Bob Talking about Tricks of light and Colour
Some Comments on recent talks given by Bob
Thanks a lot for your talk on the formation of the RAF, today – very interesting and well worth listening to.
As discussed with you it would be great to have you back again
to give us another one of your talks.
Subject matter: You have a huge list which makes it difficult to choose as they all sound good. . How about ‘PINTS AND PUBS’ – do you think that would go down
Once again many thanks and look forward in hearing back from you
Just a quickie to thank you so much for coming to Morton last week. Law and Order ; another excellent talk!
Am really grateful to you - and shall no doubt see you again soon!
Morton local history group
Thank you for your interesting talk
on lady highwaymen this morning.
Ilkeston U3A History Group
Once again I would like to thank you for a great
afternoon last Monday. Your talk on "The Hearts of Oak" went down very well with everyone,
I think that "The end of the pier show" would make an interesting topic for next time.
Thank you for a most interesting
talk on TEA that you gave us today we will not look at a cuppa the same way again.
President Di and the ladies of the
Wollaton Dovecote Ladies Probus
Talk in the Pub in the Bread and Bitter -MAPPERLEYS BATTLES
Very interesting and Knowledgeable
More local history please very interesting
a very informative and inspired talk
Great to have a local history talk at the Bread and Bitter
Another brilliant, informative and humorous talk by Bob. He helps to bring history to life
A wonderful way to spend an evening- informative and knowledgeable
Very good as usual
Bob was on top form as always- a very enjoyable and informative evening
Very enjoyable very good
How pleased we were to find out about this event. Very interesting! We will certainly come again Well researched and super presentation skills
Can we have more of
these please Perhaps a walking history trail ?
I attended your talk last night at Bread and Bitter on Mapperleys Battles and enjoyed it very much.
I would like to attend your forthcoming class on Education and Entertainment (which in my opinion is a good description of last nights talk!) Please may I reserve a place.
Feedback today on Mapperleys Battles talk has been overwhelmingly positive and everyone loved it. Glad you enjoyed it and we'll definitely sort something
out for one later in the year
Bread And Bitter
Pub talk and
history Walk -Robin Hood and Little John Arnold -Old Village
Very good, pity about the weather which stopped us from completing the walk
Pity it rained
but enjoyed the talk instead. Very informative
Excellent and very interesting talk by Bob Massey
Hope for sunshine!
All very interesting, shame couldn't do walk due to weather
Excellent, its so important to learn about the history of the area where we live delivered with such confidence and knowledge
Very interesting and informative, a pity the weather forced us to cut the walk short would like to do it again.
Thanks a lot for your
talk on the formation of the RAF, today – very interesting and well worth listening to.
As discussed with you it would be great to have you back again to give us another one of your talks.
Subject matter: You have
a huge list which makes it difficult to choose as they all sound good. . How about ‘PINTS AND PUBS’ – do you think that would go down well?
Once again many thanks and look forward in hearing back from
On behalf of all our members, many thanks for your interesting and informative talk on Wednesday on Christmas traditions. You
certainly had done a lot of research and I think we all learned quite a few facts we did not know before.
Hopefully, we will be able to invite you back on a future occasion to do another
talk from your extensive list.
on behalf of the members I would like to thank you for giving us an insight into the fascinating world of the Victorian music hall. It was a very entertaining
and informative evening which was most enjoyable. It was amazing how the artists adapted their acts to suit the venue. We look forward to your next visit.
Once again many thanks
On behalf of all our members, many thanks for your interesting and informative talk on Wednesday on Christmas traditions. You certainly had done a lot of research
and I think we all learned quite a few facts we did not know before.
Hopefully, we will be able to invite you back on a future occasion to do another talk from your extensive list.
I am so sorry that I haven't been in touch to say thank you. It's been rather hectic!!
The staff and children at kilisick school really enjoyed the sessions on traditions of Christmas. Thank you.
Ms George Smith
On behalf of our Committee and Members, I am writing to thank you very much for the very
interesting and entertaining Talk you gave us last night.
