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Welwyn-Hatfield U3A - Spring Term 2020 - Speakers' background details .

8 Jan - WGC. David Burnell - "The Art of Underground Travel".
A fully illustrated view of the world famous collection of the London Transport poster collection. The talk sets the posters in the context of the high design standards achieved by the Underground in the inter-war.

15 Jan - HAT. Roger Mason - "Prime Ministers' Extra Marital Affairs, 1721-1945".
Quite a few of Britain's 54 Prime Ministers have enjoyed extra marital affairs and this talk tells the stories of some of them.

22 Jan - WGC. James Higgs - "In The Footsteps of a Wedding Toastmaster"
James has been a Toastmaster/Master of Ceremonies since 2005, mostly attending Weddings in the North London and South Herts vicinity, and having worked at numerous Hotels, Golf Clubs, Function Rooms, private marquees, and even farmers barns! He describes various amusing moments, and quirky situations, which have arisen during wedding day celebrations.

29 Jan - HAT. Geoff Bowden - "Murder Most Profitable"
The Life and Career of Agatha Christie. Geoff's career was as a Chartered Librarian but his love was Musical Theatre. He formed his own musical revue group and toured England & Wales. He has written on the subject and since 2009 has been editor of 'The Call Boy' the official magazine of the British Music Hall Society.

5 Feb - WGC. Stephen Brown - "A History of London in Ten Maps".
Stephen leads our London History study group and frequently gives presentations to the group's monthly meetings. In this talk, he looks at some of the key developments in London through the way that they have been depicted in maps.

12 Feb - HAT. Mike Beech - "The Occupations of Victorian Britain".
The Victorian era saw great strides in innovation. New industries emerged to meet consumer demand, new occupations were born; many of which no longer exist.

19 Feb - WGC. Mervyn Edwards - "My Book - Walking The Beat to Nirvana"
Mervyn served for more than 30 years with Thames Valley Police and retired in 2002. Over half of his service (15 Years) was spent as part of the Tactical Firearms team as a police marksman. He was also in charge of Special Operations and was part of the National Working Group. He is currently working as a consultant in Special Security Services.

26 Feb - HAT. Mark Warwick - "Mystic, Mentalist & Psychological Magician"
Mark will amuse, confuse and entertain you and offers a show with a mixture of traditional magic, mentalism, mind reading and close up magic.

4 Mar - WGC. Richard Furnival-Jones - "The Palace of Knightsbridge, aka Harrods".
Richard worked for Harrods for 40 years, starting as a trainee and progressing to senior management. He will give us a glimpse of the fascinating history of this now famous store, together with an insight into what it was like to be a part of that world.

11 Mar - HAT. Annual General Meeting

18 Mar - WGC. Brian Freeland - "George Bernard Shaw Playing The Clown".
Seeing a production of Shaw's play Man and Superman at the Bristol Old Vic during the early weeks of his National Service encouraged Brian to consider the theatre as a potential career: three weeks after demobilisation he started work at the London Palladium. Large chunks of the next twenty years were spent touring abroad, usually for the British Council often with plays by or about G B Shaw.

25 Mar - HAT. Judy Anderson - "A Remarkable Story of Care & Hope by Great Ormond Street Children's Charity".
History of GOSH - Great Ormond Street Hospital from the founder Dr Charles West in 1852 to the present day at the hospital now. The presentation will include stories of how GOSH saves lives and the work that needs to continue to support families when a child is admitted to GOSH.

1 Apr - WGC. Meet The Groups