Monthly Archives: February 2012

Area Success for Thanet Speakers Club at Kent Public Speaking Competition

Thanet Speakers Club were successful at the recent Kent ASC Speaking Competition held in Maidstone.  A team comprising Doug Weale, Margaret Jones, Bernie Morgan and Ian Lockyer competed against other affiliated clubs in three contests which included ‘Impromptu speaking’, ‘Speech Evaluation’ and the main ‘Speech Contest’ itself.

Congratulations were in order to Bernie Morgan for winning the Kent ASC speech evaluation contest (see enclosed picture) and to Doug Weale who came as runner up in the speech contest. Both represent Thanet speakers at the forthcoming area regional finals.

Good luck to you both.

Thanet Speakers Club Report – 9th February 2012 (by Doug Weale)

Bernie Morgan, chairing the meeting on 9th February, introduced an agenda of public speaking; commencing with two impromptu speeches in succession.  Each speaker was given a choice from three subjects on which to speak, with very little preparation: widely differing and reflecting the style and forte of them both. In the 200 years since Charles Dickens` Birth -What Progress Has Been Made? Was answered in unequivocal terms by Doug Weale; who drew attention to some aspects of decline in society, rather than progress. Trevor Kenning addressing the proposition that the role of grandparent is difficult infused humour along with thought provoking logic into his personal reflections on this demanding age of a man, of which he is an exemplar.

The customary impromptu speaking session followed: chaired by Ian Lockyer, the club`s skilful webmaster, who, with an imaginative theme, drew on childhood for totally unprepared responses: a vital quality in the speakers armoury is to be able to speak with authority on diverse subjects; the topics session is on every agenda, challenging but within capability and always entertaining; a trophy being awarded -by popular vote, for the best response, presented on this occasion to Trevor Kenning.

Evaluation of the “Topics” by Ben Harris, our youngest member, demonstrated his recognition of the qualities displayed, by both members and chairman, for the success of the session.

In a final overall evaluation, Margaret Jones drew attention to the skill of speaking without preparation, and how well the whole meeting had been chaired. For all details of visiting and membership, please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or  or