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  • Wed

    Cathy Shelbourne – William Dampier, circumnavigator extraordinaire

    7 for 7:30Wychwood Golf Club

    Cathy will be speaking to us about William Dampier, ‘circumnavigator extraordinaire’.
    Described by Coleridge as ‘a man of exquisite mind,’ William Dampier’s enquiring nature took him round the world three times, resulting in the highly influential travel book A New Voyage Around The World, and scientific treatises and descriptions of natural history. His books inspired Charles Darwin, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe and Captain Cook – and they were required reading for Nelson’s officers. But he was also a highly successful pirate, as the Spanish knew to their cost.

    Cathy Shelbourne is a member of the Yachting Journalists’ Association, and writes on a range of subjects, specialising in maritime heroes. She is a long-standing member of Toastmasters International, has won numerous speech contests and regularly coaches clients in presentation skills. Her series of presentations on maritime heroes, given around the country and aboard cruise ships, look at the private person behind the name and the significance of their actions to our world today.

    A/B: Carvery
    V: Vegetarian Lasagne with Salad and Garlic Bread

    P: Selection of puddings
    C: Cheese and biscuits

    Followed by Coffee