Programme of Speakers



Legend: Venue/Loc; MC Methodist Church. DS Deeping School. CH Coronation Hall.

21 Jan MC Sue Jakeman Bees and Beekeeping
18 Feb MC David Mainwaring Deepings Lakes
18 March MC Malcolm Kenwood Fakes and Forgeries
15 April MC Alastair Goodrum Women in Aviation
20 May MC Sophie ChapmanValuing Fine Art and Antiques
17 June MC Dr Maureen JamesFenland Folklore
15 July MC Karen Hepworth-Lavery From Classroom to Alpaca Farm The Story of Misty Meadows
16 Sept MC Mike Harrison A History of Tolethorpe Hall & Stamford Shakespeare Company
21 Oct MC Jasmine Allen The Radiant Art of Stained Glass
18 Nov MC Graham Short Graham Short - The Hands of Genius
16 Dec CH Jill Collinge The Christmas Tradition


21 Jan.Bees and Beekeeping

Sue Jakeman, a former beekeeper dressed in her protective kit, will tell us about the lives of bees in hives, how the workers bring in the pollen and make honey, the elements of a hive and how to keep the occupants healthy.

18 Feb.Deepings Lakes

David Mainwaring, one of the volunteers, will tell us about how the flooded gravel pits became a nature reserve, the work that has been carried out since to make facility we see now, and future development plans.

18 March. Fakes and Forgeries

Malcolm Kenwood, a former police specialist investigating art and antique crime, will use his case studies to tell us how skilled forgers sucessfully pass off their work as that of well known artists to dupe the experts.

15 April. Women in Aviation

Alastair Goodrum will outline the feats of local, national and international female avators who have made significant contributions to the world of aeronautics oiver the past 200 years.

20 May. Valuing Fine Art and Antiques

Sophie Chapman from Stamford auctioneers, Batemans, will tell us about this specialism, demonstrating this with selected items brought in by U3A members.

17 June Fenland Folklore

Dr Maureen James explores the folk beliefs of the people of the Fens, dating back to times when the ground was subject to inundation and life was at the mercy of weather and people felt the need to protect themselves and their property from harm.

15 July The Story of Misty Meadows Alpacas

Karen Hepworth-Lavery talks about her career change from headmistress to setting up and running her Alpaca Farm in Maxey



16 Sept A History of Tolethorpe Hall and Stamford Shakespeare Company

Mike Harrison’s talk covers the life of the Hall and of significant people who lived here and Stamford Shakespeare Company involvement in restoring it, whilst becoming a theatre company of national importance.

21 Oct The Radiant Art of Stained Glass

Dr Jasmine Allen, curator of The Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral will tell us about the unique art of stained glass, its history and stylistic development from the medieval period to the present, uncovering a number of treasures on our doorstep.

18 Nov Graham Short - The Hands of Genius

The hands are Graham’s – he tell us about how, having failed at school, he became a world class engraver, about his work for prestigious clients and projects including engraving “the Lord’s Prayer” on a pinhead and “Nothing is Impossible” on the sharp edge of a Wilkinson Sword.

16 Dec The Christmas Tradition

Jill Collinge ...........



Venue/Location MC Methodist Church and DS Deeping School, Coronation Hall.

15 Jan MCChris(tine) Carr Invisible Imps – Medicine and Folklore in the Middle Ages
19 Feb MCStuart OrmePeterborough Cathedral – Past Present & Future
19 March MCDavid Pennell Burghley House Estate
16 April MCAir Vice Marshall Paul RobinsonBomber Command & the International Bomber Command Centre
21 May MCJane BarnesDairy Farm Revisited
18 June MCJim LathamThe True Story of the Birth of The Archers
16 July MCStephen LovellEast Anglia.
20 Aug Deepings SchoolFools Gold, Carol & Steve RobsonStories with Strings Musical Entertainment by Folk duo.
17 Sept MCPhilip CaineBarrow to Baghdad and back
15 Oct MCAshley BehanSafer Driving and Staying Safer on the Roads
19 Nov MCRob HillHambleton Bakery
17 Dec Coronation HallJanette MerilionChristmas Crackers



