Illustrated Talks

I am available to give Illustrated Talks to U3A & WI Groups, Gardening Clubs and other interested groups & organisations.

The following talks are currently available  (with more in preparation) :-

Swan Upping. This talk covers the five day journey of the Swan Uppers, rowing up the Thames from Sunbury to Abingdon in six traditional Thames skiffs, accompanied by several traditional powered support boats. The ceremony of Swan Upping dates from the 12th century when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans, which were considered an important food source. In the 15th century the crown granted rights of ownership to the Vintners' and Dyers' liveried companies and swans are now ringed with a number specifying which company they belong to.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant 2012.  This event took place on the Thames in June 2012 and consisted of approximately 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh travelled on The Spirit of Chartwell with other royals. 'Gloriana' the Queen's row barge led the procession.

Compton Acres near Poole in Dorset is comprised of several contrasting gardens set in 10 acres on a clifftop overlooking Poole Harbour.  Originally constructed in the 1920s these ornamental gardens are some of the most important in England.

Thames Floods 2014. The storms, which began in October 2013, forced many from their homes and made 2013-14 winter the wettest since records began in 1910. More than 5,000 homes and businesses were flooded and many rivers in southern England reached the highest ever recorded levels.  Photos cover the Thames from Oxford to Staines comparing flood levels with normal levels.

Cherry Blossom in Japan. The talk covers three locations:-
Nara
is a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing (hanami).  About 1700 cherry trees are planted across spacious Nara Park.
Kyoto
is a city of of 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, it was formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years.  Kyoto is a modern city, but amongst the new developments pockets of ancient Japan linger, where kimono clad Geisha still shuffle along narrow, lamp-lit streets. 
Osaka
is one of Japan's best cities for cherry blossom viewing. Nearly 5000 cherry trees line Okawa River for several kilometers.

All the talks last about 45 minutes with a Q & A session at the end and I can travel to venues throughout Berkshire & Oxfordshire.

My fee is negotiable and depends on  factors such as the audience size, distance to travel, etc. No deposit or advance payment is required and  payment on the day can be by cash or cheque. I will also bring along a small selection of photocards available for sale.

My talks are PowerPoint presentations on my laptop and there is a small additional charge if you require me to bring a digital projector.

Please get in touch using the Contact Form or phone 0118 9402796 to discuss bookings.