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The magazine of the English-Speaking Union

Summer 2012: Preview of World Members’ Conference in Istanbul Update on ESU Charitable Activities News from ESU branches in England & Wales




Letter from the Director-General of the ESU_03

Branch Reports_38

ESUs around the world_04


ESU branches in England & Wales_06

Regional & Dartmouth House Diary_58

House of Lords Tea Party_34 Launch of ESU Spain_34

FEATURES ESU May Fair_08 Interview with Luke Lancaster_12 ESU World Members’ Conference_13

CREDITS Managing Editor

Dartmouth House Staffing Update_16

Michael Pryke

England & Wales Branches Conference_35



Susan Conway Edward Kirby Design

Harold Raitt Art Ward


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The next edition of dialogue will be published in December. Further details of deadlines for branch submissions will be circulated at the end of September. dialogue is a magazine for, as well as by, members of the EnglishSpeaking Union. If you have suggestions or comments, please email

A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL In the six months since the last edition of dialogue was published, much has been achieved throughout the ESU network. In this edition, you will find an update on our charitable activities organised by Dartmouth House as well as branch reports from across the network. The Summer has seen the finals of many of our flagship Speech and Debate programmes and I hope you enjoy reading about their various successes. Of the 36 ESU branches in England and Wales, 21 have been in touch to submit reports for this edition of dialogue. I do encourage all branches to engage with dialogue – it is circulated in print to our members all over the country and digitally to ESU members, alumni and contacts across the world. It is an excellent way for the ESU to promote the diversity of its activities at branch, regional, national and international level. Internationally, we have recently welcomed Spain as our newest ESU and I recently was delighted to be a guest at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee birthday celebrations, held in Tbilisi by ESU Georgia. In this edition you will also find information about the upcoming World Members’ Conference in Istanbul, an exciting event in the international ESU calendar. I would encourage all members to consider attending this year’s conference, in one of the world’s most fascinating cities. An excellent programme has been constructed to engage with the future of the ESU on an international scale. As you may know we have recently concluded a staffing restructure, which has resulted in a more efficient and focussed staff at Dartmouth House. As an inevitable result of the restructuring, the ESU has said farewell to some members of staff who had been with the organisation for some time – I should like to thank those who have left us and wish them all the best for the future. I am delighted to welcome several new members of staff to the ESU family, and will be welcoming two new directors in September and October. You will find more information about our new appointments and the new roles on pages 16 and 17. This is an exciting and challenging time for the ESU, and I am working on a strategy to secure both the short-term success of the organisation but, more importantly, put in place a roadmap for growth and success for the future. The next edition of dialogue will be published in December and details of how to submit can be found opposite. I look forward to visiting your local ESU branch in the coming months.

Peter Kyle OBE Director General DIALOGUE 3

ESUs AROUND THE WORLD As the world descends on London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we take a look at the global ESU network. Spanning 53 countries over every continent, the international network has grown considerably in recent years and we look forward to spending time together at the forthcoming World Members’ Conference in Istanbul (see pages 12 to 15 for details). 1 – ALBANIA 2 – ARGENTINA 3 – ARMENIA 4 – AUSTRALIA 5 – BANGLADESH 6 – BELGIUM 7 – BERMUDA 8 – BRAZIL 9 – BULGARIA 10 – CANADA 11 – CHILE 12 – CYPRUS 13 – DENMARK 14 – ENGLAND & WALES 15 – ESTONIA 16 – FINLAND 17 – FRANCE 18 – GEORGIA 19 – GERMANY 20 – GHANA 21 – HONG KONG 22 – HUNGARY 23 – ICELAND 24 – INDIA 25 – JAPAN 26 – REPUBLIC OF KOREA 27 – LATVIA 28 – LEBANON 29 – LITHUANIA 30 – MALAYSIA 31 – MALTA 32 – MAURITIUS 33 – MEXICO 34 – REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA 35 – MONGOLIA 36 – MOROCCO 37 – NEW ZEALAND 38 – NIGERIA 39 – NORWAY 40 – PAKISTAN 41 – PHILIPPINES 42 – POLAND 43 – PORTUGAL 44 – ROMANIA 45 – RUSSIA 46 – SCOTLAND 47 – SERBIA 48 – SIERRA LEONE 49 – SPAIN 50 – SRI LANKA 51 – THAILAND 52 – TURKEY 53 – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DIALOGUE 4


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ESU BRANCHES IN ENGLAND & WALES 1 – 1066 (FORMERLY HASTINGS) Chairman: Mrs Marie Parkinson Tel: 01424 845414 Email: 2 – BATH & DISTRICT Chairman: Mr David Leonard Tel: 01225 810940 Email:


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4 – BRIGHTON, HOVE & DISTRICT Chairman: Mr Clive Glossop Tel: 01273 846020



Vice-President / Membership: Mr Anthony Harris Tel: 01273 771577 Email:

6 – CAMBRIDGE WELLAND VALLEY Chairman: Mrs Ann Carley Tel: 01858 535391 Email: Membership: Dr Garth Lancaster Tel: 01536 771396 Email: 7 – CANTERBURY & EAST KENT Chairman: Mrs Ann Peerless Tel: 01843 841428 Email: Membership: Dr Valerie Ainscough Tel: 01227 471180 Email: DIALOGUE 6

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8 – CHESTER Chairman: Mr Terence Rimmer Tel: 01244 351055 Email: 9 – COLCHESTER Chairman: Mr Brian Cooke Tel: 01206 544422 Email: 10 – CORNWALL Chairman: Mr Chris Taper Tel: 01208 863867 Email:

11 – EASTBOURNE Chairman: Ms Sarah Carr Tel: 01323 506308 Email: Membership: Mrs Hilary Patel Tel: 01435 867187 Email: Email: hilary.patel@communities. 12 – EPPING FOREST Chairman: Colonel Tony Meager Tel: 020 8505 9001 Email: Membership: Mrs Joan Crowe Tel: 01992 813143

13 – EXETER & DISTRICT Chairman: Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Stear Tel: 01823 680499 Email:

20 – LONDON (CONT.) Secretary: Mrs Glenna Etheridge Tel: 020 7736 1432 Email:

Membership: Mrs Joyce McRae Tel: 01626 871064 Email:

21 – MANCHESTER & EAST CHESHIRE Chairman: Mr Bill Ramsay Tel: 01924 461470 Email:

14 – GLOUCESTERSHIRE Chairman: Mr Austin Millington Tel: 01865 340266 Email: austin@millington77. Membership: Mr Michael Krier Tel: 01451 850532 Email:

22 – MID CHESHIRE BRANCH Chairman: Mrs Valerie Mais Tel: 01606 76534 Email: Membership: Mr Bob Lansdell Tel: 01829 732083 Email:

15 – GUILDFORD & DISTRICT Chairman: Mr Jeff Thomson Tel: 07850 922601 Email:

23 – NORTHUMBERLAND & DURHAM Chairman: Miss Anne Chilton Tel: 01913 861544

16 – HEREFORDSHIRE President: Sir Colin Shepherd Tel: 01600 890220 Email:

24 – NORWICH & NORFOLK Chairman: Mrs June Baker Tel: 01603 507976 Email:

17 – HERTFORDSHIRE Chairman: Mr Nigel Rogers Tel: 020 8950 2220 Email:

25 – OUSE VALLEY Chairman: Dr Tony Wood Tel: 01234 349395 Email:

18 – LINCOLNSHIRE Chair: Sir Michael Graydon GCB CBE Tel: 01522 868058 Email: Secretary: Mrs Geraldine RichardsonEames Tel: 01469 571387 Email:

30 – SUFFOLK Chairman: Mrs Joy Childs Tel: 01284 728375 Email: Membership: Mrs Sally Brenton Tel: 01638 714315 31 – TAUNTON & DISTRICT Chairman: Mr Robert Lintott Tel: 01984 640208 Email: Membership: Mrs Jenny Bell Tel: 01458 241438 32 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS Chairman: Mrs Hilary Patel Tel: 01435 867187 Email: Email: hilary.patel@communities.gsi. 33 – WEST SUSSEX Chairman: Mr Roger Tilbury Tel: 01243 512562 Email:

26 – OXFORDSHIRE Chairman: Mr Michael Robson Tel: 01235 831387

Membership: Lady Elizabeth Stanley Tel: 01243 378900 Email: elizabeth.stanley617@

Membership: Mrs Kay Parsloe Email: 27 – SALISBURY & SOUTH WILTSHIRE Chairman: Mrs Gill Prior Tel: 01985 840739 Email:

Secretary: Miss Susan Davies Tel: 0151 342 6157 Email:

Membership: Mr Nigel Estlick Tel: 01980 623087 Email:

Membership: Mrs June Cowan Tel: 020 7483 1014

Honorary Secretary & Membership: Miss Margaret Poulter Tel: 01702 582882 Email:

Membership: Mrs Brenda Alexander Tel: 01234 881473 Email:

