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 2017/18. We'll be giving more information over time.

2017 - 2018 Bookings

Key

IMS – In a Manner of Speaking – The Story of Spoken English

ADS After Dinner Speech

ELCEccentric Look at Countryside

ELS – Eccentric Look at Suffolk

ELEA – Eccentric Look at East Anglia

HOS – History of Surnames

OTP – Open to the Public

PF – Private Function

 

2017

 

October

Wed 4th Oct – AEG (Bedford) – HOS - PF

Thurs 5th Oct – BBC Radio Suffolk – 2pm to 3pm

Fri 6th Oct – Holbrook Church Poetry Evening - OTP

Tues 17th Oct – Bentley Tuesday Club – ELS - PF

Tues 17th Oct – Thurston W.I. Group Meeting – IMS – PF

Wed 18th Oct – Eyam – MDM

Mon 23rd Oct – Eyam - MDM

Sat 14th Oct – Northumberland Ave. Methodist Church – BSE – HOS - OTP

 

November

Thurs 2nd Nov - BBC Radio Suffolk – 2pm to 3pm

Tues 14th Nov – Ickwell Maypole Heritage (Beds) – HOS – P

Sat 18th Nov - Harkstead Farmers' Market – Village Hall – 9am to 12 noon

Tues 21st Nov – Kimpton Probus (Herts) – IMS - PF

Wed 29th Nov – ESAB – Stutton VH – IMS – PF - afternoon

 

December

Mon 4th Dec - Southend 41 Club – ADS - PF

Thurs 7th Dec - BBC Radio Suffolk – 2pm to 3pm

Wed 13th Dec – Dow AgroSciences – Newmarket – ADS - PF

Thurs 14th Dec – Kirton and Falkenham Gardening Club – IMS - PF

Sat 16th Dec - Harkstead Farmers' Market – Village Hall – 9am to 12 noon

 

 

2018

January

Sat 6th Jan - East of London FHS – HOS - PF

Fri 19th Jan -  The Havering Antique Collectors Club – HOS - PF

Fri 26th Jan – Pipeline Indust. Guild, Peterborough – ADS - PF

 

February

Fri 2nd Feb – Upminster FHS – HOS – PF

Mon 5th Feb – Ipswich Inner Wheel – IMS - PF

Wed 7th Feb – The Lexden History Club – HOS – church hall – PF

 

March

Thurs 15th Mar – NHS Retirement Fellowship – Southend - HOS

Sat 17th March – FOSTAC – Shalford – IMS - OTP

Wed 28th Mar – S.W. Essex Fed. of Townswomen Guild – IMS - PF

 

April

Fri 13th April – Abbot Baldwin Lodge – ADS - PF

Wed 18th April - Thorpe le Soken W.I. - HOS - PF

Thurs 19th April – Stansted U3A – HOS – PF

Fri 20th April – Churchgate Area Association -  BSE - PF

Thurs 26th April – Wheathampstead U3A – HOS – PF

 

 

May

Tues 1st May – Wanstead & Woodford U3A – IMS - PF

Sat 19th May – ESFH – Galleywood Heritage Centre – HOS - PF

Mon 21st May – Roding Valley U3A – HOS - PF

 

June

Sat 2nd June – Purleigh Church – ELEA - OTP

Tues 5th June – Bentley Green Ladies' Club – IMS - PF

Wed 6th June – Haughley W.I. - IMS - PF

Thurs 7th June – English Speaking Union – Epping – IMS - PF

 

July

Wed 4th July – AEG Bedford – ELEA – PF

Wed 11th July – Thundersley U3A – HOS- PF

Tues 17th July – Bedford U3A – IMS - PF

 

August

Wed 8th Aug – Felixstowe Fuchsia Club – IMS – PF

 

September

Wed 12th Sept - Harwood Ladies Probus – ELEA – PF

Thurs 13th Sept – Stanford – le – Hope – IMS - PF

Tues 18th Sept – Waltham Forest U3A – IMS - PF

Mon 24th Sept – Hutton U3A – IMS Part 2 - PF

Tues 25th Sept – Diss Ladies Luncheon – HOS – PF

 

 

October

Wed 3rd Oct – Rayleigh Grange U3A – IMS - PF

 

November

Wed 7th Nov – Blackwater U3A – ELEA - PF

Mon 26th Nov – Maldon & Dist. U3A – HOS – PF

 

December

Thurs 13th Dec - Poplar Nurseries Gardening Club – Marks Tey – IMS– PFT

Wed 19th Dec – Boxted History Group – ELEA – PF

 

2019

January

Thurs 17th Jan – Tiptree U3A – ELEA - PF

 


Key

ADS – After Dinner Speech

ELC – Eccentric Look at Countryside

ELS – Eccentric Look at Suffolk

ELEA – Eccentric Look at East Anglia

IMS – In a Manner of Speaking – The Story of Spoken English

HOSS – History of Suffolk Surnames

HOS – History of Surnames

OTP – Open to the Public

PF – Private Function