Category Archives: Talks

Mrs Christine Johnson 2nd July Bee Keeping

Driven by one of her chil­dren to have a hive, Christine finds her­self many years later with nearly 50 and has become thor­oughly absorbed in the work­ings of the bee. The ques­tions kept coming but Christine was Queen Bee for the morn­ing and coped with them all. She said we must look after our bees and plant more wild flowers for without the bees we would lose much of our food which they pol­lin­ate.

Mr Andrew Rafferty Monday 25th June. The History of the NHS.

In just one hour Andrew traced the his­tory of the National Health Service in a fac­tual but most amus­ing fash­ion. His many years of exper­i­ence as a trans­plant sur­geon have clearly given him a mar­vel­lous insight its work­ings. The fact that it now has more admin­is­trat­ors than patient beds is of con­cern to him and he believes should be of con­cern to us too.

Mr Neville Maggs 11th June. Adventures In the BT Global Round the World Challenge

Ironman, Marathon man, marmalade maker extraordin­aire and now sail­ing – it there any­thing this man won’t take on? Some quite superb pic­tures of his trip on the Boston to South America leg of the Global chal­lenge. A late taken place meant that he was not quite as pre­pared as he would have wished never having been on a boat before! As always Neville rose man­fully to the chal­lenge!

14th May Mr Pat McLaughlin Symbolism in South Yorkshire Faith Sites.

96252The sym­bols that adorn so many churches are paint­ing a story of the events of the Bible, much like a comic does today, because in the early days so many people could neither read nor write. The qual­ity of Pat’s pic­tures of the sym­bols in many churches in Yorkshire were only matched by his encyc­lo­paedic know­ledge and storytelling skills. The well-known symbol of the fish — ever-watchful with its unblink­ing eyes — was one of the most import­ant sym­bols of Christ to the early Christians. In Greek, the phrase, “Jesus Christ, Son of God Savior,” is “Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter.” The first let­ters of each of these Greek words, when put together, spell “ich­thys,” the Greek word for “fish”. The Christians’ choice of a cross as the symbol of our faith is really sur­pris­ing when one con­siders the horror with which cru­ci­fix­ion was regarded in the ancient world. So the next time you go in a church, look around at the sym­bols in the stained glass win­dows, the paint­ings, carvings and stone work for they tell their own story and have their own mean­ings. The web will help you unravel them!