Posts Tagged ‘Speaking Contests’

Silverware at National Finals in Edinburgh

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
Ramana, Chris and 3rd placed Lucy Pitts with speech contest trophies

Ramana, Chris and 3rd placed Lucy Pitts with speech contest trophies

Chris Clissitt won the National Speech Contest for the third time in Edinburgh on Saturday 27th April with a speech about customer satisfaction surveys entitled “How was it for you?” The runner up was Ramana Sundara, known to us as Eastern District President and a member of York RI SC, but this time representing Midlands District through his membership of Newark SC. Both are past national winners, Ramana in 2016 and Chris in 2013 and 2015, becoming the first person to win three times.

There was more silverware for Wetherby SC in the Topics Contest where John Holian gained third place speaking on the subject “Mistakes.”  John delivered an excellent topic, well worthy of the honour in a high standard competition.

New Olympic Events at After Dinner Speech Contest

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Jocelyn Brooks (Empty Condo) with the after dinner speech trophy

Jocelyn Brooks (Empty Condo) with the after dinner speech trophy

Following the news that break dancing was to feature in the 2024 Olympic games, champions of other skilful and physically demanding activities made their pitch for future inclusion.

This was the scenario for the annual After Dinner Speech Contest held at the Bridge Inn, Walshford, on Friday 12th April.  Speakers adopted thinly disguised characters and delivered light hearted speeches as they tried to persuade us that their activity was worthy of Olympic status.

Congratulations to the winner, Jocelyn Brooks, as Empty Condo, who convinced the judge that tidying and decluttering should be added to the Olympic roster (with a little help from Great Aunt Maud!)

The other speakers were Craig Level-Hardwood (Neil Wilson) for ballroom dancing, Alan Ditchmarks (Peter Wilson) for gardening, Bare Thrills (Howard Herbert) for survival skills, Eric Briskthrow (John Holian) for darts and Paul Wallyhood (Chris Clissitt) for baking.

The MC was Arcy Hustle (Niki Boersma, winner last year) and the judge was Philip Solity.

Double win at District for Wetherby

Monday, March 4th, 2019

John Holian won the Eastern District Topics contest on Sunday 3rd March at the Bridge Inn, Walshford speaking on “Freedom.”

Jackie Mafi presents Chris with the speech trophy

Jackie Mafi presents Chris with the speech trophy

John receives the District topics trophy from National President, Jackie Mafi

John receives the District topics trophy from National President, Jackie Mafi

Chris Clissitt made it a double success, winning the speech contest with “How Not To Run A Business?”

Chris was also 2nd in the Evaluation contest.

John and Chris were well supported by a good turn out of Wetherby Speakers Club members and will go on to represent Eastern District at the national finals on Saturday 27th April in Edinburgh.

Wetherby sweeps the board at Area contests

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Wetherby Speakers Club won all three trophies at the Vale of York Area contests in York on Sunday 3rd February.  John Holian won the topics contest and Chris Clissitt won both the evaluation and speech contests, the latter with a speech entitled “An

John Holian receives the topics trophy from chief judge Denise Adlard

John Holian receives the Topics trophy from chief judge Denise Adlard

Chris Clissitt with judge Denise Adlard and Evaluation trophy

Chris Clissitt with judge Denise Adlard and Evaluation trophy

Elegant Sufficiency.”

York took silver in each case. Clive Dawson was runner up in both speech and evaluation while Gillian Munday was second in the topics contest.

Chris and John will compete in the District contests on Sunday 3rd March at The Bridge Inn, Walshford.

At the Area AGM Neil Wilson was appointed as Area President in succession to Ramana Sundara.

Evaluation and Topics contests

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

John Holian won the Topics contest on Thursday 3rd January with Howard Herbert runner up. For the first time in many years the decision was made by a judge rather than audience vote. Catriona Webb obliged as adjudicator.

Philip Solity gave the target speech for the Evaluation contest, again judged by Catriona Webb. Chris Clissitt was the winner with John Holian runner up.

The Vale of York Area contests take place at York RI Bowls Club on Sunday 3rd February 2019. Here is the club line up for the area contests:

Speech:          John Holian & Chris Clissitt

Evaluation:     Chris Clissitt & John Holian

Topics:           John Holian & Howard Herbert

Club speech contest 2018/19 – a win for John Holian

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

John Holian won the club speech trophy on Thursday 22nd November with a speech entitled “Our Perfect Cousin,” a fascinating take on our German neighbours.