19th February Stuart Orme - Peterborough Cathedral – Past Present & Future
As the Cathedral celebrates its 900th Anniversary in 2018 we hear about its history, what’s happening currently and plans for its future
19th March - Burghley House Estate
The Estate Manager talks about the many aspects of stewarding the estate that ensure the continuance of Burghley House
16th April - Bomber Command & the International Bomber Command Centre
The story of Bomber Command from WW2 and the development of the International Bomber Command Centre near Lincoln
21 May - Dairy Farm Revisited
In 2014 Jane Barnes told us about her life as a farmer’s wife. She returns to update us on their dairy herd, cheese production and what’s going on in the farming industry in UK and worldwide. She will bring cheese produced from their milk for sale.
18th June - The True Story of the Birth of The Archers
Jim Latham tells us how the Archers was based on Rippingale and Dowsby after a local farmer first suggested he idea for a farming programme.
16th July - East Anglia Natures Haven - From Reed beds, Fens, Cliffs, heaths to Saltmarsh. This region really does have them all . Find out why this area recognised as Britain's most ecologically diverse and the wildlife that lives there.
20th August - Stories with Strings.
Musical Entertainment for 15th Anniversary Celebration - Acoustic duo Fool's Gold will entertain us with original and traditional folk-ish music using a variety of instruments. Their selection of songs,often themed, including regional,industrial and historical are supported by wonderful stories and visuals. We may be inspired to sing along too.
17th September - Barrrow to Baghdad and back
An author talks about incidents his working life in several countries which inspired him to write adventure/thriller novels.
15 Oct Safer Driving and Staying Safer on the Roads.
Ashley Behan will talk about aspects of safer driving and staying safer on the roads for all road users (car drivers, bike riders or pedestrians). In addition to safety tips, it could help us to rid ourselves of the bad habits we have developed over many years.
19 Nov Hambleton Bakery.
Robert Hill will talk about Hambleton Bakery which produces top quality traditional artisan bread.
21 Dec Christmas Crackers.
Janette Merilion will talk about folk lore associated with Christmas plants, suitable plants for gifts and what is looking good in the garden over the Christmas period.


Program 2017

16Jan MC Martin LanderOnce Upon Time…..
20Feb MC George WaughBeing a Butler
20March MC Nigel PerrySaving Lives in Lincolnshire
24April MC Philippa MasseyWhat’s in a Name (Stamford street Names)
15May MC Scot CreasyDon’t Forget to Remember
19June MC Denise TaylorMedical Detection Dogs
17July MC Ian MaberLaughing My Way Around The World
18Sept MC Barbara MeyerWildlife Conservation - different approaches to helping endangered species
16Oct MC Bernard LockettThe Social and Political Satire of Gilbert and Sullivan
20Nov MC Balloons, Bleriots and Barnstormers -200 years of flying for fun.Pioneers of the air from 1783:Dare devil men and women; airshows and air exhibitions around the Wash.
18 Dec CORONATION HALL Mike Storr Masters of Mirth



Once Upon Time…. ~ Not nursery rhymes, but Martin Lander presents some reflections on the history and observation of time past and present.

Being a Butler ~ George Waugh talks about his time as a butler at Burleigh House

Saving Lives in Lincolnshire ~ Nigel Perry talks about the work of LIVES, the Lincolnshire charity that supports 700+ highly trained and dedicated volunteers who get to their neighbours quickly to deliver vital care in the first critical moments of a medical emergency before handing over to ambulance staff.

What’s in a Name? ~ How many names actually give us information about the settlement, the place or the street? More than you'd think..... on her return, Philippa Massey takes a look at place names and Stamford’s street names, what they can tell us, and how and why they have changed over time.

Don’t Forget to Remember ~ Scot Creasy presents an entertaining introduction to the memory techniques he uses, providing some simple and practical applications that we can use in everyday life.

Medical Detection Dogs ~ Having told us about Hearing Dogs, Denise Taylor returns to tell us about a dog’s ability to detect minute odour traces created by diseases and the associated clinical research; together with dogs trained to help people with life threatening conditions.

Laughing My Way Around The World ~ Ian Maber recounts humorous events from his life in many countries arising from dealing with cultural issues. From bizarre to ridiculous, this illustrated talk should have us laughing from beginning to end.

Wildlife Conservation – Barbara Meyer will provide an overview different approaches to helping endangered species and why they are needed or why some cannot necessarily be seen as conservation.

The Social and Political Satire of Gilbert & Sullivan – Bernard Lockett will outline this significant aspect of Gilbert & Sullivan’s work and then show exerts on DVD which demonstrate this to prompt discussion and questions.

Balloons, Bleriots and Barnstormers - Pioneers of the air from 1783:Dare devil men and women; airshows and air exhibitions around the Wash.

Masters of Mirth An affectionate look at some favourite Music Hall laughter makers. How Music Hall began. Favourite characters - Robb Wilton, Stanley Holloway, Bernard Miles to name but a few; examples of their acts including their famous monologues.


