Bernard Bale
19 Carters Garth Close, Grainthorpe, Louth, Lincs LN11 7HT
Tel: 01472 388717
Talks include: You Must Remember This 1940’s. 1950’s, 1960’s and 70’s. Is It Me? Makes fun of today’s world. Hot Off The Presses – life and times of a Fleet Street journalist. Never Work With Animals – anecdotes of animal experiences. Norman Wisdom – insight into the man Britain loved. That’s Entertainment – yesterday and today’s stars of stage, screen and TV. A Lighter Look At Football – funny football tales.  £50 plus travelling expenses.

 Komal Landa
70 Honeysuckle Close, Bessacarr, Doncaster DN4 7DJ
Tel: 07787 542606
Indian Cookery/Dress

Gillian Atkinson
Pudding & Dip House, 72 Station Road, Hatfield, Doncaster DN7 6QJ Tel: 01302 843229
Talks with articles of textiles. Illustrated with slides. Need electricity supply, table for display.

1. Central Asia
2. Peru
Other tours – not specifically textiles
A slide show with some articles from the area. Need electricity supply, table for display.
3. Jordan (Petra, Aqaba, the Sinai desert)
4. Namibia
5. Everyday science
Demonstrations on how science is used in our everyday lives. Simple experiments done. Need water supply.

Fee for all the above is £30 plus expenses of 25p per mile.

6. Scarves
A fun demonstration with audience participation on how to use scarves.
Fee £25 plus expenses 25p per mile.

Lynette Robinson, Local Author from Darton, Barnsley

Tel: 07962 227252    Email: 
50 minute inspiration presentation at women's groups, about my first book: 'Reclaimed' – turning an uneventful life into an adventure.
I speak about my own life journey and the subject of 'Reclaimed' which is about how I stepped off the 'treadmill' of conventional living and working and began to live a life more of my own choosing than by default.  Also teaches meditation to prisoners.  Fee: £95

Naomi Beeley, Yorkshire Museum of Farming

Tel: 01904 489966         Email:

Margaret Wilkinson wanted to be a farmer at the age of 3 – now retired she tells of her dream come true. Becoming the first woman president of her regional Farmers Union and now, although retired is an adviser to Askham Bryan College.

Elizabeth Gowing    Email:

Written a book entitled ‘Edith and I’ tells the story of the author tracking down anthropologist, aid worker and feisty Balkan explorer, Edith Durham. Would appeal to anyone who loves travel, biography, inspiring Women of Empire, or the thrills of research and discovering.  £65 + travel from central London.

Angela Scarfe

Tel: 07770 393898         Email:

Wellbeing of Women. Talk about birthright and improvements in womens and babies health through 5 decades of medical research.
2 short films and Powerpoint presentation.

Cost £50 to the charity.

Paul Smith, Yorkshire Hearing, PO Box 1469, Doncaster DN7 5XE                                                 Tel: 01302 849492

Hearing loss and acupuncture.                            

David Coldrick, Managing Director, Later Living Home Care Limited, Suite 3, Linden House, 34 Moorgate, Rotherham S60 2AG.                                               Tel: 01709 837170

Providing non-medical care for the elderly. Being able to live at home can be one of the most important comforts in an older person’s life, and because family and friends can’t always be there Homestead Senior Care are here to help.

Support Dogs

Contact Sarah Cooper
Tel: 0114 261 7800

Transforming the lives of children, adults and families affected by epilepsy, autism and physical disabilities by training and providing specialist assistant dogs.   £40 donation

Richard Venables – Local Author

Tel: 07774 875692 or email      Talks of his book A Life in Death, delivering presentations to give an insight into his extraordinary career as a former South Yorkshire Police Officer.  There is no charge for the talk, however, any contribution a WI may wish to make will be donated to a chosen Charity and  he would hope that he could sell copies of his book at your meeting.  

Dr. F.P. Ryan, Woodbine Cottages, 1 Vicarage Lane, Dore, Sheffield S17 3GX

Tel: 0114 235 1619        Email:

Gives talks on the following topics:

  • How to stay young in mind – how to greatly reduce the risk of mental decline with ageing as well as reducing the risk of depression.

  • His strange life as a doctor and writer Gaia in the age of global warming – centres round his writing on evolutionary biology.

