Report of the meeting on Thursday 11 April 2013

Chaired by Ron Sheldrake, the meeting on Thursday 11th April offered an agenda which provided two speeches of superb quality.  First, the opportunity of delivering a ‘B1’ maiden speech (given to each new member in an-introduction-to-the-art-of-public speaking programme) was embraced by Dr. John Beale.  D.J.B. gave us an account of absorbing interest, recalling a progression from his childhood in the Welsh village of Cefn Cribwr (at 500 feet above sea level and overlooking the Bristol Channel), to schoolboy rugby at Bridgend and scholarship to medical school in London.  The speech sparkled with the notorious humour of his profession, together with an in depth philosophy of his life.  In her evaluation, Education Director Frances Pointer voiced the appreciation of all present of a truly captivating introduction.  A pass mark was awarded in recognition of true potential as a speaker.

None present could have imagined that a second speech would follow of equal merit, namely a ‘B2’ (second-in-order in our Manual after the introductory “ice-breaker”).  This was delivered by Garry Costain.  G.C. effortlessly met the A.S.C. (Association of Speakers Clubs) requirement of “speaking with purpose and authority” and did so with conviction and an in-depth knowledge of his subject, entitled “Logic of The Law”.  Profound acuity of a matter of on-going concern to society at large was demonstrated in a totally absorbing way to his audience of fellow members.   Evaluating (this being the source of our learning), Doug Weale duly appraised, drawing attention to the many approved aspects of the speech, together with recommendations for improvement and a well-deserved pass mark.

Andrew Thomson chaired the following impromptu speaking session, this being a regular fixture on our agenda.  Winning by popular vote, Garry Costain earned best response trophy.  Finally, a general evaluation of the meeting as a whole by Ben Harris noted the two exceptionally fine speeches of our new members.  They are already an asset to the club through sharing their skill with those less accomplished yet eager to learn.

It is the ideal of the A.S.C. to practise and improve the art of public speaking.  This can be achieved through attendance at regular meetings.  For full details please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or see