From Ancient China to Malta and the Black Forest!

This is the February 2017 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

Morag Wilkes opened our meeting with a reading, this was something of a ‘swan song’ as Morag and her husband prepare to move to live in France. We will miss them both.

A maiden speech by Barbara Mackness related her wonderful experience of swimming with dolphins in Malta. Her love of these mammals was obvious as she spoke of their beauty and grace which surely imbued some with a wish to swim with them.

Acupuncture was the subject of Karen Vickery’s speech. She discussed the virtues of the ancient Chinese practise of acupuncture.

Anne French spoke of the tradition of the last meal for the condemned prisoner. We heard of unusual requests and of one who asked for an enormous meal and at the eleventh hour, hadn’t the stomach for it!!

A satirical take on the Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ read by Wyn Glen demonstrated the art of reading aloud by modulating the voice. She explained that reading aloud is a performance of words and their delivery is the key to success. The need to know your audience was emphasised

The Post Office List of Prohibited Items was the subject of topics this month directed by Anne Jones. The speaker was given a slip of paper annotated with an illicit item and then invited to speak. Amusing speeches ensued but, strike a light!  Penny Wright spoke about ‘matches’ and was awarded Star of the Month.

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 www.leicspeakers.co.uk. We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.

‘Pearls of Wisdom’ and Electricity

This is the January 2017 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

January, our first meeting of the, year and in keeping with tradition, we had an evening of impromptu speeches.

After the business meeting the programme for the evening commenced with Anne Jones reading some amusing and also profound anecdotes from a book she received at Christmas.

The subject of each speech was pulled from a hat.  Star of the Month was awarded to Shovanna for her brilliant maiden speech entitled “Cards” (she had ten minutes to prepare).  It was amazing that the innocuous word ‘cards’ could be developed into a very interesting and amusing speech.

The titles were an eclectic mix.  Wyn Glen had the subject “Leicester” it was wonderful speech, she gave a potted history of Leicester through the ages – it held the attention of all present.  “Electricity” was Heather Mawby’s selection and she spoke about not having electricity in her childhood home making one pause and think how much we take electricity for granted.  One title selected by John Baron was “The problem with youth today”.  Looking around the room as John spoke people were smiling or nodding their heads obviously empathising with him and perhaps remembering similar sentiments voiced by their parents!

Space doesn’t allow me to write about all the speeches but rest assured we had an informative, interesting and very amusing evening.

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 www.leicspeakers.co.uk.  We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.

 

Leicestershire Speakers – December Meeting

This is the December 2016 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

Folks passing by Blaby Drop In Centre on the evening of Wednesday 14th December may have wondered at what was occurring within when they heard sounds of jocular laughter!  It was the season of goodwill and our December meeting embodied this sentiment.

The business meeting was short and pithy; then it was down to the fun part.  Our president, Anne French, shared a story of a Christmas spent in Palm Springs amongst the rich and famous  – wow they knew how to party!

We were invited to act as super sleuths; each person present had a name placed on their backs.  The aim of the game was to discover the identity by asking questions of others.  We had names of the high and mighty and some of notoriety!  A short session of a version of call my bluff created much hilarity.

We welcomed three guests to our meeting and they joined with us in our traditional party buffet.  After a lot of chatting and eating nice food it was time to say farewell and wish all a very happy Christmas.

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 www.leicspeakers.co.uk.  We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups

 

Flights of fancy, trees and nursery rhymes!

This is the November 2016 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

Our November meeting was an evening of an eclectic mix of speeches full of interest, enjoyment and fun.  Penny Wright’s description of a long held ambition to paraglide left one with the feeling of being lifted by the thermals and basking in absolute peace.

We were taken through a Sequoia forest in America by Sue Coleman. This speech was well scripted and full of researched fact. Sue’s enthusiasm and love of trees was passionately delivered to her audience.

Mark Glover delivered a speech in his inimitable style which started with him rapidly reciting the vowels sounds. We wondered what was coming and all was soon revealed!  An entertaining account of the evolution of the human voice!

Nursery Rhymes were the theme for our Topics session organised by John Barron. On a folded piece of paper, handed to those who were to speak, was a nursery rhyme. The object of the theme was to present the nursery rhyme as a news report. The originality of some presentations caused much mirth. We had Jack and Jill climbing Mount Everest for fresh water, a very moving appeal for missing sheep was made by our President Anne French.

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 www.leicspeakers.co.uk. We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.

 

Three Goldfish for David!!

This is the September 2016 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

Our September meeting opened with the observation of one minute silence in respect of Frank Kovacs who recently passed away. Frank, a long-time member of Leicestershire Speakers, will be greatly missed.

The programme consisted of three speeches. Robert Clare delivering his maiden speech, told us of his positive experience as a foster child and his life to date.  The life of Gladys Aylward was the subject of Val Christie’s speech. Neil Barker explained how the jet stream is created in the third speech of the evening.

Anne Jones used the education slot to give advice on using the voice to best effect. As always, Anne delivered her advice eloquently and with great humour.

There was a lot of laughter caused by the impromptu speeches devised by Morag Wilkes. An individual was handed the name of a celebrity who had to say what birthday gift they would give him or her. The responses were hilarious. Just to give a taster: we heard how the Queen would be taken on a clandestine visit to the ‘naughty knicker’ shop; fish and chips for Elton John and three goldfish in a tank for David Cameron!

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 www.leicspeakers.co.uk. We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups

Winds Veering South to South West

This is the August 2016 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

Our August meeting was a superb evening of entertainment. The programme started with two poems read by Penny Wright, “Nation’s Ode to the Coast” by Dr John Cooper-Clarke, and a poem she had written about the coast of North Devon and Cornwall.

Karen Vickery delivered her maiden speech on Alternative Medicine which was informative and peppered with humour. The merits of quark are amazing!

