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     The Great Plant-Hunters
Learn a little more about the men responsible for introducing many of our favourite garden plants.  Who was a spy?  Who was trampled to death by cattle? What trials and tribulations did they suffer? Which plants did they find?  Without slides.
     The Olympics, Ancient and Modern
Find out about the history of the Games.  Who won the tennis in 1896?  What did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and EF Benson have to do with the 1908 Games?  Get up to speed for 2012!  Without slides. Please also see my  guided visit to the London Olympic sites.
     Some Sussex Writers
Rudyard Kipling, AA Milne, Virginia Woolf, EF Benson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We are very lucky to have such a galaxy of stars who chose Sussex as their home.  Choose one or two and find out a little more about them.  Without slides.
     Chichester
Stroll among the back streets of this enchanting city.  Meet some of the people who lived here, patrol the walls and find out about “galletting.”  What is the history of the Market Cross?  Why is the Navy interested in the cathedral?  With slides.
      Brighton
The playground of the Prince Regent, Brighton’s history stretches back to mediaeval times.  Discover The Lanes, meet some of the intriguing people who lived here and admire the wonderful architecture.  With slides.
      Rochester
A stupendous castle keep and a cathedral designed by William the Conqueror’s architect are good for starters. Many of Dickens’ most famous characters lived here and their houses can still be seen. With slides.
      The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
What started as a possible hangover cure turned into a classy marriage market!  Queen Anne was a regular visitor but it was Beau Nash who ruled the roost.  The locals didn’t trust the accuracy of the church clock – so what did they do?  With slides.
      Arundel
Who would have thought that a respectable town like Arundel would have a red light district? Find out when modern Arundel started, about Queen Victoria’s visit, and who is a Mullet? Nothing to do with the haircut!   With slides.
      Rye
Stroll round this hilly little town and learn about the multitude of ghosts, a particularly revolting “alternative medicine”, French raids, the Cinque Port Federation, walled-up lovers and meet some well-loved writers. With slides.
      Guided Walks From The Comfort Of Your Chair
The most relaxing and “green” guided walk you will ever take- as well as the easiest!  Please choose one town from my list of guided walks.
      Sussex Scenes
Coast, countryside, castles and gardens. Revive old memories and discover new places with this gentle amble round our glorious county. With slides.
      The Greatest Treasure House in England?
The owners of Petworth House have been collectors of art treasures for over five hundred years.  Turner, Blake, Van Dyke, Lely and Reynolds, to name but a few painters.  Antique statues plus specially commissioned works grace the sculpture gallery.  But what about the people who lived here?  Who was the wizard Earl?  How did the 3rd Earl spend his time? This talk will educate and entertain you. With slides.

      Portsmouth Harbour and the Three Ships

Why did the Mary Rose sink?  What did the men in Nelson’s navy have for lunch? How much did a Second Class Boy earn on the Warrior? Find the answers to these and many other questions in the talk which also takes you through the history of this Royal dockyard. With slides.

      A History of Gardens in South East England

Two thousand years of gardening!  Delightful illustrations of some of the country’s most beautiful gardens plus stories about where some of our most popular plants came from and who collected them. Find out about the greatest garden designers and what inspired them. With slides.


      Families, Friends and Foreigners.

A light-hearted look at twenty years of running a bed and breakfast business. What it’s like sharing a home with total strangers, the extraordinary things that guests do and say plus the lowdown on tourist board inspectors!   No slides.


Talks
Whatever your area of interest, Frances can research, prepare and deliver a fascinating talk ofprofessional quality. A selection from her current portfolio are listed below.
If you’re interested in a talk on a subject not listed here, please contact Frances to discuss it.