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.

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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.

February 2019

Some of our newer members entertained us recently.  Derek Eastwood described the astonishing number of amazing coincidences he has had in his life. We all admired his capacity for remembering them in close detail. Then Ruth Redmond described some of the hazards of her work as a building surveyor, including how to deal with a rat in a cupboard (just shut the door) and how not to break down a door that opens outwards on the fourth floor of a Georgian building – stand back and kick; a shoulder charge is not a good idea.

Sue Hanger then held a training session on how to approach impromptu speaking as in our ‘Topics’ sessions. This is supposed to be a serious business, but we all agreed the most important thing was to have fun. Later, Heather Moore ran her first Topics session. She had prepared a number of photos of various parts of the globe, and invited us to talk about what the picture inspired.  Margaret Baldwin visited Antarctica for the first time; Edward Taylor reached into his memory banks for facts about South America, and Allan Rimmer took the opportunity to describe a youthful hitchhiking experience across Europe.

We meet 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month.  If you are interested in developing public speaking skills in a supportive and fun environment, come along to Karter’s Café, 20, Church Street, Lutterworth.  Our first meeting of the New Year is on 7th Jan.  For further information ring Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or see our website lutterworthspeakersclub.com.

January 2019

Lutterworth Speakers Club

Our New Year started in fine style with a great mix of entertaining and thought-provoking speeches.  Ruth Redmond spoke first, on the rather unusual subject of asbestos.  A building surveyor by profession, she outlined the history and use of this dangerous material in public buildings, and the challenges of dealing with it, particularly in schools.  It was a real insight into the problems faced by those having to deal with it.  The message is – beware, but don’t panic.

The rest of the evening was taken up with impromptu speeches.  Take a subject out a hat, have 10 minutes to prepare notes, then deliver a speech of 5-6 minutes – that’s the challenge, and a first for some of our newer members.  Burns night, tea-making, and travel were all explored.  Gary Hayward on vacuum cleaners, and Dave Hanger on memorable experiences at school were both very amusing and entertaining, while Heather Moore showed excellent knowledge tackling the subject of food additives and labelling.  But Jen Smollett stole the show with her lively and very funny account of how she changed from hating cats to loving them – all because of her partner who loves them.

We meet 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month.  If you are interested in developing public speaking skills in a supportive and fun environment, come along to Karter’s Café, 20, Church Street, Lutterworth.  Our first meeting of the New Year is on 7th Jan.  For further information ring Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495 or see our website lutterworthspeakersclub.com.

NOVEMBER 2018

More success for Lutterworth Speakers!

Allan Rimmer and Sue Hanger were winners in the recent annual South-East Leicestershire Area Evaluation Contest and Topics Contest.

Allan won for the best evaluation of a speech by David Ridgeon, from the Barwell Cedars Speakers Club, entitled ‘The Nightmare of Supermarket Shopping’, a theme any of us could identify with.

Sue won for her impromptu speech on the topic of ‘Ride’.  This one-word topic challenges the contestants to think on their feet, and Sue took us round the British Isles, notably to the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight, with her train-loving husband (who had to buy a Ticket to Ryde and thus got the biggest laugh of the evening).

Many congratulations to both, who go on to represent the Area at the District round of the contests on Sunday March 24th 2019.

November 2018

Could you speak on the theme of ‘Play’ for up to 3 minutes, with only a few seconds to think about it?  That was the challenge faced by club members in the recent annual club Topics Contest.  Sue Hanger was more than up to the task, beating 7 other competitors with a superb, impassioned speech about the importance of play to the development of young children.

The same night saw the annual Evaluation Contest, where visiting Roy Sutton from Barwell Cedars Speakers Club gave a speech entitled ‘The Wordsmiths’, to be evaluated by 6 contestants. Roy’s focus was on TV commentators, such as those in snooker or horse-racing, and he thoroughly enjoyed himself mimicking their vocal styles. Allan Rimmer won the contest with a well-structured and reasoned evaluation of Roy’s speech.

Such is the enthusiasm of our new members that many took part in the contests, making for a great evening. Well done to them, and congratulations to both Sue and Allan, who go forward to represent Lutterworth Speakers in the Area contests.

We meet 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month.  If you are interested in developing public speaking skills in a supportive and fun environment, come along to Karter’s Café, 20, Church Street, Lutterworth.  Our first meeting of the New Year is on 7th Jan.  For further information ring Allan Rimmer on 01455 324495.

SEPTEMBER 2018

We started the new season with a couple of very interesting speeches from two of our newer members.  Heather Moore’s first speech gave us a real insight into her life and times from childhood; how her interest in science developed, particularly in microbiology, and how, through hard work and dedication, she worked her way towards a PhD and a scientific job in Lutterworth.  Her gently humorous approach won us all over.

Derek Eastwood took us a little further afield – namely, to South Lincolnshire, a part of the country sidelined by more glamorous destinations but well worthy of exploration.  He enlightened us on the history, virtues and quirks of the various small towns and villages he and his wife explored recently, fascinating and amusing us in the process.

Our annual Area ‘Chatter Box’ competition is coming up soon, and Maggie Barlow led a Topics session to generate ideas on this year’s theme of Time and Space.  Plenty were forthcoming and the speaking team have lots to choose from and develop into a great presentation. Club pride and a wooden ‘Chatter Box’ are at stake!

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