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South Lancaster Speaker Club

Notes Meeting 11th May 2022

Jane opened and closed the meeting in the absence of Louise and John

Diana chaired the meeting and also the timings.

The subject was to speak about an object you had brought.

James spoke about a lighter he had been given from a girlfriend in times past.

Joyce spoke about some war medals of her uncles.

Carol spoke about some figures her son had brought from Argentina.

Jane spoke about a Davie Lamp she had converted into a light.

David spoke about his wooden parrot.

Eddy used his car key to illustrate using a “ key “ ie, to open up opportunities, key to the future, biometrics.

Diana spoke about a pad of beautiful papers and what she had used them for.

The evaluations were done by James and Joyce

Carol was topic chair and they were evaluated by Eddy and David.

David                   teacher who I disliked

Jane                      the worst garden decision you ever made.

Eddy                     the household task you most dislike.

Joyce                    your worst cooking disaster

James                   your worst holiday decision

Diana                    an item of clothing you have never worn.

South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Galgate Methodist Hall, Chapel Lane, Galgate, Lancashire. LA2 0PN.

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Notes from the meeting on 9th March 2022

12 members met at the Galgate Chapel for out twice monthly meeting – we meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm

After a welcome by the President of the Club, the meeting was chaired by Carol who laid out the programme and clarified the timings for the light in the 4 minute speeches we were about to do on the subject :



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Choose a word with four obscure meanings

Eddy spoke on his take on NIRVANA and gave us several different meanings.  This was evaluated by James

James then spoke on the meaning of the word Retrogradation.  Was it describing the orbit of the planets, the illusion of going up hill when actually going downhill or did it refer to the London sewers.  The first meaning was the correct one.  This speech was evaluated by Jane

Jane spoke about the meaning of the word Bressener.  Was it describing an early version of the Bra or was it a Timber Load bearing Beam or, was it the name of a Scottish Country Dance.  After some discussion this word was identified correctly as a Load Bearing beam.  Joyce evaluated Jane

Joyce described the word Strobilus.  The three meanings Joyces gave us was that a, it referred to Bellringing; b, a strong beam of light and c, a Fruit or vegetable with overlapping scales.  It was, of course, the later description.   Lara evaluated Joyce

Lara described the word Limerence.  Was it a state of Foolishness, a state of Narcissism or a state of Obsession.  The last meaning was deemed correct.  Albert evaluated Joyce

Albert then gave four meanings of the word Tendentious.  Firstly, was it a pain, an inflammation of tendons; was it the defence of Imperial measurements; was it an Amazonian Porcupine ; was it a bias in an argument.    Clearly the last meaning was deemed correct. John evaluated this amusing presentation.

John then described three meanings of the word Gift.  Avoiding the obvious one, he asked whether it was a the German for Poisson, Serbo-Croat for a poisonous snake or was it Hebrew for Faith  All chose the last description but the German meaning is correct.  David evaluated John

David introduced us to the word Fonticulus.  After saying that meanings change over time, he put three meanings to us.  Was it a Harry Potter spell, the study of typeface or the depression just below the breastbone.  This last meaning is correct.   Eddie evaluated David

After a tea/coffee break we went into the Topics session but with only 2 minutes given to each speaker.   Diana gave to topic to the different speakers.

Eddie spoke on the choice between Latin or French and decided Latin was definitely the one to study

Lara spoke on Home Education v. Schools and conclude that after the Pandemic, the benefits of a school were overwhelming

Carol spoke on Red or White.  Her take on this was wine and recommended a Vouvray white

Jane was given the topic – Short stories or the Long novel.  She thought it may depend on the journey one is taking but came down firmly on the side of the long read – the novel

Time then demanded the remaining speakers only spoke for one minute.

James spoke on Bungalows or Houses and showed his preference for a Bungalow.

Louise was given the choice of River or Sea and though liking both, preferred the sea.

John was given the alternatives of a Camper Van or a Tent and was firmly a tent person

Joyce had to assess the merits of a Microwave v. an Oven.  She preferred the Oven

David spoke on Fiction or Non fiction and saw merit in both

These Topic speeches were evaluated by Albert and a general evaluation was given by Jane.