Venue/Location MC Methodist Church and DS Deeping School
18Jan MC Roger NegusGreat British Film Stars of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s
15Feb MCGerry BurrowsGoodnight Children Everywhere
21March MCChris(tine) CarrAn Abundance of Riches:The Spice Trade
18April MCDerek HarrisUp the Cut - A history of the canals of England and Wales
16May MCNigel Burn Magna Carta’s Lincolnshire Connection.
20June MCRobin DennettThe story of Dennett's Ice Cream
18July MCDr John SuttonThe Story of the Unknown Warrior
15Aug DS?Alan BoltSongs With Guitar & Humour
19Sept MC?Roger HailwoodThe National Memorial Arboretum
17Oct MC?Stephen Griffiths My Days as a Spy
21Nov MC?Dr. Stephen UpexRoman archaeology of the Peterborough area and the Welland valley and fens around the Deepings
19Dec green school tba NO SPEAKER

Synopsis / Outlines of 2016 Presentations

21 March Chris(tine) Carr (aka Briga; Historian/archaeologist). An Abundance of Riches: The Spice Trade. Galangal, asafoetida and Grains of Paradise are just some of the mysterious spices imported into Britain from the early Middle Ages onwards. Where did they come from and how? Who used them and what for? The story of the spice trade goes back further than you might imagine.

18 April Derek Harris Up The Cut. An amusing and informative history of the Canals of England & Wales; a whistle stop tour, starting at the beginning of the modern canal age with James Brindley and the Bridgwater Canal, through the growth of commercial carrying, to its decline and neglect. Added to this is a number of songs with audience participation in places!

16 May Nigel Burn Magna Carta’s Lincolnshire Connections. Focusses on Lincolnshire men and women who lay behind the creation of the Charter, and the events between 1215 and 1217 culminating in The Battle of Lincoln Fair: it will argue that but for the role of Lincoln Castle and its castellan Nicola de la Haye in withstanding a major siege Magna Carta might today be a dead letter

20 June Robin Dunnett (Dennett’s Ice Cream) (Spilsby)
The story of Dennett’’s Ice Cream. The Dennett family has been making dairy ice cream in Lincolnshire for three generations in Spilsby,. Over the years the Ice Cream has won several national awards for its quality.

18 July Dr John Sutton. The Story of the Unknown Warrior.This talk tells the story of where the idea of an unknown warrior was first conceived; the very differing opinions of the King and the British government. The talk also focuses on how the Unknown Warrior was selected and his journey home from France; the nation’s reaction to the burial service in Westminster Abbey

15 August Summer Event Alan Bolt (Musician and entertainer) provides a light-hearted presentation of songs with guitar & humour. Material incl: folk, country style songs,50's/60's music & audience participation items.

19 September Roger Hailwood (NMA speaker) (Lichfield Area)
National Memorial Arboretum

17 October Stephen Griffiths (former RAF Officer) My Days as a Spy.All will be revealed in the Talk.

21 November Dr Stephen Upex (Archaeologist / historian) Roman archaeology of the Peterborough area and the Welland valley and fens around the Deepings

19 December Christmas Event Activities yet to be decided


Program 2015

Meeting location.The planned venues for 2015 are DS - The Deeping School Academy, MC - Methodist Church, tba - to be advised.

19th Jan DS John HadenGood to be different ~ small people from Jeffrey Hudson to Ellie Simmonds
16th Feb DS Adrian Hoyle A Trek to Everest Base Camp
16th March DS Peter Sellars The RNLI ~ The Skegness lifeboat
20th April MC Graham Keal Oprah Winfrey touched my elbow ~ interviews with TV celebrities
18th May MCAndrew SankeyFunny Garden Features ~ unusual and weird features in gardens from the Romans to the Victorians
15th June MC Martin & Mrs Beaton The Falkland Islands
20th July tba Jill Collinge Simple Words, Hidden Meanings ~ The history of nursery rhymes
17th Aug DS Andy Smith Under the Influence ~ songs that have influenced my repertoire, my style and my life
21st Sept tba Ron Abbott The Incas & Machu Picchu
19th Oct tbaDon Chiswell Edith Cavell
16th Nov tbaStuart Orme Hadrian’s Wall (or other option)
21st Dec tba NO SPEAKER Groups entertainment?


Program 2014

Meeting location.The planned venues for 2014 as shown, DA is The Deeping Academy, tba to be advised.

