John Owen Smith – Wordsmith & Speaker

for Odes, Articles, Assignments and other ancillary issues . . .

As well as producing works about local history on page and on stage, I also –
give talks, run courses, organise festivals, write articles, do desk-top publishing,
take commissions for commemorative odes, and try to remember to feed the cat!

Contact me for details — List of Speaking engagementsReviews & RecommendationsMy CVNext Engagement


Talks:–

Open air too:– See photo at Waggoners Wells of my 'walk & talk' given to the Friends of Ludshott Common in 2003, and the Sir Robert Hunter Trail on Hindhead Common.

For rates and other details, contact me


List of Speaking Engagements — 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017

1998

Jan 14 - Headley WI - Flora Thompson

Jan 21 - Petersfield Writing Group - Self-publishing

Jan 27 - Haslemere Writers Circle - Self-publishing

Feb 9 - Grayshott Primary School - Grayshott history

Feb 10 - Passfield WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 12 - Petersfield Ladies Lunch Group - Flora Thompson

Mar 10 - Ludshott Manor Residential Home - Flora Thompson

Mar 25 - Grayswood WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 28 - Methodist Group, Liphook - Flora Thompson

Apr 29 - Headley Brownies - Local History

Jun 27 - Winchester Writers Conference - Self-publishing

Jun 30 - Beacon Hill Heather Club - Flora Thompson

Jul 9 - Society of Women Writers and Journalists - Self-publishing

Sep10 - Liphook Civil Service - Flora Thompson

Sep 19 - Grayshott & Hindhead Literary Festival - Flora Thompson

Oct 8 - Medstead WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 19 - Winchester & District TUC - Swing Riots

1999

Jan 6 - Woolmer Forest Archaeological & Historical Society - Flora Thompson

Jan 11 - Lindford WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 2 - Grayshott Primary School - Flora Thompson

Feb 11 - Friends of Curtis Museum, Alton - Flora Thompson

Feb 16 - Grayshott Hall - Local History

Feb 19 - Jubilee (over 60s) Club, Whitehill - Flora Thompson

Mar 2 - Medstead Players - Script-writing

Mar 4 - WordWrights, Titchfield - Writing

Mar 25 - Liss Area Historical Society - Local history

Jun 15 - Ludshott Manor - Local History

Sep 1 - Farnham Social & Wine Circle - Page to Stage

Oct 6 - Whitehill & Blackmoor WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 7 - The Headley Society - Paper making

Nov 18 - West Surrey Group of the AOUG - Flora Thompson

2000

Feb 1 - Swarraton & Northington WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 2 - Sherfield on Loddon WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 3 - Wield WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 8 - Lovedene WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 10 - Odiham WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 23 - Petersfield Villages Group of WIs - Flora Thompson

Mar 20 - Hyden WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 19 - Halterworth WI - Flora Thompson

May 23 - Weyford Junior School, Bordon - Local history

May 24 - Basingstoke Branch, Hampshire Genealogical Society - Swing Riots

Jul 19 - Stakes WI - Flora Thompson

Sep 6 - Crookham Village WI - Page to stage

Sep 19 - Chilbolton WI - Flora Thompson

Sep 21 - Hammer Vale WI - Flora Thompson

Sep 26 - Headley Down Residents Assoc - Local history

Oct 12 - Lockswood WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 17 - Solent Writers Circle - Writing

Oct 19 - Wallington WI - Flora Thompson

Nov 8 - Haslemere U3A - Local history

Nov 25 - Standford, Passfield & Hollywater Society - Flora Thompson

Nov 28 - Tower Road Hindhead, Men's Luncheon Club - Local History

Nov 30 - Liss Area Historical Society - Swing Riots

2001

Jan 10 - Petersfield Area Historical Society - Local history

Jan 15 - Bitterne Branch, Hampshire Genealogical Society - Swing Riots

Jan 16 - Haslemere WI - Flora Thompson

Jan 16 - Bepton WI, Midhurst - Flora Thompson

Jan 17 - Liphook WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 7 - Sherfield on Loddon WI - Swing Riots

Feb 12 - Alton Branch, Hampshire Genealogical Society - Local history

Feb 13 - Grayshott Primary School - Local authors

Feb 15 - Holybourne WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 16 - Basingstoke Ladies Probus Club - Flora Thompson

Feb 20 - St Luke's Women's Group, Grayshott - Flora Thompson

Feb 21 - Locks Heath WI - Flora Thompson

Mar 5 - Sherborne St John WI - Flora Thompson

Mar 7 - Balcombe WI - Flora Thompson

Mar 14 - Gosport Branch, Hampshire Genealogical Society - Swing Riots

Mar 28 - Horsham over-60s - Flora Thompson

Apr 4 - Haslemere Stroke Club - 'Hindhead is Safe'