The 83 Members were all interested up the Flu : the life of a Chimney Sweep and the boys they employed. Your talk, slides and videos certainly gave us a good idea of what
it was like.
We very much appreciate the time and effort that you have put in and thank you once again for giving us at the Horticultural Society your support in such an enjoyable way.
Yours sincerely, Den Jarrold (Dinnington
& District Horticultural Society)
Just to say “thank you” again for the Robins this evening. Really interesting talk including little light hearted interludes. Thoroughly entertaining!
Robins on Christmas Cards will now have a completely different meaning for myself and others. My husband and I had a Post Office from 2000-2004 in Belper but was closed down when the Post Office was restructured and moved into Supermarkets!
On behalf of the Guild I would like to wish you all the best for the future and there will be another invitation winging its way to you.
Gail Secretary Kingswood Guild
Just a very belated e mail to thank you very much for your recent talk to our members. I’m sorry
I was away on holiday and could not get to it, but I have heard very good reports about it. I have a copy of your talks list so doubtless you will be hearing from me again. Many thanks.
Rushcliffe Mens Probus Club
Good afternoon Bob,
Thank you once again for your very interesting talk on the Mary Celeste the other Monday evening. It was appreciated and enjoyed by all.
I would like to invite you to visit
us again and talk about “Heats of Oak”.
Ian Pearce TD
Mansfield Bellamy Branch
Many thanks for coming along to talk to our Club yesterday. The
History of Advertising on Film was a most interesting subject
Any chance of another booking with you?
Looking at your list of talks, there are almost too many to choose from!
You saw our audience – could I ask you for your
Melton Probus Club.
It was good to see you last week. I hope you enjoyed doing your talk Tricks of Light and
Colour on optical Illusions to our Open Meeting. I know our members enjoyed it as I have had a lot of positive feedback.
West Bridgford U3A
for your fascinating talk to Allestree Local Studies last week. We all enjoyed the talk and looking at all those interesting objects that you brought along.
on behalf of our members i would like to thank you for a very entertaining and fascinating evening explaining how we can be fooled by tricks of light and colour. The members all said how much they enjoyed your visit, and look forward to
future talks from you. I will contact you later in the year. Once again many thanks Yours faithfully
Mr P G Castell
Hope you are well? Time races by and
here we are chasing round once more for interesting Speakers for next year's programme, and you are always top of our list
We are crossing our fingers that you may still have a slot for January .We thought it would be good to start off the years with
a cheery note, and have chosen "Can you hear me mother" life and times of Sandy Powell, well known and enjoyed in our era. ,
Julia Hibbitt (Speakers's Sec for Lenton Local History Group.
A wee note to send you a BIG 'Thank you' for your visit to us yesterday and your presentation which was very much appreciated by our members. Thank you for not only making it an entertaining but also educational time for
us all, recapturing some strong positive memories but also tracing for us the changes in our culture which many fear is not necessarily as 'progressive' as it made out to be, by those who oversee them!!
Hope you had an easy trip home
and we send you our best wishes with our grateful thanks.
Just to say a thank you for your talk last
Thursday on Tricks of Light and Colour. I have had good reports from the members who found it very interesting.
sec 41 club southwell
I am writing to say thank you for your talk on the Music Hall on Tuesday. Speaking to our members afterwards, it was agreed that you were very entertaining and interesting.
I would like to invite you back next year. I have
looked through your list of subjects and find it very difficult to pick out something specific so maybe we can make a decision at a later date
Thank you for your usual entertaining and informative talk "up
Jill Haywood Oakwood Fellowship
Many thanks for your fascinating talk to Allestree Local Studies last week. We all enjoyed the talk and looking at all those interesting objects that you
on behalf of our members, i would like to thank you for a very entertaining and fascinating evening explaining how we can be fooled by light and colour. The members all said how much they enjoyed your visit, and look
forward to future talks from you. I will contact you later in the year. Once again many thanks
Mr P G Castell
A wee note to send you a BIG 'Thank you' for your visit to us yesterday and your presentation which was very much appreciated by our members. Thank you for not only making it an entertaining but also educational time for us all, recapturing some
strong positive memories but also tracing for us the changes in our culture which many fear is not necessarily as 'progressive' as it made out to be, by those who oversee them!!
