Many speakers at club meeting

ARBROATH Speakers’ Club president Robert Ramsay welcomed a record number of members and guests at last week’s meeting in the Stables Bar at the Meadowbank Inn.

Contributing to what was probably the biggest number ever to attend a meeting of the Arbroath Club in 39 years - the club celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2012 – were six visitors from the Kirriemuir-based Strathmore Speakers’ Club.

After a very short business session, the gavel was passed to June Jelly, a relatively new member of the group undertaking the role of chairman for the first time. June introduced three speakers who between them presented two prepared speeches and a reading.

The first to speak was Jerry Jackson, another fairly new member of the Arbroath club who spoke passionately about the various elements of ‘Risk’. Jim Smith, a long-standing member of the Strathmore club, treated the audience to a selection of ‘Poems Wot I Have Wrote’. Between the two speeches, Lis Hill read a passage about the nature of books taken from Penelope Lively’s anti-memoir ‘Making It Up’.

With the recent spate of Oscars and Baftas in mind, topics chairman Norma Findlay invited topic takers John Winterton, Bill Walker, Sharon Cummings, Mary Law, Muriel Smith and Robert Ramsay to nominate their choice of best newspaper, Scottish tourist attraction, supermarket, sports person, local food product and speaker respectively, all of which brought lively comments from the floor.

Alban Houghton, David Binnie and Christine Watkin evaluated the speeches and David Howat was the general evaluator.

The next meeting, the last one for this session, is on Thursday (March 24).

Whatever the reason that brings individuals to the Speakers’ Club in the first instance, the one thing that everyone has in common is the enjoyment of good fellowship and lots of fun. The Arbroath club meets every second Thursday from September to the end of March at 7.30 p.m. For more information, contact 01241 852630 or e-mail