May 10 - Holmbury St Mary WI - Flora Thompson

May 11 - Barton-on-Sea Branch, Hampshire Genealogical Society - Flora Thompson

May 16 - Headley Residents Association - Local History

Jun 7 - Betchworth WI - Flora Thompson

Jun 12 - Shere, Gomshall and Peaslake Local History Society - Flora Thompson

Jun 14 - River Park WI, Winchester - Flora Thompson

Jul 12 - St John's Hook Heath, Woking WI - Swing Riots

Jul 17 - Durrington WI - Flora Thompson

Sep 15/16 - Grayshott & Hindhead Literary Festival

Sep 26 - Basingstoke Branch, Hampshire Genealogical Society - Flora Thompson

Sep 27 - Kingscote WI, East Grinstead - Flora Thompson

Oct 11 - Long Sutton WI - Swing Riots

Oct 18 - Hammer Vale WI - Local History

Oct 25 - Arford WI - Flora Thompson

Dec 14 - West Surrey FHS - Flora Thompson

2002

Jan 9 - Martin & Damerham WI - Flora Thompson

Jan 15 - Haslemere WI - Page to Stage

Jan 16 - Bordon & Whitehill Gardening Club - Swing riots

Feb 4 - Grayshott Primary School - Publishing

Feb 6 - Haslemere House & Garden Society - Local History

Feb 7 - Wield WI - Swing riots

Feb 18 - Bitterne [Southampton] HGS - Flora Thompson

Feb 19 - Liphook U3A history group - Local history

Mar 9 - Haslemere Natural History Group - Flora Thompson

Mar 13 - Solent Guild of Woodcarvers & Sculptors - Craft of Papermaking

Mar 14 - Long Sutton WI - Flora Thompson

Mar 20 - Basingstoke Ladies' Probus Club - Swing riots

Apr 23 - St John's Good Companions, Woking - Swing riots

Apr 29 - Liss Winemakers - A Balance of Trust

May 2 - The Headley Society - Swing riots

May 14 - Fleet U3A - Swing riots

May 15 - Surrey Staff Retirement Association, Farnham Branch - Flora Thompson

May 22 - Haslemere Stroke Club - Flora Thompson

Jun 10 - Liphook U3A - Flora Thompson

Jun 11 - Overton WI - Flora Thompson

Jun 20 - Yateley Society - Flora Thompson

Jul 9 - Churt WI - Flora Thompson

Jul 10 - Sidlesham WI (near Selsey) - Flora Thompson

Jul 11 - Fleet & Farnborough HGS - Flora Thompson

Jul 16 - Alton TWG - Swing Riots

Sep 19 - Sarisbury Green WI - Swing riots

Oct 9 - Gosport HGS - Flora Thompson

Oct 15 - Brookwood WI - Swing riots

Oct 17 - Holybourne WI - Swing riots

Nov 13 - Harrow Way over-55s Club, Basingstoke - Swing riots

Nov 13 - Surrey Heath Local History Club - Flora Thompson

Nov 18 - Hook Local History Group - Swing riots

Nov 20 - Grayshott Wine Circle - Canadians in WW2

Dec 3 - Elstead WI - Local History

2003

Jan 14 - Liphook U3A, local history group - Swing riots

Jan 20 - Woking over-50s Friendship Club - Swing riots

Jan 21 - Lavant WI - Flora Thompson

Jan 23 - Bramshott & Liphook Preservation Society - Swing riots

Feb 3 - North Hants Centre of NT Members - Flora Thompson

Feb 5 - Whitehill & Blackmoor WI - Swing riots

Feb 10 - Grayshott Primary School - 'In the Past'

Feb 11 - (am) Grayshott WI - Swing riots
Feb 11 - (pm) Churt WI - Swing riots
Feb 11 - (eve) Stroud WI, near Petersfield - Page to Stage

Feb 12 - Hale WI, near Farnham - Swing riots

Feb 25 - Alton WI - Swing riots

Mar 11 - Busbridge WI, Godalming - Swing riots

Mar 19 - Surrey Staff Retirement Assoc - Swing riots

Mar 25 - Liphook Ramblers - Flora Thompson

Apr 9 - Mengeham WI, Hayling Island - Flora Thompson

May 6 - Churt Retirement Club - Swing riots

May 8 - Ash Vale Camera Club - Local History

May 9 - Barton-on-Sea Branch, Hampshire Genealogical Society - Swing riots

May 15 - Family History Group, Liphook U3A - Local Genealogy

May 21 - (pm) Surrey Staff Retirement Association, Camberley - Swing riots
May 21 - (eve) Bordon & Whitehill Gardening Club - Flora Thompson

Jul 16 - Liphook WI - Swing riots

Jul 18 - Whitehill Jubilee Club - Swing riots

Jul 23 - Winton Probus Club - Swing riots

Jul 25 - West Surrey FHS (AGM) - Swing riots

Aug 6 - Liss Friendly Social Club - Flora Thompson

Aug 31 - Friends of Ludshott & Passfield Commons - Historical Walk on Ludshott Common, the East End

Sep 2 - Headley Wives - Flora Thompson

Sep 4 - Kingsley WI - Swing riots

Sep 8- Lindford WI - Page to Stage

Sep 9 - NHS Retirement, Farnham - Local history

Sep 10 - (pm) Selsey WI - Flora Thompson
Sep 10 - (eve) Shalden WI - Swing riots

Sep 16 - Haslemere & District Round Table - Swing riots

Sep 17 - Alresford Historical & Literary Society - Flora Thompson

Sep 18 - Meonstoke, Corhampton & Exton WI - Flora Thompson

Sep 19 - Alton U3A - Flora Thompson

Oct 30 - Farnham & District Museum Society - Swing riots

Nov 18 - Alton Townswomen's Guild - Flora Thompson

Nov 22 - WEA Havant (day school) - Flora Thompson

2004

Jan 12 - Beacon Hill WI - Swing riots

Mar 4 - Church Crookham WI - Page to Stage

Mar 8 - Alton Branch, Hampshire Genealogical Society - Local History

Apr 5 - Bordon Library - WW2 memories for the BBC website

Apr 6 - Grayshott Arthritis Care - Flora Thompson

Apr 13 - Liphook U3A - Hindhead murder

Apr 15 - Millbridge WI, Frensham - Swing riots

Apr 19 - Locks Heath Wives - Flora Thompson

Apr 21 - Havant library - WW2 memories for the BBC website

Apr 27 - Farnborough U3A - Swing riots

May 4 - Petersfield Civil Service Retirement Fellowship - Swing riots

May 6 - West Surrey FHS, Dorking - Flora Thompson

May 10 - Chineham library - WW2 memories for the BBC website

May 11 (am) - Tadley library - WW2 memories for the BBC website
May 11 (pm) - Basingstoke library - WW2 memories for the BBC website

May 12 (am) - Ash U3A Family History Group - Bringing Your Words to Book
May 12 (eve) - Froyle Ladies Group - Swing riots

May 13 (am) - South Ham library - WW2 memories for the BBC website
May 13 (pm) - Kingsclere library - WW2 memoirs for the BBC website

