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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

Evaluation contest and Area line up

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Neil Wilson won the club evaluation contest on Thursday 8th January. Howard Herbert will join him in representing the club in the Vale of York Area contests at York RI Bowls Club on Sunday 1st February 2015.

Jef Denton is unable to attend on the 1st, so his place in the Topics contest will be taken by Neil Wilson

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

Speech:          Niki Boersma & Chris Clissitt

Evaluation:     Neil Wilson & Howard Herbert

Topics:           Chris Clissitt & Neil Wilson

Topics Contest and Bradford visit

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

On Wednesday 26th November the club enjoyed a visit to Bradford Speakers Club where there is always a warm welcome and some fine quality speaking.

On Thursday 4th December the club held the annual Topics Contest. Jocelyn Brooks chaired and asked members to speak for three minutes on topics based on phrases in modern usage such as “Nanny State” and “Estuary English”. Votes were cast by all present and the winner was Chris Clissitt with Jeff Denton runner up.

Chris and Jeff will represent the club at the Area Contests to be held in York on Sunday 1st February 2015.

Club Speech Contest 2014/15

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Niki Boersma retained her title at the club’s Annual Speech contest on Thursday 6th November, following up last year’s win with a speech entitled “The Cliff Edge”. Chris Clissitt was runner up with “Mustn’t Grumble?” There were 4 contestants, 4 entertaining speeches, and the judge was our Vice President, Jeff Denton.

Niki and Chris will represent the club at the Vale of York Area Speech Contest on 1st February 2015 in York.

Silver at National Evaluation contest in Glasgow

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Chris Clissitt was runner up in the National Evaluation contest in Glasgow on Sunday 27th April, an improvement on his previous appearance in this contest in Cardiff in 2012. The winner was Michael Ronayne of Wimbledon SC who has now won all three national contests. Funnily enough the Cardiff 2012 winner was also from Wimbledon SC – Katherine Inglis.

Clive Dawson did the Area proud by finishing 2nd in the Topics contest on Friday while Ramana Sundara gave an excellent speech on Saturday afternoon but was unfortunate not to gain a place.

Lindsay Dutch handed over the National Presidency to Margaret Robertson of Western District but not before chairing the ASC AGM with great aplomb, good humour and professionalism. The AGM was one of the smoothest and best run that I can remember.

Tyke TV reality franchise dinner

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Recently launched Tyke TV has its roots firmly in Yorkshire but wants to attract a wider audience by purchasing an already well known reality TV franchise. At a special dinner at Tyke’s Wetherby headquarters, reality TV presenters state the case for their programme to be the centrepiece of Tyke TV.

This was the scenario for Wetherby SC’s annual after dinner speech contest, all in a light hearted vein of course! The dinner took place at The Bridge Inn, Walshford on Friday 28th March and the winner was Chris Clissitt who last won 5 years ago. Chris took the part of Phil Spawny representing “Location, location, location – as long as it’s in Yorkshire”.

The other speakers were Simon Scowell (John Holian) “The Y factor”, Cloudier Ripvanwinklewoman (Jocelyn Brooks) “Strictly Come Clogging”, Alan Zucker (Peter Wilson) “T’Rookie” , and Druncan Baritone (Neil Wilson) “Braggarts’ Barn” .

The MC was Davina McChuff (Niki Boersma), the judge was our National President Lindsay Dutch and the trophy was presented by Sean Harrison who donated the trophy back in 1990. The club was delighted to welcome Sean to the dinner.

Chris Clissitt receives the Sean Harrison trophy from Sean Harrison. National President Lindsay Dutch is on the right.

Wetherby success at District – Brian Driscoll Trophy and Evaluation Contest

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

At the Eastern District AGM on Sunday 9th March at The Bridge Inn, Walshford,  Wetherby Speakers Club was awarded the Brian Driscoll Trophy jointly with Wharfedale Speakers Club for helping young people develop public speaking skills. You can read about our work with Wetherby High School here.

Chris Clissitt won the Evaluation Contest and will compete at the National Evaluation Contest in Glasgow on 27th April. This will be Chris’s 6th national final appearance – still trailing Lindsay Dutch, our “local” National President, who has 7 final appearances to his name.

This completed a clean sweep for Vale of York Area. Congratulations to Ramana Sundara and Clive Dawson, both of York RI Speakers Club, who won the speech and topics contests respectively. Ramana’s speech was entitled “The Icon” and Clive’s topic was “Climbing Mountains.” 

