Author Archives: Nadia Dawson

About Nadia Dawson

Retired primary headteacher now working at Lincoln University

From Curate to Cavalry by Terry Brighton

Terry introduced himself as a writer and military historian however, on leaving university as a long haired 20 something in the late 60s, he was ordained and took up his first position as curate of St Martin’s in Hereford. As … Continue reading

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Our friends outside – encouraging wildlife into the garden by Steve Lovell

In his introduction, Steve mentioned that his background was in garden design and soft landscaping but his main claim to fame was that he once went to Sri Lanka with Anika Rice. Nowadays, he splits his time between organising nature … Continue reading

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Tales of a Lorry Driver

It’s been a while since we had such an animated, vibrant and hilarious speaker as Len. The time raced by as he entertained us with his ‘behind the scenes’ tales and anecdotes of his days whilst driving delivery lorries for … Continue reading

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Spire Handmade Chocolates – Lindsay Gardner

Lindsay set up her business as a chocolatier in her home kitchen in 2012 with help from The Prince’s Trust. Since then, her business has gone from strength to strength and just recently, she has moved into The Chocolate Studio … Continue reading

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Life as a Foreign Correspondent – Nick Louth

Nick is currently a freelance writer but back in the ‘80s, he worked for Reuters, the international news agency with a strong reputation for reliability, accuracy, speed and exclusivity. After working in London, he was transferred to the Amsterdam office … Continue reading

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Visit to Cote Hill Cheese, Osgodby

It was a typically British wet day when we all met at Cote Hill Farm in Osgodby for a tour of the now well-known cheese producing business run by Mary and Michael Davenport. We were made very welcome by Michael … Continue reading

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Photography My Way by Geoff Trinder

At the very start of his presentation, Geoff made the point that he takes photographs for himself not for anyone else but if others like them too, so much the better. An art teacher by profession, photography is obviously an … Continue reading

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IAM RoadSmart Talk

Confident Driving by Roger Hicks & Ashley Behan representing Lincoln IAM RoadSmart Roger began his presentation by telling us that since passing his driving test in 1963, he has never had to officially demonstrate his driving aptitude. He then produced … Continue reading

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Terry Wogan’s Hair Weave

Terry Wogan’s Hair Weave and other stories by Graeme Keal This was Graeme’s second visit and, as with his first, his talk was based on interviews he had held with celebrities whilst he was a show biz reporter. His amusing … Continue reading

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Susanna Wesley – Mother of Methodism Speaker Review

Susanna introduced herself as she walked centre stage dressed in costume supposedly pertaining to the 17th century. Born Susanna Annesley in 1669, she was the youngest of 25 children. Her father was ordained by the Anglican Church however, he practiced … Continue reading

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Gerry Burrows – General Meeting

The title of this month’s talk seemed familiar but I just couldn’t place it until halfway through when the speaker, Gerry Burrows referred to the BBC radio programme entitled Children’s Hour. Presented and produced by Derek McCulloch better known as … Continue reading

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Andy Smith – General Meeting

With an interesting array of stringed instruments stacked behind him, our speaker Andy Smith introduced himself as an instrumentalist/vocalist and songwriter who originally hailed from Lincoln. An hour whizzed by as he took us on a journey through his life … Continue reading

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Auctioneering – General Meeting

I hold my hands up to not knowing who David Palmer, this month’s speaker was when he was introduced however, it soon became clear that he is a renowned and very experienced auctioneer and familiar to those who watch the … Continue reading

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The Taste of Lincolnshire – General Meeting

A talk on the Taste of Lincolnshire by Neil Curtis (master butcher) Kitted out in his customary white Trilby and blue and white striped apron automatically affirmed his trade as a butcher and we sat mesmerised as Neil honed his … Continue reading

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