The President wrapped up the meeting with some notices concerning :

  • the Annual dinner ( to be held on Wed 10th August at the Royal Oak in Garstang)
  • the AGM to be held Wed 25th May
  • Garstang Speakers have invited one of us to tell a tall tale (Jane offered her tale)

The meeting ended at 9.30

 

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South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Galgate Methodist Hall, Chapel Lane, Galgate, Lancashire. LA2 0PN.

Program Wednesday 23 February 2022 and notes of Speakers Club last meeting.

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Programme 23rd February 2022

President                 Louise

Chair                         John

Timekeeper             Luisa

Note taker               Joyce

6 minute speeches  Lara, Luisa, Lewis

Evaluator                 Jane

Everyone else prepare a 4 minute speech “The best tool in the......

Speech about your favourite tool and room it is located. Avoid over use of first person pronoun. Visual aids can be used.

Evaluator                  Discretion of chair. ( could use the daisy chain )

Refreshments          Time, discretion of chair

Topics, if time allows.  Lewis

Evaluator                   David

General evaluator     Albert

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on Wednesday 09 February 2022 at Galgate Methodist Chapel Hall.

 

The President opened the meeting.

The Chair for the evening hastily re-arranged the programme as some members who were scheduled to speak had sent in their apologies because of illness.

Visitor, Andrew, was welcomed and spoke a few words about himself.

As an innovative warm-up session the Chair gave attendees, in turn, a different letter of the alphabet to speak about, without any preparation, for 1 minute. It was highly successful.

(Andrew Hawkes felt unwell at this point. He assured us he was Covid-free but felt it better that he should leave. He hoped to return in 2 weeks.)

The Topics session included subjects such as “Is the High Street dead?”, “Are driverless cars a thing of the future?”, “Would you survive without your TV for a sustained period of time?”, Is the BBC losing out to such as Netflix?”  John Entwistle evaluated.

Jane Entwistle was invited to tell the Club about the recent occasion in London at which she was inaugurated as the President of the National Institute of Structural Engineers. At the event Jane had delivered a 42-minute presentation.

Finally a General Evaluation by Diana Douglas rounded off an excellent eve.

Members were reminded they would be welcome at the West Pennine Area Conference on Sat 26 February at Morecambe Golf Club at 10 am. Cost £10. Prior booking essential and thro’ Club Treasurer, David Knox. Lunch can be ordered (and paid for) on arrival.

The Treasurer informed attendees that the application to become an ASC Candidate Club had been sent, on 06/02/2022, to the ASC National Secretary, Michael Cox.

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Hybrid meeting at Galgate Methodist Chapel Hall.

S Lancaster Speakers Club. Wednesday 26 January 2022

 

Past National ASC President Dilwyn Scott zoomed in from Stourbridge to present an educational session on giving a Vote of Thanks.  The PowerPoint lists of Do and Don’t were useful to note and enhanced his chat. An excellent session. During an 8-minute lull, everyone wrote their own version and then several members delivered their efforts; Dilwyn evaluated them.

Topics followed-with members who had not spoken contributing by way of speaking about certain games. Subjects varied from Monopoly and Scrabble to tennis and hockey. They were evaluated. Finally, a General Evaluation rounded off an excellent eve.

Members were reminded they would be welcome at the West Pennine Area Conference on Sat 26 February at Morecambe Golf Club at 10 am. Cost £10. Prior booking essential and thro’ the Club Treasurer. Lunch can be ordered (and paid for) on arrival.

The Treasurer reminded attendees that the application to become an ASC Candidate Club will soon be sent to the ASC National Secretary, Michael Cox. Attendees were told that a database of members’ names and email addresses might be needed to be sent too.

Next meeting Wed 9 February 2022. 7.30 pm

Members who had not delivered their V of T will do so.

Lara, Luisa and Lewis will give speeches.

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                                 WEDNESDAY 24th November 2021

                                     Methodist Chapel, Galgate

 

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

The President opened the Meeting by welcoming those present to the fifth meeting of the new season.

 

The Chair for the evening was Diana Douglas 

SPEECHES

         The contributions for this session, consisted of four minute speeches, partly prepared at last meeting, under heading

                             “quick speech preparation

                                    Louise - 

The ‘seaside’ was the subject matter in this speech and included a description of a Victorian seaside. The speaker also talked about ice creams on a hot summer’s day as well as people enjoying the waves

the Evaluator was Albert..

