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.


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


September 3rd will see the start of the new season for Lutterworth Speakers Club. We exist to help people develop or improve their public speaking skills in a safe, friendly and fun environment.  At their own pace, members who choose to can work their way through the various speaking assignments to obtain a certificate from the Association of Speakers Clubs.

Our usual club nights are an informal mix of speeches with evaluations, readings, and an impromptu topics session. What do we talk about?  Anything and everything (apart from the ‘unholy trinity’ of sex, religion and politics). Our members have a huge range of interests and experiences, from animal welfare to the marine environment through engineering, keeping fit, DIY and art. We’re always learning something new.

Throughout the year we also mingle with our other local Area clubs, and compete against them in speaking competitions.

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, on 3rd September, 7.30-9.30pm.  Guests and visitors are most welcome. For further information ring Maggie Barlow on 01455 207774 or see our website l


Lutterworth Speakers Club lost one of its most entertaining speakers in April when Steve Wagstaff died. He was a preacher, writer and humorist, and found in the club a great outlet for his thoughts. An abridged extract of his notes on the theme of “Is the Female of the Species Deadlier than the Male?” shows his great sense of humour:

“In some species, spiders for example, the sole purpose of the male is to fertilise the female egg. Once they have completed their task their lives become meaningless. Yes, it is true that the female then kills the male but this is an act of mercy. If the female did not take pity on the male and end its miserable life after mating then the poor male would have to spend the rest of his days in a totally meaningless parody of life, his ears continually bombarded by the constant whining of the female with no point to his continued existence. You see, rather than being cold and deadly killers the females of the species are in reality, warm and generous and compassionate. To say otherwise is to misunderstand their motivation.”

Steve will be much missed.

We meet again on 3rd September, 7.30p.m. at Karter’s Café, 20, Church Street Lutterworth. For more information about our club see our website

APRIL / MAY 2018

Lutterworth Speakers Club enjoyed an evening of reflection, information and nourishment in our last ordinary meeting of the season.  Steve Wagstaff described in poetic detail the reflections of an older man on his birthday – where does the time go?  It’s a question we all ask as we grow older. Genny Beck changed the mood with a fascinating speech about the microbiome – the bacteria that live in and on our body, and the role they play in maintaining our health – with advice to eat fresh vegetables aplenty and avoid processed food. Steve and Genny both passed their particular speech assignments– congratulations to them.

Finally, a topics session on food seemed an appropriate way to end. From Sunday lunch to BBQs, picnics and Christmas food Oz-style, we covered it all.

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In recent meetings members have treated us to a variety of fascinating subjects, reflecting their varied interests. Sarah Waters, in a Showpiece speech, talked about Energy Medicine – a new concept whereby we can literally ‘tap in’ to our body’s energy stores, awakening them to benefit our health, by tapping and massaging particular areas of the body. Sarah gave a wonderful demonstration and we all had a go.

Derek Eastwood then gave a speech about William Morris, later Lord Nuffield, founder of Morris Motors and Britain’s greatest philanthropist.  He gave away £30million of his fortune in his lifetime, and Derek’s speech shone a light on a truly great man. Edward Taylor, a great lover of flight and aviation, followed with a speech informing us about the nesting habits of a variety of birds.

A Topics session led by Maggie Barlow encouraged members to digress from a subject, rather than stick to it, to gain experience of using a difficult subject to springboard onto an easier one. Gary Hayward took this furthest, going from washing-up liquid to trains in under three minutes, a fair achievement.

We welcome visitors and guests. We meet at Karter’s Café, Church Street, Lutterworth on Mondays c. twice a month. See our website for more details or ring Maggie Barlow on 01455 207774.


Our club kicked off the New Year in style, with a terrific trio of speeches.

New member Emma Thompson took us travelling to America, South Korea, and Italy, via the Cayman Islands and Cozumel (an island off Mexico). In her young life she has already packed in a tremendous amount – teaching horse-riding, English, and working on a cruise ship being just a sample we learned about in a speech that took in skunks, spiders and grizzly bears along the way.

Then Allan Rimmer gave us a Showpiece speech on the pros and cons of the electric car, in particular how much cleaner the air would be, although the tricky problems of initial cost, range and availability of charging points have yet to be solved.  We can dream. The Showpiece speech means that Allan has completed the full range of speaking assignments, one of the goals of our Club.  Well done, Allan!

Finally, Dave Hanger gave a light, entertaining speech, inspired by his Christmas, about toys through the decades.  Remember Meccano?  Many budding engineers were inspired by this construction toy, and of course by Lego, still a firm favourite everywhere.  Action Man got a nod, and Barbie and Ken too, with their more recent 21st century make-overs.

We meet at Karter’s Café on Church St, Lutterworth, 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 7.30 to 9.30pm.  We welcome guests and visitors – for further details please ring Maggie Barlow on 01455 207774 or see our website


Lutterworth Speakers Club has blossomed since our move to Karter’s Café, with new members Genny Beck, Derek Eastwood and Gary Hayward giving fascinating maiden speeches on their various interests. We continue to challenge members with a variety of fun, impromptu Topics and send club members forward to Area competitions where we wish them every success.

We meet at Karter’s Café on Church St, Lutterworth, and begin again after Christmas on January 8th.  In the meantime we wish all our members, friends and associates a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

NOV 2017

This month saw two new members give their maiden speeches.

Animal lover Genny Beck gave us an insight into her life and in particular her love of horses, as the owner of one. Her affection for her animals shone through.  Then Derek Eastwood related a series of highly unusual transport events that have punctuated his much-travelled life. Fascinating titbits that would each give rise to a mini-speech on their own!  Both new speakers showed enthusiasm and confidence despite the inevitable nerves that come with a first speech, and we look forward to hearing much more from both.

A very topical Topics session followed, led by Margaret Baldwin, with members rising to the challenge of talking about autumn happenings or events. Star turns included Steve Wagstaff leading us through his lifetime of ‘Trick or Treat’ – from eager child to cautious father to grumpy old man, –  and Dave Hanger, self-proclaimed fashion leader, having us in stitches with his take on ‘Getting out your Winter Wardrobe’.  Emma Thompson loves the sparkle and promise of Christmas window displays, while her guest Gemma, another animal lover, dreads Bonfire Night because of the effect on her horses and dogs.

We meet at Karter’s Café on Church St, Lutterworth, 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 7.30 to 9.30pm.  We welcome guests and visitors – just drop in any time or for further details ring Maggie Barlow on 01455 207774 or see our website