Round the World Clipper Race

Thursday 4th April 2019

Will Stokely sailed on several legs of the 40,000 nautical miles race, regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. Non-professional teams compete on a global race circuit of eight legs, across six continents.  It’s more than just a sailing adventure.

Chosen Charity:  Unicef UK –  have a mission to do whatever is takes until every child is safe.

Overlord Embroidery

Thursday 28th March 2019

Tracy Teasdale, Learning Officer, for Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum will tell the story of the 34 hand-stitched panels totalling 83 metres illustrating  D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The redevelopment of the museum transforms the way visitors experience this unique textile.

Chosen Charity: The Portsmouth D-Day Museum Trust which reopened in 2018 aims to increase public awareness of D-Day heritage across the UK.

Precious Metals Gold Silver Platinum

Thursday 14th March 2019

Alastair Alexander will tell us where these metals are found, how they are mined and refined, their properties and chemicals used in electronics, petrochemicals, for pollution control, as well as jewellery and photography.


Charity:  Cure Parkinson which research cures for this  illness and alleviating symptoms.

How (not) to make Money

Thursday 7th March 2019

Paul Chapman will give us an intriguing account of the many features that are embedded in modern banknotes that deter the counterfeiter from profiting from his labour.  The amazing complexity and multitude of these features, keep our currency safe.

Chosen Charity:  Rowans Hospice – care and support of people facing life-limiting illnesses.

Climate Change – Is it too Late?

Thursday 28th February 2019

Maddy Harland will explain the effects of climate change and the consequences of our present warming, how much longer can we go on ignoring our planets needs.

Chosen Charity The Earthworks Trust, The sustainability Centre aims to educate, enable and inspire people to make changes to the way they live and work.


Thursday 14th February 2019

Bruce McGavin, back by popular demand, will talk about Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, and Block chain, the way we will trade in the future.

Chosen Charity:  The Fragile X Society – most common inherited cause of learning disability.  The Society provides information and practical guidance to support and empower individuals and families living with Fragile X.

Romania – Legacy of a Dictator

Thursday 7th February 2019

Graham Perolls who have visited Romania since 1975 has witnesses the dark shadow over Romania even after the dictator Ceaucescu was executed in 1989. He has seen the transition in that country will still goes on today.

Chosen Charity:  Hospices of Hope – help support the development of hospice care in the poor resourced countries of SE Europe

Walter Hussey- Art Collector

Thursday 17th January 2019

Walter Hussey spent a lifetime collecting modern art.  Lewis Kent from the Cathedral will discuss his legacy to the  city of Chichester which is much admired today.

Chosen Charity:  Royal Society for Blind Children – supports young people who are visually impaired.

Round the World by Motorcycle

Thursday 10th January 2019

Nigel and Sharyn Tailyour, two local pensioners from Emsworth motorcycled round the world camping and cooking as they went.  From here to Siberia, Kazakhstan, Vladivostok and beyond, Did they make it and how many cycles did they need? Come and find out!!

Chosen Charity:  Portsmouth Samaritans, supporting local people in distress or going through a crisis.