                                     Albert – 

Albert talked about is ‘space exploration a waste of time’  A brief history of space exploration was given including unmanned, animals and human flight. Mention was also made to the recent launch of a rocket for the purpose of experimenting changing the trajectory of an asteroid that might strike earth at some time in the future.

Evaluated by David 

                                  David - “It’s a knockout”

This speech dealt with the theme ‘should boxing be banned.’  The speaker talked about the merits and demerits of boxing as well as the consequences of other contact sports. 

           Evaluated by Joyce.                         

 Joyce

 ‘Flowers’ was the choice of this speaker and included such matters as using flowers as a teaching aid for early years pupils.

 Evaluation was carried out by Carol

                                     Carol –

‘ Singing’ was the area for Carol’s speech which included information on how singing was a feature in the history of various countries as well as being good for your physical and mental health.

Evaluated by James.

                                     James –

‘is space exploration a waste of time’  The Speaker felt that space exploration should be banned and that these resources would be better spent on looking how to improve planet earth given the problems we are currently experiencing and that space be looked at when things have improved here or at least stabilised.

                                      This speech was Evaluated by Louise.

                                      Lewis gave an amusing speech about the ‘seaside’ and although many people like the seaside and the beach he hated it. The sand going everywhere , as well as the putrid smell of seaweed. Reference was also made about the constant battle with some people from Continental Europe commandeering the sun loungers round the pool.

Evaluated by Diana

                                      Luisa spoke about why we should be curious about what is around us and that the exploration of space was not a waste of time or money. The speaker suggested that there were some extremely useful side benefits of space science ie  gadgets and technology that we might not have had if the program had not taken place.

Evaluated by Diana 

 

TOPICS SESSION 

The Chair for this session was Carol Kershaw.

Eddy- “The place where I grew up”

Luisa – “Should all 18 year olds go to University”

Lewis-“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”

Lara – “Should the Internet ever have been invented”

 

The Topics were Evaluated by James and Eddy was the General Evaluator.

BUSINESS SESSION 

For the next Meeting, Lara would make her Icebreaker speech and Lewis and Luisa would speak to Assignment F4

The question of having more Training Sessions was raised. Members were informed that at the next meeting of the Management Committee to be held on 6th December there was already an item on the Agenda for training to be discussed.

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Diana reminded those present about the meal at The Fleece, Dolphinholme on Wednesday 15th December and that those attending should let her know their menu choices on or before Sunday 5th December.

The President closed the Meeting and thanked everyone for their contributions especially Lara, Lewis and Luisa

The Meeting ended at 9.28

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The meeting program includes feedback to members.

 

 

 
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South Lancaster Speakers Club

Programme 27th October

 

President Opening remarks. Louise

Chair                                         Carol

Timekeeper                              Jane

3 to 4 minute speeches          Everyone

Choose from- Decorating, a landmark, Adverts

Daisychain evaluations, the person picked out of the hat evaluates

the previous speaker and then delivers their own speech.

The first one will be Simon giving an introductory speech about

himself. Evaluated by Diana. Chair pulls out next person before

Diana gives her speech. Continues until everyone has evaluated

and spoken. ( Joyce will be absent, sends apologies )

Break for refreshments.

Topic chair                               Albert

Topic evaluator                       Eddy

General evaluator                   Louise

Closing remarks                       Louise     


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SOUTH LANCASTER SPEAKERS CLUB

      WEDNESDAY 27th October 2021

             Methodist Chapel, Galgate

In attendance:- Diana Douglas, James Douglas, Jane Entwistle, John Entwistle, Eddy Jackson, Louise Jackson (President)  Albert Kelsall, Carol Kershaw, David Knox, Luisa (1) and Lewis (1) Garth Entwistle and Fiona Entwistle.

 Apologies:- Joyce Meiring and Simon Gelderd

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

The President opened the Meeting by welcoming those present, especially the Guests to the third meeting of the new season.

The Chair for the evening was Carol Kershaw

SPEECHES

Each Speaker was given 3-4 minute to talk about “Decorating, a Landmark or an Advert”

Daisy chain evaluations then followed, the person picked out of the hat evaluated the previous speaker and then delivered their own speech

Diana Douglas – Don’t, don’t, don’t

This speech was about different types of adverts including the power and cost of same.

