South Lancaster Speakers Club

Outline agendas for Spring term

13th January Assignment 6. Vocabulary and word pictures. New manual page 13, old p.39

6 -8 minute speech,          The best picture I ever took.

4+4 minute speeches,       Show and tell

27th January Assignment 7  Using notes and microphone. Old manual page 43

Minimalistic use of notes  Be brave and try a speech without them.


                                               Tall Tales

10th February Assignment 8  Using humour. New manual p. 14. Old p. 49

6-8 minute speech,              Compare past and present humour on television

4+4 speeches                         Funny story

24th February Assignment 9   Audience rapport. New Manual p.15, Old p.55

6-8 Minute speech                Speak about something you are passionate about

4+4                                           Own choice, but must have rapport with audience

10th March Assignment 10    Showpiece.  New manual p.15. Old manual p.59

Five 6-8 minute speeches     Demonstrate your speaking skills learnt over the past year

24th March

Game                                         Just a minute, speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation

                                                    Hope this will be a bit of fun ( if it works )

                                                    Instead of topics, A lighthearted way to finish the term and get

                                                    to know one another better, “ how do you spend your free

                                                     time “

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.


South Lancaster Speakers club

Hello everyone,

Louise and I have had our heads together to come up with a programme that utilises the opportunities of a speakers club and also incorporating suggestions made by members. We have put together a programme for the next 5 sessions until Christmas so you can ponder if you have the inclination.

Most sessions include one 6 to 8 minute speech and I shall name an individual  at random. If anyone has an objection to this please say.

We are using assignments from the manual which hopefully will help the evaluators as they must see evidence of it. I will send a detailed programme before each meeting.

October 14th  An own choice meeting, 1 + 6-8 min speech, 3 + 4 min speeches, plus topics.

October 28th Assignment ( old manual ) page 25 ( new Manual ) page 11  Speaking with Conviction. Same format as October 14th. Choose something you feel passionate about.

November 11th Assignment ( old )page 149 ( new ) page 29 story telling.  Everyone tell a 4 minute story about a “ girl in a red dress “

November 25th Assignment ( old ) page 33 ( new ) page 12 Own choice. Using your voice effectively.

December 9th Assignment ( old ) page 193 ( new )? Reading aloud to an audience. Everyone choose a Christmas reading

Hope this makes sense, As it is our first attempt at forward planning please bear with us.

Louise and Joyce     

South Lancaster Speakers Club

Programme 14th October

Welcome            Louise

Chairman            David

Timekeeper        John

Tonight’s speeches are your own choice

For the evaluators it may be helpful to use an evaluation sheet from the handbook.

6 -8 minute speech         Diana                     evaluated by Mark

4 minute speeches          Mark                      evaluated by Eddy

                                            Jane                        evaluated by James

                                            Joyce                       evaluated by Carol

Topics chairman               Vaishali

Suggested order ( dependent on time )

Carol, Sabe, David, Eddy,Pepe,Louise, James, John

Topics evaluator     Eddy

General evaluator of evening   Diana

Close meeting( including any points which need raising ) 


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.

Lancashire Speakers Club Public Speaking Training By Zoom




                  WEDNESDAY 12th August 2020

       VIA ZOOM

In Attendance:- Diana Douglas, James Douglas, Jane Entwistle, John Entwistle, (Vice President), Eddy Jackson, Louise Jackson (President) Carol Kershaw, David Knox, Joyce Meiring and Mark Rogers

Apologies:- Sue Solloway

The President opened up the Meeting by welcoming those present and then handed over to the Chair for the evening Carol Kershaw.

The theme for the evening was for members to bring along up to three items which reflected the speaker’s character or aspirations.

 Jane Entwistle  – Mixing Bowls, Knitting and a Hard Hat.

The mixing bowls represented the fact that she loved cooking and feeding people, the knitting represented her creative side and the hard hat an item she adorned whilst visiting potentially dangerous building sites etc whilst carrying out her profession as an Engineer.

James Douglas carried out the Evaluation.

