Charlie is a tireless performer with a commanding stage presence. He has a number of different shows and talks, including his classic all evening, “Eccentric Look at Suffolk”. He has other shows that you might wish to book him for:

History of English Surnames

Charlie will talk about the Anglo-Saxon and Viking bynames and nicknames we had prior to the Norman Conquest. He will explain how and why surnames evolved after 1066 AD, and the disruption it caused. Charlie then enlightens the audience on the four different types of surnames which includes explaining the meanings of some of the surnames sitting in the audience.

This will be followed by Q&A

History of spoken English

This is not a talk on split infinitives, and what the differences are between the past participle and the past tense. Definitely not! Charlie shows how the seeds of spoken English was first sown, and how each invading force affected the English language with the different sounds they brought. Charlie includes a dialect tour of the British Isles, demonstrating the different facial expressions of each dialect. He also shows how some people he knows that lip read can tell what dialect a person has.

Check here to find out where Charlie is performing in 2019/20. We'll be giving more information over time.

2019 - 2020 Bookings

Key

HOSE - History of Spoken English

HOSE-2 - History of Spoken English - Part 2

HOS – History of Surnames

ELS – Eccentric Look at Suffolk

ELEA – Eccentric Look at East Anglia

ELC – Eccentric Look at the Countryside

ADS – After Dinner Speech

OTP – Open to the Public

PF – Private Function

 

2019 - 2020

 

July

Wed 3rd July – Bedford U3A – HOS - PF

Thurs 4th July - BBC Radio Suffolk - 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Mon 8th July – Holbrook Church – morning - Launch of the Suffolk Historic Churches Sponsored Bike Ride

Wed 10th July - BBC Radio Essex - 2pm to 2.30pm

Mon 15th July – Beccles Probus – HOSE – PF (morning)

Mon 15th July – Sible Hedingham W.I. - HOSE - PF (evening)

Wed 17th July – Colchester U3A – HOSE - PF

Thurs 18th July - Over 60's Thurrock - HOSE - PF - (afternoon)

Thurs 18th July – Bramford History Group – HOSE - PF (evening)

Sat 20th July - Harkstead Farmers' Market - 9am to 12 noon

Thurs 25th July - Surprise Party - PF

Fri 26th July – Woodlands Cottage – PF

 

August

Sun 4th Aug – The Cornard's Return – Private Party - PF

Thurs 15th Aug - BBC Radio Suffolk

Sat 17th Aug - Harkstead Farmers' Market - 9am to 12 noon

Sat 17th Aug – Blakeney – Norfolk - “What's the Point” - PF

Sat 24th Aug – Private Party – Minsmere - PF


September

Wed 4th Sept - Young at Heart – Mountnessing VH - CM15 0UA - 10am - PF

Thurs 5th Sept – Wilstead W.I. - HOSE - PF

Thurs 12th Sept - BBC Radio Suffolk

Fri 13th Sept – Oddfellows – Stoke by Nayland GC – ADS - PF

Sun 15th Sept – Private Re-union Party - PF

Wed 18th Sept – Cornards & Chilton Hort. Soc, - ELS - PF

Fri 20th Sept – Leiston Film Theatre Support Group – ELS - OTP

 

October

Thurs 3rd October – Stanstead History Club – HOS - PF

Sat 5th Oct – Brandeston Village Hall – TBA - PF

Fri 11th Oct – Bures Derby & Joan Club – HOS - PF

Tues 15th Oct – Upminster U3A – HOS - PF

Fri 18th Oct – Evergreens – Sandy, Beds – HOSE - PF

Thurs 24th Oct – Beacon Wine Circle – Wickham Bishops – HOSE - PF

Fri 25th Oct - Onehouse Community Centre - HOSE - OTP

 

November 

Fri 1st Nov - Tendring Dist U3A - HOSE - Frinton (morning)

Fri 1st Nov - Tendring Dist U3A - HOSE - Holland-on-Sea (afternoon)