19 – LIVERPOOL & MERSEYSIDE Chairman: Mr Michael Shankland Tel: 0151 722 8897 Email:

20 – LONDON Chairman: Mrs Coral Sebag-Montefiore Tel: 020 7935 7288 Email: sebagmontefiorecoral@gmail. com

29 – SOUTHEND-ON-SEA Chairman: Mrs Margaret Jones Tel: 01702 588069 Email:

Secretary: Mr John Tough Tel: 01963 31646 Email: 28 – SOUTH WALES Chairman: Mr Derek Morgan OBE DL Tel: 01656 669129 Email:

34 – WORCESTERSHIRE Chairman: Mrs Sonia Chance Tel: 01684 572088 Email: Membership: Mrs Margaret Renney Tel: 01684 573249 Email: Tickets to Events: Mrs Liz Farrer Tel: 01905 774212 Email: 35 – YORK & DISTRICT Chairman: Mrs Patricia Cook Tel: 01904 635515 Email: Membership: Mrs Jane Hunt Tel: 01904 400107 DIALOGUE 7

MAY FAIR The English-Speaking Union held its inaugural May Fair during the four days from 22 to 25 May at its international headquarters, Dartmouth House, showcasing a range of cultural and educational events and activities, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The festivities began on Tuesday 22 May with a special Jubilee Concert featuring the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir and ESU alumni from the music scholarships and secondary school exchange programme - Yulia Chaplina, Catherine-Maria King and world-famous cellist Robert Cohen. A fantastic selection of music greeted an audience of ESU members, alumni and guests, including repertoires from Purcell, Dvorak, Glück, Mozart, Puccini, Haydn, Taverner, Paganini, as well as the world premiere of the Dartmouth Octet, a composition arranged by Commonwealth Youth Orchestra conductor, Paul Carroll, especially for the occasion. Prior to the concert, Robert Cohen led a lecture entitled ‘Performing Confidence’, received by members of the Commonwealth Choir, all of whom listened intently to Roberts’s advice and suggestions for achieving inspiring and confident musical performances. As the Choir were due to perform in front of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her Diamond Jubilee, Robert’s valuable advice was certainly very welcome.

Wednesday 23 May saw the ESU’s very first Performing Shakespeare Competition, an inaugural educational competition open to schools in all of London’s 33 boroughs to give young children the opportunity to engage in the works of Shakespeare and develop their performance skills. Following a morning of workshops led by tutors from Globe Education, the competition final took place in the packed, sun-drenched Dartmouth House Courtyard overseen by guest judges Rachel Laurence, Jeff Thomson and ESU Director-General, Peter Kyle. Performances included a selection of monologues and duologues featuring scenes from Macbeth, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the winning performances being awarded to Julia Pilkington (Godolphin & Latymer, for the monologue) and Ollie Springate & Shannon Jackowski (Harris Academy, for the duologue). One participating school, St Saviour’s and St Olaves’s, were so delighted with the success of the event, they wrote to the ESU to inform us that they have already begun adapting their Year 9 Drama teaching to include Shakespeare monologue and duologue work!

On the Wednesday morning, groups of 11 to 14 year olds from around London took part in workshops delivered by Shakespeare experts from the Globe’s Education team.

Their teachers had a special workshop just for themselves, part of the ESU’s ongoing commitment to Continuing Professional Development for the profession.


Students from around London take part in the first Performing Shakespeare Competition in the courtyard at Dartmouth House.

Later that evening, ESU members, alumni and guests were treated to an ‘amble through Shakespeare’ at Dartmouth House, featuring performances from Shakespeare Aloud!, the performing arm of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Commencing with “pop up” performances over drinks in the Courtyard, as well as songs and sonnets from some wellknown Shakespearean works, guests were then invited to dine in the Revelstoke Restaurant where they were treated to table performances during their first course before being led on to the grand staircase to enjoy a captivating performance of a scene from Troilus and Cressida. Guests were then directed into the Churchill Room for the final performance of the evening over dessert and coffee.

City of London and St Paul’s Cathedral Guide (and ESU life member and scholar) Richard Reddaway. On their return, an afternoon “G&Tea Party” ensued in the beautiful surroundings of the Wedgwood Room, with its exquisite 19th Century decor and carved Louis XVI style fireplace, featuring a wonderful selection of teas, sandwiches, cakes and pastries as well as a selection of local and national artisan gins including Caorunn, Greenall’s, Berkeley Square, Bloom’s and Bombay Sapphire, which were sampled (and enjoyed!) by all.

On Thursday 24 May, the ESU welcomed students from William Patten School in Stoke Newington who delighted guests with an array of traditional maypole and English dancing, before guests left Dartmouth House for a guided tour of ‘Insider Mayfair’, led by City of Westminster,

The evening concluded with a corporate public speaking event, organised in association with the College of Public Speaking and the Central London Debating Society. To a packed room of more than one hundred guests, many of which included members of the local business community and of London’s most prestigious speaking fraternities, speakers delivered a series of interesting and humorous speeches under the theme of ‘education and entertainment’. Guests were also treated to a debate by teams from the

Students from William Patten School in Stoke Newington brought the ancient spring tradition of maypole dancing to the ESU’s headquarters.

Throughout the week, works of arts from the Constitutional Monarchy Association’s Diamond Jubilee Art Competition for Young People were exhibited around Dartmouth House. DIALOGUE 9

Pupils from William Hogarth School discover their voice in a morning of workshops run by the ESU’s expert team of mentors.

CLDS and the ESU under the motion “This House Would make all primary schools gender-neutral”. The concluding day of the May Fair saw a series of ‘Discover Your Voice’ workshops given to over 60 students of ages 10 and 11 from nearby William Hogarth School. Run by ESU mentors, DYV is the ESU’s schools debate training programme for Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5, designed to help students gain confidence and utilise basic training techniques to enhance their listening, critical thinking, reasoning and response skills. The students had a wonderful time, learning some great public-speaking tricks and techniques through a series of games and exercises at Dartmouth House. Upstairs, meanwhile, Royal biographer and ESU member, Robert Lacey, discussed his new publication A Brief Life of the Queen to a delighted audience over a wonderful two-course meal. Discussing memorable moments from the Queen’s 60 year reign, Robert answered many questions from the audience including his thoughts on the “new” Royal generation and the possibility of a Platinum Jubilee which he stated, in his opinion, is very likely. The May Fair concluded with the Diamond Jubilee Winner of Winners Competition, featuring previous winners of the ESU’s International Public Speaking Competition and National Shakespeare Competition, who returned to Dartmouth House to compete for the title of ‘Winner of Winners’. The event, hosted by ESU alumna and former BBC Arts Correspondent, Rosie Millard, featured a variety of dynamic and engaging speeches under the theme of “English as the Golden Thread”, a quote attributed to


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The winner of both the audience choice and judges award went to Nilakshi Parndigamage, who captivated guests with a moving speech, entitled ‘Three Stories’. Congratulations, Nilakshi! The ESU would like to thank the following people for their help and assistance in the May Fair: ESU London Region HSBC Global Education Trust Globe Education Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Shakespeare Aloud! The College of Public Speaking Central London Debating Society Caorunn Gin GJ Greenall Valerie Mitchell OBE Anne Skeggs Robert Cohen Yulia Chaplina Catherine-Maria King Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir Sally Shebe Paul Carroll Therese McKenzie Sue Bull Richard Reddaway Robert Lacey William Patten School and William Hogarth School Will Jones Rachel Laurence Jeff Thomson

Speakers in the IPSC Diamond Jubilee Winner of Winners Competition on Friday 25 May in Dartmouth House’s Churchill Room. From left to right: Caleb Yaw Kudah, Talene Monahon, Nilakshi Parndimage, Martin Racimo, Adriana Ionescu and Patrick Caldwell


WORLD MEMBERS’ CONFERENCE ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 2012 INTERVIEW WITH LUKE LANCASTER Luke Lancaster is a member of the ESU and will be addressing delegates at this year’s ESU World Members’ Conference, to be held in Istanbul in September. Michael Pryke (the ESU’s Head of PR and Communications) spoke to Luke about his charity work, his vision and the future of his involvement with the English-Speaking Union.

start a foundation to give out scholarships to young people around the world and this is what will become the Force for Good Foundation – we want to give out scholarships in leadership and enterprise to young people all around the world.”

When it was announced that Luke Lancaster, the 16 year old global CEO of charity Young Pioneers and member of the ESU, was speaking at this year’s World Members’ Conference (WMC), I thought it would be a good idea for ESU members to get to know him a little better.

The courses that Young Pioneers offer range from leadership to enterprise; from personal effectiveness to effective communication; from stay safe and be healthy to a whole range of courses that give young people the skills they need to progress in life. Pioneers has won a whole host of international awards and Luke himself has been the recipient of a number of commendations for his work. But it is clear that being a 16 year-old CEO has its own challenges. As Luke explains: “I think the challenge has always been the same – from when I started at 12 to where I am now. It’s always been the challenge of being a child in an adult’s world. It doesn’t matter what age I am, to some of the people I deal with I’m still just a child.”

