TV expert to talk in Stamford

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AN expert in architecture will be giving a talk on historic buildings in a bid to help a school friend’s charity.

Dr Jonathan Foyle, who is a regular contributor on channel 4 programme Time Team and holds a doctorate in buildings archaeology, will be at Stamford Arts Centre in St Mary’s Street on Tuesday, October 11.

He will be giving a talk on hidden histories from landmarks he visited as part of his BBC2 series Climbing Great Buildings, which includes Burghley House.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards the Yellow Beetle Challenge, which was set up by Dr Foyle’s school friend Mike Shattock.

Dr Foyle now lives in London but was brought up in Market Deeping and attended The Deepings School with Mike.

Mike, of Truesdale Gardens, Langtoft, is completing a series of challenges to raise money for the Royal Hospital of Neuro-Disability in Putney, which is caring for his wife Sam who suffered a cardiac arrest last year.

Mike said: “I am chuffed to bits Jonathan has decided to help. Jonathan, Sam and I went to Stamford College together so he has known Sam as long as I have. He is doing it for her as well as me.

“He makes his historical talks very entertaining and funny so I think it should be a very good night.” Tickets cost £6 and are available from or by calling the box office on 01780 763203.

As well as the talk by Dr Foyle, Mike’s cycling club Fenland Clarion has organised a 12 hour cycling event to raise money for the cause.

Starting at 6am on Sunday, September 25, participants are challenged to take part in a seven-mile loop between Helpston, Bainton and Ufford for as little or as long as they want. It costs £5 and all proceeds will towards the Yellow Beetle Challenge.

Mike is planning to cycle for the whole 12 hours on a fixed wheel bike, covering a distance of 200 miles.

He said: “I think it is going to be more difficult than the London to Paris cycle ride that I did earlier this year.”

On September 17, Mike is also planning to climb Mount Snowdon twice in a day with colleagues Kathy and Tom Grant and Charlie Woodward.

Later in the year, he will run the New York Marathon and next March, he will climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

To find out more or sponsor him visit