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Presentation Six: 'A Romany Lifestyle’

Well-known Guildford Historian David Rose has again joined forces with Geoff with this illustrated talk/presentation entitled ‘A Romany Lifestyle’.

A look into the past of gypsies, travellers and itinerant workers in the local area in days gone by.  The places they made their camps, the work they did harvesting on local farms and market gardens, hop picking and their ways and traditions. It features a host of vintage photographs from David’s collection and personal family details of the Baker family of which Geoff is a descendant.


Presentation Seven: ‘British Bygones’

British Railways transported so many things in the past; newspapers, coal, parcels,mail, pigeons, horses, cattle, milk and holiday specials all these things now sadly going by road.

During, this illustrated talk, David and I turn back the clock and describe how things were back in those days accompanied with photographs of railwayana and other pieces of social history that David and I have collected over the years.

Jacobs Well Gardening Club - Tuesday 11th June 7.30pm

Pirbright WI - Tuesday 21st January 2025

Woking Branch of Surrey History Group June 2025

Presentation Eight:‘Railway Accidents and Incidents’

Covers the accidents and incidents that occurred at Gomshall, Chilworth, Shalford, Guildford Tunnel, Guildford, Haslemere, Tongham and Woking between the years 1892 - 1978.  Detailed explanations of how these accidents occurred and how they could have been prevented.

Slough & Windsor Railway Society ‘The Manor’ Brunel Way, Slough, SL1 1LW on Friday 17th May 2024 at 7.45pm.

Contact Frank Taylor email: f52taylor@gmail.com for further information.


Following the success of Geoff's trilogy of ‘Rambling Railwayman’ books, the enterprising author has prepared a number of fully illustrated talks for presentation to railway clubs and other interested associations, each talk offering a fascinating insight into his varied railway career, and all accompanied by an exclusive selection of both B/W and colour photographs presented via an LCD projector onto a large screen. 
Geoff’s presentations provide both a snapshot in time back to BR steam days when he started out as an Engine Cleaner and Fireman at Guildford Motive Power Depot (70C) from 1961 to 1967.  This was followed by a move to more modern forms of traction as Secondman and Passed Secondman at Woking MT leading to his Driving days at Effingham Junction and Woking MT.
Geoff then went on to become a Senior Instructor at Waterloo South Side Training School and finally,Training Design Manager at South West Trains Operations Safety Training Centre at Basingstoke.
Presentation One: 'The Ramblings of a Railwayman'
During ‘The Ramblings of a Railwayman’ Geoff talks about his first interest in railways as a train spotter and as a 15 year old straight from school starting his career as an engine cleaner, working in the boilersmith’s shop and eventually becoming a top-link fireman based at Guildford Motive Power Depot. This gave him a privileged opportunity to work with a diverse group of drivers and locomotives until the final day of steam on the Southern Region, Sunday 9th July 1967. The illustrated talk can be adjusted to last between 60 - 90 minutes with a suitable comfort break in between.
Basingstoke & District Railway Society - Wote Street Club, Basingstoke RG21 7NG on Wednesday 22nd May 2024 at 7.45pm.
Contact Roger Smith - email: rogersmith935@virginmedia.com for further details.
Newbury & District Transport Group - Monday 15th July 2024  at 7.30pm
Contact David Canning - email: davidandmarioncanning@gmail.com for further details.
Probus Club of Guildford - Holiday Inn, Guildford on Friday 18th October 2024.
Contact Kim Walkling - email: kimwalkling@gmail.com for further details.
Presentation Two: 'Rambling Railwayman’s Recollections'
‘Rambling Railwayman’s Recollections’ follows on from when Geoff’s first talk left off when on Monday 10th July he transferred to Woking as a Secondman. Geoff continues with his stories following the path of his working life; passing his driver’s exam, appointment as Driver at Effingham Junction, driving days at Woking Mixed Traction depot to his appointment to become a Senior Instructor at Waterloo South Side Training School.
Following the privatisation of British Rail in 1994, a different career path ensued where Geoff initially became an I.T. trainer with Surrey Police but returned to the railway industry to become Training Design Manager with South West Trains.

Presentation Three: 'When the Railways came to Guildford'
Well-known Guildford Historian David Rose has joined forces with Geoff with this new illustrated talk/presentation entitled ‘When the Railways came to Guildford’ and covers the history of the railways coming to Guildford in 1845 and its impact on the town to the various forms of traction from steam to the diesels and electrics of present day. A tremendous selection of unseen photographs are included.

NEW for 2024
Presentation Four: 'Dave Salmon - ‘A Nostalgic View of Guildford' (Through the lens of Dave Salmon’s Camera)
Well-known Guildford Historian David Rose again has joined forces with Geoff with this illustrated talk/presentation entitled ‘A Nostalgic View of Guildford ’.
Dave Salmon took so many photographs during his life and this collection doesn’t disappoint. Again they depict snapshots in time where Dave had the presence of mind to capture not only the changing face of Guildford but the characters that socialised there.
Dave always carried a camera and would be seen at a variety of events; Guildford City football matches, presentations, carnivals, Pubs and Working Men’s Clubs.
Illustrated Talk Dates - 2024
NEW for 2024
Presentation Five: ‘Dave Salmon - ‘A Study in Steam’
Dave’s collection of photographs of steam locomotives is phenomenal. In this presentation, Geoff will show an excellent selection of photographs that Dave captured between 1961 and 1968 at Guildford, Woking and other areas of the Country that remained in steam operation following the end of steam on the Southern in July 1967.

Geoff also worked on most of the classes of locomotives shown during the illustrated presentation,  will give an  insight to what it was like to work on these magnificent locomotives.

Presentation Nine: ‘Worplesdon Past; People and Place’

Well-known Guildford Historian David Rose has again joined forces with Geoff with this new talk/presentation entitled ‘A Walk over Perry Hill’.
Starting on the A322 Worplesdon Road to the south of Perry Hill, the talk follows the road up over the hill and down the other side to Fox Corner.
The talk / presentation features vintage photos and 1960s 8mm film clips of buildings and people of that part of Worplesdon where Geoff has lived all of his life.
Many of the images have been rarely seen; some from Geoff’s collection and some from David’s collection.
Joining In! Men’s Group - Thursday 2nd or 9th May 2024 at St Clare’s Church, Park Barn Guildford at 2pm
Contact David Rose  - email:davidrosemedia@gmail.com for further information.