May 14 - Waterlooville library - WW2 memories for the BBC website

May 25 - Allen Gallery, Alton - WW2 memories for the BBC website

May 27 - Eastleigh Museum - WW2 memories for the BBC website

Jun 9 - Willis Museum, Basingstoke - WW2 memories for the BBC website

Jun 10 - Havant Museum - WW2 memories for the BBC website

Jun 14 - Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham - WW2 memories for the BBC website

Jun 15 (pm) - Midhurst U3A - History of Hindhead
Jun 15 (eve) - Alice Holt WI, Rowledge - Swing riots

Jun 16 - Gosport Museum - WW2 memories for the BBC website

Jun 17 - Andover Museum - WW2 memories for the BBC website

Jun 18 - Red House Museum, Christchurch - WW2 memories for the BBC website

Jun 24 - St Barbe Museum, Lymington - WW2 memories for the BBC website

Aug 19 - Cliddesden WI - Flora Thompson

Aug 25 - Winton Probus Club - Flora Thompson

Sep 7 - Chipstead WI - Flora Thompson

Sep 10 - Grayshott Hall - Local History (first of an occasional series)

Sep 17 - Alton U3A - Swing riots

Sep 28 - Sherfield English WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 20 - Ashtead ARP/50 - Flora Thompson

Nov 11 - Friends of Curtis Museum, Alton - Swing riots

Nov 19 - WEA Havant - Swing riots

Nov 25 - Basingstoke Probus Club - Swing riots

2005

Jan 10 - Farnham U3A - Flora Thompson

Jan 11 - Grayshott WI - Flora Thompson

Jan 28 - Surrey FHS, Farnham - Flora Thompson

Feb 3 - The Headley Society - Flora Thompson

Feb 12 - Haslemere Natural History Society - Swing Riots

Feb 23 - Shottermill WI - Page to Stage

Mar 9 - Harrow Way over-55s Club, Basingstoke - Flora Thompson

Apr 9 - Sussex Family History Group AGM - Swing Riots

Apr 12 - North Emsworth WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 26 - The Binsted Society - Swing Riots

Apr 28 - Chiddingfold Ladies - Flora Thompson

May 9 - Petersfield U3A - Swing Riots

May 17 - Aldershot Manor TWG - Swing Riots

May 18 - Alresford Historical & Literary Society - Swing Riots

May 24 - Woodlands Hall, Headley Down - WW2 memories for the BBC website

Jun 23 - South Ham library, Basingstoke - local history project

Jun 28 - Surrey FHS, Walton - 'Bringing your words to book'

Jun 29 - Harrow Way over-55s Club, Basingstoke - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Jul 19 - Midhurst U3A - Flora Thompson

Sep 20 - Yapton & Ford WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 10 - Haslemere U3A - Flora Thompson

Oct 12 - Cove & Farnborough WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 14 - Milford U3A - Swing Riots

Oct 18 - Ewhurst History Society - Flora Thompson

Nov 3 - Crofton Ladies Luncheon Club, Alverstoke - Flora Thompson

Nov 8 - Farnham TWG - Flora Thompson

Nov 9 - Bordon library - Introduction to Headley

Nov 12 - Haslemere Natural History Society - Hindhead Common & The National Trust

Dec 21 - Godalming Local History Society - Hindhead Common & The National Trust

2006

Jan 16 - Lindford WI - Swing Riots

Jan 23 - Probus Club of Deane - Swing Riots

Feb 7 - Hangers Archaeological Society - Swing Riots

Feb 9 - Fleet & Farnborough HGS - Swing Riots

Feb 23 - Basingstoke Probus Club - Hindhead Common & The National Trust

Mar 1 - Wrecclesham WI - Page to Stage

Mar 2 - The Headley Society - Illustrated talk on Headley

Mar 21 - Worldhams WI - Flora Thompson

Mar 28 - Petersfield South Downs Probus Club - Swing Riots

Apr 11 - Frensham & Dockenfield Historical Society - Swing Riots

Apr 27 - Women's Royal British Legion, Headley - Hindhead Common & The National Trust

May 15 - Petersfield Library - Flora Thompson

Jun 15 - Hillingdon Family History Society - Flora Thompson

Jun 21 - Salisbury Branch, Wilts FHS - Swing Riots

Jun 25 - Rural Life Centre, Tilford (Women's Day) - Flora Thompson

Jul 19 - Surrey Staff Retirement Association, Camberley - Flora Thompson

Jul 28 - West Surrey FHS, Farnham - 'Bringing your words to book'

Sep 12 - Liphook U3A Local History Group - Hindhead Common & The National Trust

Sep 27 - Waterlooville U3A - Flora Thompson

Oct 4 - Hawley WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 12 - Andover HGS - Swing Riots

Oct 17 - Alice Holt WI - Flora Thompson

Nov 15 - Winchester HGS - Flora Thompson

Dec 19 - Alton U3A - Local History

2007

Jan 8 - Farnham U3A - Swing Riots

Feb 1 - The Headley Society - Canadians in WW2

Feb 5 - Portsmouth HGS - Flora Thompson

Feb 13 - Mottisfont & Dunbridge WI - Swing Riots

Feb 22 - Basingstoke Probus Club - Flora Thompson

Mar 13 - Portsmouth Branch, The Historical Association - Swing Riots

Mar 28 - Sussex Family History Group, Chichester - Swing Riots

Apr 5 - The Headley Society - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Apr 18 - Gosport Society - Flora Thompson

Jun 7 - Ramsdell Ladies Club - Swing Riots

Jun 11 - Lindford WI - Papermaking

Jun 26 - Hundred of Portsdown Local History Group - Swing Riots

Jul 5 - Woolmer Hill School, Haslemere - Papermaking

Jul 6-9 & 13/14 - Directing Flora's Peverel in east Hampshire/west Surrey

Jul 10 - Yateley TWG - Flora Thompson

Jul 24 - Alton WI - Flora Thompson

Sep 4 - Swarraton & Northington WI - Swing Riots

Sep 11 - West Surrey FHS, Guildford - 'Bringing you words to book'

Sep 17- Haslemere U3A local history section - Hindhead and local history

Sep 19 - West Surrey FHS, Camberley - 'Bringing you words to book'

