Events and Talks
Janet will talk on the Abbeyfield organisation and how Sir Nicholas Winton (after whom the Abbeyfield in Dedworth Road, Windsor is named) became involved.
Janet is General Manager and CEO, currently General Manager of The Abbeyfield Society an overarching position covering all the homes of the society.
Her career has varied, working both within the private and public sector. She held the position of Supervisor and Service manager at Scandinavian airlines systems.
Then obtaining skills and qualifications in training and counselling moved into the statutory sector working within Surrey County Council, involving the sectors with local community in developing new services. Moving into NHS as Health Promotion manager and then Associate Director within Surrey and Borders Mental Health Trust to enhance and develop services especially for carers.
Throughout Janet’s working life involving people and good customer services have been at the forefront, now also using her skills to promote the benefits of networking, corporate sponsorships and partnerships for the benefit of all involved is the next step.
Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE was a British banker and humanitarian who established an organisation to rescue children at risk from Nazi Germany. Born to German-Jewish parents who had emigrated to Britain at the beginning of the 20th century, Winton supervised the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II. Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. This operation was later known as the Czech Kindertransport (German for “children’s transport”).
His work went unnoticed by the world for nearly 50 years, until 1988 when he was invited to the BBC television programme That’s Life!, where he was reunited with several of the children he had saved. The British press celebrated him and dubbed him the “British Schindler“. In 2003, Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for “services to humanity, in saving Jewish children from Nazi Germany occupied Czechoslovakia”. On 28 October 2014, he was awarded the highest honour of the Czech Republic, the Order of the White Lion (1st class), by Czech President Miloš Zeman. He died in his sleep, in 2015, at the age of 106.
A History of The Beginnings of England
ZOOM Meeting Thursday 7th October 2021
D MARC MORRIS is a historian who specializes in the Middle Ages. He studied and taught at the universities of London and Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His other books include a bestselling history of the Norman Conquest and highly acclaimed biographies of King John and Edward I (A Great and Terrible King). He also presented the TV series Castle and wrote its accompanying book. He contributes regularly to other history programmes on radio and television and writes for numerous journals and magazines.
Marc Morris’ previous books A Great and Terrible King and The Norman Conquest have sold over 100,000 copies.
A History of The Beginnings of England
Sixteen hundred years ago Britain left the Roman Empire and swiftly fell into ruin. Grand cities and luxurious villas were deserted and left to crumble, and civil society collapsed into chaos. Into this violent and unstable world came foreign invaders from across the sea, and established themselves as its new masters.
The Anglo-Saxons traces the turbulent history of these people across the next six centuries. It explains how their earliest rulers fought relentlessly against each other for glory and supremacy, and then were almost destroyed by the onslaught of the vikings. It explores how they abandoned their old gods for Christianity, established hundreds of churches and created dazzlingly intricate works of art. It charts the revival of towns and trade, and the origins of a familiar landscape of shires, boroughs and bishoprics. It is a tale of famous figures like King Offa, Alfred the Great and Edward the Confessor, but also features a host of lesser known characters – ambitious queens, revolutionary saints, intolerant monks and grasping nobles. Through their remarkable careers we see how a new society, a new culture and a single unified nation came into being.
Drawing on a vast range of original evidence – chronicles, letters, archaeology and artefacts – renowned historian Marc Morris illuminates a period of history that is only dimly understood, separates the truth from the legend, and tells the extraordinary story of how the foundations of England were laid.
The events team are currently arranging further talks for 2021 and we will post then on this website as soon as the speakers have confirmed dates.
In the meantime we wish everyone a safe and healthy New Year