Mark Rogers – had a Citroen DS as his item

This aspirational Car was a favourite of his, ‘a very beautiful car’  which he felt transformed his driving style whether he drove fast or slow and he described the benefits of the soft suspension of this car compared to others.

David Knox Evaluated this contribution.

Carol Kershaw – French Dictionary, Selection of stones and choral singing.

Carol stated that she was a Linguist and loved dictionaries, she also loved to travel and had many stones from different places visited including a piece of the Berlin Wall. Call also loved choral singing which gave a general feeling of well being.

John Entwistle gave an Evaluation of this speech.

Diana Douglas – a Card and a bag

Diana informed those present that it had recently been her son’s fiftieth birthday and to mark the occasion she made him a unique birthday card using her many creative skills which she enjoyed immensely. Shortly after her son’s birthday it was her daughter in law’s birthday and she decided to make her a special card as well and used the features of a bag that her husband had given her.

John Entwistle carried out the Evaluation.

Eddy Jackson – A Barometer was his item of choice

Eddy stated that this was the number one instrument on board a boat. The Barometer can tell the user of any potential bad or inclement weather which could potentially be a danger to the boat and those aboard her, examples of which were well described by the speaker.

James Douglas Evaluated this Speech.

David Knox – a glass of water

David described the life saving qualities of water, and drew attention to the amount of water in the glass, half empty or half full a pessimistic or optimistic view of life. He admitted to being a pessimist but stated the benefits of being an optimist.

John Entwistle carried out the Evaluation.

James Douglas – a Mechanical Engineer’s Diary

James stated that this particular item was very precious to him. It had been given to him by his father when he first started University at Glasgow in 1958. Throughout his career it was an invaluable reference document.

Mark Rogers Evaluated this speech

Joyce Meiring – Weighing Scales

For her weighing scales Joyce told us that she had both metric and imperial weights in order to cope with all recipes both old and new. Joyce informed the audience that she had been a Domestic Science Teacher and that she found baking and cooking very therapeutic, all the whisking and beating of ingredients. Creating things gave her a sense of achievement.

This speech was Evaluated by Mark Rogers

John Entwistle – a Map, Cycling Helmet and a Garden Fork

John said that he could spend ages looking at a map of which he had many tending to buy one for every new place he visited whilst hill walking or mountaineering. The  helmet was for the cycling holidays he went on an The reassurance it gave him. The garden fork was for another of his favourite pass times and said that without a garden he would be very unhappy.

David Knox gave an Evaluation of this contribution to the evening.

Louise Jackson – shoes and more shoes!

Louise told the audience that her speech would come in to the aspirational category. She felt that shoes should be stylish but with style comes consequences. Louise said that she had bought a lovely pair of walking boots but had not broken them in, this resulted in blisters and pain and necessitated her having to buy a pair of pumps, which were not so stylish but were ever so comfortable. For her daughter’s wedding she bought a very stylish pair of shoes that looked very good but impractical.

David Knox Evaluated this Speech.

The General Evaluation was carried out by Jane Entwistle

Business Section

The President informed those present that Joyce Meiring had decided to accept the vacant position of Education Director.

In terms of when we would be able to return safely to meeting at the Methodist Church Schoolroom again  was still unclear. It was therefore decided that we would continue meeting through Zoom for the foreseeable future but that the subject would be reviewed regularly. Due to holiday commitments it was decided to alter the dates of the next two meetings which would now be on the 16th & 30th September

The President thanked those attending for what was an enjoyable meeting.

                                  The Meeting ended at 8.50

          Date of next Meeting Wednesday 16th September 2020




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.

Lancashire Speakers Club unedited ZOOM meeting


A Lancashire Speakers Club hosted its first ZOOM meeting


The South Lancaster Speakers Club meets in Forton Church Hall just north of Garstang, Lancashire.

In response to COVID-19 lockdown here is their first ZOOM meeting. (Unedited)

The new President Louise Jackson introduced and welcomed new members.

Join us online for fun public speaking activities.

South Lancaster Speakers Club host regular online meetings. Join us now.
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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.

