Coronavirus Covid-19 Update

Due to the current coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel all face-to-face meetings until at least July 2020.

However, we appreciate that for a number of our members, learning the art of public speaking is only part of the reason why they attend. The social, and community, element of West Kent Speakers’ Club is hugely important and not something that we want to lose during this uncertain period.

Therefore we will be exploring online meetings, using technology such as Zoom, to continue to bring people together.

In the meantime, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in more certain times.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – March 11th

Taking place at the Early Bird, Grove Green this evening was chaired by Neil Lakeland.

Following a prescription speech from Sue Shaw, on the subject of “Ripples”, which was evaluated by all members, we enjoyed a mini-presentation from Steve Poole on being a film extra. Here we learnt some of the technical terms, as well as witnessed some of Steve’s starring roles! One of our experienced members – Eddie Barnes – also delivered an impromptu speech, which was evaluated by Terry Nunn.

Our impromptu speaking session – topics – was chaired by Frani and evaluated by Claire McConchie. The General Evaluator for the evening was Sue Shaw.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – February 26th

Taking place at the Granary, Larkfield, this evening included an A1 – Making a Start – speech from Clive Williams. Speaking about how he came to be a member of West Kent Speakers’ Club, including his move from Wales to Maidstone, Clive entertained the audience. His speech was evaluated by Lorraine Burwood.

The impromptu speaking session – topics – was chaired by Suzanne and evaluated by Claire McConchie, with the General Evaluator for the evening being Neil Lakeland. The Chair for the whole meeting was Steve Poole.

Success at Kent Area Competitions

Congratulations to Frani Hoskins and Sue Shaw who, this afternoon 16th February 2020) won the topics competition and the speech competition at the Kent Area competitions.

The competitions, which include all of the Kent clubs – Thanet, Chaucer and West Kent – took place at the Hilton Hotel in Maidstone. The full results from all of the competitions were:

Evaluation:
Trevor Kenning – Thanet Speakers
Sue Shaw – West Kent Speakers

Topics
Frani Hoskins – West Kent Speakers
Steve Pamphilon – Thanet Speakers

Speech
Sue Shaw – West Kent Speakers
Trevor Kenning – Thanet Speakers

The competitors will now advance to the district competitions, which take place on 22nd March 2020 in London. The winners from this competition will compete at the National finals in Manchester.

Welcome Clive

At our meeting on 12th February, we welcomed our newest member – Clive Richards – to West Kent Speakers’ Club. We look forward to hearing Clive’s A1 speech at a future meeting.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – February 12th

Taking place at the Early Bird, Grove Green, this meeting included two set speeches and a mini-workshop.

Chris Williams, one of our newer members delivered his A1 – Making a Start – speech on the subject of hypnosis. This was evaluated by Frani Hoskins. Claire McConchie then delivered her A7 – Use of Notes – speech, which was evaluated by Neil Lakeland. Both speeches were successful, with both speakers moving on to their next assignment.

Following the set speeches, there was an informative mini-workshop from Sue Shaw on gestures and body language. This was followed by an impromptu speaking session, chaired by Terry Nunn and evaluated by Monty Knight-Olds.

The General Evaluator for the evening was Suzanne.

If you wish to come along to see what we do, email our Membership Secretary.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – January 22nd

Taking place at the Granary, Larkfield, this was chaired by Claire.

Delivering his A1 – Making a Start – Sachin Gera spoke about his career to date, how he started off in India and then, having been offered a role in London, moved to the UK. His speech expanded on this to include some of the initial tourist activities he undertook and his experiences of living in London. It was evaluated by Terry Nunn.

Following the set speech, a short workshop on “Coping with the Press” was delivered by Neil. This included information on how to write a press release, as well as what to do should you find yourself needing to brief the press on an event that has happened.

The impromptu speaking section was be chaired by Ann Peters and evaluated by Suzanne. The General Evaluator for the evening was Frani.

If you wish to come along to our next meeting to see what we do, email our Membership Secretary.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – January 8th

For the first meeting of 2020, we held our topics and evaluation competitions.

Chaired by Suzanne, the evaluation competition had two contestants – Sue Shaw and Neil Lakeland. Evaluating a target speech from Ray Finn, and judged by three judges (including Terry Nunn, Monty Knight-Olds and Frani Hoskins), the winner was Sue Shaw.

The topics contest was next, with five competitors. The winner of this was Frani, with Steve Poole as second. Both will now represent the Club at the forthcoming area title.

If you wish to come along to see what we do, email our Membership Secretary.

Welcome to our newest members

At our last meeting for 2019, we welcomed two brand new members to West Kent Speakers’ Club.

Chris Williams
Sachin Gera

Chris also delivered his first speech to the club as an entrant to our speech competition.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – December 11th

Our annual speech competition and Christmas social event took place this year at the Early Bird in Grove Green.

Congratulations to Sue Shaw who was successful in the competition with a speech on the environmental and social impact of distressed clothing. Steve Poile was runner-up, with his speech on the original of a citizen’s powers of arrest.

If you wish to come along to see what we do, email our Membership Secretary.