JAN / FEB 2016

More success came our way last month when Maggie Barlow won the Area Speech Contest with a speech entitled ‘Rainbow’ – a look at the science and art of rainbows, with a nod to Judy Garland. Maggie will join Allan Heggs, our Area Topics Contest winner, in competing at District level later this month, and club members wish them the best of luck.  A win for either would take them through to the national finals – a considerable challenge, as the competition gets stiffer with every step up the ladder.

Our preceding club Speech Contest was a hotly contested affair. Seven members took part, and in addition to rainbows, we learned about roads, planes, photography, sign language, and the meaning of January. Allan Rimmer gave a detailed analysis of the phrase ‘The only excuse is death‘  – a different approach, but no less interesting.

Developing an argument is another aspect of speaking we cover from time to time. Mary Evans held a fascinating Topics session where we each had to bid for money for a particular fund at work – a challenge in the art of pleading.

We give a warm welcome to visitors and guests. We meet 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month, 7.30 – 9.30pm at the Indian Lounge on George St, Lutterworth. Visit our website LutterworthSpeakersClub.com, for more information or ring Maggie Barlow on 01455 207774.


Lutterworth Speakers Club had an entertaining session before Christmas with speeches from Allan Rimmer and Charles Ray.  Allan’s choice of subject was ‘It’s never too late’  – an inducement to grab 2016 by the horns and do something you haven’t before, like take up skiing in your retirement.

So feeling thoroughly inspired to make the most of our remaining days, Charles Ray then managed to both inform and amuse us on a subject we mostly new absolutely nothing about – video games. Perhaps if we want to try something completely different in the New Year and hone our faculties to new heights, this more sedentary pursuit might suit the less able amongst us if skiing sounds too energetic.  Or we could just take up knitting.

Charles also ran a topics session based on taking a year from a random coin and talking about what that year meant to you.  This proved quite a challenge, one which Maggie Barlow sidestepped:  having selected 2001, she chose to talk about the film 2001: a Space Odyssey, rather than depressing world events.

We welcome visitors and guests.  If you want to learn more about us, just come along to the Indian Lounge on George St, Lutterworth.  We meet 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 7.30 – 9.30pm.  For more details visit our website lutterworthspeakersclub.com, or ring Maggie Barlow on 01455 207774.

APRIL 2015

Rose quartz, snowflake obsidian, tiger eye, agate; Sue Hanger brought a variety of semi-precious stones in to Lutterworth Speakers Club to spark a fascinating and challenging topics session.  The stones have various qualities assigned to them, such as love, strength, calmness, that we had to improvise upon. This was quite tricky, and some diverted into talking about mud.

This followed an informative speech by new member Charles Ray entitled ‘SPARKling Collaboration’ – how to achieve results in the workplace. SPARK is his acronym for remembering how to best approach and tackle a project and keep it on track.

Back in March a number of club members attended the 2015 ASC Midlands District Speaking Competitions – three competitions wrapped round a good meal. Lutterworth member Eileen Fox had won through previous rounds in the Topics Contest, and for the District challenge she had to improvise on ‘Colours’. This she did in admirable style, taking weddings as her theme, but sadly she did not win. It’s tough near the top of Association of Speakers Clubs‘ competitions!

For details of forthcoming dates check our website  www.LutterworthSpeakersClub.com   We meet at the Greyhound Inn, Lutterworth, 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 7.30 – 9.30, but we take a summer break from June. Or for details ring Maggie Barlow on 01455 207774.

Maggie Barlow

April 14 2015


What is an I Pad?  Anything to do with an eye pad?  Or perhaps an eye patch – as worn by pirates?  ‘I Pads in schools’ was the topic given to Lutterworth Speakers  ‘Tag Topics’ team in a recent evening get together with Barwell Cedars Speakers Club and we opted for the more unusual interpretation. This resulted in a fairly silly presentation about children dressing in pirate costumes for World Book Day, with Health and Safety concerns over the construction of a pirate ship and the use of its attendant plank featuring quite strongly.

Barwell’s team had the more sober topic of the retirement age going back to 70, with the likely ramifications of this unpopular move.  The evening also featured speeches from Edward Taylor about global weather and young Thomas Roe from Barwell about his future career.

Such club get togethers are part of the activities of the South East Leicestershire Speakers Clubs and help foster ideas and forge friendships.  Whether you are an experienced speaker or a nervous novice we provide support and encouragement in a friendly and fun environment.

We meet at the Greyhound Inn, Lutterworth, 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 7.30 – 9.30pm. Visitors and guests are always welcome.  For more information see our website lutterworthspeakersclub.com or call Maggie Barlow on 01455 207774.