Chris Helme

Location: Brighouse, West Yorkshire
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.

My Contact Details:

01422 205763 M:07967043318

A Postcard From Sunny Bunces…

Public Speaker Chris Helme talks about 'A postcard from Sunny Bunces'

The Sunny Vale Pleasure Gardens, Halifax – Yorkshire’s Alton Towers of the 19th Century which had 100,000 visitors from the north of England every season – back to the days of Sunday school treats – (Info-tainment – slides – black out facilities required) – 1 hour presentation.

Legends From the World of Brass Bands

Public Speaker Chris Helme talks about What Brass Bands Did For Me.

Info-tainment – slides & music – black out facilities required

A fascinating look at personalities from the world of brass bands (both living and deceased), the impact it had on their lives and those people around them. A fascinating insight into some of the foremost figures in both their own banding area and the national scene. This presentation evokes many happy memories for those who have been involved with bands at any level over the years. there’s a glimpse of life in the mill towns as it once was. A triumphant celebration of a community that lives on into the twenty-first century. The talk is illustrated with some of the 100 plus previously unpublished archive photographs which I have used in my book What Brass Bands Did For Me

A Week in May

Public Speaker Chris Helme talks about the murder of Lord Frederick Cavendish (of the Devonshire family) 'One Week in May'

A story based on the Murder of Lord Frederick Cavendish (of the Devonshire family) in Phoenix Park, Dublin in 1882 and its impact on Brighouse a small West Riding Mill town. This is a slide presentation with a comprehensive commentary. I have presented this to many ladies groups so do not feel necessarily put off by the subject matter because it is truly a fascinating story that takes the listener around world to its unpredicted end. A presentation that takes you on a journey from Dublin, to the West Riding, Chatsworth, London and finally to South Africa where this fascinating story comes to an unexpected end….!!!

I class this talk as Info-tainment – this is a slide presentation and black-out facilities are required – 1 hour presentation

Other Folks Rubbish

Public Speaker Chris Helme speaks about Other Folks Rubbish

A thought provoking humorous lecture presentation with a local history theme the time scale can be tailored to suit your requirements

All in a Days Work…

Reminiscences from 30 years in the Police Service – a humorous presentation the time scale can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Chris Helme Contact Details:

01422 205763 M:07967043318