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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.

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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 alexandra-stewart@hotmail.co.uk 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.

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Novel Competition

Swindon Speakers Club – Novel Competition

  1. The competition requires contestants to concentrate on the audible and not the visible techniques of speaking. The obvious use of notes or a full script will not disadvantage any speaker, nor will the lack of gestures.
  2. Contestants are required to write a completely original novelette of approximately 5 minutes duration. The title of the piece will be declared, as will the type; e.g. adventure, romance, historical, thriller, ghost, sci-fi etc. Any contestant who uses another author’s work or characters will be eliminated.
  3. Each contestant will be given 3 minutes exactly to present a reading of his/her novelette during which time the contestant should establish the plot, the period of the story and introduce the principal characters.
  4. The purpose of the presentation is to convince the audience that they want to know what happens next; i.e. they want to hear the rest of the story.
  5. Lights will be displayed as follows:

swindon speakersGreen           1 Minute 30 seconds

Amber          2 minutes

Red              2 minutes 50 seconds

Red OFF     at 3 minutes exactly

At which point the Chairperson will stop the contestant from speaking further.

 

  • (The Club winners will be voted on by the whole audience)
  •  The Winner will represent the Club at the District Competition in the autumn
  • At the District Meeting the winner will be decided by a panel of judges representing the three areas of the District. The winner will be required to recount the complete novelette.

NB: Note to competitors: Notification of the names of the contestants is not required prior to the day of the event. On arrival at the venue, the contestants should make themselves known in good time to the Chairperson of the competition.