Sep 21 - Fleet & Crookham Local History Group - Swing Riots

Sep 26 - Sussex Family History Group, Crawley - Swing Riots

Oct 11 - Fareham HGS - Swing Riots

Oct 16 - Midhurst U3A - Swing Riots

Oct 17 - Bourne WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 24 - Farthingfield Sheltered Housing, Headley - Headley history

Nov 15 - Alton Ramblers - Swing Riots

2008

Jan 8 - Farnham TWG - Swing Riots

Jan 16 - Haslemere Luncheon Club - Swing Riots

Jan 17 - Hammer Vale WI - Swing Riots

Feb 12 - Fair Oak HGS - Flora Thompson

Feb 19 - Alice Holt WI - Local history

Mar 12 - Haslemere U3A Literature Group - Flora Thompson

Mar 20 - Yateley Society - Flora Thompson

Apr 3 - Bramshott & Liphook Preservation Society - The Peverel Papers

Apr 7 - Lindford Parish Council - Flora Thompson

Apr 16 - Yateley WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 18 - Holy Cross Hospital, Haslemere - Local history

Apr 21 - Hook Local History Group - Flora Thompson

Jul 10 - Denmead Probus - Swing Riots

Jun 11 - Old Basing TWG - Flora Thompson

Jun 16 - Surbiton Hill Methodist Church Network Fellowship - Flora Thompson

Jun 24 - Alton Hard of Hearing - Swing Riots

Jul 3 - Elstead WI - Flora Thompson

Jul 14 - Bramshott WI - Flora Thompson

Jul 17 - Holy Cross Hospital, Haslemere - Local history

Jul 21 - Woolmer Hill School - Papermaking

Jul 21 - Fleet Rotary Club - Swing Riots

Jul 25 - Holy Cross Hospital, Haslemere - More Local history

Aug 12 - Southampton Society for the Blind - Flora Thompson

Aug 14 - Medstead WI - Swing Riots

Aug 19 - Alton TWG - Flora Thompson

Sep 4 - Frimley Green TWG - Swing Riots

Sep 26 - Basingstoke Ladies Probus - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Oct 1 - Burghclere WI - Swing Riots

Oct 14 - Friends of Basing House - Flora Thompson

Oct 17 - Ringwood Group WIs - Flora Thompson

Nov 1 - West Surrey FHS Family History Fair & Open Day - Stall

Nov 7 - The Odiham Society - Flora Thompson

Nov 12 - Farnham Ladies Club - Flora Thompson

Nov 19 - Fleet U3A - Flora Thompson

2009

Jan 14 - (pm) Haslemere Stroke Club - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'
Jan 14 - (eve) Shalden WI - FloraThompson

Feb 19 - Farncombe WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 26 - Farnham & District Museum Society - Flora Thompson

Mar 3 - Basingstoke Evening WI - Flora Thompson

Mar 10 - (pm) Froxfield over-60s - Page to Stage
Mar 10 - (eve) Fair Oak HGS - Self-Publishing

Mar 12 - (pm) Horndean Library - Flora Thompson
Mar 12 - (eve) Rotary Club of Hart - Flora Thompson

Apr 2 - Four Marks WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 6 - Lindford Parish Council AGM - Local History

Apr 14 - (pm) Chidham WI - Flora Thompson
Apr 14 - (eve) Christmas Pie Normandy WI - Flora Thompson

May 6 - Probus Club of Ewell - Flora Thompson

May 7 - Liphook U3A - Historical walk

May 14 - Farnborough Clockhouse TWG - Flora Thompson

Jun 10 - Old Basing U3A - Swing Riots

Jun 16 - Worldhams WI - Swing Riots

Jun 23 - Petersfield Library - Flora Thompson

Jun 24 - Basingstoke HGS - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Jul 1 - Lee-on-Solent Library (twice) - Flora Thompson

Jul 8 - Brambleton Women's Fellowship, Farnham - Flora Thompson

Jul 9 - Hyde & Frogham WI - Flora Thompson

Jul 14 - Godalming TWG - Flora Thompson

Jul 21 - Haslemere WI - Swing Riots

Jul 27-31 - Murder Mystery week in Bordon

Aug 20 - Millbridge WI - Flora Thompson

Aug 26 - Sussex Family History Group, Chichester - Flora Thompson

Sep 16 - Hatch Grange WI - Flora Thompson

Sep 24 - Titchfield U3A - Flora Thompson

Oct 7 - (lunch) Three Counties Lunch Club, Haslemere - Flora Thompson
Oct 7 - (eve) Crookham Village WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 12 - Fugelmere Probus - Swing Riots

Oct 13 - NHS Retirement, Farnham - Flora Thompson

Oct 14 - Farringdon WI - Swing Riots

Oct 15 - Bidbury Mead WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 21 - Bramdean & Hinton WI - Swing Riots

Oct 22 - Willow Court Social Club, Alton - Swing Riots

Oct 31 - WSFHS Family History Fair & Open Day - stall

Nov 5 - Fareham Town WI - Flora Thompson

Nov 10 - Haslemere Tangent Club - Swing Riots

Nov 12 - Andover HGS - Self-Publishing

Nov 18 - Ash U3A - Swing Riots

Nov 19 - West Middx FHS - Flora Thompson

Nov 20 - St Francis Ladies Lunch - Local History

Nov 23 - Walk from Headley to Selborne - Swing Riots

Nov 24 - NHS Retirement, Camberley - Flora Thompson

Nov 27 - Alton Probus - Swing Riots

Dec 3 - The Thursday Club, Rustington - Flora Thompson

2010

Jan 7 - Four Marks WI - Page to Stage - CANCELLED due to snow

Jan 18 - Woolmer Forest U3A - Flora Thompson

Jan 21 - Stroud WI - Flora Thompson

Jan 22 - Basingstoke Ladies Probus - Flora Thompson

Jan 28 - Abbotts Ann WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 1 - Portsmouth Women's Club - Flora Thompson

Feb 4 - Upton Grey WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 9 - Busbridge WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 11 - Friends of Curtis Museum - Canadians in WW2

