2019/20 Programme

2019/20 Winter Dinner Series

The Society invites members and guests to a monthly dinner with guest speaker at the Imperial Hotel between October and April.
Dinners cost £23 per person and commence at 7:30pm. Drinks will be available in the bar beforehand.
Details of after dinner talks are as follows:
From Trafalgar to the Falklands: talk to TDMS by Nicci Pugh

Thursday 17th October 2019

From Trafalgar To The Falklands
A History of International Hospital Ships

Nicci Pugh

After training as a nurse in Exeter and St George’s, Nicci joined the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service and was selected to serve on board HM Hospital Ship Uganda as a Senior Nursing Officer during the Falklands War.
Following her experiences Nicci now works as a voluntary ambassador for The South Atlantic Medal Association (www.sama82.org.uk).
In this talk, Nicci explores the history and use of hospital ships to aid casualties of major conflicts including the Napoleonic, Crimean and the Falklands Wars.
Marc Wicks MBE speaker at Torquay Medsoc

Thursday 21st November 2019

From Zoo Keeper to Commando Leader

Marc Wicks MBE

Born and educated in Torquay, and following early experiences as a zoo keeper, Marc served in the Royal Marines for 32yrs.
He achieved the most senior position as an enlisted man - that of the Royal Marines Commando, Corps Regimental Sergeant Major.
He served with the USMC Officer Candidate School as their Physical Training Advisor and is a qualified Remedial Instructor/Sports Therapist.
He headed up a team looking after those injured in Commando Training and getting them fit again to pass the Commando tests.
The only UK Warrant Officer ever to be selected by the NATO HQ Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation to be his Command Sergeant Major, Marc was awarded the MBE for Services to Defence.
Napoleon on St Helena: talk to TDMS by Kit Powers

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Napoleon on St Helena

Mr Kit Powers

Kit Power spent his working career in an international consultancy and top level recruitment company. He has a keen interest in both history and sailing - particularly to the more out-of-the-way places.
A visit to St Helena in 2017 sparked his interest in the details of what happened on the island during the six years of Napoleon's exile there.
There has been a long running debate over the cause of Napoleon's death, usually involving the traces of arsenic found in surviving samples of his hair, but almost certainly this is a red herring.
Join us to find out what really happened...!
From Glamour to Gore: Talk to TDMS by Sharon Anniss

Thursday 27th February 2020

From Glamour to Gore - the Life of a Make-up Artist

Sharon Anniss

Sharon is a professional hair & make-up artist who covers all aspects of hair & make-up including for film, TV and photography.
20 years ago, Sharon followed a lifelong ambition to work in TV & film, deciding to train as a professional make-up artist. She now has a successful career in that industry.
In 2015 and 2016 Sharon worked for the BBC on its drama series "The Coroner" which was filmed all around the South Hams area.
The Rowing Marine: talk to TDMS by Lee Spencer

Thursday 19th March 2020

The Rowing Marine

Lee Spencer

Lee joined the Royal Marine Commandos in 1992. Following operational tours of Northern Ireland and Iraq, he qualified for special duties and undertook 3 tours of Afghanistan, often working in an undercover and covert role.
In 2014, Lee lost his right leg below the knee whilst providing assistance at a road traffic accident. Lee utilised his military training to save his own life by instructing a passer-by to apply a tourniquet. He was awarded the High Chief Constables award for his selfless actions on that night.
In 2015, Lee was one of a crew of four amputees who first rowed across the Atlantic and into the Guinness World Record books.
In January 2019, Lee set off from Portimao, Portugal to row solo and unsupported from mainland Europe to mainland South America. 60 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes later he rowed into Cayenne, French Guiana to become the first physically disabled person to do so. He also smashed the able bodied record by an astonishing 36 days!
As The Rowing Marine, Lee has raised money for The Royal Marines Charity and the Endeavour Fund.
A natural and engaging speaker, Lee’s incredible personal story will captivate and inspire.

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Title to be confirmed

Talk by the Winner of the 2019 TDMS Award