MIKE SMITH

Tel:  01430 431488 / 07866 259826

Email:  mikesmith@mypostoffice.co.uk

Rhythm & Rhyme -

With a Laugh and the Sing of a Song

I offer a wide range of performances for

a wide range of occasions.  All with a uniquely

entertaining and uplifting look at life, past

and present.  Please note that I also offer

a Christmas Special!


With a smile - and a laugh! -
And the sing of a song
The rhythm and rhyme
Keeps rolling along!

I charge £1 per person attending (min. £40) plus travel @ 20p a mile (from Howden, East Yorkshire). I appreciate that travel costs may be prohibitive in some cases but am happy, of course, for groups to consider combining.





DIANNE FOX

Tel:  07836 240494

​Email:  difox2307@gmail.com

​QUEEN OF THE ROAD (Adventures of a Female

Road Warrior)

My life on the road as a sales rep and the sexism and

mysogony I had to cope with along with lots of very

funny stores over 50 years! 


Cost - £50 + travel at 45p per mile




JACKIE THEAKER - PROTECTING YOUR NEST EGG

Tel:  07834 554313

​Email:  jackie@willconsultyou.com​

We are a family run business

celebrating our 10th year anniversary.

We help people with their estate planning

such as power of attorney, wills, trusts, etc. so that they can have peace of mind that their wishes are granted.


Please note this is an information talk only, where we will be happy to answer any questions you have.


Cost - free of charge and we are happy to make a donation to your given charity at the meeting. 

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MARTIN ROWLEY

Tel:  07799 404707

​Email:  marfinmac@aol.com

​The Sheffield Gang Wars of the 1920's

The story of how Sheffield was ruled by the

gambling and extorsion gangs from

1923-1928.


How Drinks Can Save Your Life "Helipads for Hospitals"

A detailed overview of the Derbyshire & Leicestershire Air Ambulance service.  Scheme which turns aluminium drinks cans into Helipads at local hospitals. 


1960's Motor Sport and the "Goodwood Revival" meeting

A summary on visits to the famous race meeting.  Highlighting 1950's and 60's motor racing. 


Cost - £65 plus travel expenses  




CHRIS CEASER PHOTOGRAPHY -

TALK AND WORKSHOPS

Tel:  07920 044094

​Email:  info@chrisceaser.co.uk

www.chrisceaser.co.uk

​Venice in Pictures and Words - Documentary style talk. 

Chris looks at the history of Venice, from the invasion of the goths

in 421, right through to modern day, all accompanied by Chris's award winning photography.

Talks last about 90 minutes, with a break.  Full details on his website.

Photography Workshops available - "I would consider arranging special workshops for WI members."


Cost - £100 + travel at 25p per mile (from Bawtry)




GILL COSFORD

Tel:  07541 210341

​Email:  the.fimolady@gmail.com

www.gillsclaycreations.com

FEELING COLOUR - A CREATIVE EXPLORATION

ABOUT POLYMER CLAY

I provide an interactive talk and demonstration about

this highly coloured modelling material. 

With over 40 years of experience I will take you on a creative journey, showing you how to shape and mould this unique clay.  There will be lots of hands on elements to the talk.


Cost - £50 + travel at 40p per mile (from Rotherham S61 4NS)




THE ART OF MILLINERY

Tel:  07764 223230

​Email:  sherry@hatsbysherry.co.uk

www.hatsbysherry.co.uk

Sherry's journey will be featured throughout the talk, she will outline how she became interested in Millinery, the development of her ideas and there will be an opportunity to see some of her hat creations.

The talk will also look at the impact of hats on society throughout history, with the wearing and designing of hats being a major feature.  Millinery skills involved in these areas will be discussed in greater detail.


Cost - £80 + travel (from S73 area)

SPEAKERS




DEBORAH FOX

Tel:  07814 371 010

​Email:  debmac730@gmail.com

​SECOND HAND ROSE

A reading of the first chapter of my first novel

Second Hand Rose a Horror/Mystery Novella.

Followed by a Q&A session on the book but also

my reasons for becoming an author at 50 and

how it helped my mental health.


Cost - FREE





VICTORIA NOWELL

Tel:  07979 246051

​Email:  vrnowell@gmail.com

​A LIFE IN STITCHES

​​​A quick romp through the first 50 years in the life of a stitchaholic. Victoria originally trained as an embroiderer at the Royal School of Needlework followed by a stint as a military embroiderer before leaving to get a proper job! She carried on sewing and for the past 20 years has been making quilts and teaching quilting. She will bring lots of examples of embroidery and quilts along with her to illustrate her talk.