Arriving at the bar in Dartmouth House, I discover Luke and his family already animatedly discussing the potential crossovers between the work of the ESU and Luke’s newest venture, the Force For Good Foundation with Paul Gordon, the ESU’s Head of Membership Development. I wanted to start, though, from the beginning of Luke’s story, and so asked him to give me a little bit of background on his charitable work. “I started Young Pioneers when I was twelve years old,” he tells me. Luke speaks with the control and concision of someone very used to giving interviews, “I was bullied at school: I was in the bottom sets in class because I was dyslexic and tongue-tied and, because I was keen to learn, I was attacked by four boys. Basically, I started Young Pioneers to show young people that it was ‘Cool to Care’. Cool to care for yourself, for others and for the wider world.” ‘Cool to Care’ has become something of a tag-line for Young Pioneers, encompassing the attitude of its young founder. What’s clear about Luke and Young Pioneers though, is that there is a focus on actions not words. Luke continues, “When I first started Young Pioneers there was no one out there for me – no programmes that I could go on to get the hard skills I needed. That’s why we’ve designed educational programmes that give young people real skills – the skills they need to overcome adversity, to be successful and make change. My global vision has always been to DIALOGUE 12

Here, for the first time in our conversation, Luke’s father, Peter, joins the discussion. “One of the biggest challenges Luke has faced has been being taken seriously. When you see Luke speak at Istanbul, he’s probably going to be the only speaker that doesn’t use notes. It’s never good enough for a kid to be as good as an adult – they have to be better. And that’s why the public speaking that the ESU does is so important – it gives young people the confidence to hold their own. We’ve seen this with Luke – he’s a 16 year old who, through building confidence in communication now advises governments and addresses huge worldwide organisations like UNICEF. What’s allowed him to do that has always been his ability to communicate and conduct himself professionally; in many ways, more professionally than adults do.” Luke is particularly passionate about the value of the English language to young people’s development. “English isn’t just any language. It’s the language of leadership, the language of

enterprise, the language of business. Around the world, in these three areas, English is the most commonly-used language. If people can’t use English effectively, then they can’t communicate – it’s one of the most fundamental things to help people get a job.” At the World Members’ Conference, Luke will be speaking about Tomorrow’s Leaders and he tells me a little more about this – “In Istanbul, I’ll be talking about the Force for Good Foundation, about how we want to help to give young people skills in effective communication and in leadership. I want to show ESU members around the world how we can help give young people access to the training they need and help guide tomorrow’s leaders through the use of English.” Luke is keen to talk about his vision for how Young Pioneers and the ESU might work together: “We have an amazing opportunity here. Together, we have the ability to work with more young people than we ever have before. The ESU network gives us the ability to ensure that any young person can have access to the skills training they need – anytime, anyplace, anywhere. One of the things I’d like to talk about in Istanbul is the idea of a global youth ‘Passport’ – a ten step process which will give young people a leg-up in starting to change the world. With this, we’re not only looking at presentation and communication skills, but also about how they can identify charitable need themselves, how to connect beneficiaries, how to inspire others. It’s basically a simple ten-step process that gives them access to all these skills. Working with the ESU, we hope to be able to roll that out to as many people as possible.” Luke is obviously a remarkable young man but, he insists, his charity work does not revolve around him: “It’s not about me, it’s really about giving all these young people, the young people who go through ESU programmes all over the world, access to Young Pioneers, as well as developing programmes together.” Peter Lancaster adds: “Luke’s a powerful symbol of the transformative power of these programmes, he’s tangible proof that anyone can do it. That’s a message, we think, that is really important to the young people with whom the ESU is already working.” At this point in our interview, Luke had to rush off – he was jumping in a cab to the South Bank where he was meeting the Chair of the Charities Commission – all in a day’s work, I suppose!

INTRODUCTION By Dr Riza Kadilar Chairman, ESU Turkey Dear Friends, I am delighted to welcome you to Istanbul for the 2012 ESU World Members’ Conference. We have spent several years establishing the ESU in Turkey and now we are ready to invite you all for a truly memorable conference. Istanbul, a city straddling two continents, hosts a rich history going back millennia and encompasses a number of different cultures and religions. Together with its unique natural beauty and its thousands of years of history we believe that Istanbul will offer excellent opportunities for our members. The 2012 ESU World Members Conference which will be a platform for sharing information about and celebrating our current work worldwide and which will enable a fruitful debate on the challenges and opportunities facing the ESU in tomorrow’s world. We look forward to hosting you. The World Members’ Conference will, I am sure, be an opportunity to renew old friendships from across the ESU family worldwide and to make new ones while discovering Istanbul and with the chance to explore Turkey further for those who wish to. I look forward to seeing you in Istanbul in September. With my best regards,

Dr Riza Kadilar Chairman, ESU Turkey

Since speaking with Luke in mid-July, we are delighted to be able to announce that he has been invited to deliver this year’s inaugural Churchill Youth Lecture at the England and Wales ESU Branches’ Conference at Dartmouth House in October. We hope that many of our members will come to support Luke, and the conference, details of which can be found on page 35. Istanbul boasts some of the world’s finest architecture


SCHEDULE TUESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER Evening Reception for guests upon arrival WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 10 am

International Council Meeting

12.45 pm Lunch 4 pm International Council Meeting Panel and Debate: “Challenges facing the ESU / International strategy of the ESU, its global mission and purpose” 4 pm

Free time

7 pm

Cocktail reception and dinner


Welcome speeches: Peter Kyle, Director-General ESU Dame Mary Richardson, Chairman ESU Patricia Schroeder, Chairman ESU International Council and ESU US Dr Riza Kadilar, Chairman ESU Turkey

9.45 am English – a Language for Global Understanding: David Reddaway, British Ambassador to Turkey 10 am

Opening Lecture – The Future Shape of Europe: The Lord Watson of Richmond CBE

11 am

Tea and coffee

11.30 am Entrepreneurship to Enhance Global Dialogue: Darren Rowbotham, COO HSBC Turkey


12 pm

Tomorrow’s Leaders: Luke Lancaster, CEO Young Pioneers

12.30 pm Authentic Leadership in a Challenging Environment: Tim Bright, Executive Coach & Chairman of One World Consulting, Head of British Business Group in Turkey 1 pm


2 pm

Use of Technology for a Global Dialogue – New technologies for language learning; E-Learning and Distance Learning: Özge Karaoglu Ergen, international winner of the CUP ESU New Writing Award 2011; Senior Representative from the British Council

3 pm Challenges Facing International Diplomacy: Emancipation of a new Era, Arab Spring and Beyond: Sadaaki Numata, Chairman of ESU Japan and former diplomat; Nabila Ramdani, journalist 3.45 pm Tea & coffee 4.15 pm

Art & Entertainment to create a global dialogue: Garo Keheyan, Past President of ESU International Council, and Chairman of ESU Cyprus; Dr Diana Owens, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon

4.45 pm Closing remarks 7 pm

Conference closing cocktail reception & dinner at Pera House, British Consulate General

FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 9.30 am - 1 pm Half-day historical city tour for delegates


dried fruits and a myriad of other goods in barrels and baskets. As it is through interacting with the members of a community in their everyday life that one can get a glimpse of a culture, shopping in Istanbul presents a wonderful opportunity to that end!

There are regular flights to Istanbul from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, Manchester and Birmingham airports.


ACCOMMODATION Delegates will be offered special conference prices at different hotel categories (3, 4 and 5 star hotels). DREAM-COME-TRUE PRE- & POST-CONFERENCE TOURS IN TURKEY! Sign up for conference pre & post tours through the conference official web page for amazing moments and unforgettable memories:

September is one of the best seasons of Istanbul with a warm climate approximately 25 degrees Celsius during the day.

THE VENUE HARBIYE MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER 2 km from the city center (5 minutes on foot); surrounded by the colourful aspects of Istanbul with the Bosphorus on one side and the old city on the other; walking distance to the hotels.

