Phil Gormley was formerly Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Chief Constable Norfolk, Head of Counter Terrorism, Met Police. He is now Chief Executive of East Anglia Children’s Hospice

A Life in Policing

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The speaker at our March meeting was Phil Gormley who gave us an inspiring and candid reflection on his 33 year career as a police officer, in which he had done some of the very top jobs in UK Policing. He was inspired to become a copper by the stories his mother told him about his policeman grandfather (who incidentally owned a carpet that had belonged to Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs – there was a great tale behind that).

The date is 1836, the place a small mission station in San Antonio Texas. Meet William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett and hear the real story as the station was besieged by the Mexican Army and the events which led to the state of Texas being formed.

Edward, a past Chairman of NNU3A and member of the Thinkers group describes the extraordinary life of Isaac Newton from his origins in an  unremarkable Lincolnshire village home, deserted by his mother and brought up by his grandparents, to becoming one of the most important scientific thinkers  in history.

What does an upmarket Inn in Burnham market, a cricket club off the coast of Croatia and the Venetian city of Cattaro have in common. The answer is Sir William Hoste, maritime hero and contemporary of Nelson whose exploits and some extraordinary adventures in the Adriatic are recounted by our speaker.

A talk from an archaeologist and heritage expert about prehistoric archaeology in East Anglia and the earliest discoveries of mankind

The Anglian Water talk is interactive, discussing various challenges which they face as a water company such as smart metering, climate change, and priority service register.

We have also asked them to cover vulnerability to drought, any sea discharges of sewage, surface water flooding due to inadequate drains and sewers, OFWAT rating of service.

Steve Tonkin is a well know astronomer and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.  The talk examines the state of play with respect to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence and potentially habitable exoplanets.

Barbara Meyer is a professional wildlife photographer for more than 12 years, currently based in Lincolnshire. She leads photography expeditions and workshops, and gives online photography tuition. She is dedicating a large part of her work to raise awareness and funds for endangered big cat species and also for British Wildlife. Her talk will take us around the globe, exploring what are big cats, where they live and what are their problems in the natural habitat, as well as what conservation efforts are out there to help them in their fight against extinction.

Big Cats - Wildlife Photography

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Barbara Meyer was our speaker at the monthly meeting on 16 February. Barbara is a wildlife photographer and conservationist, who has studied Big Cats around the world. She spoke with passion about these wonderful animals, Genus: Panthera, their location and habitats, and the threats that they face, illustrated by some fine photography

Bird Song delight

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Musician and folk singer Saffron Summerfield entertained us with her Zoom Talk for NNu3a on 7 April, about song birds, with many recordings made by her around the UK, in cities and countryside.