Jane Entwistle –

Decorating landmark cakes was the subject matter of this speech eg Birthday and Wedding cakes together with different types of icing used.

Albert Kelsall – talked about various landmarks.

James Douglas -

This speech was about landmarks and in particular various lighthouses including the Ancient Lighthouse at Alexandria.

Louise Jackson – Decorating for a new arrival

The audience was treated to a very interesting speech on the preparations required for a ‘new arrival’ but the arrival was not a baby, as might have been expected but ……. A dog!!!

John Entwistle –

John talked about various elements of internal and external decorating and how to avoid potential ‘marital’ disharmony.

David Knox –

This speech was about the decoration of a ‘landmark’ that had not been painted for a very long time and needed to have a great deal of preparatory work carried out before this high, well known example could be painted a single colour of sky blue …. The Sistine Chapel Ceiling.

Eddy Jackson had a completely different approach to the subject of ‘landmarks’ and put forward the suggestion that this word could be treated not only as a noun but also as a verb.

Carol Kershaw talked about adverts and how things had changed from the 1940’s and 50’s very few goods available. Carol made reference to several adverts which included, but not restricted to, the Guinness advert with the multi coloured toucan.

TOPICS

The Chair for the Topics Session was Albert Kelsall and the theme was the effects and repercussions of various well publicised events in recent times.

John Entwistle – Interruption to Clubs due to Covid

Eddy Jackson – Global Warming

Louise Jackson – Respect for the NHS

James Douglas – Global Warming

David Knox – Debt

The Topics were Evaluated by Eddy Jackson and the General Evaluation of the evening was given by Louise Jackson.

BUSINESS SESSION

The Treasurer reminded members who had not paid their £10 Membership Subscription Fee that it was now due.

The Meeting ended at 9.25

Date of next Meeting 10th November 2021

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WEDNESDAY 22nd September 2021

Methodist Chapel, Galgate, LA2 0PT

 

WELCOME

The President opened the Meeting by welcoming those present to the first meeting of the new season and at a new venue.

The President stated that Graham Bailey and Yashoda Auchombit would not be attending anymore meetings.

The Chair for the evening was James Douglas.

 SPEECHES

Speakers had been asked to prepare an up to five minute speech on “Times they are a Changing “ Joyce Meiring spoke about the Environment in the 1980’s compared with today and Albert Kelsall’s speech involved events that happened during the years 1963 and 2021

The speeches were evaluated by Eddy Jackson and Jane Entwistle.

TOPICS SESSION

The Chair for this session was Diana Douglas and the theme was a quotation from Albert Einstein  “the only thing you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library”. Speakers were allocated a genre of book that one might find in a library or in a bookcase in one’s house.

John Entwistle – Gardening Books

David Knox – Crime Books

Greig Morton – Science Fiction Books

James Douglas – Motoring Books/Magazines

Eddy Jackson – Geography Books

Jane Entwistle – Arts and Crafts Books

Carol Kershaw – Holiday Book/Brochure

The Topics were Evaluated by Louise Jackson and the General Evaluation of the evening was carried out by Carol Kershaw.

Greig Morton (Area President) said that he was impressed with what he had heard and that he really enjoyed the refreshments.

Greig made reference to the coming West Pennine Conference, due to be held at Morecambe GC. He requested volunteers to make a speech and for Stewards etc. Greig also asked Members if anyone wanted to become Area Vice President, who would then take over his position when he stood down.

BUSINESSES SESSION

Recruitment of Students

The President requested the views of  Members as to whether following ‘freshers week’ at Lancaster University the Club should put on some refreshments at our next meeting on 13th October and advertise the meeting with more posters. Agreed

Hybrid Meetings

After a short discussion on whether the Club should have hybrid meetings in the future, it was agreed that we should.

 

The Chair thanked those present for their contributions to what was a very enjoyable and successful meeting. He also thanked Louise, Joyce and Jane for baking the scones and Welsh cakes and Sue for washing the dishes.

The Meeting ended at 9.29

Date of next Meeting 13th October 2021

South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Galgate Methodist Hall, Chapel Lane, Galgate, Lancashire. LA2 0PN.

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Wednesday 22 September 2021, 7.30 pm

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Wednesday 22 September, Galgate Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, Ellel, Galgate, LA2 0PN.

 

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