• Cappadocia – ‘Land of the Fairy Chimneys’ • Pamukkale – ‘The Cotton Cascades’ • Fascinating Anatolia Tour • Gallipoli Tour – ‘Ancient Land of Troy’ • Aegean Tour – ‘Kusadasi – Ephesus – Izmir’ For more details visit SOCIAL EVENTS All delegates are invited to join the exclusive social programme of the conference. The social programme will showcase local ingredients and well known highlights of magnificient Istanbul. SOME OF THE TOURISTIC PLACES TO VISIT IN ISTANBUL The Bosphorus • Hagia Sophia Museum • Topkapı Palace • Archeology Museum • Dolmabahçe Palace • St. Irene • Yerebatan Cistern • Caria Museum • Grand Bazaar • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum • Spice Market • Museum of Turkish Carpets • Maiden Tower

REGISTRATION FULL PROGRAMME €400 per delegate, including: • Tuesday evening reception • International Council meeting (invitation only) • Wednesday lunch and dinner • Full Thursday conference programme • Thursday lunch and dinner • Friday morning city tour

SHOPPING IN ISTANBUL As an ancient trade center, Istanbul definitely offers a huge variety of shopping experiences whether in antique markets or in modern malls. Istanbul offers an ancient covered bazaar (The Grand Bazaar or Kapalı Çarsı) with over 4,000 shops in the heart of the old city. It’s a recommended way to shop for Turkish specialities from desserts to jewelry. “Mısır Çarsısı“ takes its name from the source of the spices in old times. The merchants of this colorful old covered market, also called the Spice Bazaar, sell spices, herbs, medicinal,

INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL MEETING ONLY €250 per delegate, including: • Tuesday evening reception • International Council Meeting • Wednesday Lunch and Dinner

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DARTMOUTH HOUSE STAFFING UPDATE There are quite a few new faces here at the ESU and, as you may notice, some existing staff members have taken on new roles and/or responsibilities recently. For the benefit of our members, please find details of the Dartmouth House staff below as well as information as to whom you should contact with your enquiries. All staff contact details can be found online at Jacqueline Finch Executive Assistant to the Director-General Jacqueline has worked as an Executive Assistant in various sectors (in the UK and USA), including Charity, Investment Banking and Retail, which is where her last role was. Contact her for: Queries relating to the Director-General’s office.

Stephen Roberts Director of Charitable Activities A former member of ESU Cambridge Welland Valley and Regional Officer for the East and Midlands, Steve ran his own communications consultancy for thirty years working mainly in international television and the arts. Contact him for: Educational Programmes, Scholarships and Speech and Debate.

Janine Ryan Schools Programmes Officer Janine moved to London last year after graduating with a degree in Business & Law from University College Dublin. She has both competed and organised competitions at schools and university level for numerous years and joined the ESU to look after our schools programmes. Contact her for: Debate Academy, ESU Schools Mace, ESU Public Speaking Competition for Schools.

Mary Greer Education Programmes Officer Mary recently joined the ESU from the Royal Commonwealth Society. A Londoner and an Anglo-American, she enjoys working in partnership with ESU US, and has previously worked in East Africa and South Asia. Contact her for: Scholarships, Exchanges, Book Awards, Shakespeare summer programmes, Englishlanguage support volunteer programmes.

Susan Conway Head of Alumni and Events Following a six year career at an international investment bank, Susan joined the ESU in October 2010 as Events Manager. Now Head of Alumni and Events, Susan is responsible for the administration of all Dartmouth House and London Region events as well as alumni reunions and development. Contact her for: Tickets and enquiries relating to Dartmouth House, ESU London Region and ESU alumni events as well as information relating to the international ESU alumni network.


Michael Pryke Head of PR and Communications Following the sale of his publishing business, Michael worked in marketing and brand management in licensed venues and an art gallery. Michael has been involved with the ESU since he was a competitor in the Schools Mace and Public Speaking Competition at school. Contact him for: Communication issues, PR and Media advice, social media networking advice, printed materials and design, ESU website queries. Paul Gordon Head of Membership Development Paul Gordon recently joined us as Head of Membership Development. He has a background in working for international charities and membership organisations Contact him for: Enquiries about the international network of ESUs, the World Members Conference in Istanbul and Membership Development opportunities. Kay Dacey Membership Administrator Kay joined the ESU in May as Membership Administrator after a long career in banking. She is responsible for the administration of ESU Membership. Contact her for: ESU Membership queries, membership subscription payments and renewals, to change your contact details and assistance with accommodation at our reciprocal clubs. Tracy Hanlon Finance Assistant Having worked for the Financial Controller at the ESU since 2007 and previously for many years in finance, as a PA and Office Manager, Tracy now reports to the Director of Finance and Operations.

The ESU is delighted to be welcoming two new directors to the Senior Management Team. Marie Bond will be joining us as Director of Finance and Operations and James Ward will become the Director of Business Development. Marie Bond Director of Finance & Operations Marie has spent the last five years working for the disabled charity, Scope, in a variety of financial roles including Head of Cost Recovery, Social Investment Programme Manager, Business and Planning Manager and Finance and Planning Analyst. Previous to that, Marie worked for The Foyer Federation (a membership organisation) as a Finance and Monitoring Officer and also for the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust as a Management Accountant James Ward Director of Business Development James has spent the last four years working for the University of Westminster as Director of Development. Previous to that, James was Fundraising and Communications Manager for a charity called the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation, which provides homes and support to the vulnerable, disabled and homeless ex-service personnel. To add to James’ fundraising experience, he was also Fundraising Account Manager for MacGregor Jones Fundraising Consultancy. DIALOGUE 17

MAYFAIR’S HIDDEN GEM Dartmouth House, the International Headquarters of the EnglishSpeaking Union, was acquired by the organisation in 1926. It provides marvellous members’ facilities including a bar, restaurant, lounge and the stunning sun-drenched courtyard. Dartmouth House itself has a history dating back to the 18th Century, but here we look at how the ESU came to acquire the iconic Mayfair building. After its role as a Red Cross military hospital during World War One, Dartmouth House moved back into private ownership. It was occupied briefly by the Hon. Mrs Robert The Courtyard - described as ‘one of Lindsay from 1923 Mayfair’s hidden gems’ until purchased by the ESU on 24 June 1926, for the sum of £45,000. On 1 December 1926, the ESU offices were moved from No. 1 Charing Cross Road to Dartmouth House and staff took up their duties in the 83 rooms, including 38 members’ bedrooms. In order not to close the house “for the usual month of spring cleaning”, and to keep domestic staff to a minimum, modern conveniences were installed – a high power suction vacuum cleaning system and hot and cold water in each bedroom. The original estimate of £6,670 to kit out the house with everything from kitchen utensils to livery for the doorman was found to be woefully inadequate. Donations were sought to raise the extra funding and members responded The Lounge at Dartmouth House from around the world. Bedrooms were named and furnished after a different period – the Queen Elizabeth Room housed an oak chest from the Tudor period; the John Bunyan Room held an original Bible box and Queen Mary donated an overmantel for the room that was given her name.

A congratulatory letter arrived from the Editor of The Forum in New York, also enquiring “I understand that Dartmouth House is in the district of haunted houses…”. There have been several reported sightings of a lady on the staircase. Mr St Loe Strachey, editor of The Spectator and ESU Vice Chairman recommended his son-in-law, Clough Williams Ellis (of Portmeirion fame) as a young architect capable of the transforming a rather neglected and outmoded Victorian house into the busy headquarters of the English-Speaking Union. Although no major structural alterations took place, a ground floor panelled room was turned into the Walter Hines Page Memorial Library and restaurants, bedrooms and sitting rooms were created. Dartmouth House, as it now became known, was opened by the Prime Minister, Sir Stanley Baldwin, on 22 February 1927. Lord Balfour and Lord Reading were also present made speeches and the American Ambassador and several High Commissioners attended. The Bar - the perfect place to relax or meet with friends

The Wedgwood Room

Dartmouth House is open from 8.30 am until 8.30 pm Monday - Friday. The restaurant is open from 12 to 2.30 pm Monday - Friday and refreshments are served in the bar during regular opening hours. To book for the restaurant, or to enquire about Dartmouth House bookings please contact Dartmouth House reception on 020 7529 1550 or by email


PROGRAMMES Updates on the ESU’s Charitable programmes and activities from December 2011 to August 2012. Note from the Director of Charitable Activities_20 A Guide to Starting Debating_21 Guardian Teachers Network Blog_22 London Debate Challenge_23

Great Debates_31 Central London Debating Society_31 Secondary Schools Exchange_32 Experience English_33 Travelling Librarian Award_33

Schools & Universities Mace_24


Essex Court Chambers Motting Competition_25

England & Wales Branches Conference_35

International Public Speaking Competition_26

Coming Up_36

Public Speakoing Competition for Schools_27 Discover Your Voice_28 Medical Debates_ 29 Empowering Refugees & Asylum Seekers_30



40,000; 300; 1,000; 500,000 – Readers of the forthcoming Annual Report will recognise these as the numbers of people we reach with our programmes. That reach is global but, just as importantly, we work effectively at local and regional level. Thanks go to the branches, not only for their bursary and grant-giving, but also for their pioneering and continuing work with our public speaking competition. The editorial below gives a fuller picture of our speech and debate activity where I was delighted to read the diary of the Secondary Exchange Student Laura Davies, recently returned from three terms at the Tabor Academy in Massachusetts. I also draw your attention to Mary Greer’s piece introducing one of our relatively unsung but life changing programmes: Experience English. However, let me gallop through some of the ESU’s other projects whose success we may not broadcast as loudly as we should. We have awarded 6 Walter Hines Page Scholarships for teachers to further their professional development in the USA. Lindemann Trust Fellowships have been awarded to three Oxford post-doctoral students – 2 will continue their research at The University of Notre Dame in Indiana and the other at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Colorado. House of Commons Librarian, George Roe, has been awarded the ESU Travelling Librarian Scholarship and will be studying the contribution that libraries in the USA make during the Presidential elections. The Chilton Art History Award has been given to Alexandra Banfich of Princeton University to help her study towards an MA with Christie’s Education. Three exceptional students at the Royal Academy of Music, and three equally talented young people from Guildhall have been awarded scholarships for summer schools this year. Applications for 2013 open in September, and auditions will be held at Dartmouth House in November.


