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Tony Morris

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

York area contest 2011 (2)We are saddened to learn of the death earlier this week of Tony Morris, so well known to many in Eastern District. As Joe James said, “Everything about him was positive.  A great colleague, a good friend and a hero in the face of adversity.”

Below is a tribute written by Jan Millar, Eastern District President:

I am very sad to hear of the death of our good friend Tony Morris of Bradford SC.  Although he has not had good health for a number of years his untimely death has come as a shock to all his friends.

Tony was an enthusiastic member of the ASC for many years and a familiar face at both local and national events.  He was an excellent speaker and evaluator having been a National Finalist in both and also a judge in National Competitions.  He was always willing to share his skills with others and led many training events as well as acting as a mentor to newer members.  Whenever I was looking for a volunteer, health permitting, Tony would always offer his services.  He was also a very skilled photographer and took many excellent shots at a wide range of ASC events.

I first got to know him many years ago at a National Conference in Blackpool when he joined our ‘gang’ for a fun filled weekend.  He subsequently became an enthusiastic and dedicated member of my choral speaking group ‘Jan’s People’ and helped us to win a number of Arts Festivals.

He will be sorely missed in the ASC not only for his contributions as a speaker and evaluator but also as a dear friend.

After Dinner Speech Contest travels back in time to October 1977

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

To commemorate 40 years of Wetherby Speakers Club we travelled back to October 1977, the month when  the club was founded.

Opera Gin-free (niki Boersma) receives the trophy from judge Catriona Webb

Opera Gin-free (Niki Boersma) receives the trophy from judge Catriona Webb

Speakers adopted thinly disguised characters representing half a dozen young(ish) people talking in 1977 about their hopes and ambitions and how they thought things would turn out for them over the next four decades. This was the scenario for the annual After Dinner Speech Contest held at the Bridge Inn, Walshford, on Friday 16th March.

After 6 light hearted and entertaining speeches the winner was declared – congratulations to Niki Boersma who gave a powerful and humorous address as Opera Gin-free.

The other speakers were Nutella Lawson (Jocelyn Brooks), Alex Fergietime (Neil Wilson), Tim Earners Glee (Peter Wilson), James Tryson (Howard Herbert) and Bill Doorways (John Holian).

The MC was Jeremy Axeman (Chris Clissitt) and the judge was Catriona Webb.

That’s York TV at York RISC meeting

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

That’s York TV filmed the meeting at York Speakers Club on Thursday 8th March. You can see the footage used for broadcast here.

That’s York TV is run by York St John University and is available on Freeview channel 7.

District contests – another blank for Wetherby

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

At the District Conference and Contests at the Bridge Inn, Walshford on Sunday 4th March Chris Clissitt could only manage 2nd (out of a field of 2!) in the Evaluation contest. Congratulations to the winner, Denise Adlard of Bradford SC who will compete at the national final in York in April.

And some good news for Vale of York Area – Lindsay Dutch won both the speech and topics contests and will have a busy time at the nationals in April!

Vale of York Area Contests and AGM

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Wetherby retained the Area evaluation trophy at the Vale of York Area contests on Sunday 4th February.

Chris Clissitt receives the Evaluation trophy from Chief Judge Chris Birch

Chris Clissitt receives the Evaluation trophy from Chief Judge Chris Birch

Chris Clissitt won the contest but relinquished the speech trophy, finishing runner up to Lindsay Dutch of York who also won the Topics contest. John Holian was runner up in that one.

Our Area President, Jocelyn Brooks, handed over to her successor (who also happens to be her predecessor!) Ramana Sundara, although he doesn’t officially take over until 1st June.

 

 

Evaluation contest and Area line up

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Chris Clissitt won the club evaluation contest on Thursday 18th January with John Holian runner up. Chris and John will represent the club in the Vale of York Area contests at York RI Bowls Club on Sunday 4th February 2018. The speaker was Jeff Denton and Peter Wilson judged.

Niki Boersma is unable to take part in the speech contest so Rachel Kato will step in. This our full line up for the area contests:

Speech:          Chris Clissitt & Rachel Kato

Evaluation:     Chris Clissitt & John Holian

Topics:           Chris Clissitt & John Holian

Topics Contest 2017

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

On Thursday 30th November the club held the annual Topics Contest. Niki Boersma chaired and 5 members took part.

