Our speaker for this lecture is Commodore Richard Baum R.N., the Regional Commander for the North of England and the Isle of Man, and an old friend to the Island and in particular the parish church at Arbory. Despite its tongue in cheek title, the lecture will hark back to the Commodore's earlier naval career as a submariner and will examine the development of submarines and submarine warfare. Thanks to his current position the lecture will be fully illustrated, and provide a realistic insight into what a protracted life under the waves is really like.
"Dickie" Baum has already proved a great supporter of the Quilliam Group's efforts, providing us with many contacts for lecturers of the first rank, to say nothing of his generosity in "Loaning" us Royal Marine Bands for Southside concerts. Indeed a second concert and master class for young Island musicians will be our second event in early July this year. We are thus delighted and fortunate to welcome the Commodore into our midst, in this the last year of his current appointment.
As always, the main objective of the Quilliam lecture is to reinforce the bond that Arbory Church holds with the Royal Navy through its heritage of being Captain John Quilliam's resting place. In addition, we also raise funds to further this objective and support other charitable cause related to the Royal Navy. It is with pride that we can report the funding for the Quilliam Window is in place, work is proceeding, and we hope to have the window fitted for dedication by Trafalgar Day 2015. We will keep our kind supporters abreast of progress over our next events.
Once again we have been remarkably blessed in the amount of support our efforts have attracted, making this a thoroughly community based event. Andy Roy of Baker Tilley (Isle of Man) has provided financial support and as ever Colleen Corlett and Juan Watterson MHK have helped us out with our spectacular stationery. Martin and Debbie Brunnschweiler of the Bay Hotel will be sustaining us with a tot of rum as we listen to the musicians from the gallery. Refreshments will be provided by the kind offices of the ladies of Arbory Church.
As always admission to the lecture is by ticket only. These are free of charge, though there will be a retiring collection to collect funds for our further Projects. Tickets will be available from Wednesday the 16th April at: The Bay Hotel Port Erin and Bridge Bookshop in Port Erin, and within the parish from Arbory School, Mike Berry (824550), or Phil Smith (832146/495146). The lecture starts at 7:45pm.