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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West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – July 10th

This, the evening of our annual area team speaking competition – the Hopper Cup – saw teams from across Kent compete for prestige and honour. Established 20 years ago, all teams gave excellent speeches on the theme of “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”  and it is fair to say the best team won. Congratulations to Thanet for retaining the Hopper Cup.

West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – June 26th

Taking place at the Granary, Larkfield,  our Hopper Cup speaking team used this evening as a run through for their entry for the forthcoming competition.

Our impromptu speaking session, topics, was chaired by Ann Etridge with the General Evaluator for the evening being Eddie Barnes.

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West Kent Speakers Club – Maidstone – June 12th

This meeting was the Club’s Annual General Meeting, with no set speeches, and was chaired by our current President – Frani.

Following the conclusion of the AGM, we tried something a bit different for our Topic session. We played a board game called Rhetoric. We split into two teams and took turns to spin the dice. As each team move around the board, members were given subjects to talk about for two minutes. It was well received and everyone enjoyed the different approach.

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