We learned from Sue Coleman how to encourage wild-life into our gardens.

Margaret Hudson spoke about her time as a Tiller Girl. Her reminisces and anecdotes enthralled.  She related how during a Royal Command Performance at the London Palladium Max Miller was reluctant to leave the stage and was dragged off into the wings by his neck by use of a hook on a long pole.  The audience thought it part of the act and a furious Val Parnell was overheard telling him he would never again be billed in any of his theatres.

We were riveted by Morag Wilkes with her researched speech on the Shipping Forecast, she took us on a trip around the coast of Britain mentioning the locations such as North and South Utsire and imparted some very interesting facts.

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 www.leicspeakers.co.uk. We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.

In What Direction does the Eiffel Tower Expand?

Our Meeting this month opened with Margaret Barrett reading “The Speech” by Joyce Grenfell. One could almost imagine Margaret had been ‘morphed’ into Joyce Grenfell with her reading.

Summer was the title of Hiten Vyas’ speech, based on vocabulary. Whilst talking about summer Hiten took us across the channel to the Eiffel Tower and informed that it actually expands 17cm. From the audience’s faces it was apparent they were imagining the dimension and plane of the expansion!!

Wyn Glen always speaks so eloquently, and she entertained us with anecdotes about the battles her late husband had with the lawn mower. Wyn told us how she refused to let the garden daunt her, and approach the tasks in hand with stoicism.

Topics (impromptu short speeches) for July were led by Mark Glover and as usual these led to some very interesting views and ideas when the speaker was challenged to talk about the value of an object or thing. One example the Loch Ness Monsters another diamonds.

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 www.leicspeakers.co.uk. We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.

 

Photos from the Leicestershire Speakers Summer Social

The annual Leicestershire Speakers Summer Social was hosted by the club’s President Anne French at her home on 16th July. Members enjoyed a delicious lunch and plenty of good conversation. The weather held up, and it turned into a lovely, sunny and warm afternoon. Below are few snaps from the event.

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The 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 www.leicspeakers.co.uk. We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.

Leicestershire Speakers – Annual General Meeting

This is the May 2016 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

The first part of our Annual General Meeting concerned business. Anne French was inaugurated as our President for 2016 taking over from Josephine Burgess who said her term of office had been enjoyable and interesting. She hoped that Anne would enjoy her year and wished her success.

Then it was on to the fun part of the evening. Three groups of four each told a story and the audience had to decide whether they were being told the truth or a pack of lies.  This offered up a mixed bag of anecdotes.

The serious was admixed with some great humour. One speaker told us of when he was born in the days when there was no such thing as paternity leave. The father was informed that he had a daughter when in fact he had a son. The ensuing birth notices led to the impression that twins had been born!

We listened to a very plausible explanation of as to how the surname Jones originated – the speaker had us all hoodwinked. We all howled with laughter when an incident of a chocolate biscuit purchased, promptly popped into a handbag and forgotten. The purchaser then sat down in a café sharing a table, saw what she perceived her Kit Kat being eaten, she glared at the poor chap, snatched back her treat, ate it, and later discovered her Kit Kat in her handbag! In the cash strapped days of yesteryear one member described how he was asked to design a stained glass window for a church and to discover his fee had been donated to a home for unmarried mothers.

An incident which took place many years ago, in a science lab when an experiment went wrong causing an explosion, was related to us. The Health and Safety Executive would be running around in circles should this happen today!

Many years ago a young scout attempted to join his troop who were camping in the Campsie Hills. He had a Saturday job so had to set off late. He cycled through wind and rain well into the night and couldn’t find his fellow scouts. Nothing for it but to spend a miserable night, wet and cold, in a barn to discover the next morning the troop were in the field next door.

We listened in rapt attention as we heard how one of our members, a few years back, had been hauled by police from her car on three occasions whilst making a journey though France. She was astounded by their actions and didn’t understand why. All was revealed when she related her tale to a fellow airline passenger. He calmly said “Well you do look like the escaped member of Baader Meinhof!”.

Three guests were plucky enough to have a go at telling stories. We heard from one how it could have appeared she had stalked Michael Jackson. A Christmas Eve fiasco was described by another guest. The third guest described an incident of dreadful road manners. All their stories were true.

Sadly, all good things have to come to an end. So it was cheerio until our June meeting.

The 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 www.leicspeakers.co.uk. We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.

Down the Rabbit Hole!

This is the April 2016 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

We welcomed three guests to our April meeting and hope that the evening’s programme tempts them to return.

Dot Barnard chose to read Wendy Cope’s poem “The Daily Help” she explained her choice had been influenced by the fact that the poet had been commissioned to write a poem to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23rd April.

The first speech of the evening delivered by Sue Coleman who gave a very informative speech concerning animal bravery and the award of the PDSA’s Dickin Medal to some amazing animals.

Next up was Daniel Cole who gave us an extremely interesting biography with the title, Me, Myself and I, which he. peppered with humour

Our President, Josephine Burgess delighted and fascinated us with her speech “Down the Rabbit Hole”. She certainly set the bar high, we were treated to a superb speech that may inspire one to re-read Alice in Wonderland to look for the clever play on words and the parody of characters with prominent people of the time.

A very amusing and interesting speech on the evolution of the toothbrush, dental hygiene and toothpaste was delivered by Margaret Barrett.  War brings about very many changes, and it was noted that GI’s were introduced to the practise of cleaning their teeth when they joined up during WW2 – would this be the start of the obsession with chewing gum?

An hilarious topics session was chaired by Neil Barker who invited speakers to role-play historical figures to give their excuses why something went wrong, such as Lord Cardigan’s disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade, and why King Alfred burnt the cakes.

The 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 www.leicspeakers.co.uk. We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.