Richard Tanner is a WI approved speaker with Hampshire since 2001.

"Early retired from secondary school headship, I went teaching geography at the ‘royal’ school in Jordan, giving me opportunities to travel in the Holy Land, Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and overland to England. Following this with a ‘geriatric gap year’, travelling round the world on a shoestring – California, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Nepal and India – I have a collection of 8000 slides plus books, posters and artefacts to illustrate my talks."

For more information, and for a list of the topics that Richard can speak on, please download the leaflet here.



The producer took my tour and used my arrangements to film Lucy Worsley’s latest BBC2 programme on Jane Austen broadcast in July 2017 and credited me in her book.

"We all enjoyed our walk around Steventon and associated villages and their connection with Jane Austen’s family" Mary Wetherall Hook TG Oct 2018

"The group (of 25 from Germany) was very satisfied with your guided tour of Steventon, Ashe, Deane and Winchester which gave a complete impression of the ‘Jane Austen Country’. “Georg Langbehn May 2018

"Thank you so much for your most interesting and enjoyable presentation; we had a lot of positive feedback – your fabrics were indeed fabulous!“Jill, Basingstoke Ladies Probus March 2016

"Thank you, Richard, for the enjoyable and informative tour. We learned much and were grateful for your expertise. I would highly recommend your tour to anyone seeking to find Jane Austen in Steventon and surrounding villages. “Becky Byrum (USA) 13 July 2015

"Many, many thanks for a fantastic talk today (Fabulous Fabrics). It was thoroughly enjoyed by us all. The ladies all told me after you'd gone just how much they liked it all. Even the ladies that are usually harder to please were full of your praises." Heather @ Cove and Farnborough WI, April 2015

"e;Thank you for an excellent walk. The tour round the church and then into Steventon gave us a good picture of the place where Jane Austen was born and brought up, and it was very special walking along some of the pathways that she would have known." Carole Driver 26 Aug 2014

"e;We had the most enjoyable time visiting Jane Austen's Steventon, Ashe and Deane, Chawton House and the Jane Austen Museum, finishing the tour at Winchester Cathedral where Jane was buried and seeing the apartment that housed her last days. Richard was most accommodating in helping us reach all these places in one day. He provided transportation, pointed out interesting cottages and sites, and guided us through this part of Hampshire with his vast knowledge. We even had time for a unexpected short stop at the Great Hall where King Arthur's round table was housed. With fond memories, The Chen family 31 July 2014

"e;Thank you very much for the excellent talk you gave on North Waltham. I thought the presentation and style of delivery were very good. A couple of aspects in particular which impressed me were linking in with past social developments, and how it affected village people, and knowing the age of so many houses." Andrew Flanagan 20 June 2014.

"e;Thank you very much for a most interesting and informative evening. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed (the walk round North Waltham) and remarked on your easy informal delivery." Geraldine Mouat 12 June 2014

"e;Thank you for your talk today. The Ladies’ Luncheon Club members really enjoyed it. I am sure we will all now think much more deeply about the setting of the Bethlehem story. Thank you also for stepping in at short notice. Wendy Hughes and Mary Sweeeting 1 Oct 2013

"Thank you for your most interesting talk on Jane Austen and the different aspects of her life" EJ Lipscomb, Fleet & Crookham Local History Group, April 2013

"I very much enjoyed Richard's Jane Austen tour. He's a very knowledgeable guide, not only on the history of Steventon and its surroundings, but also on Jane Austen and her family and friends. And I loved his English sense of humour, which made the tour a lot of fun as well!" Karin Quint, The Netherlands, March 2013

"The day we spent with Richard was interesting and fun. He took us on a walking tour through the countryside, told us local stories and was able to answer all our questions (and there were a lot!). If you are an avid Jane Austen reader and can plan a day in Steventon, you should get in touch with Richard right away! We're really happy we did.” Agathe and Valeska, August 2011

"On behalf of all at 50s World Group, I would like to thank you and Mrs Tanner for an absolutely fantastic show (for that’s what it was) last Thursday. So many of our club members have told me how much they enjoyed it and your collection of fabrics is an absolute joy." David Buckland, 10 July 2011

“I am writing to thank you very much for coming to Woodley Women’s Club on Monday evening June 27th, 2011, and giving us a Talk and Presentation entitled “Fabulous fabrics – Costumes from Arabia to Indonesia” Your presentation was brilliant and the fabrics were beautiful. The evening proved to be extremely interesting, amusing and informative.” Sheila Smith, 28 June 2011


The new book

Sponsored by the Fox, Richard Tanner has published a new book about the village he lives in. 'North Waltham', at 80pp and with 125 illustrations, is a comprehensive account of the history, houses, farming, church, school and activities right up to the Jubilee Year.

For more details, please visit the North Waltham page

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