New 2018-19 Season

September is coming around fast. The committee have been hard at work sorting, organising and arranging our new 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.

Photo of new president Sue

New members

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.

Value for Money

We always have been, and will always be exception value to money.

New members are welcome 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 manual which is 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.

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 (Stephen D and John Mc) giving their reports.

A workshop on Speech Construction was given by NEC guest Paul Taylor and the District Speech & Evaluation competitions were held.

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

Awards

Brian put up a good show in the Speech competition which was won by Nerys from Cardiff with Sheila J 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.

The helpers

Thanks to Wendy who was one of the Speech Contest judges, to John M 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

Meeting friends and learning

This year 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 day started with the AGM. It also included Area Presidents (StephenD and JohnMc) giving their reports followed by a workshop on Evaluation given by NEC guest Anne Bouget.

Beating friends

The Topics & Novels competitions were held.

Swindon member, 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
Brian being presented with the trophy by ASC National President Eric Baker

Well done also to Swindon members:

  • JohnC for competing in the Topics Competition
  • WendyW who was one of the judges.

A big thanks also to JohnC, the District Secretary, for organising the district meeting and ensuring everything ran smoothly.   [JMcG]