This is the September 2017 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

The dominant theme of our August meeting centred mainly around memories of childhood. Sue Coleman read two poems she had written, the first paid homage to a much loved aunt and the second to the splendour of Egypt.

There were two maiden speeches during the evening. Rick Middleton told us of a Christmas holiday spent in Mousehole, Cornwall with his family and his longing for a particular toy. Rick conveyed the feeling of anticipation for Christmas morning, and the excitement of his wish being fulfilled. A maiden speech entitled “The First Sixteen Years” had the audience engrossed and delighted as Shobana Patel shared anecdotes and memories of her beloved Grannie.

Regional dialects and how they evolved was Mark Snow’s chosen subject, and this speech was delivered with subtle humour much appreciated by his audience.

After the interval it was on with the Topics. Penny Wright, as topics chairman, devised a session requiring the speaker to enthusiastically encourage visitors to an imaginary feature or project. This resulted in much hilarity. We were offered adventure by descending into a sink hole caused by a redundant coal mine; development of an aerodrome based at a local golf course where the aircraft were stored in huts not hangars!

Leicestershire Speakers welcome anyone who would like to learn the art of speaking in public. We meet at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month at the Blaby Drop in Centre. For more information, ring Anne Jones on 0116 2772295 or visit our website www.leicspeakers.co.uk. We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.