Date (venue) Speaker Subject
Jan 20th (DA)Gail Stuart (Eric Morecombe's daughter) - Morecambe Moments
Feb 17th (DA)Stephen Perry The Story of Peterborough’s Hospitals
March 17th (DA)Paul SmithThe Story of Thomas Cook & John Mason Cook
April 28th (DA) Mrs. Jane BarnesTales from A Farmers Wife. (Stilton cheese samples available and farm visits can be arranged)
May 19th (Methodist Church)Richard AdamsRutland, Small but Beautiful. A closer look at England’s smallest county
June 16th (Methodist Church)Terry McCarthy Transport of Delight. The many forms of transport over the last 40 yrs.
July 21st (Methodist Church)Mr & Mrs J SandallChernobyl. The charity work carried out following the nuclear disaster.
Aug. 18th (DA)Summer Buffet Party with music by Andy Smith 'Amusing journey through life by music'.
Sept.15th (DA)Roger NegusStars & Films of The Golden Age of Hollywood 1930’s—1960’s
Oct.20th (DA)Mr & Mrs G. FrisbyMiscellany. Over the period 1920-1960
Nov. 17th (DA)Doreen ReedFacts, Fibs & A Pinch of Salt. An entertaining talk
Dec. 15th (Coronation Hall) Christmas meeting tba.


Programme 2013

Meeting location.
The planned venues for 2013 are: Jan to July at The Methodist Chapel (MC). August, the 10th anniversary celebrations will be at The Deeping Academy (DA). September to December TBA

Jan 21st (MC) Mr Steve Hill The Galapagos Islands A presentation of the unique wildlife of the Islands
Feb 18th (MC) Mrs Denise Taylor Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. The training & work of Hearing Dogs
Mar 18th (MC) Philippa Massey In Search of Daniel Lambert. The story of his life
Apr 15th (MC) Terry Barnatt A Country Year. Audio Visual Presentation Through the Seasons
May 20th (MC) Neil Mackenzie The Boy Bishops. The happenings when choristers become Bishops for one day
Jun 17th (MC) Stuart Reid BSc MCGI. Squadron Leader RAF (retired) RAFBBF. The story behind the aircraft of the Battle of Britain Flight
July 15th (MC) Nick Sandford. The Woodland Trust Creating Woodland Together. Why we need more Woods & Trees
Aug 19th (DA) Vox Mondiale Dianne Spence Songs From Around The World.
Sep16th (MC) tba tba
Oct 21st (MC) Gerry Burrows What happened to the Faberge’s Eggs
Nov 18th (MC) David Pendry An Eye through the Lens. A photographic look at various objects.
Dec 16th (Coronation Hall) Christmas meeting, no speaker


Programme 2012

All meetings are in the Methodist Church unless stated otherwise. **NOTE For 2012 MAY JUNE JULY and AUGUST - ** Meetings in the Deepings' School **

January 16thGerry BurrowsPeter Carl Faberge Jeweller to the Tsars
February 20thDavid LeggettPeterborough Railway Streets
March 19thTony BatesSeasons and sayings
April 16thR A F Presentation TeamThe R A F Story
May 21st Deepings SchoolSteve PerryThe Fredrick Frank Story
June 21st Deepings SchoolMark EllwoodDeene Park & The Brudenell Family
July 16th Deepings SchoolMalcolm NichollsInstitute of Advanced Motorists, Road Craft
August 20th Deepings SchoolGarth PerryThe Map Which Changed the World
September 17thBrian JonesTo Serve Them All The Day
October 15thBrian DawsonPercy Grainger, Folks Songs of Lincolnshire 1905-08
November 19thMrs J StoreJennie’s Christmas Box


Programme 2011
21 MarchOPEN ALL HOURS - Gerry Burrows
18 AprilDEEDS NOT WORDS - Was this how women won the vote? - by Elizabeth Parkinson in The Deepings School, Park Road, Deeping st James PE6 8NF
16 MayTHE STORY OF THE RED CROSS - by Liz Waterland
20 JuneTRAVELS WITH THE COLONEL - by Jennie Storr
18 JulyON THIS DAY.........- by Katie Davenport-Mackay
15 AugustSUMMER FAYRE in The Deepings School, Park Road, Deeping St James, PE6 8NF. Speaker Jill Collinge on I NEVER KNEW THAT.....the origin of sayings.
21 NovemberPUBS OF THE DEEPINGS PAST & PRESENT - by John Bloomfield
19 DecemberCHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA in The Deepings' School, Park Road, Deeping St James, PE6 8NF