The deadline has closed for the Marsh Children’s Literature in Translation Award. We are proud to be associated with the Marsh Christian Trust in encouraging this often neglected skill that opens up a whole world of literature to Englishspeaking youngsters. The shortlist will be announced in October. I must not forget the Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Awards and the ESU President’s Award and we are thankful to our outgoing President, HRH The Prince Philip, for his dedicated and enthusiastic support of both awards. More details on the awards ceremony will be in the next issue of dialogue. The Capitol Hill Exchange Programme in Washington DC and the newer [and smaller] programme with the Assemblée Nationale in Paris, represent life and career changing opportunities for the participants and we shall work to grow both programmes to ensure that they are truly reciprocal. We are planning our contribution to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Great War, to the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and seeking to develop new creative writing projects. Finally, I return to the Secondary School Exchange. I enjoyed meeting 2011/12 returnees and their parents, together with the eager new batch of students who will depart for North America this autumn, at a small luncheon arranged for them at Dartmouth House on 4th July [yes we did plan that!]. We have agreed to give financial assistance to three of the new cohort and I hope that in future we can promote this scheme more fully, in partnership with the branches. We are determined to use our resources imaginatively, to bring opportunity to those who will gain the most benefit. We are proud to foster lifelong international friendships.

Stephen Roberts Director of Charitable Activities PS Heartfelt thanks to all the members who have sent me ‘good luck in the new job’ messages.

SPEECH & DEBATE A GUIDE TO STARTING DEBATING By Annie Teriba Starting off as a debater is often quite daunting. It’s often easy to get disheartened or fall away in the first few years, especially when it seems as though you aren’t reaping the rewards of your hard work for quite a while. A lot of the time there are people who seem to dominate debating and it’s far too easy to not try to break that hegemony. The problem is that if any of these issues is successful in turning you away from debating, not only you, but the entire debating circuit loses out. Debating is one of those hobbies where more is genuinely merrier. In light of that, I have some suggestions which I think would make the transition from person to debater a little easier. In the first instance you need motivation. Over time, it’s become very easy for me to motivate myself to get up for competitions at odd hours of the morning or to sacrifice an entire weekend for debating, occasionally judging, or both. If you don’t exactly feel the same, remember that every single debater started off like you. Nobody was born having won 10 Schools competitions and Opens, it took time and commitment. Just look at some of the core benefits of debating such as the invaluable communication skills that you get from persuasively arguing the opposite of your own opinion so often without much time to prepare – that should help get you up. In addition, you need confidence. The idea of short prep motions may cause your knees to knock but the reality is that in real life, you get put into those situations all the time, having to justify your actions or views – without fifteen minutes to prepare and a partner. When you put it in that context, it seems a lot less difficult than it initially did. Moreover, even if it isn’t necessarily obvious at first glance, motions generally deal with the same concepts; arguments about choice, free speech etc are useful in most debates. Besides, remember that everyone is in a similar boat; it’s

easy to forget that the people around you in a debate are in the same age bracket as you and generally have the same comprehension of these topics as you. As an aside, you probably shouldn’t be worried if debating pushes you quite a bit to the liberal left, that’s because that is the right way to think. Furthermore, it’s important to understand the way different formats and competitions work. While it seems awfully pretentious to say, this is just blatantly true. Knowing that, in a large competition, breaking to quarter finals means that a fourth isn’t the end of the road can do wonders for your self-esteem as a team and stop you from feeling dejected enough to follow it up with a series of other fourths. Insofar as this is true, it is also nice to know where emphasis is placed in adjudication. It is helpful to know that you probably should take more time with style for the ESU Mace format than in British Parliamentary (BP) where you will probably need to pay a lot more attention to the potency of your analysis. Finally, just have fun. Never be intimidated by a team you hit because even the best teams make logical leaps or horrendous arguments in general; tackle them head on. It may strike you as patronising but it really is the participation that matters. Think of each debate as a clean slate because it’s a new opportunity to meet someone new, to bring up your average speaks or to just keep calm and debate.

Annie is currently working at the EnglishSpeaking Union as an intern. She is an experienced debater and is also currently part of the Development Squad for the England World Schools Debating Team


GUARDIAN BLOG The ESU has embarked on an exciting new partnership, becoming a monthly blogger for the Guardian Teacher Network. With a plan for twelve monthly submissions, the ESU will support teachers who want to start using debate in their classroom by providing progressive guidance and teaching materials which can be downloaded and put into practice. Our first two blog entries centred on the theory and justification for using debate as a part of delivering national curriculum objectives, with suggestions and techniques on how to use debate in lessons. Anisa Lunat, a teacher at Clapton Girls School and the coach of the winning team from the 2011 London Debate Challenge, provided material for our second blog highlighting her experience of debate as a tool for teaching. To quote Anisa: “The impact of including debating within the classroom has been profound. It has encouraged students to produce their own arguments rather than regurgitate those of others and most importantly, it develops their higher-order thinking skills of evaluation and analysis.

Across all year groups, debating has improved students essay writing skills as they are now able to produce more developed arguments and structure them in a coherent way. Words cannot do justice to the value of debating within lesson. I strongly urge all teachers to try it out at least once I can assure you that both you and your students will be keen to try it again!” The third blog in our series has been prepared by our colleagues from ESU Scotland and highlights a fantastic project which they have been working on over the last year. Called “Speak up Scotland! A year of science debating”, this year long programme has involved teacher workshops around Scotland providing training and expertly prepared materials to enable science teachers to use debate. One of the purposes of this ESU blog is to show that debate can be used by any teacher in any lesson and the experience of Susie and Steve at ESU Scotland have proven that to be the case with science. This blog is just one of several ways in which the ESU uses modern social media tools to spread our message and materials to teachers and learners around the country. You can follow our blog at:

GET INVOLVED With the ESU’s Online Community

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THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION If you want to be kept up-to-date with everything going on at the English-Speaking Union, then this should be your first port-of-call. From our thriving Dartmouth House events programme, through to updates on application dates for programmes and scholarships, we keep you informed of everything you need to know about the ESU. @theesu DIALOGUE 22

ESU SPEECH AND DEBATE We run some of the world’s most ground-breaking speech and debate programmes, through which we help people to discover their voice. The ESU Speech and Debate team are often present at some of the world’s most prestigious debating competitions, and their Twitter feed will let you know exactly what’s going on and where! The ‘This House Believes’ facebook group, meanwhile, is regularly updated with interesting debate topics, so if you’re looking for inspiration - have a look! @ESUdebate

LONDON DEBATE CHALLENGE The eleventh year of the London Debate Challenge (LDC) has just finished with a win for the team from Hayes School in Bromley. The finals day, held at Dartmouth House, is the culmination of five months of practice and debate rounds held across London’s 33 boroughs.

As well as the support of sponsors and mentors involved in delivering the competition we were also supported on the finals day by a larger group of young people who gave up their time for free to judge the rounds. Once again, ESU staff were impressed by how many people were willing to devote a full day to work with young people on one of our projects. It was clear to see how much the students benefitted from their expert feedback and advice. Below is a selection of feedback from the LDC from competitors and teachers:

The LDC is a real success story and is part of the ESU’s continuing work to make debating accessible to as many people as possible. When the competition began only 19 state schools in London took part; however, 11 years on this figure is now regularly more than 100, involving 800 young people across the City. A team of ESU mentors supported the various competitions at borough level, providing training days and judging at the competition finals led this year by Richard Robinson. Richie has been an ESU mentor for many years working on the Discover Your Voice programme and last year he and Ben Jasper, former member of Speech and Debate and current ESU Mentor, represented the ESU on the annual debate tour of the USA. The LDC is open to students in years 7 – 10 and takes place toward the end of the school year when students in year 11 are approaching the date of their GCSE exams. It is free to enter and provides training and an opportunity for debate activity for younger students.

“The team have had a great time, learnt valuable lessons and will most definitely be entering more competitions, from the ESU and others next year.” “It was an amazing day. Meeting students from other schools was particularly enjoyable. During the debates we were fierce competitors and after it we were complementing our competitors on their performance!” “It was an exhilarating experience, I enjoyed every moment of it. It was a challenging yet intriguing competition. I felt honoured to be part of it.” This LDC concludes the competition year for Speech and Debate and we begin preparing for the start of our annual competitions which begin in September.

