This is the November 2019 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

We enjoyed a splendid evening of entertainment at our November meeting. Mark Snow spoke eloquently to illustrate the detrimental effect of over tourism; painting such a picture that the listener could almost believe they were being jostled and pushed whilst attempting view what they came to see. He told how local populations were being swamped with a flood of humanity from cruise ships and arbitrary fines imposed by the Venetian administration for seemingly trivial things such as sitting on the steps of buildings.

On a lighter note, Ann Dixon gave a beautifully informed speech about gardens including the common kitchen garden and describing the splendour of formal gardens where topiary is a feature. She transported us from a miserable November to Spring and its lovely flowers.

Sylvia Bosworth devised an imaginative topics session to tax a speaker’s imagination. Written on slips of paper handed out by Sylvia was the first line of a poem around which the candidate had to craft their story. Featured amongst the poets were Philip Larkin, Louis McNeice and Margery Farjeon. All speakers ‘stood up to the plate’ and told some wonderful stories.

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 Bev Capewell on 0116 2770266 or visit our website We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.