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Evaluation and Topics contests

Saturday, February 3rd, 2024

Jeff Denton gave the target speech for the club Evaluation contest on 18th January entitled “Cheers”, an informative and humorous look at the prohibition era. There were three entrants with judge Peter Wilson declaring Neil Wilson the winner. He and runner up John Holian will represent the club at the Yorkshire & North East area contests on 11th February in York.

The same three entered the Topics contest with John Holian coming out on top and Howard Herbert runner up.

Here is the club line up for the area contests:

Speech:          Neil Wilson and John Holian

Evaluation:     Neil Wilson and John Holian

Topics:           John Holian and Howard Herbert

York SC are our guests on 15th February

Saturday, February 3rd, 2024

We welcome members of York Speakers Club to our next meeting.  The programme will include all the usual ingredients of speeches, topics and evaluations with the added bonus of contributions from our colleagues from York. It is  a great opportunity to learn from another club and of course to enjoy the company of our fellow speakers.

The meeting takes place at 7.45pm for 8pm on Thursday 15th February at Linton Memorial Hall on Linton Lane, Linton, Wetherby LS22 4HL.

Next meeting 18th January – Evaluation and Topics Contests

Saturday, January 6th, 2024

Our next meeting is at Linton Memorial Hall on Linton Lane, Linton, Wetherby LS22 4HL at 7.45pm for 8pm on Thursday 18th January 2024.

The evening features two of our annual club contests: the evaluation and topics contests.

The evaluation contest gives us a chance to hone our feedback skills, and in the topics contest participants are asked to speak impromptu for two or three minutes on a subject they have just been given. Both offer the opportunity to progress to the Area, Regional and National contests.

Neil’s fourth win on the bounce

Sunday, November 26th, 2023

Neil Wilson won the club speech contest for the fourth consecutive time on Thursday 16th November with a speech entitled “Live to Work or Work to Live” as he took stock of his career and his plans for an active and fulfilling retirement.

John Holian was runner up with a speech entitled “A Good Night” and Howard Herbert completed the contest with “Fitzroy”, the title derived from the shipping forecast area. The judge was Niki Boersma.

Neil and John will represent the club at the Area contests, likely to be in February 2024.

Next meeting 4th January

Saturday, November 25th, 2023

Our next meeting is at Linton Memorial Hall on Linton Lane, Linton, Wetherby LS22 4HL at 7.45pm for 8pm on Thursday 4th January 2024.

It will include the  usual ingredients of great speeches, challenging and enjoyable topics and a chance for all to speak and have fun!

Club Speech Contest 16th November

Thursday, November 9th, 2023

The annual club speech contest takes place at 7.45pm for 8pm on Thursday 16th November Linton Memorial Hall on Linton Lane, Linton, Wetherby LS22 4HL.

The contest is always good fun, a chance take part in a speaking competition and the opportunity to progress to the Area, Regional and National contests.

There will also be time for a few topics and as always, the programme will give a chance for all to speak and have fun!

New season starts 21st September 2023

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

The Club has taken a break over the summer,  but the new season starts very soon. We recommence on Thursday 21st September 2023 at Linton Memorial Hall on Linton Lane at 7.45 for 8pm.  Click on the “dates” link for the full programme for the 2023/24 season.

Next meeting 18th May – AGM

Friday, May 12th, 2023

Our Annual General Meeting takes place at at Linton Memorial Hall on Linton Lane, Linton, Wetherby LS22 4HL at 7.45pm for 8pm on Thursday 18th May 2023

If there is time there will be a topics session after the AGM.

We will then take a break over the summer, reconvening in September.

 

National Conference, Cardiff

Friday, April 28th, 2023

The Cardiff Masonic Hall was the venue for the ASC National Conference on 21st and 22nd April.

Chris Clissitt was runner up in the topics contest on Friday evening. The subject was “Quality or Quantity”. The winner was Rob Waldron of Stourbridge – the same winner as 2019 in Edinburgh when John Holian secured 3rd place.

