This is the August 2017 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

The drop-centre was alive with laughter when we held our August meeting. Following the formalities and the reading of Louis MacNeice’s poem ‘Bagpipe Music’, we turned to the fun part of the evening.

Impromptu speeches were the order of the day, centred around the ‘Use of Gestures’. Once all had selected a subject from the hat an entertaining and amusing evening ensued.

Gardening appeared to be a popular theme, we listened as miniature gardens were described; advice given about visiting garden centres and the politics of roses in one member’s garden – she refuses to have red roses because of her allegiance to Richard III. The word ‘rhubarb’ led us all down the garden path to a member’s rhubarb patch and learned a stalk of rhubarb with leaf attached is a fairy’s umbrella!

Then on to human behaviour, an entertaining speech with an historical slant about the ‘handshake’ was delivered by one member. During the course of the evening we were introduced to a long lost friend, a visit to India as a baby and a very wet trip to Skegness!

Wonderful word pictures and gestures by one of our number transported us to the Palais in the 1960’s. We could feel the excitement and atmosphere of the place as this speech was delivered. It was brilliant! Moving on a decade we found ourselves sitting in front of the television enthralled by the Magic Roundabout – oh for the age of innocence!

Leicestershire Speakers welcome anyone who would like to learn the art of speaking in public. Our meetings are supportive, informative and entertaining, helping to turn nervous wrecks into confident speakers. 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.