Mark Rogers Advice 2020 Public Speaking Challenge


Mark Rogers South Lancaster Speakers Club

Mark Rogers Expert Speaker


The 2020 Public Speaking Challenge
Self-recorded at home and uploaded to YouTube and Facebook by Mark.

Mark Rogers 2020 Public Speaking Challenge in the age of COVID 19 lockdown




So what are the real reasons for giving advice?

Are they the suggestions which you give someone else 

which you hope will work for your benefit?

Or is that just limited to the less scrupulous

of the salesmen around of double glazing and cars?

But isn’t advice regarded as something that we ask for,

when we already know the answer,

but wish we didn’t?

What about undeniably good advice, 

should we take it?

Like, do something wonderful,

people may imitate you?

Or find out what you don’t do well, 

then don’t do it?

Or nothing risqué, nothing gained?

Maybe like a good speaker, 

should one always try to be sincere, 

even if you don’t always mean it.

But always use tasteful words. 

You may have to eat them.

Should we take heed 

from those that speak quickly 

and always leave things to the last minute. 

Because that way it will only take a minute.

Thankfully there are no horrid, bigoted and generalised 


sexist clichés for me to quote here,

other than: “if you give a woman a minute,

then she will always take three.

But as Oscar Wilde did say,

“Don’t give a woman advice, 

one should never give a woman 

anything she can’t wear in the evening.”

Did he mean, like wearing a fur coat 

for walking along Morecambe freezing promenade

by the sea and on the beach:-

Someone else has also recommended

that the best advice, they have for Morecambe

is to “keep Britain tidy”, and eat a pigeon;

Yet surely the vegan campaigners

will not approve of any politically incorrect talk 

of increased pigeon consumption, will they?

But do you believe in free speech?

Good, can I just borrow your mobile phone, then please.

Wouldn’t you agree 

that there can be some very good advice 

on the internet about health 

and there can also be some utter rubbish on it.

Indeed, there must be something rather special 

about that acupuncture. 

because you never see any sick hedgehogs or porcupines, do you?

No, certainly not all experts. Even internet advice on good food diets to lose weight seem to vary like the UK 2020 winter weekend weather.

Some days it’s the Atkins diet is best, or other times it’s green and reds, then it can be high protein and fibre, or vastly reduced salt and sugar or just simply less calories;

But what about that man in Garstang, where else, who eats six meals a day, 4 steaks, ten pounds of potatoes, a dozen hamburgers, apple pie, ice cream and lots of beer and never puts on weight.

Yet he is always the same weight, at 28 stone.

Conversely, if one is very poor, is it better to accept the advice for one to adopt a more economically priced diet.

For example, did you know that a young man in the UK is so very poor that if he doesn’t fast every Monday and Thursday, he will starve to death.

Isn’t it wonderful 

how there are such huge numbers of people in the world 

who are now using computers 

instead of the total dependence, on having to reference 

encyclopedias and educational text books, etc.

So now being able to access 

key desired information, guidance and advice 

on virtually anything in the world.

Indeed, the ASC is, of course, very much “on line”too.

But what additional advice 

could one try and give the ASC 

to increase it’s profile and membership numbers.

Could it be, to never join a bowling club if you don’t play bowls.

Similarly, do not join a tennis club if you don’t play tennis,

nor never ever belong to a Speakers Club 

if you do not write a brand new speech,

every fortnight, during a season.

Would the ASC be in an improved state,

and have more to offer as a whole,

if it was to adapt accordingly 

and turn itself into an organisation 

which is better able to accommodate 

increased numbers of teenage junior members.

Not wishing to be too ageist

but surely there are significantly high numbers

of teenagers out there

who could individually write a brand new speech or presentation

every single week of the year,

if they were encouraged

and provided with such valuable opportunities to do so.

So how would teenagers cope with the ASC?

Or should we just give them a licenced chaperone 

and a minder for their mind, body and soul.

What about further advice and suggestions

that could be given to the ASC,

for it to consider improving as a whole,

to benefit it’s members of all ages.

