MARCH 2021

Had you spotted the gnome on the front cover of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band? Our February challenge resulted in talks on a huge range of characters from the gnome to Laurel and Hardy to Gandhi and a mysterious character from Southport!  Tony astounded us with his first speech about Johnny Weissmuller, humorous, interesting and informative.

This month encouraged us to find out about historical events on our birthdates and to prepare a short speech about our discoveries.

It is World Speech Day on 15th March and our national committee have set us the challenge to produce a speech that is 15 seconds long that must have a beginning, middle and end as well as meaning what we say.  If you visit the Association of Speakers Clubs website you can hear the results of our efforts.

Speakers are continuing to meet on zoom on the first and third Monday’s of each month.  If you would like to join us and learn to improve your speaking skills please contact Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or see our website lutterworthspeakersclub.com

JANUARY 2021

Lutterworth Speakers started the new year with great enthusiasm and a speech by Maggie Barlow about ‘A Right Reverend’ the Reverend Stephen Hawker, a fascinating character from Cornish past, and from Eileen Fox ‘Believe it or not’ when she told us about the different quirks and interests of some previous American presidents.   We have also had training from Allan Heggs as well as topic sessions encouraging us to talk about our careers.  

Our challenge for February was to choose a character from the album cover of ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and create a five-minute speech using vocabulary to create a picture of that person.

We would like to welcome Tony a new member to the group and look forward to his contributions to our meetings.

Speakers are continuing to meet on the first and third Monday’s of each month.  We meet on zoom and are developing new skills to meet the challenges of this media.   If you would like to join us and learn to improve your speaking skills please contact Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or see our website lutterworthspeakersclub.com

NOVEMBER 2020

We hope you’re all staying safe, wearing your masks and keeping busy during this challenging time. Lutterworth Speakers Club had our first Zoom meeting of the lockdown on November 9th. Allan Rimmer gave us a great prescriptive speech helping us become more aware of the dangers of fake news. Prescriptive speeches are an opportunity to speak to a specific objective such as to persuade, entertain or inform the audience. Ruth Redmond gave us a great speech all about the Leicester University Engineering building, it’s beauty and pitfalls.

Thomas Roe provided our topics session asking people to speak on their favourite cheese, flower, furniture, word and even room in the house! This resulted in some funny and enthusiastic speeches about bookcases, beds, long walks, railways and Stilton!

Meetings: every other Monday 7.00-8.30 pm, currently online. Guests and visitors are most welcome. Call Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or go to LutterworthSpeakersClub.com.

SEPTEMBER 2020

On Monday September 14th Lutterworth Speakers Club got back into action.

After months of online meetings we were finally able to meet face-to-face in our new venue, the Wycliffe Rooms. We were all delighted to gather again and are looking forward to meeting every two weeks in a nice big room to accommodate all our speakers and any newcomers or visitors. Our first meeting had two lively speeches, an A3 from Matthew Hall about how to go about retiring early and an A9 from Emma Thompson introducing the club to Chinese. We finished with some great topics speeches where we learned Eileen Fox is a 007 fan and Liesl Carr’s arachnophobia is hereditary.

We meet every other Monday at the Wycliffe Rooms, George Street, Lutterworth, 7.30-9.30 pm. Due to the current situation we ask that visitors contact us in advance. Call Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or go to LutterworthSpeakersClub.com

JULY 2020

While lockdown may have slowed down Lutterworth Speakers Club, it was only for a couple of weeks. The team quickly got Zoom worked out and and the club was up and running again. Some Zoom training was required but everyone quickly adapted to life in lockdown.

Speakers Club continues on Zoom with people giving speeches from home and even our very popular topics sessions carrying on. Topics is an opportunity to practise your impromptu speaking skills with very little time to prepare but only 1-3 minutes required to speak so it is a great way for members to increase their confidence and get practise thinking on their feet. It certainly does get the blood flowing!

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month 7.30-9.30 pm, currently online but hopefully back at Karter’s Café soon. Guests and visitors are most welcome. Call Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or go to LutterworthSpeakersClub.com.

February 2020

On the 29th of February the team were delighted to support Allan Rimmer at the Area Speech Contest. Allan did well, competing against three other speakers, but Austin Ogbata from the Leicester Club prevailed. We wish Austin the best of luck in the District contest.

Meanwhile in Lutterworth, March got off to a hilarious start with an unusual topics session run by Heather Moore. Heather started off a story by giving us it’s setting: The Greyhound Inn. Each person had just one minute to add to the story from their own imagination. We started off quietly but it wasn’t long before we had masked raiders, runaway horses, bags of stolen booty and a runaway bride!

