David Bell  was confident when he relocated to the beautiful Derbyshire village of Eyam

   that its famous lockdown history would be nothing other than a passing distraction.

He could not have been more wrong.

                                                                                              Now available via Zoom

David Bell is a popular & hugely entertaining guest speaker; recommended by hundreds of Clubs and Societies across the UK. He is different, and will not only surprise you but will also make you think  . . . .  and certainly make you smile.

 

The delightful little Peak District village of Eyam where David now lives is never shy making capital from its plague heritage. Tens of thousands of tourists flock there every year to see for themselves where a brave  disease driven lockdown was played out with such tragic consequences.

Don't expect too much doom and gloom from this compelling speaker however.

 

David Bell's tongue-in-cheek take on staying fit and well and avoiding disease 350 years ago will convince you that, even in these troubled times, we all have a lot to be thankful for. 

The odds were stacked against most people when it came to surviving the plague. There was no 'science', 'flattening the curve' or lowering the 'R number'. It was a case of 'que sera sera'  . . . . and then getting on with the grind of coping with other mundane, irritating ailments such as bladder-stones, itching haemorrhoids and acute constipation.So, brace yourself, clench your buttocks and see how a 17th century doctor coped ! 

"After four decades as a straight-laced civil servant I never imagined," said David, "that I would now be 'hamming it up'  with a life-sized inflatable dummy as my side-kick."

 

"Looking back at early healthcare, it's hardly surprising that patients then were as likely to die from the prescribed cure than their actual illness." added David.

 

“Despite all we are going through laughter is still the best medicine" commented Janet Staine of The Crosspool Ladies Group in Sheffield. "David Bell came to entertain our members and  immediately won us over. He had us all in fits of giggles throughout his 70 minute session. David is thoroughly engaging with an uncanny knack of being able to draw you in with his wonderful storytelling. Whenever he is in your area just go and see him for yourself; he really does spin a fabulous tale - with a surprising ending - and you will feel all the better for it "

                                     A mid-week full house says it all

                                     Hilton Hotel, Sheffield

                                     Buttock clenchingly brilliant.!!

                                    'Luvly Lasses'  of Halifax 

                                     We didn't expect that! 

                                     Winding Wheel, Chesterfield.

                                     An hour of sheer joy

                                     Trent Lock  Country Club Notts.

                                   It was great to see our member's                                                happy faces as they left the hall. 

                                   Rutland U3A  Leicestershire

                                      What a great night.

                                      Misson WI  South Yorkshire

                                      A resounding success 

                                      Oundle U3A  Peterborough

                                      A giggle filled hour.

                                      Regent Hotel Doncaster

                                      10 out of 10

                                      Thrapston U3A  Northampton

                                      Highly recommended.

                                      Horwich  Probus, Gtr Manchester.

                                      Thought provoking, so amusing      . . . . . . . . . . . . .       Friends of the National Trust     Leicestershire

                                      His bedside manners were impeccable !!    . . . . . . .      The 'Just Jam' Ladies Society   Stoke on Trent

                                      Wonderfully different          . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       Fulford Golf Club   York

                                   Very funny and original . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      World Heritage  Centre, Cromford Mill, Derbyshire  

                                   Outstanding storytelling    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       Friends of The National Trust    Staffordshire

                                   Wonderful tonic     . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . .     Woodhall Spa U3a   Lincolnshire

                                   A raconteur par excellence     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Todmorden U3A  West Yorkhire

                                   Came highly recommended & didn't disappoint . .     Northampton  U3A

                                   The best speaker we have hired     . . . . . . . . . . . .     Poynton Probus   Greater Manchester

                                   Engaging, compelling, superb timing   . . . . . . . . . .   The Salvation Army  Leicester  

                                   Made us smile and made our day    . . . . . . .  . . . .    Masonic Annual Lunch   Nottinghamshire

                                   Laugh a minute   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Abbeydale Ladies Golf Society  Sheffield

                                   A one-man-show rather than a talk. Fantastic   . . .    East Midlands History Group

                                   Brilliant     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Manor Lodge  Sheffield

                                                                                                        . . . . . .   and many more

        Doreen  Edwards & Bev Brooke, both travelled

        from  Australia  to the  UK  especially  for  their

        International Trefoil Convention . . . .

            "It was well worth it for so many reasons,

             not least the after-dinner entertainment.

            The Plague Doctor had us all in stitches. 

            Outstanding"

                                             Standard talk fee from £75.00 + return mileage supplement @ 45p per mile

                                                                    ZOOM talks now available from only £50.00 

   Enquire now for remaining dates in 2020/21   . . . . . .  booking to 2022/23

                                                       telephone : 01433 639392               email : bell.eyam@sky.com

       Click below for short  excerpt from a recent show :

              (other videos also available to view via Youtube)

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