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 2020/21. We'll be giving more information over time.

2020 - 2022 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

 

2020 - 2022

Due to coronavirus, Charlie, who is in his early 70's, has wisely decided to self-isolate. All his engagements up to the end of May 2020 have been postponed. However, he will be entertaining us on BBC Radio Suffolk! At this moment, we don't know how long this period will be, so do check regularly as further postponements may be necessary . But we may be able to bring you some exclusive Charlie thoughts on the website!


April

Thurs 2nd April -BBC Radio Suffolk -2pm to 3pm (from home)

 

May

Thur 7th May - BBC Radio Suffolk -2pm to 3pm (from home)

June

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

Fri 19th June - Two Sisters Theatre, Felixstowe - Suffolk Day Talk - OTP

Sun 21st June - Quay Theatre Sudbury - Suffolk Day Talk - OTP

Mon 22nd June - Suffolk Day Party - MDM

Wed 24th June – Chorleywood U3A – HOSE - PF

Thurs 25th June - Jubilee Hall, Mildenhall - Suffolk Day Talk - OTP

 

July

Fri 3rd July - St Mary the Virgin - Lakenheath - HOSE - OTP

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

Thurs 16th July - Upminster Wine & Social Club - HOSE - PF

Tues 21st July - Benfleet U3A - HOSE - PF

 

September

Wed 2nd Sept - SASU - Colchester - HOSE - PF

Thurs 3rd Sept – Stanstead History Club – HOS – PF

Wed 9th Sept - Ware U3A - HOS - PF

Thurs 10th Sept - Wickham Mkt W.I. - HOSE - PF

Fri 11th Sept - Limebrook U3A - HOS - PF

Wed 16th Sept- Leigh Belfairs U3A - HOSE - PF

Fri 18th Sept - Glemsford W.I. - HOSE - PF

Mon 21st Sept - Sible Hedingham W.I. - HOS

Wed 23rd Sept - Needham Market Society - HOS - PF

Fri 25th Sept - Yaxley Village Hall - HOSE - OTP

Mon 28th Sept - Dalham and Gazeley W.I. - HOS - PF

 

October

Sat 3rd Oct - Melton Old Church - HOSE - OTP

Tues 6th Oct – Halstead U3A – HOS – PF

Thurs 8th Oct – Haverhill FHG – HOSE - PF

Fri 9th - West Hanningfield Church - HOS - PF

Fri 9th Oct – Bures Darby & Joan Club – HOSE – PF

Mon 12th Oct – Suffolk West NHS Retirement Fellowship – ELS – PF

Wed 14th Oct - Chelmsford NT - HOS - PF

Thurs 15th Oct - Bramford Local History - HOS - PF

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

Thurs 22nd Oct - Beacon Wine Circle (evening) - HOS - PF

Fri 23rd Oct - Carleton Rode Hist Group - HOSE - PF

 

November

Wed 4th Nov - Broadway Belles W.I. - Leigh-on-Sea - HOSE - PF

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

Wed 11th Nov - Writtle Evening W.I. - HOSE - PF

Sat 14th Nov - Royal Harwich YC - ADS - PF

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

 

December

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

Mon 7th Dec - Blackbourne U3A - HOS - PF

Wed 9th Dec - Fobbing Ladies Lunch Club - HOS - PF

Tues 15th Dec - Bury St Edmunds U3A - HOSE-2 - PF

Thurs 28th Jan - Warley U3A - HOSE

 



2021

January

Thurs 28th Jan - Warley U3A - HOSE

Tues 19th Jan - Upminster U3A - HOSE-2

 

February

Tues 9th Feb - Maulden W.I. (Beds) - HOSE - PF

Wed 10th Feb - Havering U3A - HOS - PF

Wed 17th Feb - Redbourne U3A - Herts - HOSE - PF

 

March

Wed 10th Mar - Felixstowe FHS & Museum – HOSE-2 – PF

Sat 13th March - Brockley Village Hall - OTP

 

April

Thurs 15th April – Old Buckenham W.I – HOSE – PF

 

May

Thurs 13th May 2021 - Stanford-le-Hope U3A - HOS - PF

Mon 23rd May - East Suffolk U3A - HOS - PF

Thurs 27th May - Watton U3A - HOS - PF

 

June

Tues 15th June - Waltham Forest U3A - HOS - PF

 

2022

July

Tues 19th July - St Neot's U3A - HOSE - PF

Mon 25th July - Hutton U3A - ELC - 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