This is the April 2018 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

As usual our programme opened with a reading. William Wordworth’s ‘The Daffodils’ was the choice of Heather Mawbey and she read so eloquently, the mind’s eye could picture the Lake District and dancing daffodils – it certainly lifted the spirits and gave the meeting a spring -like atmosphere.

Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh produced 850 paintings and twelve thousand drawings during his career and sold only one painting whilst he was alive Bev Capewell imparted her tremendous knowledge of the artist, about the techniques and mediums he used; his emotional struggles which culminated in him taking his own life. Today his work is exhibited in all major art galleries world-wide and they are priceless.

When snow and icy conditions clog-up our transport systems and roads, the cry, look how other countries deal with the weather, why can’t we cope! But as we learned from Mark Snow (no pun intended!) during his speech on Northern Sweden, that snow and ice render Swedish roads impassable when there has been a large snowfall despite the fact that the Swedes have far more experience of dealing with extreme weather conditions.

Sue Coleman as topics chairman handed members a slip of paper on which was written the name of an animal, and each speaker was requested to relate a typical day in their animal life. The imagination employed led to such laughter – a most enjoyable topics session.

The 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 We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.