Hope you had an easy trip home and we send you our best wishes with our grateful thanks.
Just a quick email to thank you for giving us your
Murder, Mystery and Mayhem talk today. It was packed with fascinating information and has certainly taught us to put things in context when looking back in time. The group thoroughly enjoyed the talk, and we all learned a lot. We look forward to hearing
more of your talks in the future.
Carlton & Gedling U3A Local History group
Thanks for coming to the Take a Breath group on Tuesday and you for
your particularly gruesome talk Murder Mystery and Mayhem. The members of the office were surprised to hear that there had been cannibalism in Nottingham too!
Respiratory Wellbeing Project Worker
Thank you so much for your talk Nottingham on Sea the story of Skegness last Tuesday. It was enjoyed by all those present!
I wondered if you'd now be able to give
us your talk 'Gone but not forgotten
East Bridgford Local History Group
Hello again Bob,
We enjoyed your talk Tricks of Light
so much earlier this year that we would like you to come and entertain us again if you are available, This time we are thinking of 'Stimulating the senses' as this sounds like something completely different.
Dear Mr Massey,
After your talk to our club last week, our secretary Jaqueline Churchill spoke to you about further talks. We all thoroughly enjoyed Are you sitting comfortably reminiscing
about programmes we watched in our "younger years".
Carole Brown Group Treasurer
Attenborough and Chilwell Women's Club
Dear Mr Massey
Many thanks, on behalf of the Nuthall and District History
Society, for once again agreeing to be our guest speaker this time on
the subject of “Nottingham by the Sea.
The topic has a fascinating ring to it and we are sure it will delight our audience.
Needless to say, we have thoroughly enjoyed your two previous visits.
We look forward to your talk and send you renewed thanks and good wishes.
SPENCER SPOONER, Chairman
of the Mansfield Bellamy Branch, I would like to thank you once again for your talk on Monday 8th May at Tuxford Court. We all found it very interesting as I am sure you appreciated the reaction on the night.
We would like to see you again next
year The topic we would like to hear is The Mary Celeste.
Mansfield Bellamy Branch
Hope you had a smooth journey back to Arnold after your presentation
to our U3A members in ForestTown .
Thank you SO much for the lively, engaging and really interesting facts you gave us in your talk Murder Mystery and Mayhem, about events and punishments from the past and it was good
that you were able to put them into the context of their day.
Several members spoke to me after the meeting to comment how much they had 'enjoyed' your talk (if you can say you 'enjoy' hearing about murder/punishment/photos of the dead!). They especially
appreciated those aspects that referred to areas of Nottinghamshire. I'm sure we all said to ourselves at some point during your delivery ...
'well....I never knew THAT'!
Again many thanks
ForestTown & District U3A
on behalf of the girls I thank you sincerely for Are you sitting comfortably, a most entertaining and informative evening. The sense of nostalgia
was a little to close for comfort. I will read through your programme and hope to see you again soon
Winshill ladies group
Thank you so much for your excellent talk on the
Titanic last Wednesday. I’m sure you could tell from the discussion how much the members appreciated it.
Thanks again and best wishes.
Ruddington and District Probus Club
Thanks for your enjoyable talk on the Wakes of Arnold , we all enjoyed it. It is a shame we are still a small group but from little acorns etc...
Rushcliffe Community & Voluntary Service,
Thank you for last night, we loved it.
Can we book you again for oct, poss 5th or 11th for a talk on Goose fair please?
for a great evening.
Beech court manager.
Hello again Bob,
We enjoyed your talk so much earlier this year that we would like you to come and entertain us again if you are available,
This time we are thinking of 'Stimulating the senses' as this sounds like something completely different.
After your last two talks on Music Hall and Variety at War
I would like to invite you back to Millbeck House to give our residents another one of your very interesting talks.
