Past, Current and Future Events
Music, Food and Dancing at the Big Band Concert
Family Fun Day Photos
Watch this space for future
Talks to be announced
March 1st 2022
The weird Fish Lady
Shared with us her extensive knowledge on the importance of oceans in our day to day life
February 1st 2022
Neil Revell and 3 pupils
sharing with us about Cedar School, what they do and how they enjoy being there
January 25th 2022
Lauren Smits from
Tools for Self Reliance with an insight to their projects in Africa and the effect of Covid on their operations
Southampton West Rotary Club scored a scoop with having CHRIS PACKHAM as their Christmas Zoom Speaker.
Chris spoke of the wildlife of the New Forest and how best it is sustained.
Emily Lynch from the Rotary Charity 'Send A Cow' told us how it all started with people actually freighting cows to Uganda 30 years ago and how the charity has evolved to assist refugees make a new sustainable life for themselves
Joff Williams joined us from Texas to tell us about the amazing work of Mercy Ships and his new role in charge of running the 'Global Mercy', the largest purpose-built civilian hospital ship, run by volunteers and providing world-class medical care and training in poorer countries, where it is needed most.
Ruth Le Lion gave us a fascinating talk on the logistics of how they created the ART EVENT that Wrapped up the Paris Icon of the Arc de Triomphe.
Sumer Eid from the SCPA
& Annie Crewlow from Communicare with an update on the Southampton Childrens Play Association activities and their Play Day in July
Lizi Fewtrell from 'No Limits'
told us how they are helping local young people, from age 4 to 20 with their mental health issues, especially since the pandemic started
Sally Randall gave us an update on the work of
Abby's Heroes and the mental help and support they are offering family members
Alan Matlock from the
Spitfire Makers' Charitable Trust
'Building Spitfires without a factory'
Stories about the bombing of the Woolston factory and the thousands of people who then built Spitfire parts all around Southampton and much further afield too!
Prof Ramsey Cutress
Breast Cancer Specialist from
Southampton General Hospital gave us an insight into the work they do developing improvements in treatments and outcome for their patients.
Trevor White told us to 'Never Trust Your Eyes!
Another fascinating talk, making us realise how very little we really see!
Brian Hooper and Peter Hill from 'Shirley Men's Shed'
Bringing together men (and ladies) in the local community for company and to share skills.
Charlotte Sturgess and Sammii Wood from The Rainbow Trust
told us how they support families of children with terminal illness in our area, pre, during and post pandemic.
Annie Clelow from
A very informative talk by Annie on challenges faced in changing the way they work in the community through Covid restrictions. Plus how they are evolving and ensuring that they meet the needs of their service users as well as looking after their 'army' of 'Communicarers'.
An excellent book review was given by Claire, who told us the background to her first book 'The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox' and read a few pages from the first chapter. We look forward to the sequel ' Treachery at Hursley Park House', to be published October 202
Subject:- Live from St Nicolas Church
Today's talk was a surprise and a special treat; Jono gave us a live outside broadcast from Nicolas Church with a Zoom tour of the recent renovations, Bell Tower and the 'One-Hand Clock'.
Subject:- 'Restoring an Old Rocker'!
Derek gave a fascinating and well illustrated talk on the origins of Rocking Horses, and his painstaking restoration of an 'Old Rocker' purchased in 1996. - A true 'labour of love' over 5 weeks of Lockdown, - with beautiful results,
Speaker:- John Miles
Subject:- Global Sight Solutions
John is a very committed member of the Guildford Rotary Club who started this 'avoidable blindness' charity, their mission being to provide free eye care and eye surgery to the very poor in the developing world. They work with local Rotary Clubs, to establish self-sustaining eye hospitals
See www.globalsightsolutions.org for more information
Speaker:- Kathrine Barbour
Subject:- Southampton Dementia
An inspiring talk by Katherine, who is passionate about raising awareness in Southampton, of the many challenges faced by dementia sufferers and their carers. She helps run groups, publishes a monthly magazine and ensures all authorities and volunteers are working together
Speaker:- Ranji Parmar and Jo Elliot
Subject:- Assisting younger stroke survivors
Ranj and Jo gave a polished and informative presentation on the causes, effects and help available for people with
strokes, and how strokes come in many different forms.
They both spoke passionately from first-hand experience of how help from differentstrokessouthampton.co.uk. was instrumental in getting people back to work and coping positively with life after a stroke.
Speaker Martin Crawford
Subject:- Trekking the Great Wall of China
A fascinating and absorbing video, talk and slide show of a recent trek along the Great wall of China by Martin and a group of Salvation Army companions.
They not only returned with memories of a lifetime, but managed to raise £145,000 in charity sponsorship with their efforts.
Speaker Trevor White
Subject:- Art and Perspective through the ages
Trevor gave a very eloquent and instructive presentation of how art went from simple flat views of subjects to the development of perspective in pictures.
Trevor spoke from his home in France. This was our first international speaker courtesy of Zoom.
Neil's staff; governors, the Young People and their families, came up with definitions of what C - E - D - A - R stood for:-
Communication - Empowerment - Discovery
Aspirations and Resilience.
A lovely film made by children in Sapphire Class, was shown to illustrate how they use these definitions in their lives.
His inspirational talk, encouraged us to work further with them.
Subject:- Local development of Radar.
An in-depth talk with anecdotes on the development of
Radar before, during and after the war in the Hampshire
area, including Christchurch and RAF Sopley. Plus twists
and turns in history between countries and politicians
Speaker:- Jennifer with her Hearing Dog Lenny
Subject:- Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Jennifer gave a fascinating talk about how Hearing Dogs are chosen and trained , plus the dramatic differences that one can make to someone’s life!
Lenny has given Jennifer confidence to sleep, knowing Lenny will alert her to any problems, also to be more confident and get out to meet people.
February 2nd speaker John Parkhouse
Subject:- The battles of 'The Black Prince'
John's interest in Edward Woodstock -1330 - 1376 -otherwise know as 'The Black Prince' brought to life many of the battles he fought in France during his short life.
January 19th Speaker:-Alex Hughes
Subject:- Tales from South America
Alex spent many years in South America organising the Salvation Army's field workers, A job which require many skills and brought him into contact with cultural differences that had to be overcome.
December Speaker:-Mike Storr
Subject:- 'Masters of Mirth'
December Speaker:-Michelle Sherwood
Subject:- 'Helping Vulnerable people'
Michelle Sherwood from 'Right at Home'; a private care organisation, spoke on her satisfying work in helping vulnerable people in Southampton stay in their own homes.
December Speaker:- Mandy Wiltshire
Subject:- 'Helping people with mental health
Mandy Wiltshire from Solent MIND spoke about the various ways that their organisation is helping people in our area, of all ages, with mental issues, especially at this difficult time.
November Speaker:- Jeremy Prescot.
Subject:- Poppy; the Miracle flower from Flanders
Jeremy gave an inspirational and thought provoking delivery on the origins of how the use of the Poppy became the icon of fallen personnel in wartime.
.One could not be but impressed with this well informed talk, given with passion and commitment.
October Speaker:- Ruth LeLion.
Subject:- 'Stories Behind the Faces'.
A fascinating and engaging talk on some of the portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.
Ruth spoke not only about the sitters in the portraits but also revealed some anecdotes of the commissioned artists.
40's Extravaganza Concert
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