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Wednesday 28 February: Bill Jorgenson - "Letting in the Light", the story of my Italian family history research  

After retiring from work at the end of 2019, Bill Jorgensen "suddenly" decided to write a book. He thought the story of his mother's Italian family so interesting it needed to be told for the younger generation. Bill had never ever anticipated writing a book! He had never been actively involved with genealogy! Over two years he found out how little of the story he actually knew. He found researching addictive and kept finding new paths to information. By the end he published a 300+ page book and organised a reunion attended by 160 family members.


6 March: Debbie Bainbridge - Old Ghost Road

Debbie talks about a 3-day mountain bike packing adventore on the Old Ghost Road 


13 March: Open Night


20 March: Hamish Campbell (Emeritus Scientist, GNS Science) - How did Chatham Island got its funny shape?

This talk will present an up-to-date understanding of the geological history of the Chathams as part of Eastern Zealandia and in so doing will explain the unusual shape of Chatham Island in particular. I will also touch on key aspects of the human history that have ‘shaped’ life in the Chathams as they are today.

Hamish Campbell is a retired Wellington-based palaeontologist and geologist, but is still actively involved in research as an Emeritus Scientist with GNS Science. His association with the Chatham Islands has been a ‘constant’ since he first went there with an Otago University archaeological project in 1975, spanning his entire career as a research scientist with the New Zealand Geological Survey and GNS Science (1978-2019). He has been leading geology field trips and tourist groups to the Chathams on an annual basis since 2002. Accordingly, he is ‘almost a Chatham Islander’…!


27 March 2024: Bharat Pancha - Mera Peak and Langtang in Nepal

In 2019 Bharat climbed 6,470m Mera Peak, one of Nepal’s most alluring trekking peaks, reached via a culturally stimulating journey through remote picturesque villages and forests. This year, on a trek to Langtang, Bharat and his party visited a village destroyed by the 2015 earthquake.


3 April    Jackie and Chris West on “Offa’s Dyke Walk”

At the start of September 2023 Jackie and Chris West walked the 285 km Offa's Dyke Path which roughly follows the Wales/ English border from Sedbury in the south to Prestatyn in the north. The start of their 16 day journey coincided with a 6 day heatwave followed by rain and cooler weather so come and find out how they coped.


The club is always interested to hear from anybody wanting to be considered as a Wednesday night guest speaker and is open to suggestions


If you have any suggestions for speakers, or would like to give a presentation yourself, please contact

Pamela at club night, or email details to