Chris took 3rd place in the evaluation contest on Saturday morning when the target speaker was Ian Brown of our newly formed Newcastle Club who delivered a speech entitled “Land”.

Anne Todd of Halifax & Huddersfield delivered a marvellous speech on Saturday afternoon, “Wainwright or Wainwrong” and secured 3rd place (behind winner Diana Douglas of Garstang and runner up Grace Hendry Nash of Glasgow.) This is the 3rd consecutive year in which Halifax & Huddersfield have been placed in the speech contest after Anne’s 2nd in 2021 and Kathryn Loftus’s 3rd in 2022. Next time….

So a second and two thirds for Eastern – no golds, but we did win more trophies than any other region.

Certificate for Jan

Sunday, April 23rd, 2023

Jan Seymour received her Foundation Certficate of Achievement from our Club President, John Holian, in April. The certificate is awarded for completing the first five assignments in the Speakers Guide, which Jan has achieved with some aplomb, delivering several entertaining and memorable speeches

Regional two timer

Monday, March 20th, 2023

At the Eastern Regional contests in Bramhope on Saturday 11th March Chris Clissitt won the evaluation and topics contests. The speech contest was won by Anne Todd of Halifax & Huddersfield with “The Wave”. Neil Wilson represented Wetherby in this contest and gave a fine rendition of his speech, “Sink or Swim.”

The runners up were; speech Jayaraj Nambiar (Craven); evaluation Anne Todd (H&H); topics Jonathan Millar (H&H).

Four clubs took part (Craven, Halifax & Huddersfield, Wetherby and York) and the winners will represent the region at the national contests in Cardiff on 21st and 22nd April. The judges, Tom Scott (national vice president) and Tony Scott (past national president) travelled down from Edinburgh for the day and helped to make the day a success with an excellent suimming up and some great pieces of advice.

Winners, runners up and judges (Tom and Tony Scott, back row).

Next meeting 23rd March in York

Monday, March 20th, 2023

Our next meeting is a joint meeting with York Speakers Club. It takes place at the York Railway Bowls Club, Ashton Lane, Holgate, York YO24 4HX on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm.

It is a good chance to speak in front of a different audience and maybe learn a trick or two from our neighbours.

The next meeting at Linton Memorial Hall will be the following Thursday 30th March at 7.45pm for 8pm.

Area AGM, Regional contests and next meeting

Monday, March 6th, 2023

Our next meeting is at Linton Memorial Hall on Linton Lane, Linton, Wetherby LS22 4HL at 7.45pm for 8pm on Thursday 16th March 2023.

Before then, we have two events:

Regional Contests at 2pm on Saturday 11th March at St Giles Church Hall, Church Hill, Bramhope LS16 9BA. Please come and support the Wetherby competitors, Neil and Chris.

Yorkshire and North East Area AGM Monday 13th March at 7.30 via Zoom. Please contact your club president for joining details

 

 

Bill Mitchell

Sunday, February 12th, 2023

We were saddened to learn of the death of Bill Mitchell on the 23rd January at the age of 87.

Bill at a Wetherby SC dinner

He was a talented speaker and contributed a great deal to the ASC over many years. He was a great supporter of our club too, attending our dinners, judging our competitions, delivering educational sessions and taking part in many an inter club visit.

Bill was a founder member of Wharfedale SC in 1979, helped to establish York RI SC and served as National President 1987-88. He was the instigator of ‘speaking to a declared purpose’, originally known as prescription speaking, but which now comes under the heading ‘Applied Speaking’ and can be found in the Speakers Guide. He spent his final years devoted to his wife, Margaret, following her stroke.

Joe James, past national president, wrote: “My  memories of Bill are that at first meeting he seemed rather severe and forbidding, but as one got to know him his wonderful dry sense of humour became an absolute delight. What at first appeared to be severity gradually revealed itself to be truly a meticulous sense of what was right and appropriate, and a manifestation of the highest standards of speaking and organisation which he set for himself and encouraged others to set for themselves. When you knew Bill was in the audience, you would not dare to deliver anything less than your best performance.”

