Trailblazer - Memoirs of the first female firefighter in England

Josephine Reynolds

Jo’s talk began at the very beginning with her early life and how Jo came to be in Norfolk from living in West Wales following her parents’ divorce and how her early work experiences led to the decision to apply to become the first full time female firefighter.  Jo described how the strenuous selection process included hanging from the top of a ladder to check for fear of heights and crawling through obstacles in an unlit room to test for claustrophobia. 

Chris Forse is a former Hong Kong resident who has travelled extensively in China since 1978 and portrays a fascinating pictorial story of its transformation based on his personal experience.  This is our first use of the Mirthy platform to access recorded talks.

Local resident Nigel Redman is a leading figure in the world of Birds and Natural History guiding 140 tours in 90 countries around the world. Co-author of Where to watch birds in Britain and author of Birds of the Horn of Africa he guides us round this fascinating region visiting well-trodden sites in Ethiopia as well as the less well-known countries of Eritrea, Djibouti and Somaliland.

Tulip Mania

Charles Lewis, former curator of Great Yarmouth Museum, has become a regular speaker and is always entertaining and informative. In the 17th century, tulips became a coveted luxury item. The market in tulips became fierce and at the height of tulip mania some single bulbs sold for more than ten times the income of a skilled worker. Eventually and inevitably the market crashed. Charles will tell us how tulip mania came about and its consequences.

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Waste is not a rubbish subject

Dr. Liz Goodwin OBE has spent the last 20 years of her life as a scientist and CEO of WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) working on the subject of waste and its impact on the sustainability of our lives and the planet. On 20 January, she gave us a fascinating talk about our waste, what happens to it, how much progress is being made in reducing it and treating it as a resource. Liz is clearly used to talking to Ministers, Chief Executives of Supermarkets, Food producers and Local Authority officials so there were plenty of facts to illustrate her points, but her analysis was down to earth and relevant to all of us.

Former Chairman of NNU3A, Vic will talk about his previous role as chairman of the international charity Water Aid and a senior executive will talk about their current work around the world

Location, Location, Location is more than a TV programme. After appearing on the show, with its star presenter Phil Spencer, our very own Peggy Williams realised that there are stories to be told and experiences to recount. Peggy is the narrator of this heartening story, which is very close to home.