About The Speaker...
Lecturer and after-Dinner Speaker, for W.Is., Rotary & Round Tables, U3As.,and special interest groups and societies. Francis is now retired, but in his long career he has been a school-teacher, and director of several companies. In his spare time he has been a church organist for over fifty years, a keen flower arranger, and a conductor of numerous choral societies, operatic societies, and musical groups. He is an acknowledged authority on antique glass, and is often requested to provide samples for television programmes, or give his expert advice. He has many years experience as a public speaker, and is always complimented on the fact that he is clearly heard at the back of a large hall, even without a microphone!
About his Talks...
All his talks, except for ‘The Man who Re-built Wessex’ (for which he provides all the equipment required to show slides), are ‘stand alone’ requiring no equipment, and he brings from his own collection historic and valuable items which members are able to examine for themselves.
Francis asks for his travelling expenses, at a rate of 35 pence a mile, and suggests a Speaker’s fee starting at £50, (which also supports his chosen charity) for a meeting with an attendance of 30-40. For larger societies over 50 members, or those outside the normal area, the fee will be from £75. Please make contact to discuss your particular requirements. Small local groups of less than 30 members within a twenty mile radius of Yeovil are invited to make contact, as sometimes the fee can be reduced because of the saving in travel expenses and time.
Francis is happy to speak to groups in Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire and Hampshire, and Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Groups further afield are invited to make enquiries to see if a “mini-tour” can be arranged.