Topics contest Nov 2017 - CopyVotes  were cast by all present and the joint winners were John Holian and Chris Clissitt who will represent the club at the Area Contests to be held in York on Sunday 4th February 2018.

Club Speech Contest 2017/18

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Chris Clissitt retained the club speech trophy on Thursday 2nd November with a speech entitled “The Idle Brume.”

Chris receives the trophy from Judge Peter Wilson

Chris receives the trophy from Judge Peter Wilson

Niki Boersma was runner up with “Reliant Robin” and Rachel Kato was 3rd with “Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.” The judge was Peter Wilson.

Chris and Niki will represent the club at the Vale of York Area Speech Contest on 4th February 2018 in York

Eastern District Training Day Saturday 4th November

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

There will be an Eastern District Training Day from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at The Bridge Hotel at Walshford on Saturday 4 November.  The National Education Director Thomas Scott will be leading a session on Speaking Games and Activities and then Alan Rogers will chair the National Conversation on Evaluation.

 

Change of date for May 2018 meeting

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Please note that our meeting scheduled for Thursday 3rd May 2018 will now take place on Tuesday 8th May at Linton Memorial Hall at 7.45pm for 8pm.

 

This is to accommodate a performance by the Wetherby Musical Theatre Group on our original date.

New committee for 2017/18

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

At the club AGM on 25th May there were changes in seven of the nine committee positions, with only Social Secretary and Webmaster remaining the same There was an element of seat swapping, but we are very pleased to welcome some new blood onto the committee (Rachel Kato) and to welcome back some old blood, (John Holian and Peter Wilson.)

Our outgoing Immediate Past President, Jocelyn Brooks, will be Vale of York Area President in 2017/18, while Jan Millar, who holds dual membership with Bradford and Wetherby, will be Eastern District President 2017/18.

The new season will kick off on Thursday 7th September at Linton Memorial Hall.

This is the full committee:

President: Chris Clissitt

Vice President: Rachel Kato

Treasurer: John Holian

Education Director: Niki Boersma

Secretary: Peter Wilson

Social Secretary: Mavis Cryer

Publicity Officer: Neil Wilson

Webmaster: Chris Clissitt

Immediate Past President: Jeff Denton

Spoof National President Election – After Dinner Speech Contest

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

In a bold and exciting new initiative the Association of Speakers Clubs decided to open up the prestigious position of National President to people from outside the Association.

Baroness Photobooth (Jan Millar) receives the makeshift trophy from judge Clive Dawson.

Baroness Photobooth (Jan Millar) receives the makeshift trophy from judge Clive Dawson.

This was the scenario for the annual After Dinner Speech Contest held at the Bridge Inn, Walshford, on Friday 7th April.  Speakers adopted thinly disguised characters and delivered light hearted speeches as they stated their claim to be elected as President of the ASC for 2018-9.

Congratulations to the winner, Jan Millar, as Baroness Photobooth, who gave a very persuasive pitch whilst being most particular about her correct form of address.

The only slight hitch was the loss of the trophy by last year’s winner Queen Buddy Carr of the Iceni on the way to the venue in her chariot.

The other speakers were Baroness Barlady (Niki Boersma), Sir Richard Brandstone (John Holian), Nigel Fromage (Donald Fraser) and Lord Sucre (Chris Clissitt).

The MC was Carol Voodooman (Jocelyn Brooks, winner last year) and the judge was Clive Dawson.

District contests – last minute changes

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Chris Clissitt was a late withdrawal from the Eastern District speech and evaluation contests on 5th March at the Bridge Inn Walshford owing to poor health.

With little opportunity to prepare, Jocelyn Brooks did a sterling job in the speech contest and came a close second to Tracy Wood of Bradford SC.

Lindsay Dutch competed in the evaluation contest but just missed out to Martin Bishop, another member of Bradford SC. A good day for Bradford who will have two competitors at the national finals at Gatwick on 21st – 23rd April.

All was not lost for Vale of York Area – Lindsay won the topics contest, and will also be in Gatwick representing eastern District on Friday 21st April.

