Illness of World Leaders

Thursday 30th May 2019

History has been affected by illness and personal psychological characteristics of world leaders.  Robert Palmer describes how illness affected Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Anthony Eden, with personality disorder of Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Trump and Putin to name a few!  How different things might have been.

Chosen Charity CHASE Africa – provides free, non coercive family planning for young rural Kenyan and Ugandan women, which when made available they take up with enthusiasm.

Let’s Talk About Death

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Statistically 100% of us are going to die at some point!  Yet it is a subject very rarely talked about.  Steve Thomson and Bev Downie will discuss the issues, and what we can do to prepare, so we live until we die.

Chosen Charity:  Remember My Baby – Professional photographer capture precious baby with parents, siblings and family.

Herge – the Shakespeare of Belgium?

Thursday 9th May 2019

Hugo Frey, lecturer at Chichester University will discuss The adventures of Tintin, the comic series by Belgium cartoonist Herge, who is a reporter and adventurer who travels the world with his dog.  Can Herge be compared with Shakespeare!?

Chosen Charity; Red Cross UK  – helps people in Crisis, whoever they are.

The Seals of Chichester Harbour

Thursday 25th April 2019

Judi Darley  from Chichester Harbour Conservancy will introduce John Arnott, who will  give an illustrated talk on the Common and Grey seals found in our local harbours and studied by John a marine mammal expert.

Chosen Charity:  Friends of Chichester Harbour – who support vital work in conservation, amenity and education projects within Chichester Harbour Area.

John Gilbert Winant A Great Friend to Britain

Thursday 11th April 2019

Peter Rice will explain how Gilbert Winant, US Ambassador to Britain in WW2, was a vital friend to this country.  He made sure that America could justify their support for us.

Chosen Charity:  St Wilfrid’s Hospice Chichester – give palliative care to those with a terminal illness in the hospice and in the community.

Clipper Round the World Yacht 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.