New 2018-19 Season

September is coming around fast and the committee have been hard at work sorting, organising and arranging our next season. On 6th September we will be back at The Blunsdon House Hotel, meeting at 7.30pm for our first meeting. This year we have a new club president and team of committee members all wanting to make this year bigger and better than the last.
For everyone who has ever wanted to come and has felt a little frightened, we love welcoming new members. We are expecting a few new members to come to our first meeting, we will always make time to chat and answer any questions. We always have been, and will always be exception value to money. We welcome new members on a trial basis, come and visit our club for 2 meetings and see how you get on. After the 2 visits, membership is only £40 that is for the entire year. There are no additional meeting payments (only additional outlay is an ASC Speaker manuals which are only £10 and can be purchased when ready). We are Swindon’s best kept speaker secret and we are about to kick off our new year.

ASC National Conference in York – 27th-29th April 2018

This year’s ASC National Conference was held in York on 27th-29th April and was attended by several members from our District including JohnM and Wendy from Swindon SC. The weekend included a variety of competitions and seminars including two sessions presented jointly by Wendy (Swindon SC) and StephenD (Cardiff SC) on impromptu speech techniques. The seminars were appropriately named “Tip Top Topics” and were well received with a large attendance. Two members from our District were runners up in the competitions, competing against clubs from across the UK. Namely, Sheila Jackson (Melksham SC) who came second in the evaluation competition and Nerys Jones (Cardiff SC) who came second in the speech competition. This was a great achievement and we thank them both for representing our District so admirably. Nerys-Sheila

Photo shows Nerys and Sheila with one of the trophies.

A new National President was elected – Jackie Mafi from Wigan Speakers Club. A lavish banquet was held on Saturday evening followed by some amusing speeches and musical entertainment from a local band. Next year’s National Conference will be held in Edinburgh.

District Meeting in Bristol – 8th April 2018

The rescheduled District Meeting was held at the Aztec Hotel near Bristol. In addition to meeting up with our friends and colleagues from other clubs in the District we were joined by Paul Taylor the ASC National Secretary.

The day started with the AGM which included Area Presidents (StephenD and JohnMc) giving their reports. A workshop on Speech Construction was given by NEC guest Paul Taylor and the District Speech & Evaluation competitions were held.

Brian put up a good show in the Speech competition which was won by Nerys from Cardiff with SheilaJ from Melksham coming second. Sheila went on to win the Evaluation Competition with  Wendy from Swindon coming second. A successful day for our Area. Well done to all.

Photo shows Sheila being presented with the District Evaluation trophy by ASC National Secretary Paul Taylor.

Thanks to Wendy who was one of the Speech Contest judges, to JohnM who did the Target speech, Brian for managing the light/timings and to  Dorothy for handling the raffle and buffet finances.

District Meeting in Newport – 19th November 2017

The District Meeting was held at the Coldra Court Hotel in Newport. As always, it was pleasant to meet up again with our friends and colleagues from other clubs in the District. The ASC National President and his wife also  attended the meeting plus Anne Bouget from the NEC.

The Topics & Novels competitions were held and Swindon’s Brian Barber won the Novels Competition with an intriguing time travel story involving the Kennedy assassination. Congratulations Brian!

Photo shows Brian being presented with the trophy by ASC National President Eric Baker.

Well done also to JohnC for competing in the Topics Competition and to WendyW who was one of the judges. The day started with the AGM and also included Area Presidents (StephenD and JohnMc) giving their reports and a workshop on Evaluation given by NEC guest Anne Bouget. A big thanks to JohnC the District Secretary for organising it all and ensuring everything ran smoothly.   [JMcG]

National Competition in Derby on 21st October 2017

Dorothy, as social secretary, is trying to recruit a foursome to take part in the national speakers’ competition in Derby on 21st October.   The idea is that the four people do a 10-minute talk between them on any subject.  The catch is that the three words “three”, “piece”, and “suite” have each to be mentioned twice in the talk.  That’s all there is to it.  The four people would have to rehearse in someone’s house over summer.  I understand that if the foursome is arranged it has to be quite quickly, because rooms for the overnight stay on the 21st in the hotel in Derby have to be booked very soon.   If you would like to take part, or would like just to go along and watch, please contact Dorothy directly, or email me at and I will pass your name on to Dorothy.

Report on Summer Social Evening

The Speakers Club had its summer social event last night.   Traditional British weather prevented us having an outside barbecue party (though some brave souls ventured out anyway).   However, we all enjoyed food and drink indoors at Wendy’s beautiful house.   Most members were there and everyone seemed to have a very good time, but Ian was not wearing shorts as promised, which disappointed some.    Justine got a man hug from Brian that squashed her boobs, and Dorothy spent a lot of time trying to recruit a foursome for a national competition in October, which I’ll describe in the next post.  Dorothy also brought some wonderful cheese scones, and someone brought some delicious chocolate tart.  Some of us made friends with Wendy’s sociable little Shih Tzu dog.  I got two kisses from the man who does the extras, and the other Sandra made some the fantastic home-made tapenade.  Gary has decided he is going to join the Club.  No-one got drunk as far as I know, though Jin Jin had a good try.  All in all, a fun night.