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