Battle Speakers Club

ROB Wright got club members to exercise their jaws by asking them to speak for 15 seconds about the worst meal they had ever had.

For him it was a Turkey Surprise: without any turkey.

Guest speaker Celestine very dutifully consumed a caterpillar on her first visit to her mother-in-law’s, and still managed to complement her on the meal.

Charming toastmaster Eliza Davies introduced the various speakers and their roles, adding a freshness and a sparkle to the evening.

Will Hirst’s hot tip was to be different not dull.

Denise Mulligan delivered her speech ‘Wise Man or Fool’ and she used a number of vibrant visuals and ingenious interactivity.

She quoted “rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools”.

She was questioning whether health and safety had gone a bit too far.

Susan Kennard gave a complementary appraisal of Denise along with some tips.

Alison Pringle introduced Gordon Piggott as an accomplished and adept speaker.

Gordon managed to skilfully stage a mock press conference for a shipping company in crisis.

He successfully denied liability of their three thousand ton bulk carrier colliding with a yacht and severing it in two.

Graham Gardener presented a speech titled “The Wealth of a Nation” he said the wealth of the nation depends on each individual: as too many people were still hurting and in distress financially.

Mark Mulcahy introduced some fun topics where speakers were invited without notice, to convince the audience that they were suited to a job, even though they had particular handicaps.

Guests Jenny, Kelham and Nicola all played a splendid role.

Nicola typing with only one finger said she might manage one letter in a day, employed as a secretary.

Ian Ellery managed to intensify the hilarity when he applied to be a ballet instructor by demonstrating his skills by prancing and pounding the stage to prove he could pivot.

Jennifer Beaumont White, evaluating the topics, praised all the participants.

Dorothy Margison rounded off the meeting by stating that Mark’s topics were so good that they raised 25 minutes of laughter.

Would you like to find out more about our fantastic club? Why not come along as a guest for free.

The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Battle Club, rear of 91 High Street, Battle (entrance next to Yesterday’s World) from 7.15-9.45pm.

Further details can be found at or call Giles Robinson on 01424 773972.