West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – January 9th

Featuring two A1 – Making a Start speeches, this meeting – which was chaired by Denis Etridge – kickstarted the New Year.   Westley’s first speech to the Club introduced us to him, with an insight into his life-to-date. This was evaluated by Sue Shaw. Matt then spoke about a fascinating murder investigation in Iceland, which he learnt about at University. This was evaluated by Neil Lakeland.

Topics was chaired by Suzanne and evaluated by Lorraine, with the General Evaluator for the evening being Terry Nunn.

 

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – December 12th

This, the last meeting of 2018, was chaired by Ann and featured our speech competition. Congratulations to all participants, but especially Ann Peters and Frani Hoskins who will be representing the Club at the area level.

 

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – November 28th

Chaired by Lorraine, this meeting featured our evaluation and topics competitions. Congratulations to all participants, but especially Sue Shaw and Ray Finn, who were successful in the evaluation competition and Frani Hoskins and Steve Poole, who were successful in the topics competition. All will go forward and represent the club at area level.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – November 14th

This, our third meeting at the Early Bird in Grove Green, contained an A4 speech by Steve on the history of policing within the UK, and a A6 speech on the price of liberty. These were evaluated by Lorraine and Doug – our guest from Thanet Speakers Club.

The impromptu speaking session was chaired by Ann and evaluated by Chris, with the General Evaluator being Neil.

Our next meeting, on 28th November, is at the Spitfire in Kings Hill.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – October 24th

This, our first meeting at the Spitfire, Kings Hill, was laughter and fun filled. The meeting was chaired by Jackie who kept us expertly on time and entertained us into the bargain. We enjoyed and laughed our way through three A8 speeches.  The first was evaluated by Monty, with the other two speeches used for demonstration and evaluated by the audience. This is something new and gives everyone an opportunity to feedback and learn.

Following the break, our Chair stepped in to run the topics session in her own inimitable style. This also had a humour theme and was really enjoyable.

The evening ended with an open general evaluation, a first for us, this was facilitated by Lorraine and again was very successful. Everyone had the opportunity to give feedback and learn from the opportunity.

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 – September 26th

Chaired by Sue Shaw at the Bull at Linton, this meeting was  a small but intimate affair, which included an impromptu speaking session and set speeches.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – September 12th

Chaired by Ravi, and taking place at our new venue of the Bull at Linton, Claire McConchie successfully delivered her A4 Use of Gestures speech, which was evaluated by Frani Hoskins, and Ann Peters delivered a prescription speech.

The impromptu speaking session was chaired by Jackie Clarke and evaluated by Neil Lakeland, with the General Evaluator as Faye Andrews.

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.