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Speaker Events

The Speakers event takes place on the second Wednesday of every month at 19.30 at the Wensum Community Centre at Hotblack Road, NR2 4HN, Norwich, apart from August, when there is a break for holidays and January when we hold the AGM. It is easy to get to and there is plenty of parking. I would ask you all to support this activity as much as possible and please feel free to bring along friends and relations. We even supply tea, coffee and biscuits at the end!

Norwich Speaker Schedule

13th February 2019 - JOHN ALLEN - 'RAF HORSHAM ST FAITHS IN WAR & PEACE'

This talk was suggested by one of my colleagues who found it to be excellent and of course with such a local flavour, the connection with flying & the RAF it should provide us with an enjoyable evening's entertainment. No doubt some of you may well have some local connections with Horsham

13th March 2019 - DAVID MORTON - 'EGYPTOLOGY'

A completely different tack for this one and perhaps a bit of self-indulgence. A subject that has always fascinated me and hopefully one you will all enjoy. David visited us recently and gave an extremely well informed talk about the 'Joint Strike Fighter' but this time Egyptology is the talk covering ancient Egyptian history, language, literature, religion, architecture and art from the 5th millennium BC until the end of its native religious practices in the 4th century AD.

10th April 2019 - CHRIS SAMSON - 'ALL THINGS WHISKY'

Although I tried, unsuccessfully as it turned out, to arrange a summer visit to the Whisky Distillery at Roudham I have not given up on this subject. I have arranged for Chris to come along and provide a talk about one of the nation's (and my) favourite tipple.

Chris will give a brief history of whisky both in Britain and worldwide, will focus on some of the Distilleries from the six whisky regions of Scotland as well as the actual process of whisky making, malting barley, fermenting the Wort, Distillation and maturation of the spirit. There will be advice on how to savour a wee dram and appreciate the various notes on the nose, palate and finish.

Even for those of us who do not enjoy whisky this should be a most informative and educational presentation.

Clearly there will be no sampling of the product for those of us who have to drive home!

8th May 2019 - DEREK GEORGE - 'CAISTER LIFEBOAT'

Derek is Secretary at the Caister Lifeboat Station. Caister is one of only two offshore Life Boat Stations in the UK that is independent of the RNLI. They operate entirely thanks to Volunteers and public donations.

Derek will give a talk on the work of this organisation and this must be a subject that we all have an interest in and perhaps have been grateful for in our lives. So much valuable and life saving work has been carried out by this Station and organisations like this are invaluable to a an island nation and it seems that the only way they can survive is through public donations.

(Thanks to fellow Committee Member Geoffrey Marshall for suggesting this Speaker).

12th June 2019 - IAN TEMPERTON – 'SENIOR ROAD SAFETY OFFICER'

Road safety in Norfolk : The future

Iain may well be known to some of you as he has visited our Group before. You can be sure this will be entertaining and informative and although it will no doubt go over some of the issues he has raised before it will also cover new ground and how things have changed and will continue to change in this important area of interest to us all.

10th July 2019 - ANDREW MUNDEN – 'NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY'

The North Norfolk Railway (NNR) – also known as the "Poppy Line" – is a heritage steam railway in Norfolk, running between the towns of Sheringham and Holt. It cuts through the countryside to the east of Weybourne with views of its windmill and passes through the well preserved country station which also houses a locomotive shed together with a carriage maintenance and restoration centre. The Norfolk Orbital Railway, an independent organisation, has plans to join and link the NNR with the Mid Norfolk Railway.

Andrew will go into much of the history and detail of this Railway that I am sure we all know of and have no doubt used.

11th September 2019

SERV Norfolk covers the county of Norfolk and is run by dedicated volunteers mostly motorcyclists who have to hold an advanced rider qualification and who receive no financial compensation for their time or costs.

9th October 2019 - CHRIS SPINKS - 'WESTCOTEC'

11th December 2019 - QUIZ NIGHT WITH FISH & CHIP SUPPER

This will be the first of (hopefully) an Annual Event and a fun evening for all Members and their Family & Friends. The Quiz Night will be held on Wednesday 11th December at 7.30pm at the Wensum Community Centre Norwich.

For the event to be a success we need to attract a minimum of 50 participants. There will be a maximum of 4 per table so aiming for at least 10 tables.

This event is open to Members and their friends and families with the idea being that each table/team will compete against others and the winning table will be awarded a prize.

There will be ten rounds of ten questions covering a variety of General Knowledge Topics and yes one round will relate to motoring issues.

Half way through the evening there will be a break for the delivery and consumption of a Fish & Chip Supper. Bring your own cutlery, condiments & drink etc.

There will be a charge per head to cover the cost of the F & C and the amount will depend on the final number of attendees.

There will be a Bumper Raffle on the night.