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TORONTO GTs’ annual PICNIC & Potlach Saturday, August 13, 2022

Saturday, August 13, 2022
any time after 1:30 p.m.

at Bruce Weber’s, 3 Oneida Ave. Algonquin Island.

Potluck: Bring some food and drinks to share

Pedicab, rowboat and canoe will be available.

Ferry to “Ward’s Island” leaves at 10:30,
11:30, 12:00 , 12:30, 13:30 (mask required)
Get your tickets on-line and leave early (you
can deposit your ‘stuff’ at Bruce’s house, take
a walk around the island, or go to the beach).

We invite you to prepare a short presentation (20 pictures – 20 seconds
each – see the attached info about Pecha Kucha format) and bring it on a
memory stick. Any questions? – contact Svatka 416-503-2933


For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.

Chester Meetings, Saturday 19th November 2022

Speaking in Chester in November we have:

  • “On the Road Again” speakers: Hanna Bastiaansen and Kevin Jones
  • “Round the Horn of Africa” Speaker: David Redford

Hanna Bastiaansen and Kevin Jones

Over the years we have travelled far and wide not only to other countries, whilst starting the Chester Globetrotters Travel Group from 2009,  but also in our faithful 1986 Syncro VW camper covering much of Europe and beyond,  including Turkey and the former Eastern block countries right up to North Cape in the Norwegian arctic circle. After so many miles and with a two year restoration of the VW plus  a two year Pandemic delay we are finally off to visit Europe again including the Hanseatic trading cities on our way to spend  the Mid-Summer in Sweden, famous for its celebrations and historical significance for Europe  … at least that was the plan … so what happened to us?


David Redford

A report of two visits to the Horn of Africa, in 2018 and 2019, taking in Addis Ababa, the new railway to Djibouti, Lac Assal, Harar in North Eastern Ethiopia and Hargeisa and Laas Gaal in Somaliland. Along the way are hand fed hyenas, a camel market, a cheetah sanctuary and the cultivation  of Khat.


Doors open at 1pm for 1:30pm start until 4:00pm,
25-27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD.
 Entrance fee £4 (£3 Globetrotters members). We recommend you arrive early.
For more info contact Hanna on 01244 383392 or Eve on 01606 301762 

chesterbranch@globetrotters.co.uk – www.chesterglobetrotters.co.uk

Chester Meetings, Saturday 17th September 2022

Speaking in Chester in September we have:

  • “Travels in my Yellow Parka” speaker: Brian Anderson
  • “Japan – Bowing to Tradition” Speaker: Jim Holmes

Brian Anderson

Is a photographer, adventurer & lecturer, has captured nature, travel and landscape images from trips to 60+ countries and territories in Europe, Africa, Asia, S America, and further afield into the South Pacific, Arctic, the Geographic North Pole and the remote Antarctic.

Funny anecdotes, amazing facts and illustrated with stunning images from Brian’s trips to cold places wearing his thick fleece and all weather parka.

We visit polar bears and walruses in the Arctic, to penguins in the Antarctic and snow monkeys in the mountains of Japan. A most entertaining and informative talk and not to be missed.

Brian lectures and runs courses at Adult Colleges and teaches Photography in Shropshire, Somerset, Cheshire and Wirral.

Jim Holmes

From the country that gave us ‘high tech’ it comes as a surprise to find that many aspects of Japanese society defy modernity.  Farming with hand tools, villages of thatch and deeply held superstitious beliefs about foxes; there is much more to Japan than mega cities, volcanoes.  

Travel with Jim through the unexpected sides of Japanese life and see how simple, handmade and contradictory it really can be. Jim Holmes lived in Japan for two years while working on photographic projects and this talk is his personal journey through Japanese life.

Jim is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a professional documentary photographer specializing in worldwide humanitarian and environmental assignments from his base in Chester. Jim lived in Asia for over 30 years, and has travelled to over 50 countries on his travels around the world.  

Jim’s talks are unique, entertaining and informative, bringing together the best of his photographic career and the experiences his assignments have brought, all from some of the world’s most fascinating locations. 


