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Past Talks

Date Tuesday 11 January 2022

Talk The Ambush of the SS Persia by a U-boat in 1915

Speaker Alan Wren Synopsis Based on his recently published book we will hear stories from those who perished when the cruise ship SS Persia was struck by a U-boat in 1915.


Date Tuesday 8 February 2022

Talk A Buccaneer Navigators Story

Speaker Group Captain Christopher Finn MPhil FRAeS FHEA RAF (Retd) Synopsis Now Retired, various aspects of his training and flying career including some very near misses


Date Tuesday 8 March 2022

Talk The History of the RNLI - with a local focus Speaker David Richmond - Coggan RNLI Honorary Chairman of Christchurch & Bournemouth Fundraising Branch

Synopsis David has been a volunteer presenter, fundraiser and education volunteer for the RNLI for some thirteen years. He is now chairman of the RNLI Christchurch and Bournemouth fundraising branch which raises money to buy the equipment for the RNLI lifeguards on our local beaches to enable them to carry out their vital life saving work.

Date Tuesday 12 April 2022

Talk It’s Not What You Say… – Alan Jones

Most people make up their mind about you in about 90 seconds and it can take a lot longer to change that decision.What is it about body language that speaks louder than words?

Date Tuesday 10th May 2022

Talk Springing Napoleon -fellow club member Thorold Masefield

A grand story with a local connection. How Thomas Johnstone Lymington rogue plotted with  American engineer Robert Fulton to rescue Napoleon from St Helena.

Date Tuesday 14th June 2022

Talk The Coastline of the New Forest - Sheila Ward Friends of the New Forest.

There is far more to the New Forest than Forest and Sheila took us on a journey covering the History, Trade and Industry, Wildlife and Threats to the forest.


Date Tuesday 12th July 2022

The Man Who Never Was – Keith Patience

Fantastic story of deception from World War II when a body dressed as a Royal Marine was deliberately washed ashore in Spain

Date Tuesday 9th August 2022

HMS Alliance - David Otley from the Gosport Submarine Museum.  

The talk focussed on HMS Alliance, one of fourteen “A” Class submarines built for service in the far east during WW11.  David described its long and distinguished career and its place in the Gosport submarine museum.

Date Tuesday 13th September 2022

Jane Austen, Woman and Writer –  Maureen Stiller

 A talk  on one of English Literatures' truly great writers. Jane Austen is undoubtedly one of the most prominent authors in English literature. We are very fortunate in being able to welcome Maureen Stiller who is Secretary of the Jane Austen Society and who will tell us about the great authors’ work and the woman herself.


Date Tuesday 11th October 2022

Medical Detection Dogs - Joanna Gardiner

The charity medical detection dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease with the aim of developing faster, more efficient and less invasive diagnostics for better patient outcomes. Our speaker Joanna Gardiner is a volunteer speaker for medical detection dogs and gave an extremely interesting in depth talk on the work of the Charity.


Date Tuesday 8th November 2022

In Pursuit of Knowledge– Michael Pipes.

Following the AGM, Michael's most impressive professional career told us that this was one to look forward to. It was a very astute insight into the education system and Michael's effort to change the approach.


Date Tursday 13th December: Wildlife Recovery and Regaining Nature in a Rapidly Changing World - Dr Tim Woodfine, Leader of a Conservation Trust.

Drawing on examples from the UK, and around the world, this presentation explored the challenges and opportunities for the recovery of nature in the face of rapid, social and environmental change.

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