An Endangered Species? – The Wild Scottish Haggis

This is the June 2017 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

It was beautiful evening when we held our June meeting and the atmosphere was light -hearted.

Anne French read a humourous, thought provoking poem which urged  listeners not to put off until tomorrow what they want to do today because life is too short!

Is the Wild Scottish Haggis a creature with four legs, the two on the left being shorter than those on the right an endangered species? Rob McCord’s impassioned speech had us nearly convinced this was fact. It is possible the haggis in the delicatessen of Waitrose will be the subject of scrutiny by some! His delivery and dry Scottish humour had us ‘rolling in the aisles’. He was deservedly awarded ‘star of the month’.

We discovered Allan Woods’ passion for playing cricket, as he shared with us his experience of playing cricket tour on in Sri Lanka during the Tamil Tigers rebellion. This had been an exciting and eye opening experience for him.

Mark Snow intrigued us telling of his love of Stargazing and gave advice on the use of telescopes. He explained that stars appear as a white bright light when viewed by the naked eye but they are a myriad of colour when seen through a telescope.

The perfect gift was the subject of Val Christie’s speech, she concluded that perhaps the perfect gift was peace and quiet!

Bev Capewell devised a delightful topics session; this involved a person being given a picture depicting a scene or theme and having to describe it with word pictures.

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.

On the Wild Side!

This is the April 2017 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

It is quite amazing how things work out! Our speakers have autonomy to choose their subject. It was as though people partaking in our April programme had been directed to their subject. Thus we were treated to a superb evening’s entertainment centred around natural history.

John Baron read an article from a RSPB magazine which told of a week spent in Scotland and the birds and wildlife encountered there. In particular, we were all intrigued by the description of a herd of roe deer gathering together to thwart a golden eagle acquiring his dinner.

Next it was off to the Somerset Levels and the murmuration of the starlings. Penny Wright was able to illustrate this phenomenon describing it as a ballet in the sky and draw the listeners in to almost imagine they were watching with her.

Listening, either proactively or passively was Wyn Glen’s subject. For emphasis different species of birds were featured in during her speech.

Then on to mechanical birds of the sky! We were engrossed by Jane Lindsey’s stories of her eventful journeys to and from Brussels by air, sea and rail.

Thanks to John Baron the topics session this month was like the game of ‘consequences’.  Each speaker describing an instalment of the adventures of a fictitious Brenda and Albert and his pet ferret. This caused great hilarity.

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.

 

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.