Doors open at 1pm for 1:30pm start until 4:00pm,
25-27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD.
Entrance fee £4 (£3 Globetrotters members). We recommend you arrive early.
For more info contact Hanna on 01244 383392 or Eve on 01606 301762 

chesterbranch@globetrotters.co.uk – www.chesterglobetrotters.co.uk

London Meeting, Saturday, September 3, 2022

Speaking this month we have:

1st: Chris Burrows – My Berlin

Chris lived in Germany from the late seventies to 1996.
Chris was first in Munich and then I went to live in Berlin. After I came back to London I took members of the Hampstead Photographic Society on many visits and road trips around Germany.

2nd: Rebecca Lowe – The Slow Road to Tehran

In July 2015, as the Syrian War raged and the refugee crisis reached its peak, Rebecca Lowe set off on her bicycle across the Middle East. Driven by a desire to challenge preconceptions about this long-misunderstood region, her 11,000km journey took her through Europe to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, the Gulf and finally to Iran.

This is Rebecca’s talk about an odyssey through landscapes and history that captured her heart (and her stomach), but one – plagued by punctures, fearsome heat, repressive police states and an obscene number of kebabs – which also frequently came close to defeating her.  

Rebecca Lowe is a freelance journalist who specialises in human rights and the Middle East. Publications she has written for include the Guardian, BBC, Evening Standard, Independent, Huffington Post, Economist, Sunday Times Magazine, Daily Mail, and IranWire.

Rebecca’s book about her journey through the Middle East, The Slow Road to Tehran, was published in March 2022 by September Books in the UK and will be published in September 2022 by MVG Riva in Germany. She was previously the lead reporter at the International Bar Association, where she focused on human rights, and in 2018 she contributed to the adventure travel anthology The Kindness of Strangers: Travel Stories That Make Your Heart Grow. Rebecca is a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society, and holds a BA in English from Cambridge University and an MA in Journalism from Stanford University.

 Find out more at:

Date & Time:

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Doors open at 14:00 GMT in London, a condition of entry is proof of vaccination or a COVID lateral flow test within 48 hours or a positive PCR within 90 days having completed any required isolation, the easiest way of showing this is with the NHS Covid Pass which lets you show your COVID-19 status in a secure way. We will be carrying out temperature checks and asking visitors to confirm they do not have any symptoms on arrival.

We would ask that anyone with symptoms or who needs to isolate participates via zoom.

Last month meeting was very successful, the hall is well ventilated and we had no cases following the meeting.

The zoom meeting opens at 14:00 with the talks starting 14:30 GMT (London time see Event Time Announcer for local times), please arrive early so we can deal with any issues with joining.

For forthcoming meetings we have

  • £3 for members to cover our costs. Members will be emailed a ticket code link allowing access to this option or you can access it from the members area.
  • £6 for non-members, non-members may join the club for £12 per year and get this and future meetings at members rate for £12, members can also watch the 3 previous online talks, members also receive Globe our members magazine and our annual members calendar, why not join and enter your pictures.
  • a catch up to watch later will be available to members and non-member ticket holders.

Tickets will be on sale soon…

Please sign up for meeting updates to get notifications.

London Meeting, Saturday, October 1, 2022

Speaking this month we have:

1st: David Redford – Around the Horn

A description of two journeys to the Horn of Africa in 2018 and 2019, taking in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somaliland.Encounters along the way include Lucy, a Chinese railway, one of the lowest places on earth, a camel market, hyena feeding, a Mig fighter and a cheetah sanctuary

David Redford is a retired hospital doctor who has fed his wanderlust by adding independent journeys to visits to low income countries on behalf of NGOs working in the field of maternal health.


2nd: Tharik Hussain – Looking for Muslim Europe

In 2016, following in the footsteps of the 17th century Ottoman traveller, Evliya Celebi, Tharik Hussain and his family went on a road trip across the Western Balkans in search of an indigenous Muslim Europe.

The result is his highly-acclaimed book, Minarets in the Mountains; A Journey into Muslim Europe, which was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Award

In this talk, Hussain explains why he had to ‘search’ for a Muslim Europe that has actually been there since the 8th century and in the process helps us better understand why Europe remains so uncomfortable with its Muslim self.

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Date & Time:

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Doors open at 14:00 GMT in London, a condition of entry is proof of vaccination or a COVID lateral flow test within 48 hours or a positive PCR within 90 days having completed any required isolation, the easiest way of showing this is with the NHS Covid Pass which lets you show your COVID-19 status in a secure way. We will be carrying out temperature checks and asking visitors to confirm they do not have any symptoms on arrival.