As a lot of UK organisations are now expanding 

and becoming global.

But look what happened when the ASC 

attempted to open up and operate in Australia,

with Dame Everidge assisting in the promotion.

As Dame Everidge did then publicly criticise the ASC when she said:


“Hello possums”. Don’t you just love it.


“Mary Whitehouse wanted to join


the international Association of Speakers Clubs.

But she found it too restrictive.

She said, I can’t talk about religion, I can’t talk about sex,


I can’t talk about myself, and I can’t talk about Brexit”.

I would now like to conclude

that as with public speaking training

and so many other interesting and worthwhile things in life,

and in overall and summarised terms,

isn’t it often abso-bally-lutely brilliant 

to seek, the best possible advice when needed.

Along with obtaining supportive, 

tip top second and third opinions

to check for consistency and authenticity. 

You can still be the final judge of it.

Take heed. Never end a speech with a piece of advice.                                   

Unless, and unlike myself, you are an expert.


Mark Rogers

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.

Public speaking challenge 2020 in the age of COVID 19

The Apostrophe. The pedantic's dream.




Whilst hunkering down, in quarantine, self-isolating in the age of COVID 19, the South Lancaster Speakers Club launched a public speaking competition, open to all, to encourage participation and engagement.

Simply either record audio or video and upload to the club's Facebook page.

Diana Douglas learnt new digital skills to do this.




Diana Douglas is at home self-isolating in the time of COVID 19. Whilst hunkered down, Diana Douglas continued her passion for public speaking by rising to the South Lancaster Speakers Club 2020 Challenge and using her information technology skills, used her iPhone to record the club's first online public speaking presentation.

Viewers, let show our appreciation for this cutting edge technology being embraced by the Speakers Club,

Enjoy The Apostrophe A pedantic's guide.

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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.


2020 Public Speaking Challenge Lancashire Speakers Club



To prevent cabin-fever in the time of COVID-19 lockdown, overcome curfew restrictions, and self-isolation here is an invitation to escape to another world.


The rationale and purpose are to stimulate you intellectually, have some fun, and to promote the enjoyment of public speaking to a broader audience.


During the week record a short uplifting speech or share written content. Let’s open this public speaking challenge up to anybody if they are interested. Contributors do not have to be a member.

Share speeches and recordings directly onto the South Lancaster Speakers Club Facebook page and website.

Contact if you need support.


1. Subjects and issues that interest you.

2. Content from the ASC’s Handbook.

3. Topical issues.


Using either FB or the comment form below on this website, to give positive and supportive feedback in the spirit of the club’s ethos.

Think about your personal development in public speaking, being active, and in making a positive contribution to society.

Are you up for the 2020 Public Speaking Challenge? Try it now!

Good luck!

Eddy Jackson


Eddy-Jackson-MBE-South Lancaster Speakers Club

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.

Sue Solloway Speech and Language


Public speaking education and training at SLSC


Speech and Language

Have you ever thought what is the biggest difference between humans and the rest of the living world?

Well, many renowned psychologists support the belief that it is speech that sets us apart.

Why is speech and language different from just communication?

Speech/language comprises of 5 main components which aren't found in animal communication. These are:  

  •       Phonemes

  •       Morphemes

  •       Lexemes

  •       Syntax and

  •       Content.

Grammar and semantics also play a major role in speech. Signing is also recognised as a fully functional language having all the criteria necessary.

So it's obvious speech is a complex activity and there is much speculation around the question of whether speech actually facilitates thought.

To this end many experiments have been conducted. Perhaps one of the most notorious was when very young children were used as subjects in this infamous experiment.

It was noticed that when children were working on some difficult arithmetic puzzles they would speak very quietly to themselves to help solve the problems.



Speech and language development in children


Curare, a paralysing chemical,  was injected into their throats to prohibit this verbalisation. The result was a severe drop in correct answers.

Is that surprising? No, I don’t think so. If my throat was injected with a paralysing poison I wouldn't be able to concentrate on much either.

