Monthly Archives: July 2012

Thanet Speakers Club Report – 24th July 2012 (by Doug Weale)

Outgoing President, Kathleen Smith ,chaired the meeting on Thursday 24th, prior to a summer recess: receiving from her successor, Bernie Morgan, congratulations for a successful term of Office.   There followed a speech from Kathleen demonstrating the use of vocabulary and word pictures, as she progresses through the guide book- a manual of helpful qualities needed for development of skill in public peaking.  Sally Dyos, at an early stage in her career with the club, in the only the second assignment,being required to exhibit a sense of purpose in her speech, did so with established flair, detailing the attributes needed for raising funds for worthy charities: the audience was visibly moved by her speech. Both speakers were adjudged to have passed their assignment by Doug Weale and Margaret Jones, respectively, by evaluation-the essence of the educational programme of the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we belong- offering points of commendation and of helpful advice for further assignments.

Impromptu Speaking followed in the second half, chaired by Andrew Thomson; challenging but rewarding and enjoyable; “Topics”to which members are invited to respond for two minutes without preparation.  Sally Dyos, by popular vote giving the most imaginative and knowledgeable speech,was presented with the Trophy, given at each meeting.

Our programme recommences on September 13th after the usual summer break.  For details of  visiting or membership please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or or visit our website

Thanet Speakers Club Report – 12th July 2012 (by Doug Weale)

The meeting on July 12th, chaired by Doug Weale featured a speech by John Poole demonstrating the use of humour.  He chose the infallible subject of personal experience to recall everyday life in which episodes caused laughter and happy memories of his past.  Trevor Kenning  awarded a pass mark, complimenting the speaker on his style and delivery, drawing attention to points for improvement in further assignments.

Variety is a feature in our agendas, but always with the objective in mind to practise and improve the art of speaking in public debating is both good practise and popular in this pursuit.  The subject in debate on Thursday, was Ghosts and evoked a remarkable number of personal recollections, told in a series of short, vivid speeches  Tthe result was an overall majority vote in agreement with the belief in the existence of supernatural beings.

Topics-impromptu speaking-followed with Ron Sheldrake in the chair challenging  members present to speak for two minutes without preparation on random subjects. The Trophy for the best response-as judged by popular vote-was awarded to Trevor Kenning.

President Bernie Morgan reviewed the the evening as a whole, as in keeping with the standards of the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we are affiliated.

For details of visiting and membership, please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or  or our website

Hopper Cup Team Speaking Competition Report – 28th June 2012 (by Doug Weale)

Every vital quality of speaking in public, was displayed as Thanet S.C. hosted the annual Hopper Cup team speaking competition on Thursday June 28th.  West Kent S.C.was adjudged the winning presentation of the theme ‘Fly The Flag’, with a captivating history of flags flown at historical occasions from the Skull & Crossbones on the high seas, to the recent Silver Jubilee celebration on the river Thames; embracing, among the individual speeches, the notorious “White Flag Incident” in the Falklands war.  Whilst both Chaucer & Thanet clubs each gave of their very best, the chief judge John Reid was heartily applauded by all present, as he gave the unanimous decision of the panel of judges and presented the Hopper Cup to the team,which happily included Fay Andrews,who instigated the competition 12 years ago.

Our club will resume the usual format at the next meeting, July 12th  to which, as to all meetings, visitors are welcome.  Our objective is to practise and improve the art of speaking in public: we do so by a series of speeches written and-after rehearsal in their own home-delivered to fellow members at club meetings; evaluated with helpful suggestions for continued improvement.  For full details of visiting and membership please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or or visit