And this from Denise Adlard: “His stern rather formal demeanour disguised a generosity of spirit, a willingness to help,  guide and support and most of all a wicked dry sense of humour.”

Evaluation and Topic Contests

Saturday, January 21st, 2023

Peter Wilson gave the target speech for the club Evaluation contest on 19th January entitled “Apocalypse Fatigue”. There were three entrants with judge Jeff Denton declaring Chris Clissitt the winner. He will represent the club at the regional contests in March.

The same three entered the Topics contest with Chris Clissitt selected as the winner by judge Jan Seymour.

As for last year, there will be no Area contests this year. There are only four clubs in the region entering contests (Wetherby, York, Craven and Halifax & Huddersfield) and all will progress directly to the Eastern Regional contests on 11th March in Bramhope.

Here is the club line up for the regional contests:

Speech:          Neil Wilson

Evaluation:     Chris Clissitt

Topics:           Chris Clissitt

Club Speech Contest 2022/23

Friday, November 18th, 2022

Neil Wilson made it a hat trick as he retained the club speech trophy on Thursday 17th November with a speech entitled “Cup of Dreams” about the joy and excitement of the forthcoming World Cup.

Jan Seymour was runner up with a speech entitled “Roots” which explored where we feel that we truly have our roots, appropriately enough!

There were four competitors in all with Niki Boersma and Howard Herbert also delivering fine speeches. The judge was Peter Wilson. Neil will represent the club at the next stage which will be at the Area or Regional contests. Jan may also represent the next stage depending on the number of clubs in the region who choose to participate.

National Conference St Anne’s On Sea

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

The Dalmeny Hotelm, St Anne’s On Sea hosted the 2022 National Conference on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April.

All three Eastern Region contestants were from Halifax & Huddersfield – Jan Millar in topics, Anne Todd in evaluation and Kathryn Loftus in the the speech contest.

Kathryn took third place in the speech contest with “The Humble Potato”, a most entertaining and superbly delivered speech. A remarkable achievement when you consider that Kathryn only joined the ASC last November! The winner was Jill Finney of Leamington SC and Chris Clissitt was chief judge.

A report on the event can be found here on the main ASC website.

Kathryn in action at St Anne’s On Sea

Next meeting via Zoom 5th May

Friday, April 22nd, 2022

Our club venue, Linton Memorial Hall, is being used for local elections on 5th May and therefore we will meet via Zoom.

Our next meeting takes place on Thursday 5th May 2022, 7.45 for 8pm.

 

Please e-mail our Secretary, Chris Clissitt, for joining details.

 

Treble silver at regional contests

Friday, April 8th, 2022

John Holian made it a hat trick of silver medals at the Eastern Regional contests at Bramhope on Saturday 26th March. With unerring consistency John took the runners up spot in the speech, evaluation and topics contests, a very fine achievement tinged with the frustration of missing out so narrowly three times. John’s speech was entitled “A Place In The Sun”, while Neil Wilson also represented the club with his speech, “I’ve Got A Little List.” Here’s to next year!

Halifax & Huddersfield supplied the winners of all three contests, Kathryn Loftus in the speech contest (“The Curious Monocle”), Anne Todd in evaluation and Jan Millar in topics.

Congratulations to all three who will represent Eastern Region in the National Contests on 29th and 30th April in St Anne’s on Sea.

Evaluation and topics contests

Friday, January 21st, 2022

Jan Seymour gave the target speech for the club Evaluation contest on 20th January, an intriguing piece entitled “The Importance of the Fronted Adverbial.” There were just two entrants with judge Jeff Denton declaring John Holian the winner and Neil Wilson runner up. Both will represent the club at the regional contests in March.

There were a few more entrants for the Topics contest, five in all, with the result decided by audience vote rather than by a judge. Chris Clissitt was the winner with John Holian runner up.