Thurs 5th Nov – Thundridge & High Cross Society – HOS - PF

Mon 11th Nov - Suffolk West NHS Retirement Fellowship – Horringer – HOS - PF

Wed 13th Nov – West Bergholt History Group – HOS - PF

Thurs 14th Nov – Stanford-le-Hope U3A – HOS – PF

Sat 16th Nov – Bruisyard Village Hall – ELS - OTP

Thurs 21st Nov – Stanstead U3A – ELC - PF

Sat 23rd Nov - Knights Templar Banquet - ADT - PF

Tues 26th Nov – Suffolk FHS of Sudbury – HOSE – PF

Wed 27th Nov - Suffolk Orchid Society - HOSE - PF

 

December

Wed 4th Dec – Colne Valley Probus – ADS - PF

Thurs 12th Dec – Blackbourne U3A – HOSE - PF (morning)

Thurs 12th Dec Halesworth and Dist GC - HOSE - PF (evening)

Sat 14th Dec – Essex Soc. Family History  – ELC - PF

Tues 17th Dec – Bury St Edmunds U3A - HOS – PF

Thurs 19th Dec – Tiptree U3A – Christmas Meeting – PF

 

2020

January

Sat 4th Jan – East London FHS – HOSE - PF

Thurs 9th Jan – Leigh-on-Sea U3A – HOSE - PF

Tues 14th January – Debenham History Society – HOSE - PF

Fri 17th Jan – Havering Antique Collectors Club – HOSE-2 - PF

Tues 21st Jan - Felixstowe Master Mariners - ADS - PF

Thurs 23rd Jan – Watton U3A – HOSE – PF

 

February

Sat 1st Feb - Whitton Parish Annual Dinner - ADT - PF

Wed 5th Feb – Harwich Guild – HOSE-2

Tues 11th Feb – Diss Family History Group – HOSE - PF

Wed 12th Feb – Havering U3A – HOSE - PF

Thurs 20th Feb – Halstead Local Hist. Soc. - ELEA - PF

Mon 24th Feb – East Suffolk U3A – HOSE – PF

 

March

Thurs 5th Mar - Rayleigh U3A - ELC - PF

Tues 10th Mar - Barking Tye and Ringshall W.I. - HOSE - PF

Fri 13th Mar – Stanway U3A – HOS - PF



April

Wed 8th April – Felixstowe FHS & Museum – HOSE-2 - PF

Thurs 16th April – Old Buckenham W.I – HOSE – PF

Mon 20th April - Bishop's Stortford U3A – HOSE – PF

Tues 21st April – Waltham Forest U3A – HOS– PF

Tues 28th April – Diss Ladies' Luncheon Club – HOSE pt 2 - PF

 

May

Wed 6th May - Thurrock Antiques Collectors' Club – HOS – PF

Mon 18th May – Hutton U3A – ELEA - PF

Tues May 19th – St Neot's U3A – HOSE - PF

 

June

Thurs 18th June - Stock Harvard W.I. - HOS – PF

Wed 24th June – Chorleywood U3A – HOSE - PF

 

July

Wed 8th July - Baddow & Galleywood U3A - HOSE - PF

Tues 20th July - Benfleet U3A - HOSE - PF

 

September

Frid 11th Sept - Limebrook U3A - HOS - PF

23rd Sept - Needham Market Society - HOS - PF

 

October

Tues 6th Oct – Halstead U3A – HOS – PF

Thurs 8th Oct – Haverhill FHG – HOSE - PF

Thurs 22nd Oct - NHS Retirment Fellowship - Basildon - HOSE - PF

 

November

Mon 9th Nov - Bishop's Stortford U3A – HOS - PF

Tues 17th Nov – Waltham Forest U3A – HOSE-2 – PF

 

December

Wed 2nd Dec – Westerfield & Dist. Gardening Club – HOS – PF

 

Key

HOSE - History of Spoken English

HOSE-2 - History of Spoken English - Part 2

HOS – History of Surnames

ELS – Eccentric Look at Suffolk

ELEA – Eccentric Look at East Anglia

ELC – Eccentric Look at the Countryside

ADS – After Dinner Speech

OTP – Open to the Public

PF – Private Function