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Fellow Toastmasters,


The Division N Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest will be held at County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL which is located 10 minutes walk uphill from the railway station. The 21 bus service from Newcastle to Durham also stops outside the venue.

Members will be coming quite a distance to compete and spectate eg as far as Manchester, Yorkshire etc. The event starts at 9.30am and contains two educational workshops on mentoring and table topics. Please bring change if you would like to use the drinks vending machine.

The Humorous and Table Topics Contest will begin around 1.30am and 12.25pm respectively. Our area winners from Durham are competing so please attend to support them if you are able.

Since Durham are competing their members are unable to serve as judges.

To serve as a judge we are on the look out for eligible members having 6 CC speeches or two levels of Pathways, who will be briefed from 10.20am.

Durham is an excellent venue for a contest. Publicity has been circulated to your president,

There is no charge to attend and you may bring along guests if you wish.

From 1.30pm to 3.30pm Toastmasters wil retire to the local Garden House pub for drinks or food.

I appreciate some of you have work, sport or other commitments, but it is a good day out.

Please consider whether you are available that day, and make the effort to come along if you can.

If you can, see you there, and please let me know you are coming by email or SMS 07427 673 350.

If you are able to serve as a judge, timekeeper, counter etc, please advise Liz Welch 07900 344 736 or email

I look forward to a great day because at this high level the speeches are really great to learn from.

Please bring this event to the attention of your friends and other members.


Peter Nelson

Area Director N51






Welcome to Area 51 covering the North East.

I am the Area Director for 2019/2020.

We now have 4 chartered clubs in Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland and Cramlington.

I look forward to seeing each club grow this year.

This is the last year in which you can earn awards in the traditional programme so take that opportunity if this is one of your goals.

It is also the year when everyone should begin or progress in the new Pathways programme.

I would also like to introduce my Assistant Area Director, Natasha Auch who has served as Club Secretary and Club President in A1 Speakers, Newcastle.

Thankyou to my predecessor, Tina Norbury, immediate past Area Director who goes on to serve as Division Director this year.

Thankyou to those who came to the Area contest this month and the club officer training events. We will be holding more of this in the New Year.

I would like to support each club in reaching its objectives so keep me informed of your plans.


Peter Nelson

Area Director N51 North East England

District 71 UK and Ireland

Where Leaders Are Made



As part of Division E, which forms the Northern Counties of District 71, the U.K and Ireland,

I am priviledged and honoured to be your Area Director 2017-18.

First:  Thank You to Simon Heal for the support and guidence he provided as last years Area Director, I look forward to his continued support and advice.


We have 3 Chartered  clubs in our Area.

                                                A1 Speakers - Newcastle

                                                Castle Communicators - Cramlington

                                                Elvet Speakers - Durham

We also have an Unchartered Club

                                                Sunderland's - Talking Shop 

That makes us ACES, let us be ACES in growth, development and leadership. 

I look forward to visiting each club, providing me the opportunity to meet our members, assist in the growth and delvelopment of members and encourage clubs to achieve thier best in the DCP. 

I believe that by working together, sharing our knowledge, skills and supporting each other we can accomplish our goals. In particular by providing support, encouragement and advice to promote Talking Shop in become our fourth Chartered North East club.

All are welcome to join one of our clubs and start your journey in a comfortable, safe environment to enhance your communication and leadership skills.

I look forward to the challenges of the coming year

With your help together we can achieve the best. 


Liz Welch 

51 Area Director 2017-2018


Area 51 is part of Division E which forms the Northern counties of District 71, the UK and Ireland.

This year, for the first time, Area 51 comprises only clubs in the North East of England.

As Area Director this year I am looking forward to working with all of the clubs in the area, with the help and guidance of our Division Director Ken Siviter, in order to ensure that Toastmasters continues to thrive in the North East.

Our chartered clubs,

  • A1 Speakers  -  Newcastle
  • Elvet Speakers  -  Durham
  • Castle Communicators -  Morpeth

Our new club,

  • Talking Shop -  Sunderland

We already know that Toastmasters is a great place to practice and develop our communication, presentation and leadership skills. It's a supportive environment which always offers a very warm welcome and the crucial feedback which we need to allow us to improve.

Together, I feel that our clubs have so much to offer our region in helping those who have not yet discovered what a great place Toastmasters is and how great they can be as individuals. 

I look forward to visiting your club and meeting you in the very near future.


Here's to the best Toastmasters' year yet.


Simon Heal 

Area Director


Area 51 is part of division E which forms the Northern counties of D71, the UK and Ireland

Many thanks to Michael C Clarke, last year’s area governor.    

Our chartered clubs,

  • A1 Speakers  -  Newcastle
  • Elvet Speakers  -  Durham
  • Strictly Speaking Harrogate
  • York EbOrators

Our new clubs,

  • Talking Shop -  Sunderland
  • Castle Communicators -  Morpeth

In this year as Area Director, I am being ably assisted by my good friend, Mick Rickwood who's experience will be invaluable, considering he did the AD role a couple of years ago.

My main goal is to make sure that both the pre-charter clubs actually do charter - a "Big Ask" but I'm sure we can do this.

Can we do this - Yes we can!

I'm also very aware that I need to spend some time helping all the clubs feel valued as part of Area 51.

Our Division Director, Jan Antons, is as energetic about Toastmasters as I am.  I'm really looking forward to working with Jan in 2015/16.

I’m really looking forward to getting out and meeting you in the near future. 

Toastmasters is a great place to practice and develop your speaking and leadership skills.

It’s a supportive environment with many experienced speakers willing to lend a hand and provide excellent advice. You can always guarantee a very warm welcome from the Toastmasters clubs ‘up North’.

Here’s to an excellent year,

Peter Ayers 

Area Director


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