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Hilary Benoit | Graham Sterry | Caroline Bellhouse
Malvern Speakers report 22/10/19 Colin Jackson

There was a decidedly zoological flavour to Malvern Speakers’ latest meeting. The improvised Table Topics, set by welcome returning member Dave Bradley, brought forth among others Steph Bilton’s winning speech which included seals, sea lions, penguins and turtles; Caroline Bellhouse’s orang utans;Will Dutton’s green-eyed sheep – and Ben Yapp’s highly imaginative giant chicken, supposedly discovered by walkers on North Hill and swiftly converted into burgers!

Animals loomed large again in Steph’s prepared speech in which she sought to show that our feathered friends were “Not So Bird-Brained” after all. Research had shown that the top three most intelligent animals were the great apes, bottle-nosed sharks and elephants. But listeners might have been surprised to learn that the list also included crows, pigeons and parrots - including one 45-year-old African Grey which would conduct conversations with virtual computer assistant Alexa! An interested listener to all these animal topics was Mike Snoswell’s ‘hearing dog’ Alvin, a regular attendee at these meetings.

The two remaining prepared speeches brought the focus firmly back to the human race. Steve Birch not for the first time stepping in as a last minute super-sub – gave us an illuminating guide to tracing one’s family history, a subject on which he is a considerable expert. Having researched many peoples’ genealogy, he concluded that there was no family without some kind of skeleton in the cupboard.

Hilary Benoit’s truly ‘hilarious’ spoof reply to an airline’s request for passenger feedback to a disastrous transatlantic long-haul flight would have rung many bells for international travellers. Using her well-honed amateur dramatic skills, with eloquent body language to underline the regular crises from check-in to baggage reclaim, she earned the night’s Best Speech vote.

Next regular meeting will be at the Great Malvern Hotel on Tuesday November 12 at 7.30pm, guests warmly welcome, with free half-time cake! 
Penultimate Meeting

 Malvern Speakers report 8.10 2019 - Colin Jackson

A procession of quick thinkers came forward at the start of Malvern Speakers’ latest meeting.  The task for each was to fashion an impromptu speech based on an object drawn from Jane Anson’s jumble bag. Swift reaction and considerable imagination marked them all. Caroline Bellhouse recalled the childhood comfort (or discomfort!) of a naked; rubber hot water bottle.  Steph Bilton made much of a Jack Russell’s way with bones. Jackie Baker waxed lyrical on the subject of Marmite; while Roger Granville, faced with a Teach Yourself Hindi manual, ingeniously linked it with the heavily accented on-line tech support we all receive from the sub-continent! Evening’s vote however went to Isaac Baker for his musings on the practical and social aspects of the humble gluestick.

 The tricky task of following this miscellany of nonsense fell to Stephen Marchant with his debut ‘icebreaker’ speech.  Confidently delivered, and craftily entitled Pathways -  the name given to the new Toastmasters International public speaking course – it turned our to be an account of his DIY experiences of laying his driveway with large paving slabs!

 Fortified by half-time cake, club President Roger Granville regaled us with a beautifully paced tale involving a metallurgist, a job in Zambia, a hotel night porter and a lady of doubtful reputation (and hefty charges) by the name of Madame Fifi.  Roger left his audience in suspense at the end by inviting them to decide whether or not the story was true – a question he did not answer!

 Finally, a more serious note was struck by Geoff Richardson.  Recently returned from a two-month stay in the villages of south-east Africa, he pondered The Mystery of Contentment, based on his observation of how the very poor people in such communities nonetheless had great dignity, were untouched by advertising and were generally well satisfied with simply overcoming the challenges of daily life.  He ended what was voted the night’s best speech with a quotation from Benjamin Franklin: “Contentment makes a poor man rich; discontent makes a rich man poor”. -

 Next meeting: Great Malvern Hotel, 7.30pm Tuesday 22nd October. Admission free, all welcome!

Humorous Speaker and Table Topic Contest

Humorous Speech contest winners


Jackie Baker (3rd) | Issac Baker (2nd) | David Evans (1st)


Table Topics contest winners

David Evans (3rd) | Stephanie Bilton (2nd) | Steve Birch (1st)

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When do we meet?
2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month at 19:30

Where do we meet?
The Great Malvern Hotel
Graham Road
Great Malvern
WR14 2HN

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12 Nov 19 at 19:30

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