We would ask that anyone with symptoms or who needs to isolate participates via zoom.

Last month meeting was very successful, the hall is well ventilated and we had no cases following the meeting.

The zoom meeting opens at 14:00 with the talks starting 14:30 GMT (London time see Event Time Announcer for local times), please arrive early so we can deal with any issues with joining.

For forthcoming meetings we have

  • £3 for members to cover our costs. Members will be emailed a ticket code link allowing access to this option or you can access it from the members area.
  • £6 for non-members, non-members may join the club for £12 per year and get this and future meetings at members rate for £12, members can also watch the 3 previous online talks, members also receive Globe our members magazine and our annual members calendar, why not join and enter your pictures.
  • a catch up to watch later will be available to members and non-member ticket holders.
  • We have had confirmation that the Church of Scotland hall is open and we will be running this meeting as an in person at the hall plus we will be streaming it on zoom and will be following the same procedures as the west end theatres.

Tickets will be on sale soon…

Please sign up for meeting updates to get notifications.

London Meeting, Saturday, November 5, 2022

Speaking this month we have:

1st Speaker to be confirmed

2nd Simon and Lisa Thomas – 2Ride The World

Simon and Lisa Thomas are British Adventurers, motivational speakers,
photographers and authors, best known for their extreme 16-years longdistance
motorcycle journey around the world, known as 2Ride The World.

After a serious life-altering motorcycle accident in the late 90’s, Simon
underwent five major surgeries to re-attached his lower right leg, followed by 16-
months of bed ridden recuperation. Learning to walk again took another 8-
months.

It’s fair to say that the Thomas’s world stopped turning. With his wife Lisa, the
pair faced down near crippling obstacles. Close to financial and mental ruin the
pair chose to rebuild their lives and then hit the reset button.

In 2003, as part of the mental healing process the Simon & Lisa set out to
explore the world on two motorcycles. Their planned 14-month trip grew into
one of ‘the longest, most extreme motorcycle journeys of all time!’ Their journey
has seen them navigate some of the most geographically and politically
challenging regions on earth, where the pair have had to adapt and overcome to
circumstances that to most are unimaginable.

To date, the Thomas’s ridden and explored the globe for 17-years, through 80
countries, on six continents and ridden over 507,000 miles, the equivalent 20
times around the planet. In-between dodging bullets, getting spooned by sleepy
Mongolian herdsman, their relationship has thrived and even grown.


Date & Time:

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Doors open at 14:00 GMT in London, a condition of entry is proof of vaccination or a COVID lateral flow test within 48 hours or a positive PCR within 90 days having completed any required isolation, the easiest way of showing this is with the NHS Covid Pass which lets you show your COVID-19 status in a secure way. We will be carrying out temperature checks and asking visitors to confirm they do not have any symptoms on arrival.

We would ask that anyone with symptoms or who needs to isolate participates via zoom.

Last month meeting was very successful, the hall is well ventilated and we had no cases following the meeting.

The zoom meeting opens at 14:00 with the talks starting 14:30 GMT (London time see Event Time Announcer for local times), please arrive early so we can deal with any issues with joining.

For forthcoming meetings we have

  • £3 for members to cover our costs. Members will be emailed a ticket code link allowing access to this option or you can access it from the members area.
  • £6 for non-members, non-members may join the club for £12 per year and get this and future meetings at members rate for £12, members can also watch the 3 previous online talks, members also receive Globe our members magazine and our annual members calendar, why not join and enter your pictures.
  • a catch up to watch later will be available to members and non-member ticket holders.
  • We have had confirmation that the Church of Scotland hall is open and we will be running this meeting as an in person at the hall plus we will be streaming it on zoom and will be following the same procedures as the west end theatres.

Tickets will be on sale soon…

Please sign up for meeting updates to get notifications.

London Meeting, Saturday, December 3, 2022

Speaking this month we have:

1st Doreen Tayler – Curious Christmas Customs

2nd Matt & Reece, the sidecar guys – Siberia.

