Report of the meeting held on Thursday September 26, by Doug Weale

The wide variety of subjects chosen, on which to address their fellow members, was dramatically illustrated at the meeting on Thursday 24th September, Chaired by Margaret Jones.

With an informative insight into the complexity of Synethesia, Garry Costain spoke with authority and a sense of purpose and skilful composition, as required by his third assignment in the Guide Book of the Association of Speakers Clubs;  which leads us  through the qualities deemed vital to the public speaker.

John Beale, then, addressing the same assignment, chose a dramatic account of the leadership of Field Marshall Sir William Slim, and the immortal bravery of “The Forgotten Army” against the Japanese in S.E.Asia.

Both speakers enthralled the audience of fellow club members, and visitors earning a Pass Mark in complimentary evaluation, from Doug Weale and Trevor Kenning, respectively.

Impromptu speaking, a highly regarded skill in the Association, and a regular feature in our agendas, chaired on this occasion by Andrew Thomson, gave all present the opportunity to speak without preparation, on his chosen topics. Challenging but of an enjoyable nature, and always an intellectual stimulus.

Evaluation was given by Ben Harris, a fine example of a youngster who has improved his speaking skill in a comparatively short time  with the Club. The Trophy for best response-by popular vote- went to Trevor Kenning.

Summing up the evening, Ron Sheldrake, in the  true manner of evaluation, appraisal by fellow members, by which both commendable aspects of speaking, together with  such points which might have room  for improvement, form the basis of  our ethos of practice and improvement.

Visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings, at the Royal Temple Yacht Club, on the second and fourth Thursday each month: please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or  or visit