It is accepted by many that thought and speech are intrinsically linked. Language gives us an unique way of thinking and talking about the world.

Language is one of the main activities where we interact with the world.

So why not join us at South Lancaster Speakers Club.

Check us out on Facebook. 

Get those grey cells working. And as an added perk there's good company, lots of laughs and a real social occasion.


Sue Solloway



Developing confidence in public speaking at the South Lancaster Speakers Club


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.

Sugar the most serious addiction of the Human race



Carol Kershaw's Sugar Speech at a Lancashire Speakers Club




Do you have a sweet tooth? Blame the Greeks or more precisely, Alexander the Great-356-323BC His soldiers discovered “Honey without bees” when they had reached India.

Honey had been in existence probably since our ape ancestors came down from the trees. It had limitations in cooking which sugar did not.

At about 200BC the Egyptians, Chinese and Romans were making sweets of fruit, nuts and honey or sesame seeds.

It was the Arabs who saw the potential of sugar cane and began to cultivate it in Sicily and Spain. Sugar began to rival honey after the crusades. The name came from the Arabic Azucar, Italian Zucchero and French sucre. Blame William the Conqueror for the Norman French word becoming the English for sugar.

We learnt in school that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. The Spanish and Portuguese began to cultivate sugar cane in Cuba and the WIndies from 1523.

This was the start of sugar becoming evil.


The triangular trade and the enslavement of thousands of Africans, suffering sickness and death on the Atlantic crossing, were bought as they were more accustomed to working in extreme heat than Europeans.

The trade-in sugar and tobacco made Liverpool and Bristol wealthy.

Sugar was quickly made into sweets but they were coloured at first with lead which is poisonous. We can remember glass jars of pear drops, lemon drops, orange sweets, aniseed balls and humbugs,

Tea and coffee became popular among those who could afford it. Tea caddies included locks as tea was expensive. Wedgewood and companies in the Potteries made china tea sets with sugar bowls in china or cut glass and sugar tongs in silver.

Granulated, caster, muscovado, demerara, icing and cubes are now available.

Inadvertently the Quakers with good intent made sweetness more popular. Cocoa as a hot drink to relieve the misery and deprivation of the poor who could find cheap relief in Gin. Rowntrees, Terrys, Cadburys and Frys were all Quaker families who were usually entrepreneurs as well as philanthropists They built alcohol-free villages for their workers. But they also made chocolate bars and sweets. The oldest was in 1866: Fry's chocolate cream bars.

The sweet tooth had arrived.

Excavations of Egyptians and early skulls show teeth in good condition but they probably died young.

As a result of the prevalence of sugar in so many drinks and manufactured foods, children's teeth are decayed by 5 and obesity and type 2 diabetes lead to an early death.

If money is the root of all evil, sugar runs it a close second.




Sugar has become the most serious addiction of the Human race

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.

public speaking education lancashire red is the colour



A Lancashire Speakers Club Opening Speech


Public speaking education in a Lancashire Speakers Club - David Knox's presentation 



Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense colour. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.

Colour ranges from yellow-tinged Scarlet to dark red Burgundy








*RED SKY AT NIGHT – xxxx SAYING red sky @ night …..warning


Mars is red because it has a layer of rusty dust covering its entire surface! Mars has some of the largest dust storms in the galaxy, in which the red dust gets whipped into the light atmosphere surrounding the planet.




Red Letter Day - Memorable Day

Red Carpet – Preferential Treatment

Caught Red Handed – Clearly Guilty

Red Tape – Excessive Formalities in Government Process

In the Red – a Term to Describe an Economic Loss


*ROAD SIGNS – Prohibitive- no entry, no overtaking, stop


*RED CARD IN FOOTBALL – sent off.  CHELSEA FC Blue is the Colour


  • Bill Shankly chose all red strip – danger and power 25/11/1964

Mentioned earlier about red and the Rainbow

What do you find at the end of a rainbow – A POT OF GOLD



David Knox

South Lancaster Speakers Club

11th March 2020



Red is the colour speech at the South Lancaster Speakers Club

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.