The Community Outreach Group

Since the Community Outreach Group began delivering talks to interested organisations in 2011, it has, to date, provided 269 talks to about 80 societies.

When we began, we imagined that we would be speaking only to district historical societies as we thought that other organisations wouldn’t be so interested in historical topics. The truth, happily, has proved to be very different. Among the groups to whom we’ve spoken, there have been 18 historical societies, with the others comprising associations such as Women’s Institutes, Mothers’ Unions, men’s societies, ladies’ groups and guilds, retirement fellowships, heritage societies, libraries, arts groups, Probus, Rotary, Soroptomist International, U3A, WEA, heritage groups, groups of disadvantaged people, and other social societies. All of this is very satisfying and proves that history is of interest to many sections of society.

The Community Outreach Group comprises 18 speakers: Peter Rees, Non Thomas, Bernard Lewis, Richard Lewis, Rhian Rees, Ray Savage, John Ashley, Anthea Symonds, Liz McSloy, Syd Howells, John Richards, Jeff Childs, Lynda Bryant, Bill Zajac, David Coley, Chris Jones-Jenkins, John Law, and Colin Wheldon James. Sadly, two former members of this group, Rosemary Crahart and Sid Kidwell, passed away in recent years, but both were notable in their endeavours. In fact, Rosemary was our very first Outreach speaker, paving the way for the very successful team that has followed her.

Between them, the Outreach speakers have a stock of almost 100 talks that include a variety of historical topics – local, national and international – within many historical periods: these talks are delivered in a friendly and informative manner. After their talks, the speakers are willing to answer questions and take part in discussions. The Outreach speakers don’t seek a fee, but in the event of an organisation wishing to offer a fee or a sum to offset the speaker’s expenses, it is the individual speaker’s choice whether to accept or not. Some of our speakers redirect the fee to Branch funds as the Historical Association is itself a charity.

If your organisation needs to book a speaker or requires further information regarding the Community Outreach Group, please contact or 07971 665594.

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Community Outreach:

Information, and some previous talks

Some recent talks