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 2018/20. We'll be giving more information over time.

2018 - 2020 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

 

2018

September

Thurs 6th Sept  - BBC Radio Suffolk – 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Thurs 6th Sept – Stansted Local History Society – HOSE - PF

Tues 11th Sept – Newham & District 41 Club – HOSE - PF

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

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

Sat 15th Sept – Harkstead Farmer's Market – 9am to 12 noon

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

Wed 19th Sept – U3A Rayleigh – HOSE – morning – PF

Wed 19th Sept – U3A Rayleigh – HOSE – afternoon – PF

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

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

Sat 29th Sept – Ivor Dennis - Park Hotel – Diss – After Lunch Talk - PF

 

October

Mon 1st Oct – Saffron Walden U3A (M4M) – ELEA - PF

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

Thurs 4th Oct  - BBC Radio Suffolk – 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Mon 8th Oct – Suffolk West NHS Retirement Fellowship, Horringer – HOSE - PF

Wed 10th Oct – West Bergholt History Group – HOSE - PF

Fri 12th Oct – Heybridge U3A – HOS - PF

Fri 12th Oct – Hearing Care 20th Birthday – PF - evening

Tues 16th Oct – Kimpton Probus – HOS - PF

Sat 20th Oct – Harkstead Farmer's Market – 9am to 12 noon

 

November

Thurs 1st Nov – Thundridge and High Cross Society – HOSE - PF

Wed 7th Nov – Blackwater U3A – ELEA - PF

Thurs 8th Nov  - Earl Soham W.I. - HOS - PF

Tues 13th Nov – Maypole Heritage – ELC - PF

Thurs 15th Nov  - BBC Radio Suffolk – 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Sat 17th Nov – Harkstead Farmer's Market – 9am to 12 noon

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

 

December

Tues 4th Dec – Mingle & Jingle – Hearing Care, Novo Hotel - PF

Wed 5th Dec – Westerfield & Dist. Gardening Club – IMS – PF

Thurs 6th Dec  - BBC Radio Suffolk – 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Tues 11th Dec – Bury St Edmunds U3A – The Apex – HOSE – PF

Wed 12th Dec – Chelmsford U3A  - ELEA - PF

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

Sat 15th Dec - Harkstead Farmer's Market - 9am to 12 noon

Mon 17th Dec – Deben Probus – Ufford – ADS - PF

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

 

2019

January

Sat 12th Jan – Hundon Gardening Club – ADS – PF

Tues 15th Jan – Upminster U3A – HOSE - PF

Thurs 17th Jan – Tiptree U3A – ELEA - PF

Fri 18th Jan – HaveringAntiques Collectors' Club – ELC – PF

 

February

Tues 5th Feb – Halstead U3A – HOSE – PF

Wed 6th Feb – Chelmsford & District NT – IMS - PF

 

March

Tues 12th Mar – Tuddenham W.I – HOSE - PF

Fri 8th Mar – Bramford Music Night – OTP

Thurs 14th – Buckhurst Hill U3A – HOSE - PF

Fri 22nd Mar – St Mary & St Edward Church, W. Hanningfield – HOSE – OTP

 

April

Wed 3rd April – Barton Mills Wednesday Club – HOSE - PF

Tues 9th April – A Get Together - Methodist Church – Museum St. Ipswich - HOSE

Thurs 11th April – Quay Theatre, Sudbury – HOSE - OTP

Fri 12th April – Limebrook Maldon U3A – HOSE - PF

Fri 26th April – Skulduggery in Stowmarket - OTP

 

May

Wed 1st May – Thurrock Antiques Collectors' Club – HOSE - PF

Wed 15th May – Haverhill Owls W.I. - HOSE – PF

Thurs 16th May - Stock Harvard W.I. - HOSE – PF

Thurs 23rdMay – Hawkwell Village U3A – HOSE – PF

 

June

Wed 5th June – Haughley W.I. - HOS - PF

July

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


September

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

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

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

 

November 

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

Thurs 21st Nov – Stanstead U3A – ELC - PF

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

 

December

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

 

2020

May

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