He has two different websites: and Cost: £50 to cover travel and expenses and if he sells any of his books the WI will receive 16%. He has his own Powerpoint presentation, projector and screen if needed.

Suzi O’Neill, Unit 1, 14 Cobnar Drive, Sheffield S8 8RN

Tel: 01142 997931    Email:  info@jofli.comType

Presents – Jofli Bear, My Journey of Life
An inspiring story of how an idea born in Thailand by a holiday rep developed into a product that educates children and promotes family bonding around the world. Hear about the journey of discovery from nurturing an idea, to launching on the high street.
Suzi O’Neill is a fantastic female speaker who tells her start up business story with passion and real life experience. £50 + 50p mile outside Sheffield. See Powerpoint presentation available.

Hazel Stephenson

Tel: 01833 695869         Mobile: 07784 443877    

Written 2 books on WWII about evacuees and land girls.

Robert Stewart,

Tel: 01423 734686         Mobile: 07989 303176         

Available at Short Notice – Interesting and Entertaining Legal Talks. True stories and recollections of 30 years as a former criminal law solicitor in a busy West Yorkshire market town with numerous characters and incidents. How to get away with murder talk.  £50 plus travelling costs and expenses.

Chris Foote-Wood

​Tel: 01325 483660         Mobile: 07984 060615     

Journalist, broadcaster, actor and author of 18 books. Offers: author talks (fun), A lecture on social, political and economic issues (serious) and One Man Show “The Genius of Charles Dickens” as performed at Edinburgh Festival. Charges £70 including expenses. 

Sue Burton

Sue Burton
Tel: 07773 027243 Email:
Award-winning stylist and image consultant with over 25 years experience.

1. ‘Looking Good’ is a very entertaining and educational presentation (approx 1 hour) with colourful exhibits, practical demonstrations and audience participation to show how to select clothing perfectly suited to individual colouring.  See how easy it can be to create a colour co-ordinated wardrobe of clothes and accessories and how to create the maximum number of outfits to wear from a minimum amount of garments.  The presentation is extremely popular and provides a taster of what to expect during a more in-depth studio consultation or by attending a Looking Good Colour Event. See video:
2. Exclusive Looking Good Colour Workshops can also be provided within WI venues (subject to suitability) which offer more in-depth tuition and individual consultations.
3. "Stylish Scarves & Sarongs’” this talk is very interactive with the group as ladies are encouraged to experiment with scarves and sarongs (which are provided if they don’t bring their own). After the presentation (approx one hour) ladies are provided with a very detailed booklet (free of charge) illustrating many more interesting ways in which to style their scarves and sarongs. More details:
£70 plus travelling expenses​

Silvana Evans

​Tel: 01924 760925   Email:

I wish to offer my services as a speaker and demonstrator of Holistic/Alternative Therapy. I am a qualified Holistic Therapist and Professional Development Teacher. Natural and proven techniques that inspire, motivate and relax the mind, body and soul. I would be happy to come and talk and provide demonstrations. Fee: £35 plus travel expenses. Talk lasts approximately 1 hour


Mr Steve Hableton (General Manager)

Tel: 0114 272 2757     Email:                Website:
Beneficiaries: Visually impaired people in Sheffield. Main Issues: Support, care and advice. Description: We are a local independent charity providing a range of services for visually impaired people in Sheffield – contact us for details. Vision & Aims: To be the primary source of support for visually impaired people in Sheffield. Programmes & Activities: The Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind provide: Resource Centre; Advice Service; Activities Centre; Social & Leisure Activities; Residential Home.

Anthony Poulton-Smith - Freelance Author and Journalist
Tel: 07562 653565     Email:
Talks last for approximately an hour, although as the subject is almost inexhaustible this could be extended to for as long as you’re willing to pay! Following an initial 20 minutes or so when I cover how I got interested in the subject and what it takes to research, and thus produce the book, I open it up to a question and answer session. I work much better ‘off the cuff ’ and it also means the audience get the answers to the questions which intrigue them and not just those which interest me. It also means the speaker has no more knowledge as to what is coming than the audience does, leaving plenty of opportunity for me to reveal my rather quirky sense of humour.
Charge is £75 including expenses but this is negotiable. I should also add that I am available at any time and would be willing to fill in at short notice, assuming I’m not already booked elsewhere.



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