Malvern Speakers Meeting 14th May 2019.
Journalist - Caroline Bellhouse
The sixth anniversary meeting of Malvern Speakers aptly began with the announcement that founder and stalwart member, Steve Birch was recently voted UK’s Toastmaster of The Year. The award recognises dedication and exceptional service; certainly, members are proud and grateful to have Steve in our club.
David Evans sobering presentation on The Perils of Manufacturing highlighted how very costly ‘the indecision of Brexit’ is to so many industries. Due to the back log of supplies leaving Calais, parts now take weeks rather than days which has resulted in panic buying on a huge scale; BMW for example, have increased storage in the UK by 70% to cope with the backlog. Claire Davies positive and analytical evaluation of the presentation was justly awarded Best Evaluation.
In ‘How to send your trousers by Fed Ex to Indianapolis’, Roger Granville amused his audience with his frustrating experiences of hotel laundry services, complete with prop of ‘bio-hazard’ dirty washing in a plastic bag.
Caroline Bellhouse took members on a sun-soaked journey from sunrise to sunset through a cascade of colourful images of skies around the world taken on recent travels. The sunshine wooed the audience to vote the presenter Best Speaker on the night.
The impromptu session brought out the amateur dramatists in the audience; Graham Sterry became an incensed Che Guevara, David Evans was a remarkable likeness of Winston Churchill on discovering he was a twin of Adolf Hitler but it was Karen Lowen's portrayal of Ms Important Double-Barrell that was voted best Table Topic Speaker.
A varied and enjoyable evening was had by all and the next meeting is on 28th May at Great Malvern Hotel 7.30pm start.
All welcome and free entry.
Paul Davies | Stephanie Bilton | Will Dutton | Jen Cashmore | Hilary Benoit
Malvern Speakers report April 23 2019 Colin Jackson CC
Recent unseasonably summery weather had led Isaac Baker to opt for a holiday theme for his Table Topics session. Most participants rose bravely to the challenge, with cherished memories of places as far apart as Morecambe, Cornwall and Banff in the Canadian Rockies. Two speakers rather let him down, however. Jen Cashmore, invited to recall a favourite outdoor meal, revealed a preference for the comforts of home, the sofa and the TV to open-air gastronomy; while Caroline Bellhouse, asked about her favourite ice cream, explained that she didn’t like the stuff at all, and amazed her audience with a description of a Malaysian equivalent featuring shaved ice and sweet corn!
In the first of the prepared speeches, a more serious note was struck by Isaac’s Mum Jackie Baker, with her thoughts on the importance of managing her personal time. This brought out the surprising detail that one day she had to admit to an unimpressed husband that she had spent 4½ hours looking after the dog!
Humour was never far from the surface in the confidently delivered icebreaker speech by new-dad-of-three-months Paul Davies. His subject – French Kids Don’t Throw Food – examined differences between the French and British ways of bringing up children. He identified three key principles: teach them to wait, give treats at just one time of day: and feed kids the same food as adults – giving them their veg first while they are really hungry!
“...and I thought he was such a nice young man” was Steph Bilton’s wistful comment as she began her evaluation of Will Dutton’s provocatively titled How To Lose Your Friends. It turned out that this was through the game of Monopoly, in which Will is obviously an expert. His advice: be as greedy as possible; drive a hard bargain when trading properties; and build houses and hotels aggressively. His tongue-in-cheek talk really engaged his listeners, generating an animated post-speech discussion and the evening’s Best Speech ribbon for Will.
Steph Bilton’s recollections of her time as a maid-of-all-work and a marine attraction in Morecambe won her the Best Table Topic vote, while Jen Cashmore’s forensic appraisal of Jackie Baker’s speech was judged best evaluation.
Next meeting will be at the Great Malvern Hotel at 7.30pm on Tuesday May 14th guest welcome.