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