Author Archives: Nadia Dawson

About Nadia Dawson

Retired primary headteacher now working at Lincoln University

Tommy Goes To War by Michael Credland

Michael Credland developed an interest in WW1 from a very early age and, over the years, has built up a formidable collection of artefacts and memorabilia, some of which he had brought along today. He is also a well-respected authority … Continue reading

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The History of Dennetts Ice Cream by Robin Dennett

Dennetts Ice Cream company was started in the 1920s by Robin’s grandparents who had a dairy farm. Using milk from their herd of Lincoln reds/Friesians, Arthur and Mary Dennett sold milk by the pint along with butter and cheese and ultimately … Continue reading

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Tax, Care and Toy Boys

Tax, Care and Toy Boys or, future proofing your assets Chris Dingley is a solicitor/ legal practitioner who specifically deals with Wills and probate and, in less than an hour, he worked hard making us all mindful of some of … Continue reading

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Meeting our Tiger by Kathleen and Chris Barnett

Kathleen began her talk by giving us some facts and figures about the tiger population which were extremely thought provoking. In the last 100 years, 95% of tigers have been wiped out; this is mainly due to habitat loss as … Continue reading

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Visit to EH Thorne (Beehives) Ltd

On Tuesday 3rd July, thirty-three enquiring minds arrived at the head office of EH Thorne (Beehives) Ltd in Rand near Wragby for a conducted tour of the enterprise. Once ushered in to the restaurant area which doubled up as our … Continue reading

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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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