Jan (activities co-ordinator)
Yesterday I was at the Lowdham Book Festival and
listened to your talk and how enjoyable it was too. thanking for the interesting talk.
Good morning Mr Massey
Thank you for a very interesting talk to our group last night. Everyone enjoyed it. Would that all our speakers were so organised in their presentation and so knowledgeable and entertaining.
I hope your journey home wasn't too icy.
Regards Liz Smith
Bennington History Society
on behalf of our members I would like to thank you for sharing your research into the life
of Violet Jessop with us. Those I have spoken to have all said how much they enjoyed the presentation, she had an amazing life. I find the lives of people like that far more interesting than the usual historic figures. Once again many thanks
and we look forward to your return visit next year
P G Castell
Groby Village Society
on behalf of the ladies of Bingham WI I would like to thank you for an entertaining
afternoon of murder mystery and mayhem ,the gruesome facts make us realize how lucky we are to live in the 21st century especially as we are members of the fairer sex.
Thanks once again
Yes, we are after you once again!! It comes with being such an interesting and popular speaker!
Any hope that you might have a slot in
your busy schedule. We would love to hear your "Nottingham-on-Sea" the story of Skegness, where surely all of us over 21 have been many times!!
We haven't forgotten
we shall have the pleasure of your company next month! Kind regards,
Julia Hibbitt (for Lenton Local History Society)
Sorry I didn't get chance to speak to you this evening but thank you for one of the most enjoyable presentations I have attended for a long time!
Hilary and I were giggling at things we'd used as children and found your film clips - even those of 2.1 seconds - fascinating. It was brilliant! Thank you. And we reminisced about things as I drove home, too.
Again, thank you so very much for a most enjoyable evening of Victorian Optical Toys - and no doubt some went home thinking about what their ancestors did in any leisure time they got!
Thank you for a very enjoyable and interesting afternoon on Glenn Miller. As a keen dancer, I have
always loved the Big Band Sound.
Just a quick line to say thanks for
last night's absolutely fascinating presentation. Will be calling on you again when I prepare the next season.
Anyway thanks again Bob
Ilkeston Local History Group
Thank you so much for yesterday's talk - it was wonderful but the sell-out audience did demonstrate some of the drawbacks of our room!
of the comments about the content, presentation and delivery were very favourable and there was a lovely feeling in the room with people sharing their memories.
Wishing you all the best with future talks,
Principal Librarian Local Studies based at Mapperley Library
Libraries, Archives, Information and Learning
Nottinghamshire County Council
the Thoroton Society
The Christmas Lecture,
Photographs And Living Pictures: The Beginnings Of Cinema In Nottinghamshire. Bob Massey
Bob Massey has a great interest in matters theatrical and is an avid collector of early films. Bob was, therefore, very well qualified to introduce
the room full of members and guests to the joys of moving film at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
Bob explained that the earliest moving picture shows were given in mobile units owned and operated by the showmen who travelled
the country's fairgrounds with large shows and exhibitions. Moving film, known at that time as animated photographs, was initially a small part of the entertainment provided by such showmen as William Randall, Pat Collins, George Green, President Keen, William
Haggar, George Biddell, Jack Proctor and the Chipperfields, most of whom were millionaires from their show activities.
There was much more that Bob could have explained to us given more time so, perhaps, we shall invite him back at a future date. It
was fascinating to see such early movies, to learn about how they were shown by the showmen of the time and to learn that Goose Fair in Nottingham's Market Place was where they were first seen by the public in this country. Bob's talk was an excellent one
for our Christmas Lecture and greatly enjoyed by the 80 or so members present.
The discussion following your talk last Wednesday must have indicated how much it was appreciated by all those
present. Thank you so much for such an interesting presentation which everyone enjoyed very much.
Several members indicated that they would like to hear Part 2, so I shall be in touch to arrange a date before too long.