Feb 17 - Alresford Historical & Literary Society - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Feb 18 - All Saints' Wives Group, Fleet - Flora Thompson

Feb 24 - Basingstoke HGS - Canadians in WW2

Mar 2 - Selborne WI - Flora Thompson

Mar 4 - Guildford Homemakers - Flora Thompson

Mar 9 - West Chiltington Theatre & Arts Club - Flora Thompson

Apr 1 - The Headley Society - Introduction to Headley

Apr 21 - West Surrey FHS, Camberley - Flora Thompson

Apr 22 - Westhampnett WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 28 - Compton & Shawford WI - Flora Thompson

May 12 - Brambleton Women's Fellowship - Swing Riots

May 26 - Ascot Ladies Group - Flora Thompson

Jun 3 - Otterbourne WI - Flora Thompson

Jun 8 - Horndean WI - Flora Thompson

Jun 14 - Alton HGS - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Jun 16 - Overton U3A - Flora Thompson

Jun 23 - Fishbourne WI - Flora Thompson

Jul 13 - Onslow Village Residents Assoc - Swing Riots

Jul 21 - Liphook WI - Local History

Aug 19 - Millbridge WI - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Aug 29 - 2.30pm - Dramatic walk over Hindhead Common - organised by the National Trust

Sep 16 - Southsea EUW Group - Flora Thompson

Sep 17 - Alton U3A - Swing Riots

Oct 2 - Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Soc - Flora Thompson & Headley history

Oct 12 - Froxfield over-60s - Flora Thompson

Oct 20 - Everton & Lymore WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 25 - Kempshott WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 29 - Probus Club of Fleet - Swing Riots

Nov 1 - Probus Club of Havant - Flora Thompson

Nov 2 - Sherborne St John Fellowship - Flora Thompson

Nov 12 - Milford & District U3A - Flora Thompson

Nov 13 - Surrey Care Trust - Flora Thompson

2011

Jan 5 - Whitehill & Blackmoor WI - Page to Stage

Jan 13 - Odiham WI - Swing Riots

Jan 18 - Midhurst U3A - Flora Thompson

Jan 25 - Camberley Civil Service Retirement Fellowship - Flora Thompson

Feb 2 - (pm) Godalming WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 2 - (eve) Woolmer Forest Heritage Society - Canadians in WW2

Feb 3 - Farnborough Morning TWG - Flora Thompson

Feb 9 - Solent U3A - Swing Riots

Feb 16 - Liphook over-60s - Flora Thompson

Feb 17 - Botley WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 19 - Family Line Surrey - Flora Thompson

Feb 21 - Bramshott & Liphook Preservation Society - 'Hindhead is Safe'

Feb 22 - Petersfield Tangent Club - Flora Thompson

Feb 23 - Aldershot over-50s - Flora Thompson

Mar 3 - Four Marks WI - Page to Stage

Mar 7 - Farncombe Wives Group - Flora Thompson

Mar 9 - Grayswood WI - Swing Riots

Mar 19 - Richmond Association for the National Trust - Flora Thompson

Apr 1 - Horndean U3A - Swing Riots

Apr 6 - Bosham WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 7 - Rustington Thursday Club - 'Hindhead is Safe'

Apr 8 - Godalming Inner Wheel - Flora Thompson

Apr 11 - Twyford WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 14 - Woking Area Surrey CC Staff Retirement Assoc - Flora Thompson

Apr 19 - Pirbright Evening WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 21 - Niton WI (IoW) - Flora Thompson

Apr 27 - Sussex Family History Group, Crawley - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

May 10 - Friends of Grayshott Archives - Flora Thompson

May 11 - Brambleton Women's Fellowship, Farnham - Hindhead

May 12 - North Waltham WI - Flora Thompson

Jun 9 - Odiham WI - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Jun 28 - Farnborough U3A - Flora Thompson

Jul 5 - Tuesday Focus, Weybourne - Flora Thompson

Jul 31 - Stall at Rustic Sunday, Rural Life Centre, Tilford - Papermaking

Aug 16 - CAMEO Club, Waterlooville - Flora Thompson

Aug 28 - Dramatic walk over Hindhead Common - organised by the National Trust - FREE! - from the NT Café at Hindhead, 2.30pm

Sep 19 - Fugelmere Ladies Probus - Swing Riots

Oct 5 - Gloucester Literary Lunch Club - Flora Thompson

Oct 10 - Alton HGS - Swing Riots

Oct 12 - Fairlands WI - Flora Thompson

Nov 5 - West Surrey FHS Fair & Open Day in Woking - bookstall

Nov 7 - Romsey HGS - Swing Riots

Nov 24 - Padnell Park WI - Flora Thompson

2012

Jan 10 - West Chiltington Theatre & Arts Club - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Jan 25 - Hayling Island Horticultural Society - Flora Thompson

Jan 26 - Abbotts Ann WI - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Feb 2 - Woking URC - Flora Thompson

Feb 8 - Gosport Branch, Hampshire Genealogical Society - Swing Riots

Feb 9 - Crawley Probus - Swing Riots

Feb 22 - The Somborne and District Society - Flora Thompson

Feb 23 - Liss Area Historical Society - Flora Thompson

Mar 1 - Woking Cameo - Flora Thompson

Mar 5 - Probus Club of Havant - Swing Riots

Mar 8 - National Trust, Uppark - Flora Thompson

Mar 12 - The Selborne Association - Swing Riots

Apr 4 - Sherfield on Loddon WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 4 - Crookham Village WI - Swing Riots

