About the speaker...
Chris Helme – for 30 years was a serving Police Officer and awarded the British Empire Medal in 1990 for his service in the community. He has written eight books both through commissions and self published books on subjects including local history, brass band nostalgia and one taking a light hearted look at his policing career. He has written a weekly nostalgia column in his local newspaper for over 30 years and has also written a number of articles for UK local and regional magazines.
For over 25 years he taught local history adult community classes. In recent years he has taught older people how to use a mobile phone, basic computer skills, as well as teaching the same basic computer skills to job seekers and he a reminiscence workshop facilitator.
During the mid 1980’s he was beginning to be in demand as a speaker outside his usual job related presentations and has now developed a style that can both inform and entertain.
His presentations have often been described as ‘Infotainment’. He has developed a presentational style that can both conjure laughter and melancholy through his various subjects and have been appreciated by many local groups. The presentations are a combination of either digital power point or stand alone talks.
He is a regular speaker at Luncheon Clubs, Rotary Clubs and Probus Clubs throughout Yorkshire and averages 80/ 100 presentations annually. Even on his regular holidays to Cyprus he was asked to speak at an expat evening gathering at a hotel. In 2014 and 2015 he was invited to be a guest speaker on two cruise ships.
He has been the producer and presenter of ‘Sunday Bandstand’ since its inception in 2007. This is his two hour brass band radio programme which is now available through 14 community radio stations including here in the UK, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and an expat station in France.
About my talks...
All of my presentations are timed to last up to an hour except where otherwise stated – questions are gladly taken after the presentation. The presentations are digital power point presentations (some with segments of music) or stand alone story talks. All talks have been presented to male, female and mixed audiences of varying age groups.
£40 – £50 within 30 miles of my home address in Brighouse, West Yorkshire and then + 30p pence a mile travelling after that. However, the fee can vary dependant on size of audience and distance. Please contact the speaker for further discussion on your requirements and speaker budget.
Between April 2016 and March 2017 Chris has carried out over one hundred presentations.