While almost all teachers accept that debate can provide valuable skills to young people the pressures of time can make it very difficult for them to organise debating competitions on an individual basis. The ESU is therefore especially grateful to our sponsors who allow these competitions to flourish. ESU London Region has continued to contribute generously to the competition, as they have done for many years, enabling us to reach schools which do not take part in other ESU activities. Our other major sponsors for 2012 were The Week and MediaCom. Their help, both in 2011 for the 10th anniversary and their continuing support this year has been instrumental in growing the competition to include almost all of London’s boroughs. DIALOGUE 23


Tommy Seagull and Harry Elliott International Schools’ Mace Champions (Representing Eton College & England)

Ciaran Garret and Michael O’Dwyer International John Smith Memorial Mace Champions (Representing University College Dublin & Ireland)

Tommy Seagull and Harry Elliott, representing England, were victorious in the International Mace Final, held at Dartmouth House in April.

Ciaran Garret and Michael O’Dwyer, representing Ireland, were victorious in the International John Smith Memorial Mace final, held at Dartmouth House in April.

England defeated the national champions from Wales (Bishop of Llandaff High School) in one semi final, while the Scottish champions (George Heriot’s School) defeated the Irish Mace winners (St. Conleth’s College) in the other semifinal on the motion “This House Believes that a special tax should be placed on successful artists to fund developing artists”.

They defeated Will Jones and Carin Hunt (England), Michael Keary and Roberto Sarrionandia (Wales) and John McKee and Ross Mitchell (Scotland), in a close debate on the motion “This House Believes the ICC should use bounty hunters to capture and, if necessary, kill indicted war criminals.”

England and Scotland progressed to a very close final debate on the motion “This House, as Iran, would actively pursue a nuclear weapons programme”, before England finally emerged victorious. In order to reach the International Final to represent England, the team from Eton College had to face Dulwich College (Sam Collier and Will Cook) at the England Schools Mace Final in March in an extremely high quality and close debate on the motion “This House Would criminalise holocaust denial”. The ESU Schools Mace is the largest schools debating competition in the United Kingdom, with over 300 teams taking part each year. The path to the final is extremely tough, with teams competing in first rounds and regional rounds before progressing to the national finals.

Formerly operated by from the Observer newspaper, which established the competition in 1954, the ESU has been running the John Smith Memorial Mace for twenty years. Former winners include the late Donald Dewar; The Rt. Hon. Charles Kennedy; Bob Marshall-Andrews MP; The Rt. Hon. The Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE PC; Professor Anthony Clare and the late Labour leader, The Rt. Hon. John Smith QC, in whose honour the competition was renamed in 1995. The John Smith Memorial Mace is one of the largest and most prestigious debating competitions in the world, with some 200 teams across four national championships. The Mace is a UK and Ireland championship, with England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland each holding competitions to choose a national winner, who each face one another in an International Grand Final.

The Schools and Universities International Grand Finals for 2013 will be hosted by ESU Scotland in April


ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS MOOTING COMPETITION Matthew Sellwood and Daniele Selmi, the team from Oxford Brookes University, were presented with the Silver Mace and £1,000 each, as winners of this year’s ESU – Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition. It is the first time that Oxford Brookes University has won the competition which is now in its 41st year. The exciting evening final saw the team from Oxford Brookes take on Lucy Limbrey and Quinlan Windle from Queen Mary, University of London, to argue the fictitious legal appeal case, “The Merchant of Tennis Ltd v Mr Stephen Mortar (a bankrupt)”. The two runners up were presented with “The Scarman Shield” and £750 each.

The Mooting Competition is run on a highly competitive knock-out basis between 64 teams. The semi-finals, which were held on the same day as the final, saw teams from the University of Strathclyde and the University of Leicester leave the competition but with consolation prizes of £250 each. Further cash prizes, generously donated by Essex Court Chambers, were presented to the finalists’ educational establishments: £1,000 to Oxford Brookes and £500 to Queen Mary. All finalists were also offered a mini-pupillage at Essex Court Chambers.

The event was held in the President’s Court of the Royal Courts of Justice and was judged by a panel chaired by the Hon Mr Justice Eder, Paul Stanley QC, Essex Court Chambers and Professor Nick Grief, Director of Legal Studies at the University of Kent and a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, joined the Rt. Hon. Mr Justice Bernard Eder in assessing the “impressive performances” of the four finalists.

For the first time this year, the winners, Matthew Sellwood and Daniele Selmi, will be invited to take on the 2012 winners of the Singapore Mooting Competition, Drew & Napier’s Pardeep Singh Khosa and Mahesh Rai. The Singapore event is organised by Essex Court Chambers, the ESU and supported by the Singapore Academy of Law.


INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION The International Public Speaking Competition took place in London from Monday 14 to Friday 18 May. The ESU hosted 54 delegates from across the globe from 51 countries. Now in its 31st year the IPSC brings together students from all six continents for a weeklong programme combining cultural activities with competitive speaking. All competitors represented their country having won their national public speaking competition; so were all very accomplished speakers in their own right. Their busy programme started on Tuesday morning at Dartmouth House with a day of workshops delivered by some of the ESU’s most experienced mentors. This was followed by a day of cultural activities on Wednesday including a visit to the Houses of Parliament, an open-top bus tour taking in some of London’s most famous sights and a performance workshop delivered by trained actors at The Globe Theatre. Thursday morning saw the start of the formal competition with the competitors speaking in heats on their prepared topics. After some excellent speeches and questions, the competitors visited Kensington Palace to view the current exhibitions and speak to the curators and education team there. The day concluded with an evening in the West End at “Shrek the Musical”, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Friday morning saw the competitors and accompanying guests descend on Dartmouth House for the semi-final draw. 18 semi-finalists were given 15 minutes each to choose from a selection of three topics and prepare a three-minute speech. With the six finalists chosen, all delegates and guests made their way to HSBC Headquarters at Canary Wharf, who generously support this competition.


After a splendid lunch, our six finalists took the podium in front of fellow competitors, guests and our esteemed adjudication panel consisting of Roger Tilbury (ESU Governor), Andy Russell (HSBC) and Natalie Bennett (former editor of the Guardian newspaper). The finalists represented Canada, South Africa, China, Denmark, Malaysia and Hong Kong and all six individuals spoke passionately on their chosen topics. Alas, the judging panel and the audience alike had difficult decisions to make. The Audience Choice Award went to Stephen Buabeng-Baidoo from South Africa and the runnerup, as chosen by the judges, was Jiehao Chen from China. Ultimately the winner of this year’s International Public Speaking Competition was Marina Hsien Wei Tan from Malaysia. Marina spoke passionately on how young activists achieve meaningful change during her speech, entitled ‘The

Game Changer’. Following one last reception and set of photographs at Dartmouth House, the delegates bid their goodbyes to each other; promising to keep in touch with their new-found friends. A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by students and staff alike throughout the week. The ESU wishes all the delegates the best of luck with their futures and hopes they keep in touch. We look forward to seeing Marina in November when she will be invited back to London for the Winners’ Ceremony.

PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION FOR SCHOOLS The UK final of the ESU Public Speaking Competition for Schools took place at Goodenough College in London on Saturday 12 March 2012. Between November 2011 and February 2012, over 1,000 students from more than 350 schools took part in the initial rounds of the competition.

The eight regional finals of the competition took place in March and eight UK finalists were selected to battle it out in May. They were: Manchester Grammar School (representing the north-west region); King Edward VI School (representing the north-east region); St John’s College (representing Wales); Magdalen College School (representing the midlands region); Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys (representing the east region); The Park School (representing the south-west region); Burgess Hill School for Girls (representing the south-east region); and The London Oratory School (representing the London region).

The adjudication panel was chaired by Peter Kyle who was assisted by Hanna Cevik, Catherine Kernaghan, Alasdair Wallace and Dr Tony Wood.

After 45 minutes of adjudication, the panel decided that the winners were the team of Barney Shekleton (chairperson), Edmund Garnett (speaker) and Sam Deans (questioner) from Magdalen College School. Josh Zietcer (chairperson), Eloka Agu (speaker) and Jack Lewy (questioner) from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys were the runners up.

The adjudication panel also awarded three individual prizes to Edmund Garnett from Magdalen College School as best individual speaker, Josh Zietcer from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys who received the prize for best individual chairperson, and Jeannette Franks from The Park School who received the prize for the best individual questioner. In addition, Eloka Agu received the award for “outstanding personality”, as voted by the audience. (Edmund Garnett from Magdalen College School) will be invited to participate in the final of the International Public Speaking Competition in May 2013.


DISCOVER YOUR VOICE The ESU training programme in schools, Discover Your Voice, continues to go from strength to strength, sending mentors to work in over sixty schools this year, working alongside students from the ages of 6 to 18. We also introduced our Public Speaking workshops, based on the ESU Public Speaking Competition for Schools. The latest development has been building a relationship with the Guardian Teacher Network, involving the Speech and Debate team writing material for their online teaching blog and providing materials for teachers to use in their classrooms.

teaching that we do. These young people, mostly ESU alumni and university students, are key to building excitement and enthusiasm in students for persuasive speech, and are second to none in terms of ability and experience.

