Past Speakers

The programme for 2019 included :

Tuesday 15th January – Marie Whitfield from DeafBlind UK

Tuesday 19th Feb – Tracey Wainwright – Audio Description at the New Vic Theatre

Tuesday 19th March – Andy from the Royal Stoke Help Desk

Tuesday 16th April – Jason Shaw from Vision Aid Technologies

Tuesday 21st May – Tony Shore – Trading Standards

Tuesday 18th June – Tea for MD

Tuesday 23rd July – Summer coach trip. The Black Country Living Museum

Tuesday 17th September – Julie Edwards from the Macular Society. An update on the latest in research

Tuesday 15th October –  Dr Aidan Flynn talks to the group about his life

Tuesday 19th November – The Penkhull Ukelele Group.  Plus sherry and mince pies.

Tuesday 10th December – Christmas lunch at the North Stafford Hotel.

The programme for 2018 included :

Tuesday 16th January – Group AGM, and advice on Lasting Power of Attorney and Wills from Solicitor Margaret King.

Tuesday 20th Feb – A talk by Ian Wise, Low Vision Optometrist at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Tuesday 20th March – Sarah Harrop, Macular Society’s Volunteer Programme Manager takes us ‘Behind the Scenes at the Macular Society.

Tuesday 17th April – Chair-based exercise to the music of Helen Hyland.

Tuesday 15th May – The work of the Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes charity presented by Helen Bundy.

Tuesday 19th June – ‘Are You Averill?’ by Margaret Clarke.  A moving account of Margaret’s search to trace her birth parents.

Tuesday 17th July – Summer coach trip. A Day in Chester.

Tuesday 18th September – ‘The Jewel in the Crown’.  Group member Margaret Polding talks about her career working with diamond in Hatton Garden.

Tuesday 16th October – ‘Return of the Prodigal Son’.  Dr Aidan Flynn and his guide dog Lyle make a welcome return visit to the Potteries.

Tuesday 20th November – Desert Island Discs – Side 2.  More members choose their favourite piece of music.  >Plus sherry and mince pies.

Tuesday 11th December – Christmas lunch at the North Stafford Hotel.

The programme for 2017 included:

January 2017 ‘ – Laughter is the Best Medicine’ by poet and author Paul Fox.

February 2017 – Group AGM and ‘My Apprenticeship at Spode Pottery’ by group member Pauline Dawson.

Tuesday 21st March – Talk by Louise Kirkham, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Macular Degeneration at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Wednesday 5th April – Charity Night at Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre in aid of group funds. The classic play ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’.

Tuesday 18th April – ‘Cop to Cop’ by Eric Bailey. Eric describes an interesting circular tour from Mow Cop to Trentham and back.

Tuesday 16th May – Talk by Tessa Barrett, Macular Society’s Head of Service Delivery.

Tuesday 20th June – ‘Nutrition and Eye Health’ by Professor Christine Purslow, Head of Medical Affairs, Thea Pharmaceuticals Limited UK & Ireland.

Tuesday 18th July – Summer coach trip.

Tuesday 19th September – ‘Food, Glorious Food’ by Kath Reynolds.

Tuesday 17th October – Val Basford from Trading Standards helps us avoid being scammed.

Tuesday 21st November – ‘Tribute to George Formby’ by John Walley (plus sherry and mincepies).

Tuesday 12th December – Christmas lunch at the North Stafford Hotel.

The programme for 2016 included:

    January 2016   Group AGM and talk by Stuart George, BBC Radio Stoke Breakfast Show presenter.

    February 2016   ‘Nutrition and Eye Health’ by Professor Christine Purslow, optometrist and researcher from Thea Pharmaceuticals.

    March 2016   Talk by Dave Rushton, Engagement Officer for Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent.

    April 2016   ‘The Litter Bug’. Barbara Andrew speaks about her personal crusade against litter around the local area

    May 2016   Talk by Zdenek Valkoun-Walker from the Dorothy Clive Garden, Willoughbridge, Shropshire.

    June 2016   Amusing tales from Cliff Longshaw, local driving instructor.

    September 2016   ‘The Glass Half Full?’ by Jane Touil, Macular Society Trustee and Volunteer.

    October 2016   A talk by Andy Woods, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

    November 2016   Desert Island Discs. Members choose their favourite piece of music.

  • Christmas lunch at the North Staffs Hotel.

The programme for 2015 included:

  • A talk by Sharon Gater, Learning and Access Manager at the Wedgwood Museum
  • ‘A Million Miracles’ Eliminating Avoidable Blindness Worldwide by Colin Thompson for Sightsavers
  • ‘Chalkboard and Gymslips – Schooldays Remembered’ with Kath Reynolds
  • Charity Night at Stoke-on Trent Theatre in aid of the Macular Society
  • ‘The History of Perfume’ by Anita Murphy
  • The Importance of Regular Eye Tests by a local optometrist
  • ‘Volunteering for the Macular Society’ by Jon Rich, Volunteer Development Officer
  • Coach Trip – Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Talk by Danny Gleeson from Guide Dogs
  • ‘The Chocolate Tailor’. Jackie Roberts discusses the origins of chocolate with an opportunity for members to sample and purchase her wares.
  • ‘The Life and Times of a Busker’. Eric Newton with his clarinet (plus sherry and mince pies).
  • Christmas lunch at the North Staffs Hotel.

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