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at Karter’s Café, Church Street, Lutterworth, 7.30-9.30 pm. Guests and visitors are most welcome. Call Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or go to LutterworthSpeakersClub.com.

December 2019 / January 2020

Best wishes to everyone for 2020 from all at Lutterworth Speakers Club!

At our first meeting on Jan 6th Heather Moore gave an excellent A6 speech (word pictures and vocabulary), reminding us of Christmas Day with vivid imagery of big meals and family gatherings. We enjoyed new member Matt Hall’s first speech, he chose ‘doing a first speech’ as his topic; talking about something relatable to get us all engaged and laughing. A practice run of new member Leisl Carr’s interesting PhD presentation received tips to limit words on visual aids to avoid audience distraction and take your time. Best of luck Leisl! Our topics session, designed by Ruth Redmond, set us up for success.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at Karter’s Café, Church Street, Lutterworth, 7.30-9.30 pm. Guests and visitors are most welcome. Call Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or go to LutterworthSpeakersClub.com.

November 2019

In early November we held our two annual contests on Evaluation and Topics. For the Evaluation contest speech Eileen Fox gave a fascinating and at times rather alarming account of the Cango Caves in South Africa, a vast subterranean network filled with paintings, stalactites and stalagmites, bats and creepy-crawlies.  And they turn the lights out. Not a place to visit if you have certain phobias!

Her speech was then evaluated by 5 of our members, and in a field of very high standard Allan Heggs was judged the winner.

This was followed by a Topics contest on the theme of ‘Night’.  8 members took part, making a lively session. Interpretations of the theme included the influence of the moon, dreaming, the strange creatures encountered in night-diving, and the business of clocks going forward and back, but it was Gary Hayward who won the day with a gentle and funny account of his daughter’s recent Hallowe’en night.

Congratulations to Allan and Gary who go forward to the Area round later in the year.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, September to May. To see us in action come along to Karter’s Café, 20, Church Street, Lutterworth, 7.30-9.30 pm. Guests and visitors are most welcome. For further information ring Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or see our website LutterworthSpeakersClub.com.

October 2019

Our new season is well under way, with last year’s membership firmly in place and new members joining. We took part last month in our Area’s annual ‘Chatterbox’ competition. An all-female team of Sue Hanger, Ruth Redmond and Emma Thompson took on this year’s theme ‘Triumph and Disaster’, and described the ups and downs of women’s underwear; an unusual take on broad subject (for the result of the competition please see our website).

Ruth Redmond gave us an entertaining and humorous speech about a family holiday in Venice.  As a building surveyor she was fascinated by the construction of the city, but the beautiful architecture was lost on her teenage sons until one of them declared that he recognised some of the streets. This was puzzling, because they had never visited before, until it transpired he knew them from a video game!  Mercifully, in the real city there are no armed villains jumping out from random alleyways to shoot you.

Sue Hanger led a short Topics session inviting members to tell funny stories about family relatives, not easy at short notice but Eileen Fox rose to the challenge, invited to talk about her Mum.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, September to May. To see us in action come along to Karter’s Café, 20, Church Street, Lutterworth, 7.30-9.30 pm. Guests and visitors are most welcome. For further information ring Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or see our website LutterworthSpeakersClub.com.

September 2019

Lutterworth Speakers Club starts its new season on Monday, September 2nd. We meet in the welcoming environment of Karter’s Café on Church Street, Lutterworth. Our purpose is to help people develop or improve their public speaking skills in a safe, friendly and fun environment.  Members can work their way through the various speaking assignments, at their own pace, gathering experience and expertise towards a certificate from the Association of Speakers Clubs.

Our usual club nights are a mix of speeches with constructive feedback from more experienced members, and an impromptu topics session. What do we talk about?  Almost anything – our members have a huge range of interests, from animal welfare to the marine environment through engineering, keeping fit, DIY, art and trains, so we are always learning something new.  And our Topics sessions invite us to speak on anything and everything, often with hilarious results.

Throughout the year we also mingle with our other local Area clubs, and hold competitions and special fun nights such as a ‘Wedding Special’ or Mock Trial.

We meet 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month.  If you are interested in seeing us in action, come along to Karter’s Café, 20, Church Street, 7.30-9.30pm.  Guests and visitors are most welcome. For further information ring Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or see our website lutterworthspeakersclub.com.