John receives the trophy from judge Denise Adlard

John receives the trophy from judge Denise Adlard

Chris Clissitt was runner up with “Whataboutery” and Lisa Duffield was 3rd with “The Ticking Clock!” The judges were Denise Adlard from Bradford Speakers Club and our own Niki Boersma.

John and Chris will represent the club at the Vale of York Area Speech Contest on 3rd February 2019 in York.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

 

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!

Topics Contest 2015

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

On Thursday 3rd December the club held the annual Topics Contest. Jeff Denton chaired and asked members to speak for three minutes on topics based on opening lines of songs. Votes were cast by all present and the winner was Chris Clissitt with Howard Herbert runner up.

Chris and Howard will represent the club at the Area Contests to be held in York on Sunday 7th February 2016.

In the second half of the meeting we heard two fascinating speeches: Donald Fraser delivered “Google’s spiders and the bird of paradise: it’s all about cat” and Jan Millar gave us “It’s a square world.”

Club Speech Contest 2015/16 – a hat trick for Niki

Sunday, November 15th, 2015
Niki Boersma made it a hat trick of wins at the club’s Annual Speech contest on Thursday 5th November, extending her title for a third year with a speech entitled “To see or not to see – that is the question.” Neil Wilson was runner up with “The glory of golf?” There were 5 contestants, 5 entertaining speeches, and our very able and experienced judge was Sandra Barton, past National President and current member of Wharfedale SC.

Niki and Neil will represent the club at the Vale of York Area Speech Contest on 7th February 2016 in York.

National speech final

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Chris Clissitt won the National Speech final for the second time on Saturday 25th April in Southport with his speech “Here’s the Thing.” He won it for the first time in Donington in 2013. Chris became the fourth person to win the national trophy twice, following Alan Gebbie (1981 and 1983), Michael Ronayne (2007 and 2010) and Thomas Scott (2008 and 2011).

Jan Millar represented Eastern District in the topics contest on Friday evening and was unfortunate not to gain a place, not least for being the only contestant to speak in favour of the topic “It’s better to be born rich than lucky”!

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State of the art super hospital for Yorkshire – After Dinner Speech Contest

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Dr Hu (Peter Wilson) receives the trophy from the judge Dr Finlay (Bill Mitchell)

Wetherby has been chosen as the location for a new super state of the art hospital for Yorkshire. At this dinner to celebrate the commissioning of the hospital, five renowned doctors are pitching for the position of Executive Medical Director, responsible for setting the medical strategy for the hospital.

This was the scenario for the annual After Dinner Speech Contest held at the Bridge Inn, Walshford, on Friday 20th March.  Speakers adopted thinly disguised characters and delivered light hearted speeches as they described their plans for this amazing new (and fictitious!) facility.

Congratulations to the winner, Peter Wilson, who made the strongest application for the position as Doctor Hu. The other speakers were Doctor H Lectern (Howard Herbert), Doctor F N Stein (John Holian), Doctor Flopster (Niki Boersma) and Doctor Nope (Neil Wilson).

The MC was Doctor Doom (Chris Clissitt) and the judge was Doctor Finlay (Bill Mitchell).

Double win at District? Mustn’t grumble…

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Jan Millar and Chris Clissitt took the Eastern District Topics and Speech titles respectively on Sunday 8th March at The Bridge Inn.

Jan was technically representing Yorkshire Dales Area as her primary club is Bradford, but she is nonetheless a member of Wetherby SC too, so we are claiming at least part of her! Jan won speaking on the topic “The trick is to breathe.” Chris Clissitt was second.

Chris won the speech contest with his speech “Mustn’t Grumble?” and goes through to the National Speech Contest at Southport on 25th April. Anne Todd of Halifax was runner up.

The Evaluation contest was won by Sylvia Walker of Craven with Ramana Sundara of York RISC runner up.

The chief judge was the ASC National President, Margaret Robertson.

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Contest winners – Jan Millar (Topics), Chris Clissitt (Speech), Sylvia Walker (Evaluation) and Chief Judge & National President, Margaret Robertson

 

Wetherby double at Area

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Chris Clissitt won both the speech and topics contests at the Vale of York Area contests on Sunday 1st February and will represent the Club and Area at the Eastern District contests on 8th March at the Bridge Inn, Walshford.  His speech “In Praise of the Red Herring” was his 7th success in the Area speech contest.  Niki Boersma did the club proud, taking the runners up spot with her thought provoking speech entitled “Whistle While You Work.”

Neil Wilson, with an excellent effort, was runner up to Ramana Sundara of York RISC in the evaluation contest. Sarah Daniel of York RISC was runner up to Chris in the topics contest.

Chris Clissitt receives the Area Speech Contest trophy from Chief Judge Martin Bishop