The story of Florence Nightingale
by Vera Hughes
She was a remarkable and difficult woman, who had many good connections in high places, and who was never afraid to use them.
Supported by her cousin, Henry Bonham Carter, she did so much for public health reform during her long and eventful life.
She died in 1910 at the age of 90
In 2020 CELEBRATE the bicentenary of her birth
Sir Stenson and Lady Cooke describe the creation of the Automobile Association and reveal many of the ground-breaking innovations in the new world of motoring.
They introduced village signs, explanatory traffic signs and, of course, their famous star system for hotels and inns.
This is the story of how it all began.
This will be of interest to any motorist who has ever needed service, direct, immediate and personal.
P.S. Non-motorists will find it equally fascinating!
Marjorie: a Carer's story
This story is about the commitment which those who care for sufferers have to make twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Marjorie cares for her husband, Bill, who suffers from dementia.
We follow her journey from diagnosis through Bill’s wayward memory to the distressing end of the story.
We laugh with Marjorie and Bill when funny things happen (how on earth did Bill come to put his slippers in the oven?)
We join Marjorie as she copes with her diminishing lifestyle.
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are as true to life now as they were when he wrote them in the 14th century.
Tales from the Wife of Bath; the Pardoner; the Nun's Priest; the Merchant; the Miller etc. spring to life in this entertaining selection of tales
Chaucer's pilgrims become modern day storytellers on the cruise ship Canberra.
The Triumphs and Tribulations of the Pickwick Club
Enjoy this light-hearted entertainment as we follow some of
the adventures of Mr Pickwick and his friends.
Why is Mr Pickwick sued for breach of promise of marriage?
Relish the fun and humour of Charles Dickens
In this presentation we explore Hardy the man, his childhood, his career and his successful social climbing
We include extracts from some of his novels and poems
We ask what made him so inwardly private, so outwardly popular.
What was the essence of
Thomas Hardy - Wessex Man?
Hardy's birthplace in Higher Bockhampton
recalls his time of performing ...
a play a week
An entertaining and nostalgic look at David's own experiences as a member of various residential repertory companies.
You will hear about: a typical working week; employers; people; audiences; plays; the grind behind the glamour.
Reflections of a way of life that began over a century ago through the driving force of a powerful Victorian lady and which sadly no longer exists.
Dickens at Christmas
Enjoy some well-known Dickens characters and episodes, and others not so familiar, including:
‘Oliver Twist’, who asks for more
Dancing at Dingley Dell in ‘Pickwick Papers’
The terrifying Magwitch in ’Great Expectations’
Courtship by Cucumber in ‘Nicholas Nickleby’
The four ghosts of ‘A Christmas Carol’
... and a touching non-Dickens story!
An entertaining collection of stories poems and anecdotes with a festive theme
We invite you, among other things, to: