This is the September 2018 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

Following the business meeting we started our programme listening to Bev reading a poem by the Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke entitled “Autumn Day” which epitomises restlessness and wandering by the Austrian Poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

Our September meeting produced an eclectic selection of speeches.  Hiten gave us a humorous speech entitled ‘Clichés’ based on the vocabulary section of our learning manual. He gave many examples of clichés and often giving the hint that he was not impressed and a little irritated by the overuse of some, in particular ‘when we touch base’ instead of using ‘when we next meet’.

We were delighted listening to Sylvia as she gave her first speech concerning her life in chapter form – and what an interesting book. A story of a life filled with ambition, achievement, adventure, a touch of sadness, lots of joy and enthusiastic zest for living!

The title of a researched speech given by Val was “Will following fashion trends cost us the earth?” She highlighted the scandal of burning unsold fashion stock to protect the ‘snob value’ of designer labels and how much clothing went for landfill. There were examples of the detrimental effect fast fashion is having on our environment and the earth’s resources.

The topics session devised by Penny was really ‘quirky’. Each speaker was given a slip of paper on which was written a phrase that could be applied to a review, a title, or whatever. Black to Basics led to Bev advertising the services of a cut price funeral directors, provided by Ed Stone and Coffin. There were tears of laughter as she described the shiny black hearses and the possibility of a second hand coffin!

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.