Monthly Archives: January 2015

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 22 January 2015, by Doug Weale

Dr. John Beale chaired the meeting on Thursday 22nd January; confident and successful in his first assignment of this duty. Chairmanship is just one of many aspects of the art of speaking to which as an affiliate of the Association of Speakers Clubs we pursue. Following his opening words of welcome, he conducted the traditional warm- up, affording all present the opportunity to speak briefly. 

The main objective of this meeting was to give our representatives in the Area round of the National Speech Competition, a chance to rehearse their entry; they will face winning entries from speakers in other Kent based clubs, and be judged by required high standards, for progress to further stages towards the National final.  

Steve Pamphilon, a recently enlisted member, gave a most entertaining story based on the famous Brief Encounter. Bernie Morgan, then, gave an equally engaging speech, in her inimitable style, adding to the entertainment of the evening. These two members received positive and encouraging evaluations from Trevor Kenning and Doug Weale respectively, in preparation for the Area competition. 

The impromptu speaking session, which occupies the second half of each meeting, was chaired by Deborah Percy, affording a challenge and further entertainment for all present. Ron Sheldrake in his evaluation was complimentary of her unusual theme and gave individual appraisals to the responses of all members. The Topics Trophy, by popular vote was awarded to Trevor Kenning for an imaginative response on a subject from science fiction.  

Vice President Garry Costain, always to be relied upon for an in depth and perceptive evaluation, was approving of the evaluative advice given to the speech contestants ;his appraisal of the evening as a whole outlined the educative value of evaluation, by which we all progress. He voiced particular commendation of the chairmanship of John Beale and the vital part played in this role. 

We look forward to   a successful result at the Area competition and to a continued programme in pursuit of our aim, with a further variety of agendas: in the near future we are extending-as always-invitation to visit any of our meetings. For details please contact Doug Weale on 01843 502221 or or visit


Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 8 January 2015, by Doug Weale

The first half of the meeting on Thursday 8th January was devoted to debate, a vital aspect of speaking in public, the art to which the Club, by virtue of it s affiliation to the Association of Speakers Clubs is devoted. 

The Cogers Debate established in 1755, was widely enjoyed in more modern times in the coffee houses of the city of London: tracing its history back to the famous dictum of the French philosopher Descartes-Cogito Ergo Sum, that good speaking is inspired by good thinking.  

To speak with a sense of purpose is an assignment immediately following the new member’s initial maiden introductory speech; it was most gratifying for the Club to hear our most recently enlisted member, having established his membership that very evening, joining established club members in earnest debate.  

The choice of subject matter from which to choose, as established in the long history of the “Cogers”, was offered by the “Opener “, from notes taken from recent articles in the national press: this vital role was expertly undertaken by Trevor Kenning, the Club President and Education Director. In a most entertaining speech, he drew attention to subject matter for debate ranging from terrorism to brown sauce, and from Manston to the eccentricities of our language.  

Evaluation of the event was assigned to Ron Sheldrake,   who adjudged that the finest contribution to the spirit of earnest dispute had been given  by Deborah Percy and in keeping with a tradition dating back to Greek mythology, she was presented with the “Apple of Discord”.  

Club Vice President, Garry Costain, then Chaired the regular Impromptu Speaking session, with a series of  “topics’, which reflected the thought and preparation to his assignment, inviting responses from the assembled members, they having had no preparation of the subject matter, making for both an entertaining and challenging session. 

The Club Topics Trophy, was awarded by popular vote to the most deserving impromptu speech.  Trevor Kenning had given an ingenious interpretation of “miracles”, in a touching, tender story of a grandchild.  

Evaluation, an appraisal of the role of the chairman, followed by individual performances, was given by Deborah Percy-her first time in this assignment-who in turn received complimentary opinion from Ben Harris in his overall comment on the meeting. Overall, this was a successful meeting in keeping with the standard which is a constant aim of the Club.  

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