About The Speaker...
I am so lucky, having 5 or 6 lives all rolled into one. In 1960, on leaving the Civil Service, I bought a Hardware shop in Crawley which expanded to include the sale of Model Railways.
From this, as a result of a joke and the BBC’s Nationwide programme in 1970, I started a business manufacturing kits for model railways and which is still going strong (now being run by by son).
The next part of my life included Back packing round the world on my own at 60, hang gliding, white water rafting, learning to dive on the Barrier Reef, climbing through a glacier and walking 17k over Mount Doom from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film.
I then bought a smallholding, with no previous knowledge of farming, and raised cows, sheep, pigs, goats and chickens and sold the produce at Farmers markets and Country shows.
My new partner then wrote a musical show which we put on at a large theatre with a professional cast, which was hair raising but fun.
I remember rationing as a child and going to the sweet shop with my 6d and sweet coupon, so I wrote a talk about rationing and digging for victory during and just after WW2. Looking at the civilian impact the war had on ordinary people.
I am an accredited WI speaker and also take my talks to schools, womens and mens groups, etc.
About The Talk...
All talks include many photo’s and pictures from my projector and I have a screen if necessary. We also have an amp and microphone if required. We just need a table and access to a power point.
My fee is £70 for each of the talks within a 30 mile radius of Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
Longer distances by arrangement at 20p per mile.