We wish Ramana, Clive and Chris the best of luck in Glasgow in April.

Mixed fortunes at Area Contests

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Chris Clissitt won the Area Evaluation Contest on Sunday 12th January at York RI Speakers Club’s new venue, the York RI Bowls Club. The runner up was Sarah Daniel of York, with Howard Herbert also competing on behalf of Wetherby SC.

John Holian was runner up in the speech contest with “Superman, Where Are You Now?” but our club winner, Niki Boersma, missed out on a place with her speech “Home Is Where The Heart Is.” All four speeches were of a very high standard, absorbing, entertaining and hugely enjoyable to listen to. The winner, Ramana Sundara, was on top form with his speech “Same Species, Different Worlds”, a speech we had the earlier pleasure of hearing when York visited in November.

York achieved a 1-2 in the Topics contest won by Clive Dawson with Mary Donohoe runner up.

Ramana, Chris and Clive will represent Vale of York Area in the District Contests at the Bridge Inn on Sunday 9th March.

Chris wins National Speech Contest at Castle Donington

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Chris Clissitt with the National Speech trophy and the Wetherby SC banner, which was on display all weekend at the conference

Chris Clissitt came first in the National Speech Contest at Castle Donington on Saturday 27th April. There were 8 competitors representing the 8 districts which make up in the National Association, and Chris won with his speech entitled “The Problem With Solutionism.”

It was 3rd time lucky for Chris having competed at Blackpool in 2008 and Carlisle in 2006 when he was runner up.

This was Wetherby’s 3rd different winner of the trophy following Roy Bowen in 1980 and Terry Ryan in 2009. In fact, Wetherby have provided two winners and two runners up in the last 8 years alone (Terry was runner up in 2011.) Not bad for a small club!

And it doesn’t end there….. Neil Wilson represented the club in the National Evaluation contest on Sunday morning and delivered an excellent evaluation. Whilst not in the places on this occasion, he acquitted himself well and enjoyed the experience.

Neil Wilson, who competed in the National Evaluation contest

And for Eastern District more good news – Lindsay Dutch of York RISC was installed as National President. We wish him all the best for a very successful year of office.

Mention must also go to Martin Bishop of Bradford SC who was appointed Eastern District President.

Thanks to Jocelyn Brooks, our Publicity Officer, who took the opportunity to display the Wetherby Speakers Club banner in a prominent location for the whole weekend, generating  a healthy amount of interest from passers by.

Report for Wetherby News – National Success for Wetherby Speakers Club

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

The National Conference of the Association of Speakers Clubs was held at Castle Donington on April 26th, 27th and 29th. In addition to the AGM the finals of the Topics, Speech and Evaluation contests took place. The Wetherby Club had two contestants taking part.

 Chris Clissitt of Knaresborough, and a member of Wetherby Speakers Club, won the Speech Contest with a brilliant speech entitled The Problem with Solutionism and was presented with the trophy. This was the third time in the history of the competition that the trophy has been won by a member of the Wetherby Club and the audience was appreciative and delighted at Chris’s success.

 Neil Wilson took part in the Evaluation contest at the same Conference. His was an excellent evaluation and, although he didn’t win on this occasion, he was presented with a certificate to acknowledge that he was one of the eight top speech evaluators in the country. Jocelyn Brooks also gained a certificate of achievement for having completed the speaking assignments in the club manual.

 All together it was a very successful Conference for the Wetherby Club

ASC “Product Placement” Dinner – After Dinner Speech Contest

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Wetherby’s traditional light hearted after dinner speech contest took place at The Bridge Inn, Walshford on Friday 22nd March.  This time the charade was the ASC “Product Placement” Dinner. Imagine that the ASC has descided to use its vast marketing budget to invest in product placement – not in a film or a TV series, but in a novel, presumably to reflect its erudite target market.  

Five world famous novelists staked their claim to be the writer chosen to feature the ASC in their next book. The winner, for the second time in three years was our president, Niki Boersma, for her portrayal of J K Scowling.

The other speakers were George Snorewell (Neil Wilson), Salmon Cushtie(Chris Clissitt) Agatha Cushtie (Mavis Cryer) and Chas “Boz” Thickens (Howard Herbert). The MC was Hilarity Mantelpiece (Jan Millar) and the judge was Chris Birch.