Cost - Group standard fee plus 45p per mile travel expenses




GILLIAN BOOTH -

THE SORT AND STYLE BOOTH

(Professional Organiser based at

Waverley S60)

Tel:  07717 781721

​Email:  sortandstylebooth@gmail.com​

What is clutter, how does it impact on the lives of home-owners and what are the benefits of living in an organised, spacious home?  How can you increase functionality, peace and enjoyment in your house?
I’ll share some Top Tips for decluttering, expert organisation hacks and simple storage solutions for increasing the aesthetic value of rooms to help you save time and reduce stress.  Who doesn’t want that?
We’ll look at what why Professional Organisers are essential for helping people fall in love with their spaces and show them off with pride.
I can’t wait to meet you all while we have fun, learn lots of useful Tips and Tricks and earn a treat or two as we go. 


Talk £80 + travel @ 40p per mile (from Waverley in Rotherham)




TREVOR VENNETT-SMITH

Tel:  01773 742896 / 07096 615173

​Email:  tvsmith202@yahoo.com

​LIFE UNDER THE HAMMER

A lighthearted talk on my life and auctioneering.

Covering 1969-2023 with reference to auctions, tv shows, postcards, autographs, cigarette cards.  Expert in paper collectables and sport memorabilia. 

Duration of talk: 30 minutes to 1 hour.


Cost - £45 - £58 depending on travel




SILVERTIME LEGAL

Tel:  07796 962405

​Email:  ria@silvertimelegal.co.uk

​LEGACY FORTRESS FOR GENERATIONS

​​We understand the importance of staying informed and prepared for life's unexpected twists and turns. That's why we are thrilled to offer you an exclusive FREE talk titled 'Legacy Fortress for Generations,' featuring an engaging and knowledgeable speaker
Topics Covered: Our speaker will dive into crucial subjects such as Wills, Trusts, and how these legal instruments can serve as a robust fortress for safeguarding your assets during unforeseen life events.
Comprehensive Insights: The seminar will also touch upon the significance of Lasting Powers of Attorney, effective strategies for managing care fees, and an exploration of Sideways disinheritance, particularly in the context of remarriage.Now, we know this might sound like heavy material, but rest assured, our speaker injects a dose of humor and ensures that the session is far from your typical information overload.


Cost - £0 




DEBBIE ENEVER

Tel:  07981 051780

​Email: debbieenever@hotmail.com

​WRITE YOUR MEMOIR

We’ve all got a story inside us, and I want to help you

get yours onto the page. I’ll talk about my own

experience of getting my memoir published, what I’ve learnt, and how you can do it better! Whether you want to capture important memories, leave a memento for your family, or share your story with the world, this session will get you on the right road.

Midowed: A Mother’s Grief


Cost - £50 (plus petrol costs @ 45p per mile from Hillsborough, Sheffield)

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tHIS IS A LIST OF CURRENT SPEAKERS AVAILABLE TO SPEAK AT WI MEETINGS

Hall Cross Cottage, 5 Albion Place, South Parade, Doncaster  DN1 2EG       Email: southyorksfed@gmail.com  Tel: 01302 482388




BRIAN NELSON

Tel:  07824 813003

​Email: encausticartplus @gmail.com

​A SHORT HISTORY OF ENCAUSTIC

ART AND BRIAN'S INVOLVEMENT

A potted history of Encaustic Art (wax painting) alongside a demonstration

of the craft.

There will be an A3 mounted picture for the group and an opportunity to

have a go on A6 card.


Cost - £125 travel included within South Yorkshire




KATE McNEIL

Tel:  07958 917924

​Email:  kate@mcneilsmill.co.uk

BOXY & ME

A heart-warming tale of the bond between a

young woman and her bull. She was his

eyes when he suffered near blindness,

fought and won the battle in the High Court

that saved him from slaughter, unmasking

what appeared to have been a cover-up to

a botched test in a government department, and together in the show ring they were

an unbeatable team. This is the incredible, true and highly emotional story of the relationship that developed between a young woman, farmer's daughter Kate and her gentle giant bull, Boxy from a little rural village in Yorkshire. It is a heart-warming tale of their bond that would bring tears, laughter, joy and despair, hope and euphoria over a decade that saw the pair remain inseparable until Kate had to make a decision that she found the hardest of all. 

Cost - £60 + travel expenses from Doncaster