West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – October 10th

This, our second meeting at the Early Bird in Grove Green, comprised an A1 “”Making a Start” speech by Suzanne where she spoke on the subject of where she was from and the countries she’d travelled to. This was evaluated by Frani Hoskins. Ann Etridge also delivered an A8 “Use of Humour” speech on the subject of “is laughter the best medicine?”, which was evaluated by Neil Lakeland.

Following the break, an impromptu speaking session took place, chaired by Claire and evaluated by Lorraine. The General Evaluator for the evening was Sue Shaw.

Our next meeting, on 24th October, is at the Spitfire in Kings Hill.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – August 22nd

Chaired by our Club President – Frani Hoskins – members benefited from an evaluation workshop delivered by Sue Shaw and Lorraine Burwood. Covering the reasons behind evaluation, as well as some tips as to what makes a good evaluation, members were asked to comment on the target speech delivered by Neil Lakeland.  This speech, which was also a prescription speech, explored some of the problems of perfection.

Following the interval, a topics session chaired by Lorraine with input from Sue, allowed members to experience what it’s like to evaluate the impromptu speaking element.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – August 8th

Chaired by Lorraine Burwood, at a new venue of the Early Bird at Grove Green, members were treated to an A7 speech delivered by Frani all about the Castle in Tonbridge, she really inspired us to go and visit. Congratulations to her for a brilliant speech and look forward to her A8 speech when she is ready.

We also had an expertly delivered prescription speech all about mangos from Sue. Who knew there was so much to know about mangoes. Well done for getting a unanimous vote from the audience for such an informative speech.

This was followed by an inspired Topics session lead by Chris and ably evaluated by Rowena.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – June 13th

Chaired by our new President – Frani Hoskins – this evening saw one of our newer members, Claire  undertake her A3 “Mean what you say” speech  on whether the internet is a force for good or evil. The second speech was from Faye – one of our more experienced speakers – with an assignment from the advanced section around her history and how she became involved in Speakers’ clubs.  These were evaluated by Monty and Sue Shaw respectively.

Our topics session, where all get to practise the art of impromptu speaking, was chaired by Rowena and evaluated by Neil Lakeland.   The general evaluation of the evening was given by Ann Peters.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – May 23rd

We started this evening with our club AGM and voted in the committee for the next year. Congratulations to Frani Hoskins, Chairperson; Sue Shaw, Secretary and Lorraine Burwood, Education Director. Ravi Kalsi, Rowena Hawtins and Neil Lakeland remain our Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Webmaster, respectively.

After the break we has a very interesting and challenging Topics session chaired by Ravi. Well done to all that took part.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – April 11th

Join us at The Bull, East Farleigh for an evening of public speaking.   This meeting will be chaired by Ray Finn, with impromptu speaking section – Topics – chaired by Frani Hoskins.

This meeting will form part of the planning for the impending Hopper Cup – the team speaking competition within Kent.  The topic for this year’s Cup is “We don’t care anymore”.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – March 28th

This, our joint Kent Area meeting with Chaucer Speakers’ Club and Thanet Speakers’ Club contained two set speeches and an entertaining impromptu speaking session.

Sheila Gomez, from Thanet Speakers’ Club, successfully passed her A3 “Mean what you say” speech on the subject of her speaking journey, whilst Jackie Clarke from West Kent passed her A5 “Using your voice effectively” on the subject of how to choose a dog. Jackie will now receive her intermediate certificate for completing the first five assignments.  The speeches were evaluated by Stewart Thomson (Chaucer Speakers’ Club) and Doug Weale (Thanet Speakers’ Club).

Topics, our session on impromptu speaking, was chaired by Ray Finn with contributions from everyone in the audience. This was evaluated by Adrian Hyner (Chaucer Speakers’ Club).

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – March 14th

Chaired by Frani Hoskins, with Gary Smith as the General Evaluator, this meeting contained a rehearsal for an A10 “Showpiece” speech by Lorraine Burwood, and a prescription speech by Faye Andrews that was evaluated by Terry Nunn.

Topics was chaired by Chris Frost and evaluated by Rowena Hawtin.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – February 14th

Chaired by Ravi Kalsi, members were treated to a Valentine’s evening of public speaking, with Tereza successfully completing her A1 “Making a Start” speech on “Destiny” and Eddie Barnes giving an entertaining prescription speech on “what’s in a name”.  Both of these speeches, which were evaluated by Ray Finn and Terry Nunn respectively, were a pass.

The topics session was delivered by Ann Etridge and evaluated by Neil Lakeland, with the General Evaluator for the evening being Fay Andrews.


West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – October 11th