All Felixstowe meetings are held at

the Salvation Army Hall, at the junction of Ranelagh Road and Cobbold Road IP11 7EL

All talks start at 10.30 am the first Thursday of the month. Refreshments served following the meeting


Watch this space for changes in Speaker Meetings

Meetings from October 2023 - June 2024


June 6th 2024:- The 6 wives of Henery 8th by Tony Diamond





AGM at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre

Monday 10th June 2024 at 2pm. All welcome

 Volunteers for Committee needed


Friday 6th September 2024 Kesgrave 10.30am – 12.30pm
 Your opportunity to see what our groups will be offering for the coming year

Meetings From October 2024-June 2025

Meetings are Returning to Salvation Army Hall

Thursday, 3rd October 2024 - Livelihood Creation in Zambia – Paul Seymour -Country Co-ordinator for Zambia with Tools with a Mission (TWAM)

Paul Seymour has been the Zambia Country Coordinator for over 10 years and is responsible for dealing with applications, making offers of tools, collecting shipping payments and arranging (with the HQ TWAM staff) for the containers to be shipped to Zambia.  He has visited the country 5 times in the past 8 years and he even volunteers to help load the containers ready for shipment – a great way to keep fit!

Thursday, 7th November 2024- An Anatomy of Our Beloved NHS – Andrew J Baker

Once described as, 'the closest thing Britain has to a national religion', its place in the nation's heart was confirmed by Covid.  How does the NHS work; what does it cost; how did it cope; what continuing challenges does it face? Do others 'do health' differently?   Do we need to adjust?Andrew is a fluent, engaging and entertaining speaker who gives lectures and presentations to a range of audiences and is a regular and highly acclaimed cruise ship lecturer.  He is the author of a bestselling book on Contemporary British Politics and was Headmaster of an Essex Grammar School for over 22 years. He now works as a freelance lecturer.

Thursday, 2nd January 2025 – PENspiration and Mid-Life Metamorphoses- Virginia Betts

 Virginia’s talks about her creative journey towards becoming a published author, her relatively late- in-life career as a writer, her return to acting and directing, and also how she  left her teaching career to run a tutoring business as well. A mid-life metamorphosis to inspire. Virginia was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Condition and Irlens syndrome (visual processing) aged 45, and she works with many students who have ‘different’ learning needs. She loves to advocate for the neurodivergent and prove that a disability can become an ability with the right support. She writes a monthly column for Felixstowe Magazine App called PENspiration! which Virginia hopes inspires others that they can achieve their goals whatever their age or circumstance. Virginia is a tutor, writer and actor from Ipswich. She has had two books published: The Camera Obscure, a collection of supernatural and gothic noir tales, and Tourist to the Sun, a full collection of poetry. She has also had numerous stories and poems published in journals and magazines and performed on stage and BBC Radio. She now owns Results Tutoring, where she helps students to achieve 11 plus, GCSE and A level potential, specialising in neurodiverse learning.

Thursday, 6th February 2025- The Challenges of Working for UK Law Enforcement Overseas – Jim Jarvie

Liaising with overseas agencies to investigate international drug smuggling and securing evidence for the UK court cases. The challenges of living and working in Portugal and Brazil as a drug liaison officer seconded to the British Embassy Jim Jarvie has spent the majority of his forty- year career investigating and prosecuting organised crime groups involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and border crime. He worked on and managed front- line, surveillance, operational and intelligence teams for HM Customs and Excise and the UK Border Force. He was the first UK Drug Liaison Officer to be posted to the British Embassy, Lisbon covering mainland Portugal, Madeira and the Azores. In 1997 he was appointed on a four- year posting to Brazil as a Law Enforcement Liaison Officer. Based in the British Embassy he worked with Brazilian law enforcement agencies to identify drug shipments destined for the UK and Europe.

Thursday, 6th March 2025 – Writing With A Needle – Sara Impey

Sara Impey is an award –winning quilt artist from Essex, who specilaises in making quilted wall hangings featuring free motion machine- stitched text, which enables her to write with a needle on the textile surface. Sara writes her own content and subjects which include contemporary issues, sometimes with a dash of humour. Samples of her recent work will be shown, as Sara describes her sources of inspiration and explains the techniques she likes to use. She has exhibited her work in the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia and many European countries.  Sara’s work has also been included in several museum collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and she will talk about how this commisssion and others came about

Thursday, 3rd April 2025 – Laura Unlocked –Felixstowe Community Radio and Women in Arts and Music Festival (WAMfest) - Laura Locke

Laura Locke is a presenter for Felixstowe Radio, who is ever passionate about women’s  issues and arts. As a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Events and Tourism Management at The University of Suffolk, she worked with her students to create women’s events at the University and then decided to run women’s networking events in Felixstowe – Cocktails and Conversations. From that sprung the idea of an International Women’s Day Celebration of women in art and music of which WAMfest number 5 has again been a resounding success,

Thursday, 1st May 2025 – Felixstowe Coast Patrol and Rescue – Speaker Name TBC 

This is an independent lifeboat charity that was formed in 1987, based in Felixstowe and are a founding member of the National Independent Lifeboat Association (NILA). They have been saving lives and perfoming rescues amongst one of the busiest seaways in the UK,  working closely with HM Coastguard, Suffolk Constabulary, East of England Ambulance Service, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI  

Thursday, 5th June 2025 – The Trinity House Story – Karl Lumbers

Captain Karl Lumbers with his very extensive and varied Marine career, shares the fascinating history of Trinity House, of which the safety of shipping and the well-being of seafarers have been the prime concerns, since being incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514. Trinity House is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community with a statutory duty as a General Lighthouse Authority to deliver reliable, efficient and cost-effective aids to navigation service, for the benefit and safety of all mariners


AGM at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre

(Provisional Date )  9th June 2025 2pm All welcome

Volunteers needed for Committee


Advanced Notice of Open day 2025 at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre

(Provisional Date) 5th September 2025 10.30am - 12.30pm