Apr 17 - Fleet Civil Service Retirement Fellowship - Flora Thompson

Apr 18 - Long Ditton Garden Club - Flora Thompson

Apr 23 - Kempshott WI - Papermaking

Apr 26 - Allen Gallery, Alton - Flora Thompson

May 16 - Friends of Aldershot Military Museum - Canadians in WW2

Jun 6 - Alresford WI - Flora Thompson

Jun 7 - Portsmouth and Southsea Ladies Tangent Club - Flora Thompson

Jun 16 - Leading a 'Conan Doyle' walk at Hindhead, 9.30am

Jul 5 - Horsell afternoon WI - Flora Thompson

Jul 14 - Stall at Blackmoor Apples

Jul 19 - Hayling Island U3A - Swing Riots

Jul 24 - Alton Hard of Hearing Group - Flora Thompson

Jul 29 - Rustic Sunday - Rural Life Centre, Tilford - Bookstall & papermaking

Aug 9 - Woking Area Surrey CC Staff Retirement Assoc - Swing Riots

Aug 14 - Stall at 'Meet the Authors' - Selsey

Sep 4 - Headley Wives - Local History

Sep 11 - Liphook U3A Local History Group - Flora Thompson

Sep 15 - Stall at Headley Fete

Oct 3 - Woolmer Forest Heritage Society - 'Hindhead is Safe'

Oct 31 - Liphook Library - Flora Thompson - open to public, ring 01428 725706 to book place

Nov 1 - Woking URC - Swing Riots

Nov 3 - Stall at WSFHS Family History Fair, Woking Leisure Centre

Nov 13 - Onslow Village Residents Assoc - Flora Thompson

Nov 16 - Denmead Village Association - Flora Thompson

Nov 23 - Three Counties NT, Haslemere - Flora Thompson

Nov 24 - Stall at Headley Village Hall

Nov 28 - Aldershot Heyday - Swing Riots

2013

Jan 10 - Bournemouth Literary Lunch Club - Flora Thompson

Jan 21 - Woking Friendship Club - Swing Riots - cancelled due to snow

Feb 7 - The Headley Society - Local History, the Rev WH Laverty

Feb 18 - Bramshott Place Village Luncheon Club - Flora Thompson

Feb 21 - Stakes WI - Flora Thompson

Feb 26 - Hailsham U3A - Flora Thompson

Feb 27 - Aldershot Hist & Arch Soc - Flora Thompson

Mar 13 - Petersfield Area Historical Society - Flora Thompson

Mar 14 - Fleet & Farnborough HGS - Flora Thompson

Apr 5 - Chandlers Ford Civil Service Retirement Fellowship - Flora Thompson

Apr 9 - West Chiltington Theatre & Arts Club - Swing Riots

Apr 11 - Friends of Curtis Museum, Alton - Local History, the Rev WH Laverty

Apr 12 - Milford and District U3A - 'Hindhead is Safe'

May 19 - Dramatic walk across Hindhead Common (in association with the National Trust)

May 26 - Dramatic walk round Waggoners Wells (in association with the National Trust)

Jun 5 - Weald & Downland Museum, Singleton - Flora Thompson

Jun 14-16 & 21-23 - The Broomsquire, a drama

Jul 2 - Tuesday Focus , Weybourne - Swing Riots

Jul 5 - Horndean U3A - Flora Thompson

Jul 9 - Bransgore Probus Club - Swing Riots

Jul 28 - Rustic Sunday at the Rural Life Cenre, Tilford - book stall and demonstrating paper making by hand

Sep 20 - Fleet & Crookham Local History Group - Flora Thompson

Sep 29 - Dramatic walk across Hindhead Common (in association with the National Trust)

Oct 9 - Sussex Family History Group, Brighton & Hove - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Oct 10 - Headley Voluntary Care - Local history

Nov 6 - Haslemere Museum - Sir Robert Hunter, founder of The National Trust - on the centenary of his death - see poster

Nov 13 - Boxgrove WI - Flora Thompson

Nov 20 - Liphook WI - Canadians in WW2

2014

Jan 14 - Liphook U3A - Canadians in WW2

Jan 21 - Acorns, Guildford - Flora Thompson

Feb 17 - Woking Friendship Club - Swing Riots

Feb 19 - Southbourne Literary Society - Flora Thompson

Feb 26 - Liphook over-60s - Canadians in WW2

Feb 27 - Fernhurst Society - Flora Thompson

Mar 6 - Cowplain WI - Swing Riots

Mar 12 - Anton U3A, Andover - Flora Thompson

Apr 1 - Grayshott Tea Club - Flora Thompson

Apr 11 - PUBLIC TALK at Headley Village Hall - Swing Riots & 'Parcel of Gold for Edith' [all welcome, entry £5 on the door]

Apr 14 - Alton HGS - Local History, the Rev WH Laverty

Apr 16 - Denmead Evening WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 23 - Fernhurst 'Good Companions' - Swing Riots

Jun 4 - Whitehill & Blackmoor WI - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Jun 10 - Bransgore Probus Club - Flora Thompson

Jun 11 - Petersfield WI - Swing Riots [this was a milestone - my 200th talk to a WI]

Jun 13 - Liphook U3A 'Strollers' - 11am Walk round Waggoners Wells

Jun 18 - West Surrey FHS, Camberley - Canadians in WW2

Jun 24 - Alton WI - 'Hindhead is Safe'

Jul 2 - Burghclere WI - Flora Thompson

Jul 27 - Stall at "Rustic Sunday", Rural Life Centre, Tilford

Sep 13 - Stall at Headley Village Fete

Sep 17 - Southbourne Literary Society - Swing Riots & 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Oct 13 - Bramshott WI - Swing Riots

Oct 14 - West Surrey FHS, Farnham - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Oct 20 - Bramshott Place Village Luncheon Club - Swing Riots

Oct 20 - Rogate Society - Canadians in WW2

Oct 24 - PUBLIC TALK at Headley Village Hall - in the 'Historic Headley' series of talks [all welcome, entry £5 on the door]

Oct 28 - Wonersh U3A - Flora Thompson

Nov 1 - Stall at WSFHS Family History Fair, Woking Leisure Centre

Nov 5 - Haslemere Wives - Flora Thompson

Nov 6 - Harting Society - 'Hindhead is Safe'

Nov 10 - Farnham U3A - Canadians in WW2

Nov 14- The Haslemere Society - Canadians in WW2

Nov 29 - Stall at Headley Xmas Fair - Headley Village Hall

2015

Jan 7 - Three Counties Luncheon Club, Haslemere - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Feb 9- Fugelmere & Fleet Probus - Flora Thompson

