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:
*Quiz Night will include buffet at £5 per person
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

Poverty, Pathology and Pills

Dr Felicity Thomas

Dr Felicity Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow on the Cultural Contexts of Health at the University of Exeter.
After working for several years in the international development sector, she pursued doctoral research on the impacts of HIV and AIDS on rural livelihoods and social support networks in southern Africa.
More recently, her work has focused on understanding and addressing the social and cultural factors that perpetuate health inequalities.
She is particularly interested in understanding how certain health 'conditions' become medicalised, and the ways that this inter-relates with poverty, disadvantage and health-related inequalities.
Dr Thomas is Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Culture and Health and works closely with the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
This meeting is sponsored by Torbay Hospital League of Friends.
Napoleon on St Helena: talk to TDMS by Kit Powers

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Napoleon on St Helena

Mr Kit Power

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...!
This meeting is sponsored by Torbay Medical Research Fund
From Glamour to Gore: Talk to TDMS by Sharon Anniss

Thursday 27th February 2020

From Glamour to Gore

The Life of a TV 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.
This is a joint meeting with Devon and Somerset Law Society
The Rowing Marine: talk to TDMS by Lee Spencer

Thursday 19th March 2020

The Rowing Marine

Lee Spencer

In view of the current coronavirus situation, it has been decided to cancel the March meeting of the Society.

Thursday 23rd April 2020

TDMS Quiz Night

In view of the current coronavirus situation, it has been decided to cancel the April meeting of the Society.
We will continue to monitor the situation and advice with a view to resuming our meetings when appropriate.