Record number at Speakers’ Club meeting

A RECORD number of people attended Thursday’s meeting of Arbroath Speakers’ Club in the Meadowbank.

Club president Robert Hill welcomed five visitors from the Dundee Ladies’ Speakers’ Club and the group was augmented by several people who, having accepted the invitation to the recent open night returned for a second taster session.

Making her debut as chairman for the evening, Wilma Lennox introduced a programme of three speakers, Evelyn Young and June Jelly from the Arbroath club, and Eve Anderson from Dundee Ladies.

After the break, Eddie Wilmott introduced a lively topics session in the course of which he invited six people to speak on a selected topic for up to three minutes. Not only were two of the topic takers on their feet for the first time, this was also Eddie’s first appearance as topics setter.

His chosen subjects, based on the theme ‘A Matter of Opinion’, included ‘Wind Farms and other Energy Sources’, ‘Dundee’s Waterfront and the V&A’, ‘Holiday Locations’, ‘Saturday Night – Strictly or X Factor’, ‘TV Cookery Programmes’ and ‘The Good Old Days’, which gave John Winterton, Gillian Lauder, Cathy Brand, Heather Wilkie, Jackie Stewart and Lis Hill lots of scope for things to talk about

Pauline MacLennan, Sybil Barraclough and Lis Hill, evaluated the speeches and Pat Barratt, a founder member of Dundee Ladies’ SC, was general evaluator.

If you are interested in coming along to see whether the Arbroath Speakers’ Club has something to offer you, meetings are held in the Meadowbank at 7.30 p.m. every second Thursday from September to March with a short break over Christmas.

The next meeting, the last this year, is on Thursday, December 8, and the first date in 2012 will be January 19.