The annual speech contest on Thursday January 10th, chaired by Andrew Thomson, offered to the audience of fellow members and visitors the customary mix of entertaining entries; delivered with the skill of public speaking learned under the guidance of the manual of the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we are affiliated. Bernie Morgan and Margaret Jones earning the accolade of first and second place, they will represent the club in the next round of the competition, at the Kent Area meeting in February.
Education Director, Frances Pointer together with Kathleen Smith drew attention to the challenge to their judgement skills of the overall high standard of contestants,with praise for runners-up, Ben Harris and Garry Costain, each delivering a speech of technical merit. Competitive speaking is a challenging and popular aspect of club membership,and culminates in a National Finals in April.
The customary impromptu speaking session, which is a vital item on the agenda followed; chaired by Ron Sheldrake. We were delighted that visitors, always welcome to our meetings, agreed to take part,each giving an impromptu response to a topic of local interest. By popular vote, it was decreed that the best of all responses was that by Trevor Kenning, who received the club trophy for the event, which he will return at the next meeting. He then gave his evaluation of the session, offering an appraisal, with advice for improvement where needed, and complimenting the chairman on his successful role. The club will host an Open Evening on March 14th to which visitors will be made espescially welcome:For full details of visiting any of our meetings, please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221or d.weale2012@btinternet .com or visit http://www.thanetspeakers.org.uk