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.

July 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.

MAY 2019

The month of May saw our AGM and final night of the season.  We decided to end on a fun note with another ‘Balloon Debate’.  The idea is that a hot air balloon, heading for an uninhabited island, is running out of fuel and needs to lose one of its occupants otherwise we all sink into the sea.

Club members were assigned specific roles, such as Gardener, Entertainer, Engineer or Masseuse, and each had to argue their case for remaining in the balloon.  How useful would each be to a new community setting up from scratch?  Would a Sailor, promising escape if we built a boat, be better than a Weaver who could make clothes to keep us warm?  Would a Dentist, equipped with some tools and anaesthetic, take preference over a Clerk of the Works with his tape measure and stopwatch?

Everyone had a lot of fun arguing to stay in the balloon, and votes were cast over 3 stages, whittling the occupants down to just 3.  In the end, Manuel da Silva, the Entertainer with his 3 packs of cards, ukulele and silly hat, was deemed to be most superfluous to requirements and ruthlessly cast overboard by the pilot, Maggie Barlow.

We take our summer break now and return on Monday, 2nd September. We meet at Karter’s Café, 20, Church Street, Lutterworth, from 7.30 to 9.30 pm, 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from May to September.  For more details ring Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or see our website LutterworthSpeakersClub.com.

April 2019

Our final full evening of the season, before our AGM in May, saw some excellent and very entertaining speeches from some of our newest members.  Heather Moore has climbed Mount Snowdon several times, in different seasons and in various company.  She described the different routes and the wonderful views, but also the dangers of attempting the climb in fickle weather. And an ex-boyfriend was given short shrift for moaning all the way up!

Manuel da Silva, proud father of a 3-year-old daughter, was inspired by the tale of the Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf to look at the story from the wolf’s point of view – as a property inspector.  This was hilarious.  He quite rightly condemned the first two houses made of straw and sticks, and lauded the pig who’d taken the trouble to design a brick dwelling of sound construction and aesthetic appeal. Some great jokes and gestures accompanied his speech.

Manuel then invited us, in a Topics session, to put ourselves in the place of one of the pigs or the wolf. This proved too much of a challenge for some, who diverted instead into their own fields of interest or talked about other fairy tales. But Margaret Baldwin cleverly drew a parallel with how parrot fish make their own homes from different types of coral, to escape the jaws of sharks.

We close for our summer break after mid-May, returning on September 2nd. Further details about the club are available on our website, lutterworthspeakersclub.com.