Two meetings rescheduled – now 23rd March and 6th April

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Please note that our meeting originally scheduled for Thursday 30th March has been brought forward to Thursday 23rd March owing to a prior booking by The Wetherby Musical Theatre Group who are performing that evening. Just for interest, the play is They Call It Murder by Bettine Manktelow and it is not a musical.

Our meeting scheduled for Wednesday 12th April has also been brought forward to Thursday 6th April. Our remaining dates this season are as follows:

Mar 2 Thurs
Mar 16 Thurs
Mar 23 Thurs
Apr 6 Thurs
Apr 27 Thurs
May 11 Thurs
May 25 Thurs

Wetherby success at Vale of York Area contests

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Two golds and two silvers – a good afternoon’s work for Wetherby Speakers Club at the Vale of York Area contests on Sunday 5th February.

Chris Clissitt receives the Area speech trophy from Chief Judge Bill Mitchell

Chris Clissitt receives the Area speech trophy from Chief Judge Bill Mitchell

Jocelyn Brooks is congratulated by Area President Ramana Sundara

Jocelyn Brooks is congratulated by Area President Ramana Sundara

 

Chris Clissitt won both the speech and evaluation contests and will represent the Club and Area at the Eastern District contests on 5th March at the Bridge Inn Walshford. His speech was entitled “Nominative Determinism”, while Jocelyn Brooks did the club proud, taking the runners up spot with her excellent speech “An Indian Love Story.”

 

John Holian was runner up to Lindsay Dutch of York in the topics contest. Lindsay was also runner up in the evaluation contest.

Evaluation contest and Area line up

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

John Holian won the club evaluation contest on Thursday 5th January. Chris Clissitt was runner up with Neil Wilson third. All three will represent the club in the extended version of the Vale of York Area contests at York RI Bowls Club on Sunday 5th February 2017. The speaker was Jeff Denton and Peter Wilson judged.

Here is our full line up for the area contests:

Speech:          Chris Clissitt, Jocelyn Brooks, Donald Fraser

Evaluation:     John Holian, Chris Clissitt, Neil Wilson

Topics:           Neil Wilson, Donald Fraser, John Holian

Topics Contest 2016

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

On Thursday 1st December the club held the annual Topics Contest. Jeff Denton chaired and 6 members took part. Votes were cast by all present and the winner was Neil Wilson with Donald Fraser and John Holian coming 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Neil, Donald and John will represent the club at the newly elongated Area Contests to be held in York on Sunday 5th February 2017.

Club Speech Contest 2016/17

Sunday, November 13th, 2016
Niki Boersma finally relinquished her hold on the club speech trophy by the simple tactic of not entering the speech contest on 3rd November. The winner was Chris Clissitt with a speech entitled “Listen Very Carefully.” Jocelyn Brooks was runner up with club-contest-nov-16-website“An Indian Love Story” and Donald Fraser third with “The Dismal Science and a Magic Computer Number.”
The judge was our President, Jeff Denton. Chris, Jocelyn and Donald will represent the club at the recently expanded Vale of York Area Speech Contest on 5th February 2017 in York.

New home in 2016/17 – Linton Memorial Hall

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

After 5 years at The Days Inn the club is on the move to a new venue, Linton Memorial Hall on Linton Lane.  The hall is larger TheLinton Mem Hall Days Inn with a high ceiling, perfect for practising voice projection! A second meeting room upstairs is ideal for breakout. With storage facilities, a kitchen and plenty of parking it looks perfect for a speakers club. The hall is also very much part of the community with the added attraction of The Windmill Inn just up the road.

We start the new season at our new venue on Thursday 8th September at 7.45 for 8pm.

Committee rollover for 2016/17

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

At the club AGM on 12th May it was a case of “as you were”! Incumbents in every position were reappointed with the very welcome addition of Rob Harrand as Vice President, a position left unfilled in 15/16. The position of Secretary had already changed in February after the resignation of Peter Wilson.

The new season will kick off on Thursday 8th September at the Days Inn.

