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Welwyn-Hatfield U3A - Autumn Term 2017 - Speakers' Background Details.

13 Sept - WGC. Sharon Marusic: 'Save a Life - Air Ambulance'
The aim of Air Ambulance is to save lives, reduce or prevent disability or suffering from critical illness and injury, by delivering a first class pre-hospital emergency medical service.

20 Sep - HAT. Carole Grove: 'Help for Heroes'
Carole is the East of England Fundraising Manager. She became involved as her father was in the Royal Air Force. We will hear about the history of the charity, the work they do, how the money is spent, fundraising and volunteering.

27 Sept - WGC. Mike Neighbour: 'Paying the Price: Reading and Hatfield Turnpike'
Mike was born and lived more than half his life in the city before 'foolishly moving to Watford!'. His teaching career was mainly in Hertfordshire and he has written two books. After retirement he continues his interest in history with local projects. We will hear about this unusually long turnpike road which affected everyone living nearby, who either paid the toll or - well, all will be revealed on the 27th.

4 Oct - HAT. Martin Sirot-Smith: 'Sulgrave Manor and the Washington Family'.
Sulgrave Manor, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, was built in the mid-1500's by Lawrence Washington, George Washington's five times great grandfather. He lived there with his wife and eleven children. It has a Great Hall and Tudor features, with a North Wing being added in 1700 containing the Oak Parlour and Great Kitchen. When first opened to the public in the 1920's, the garden was re-designed and remains largely unaltered since that time.

11 Oct - WGC. Dick Breeze: 'The Great Cannabis Con'
With experience as a pharmacist and then forty years experience as a hospital consultant physician before retiring, Dr Breeze has a detailed knowledge of the history, politics and medical implications of cannabis. He is concerned that the full potential of this plant in medicine, as well as in other areas, is being denied because of political and commercial interests.

18 Oct - HAT. Graham Laurie: 'Roald Dahl's War'
Graham, a historian and former RAF pilot, will tell us about the writer's life in the RAF during the Second World War and his subsequent rise to literary stardom.

25 Oct - WGC. Dick Smith: 'Life and Times of a Town Crier'
After over forty years as Town Crier in Beaconsfield, and having lived in the area all his life, Dick is an expert on the local area and its history. He has even won awards for Town Crying.

1 Nov - HAT. Martin Lloyd: 'The Story of Passports'
Martin is well established as a writer of history, travel, humour and fiction. He spent many years working with passports and researching the history of the passport.

8 Nov - WGC. Richard Thomas: 'The Gunpowder Plot'
This is a look at the background of the 'Powder Treason' and the involvement of Catesby, Percy and Guido Fawkes together with the ten other conspirators who laid the Plot. We examine closely the events of early November 1605, follow the flight and fate of the conspirators, and hear of the trial and executions of those who were captured.

15 Nov - HAT. Christine Roge-Cope: 'Northaw During World War One'
Northaw is a village near Potters Bar which is well-wooded, especially in the north, where the Great Wood covers many acres. South of the village was once open common, which formed part of Enfield Chase, but the land is now enclosed.


29 Nov - HAT. Steve Roberts: 'Protecting Yourself Against Fraud and Scams'
Scams can arrive by post, 'phone call, text message, e-mail or someone visiting your home. We will hear about some of the current prevalent scams, what action to take to prevent crime and learn how to safeguard our identity. Steve is a former Metropolitan Detective Inspector and during his thirty year career has served on some of the specialist investigation units based at New Scotland Yard. Since retiring he has worked as a civilian trainer and as a private investigator.

6 Dec - WGC. CHRISTMAS PARTY - Quiz at 10.30 am
Please bring finger food. Drinks provided