Date & Time:

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Doors open at 14:00 GMT in London, a condition of entry is proof of vaccination or a COVID lateral flow test within 48 hours or a positive PCR within 90 days having completed any required isolation, the easiest way of showing this is with the NHS Covid Pass which lets you show your COVID-19 status in a secure way. We will be carrying out temperature checks and asking visitors to confirm they do not have any symptoms on arrival.

We would ask that anyone with symptoms or who needs to isolate participates via zoom.

Last month meeting was very successful, the hall is well ventilated and we had no cases following the meeting.

The zoom meeting opens at 14:00 with the talks starting 14:30 GMT (London time see Event Time Announcer for local times), please arrive early so we can deal with any issues with joining.

For forthcoming meetings we have

  • £3 for members to cover our costs. Members will be emailed a ticket code link allowing access to this option or you can access it from the members area.
  • £6 for non-members, non-members may join the club for £12 per year and get this and future meetings at members rate for £12, members can also watch the 3 previous online talks, members also receive Globe our members magazine and our annual members calendar, why not join and enter your pictures.
  • a catch up to watch later will be available to members and non-member ticket holders.
  • We have had confirmation that the Church of Scotland hall is open and we will be running this meeting as an in person at the hall plus we will be streaming it on zoom and will be following the same procedures as the west end theatres.

Tickets will be on sale soon…

Please sign up for meeting updates to get notifications.

London Meeting, Saturday, January 7, 2023

Speaking this month we have:

  • Sheila Robinson – Georgia/Armenia
  • Jeanie Copland- Interrailing with my Granddaughter

Date & Time:

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Doors open at 14:00 GMT in London, a condition of entry is proof of vaccination or a COVID lateral flow test within 48 hours or a positive PCR within 90 days having completed any required isolation, the easiest way of showing this is with the NHS Covid Pass which lets you show your COVID-19 status in a secure way. We will be carrying out temperature checks and asking visitors to confirm they do not have any symptoms on arrival.

We would ask that anyone with symptoms or who needs to isolate participates via zoom.

Last month meeting was very successful, the hall is well ventilated and we had no cases following the meeting.

The zoom meeting opens at 14:00 with the talks starting 14:30 GMT (London time see Event Time Announcer for local times), please arrive early so we can deal with any issues with joining.

For forthcoming meetings we have

  • £3 for members to cover our costs. Members will be emailed a ticket code link allowing access to this option or you can access it from the members area.
  • £6 for non-members, non-members may join the club for £12 per year and get this and future meetings at members rate for £12, members can also watch the 3 previous online talks, members also receive Globe our members magazine and our annual members calendar, why not join and enter your pictures.
  • a catch up to watch later will be available to members and non-member ticket holders.
  • We have had confirmation that the Church of Scotland hall is open and we will be running this meeting as an in person at the hall plus we will be streaming it on zoom and will be following the same procedures as the west end theatres.

Tickets will be on sale soon…

Please sign up for meeting updates to get notifications.

Chester Meetings, Saturday 16th July 2022

Speaking in Chester in July we have:

  • “Impressions of Iran – Persian history and Culture” speaker: Christine Stockton
  • “Threading my way through Vietnam” Speaker: Dr Brenda Rewhorn

Download a copy of our poster here.

Doors open at 1pm for 1:30pm start until 4:00pm,
25-27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD.
 Entrance fee £4 (£3 Globetrotters members). We recommend you arrive early.
For more info contact Hanna on 01244 383392 or Eve on 01606 301762 

chesterbranch@globetrotters.co.uk – www.chesterglobetrotters.co.uk

Chester Meetings, Saturday May 21st 2022

The good news is that Globetrotters will re-start on 21st May, our speakers will be sharing experiences about China and Namibia. 

Our website has been updated to reflect this and you can view this by clicking this link; 

 http://www.telemation.org/chesterglobetrotters/

  • “From Shanghai to Xian: Futuristic and Ancient China” Speakers: Dr Emma Roberts
  • “Namibia” Speakers: Nicola Young and John Sunter

Doors open at 1pm for 1:30pm start until 4:00pm,
25-27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD.
 Entrance fee £4 (£3 Globetrotters members). We recommend you arrive early.
For more info contact Hanna on 01244 383392 or Eve on 01606 301762 

chesterbranch@globetrotters.co.uk – www.chesterglobetrotters.co.uk