This is the full committee:

President: Jeff Denton

Vice President: Rob Harrand

Treasurer: Neil Wilson

Education Director: Howard Herbert

Secretary: Chris Clissitt

Social Secretary: Mavis Cryer

Publicity Officer: Niki Boersma

Webmaster: Chris Clissitt

Immediate Past President: Jocelyn Brooks

Ramana Sundara wins national speech contest

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Ramana Sundara of York Speakers club won the national speech contest in Aberdeen today, Saturday 23rd April with his speech “Infusion Confusion” as rehearsed at Wetherby SC at our last meeting on 14th April.

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Ramana receives the National Speech Trophy from Allyson Harrold

Ramana is well known as a purveyor of clever, witty and entertaining speeches and we are delighted with his success. Not only that, he has claimed the trophy for Vale of York Area and Eastern District. Our congratulations to Ramana.

Denise with the runners up trophy alongside outgoing National President, William Warren

Denise with the runners up trophy alongside outgoing National President, William Warren

Congratulations too to Denise Adlard of Bradford SC who came 2nd in the national topics contest on Friday evening.

 

The Greatest Ever Briton – After Dinner Speech Contest

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Who put the “Great” into Great Britain? This was the scenario for the annual After Dinner Speech Contest held at the Bridge

Queen Buddy Carr (Jocelyn Brooks) receives the trophy and the flag of honour from judge Denise Adlard

Queen Buddy Carr (Jocelyn Brooks) receives the trophy and the winner’s cape from judge Denise Adlard

Inn, Walshford, on Friday 8th April.  Speakers adopted thinly disguised characters and delivered light hearted speeches as they stated their claim to be crowned “The Greatest Ever Briton”.

Last year’s After Dinner Speech Contest winner, Doctor Hu, made his Tardis available to enable any historical British character to come and make their case.

Congratulations to the winner, Jocelyn Brooks as Queen Buddy Carr of the Iceni, who gave a very entertaining account of her victorious campaign against the occupying Romans and secured for perpetuity the right of the British to drive on the left.

The other speakers were Sir Isaac Newtown (Howard Herbert), Isambard Queendom Brundel (Jeff Denton), Florence Morning-Gale (Rachel Kato), Charles Darewing (Donald Fraser) and Sir Alexander Flaming (Chris Clissitt).

The MC was Doctor Hu (Peter Wilson) and the judge was Denise Adlard.

District contest – no luck this time

Monday, March 14th, 2016

At the District Conference and Contests at the Bridge Inn, Walshford, on Sunday 13th March Chris Clissitt could only manage 2nd in the Topics.

Congratulations to Denise Adlard of Bradford SC who won both the Topics and Evaluation contests and will have a busy time in Aberdeen at the end of April!

And some good news for Vale of York Area – Ramana Sundara deservedly won the speech contest with a highly amusing speech entitled “Lawn Enforcement”. This is the 12th consecutive year that Vale of York have claimed the speech trophy. We wish Ramana the very best of luck in Aberdeen.

Mixed fortunes at Area

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Wetherby achieved a 1-2 in the topics at the area contests in York on Sunday 7th February. Chris Clissitt was the winner with Howard Herbert runner up, speaking on the topic “Blue Sky Thinking.”

Chris Clissitt was second to Lindsay Dutch in the evaluation contest. Lindsay returned to the fray after stepping out of the competitions while National President, including his years as Vice and Immediate Past President.

Wetherby had no luck in the speech contest although Niki Boersma with “Inspiration v Perspiration” and Neil Wilson with “500 Miles” both delivered excellent speeches and acquitted themselves well. The speech contest winner was Ramana Sundara with Clive Dawson runner up.

The curious feature of these contests was that York RI chose to field three competitors in each contest while Wetherby were represented by the traditional two. A gold and two silvers wasn’t a bad return against the odds!

Evaluation contest and Area line up

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Chris Clissitt won the club evaluation contest on Thursday 7th January. John Holian was runner up and both will represent the club in the Vale of York Area contests at York RI Bowls Club on Sunday 7th February 2016. Our thanks to Bill Mitchell of Wharfedale SC who judged the contest.

Here is our full line up for the area contests:.

Speech:          Niki Boersma & Neil Wilson

Evaluation:     Chris Clissitt & John Holian

Topics:           Chris Clissitt & Howard Herbert