Speakers’ club first meeting of 2013

Arbroath Speakers’ Club held its first meeting of 2013 when club president Robert Hill introduced the chairman for the evening John Winterton.

The programme featured three speeches that covered a very wide range of subjects and speaking styles.

Chris McIntosh chose ‘50 Years of James Bond’ as the title of his fourth speech, one that must have brought back memories for most people in the audience.

Eddie Wilmott spoke knowledgeably about grain milling and his beloved Barry Mill in a speech designed to inform his listeners entitled ‘Just Add Water’, while Norma Findlay’s whistle-stop travelogue on Brazil certainly whetted the appetite of a few people to look out their passports and resolve to travel to that colourful and exciting country.

After the break, Elisabeth Hill introduced a lively topics session in the course of which she invited six people to give their view on a range of current controversial subjects.

The London Olympics, supermarkets, the British press, tourism, household recycling and minimum alcohol pricing gave topics takers Duncan Stewart, Mary Law, Mark Masson, Jackie Stewart, Alastair Rodger and Robert Peat lots of scope and prompted a number of apt rejoinders.

Gerry Jackson, Jim Christie and Robert Ramsay evaluated the speeches.

Christine Watkin was the General Evaluator  

Anyone interested in finding out more about Arbroath Speakers’ Club can go along to their meetings in the Meadowbank Inn, Arbroath, at 7.30 p.m. Every second Thursday from September to April.

The next meeting takes place on Thursday, January 24. 

For more information, contact the secretary John Winterton on 01241 852630 or email Robert Hill robthill@gmail.com. 

The Meadowbank will also be the venue for the North Tay Area 2013 Conference on Sunday, February 24.