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.

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West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – November 27th

At our usual venue of the Granary in Larkfield, this evening focused on evaluations and providing feedback to speakers.

Led by Sue Shaw, an interesting speech on introverts and extroverts (delivered by Anne) presented a useful platform for practising feedback on.There was set criteria looking at what the speaker had excelled at and recommendations for improvement with how suggestions could be put into practice.

Following an interval there were exercises to improve vocal variety followed by members and visitors sharing favourite poetry and prose.

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West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – November 13th

Taking place at Early Bird, Grove Green, this was an evening devoted to impromptu speaking.

Chaired by our President, Frani, the evening comprised a workshop on impromptu speaking from Ray Finn followed by a topics session. The topics session was evaluated by Sue Shaw.

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West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – October 23rd

Another fun evening of public speaking was had at the Granary, Larkfield Chaired by Neil Lakeland, there will be two speeches – an A6 Vocabulary and Word Pictures delivered by Claire on the subject of a Frustrated Gardener and a prescription speech on the emotive subject of dementia by Sue. These were evaluated by Terry Nunn (for the A6) and by the whole club (for the prescription speech). Both successfully completed their assignments.

In addition to the speeches, there was a workshop on the use of the lectern delivered by Ray and topics, the art of impromptu speech, was chaired by Lorraine. These were ably evaluated by Sue. The general evaluation of the evening was conducted by Frani, our club President.

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West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – October 9th

Taking place at the Early Bird, Grove Green, this evening was chaired by Chris Frost and featured two speeches. The first, by Frani, was a recital of a creative writing piece she’d devised for U3A and the second, delivered by Sue, was a fascinating account of her trip to the Niagara Falls. Both of these were evaluated by the club as a whole.

The topics session, where we practised our impromptu speaking, was chaired by Suzanne and evaluated by Lorraine. The General Evaluation of the evening was delivered by Terry.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – September 25th

Taking place at the Granary, Larkfield, this evening comprised two speeches by Eddie and Ann Peters. The first, by Eddie, extolled the virtues of the satellite navigation systems and smartphone apps, cleverly contrasting these modern developments with some technology seen in 1960s films. The second was a narrative speech concerning Ann’s childhood, which gripped everyone up until the end. Both of these were evaluated by the club and facilitated by Terry.

Topics, the art of impromptu speaking, was delivered by Lorraine, and evaluated by Neil. The General Evaluation for the evening was given by Ann Peters.

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West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – September 11th

Taking place at the Early Bird, Grove Green, this evening was chaired by Monty Knight-Olds and featured two set speeches. The first, by Suzanne, was an A3 “Mean What You Say” speech that exhorted the humble French baguette, The second, delivered by Lorraine, was a C1 Impromptu speech from the advanced manual. These were evaluated by Sue Shaw and Neil Lakeland.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – August 28th

Taking place at the Granary, Larkfield, the evening comprised two set speeches – an A8 – Use of Humour – speech from Ann Etridge and C1 Impromptu Speech from Frani. These were evaluated by Lorraine and Eddie, with Frani successfully completing the first assignment of the Advanced Guide.

The impromptu speaking session, was chaired by Claire and evaluated by Ann Peters, with a mini workshop on the use of notes delivered by Ray Finn. The General Evaluator for the evening was Neil Lakeland.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – August 14

Our last meeting, hosted at the Early Bird in Grove Green, welcomed Verity Eunson-Hickey, from Horsham Speakers Club to facilitate a Use of Voice session. Her workshop, called Va Va Voom,  was all about spicing up our vocabulary, with everyone taking advantage of the exercises and learning lots.

The general evaluation was given by Sue Shaw.

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West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – July 24th

Taking place at the Granary, Larkfield, this evening saw two set speeches: an A6 – Vocabulary and Word Pictures – speech on trees from Steve Poile and a A10 Masterpiece eulogy to Bubbles from Frani. These were all successfully evaluated by Ann Peters, Ray Finn and Doug Weale, with both speakers moving on to their next assignments. Congratulations to Frani for now completing all ten initial assignments and gaining her Certificate in Public Speaking.

Our impromptu speaking session, topics, were chaired by Terry Nunn and evaluated by Monty Knight-Olds. The General Evaluator for the evening was Lorraine.

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