (Dad's Army)

23/07/2019 - Milford on Sea Probus (Mr Selfridge)

06/08/2019 - New Forest Probus (London Underground)

10/09/2019 - Wimborne Evening Townswomen's Guild (Bournemouth Plaques)

12/09/2019 - Gaunts and Holt WI (Mr Selfridge)

18/09/2019 - Barton Townswomen's Guild (Mr Selfridge)

08/10/2019 - Highcliffe Ladies Luncheon Club (Bournemouth Plaques)

14/10/2019 - St Leonards/St Ives Age Concern (Subject TBC)

07/11/2019 - Highcliffe Womens Lunch Club (Dad's Army)

09/04/2020 - Romsey Archway U3A (London Underground)

Date TBC - Lymington WI (Dad's Army)