Joined Mar 21 2013
67 years old
Chris Helme - for thirty years he was a serving Police Officer and was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1990 for his service in the community. He has written / published seven local history books, and written a weekly nostalgia column for his local newspaper the weekly ‘Brighouse Echo’ for over twenty eight years. He has produced a sixty-minute nostalgia cassette tape based on a number of the stories from his column. He has also written a number of articles which have been published in UK regional magazines.
For over twenty five years he taught local history to Adult Community Learning classes. In recent years he has taught older users the mysteries of how to use a mobile phone, classes he has been presented for five years. He has also been presenting very basic computers skills for older people and basic computer classes for jobseekers. He is also a reminiscence workshop facilitator. He recently moved into digital presentations a new skill he is quickly getting to grips with.
During the mid 1980’s he was beginning to be in demand as a speaker outside his usual job related presentations and has now developed a style that has both informed and entertained the almost countless audiences that have heard any of the numerous lecture presentations he has delivered. His presentations have often been described as ‘Infotainment’. He has developed a presentational style that can both conjure laughter and melancholy through his various subjects that have been appreciated at many local groups and including on two occasions at the National Association of Brass Band Conductors annual convention. For the last five years he has been the editor of ‘The Conductor’ magazine, the in-house magazine of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors, a position he relinquished this year.
He is a regular speaker at Luncheon Clubs throughout the county and averages 60 presentations annually. Even on his regular holidays to Cyprus on one occasion he was asked to speak at expat evening gathering at a hotel.
For a number of years he regularly contributed to ‘Brass Review’ a specialist brass band magazine and six years ago he was commissioned to write a regular 2000 word story for the ‘British Bandsman’ magazine. His stories of brass band nostalgia are about some of the personalities and bands from yesteryear, and have proved very popular. He has also been a regular contributor to the very popular www.4barsrest.com brass band website. Where his stories about some of the legendary performers and bands of the past have been appreciated by the huge number of brass band enthusiasts from around the world who regularly log on to this successful website. For almost fifty years he has played in and been associated with the brass band movement.
He is also the producer and presenter of ‘Sunday Bandstand’ 2pm / 3pm every Sunday on www.phoenixfm.co.uk 96.7FM a community radio station in Halifax. This programme is also aired in Wellington New Zealand www.worldfm.co.nz and in the southern Yorkshire Dales areas on www.drystoneradio.com 8am -10am and on www.wiganfm.co.uk 11am – 1pm
Chris can be contacted via e-mail: [email protected] or telephone
07854-755756 – website: www.chrishelme-brighouse.org.uk