The foundation of the programme is the mentor-led workshops, where trained and accredited ESU mentors are sent into schools to teach groups of students for either a fullor half-day workshop. The workshop is designed to be a fun, interactive learning environment with the teaching elements mostly based on games and exercises. The aim is to have all students involved and speaking by the end of the session.

The Discover Your Voice programme is about more than the mechanics of persuasive speech, it is about teaching transferrable skills of reasoning and argumentation, as well as confidence and self-belief. These tangential benefits are invaluable to students as they develop, and are useful in interviews, in examinations and in day-to-day life. The aim is to work with even more schools in the coming academic year.

The workshops are supplemented by Discover Your Voice handbooks which are designed for teachers or debate club leaders. The handbook provides a manual for the use of debates and persuasive speech in classroom settings, containing everything from exercises to get students speaking to guides on formats of debating to use, and suggestions of possible motions. Every level of speech training ability is catered for, from beginners to teachers with more experience. For those who want more detail, or a trainer led teaching experience, we also offer teacher training CPD days. Discover Your Voice is only possible because of our pool of enormously talented mentors. After completing a training programme, and having their teaching ability evaluated, they undertake the majority of the DIALOGUE 28

Discover Your Voice sessions can be booked by sending an email to: or by calling 020 7529 1550.

MEDICAL DEBATES On Saturday 21 April, students and junior doctors from across the UK met at the Royal College of Surgeons in London for a day packed with lively debates on topical issues at the 2nd Annual Medical Debating Championships. The event forms part of the ESU’s involvement with Say It – a committee of doctors set up to encourage public debate on health-related issues.

Winners: Wales Foundation School An exciting and educational day was had by all those taking part, with some very positive feedback coming forth.

The day began with a talk given by Marianne Talbot, a philosopher from Oxford University, who focused on the importance of holistic health care. Ms Talbot emphasised the importance of developing skills that will ultimately allow doctors to be better advocates for their patients. The first debate of the day was on the prepared topical issue ‘This House Supports the NHS Reforms’ with teams carefully analysing the proposed changes with their benefits and drawbacks, followed by a series of short-preparation debates for which the teams had only twenty minutes’ advanced notice. The participants found themselves having to think on their feet and critically analyse the issues they were presented with. Congratulations are due to all, but eventually the two teams progressing through to the final were UCL and Wales Foundation School.

Bethan, a participant said “I enjoyed this competition so much last year I came back for another go! Being able to communicate effectively under pressure is a very important skill for a doctor, and I appreciated the opportunity to practise public speaking, particularly about such thoughtprovoking and pertinent topics. The supportive environment made everyone feel comfortable and I enjoyed meeting fellow medical students from around the country. I would absolutely recommend it!”. This event is part of a wider programme to encourage debate and discussion on a variety of complex issues, and for those issues to be made more accessible to the general public. Next year Say It looks forward to expanding the education days and events to more medical schools and hopes to encourage teams from overseas to join the 3rd year of the competition.

Wales Foundation School found themselves proposing the topic ‘This House Would prioritise medical school entry to those from lower socioeconomic groups’ and after a spirited debate managed to take a close win against UCL. Runners-up: UCL


EMPOWERING REFUGEES & ASYLUM SEEKERS Anybody can suffer from stage fright. Indeed, standing up in front of other people and arguing for what you believe in can be a daunting task for anyone. But for female refugees and asylum seekers – navigating new societies, cultures and government systems – it can be infinitely more challenging. That is why the ESU decided to once again partner with the UK Refugee Council – in an effort to improve the communication skills, and therefore the life opportunities, of refugees and asylum seekers. Following our success in our 2011 programme with a male and female refugees, this programme was specifically designed for female asylum seekers. Participants were selected on the basis of their desire to influence public debate and policy. The results achieved were impressive – helping some participants gain employment and giving others the confidence to speak at political and policy conferences. The latest course, which involved modules on campaigning, public speaking, media relations and influencing Parliament, was held over five days in May and June in Leeds. Its aim was to empower the women participating to become better advocates for the causes they believed in, such as striving for a more sensitive, just and responsive refugee and asylum system. The Council did an end-of-course evaluation to gauge its effectiveness and the impact it had had on participants’ lives. Course participants were asked whether they were confident enough to speak in audiences of 50 or more people. At the start of the course, only 5 percent of participants answered yes to this question; by the end of the course, that figure had risen to 88 percent. In their course feedback, the participants outlined the many skills the course gave them. One participant said: “The most useful thing I learned was talking to large groups of people about my issues confidently; how to start and end my speech, make eye contact … how to tackle crossquestioning and leave an impact.” Another participant noted: “The course was so encouraging and interesting, but most importantly it boosted our morale as well as our selfesteem.” DIALOGUE 30

However, these statistics and this feedback – impressive as it is – doesn’t tell the full story of the wonderful impact that communications and campaigning training can have on the lives of individual refugees and asylum seekers – who, far too often, struggle to find meaningful work and ways to contribute to their new societies. One participant contacted the Council, soon after completing the course, to share her story. She wrote: “Thanks so much for this training. It has really helped me in my course for community interpreting … I was a shy person but I’m now getting confidence. I had a job “I was a shy person but I’m interview and I had so now getting confidence. I much confidence that I had a job interview and I managed to get the job. had so much confidence that Thanks so much.”

I managed to get the job!”

Three other participants will go on to speak at events at this year’s autumn political party conferences, sharing platforms with Ministers and Members of Parliament across the political divide.

Another participant said the course had given her such confidence that she had given a keynote address at a regional health conference involving international experts and academics. As one of the conference organisers noted: “She was fantastic. She was very nervous at first, but I believe her story will be remembered by those who attended more than any of the professors they heard!” Anna Musgrave, the Refugee Council’s Women’s Advocacy and Influencing Officer, said that the course had “far exceeded” the Council’s expectations. Accordingly the Council has asked the ESU to continue the partnership for another year. We will be teaming up again in early 2013, to bring communications and advocacy skills to an increased number of refugees and asylum seekers – this time in London. This partnership with the Refugee Council reflects the ESU’s ongoing commitment to engage with all parts our society and our determination to help people discover their voice.

GREAT DEBATES What do West Ham Football Club, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the London Transport Museum, Hampton Court Palace and the Royal Geographical Society all have in common? They have been venues for our series of Great Debates, focused on engaging students who would not normally take part in debating or public speaking activities. No two Great Debates are the same, but at their core they are a mix of educational workshops and debate rounds. The ESU provides mentors and the partner organisation provides their expertise to ensure that the debates are both well researched and articulate. Different venues offer their own flavour, of course - Hampton Court Palace for the Great Tudor Debate saw students meeting with historical characters and gave them the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the debate topics; the Great Dickens Debate had author Lynn Shepherd speaking about the challenge of a modern author engaging with classical texts; and West Ham hosted the Great Football Debate, where students had workshops on expression and delivery led on the terraces of the stadium.

The lasting effect of the Great Debates is impressive: Jon Kempton from Langley School commented after this year’s Great Shakespeare Debate that “The competition has ignited a fire in [the team] that will hopefully fuel their thirst for academic excellence.” Speaking after the Great Olympics Debate held at the University of East London, one of the students said “I could say what I wanted to say as I had the confidence to speak out.” By utilising the expertise of partners, two aims are achieved - students get a deeper understanding of the nature of partner organisations by debating key topics in their area of expertise; and also learn the skills of debating. This way we can take students with a desire to learn more about Tudor history and, while giving them an educational experience, also teach them critical reasoning and thinking skills which they would not otherwise have sought out. As ever, the ESU is grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation, without whom the Great Debates could not take place.

CENTRAL LONDON DEBATING SOCIETY This autumn, the English-Speaking Union will be hosting the Central London Debating Society (CLDS) at Dartmouth House for three public debates on the most topical issues of the day. Following the success of the Dartmouth House Speakeasy fundraiser as part of the ESU May Fair, which featured a CLDS debate on the merits of gender-neutral education, both CLDS and the ESU have committed themselves to the shared goal of providing a free platform for ordinary Londoners to actively engage in debating. CLDS will be recruiting volunteers from the general public to take part in the three debates, each of which will focus on a different theme, which will include, among other topics, education and the forthcoming US Presidential Election. ESU members and guests are very welcome to attend.

The first of these three debates will occur on Tuesday 11 September from 6.30 pm. Please continue to check the ESU website and facebook pages for more information on this and the future debates, including motion details. Alternatively, please call Susan Conway on 020 7529 1582. Tickets are complimentary in return for a small donation on the evening. Refreshments will be available in the form of a cash bar.



