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 - 2019 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

 

December

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

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

Tues 12th Dec – Hearing Care – ADS - PF

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

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

Wed 14th Feb – The Lexden History Club – HOS – church hall – PF

Sat 17th Feb – Whepstead Community Assoc – HOS - OTP

 

 

March

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

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

Fri 23rd Mar – West Road Church – BSE - ELS/IMS - OTP

Sat 24th Mar – Westhorpe Village Hall – ELS/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

Fri 11th May – Stanway 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

Fri 13rd July – Bures Derby & Joan Club – ELS - 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

Fri 12th Oct – Heybridge U3A – HOS - PF

 

November

Wed 7th Nov – Blackwater U3A – ELEA - PF

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

 

December

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

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

 

February

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