Feb 11 - Royal Aldershot Club - Flora Thompson

Feb 18 - Liphook over-60s - Swing Riots

Mar 9 - Probus Club of Deane - Flora Thompson

Mar 10 - Hamble Valley U3A, Hedge End - Flora Thompson

Mar 11 - Aldershot WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 8 - Grayswood WI - Flora Thompson

Apr 10 - PUBLIC TALK at Headley Village Hall - third in the 'Historic Headley' series of talks [all welcome, entry £5 on the door] - WW1 & WW2 in Headley

Apr 14 - Surrey Staff Retirement Association, Camberley - Canadians in WW2

May 5 - Grayshott Tea Club - Swing Riots

May 5 - Grayshott Archives - Local History, the Rev WH Laverty

May 26 - Fleet U3A History Section - Flora Thompson

Jun 17 - Weyfayre Social Club, Andover - Flora Thompson

Jun 18 - Ardingly Evening WI - Flora Thompson

Jun 25 - Hampshire Record Office, Winchester - lunchtime talk - Flora Thompson

Jul 8 - Gosport HGS - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Jul 14 - NHS Retirement, Farnham - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Jul 14 - Crookham Wives - Swing Riots

Jul 21 - Basingstoke Discovery Centre - Flora Thompson

Jul 26 - Stall at "Rustic Sunday", Rural Life Centre, Tilford

Oct 13 - NHS Retirement, Farnham - Swing Riots

Oct 14 - Chawton WI - Flora Thompson

Oct 31 - Stall at WSFHS Family History Fair, Woking Leisure Centre

Nov 4 - Guildford WSFHS - Writing up your family history

Nov 9 - Alton HGS - Canadians in WW2

Nov 12 - Friends of Curtis Museum, Alton - Images of Headley

Nov 28 - Stall at Headley Xmas Fair - Headley Village Hall

Dec 15 - East Meon Historical Society - Flora Thompson

2016

Jan 11 - Bramshott WI - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Jan 25 - Alton NHS Retirement Fellowship - Swing Riots

Feb 2 - Farnborough Ladies Night - Flora Thompson

Feb 9 - Liphook U3A - Swing Riots

Feb 17 - Liphook Over-60s - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Feb 18 - Rogate Thursday Club - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Mar 10 - Hartley Wintney WI - Flora Thompson

Mar 16 - Tadley & District Hist Soc - Flora Thompson

Mar 17 - Kingsclere Heritage Association - Flora Thompson

Apr 14 - Bournemouth Literary Lunch Club - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

May 13 - Fourth 'Historic Headley' evening at Headley Village Hall [all welcome, entry £5 on the door]
public meeting which includes my talk on Flora Thompson

Jun 8 - Pulborough Society - Swing Riots

Jun 14 - Onslow Village Residents' Association - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Jun 15 - Four Marks Evening WI - Swing Riots

Jul 8, 9, 10 & 15, 16 - Touring with 'Lark Rise' - see details

Jul 27 - Stubbington & Hill Head WI - Flora Thompson

Jul 31 - Rural Life Centre, Tilford - stall at Rustic Sunday

Aug 9 - Yateley TWG - Swing Riots

Sep 17 - Headley Village Fete - I had a stall

Sep 26 - Alton NHS Retirement Fellowship - Flora Thompson

Oct 4 - Southsea Morning WI - Flora Thompson

Nov 2 - Basingstoke Civil Service Retirement Fellowship - Swing Riots

Nov 5 - West Surrey Family History Society - stall at annual fair, Woking Leisure Centre

Nov 18 - Fleet & Crookham Local History Group - 'Bringing Local History to Life'

Nov 21 - Woolmer Forest U3A - Swing Riots

Nov 26 - Stall at Headley Christmas Fair, in Headley Village Hall

2017

Jan 19 - Liphook U3A Family History Group - Local History, the Rev WH Laverty

Feb 7 - Farnborough Ladies Night - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Apr 6 - Bramshaw WI - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Apr 11 - Liphook U3A Local History Group - 'Hindhead is Safe'

Apr 22 - Hampshire Field Club, Spring Symposium at Hampshire Record Office - Flora Thompson

May 9 - West Surrey FHS, Farnham - 'Bringing Local History to Life'

May 17 - Guildford Institute (afternoon) - Flora Thompson

May 17 - Alresford Historical & Literary Society (evening) - Flora Thompson

Jun 6 - Horsham U3A - Walking tour of Grayshott

Jul 6 - Four Marks Putting Club - Swing Riots

Jul 10 - Derriford House, Fleet - Swing Riots

July 14, 15, 16 & 21, 22 - Riot! on tour - Swing Riots - see photos of the show

Aug 15 - Derriford House, Fleet - Flora Thompson

Aug 30 - Sussex Family History Group, Chichester - Swing Riots

Sep 16 - Stall at "Here's Headley", in Headley Village Hall

Sep 29 - Alton Probus - Flora Thompson

Sep 30 - 2.30pm: Dramatic Hindhead Walk

Oct 18 - Liss Area Historical Society - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

NEXT=>Nov 4 - Stall at West Surrey Family History Society annual fair, Woking Leisure Centre

Nov 14 - Frensham & Dockenfield History Group - Canadians in WW2

Nov 25 - Stall at Headley Christmas Fair, in Headley Village Hall

Dec 12 - The Arts Society, Grayshott (ex GDFAS) - Flora Thompson

2018

Apr 17 - Reeves Compton WI - Flora Thompson

May 1 - Tuesday Focus, Weybourne - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Jul 19 - Cliddesden WI - Swing Riots

Jul 24 - Alton WI - 'Parcel of Gold for Edith'

Dec 12 - Liss Area Historical Society - 'Papermaking'

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Reviews & Recommendations

Speaker adept at bringing history to life – Alice Holt WI was pleased to welcome back John Owen Smith as the speaker as he had greatly entertained members with two previous talks…

What a superb evening! We all enjoyed hearing your research into the background of Flora's travels and to be given it by a Local Historian, Family Historian and an Actor, such a combination. [West Surrey FHS, Farnham branch]

Members of Passfield and District WI felt that John Owen Smith was one of the best speakers they had ever had.