There will be no Area contests this year. There are only three clubs in the region entering contests (Wetherby, York and Halifax & Huddersfield) and all three will progress directly to the Eastern Regional contests in March.

Here is the club line up for the regional contests:

Speech:          Neil Wilson & John Holian

Evaluation:     John Holian & Neil Wilson

Topics:           Chris Clissitt & John Holian

Club Speech Contest 2021/22

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Neil Wilson retained the club speech trophy on Thursday 4th November with a speech entitled “Playing the Game”, in which he extolled the virtues and benefits of participating in sport. He previously won the trophy in 2019, with 2020 being a fallow year owing to lockdown restrictions.

John Holian was runner up with a speech entitled “Who do you think you are?” which explored the premise that you can anything you want to be.

The judge was Chris Clissitt. Neil and John will represent the club at the Vale of York Area Speech Contest on 6th February 2022 in York.

The evening also featured a debut from our newest member, Jan Seymour,  who delivered a most entertaining speech entitled “This is me.”

Face to face at last….followed by the National Conference

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Thursday 16th September saw the return of Wetherby Speakers Club to Linton Memorial Hall for our first face to face meeting since February 2020 and what a welcome relief it was! Zoom was invaluable through the Covid interregnum, keeping us in touch and in practice, but nothing beats speaking to a live audience. Being able to see the audience reaction, the immediacy of the feedback, the “feel” of  the venue, the shared humour, the tangible bonhomie…..much missed over the last 19 months, and so good to be back!

We were treated to two excellent speeches, all the better for the “live” setting. Niki Boersma spoke on “Camping or Caribbean” and Lisa Duffield delivered “The Circus.”

Two days later on Saturday 18th September the National Conference took place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the first attended conference since April 2019. A report on the event can be found here on the main ASC website.

Chris Clissitt acted as a judge in both the Speech and Topics contests and took part in the Evaluation contest, finishing in 3rd place. Anne Todd of Halifax & Huddersfield SC did our region proud with a fascinating and entertaining speech entitled “Long Live Language” which secured 2nd pace and some deserved silverware.

Committee roll over for 2021/22

Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

At the club AGM on 20th May it was a case of “as you were” when incumbents in every position were re-elected. The position of Education Director had already changed last September when Peter Wilson took over from Jocelyn Brooks.

 

The new season will kick off on Thursday 16th September at Linton Memorial Hall assuming it is open and available. There will also be a series of three or four Zoom meetings in June and July – dates TBA.

This is the full committee:

President: John Holian

Immediate past President: Peter Wilson

Treasurer: Howard Herbert

Education Director: Peter Wilson

Social Secretary: Niki Boersma

Publicity Officer: Neil Wilson

Secretary & Webmaster: Chris Clissitt

Summer Zoom meetings – next meeting 22nd July

Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

After a season and a bit of meeting online via Zoom, the club decided to continue with Zoom meetings in June and July and then take a break in August. The new season will start on September 16th,  hopefully back in Linton Memorial Hall.

There will be 3 meetings over the summer on the following dates:

Thursday 24th June

Thursday 8th July

Thursday 22nd July

All meetings commence at 8pm. Please e-mail our Immediate Past President, Peter Wilson, for joining details

Sandra Barton

Friday, May 7th, 2021

We were saddened to learn of the death of Sandra Barton on 9th April.Sandra Barton 2003 (2)

Sandra was a great friend to Wetherby Speakers Club. Over the years she regularly attended our dinners, judged our contests and was a constant source of advice, wisdom and humour.  She was a member of Leeds SC and when the club folded she joined Wharfedale SC.

Sandra was probably the first lady to visit Wetherby Speakers Club when we became a mixed club many years ago.

She was a great servant to the ASC and was National President in 2002-3, only the second lady to hold that office. The picture is from her presidential year handing the Speaker of the Year trophy to Simon Weston in Cardiff in January 2003.