Testimonials & Reviews
“Tim talked to us about the rapid development of fighter aircraft during the second world war.
This was no simple list of aircraft and what they did, but an in depth understanding of the fundamental requirements of a fighter and how the aircraft that were produced matched those requirements.
This was a well presented talk, well illustrated, and it captivated the audience.
Tim will be asked back for one of his other presentations!
Glynne – October 2023
“Tim Gave a very interesting and informative talk on the ‘Dawn Patrol’ , he came in at short notice having been let down by our booked speaker. Good slides which held the audience attention. First class will book again next year.”
Richard – August 2023
“Tim’s Presentation ‘The God of War ……’ was incredibly informative, with wonderful Slides and a very coherent style of delivery. Highly recommended.”
John – June 2023
“It was good that Tim is in remission following his long illness. His talk on “Interceptors”, took us from the development of interceptor fighter planes and firepower from the First World War, through to the Korean War but concentrating on the major innovations during the Second World War period 1939 to 1945. He included the driving forces behind the rapid need for innovation and the refinements that came from them. He also included interceptor planes from all the major participant Countries, on both sides, and from all over the world. This was his second visit to us at Probus and just as captivating as his first.”
Jan – Probus Club – May 2023
“Tim gave a very informative “Most Secret” talk to our club. It was very well illustrated and of particular interest to those who had some knowledge of the Defford area. He knows his subject well, and has a very entertaining way of passing the information on to his audience. We will certainly be asking him back to speak on another topic.”
Philip – April 2022
“Although Tim was booked by us for a date later in the year he stepped in at short notice and gave us an excellent talk on many military inventions that didn’t make the grade, simply because they were mad, or bad and, in many cases, dangerous. It was a subject that appealed to the whole audience and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Tim is an excellent speaker and we would recommend groups to look through the topics that he has to offer.”
Janet – South Marston Friendly Club – April 2022
“Tim’s been before to The Probus Club of Malvern. It’s easy to invite him back, indeed – I just have. His talk to the group last Monday (11-4-22) was another delight. Mad, Bad & Dangerous; a serious subject dealt in a way that brought out both gasps & laughter.
Our meeting was “in person”, & we are grateful for Tim being prepared to do that.”
Derek – Malvern Probus Club – April 2022
“Tim came to our Rotary cub in Malvern in February 2022, his talk was first class, full of facts and details especially around Defford airfield and Malvern with its close links to the arrival of Radar. Tim is a very clear and precise speaker and has all of the AV facilities to present his talk. I would fully recommend his various talks and subjects, and most certainly we will ask him to return to provide us with a detailed talk, for which he has many subjects.”
Duncan – Malvern Rotary Club – Feb 2022
“Tim delivered to a well attended meeting of the Mickleton Society an entertaining account of the work at RAF Defford and the development of airborne radar and navigation. He made these technical matters easy to follow with good graphics and punctuated with interesting stories and asides. Everyone enjoyed the evening, not just the “boys”, and as proof of that, if it were needed, we have invited him to speak to us at the Mickleton Society again.”
John – Mickleton Society – Feb 2022
“A most interesting talk, jargon-free so that it appealed even to those with little or no knowledge of military history. Very clear pictures, uncluttered by excessive text. It’s difficult to engage with the audience on zoom screens, but Mr Barney managed to maintain interest throughout. A very professional and rewarding presentation, and we would encourage groups to consider booking further topics in his repertoire. Sadly he is too far away to visit Penicuik Probus Club physically.”
Richard – Penicuik Probus Club – Mar 2022