Thank you again and best
Ruddington and District Probus Club
When John Holloway of Aston on Trent History Society was looking for a speaker for their July meeting, I
immediately thought of Bob Massey from Arnold. Why? because Bob is a real film enthusiast and has built up a large collection of film about Arnold. Bob talked about the importance of archive film as a valuable historical record. He showed clips of film and
photographs from his vast collection of Arnold and how it has changed dramatically over the years –A good crowd turned up for the evening of history on film. Aston has a well attended series of meetings throughout the year. The original films have
now been deposited with the MACE archive for safe keeping and preservation.
Kay Ogilvie at MACE, Senior Curator Full Circle project
It’s Francine from NG Magazines. I passed your details onto Richard Bonington School about doing a little talk on the history of the site.
I just wanted to say THANK YOU Very much for doing that. My daughter is in that class
and found it very interesting.
(Sales | NG Magazines)
Dear Mr Massey
You gave a talk to the Awsworth & Cossall History Society in January on the Music Hall on Film
and we would like the second part.
Thank you very much for your interesting, informative talk on the History of Music Hall. The feedback from members was very positive
and I think your editing of material to include so much old film footage is commendable. It's obviously something about which you have a passion. I hope, on a future occasion we will be able to hear another of you talks.
Best Wishes from Ruth Hooper
(on behalf of Woodborough Ladies)
Dear Bob - I write with the sincere thanks of Chauntry Group members, who found your talk on the Luddites most interesting. What a pity you had to cut your talk
short, mainly due, I'm afraid, to the late arrivals of several members.. I do apologise on their behalf
Thank you again and all good wishes - Kirsty Adlard
from Morven at Cuckney Norton History Soc
many thanks for your talk on "Violet Jessop", it went down well with everybody
can you do 2 more dates
Talks we are looking at, if you can do two, are NOTTINGHAM ON SEA and HOUDINI HIGHWAYMAN.
for a very interesting talk and we hope to see you again
The Good Shepherd Friendship club
On behalf of the society I would like to thank you for such an interesting look at Skegness on Monday evening.
I think that we all learnt a lot of things about a place that we have all been to at some point in our lives! It was really interesting to look at some of the old photos.
I must apologise for not saying goodbye when you left as I did not see you go.
Please accept my apologies.
Lambley Historical Society
Hi Bob, On behalf of the Bleasby Historic Society, I wish to thank you , for a wonderful "rendition",
on Tues 27th OCT.
Once again MANY THANKS. Regards Bill Morris
Thank you for a very a very entertaining and informative afternoon.
very much for your most entertaining and enlightening talk on Tuesday. It was very well received.
With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
Burton Joyce Senior Citizens' Club
I really enjoyed your visit hope you can come again to teach me some thing else about history I don't know. I learnt that Arnold was so different to what it is now. Is it fun being a historian because that's what I'm going to be when I'm
pupil Arnbrook Primary Sch
I am working on our 2016/17 programme and wonder if you would be interested in giving us another of you talks please .
members thoroughly enjoyed you talk on the Home Brewery .
Kind regards .
Tony Wright ,
Nottingham City Probus
On behalf of Radcliffe on Trent U3A I would like to thank you for giving us your talk on 'nursery rhymes' on January 7th.It was such an eye opener and so interesting to hear the origin
and meaning of so many of our well loved nursery rhymes.Many members have said to me that it was such a surprise to hear the history and often quite a grizzly history of these rhymes.I'm sure that as parents and grandparents we will look with
new eyes on the rhymes we tell to and read to our children and grandchildren.
Again many thanks .
Sorry it's taken so long to write. I must say how much I enjoyed your Law & Order talk the other week at Bingham History Group. I found it very informative and it was quite a
surprise to realise that Nottingham was so much in the forefront of the Police Force.
Thank you so much, the talk was both interesting and informative and everone enjoyed it.
Hucknall Snr Forum
on behalf of Raveshead U3A may I thank you for entertaining us with your talk about the history of Skegness we all enjoyed it very
Secretary Hucknall Snr Forum
Sorry for not writing to you earlier but I have been away. Many of our members have said how much they enjoyed
your talk about the Goose Fair and I was hoping you may be able to return early next year with part 2 of the talk about the fair. Are you free on either January 19 or February 16?
I will look forward to hearing from you
Carlton & Gedling U3A