Jo Smith, one of last year's popular speakers, gave a lively talk on the Selborne and Headley Workhouse Riots of 1830. [Churt WI]

I should like to thank you for giving us such an entertaining talk – [the Workhouse Riots] was a subject on which I suspect few of us had much knowledge and your way of portraying the events really brought it to life, particularly the excerpts from the radio play. [The Worldhams WI]

Mr Smith enthralled his audience with a talk called 'On the Trail of Flora Thompson, beyond Candleford Green'. He spoke of his recently-published book of the same name and the research he had undertaken to trace the people mentioned by Flora in her books.

Being a local celebrity, and knowing the places where Flora had lived and worked, made the talk all the more interesting.

Jo Smith has carried out an amazing amount of research into Flora Thompson's life and his enthusiasm for the subject came through to us all. [Headley Wives' Group]

Mr Smith has personally published Heatherley and other works, and the audience showed a good deal of interest in his publishing techniques. Do we have a lot of budding authors in our midst? [West Surrey FHS, Guildford branch]

Thank you for such an interesting talk … like Oliver Twist, we would all have liked more. [Surrey Heath Local History Club]

Jo Smith visited us to give his excellent talk 'Flora Thompson, beyond Candleford Green'.… If your group hasn't booked him yet, I recommend you should do so; you will be in for a treat! [Hampshire Genealogical Society, Fleet & Farnborough branch]

I looked at the October programme and was not too impressed: 'Flora Thompson in East Hampshire' by John Smith. Who in the world was Flora Thompson? Well, John Smith soon told us. John is such an accomplished speaker and with so much enthusiasm for his subject that we began to wonder why we had never heard of this wonderful writer called Flora Thompson. [Hampshire Genealogy Society, Gosport branch]

Jo Smith gave an interesting talk for May's meeting on 'The Selborne & Headley Workhouse Riots' which occurred in November 1830. He brought his talk alive by the use of taped recordings so that you felt you were actually listening to the events as they happened. The story behind the riots was explained together with the resulting consequences, which included transportation to Australia for the principal characters involved. 170 years after the event it brought home the conditions that our ancestors suffered. A most enjoyable evening and lecture. [Hampshire Genealogy Society, New Milton & Christchurch branch]

Thank you so much for speaking to our Society … you are so enthusiastic and refreshing. Also you speak so clearly that our older and slighly deaf members cannot have had any problems. It was a fascinating talk and you had better be prepared for a request to give another at some stage. [Alresford Historical & Literary Society]

('Hindhead is Safe') It was fascinating, and I think you may have gleaned how interested your audience was by their questions and anecdotes. We really did enjoy it very much, so this is a thank you from all of us. [Haslemere Natural History Society]

The presentation (Swing Riots) as a mix of play and talk was most unusual. The different characters in different dialects also came over very well, making what could have been a dull subject very interesting. Your enthusiasm and interest in your research kept us all very attentive. [The Hundred of Portsdown Local History Group]

The noteless, faultless talk (Flora Thompson) was impressive – we wish more speakers were like you! I felt the questions could have gone on far longer and that you would always have known the answer. [Midhurst U3A]

I suspect that I have no need to tell you that your talk ('What Flora did next') last Saturday was a great success, as you will have witnessed this from the numbers who came to hear you and the interest shown during and after your talk.   However, from meetings around the town, I have since picked up lots of very positive feedback during the last few days and it is clear that the talk was much enjoyed. [Peter Sturge, Family Line Surrey]

Thank you so much for the very interesting talk (Flora Thompson) which you gave to the Somborne Society. I knew from the questions the members asked that they had greatly enjoyed your talk. I thought you would like to know that I received nothing but favourable comments when I met members afterwards. They were all impressed with your enthusiasm for your subject. [Somborne & District Society]

Thank you so very much for a quite outstanding talk yesterday (Selborne & Headley Riots of 1830). Our members clearly enjoyed it, and we all learnt a great deal. [The Selborne Association]

Jo Smith's in-depth knowledge of the subject (Flora Thompson) was impressive. His informal delivery put us all at ease and resulted in a lively question and answer session after the talk. [Mari Wallace, Liphook Community Magazine]

Thank you on behalf of all our members for your most enjoyable talk on Flora Thompson. [Bournemouth Literary Luncheon Club]

I was impressed by your knowledge and fascinated to learn about Flora's life, her books and her connections to the local area. It was particularly good to see how you engaged with the audience and how well your readings gave insight into the subject. [Hampshire Genealogical Society, Fleet & Farnborough branch]

I was thanked by many people who enjoyed your talk (Hindhead is Safe!) [Milford and District U3A]

Thank you for your most interesting & informative talk on Flora Thompson. Not only was the background information fascinating but you opened up so many unknown aspects of her life and achievements. [Fleet & Crookham Local History Group]

A presentation with a difference? When it happens, it's a celebration. So, there were were on Thursday finding ourselves shaken awake by an absolutely audible speaker whose academic qualifications were expected but whose wit and talents as a detective were something of a revelation as it turned out. (Flora Thompson) [Kingsclere Heritage Association]

On behalf of the Tadley History Society I would like to thank you for an interesting and enlightening talk last Wednesday. From the number of visitors attending the meeting it would seem there is quite an interest in Flora Thompson. The fact that there were no slides to look at but the audience were still rivetted to the information forthcoming is a pointer to your charisma as a speaker. [Tadley History Society]

Thank you for a fascinating talk on 'Bringing Local History to Life'. You clearly struck a chord with many of our members; hopefully it will encourage some to take part in our project to record people's memories of Fleet. [Fleet & Crookham Local History Group]

We were pleased to welcome back John Owen Smith, local historian, playwright, author and publsher. He gave us an entertaining account of how he first became involved with local history… [West Surrey FHS, Farnham branch]


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