Monthly Archives: June 2014

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 26 June 2014, by Doug Weale

The meeting on June 26th, chaired by incoming President Trevor Kenning, was the last of the current season. A customary warm up brought everyone in turn to their feet then prepared for an important occasion: the team selected to represent us in the annual competition for The Hopper Cup had been invited to rehearse the presentation.

We have immense satisfaction in being represented by recently enrolled members, of a wide range of age, from teenager to octogenarian, and of both genders. The theme of the speeches, The Light Bulb Moment, is open to wide interpretation; the audience of fellow club members were captivated by the skilful cohesion and exposition of the theme, and the engaging humour of Deborah Percy. The competition will be hosted by the Canterbury based Chaucer Speakers Club with all three Kent clubs participating. There followed an impromptu speech by Garry Costain, who with his now accustomed conviction, delivered a most erudite exposition on the value of reading.

After the interval came the accustomed impromptu speaking session, for which responsibility was assigned to Ben Harris. Topics-as the session is known-is a popular feature in the manual: subjects are offered to which responses are given without preparation, which proves both challenging and entertaining. Ron Sheldrake in his evaluation of the meeting, as leader of the Hopper team, declared the meeting a great success, in an agenda giving everyone the opportunity to engage and contribute to the standards in which the club prides itself.

We adjourn for a summer break and resume on Sept 11th, and thereon as usual, second and fourth Thursdays monthly. We always welcome visitors to our meetings. For details please contact Doug Weale on 01843 592221 or or visit



Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 12 June 2014, by Doug Weale

Garry Costain chaired the meeting on June 12th with the confidence that is acquired by practice by members in turn; it is an important aspect, and one of many factors to which we as club members are introduced as we progress in the principles and practice of speaking in public.

After a customary warm-up, the chairman with commendable innovation, conducted an interesting forum inviting the audience to name a book which they had cause to regret not reading; as expected a wide variety of titles- and reasons, were given in response.

Doug Weale then fulfilled his contribution to the agenda to deliver a reading: one of a number of requirements of the guide book published by the Association of Speakers Clubs; he chose to read   the inspirational address to the cadets at West Point by General Douglas Macarthur.  Evaluation was given by Ron Sheldrake, by which process, the opinion of fellow members draws attention to factors accomplished well, together with improvements which could be made; thus we accumulate a consensus of opinion and progress.

The impromptu speaking session-“Topics”, was conducted by Trevor Kenning; from a wealth of experience he offered a stimulating and thought provoking  series of propositions inviting either approval or disapproval from selected members, within a two minute speech: then from the floor, a contradicting  opinion in equal brevity.  The procedure proved to be both challenging and of great entertainment value in true “Topics” style. By popular vote the best response was decreed  to have been given by Ron Sheldrake.

Following evaluation  of the Topics session by Garry Costain, the meeting overall was given by John Beale, with a most complimentary opinion of the enjoyment and educational value of all that  had been achieved; taking the opportunity to express his own personal satisfaction of his membership and participation in the club`s  objective. Visitors are always welcome to our meetings, and new members earnestly sought. Please contact Doug Weale  01843 592221  or or visit