Open meeting at Arbroath Speakers’ Club

MEMBERS of the Arbroath Speakers’ Club were delighted to welcome nine visitors to their annual open meeting on Thursday, all keen to find out more about the enjoyment and usefulness of learning to speak in public.

In addition to hearing about the educational aspect of the club, the visitors enjoyed and joined in the varied programme of speeches and topics.

In handing over the meeting to Robert Ramsay, current national chairman of the Association of Speakers’ Clubs and chairman for the evening, president Robert Hill welcomed the visitors with a short explanation of the programme.

The chairman introduced his three speakers, chosen to illustrate different assignments that are undertaken at fortnightly meetings throughout the year.

These included Gerry Jackson who elected to speak on The Misty Fiords to demonstrate the use of voice and Pauline MacLennan who posed the question Who Keeps Your History? to show her ability in using notes.

Lis Hill’s challenge was to research and deliver a speech on a subject chosen from a group of three given to her at the previous meeting.

Having discounted Hedge Funds and Charles Darwin, Lis opted to speak on The Glasgow Boys. 

Topics setter for the evening was the club’s education director Christine Watkin and she produced a range of subjects for topic takers to decide on.

‘A Perfect Day’, ‘The Perfect Dinner Guest’, ‘An  Ability You Wish You Could Acquire’, ‘The Thing You Would Save from a House Fire’, ‘A Country You Haven’t Visited’ and ‘The Mind or The Body of a 30-year Old?’ gave Sharon Cummings, June Jelly, Norma Findlay, Jim Christie, Robert Peat and John Winterton plenty of scope for original thought.

Although this was an official open meeting, anyone interested in coming along is welcome to attend any of the club’s regular fortnightly meetings, the next one of which is on Thursday, November 24.

The club meets at the Meadowbank in Arbroath at 7.30 p.m.

For more information or general enquiries about the Arbroath club, contact the secretary on 01241 852630 or email

For further information about the National Association of Speakers’ Clubs, visit