What a fascinating pair of talks we had in April. Steve Bowles came on the 7th and gave a really good talk on how he became blind, and how he ‘recovered his life’ once he got a guide dog. He brought along his current dog, which was immaculately behaved, and explained how you have to be matched to the dog, and how he has to be trained to voice. This can take upto six months. Living in Worksop, Steve said his dog can take him to over twenty places in town, just by audible command, and that is just after having him for twelve months.
Our second speaker of the month was John Millin. He gave a talk based around his upbringing in Glasgow, and his father’s exploits with Lord Lovat’s Number 4 Army Commando. He told us many anecdotes incuding why his father became known as the ‘Mad Piper of Normandy’.
He was asked by Lord Lovat to put himself into great personal danger, by piping the commandos ashore at Normandy, and he marched with the Commandos and Lord Lovat to Pegasus Bridge, to relieve Johnny Howard’s, parachutists. Following his exploits, the French put up a statue to his father Bill Millin, in Normandy.
We meet every other Friday morning at Westhill Community Centre, in Ordsall at 10.00. There is a web site, please have a look and see our programme of speakers. If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail our secretary Dennis Beevers at, firstname.lastname@example.org and he will give you more details.