Christopher Legrand                                                    

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Christopher Legrand qualified as a Chartered Surveyor over 50 years ago and is now an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (Hon FCABE)


Now retired from professional practice he devotes his time to giving illustrated talks, helping with his local church, co-ordinating tours for a international horticultural group and assisting and teaching people about the use of computers.
 

Illustrated travel talks.   As an accomplished speaker he presents fully illustrated and animated talks about a variety of the countries and cities he has visited around the world including, for example, Australia and New Zealand, Vietnam and the Far East, the Greek Islands, parts of Africa, India, Vienna, Paris and the Mediterranean.  Recent additions to his talks include two very popular reviews of his home County of Dorset, a South Africa Safari and another talk on Namibia and Botswana plus two musical talks based in Austria.    Click here to have a look at the 'Talks' page.  

 

Christopher has lived in Dorset or close to it's boundary throughout his life and considers himself extremely lucky to be able to enjoy  the wonderful surroundings offered by the New Forest, the beaches of Bournemouth and Poole and the exciting Jurassic Coast.   Apart from a period commuting to London, his work has been always been based in the Bournemouth area.

He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor at the age of 21, when he opened his first surveying and property agency business.  His expertise in this area of work spans almost 50 years.

The desire to offer his help in the local community saw him appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 1982, an appointment he held until 1999, at which time it became impossible to continue the duties whilst working in Central London.  During the recessionary period of the late 1980's early 1990's  homeless young people in the area were squatting in some of the Bournemouth hotels that had closed as well as properties that were due for redevelopment and were lying empty.   A number of these youngsters appeared in court and their plight was highlighted to the bench of magistrates.  Both BBC and ITV ran TV programmes based on Bournemouth drawing attention to the rising numbers of young people for whom to go home was not an option for them.  It was as a result of this that Christopher founded the charity 'HyPed' (Project for Homeless Young People in Eastern Dorset) and was it's chairman for 6 years.   During that time the charity raised in excess of 1.5million pounds, opened a number of supportive houses and helped over 400 young people.   The ethos of the charity was absorbed into and taken over by Bournemouth Churches Housing Association.

One of the joys of his retirement has been the opportunity to travel and like his wife, Rosemary, he enjoys photography and sharing his experiences with others.  This has lead to his development of a series of illustrated talks which use the modern medium of 'PowerPoint' to add action, animations, and music to his presentations. He currently gives some 70 -80 talks a year to local groups. Rosemary has also been giving talks about gardens around the world and horticulture for over 20 years, a hobby she took up to help raise funds for 'HyPed'.  Her list of talks can be found at www.talksongardens.co.uk .  She is a speaker on some of the tours organised by Noble Caledonia.

 


    To contact Christopher                  email: clegrand@pirltd.org.uk                                  Phone:   07771 617363 or 01202 873344