SECONDARY SCHOOLS EXCHANGE The Diary of an SSE Scholar Laura Davies was one of the 2011-12 SSE scholars, spending three terms at Tabor Academy in Massachusetts. She writes: “September 2011…I have only had the best part of four weeks here in the US but already I feel at home and am enjoying the opportunities that are on offer. My fellow classmates have been incredibly kind and welcoming, which has made my adjustment to the American school system an easy one. After a week of tryouts I managed to gain a place on the crew of the Tabor Boy - this is a 92ft, 6 sail schooner. I am thoroughly enjoying this activity, which I get to participate in at least 2 hours a day! I’m hoping this sailing buzz will continue throughout the year and back in the UK. This weekend we are going for two nights’ voyage to Cuttyhuck in the Elizabeth Islands, close to Martha’s Vineyard. On top of sailing this weekend I have been given the role on board of ‘Chef ’ as I have previously completed a Leith’s School of Food and Wine course back in the UK. I have been busy Menu planning and creating a shopping list which, having to feed 24 people, is a very long one! I am enjoying all my subjects, especially US history. At weekends I have been taking advantage of the proximity of Boston and so far have visited the JFK museum, completed a Harvard history afternoon and toured around the freedom trail for extra knowledge to help with the American Revolution studies back in the classroom. I am currently studying Hamlet in English and completing a Statistics course which, due to my better-than-expected A level results, will complement the Economics course I’ll be studying at Newcastle University next September. I am part of the Stocks and Shares Society and the Pom Squad – I thought I’d get into the American spirit for that one! October-November…The last few months have flown by, with activities galore and a portfolio of friends fast growing. I experienced my first college football game on Brown’s home turf against Princeton with an amazing atmosphere. However, a recent thanksgiving visit to Atlanta to see the Falcons versus the Vikings really put my American Football experience on another level! In other sporting viewings I had DIALOGUE 32

a thoroughly enjoyable day at the Head of the Charles rowing regatta where I watched an old Shrewsbury school friend compete. Although it was an incredibly cold day in Boston, the spirit of the crews certainly would have given those at Henley a run for their money! I spent Headmaster weekend in New York visiting the likes of Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State building, touring around Central Park and seeing the city lights in Times Square. Despite only spending a long weekend in Manhattan, I was able to get a feel for this ever talked about city and returned back to Tabor via Amtrak. The upcoming Fall was celebrated in sprit with the school organizing various outdoor games in teams and an evening of listening to rock bands. Holderness Day is Tabor’s big day of rivalry against Holderness School, the event was pumped with excitement days before by having such dress codes as “Class Colors”, “Hick day” and “Tabor day”. I have now sadly finished my fall term stint on the Tabor Boy, which will certainly give me memories for a lifetime. I have now enrolled in Model Untied Nations. We have already had our first event held at Phillips Exeter where I was debating on the Kashmir conflict between Pakistan and India. To make the most of being at such an incredible school I will somehow make the time to take part in the Senior Drama. We will be performing “Six in the City” in March. I am taking part in a senior project, where we are allowed six weeks without class to pursue a particular interest. I have decided to spend two weeks in each of three of the following companies; Shepherd Kaplan, Eastern Bank and Ameriprise Financial. I hope this will not only be amazingly beneficial for my C.V. but will also help me build knowledge about he American Finance industry. I am so grateful to the ESU for giving me the opportunity to visit so many amazing places and enjoy such incredible experiences.”

EXPERIENCE ENGLISH Operated in partnership with The Helen Bamber Foundation since 2010, Experience English is an informal English language support programme for victims of human rights violations. Twice a year, the ESU recruits volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds to devote one hour a week to supporting refugees and asylum seekers living in London. This unique and relatively new programme provides the ESU with an excellent opportunity to foster mutual understanding amongst the diverse communities of London, whilst benefiting some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Gross human rights violations occur throughout the world with sobering regularity. The root causes – war, persecution, poverty, and trafficking – are well known, but durable solutions remain elusive.

The aim of Experience English is to support some of the Helen Bamber Foundation clients with skills and abilities in conversational English and to provide an introduction to ordinary life in London. Volunteers meet with clients in cafes, parks, art galleries, and museums. To quote one volunteer, “I really enjoyed showing [my partner] parts of London and listening to his confidence in speaking English grow”. The ESU has recently recruited seven volunteers to begin a 10-week term in September. The second term is due to begin early in the New Year. Please contact Mary Greer for more information: or 020 7529 1590.

The Helen Bamber Foundation provides a range of services committed to creating a positive impact in the lives of those survivors.

TRAVELLING LIBRARIAN AWARD The ESU and The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals are delighted to announce George Roe as the recipient of this year’s Travelling Librarian Award. George is Senior Indexer at the House of Commons Library and intends to use his grant to study how libraries in the United States can enrich the democratic process during the 2012 Presidential elections. He is keen to learn how US libraries have engaged people from a variety of backgrounds, especially those generally considered to be marginalised from the democratic process. Highlights of George’s trip will include a visit the Library of Congress to see how the library adds value to legislative material and the proceedings of Congress through subject indexing; the Office of Presidential Libraries to discover how this national network of libraries and archive resources engages with users across the country; and the Urban

Library Council in Chicago to see their work in promoting the centrality of libraries for the civic engagement of urban communities. The award builds relationship between library and information professionals in the United Kingdom and their counterparts in the United States through a professional development study tour. Winners are encouraged to take up home hospitality with ESU branches in the US. “I am extremely passionate about the role that libraries and information professionals play in the role of any truly democratic nation. I am thrilled to have won the ESU CILIP Travelling Librarian Award and I cannot wait to investigate this further and hopefully bring back some learning and best practise to our sector and to the House.” George Roe. DIALOGUE 33

EVENTS House of Lords Tea Party

Launch of ESU Spain

On the afternoon of Thursday 5 July, the ESU held its annual House of Lords Tea Party at the Palace of Westminster with guest of honour and host, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Boateng.

On 12 April 2012, ESU Spain was launched in Madrid at the Salon de Actos of the Ateneo of Madrid. Olaf Clayton, Chairman, ESU Spain and Dame Mary Richardson, Deputy-Chairman, ESU International Council signed the Memorandum of Understanding, officially launching this international branch. The event was attended by over 100 guests from 13 countries.

Over one hundred guests from over seventeen ESU branches were in attendance and enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea comprising of finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries. Whilst enjoying wonderful views of the River Thames, Lord Boateng delivered a moving and inspirational address where he recalled how, as a young boy from Hemel Hempstead, he entered the ESU Schools Mace competition and, through it, discovered his voice. Referring to the future of the ESU, Lord Boateng concluded with a touching African proverb, stating simply “it’s each and every feather that makes the eagle soar”.


As part of the launch ceremony, students from the University of Alcala de Henares participated in a debate on the motion ‘This House Believes that science is a force for bad’.

Delegates, who had travelled from across the ESU’s international network to welcome Spain to the ESU family, were also treated to a visit to Toledo including another debate held in the Great Hall of Castilla La Mancha University.

 Speaking at the Iberian Gala Dinner, Peter Kyle, SecretaryGeneral, ESU International Council, thanked the ESU Spain committee for all their efforts in developing the new ESU and presented the Chairman, Olaf, with the ESU flag.

ENGLAND & WALES BRANCHES CONFERENCE This year’s England & Wales Branches Conference is taking place on Friday 19 October 2012 at Dartmouth House, the international Headquarters of the ESU, in London. The conference is an opportunity for members from across England and Wales to come together and hear presentations from senior staff at the ESU and discuss the organisation’s strategy, direction and future.



8.15 pm The Churchill Youth Lecture

Chaired by Richard Oldham, Chairman of the National Council for England and Wales

9.15 pm Carriages

10 am Tea and coffee


11 am Conference opening and ESU strategic plan,

There will be an additional Saturday morning programme for branch chairmen and committee members (from 09.30 am - 12.30 pm).

Dame Mary Richardson DBE, Chairman 11.15 am Organisational update from Dartmouth

House, Peter Kyle OBE, Director-General 11.30 am Update from the National Council for

England and Wales, Richard Oldham, Chairman of the National Council 11.45 am The Royal Charter, the Lord Watson of

Richmond, CBE

6 pm Presentation of the Branch Awards, presented

by Peter Kyle, Dame Mary Richardson, Richard Oldham 6.45 pm Dinner

PRICES Conference only ticket price: £20

Includes morning and afternoon refreshments and a sandwich lunch. Evening only ticket price: £60

Includes a three-course dinner and the Churchill Youth Lecture.

12 pm Question and answer session

Combined ticket price: £75

1 pm Lunch


2 pm Presentations from three branch chairmen

Preferential rates have been agreed at the following venues, subject to availability:

2.15 pm Presentations from Senior Management


Royal Overseas League

1. Director of Charitable Activities

Delegates should contact the reservation team on 020 7408 0214 and quote Reference: 183779

2. Director of Business Development 3. Director of Finance and Operations 2.45 pm Topics for discussion arising from the branch

chairmen and Senior Management Team presentations 3.45 pm Tea and coffee 4 pm Next Steps, Peter Kyle OBE 4.15 Finish

Lansdowne Club

Delegates should contact the reservation team on 020 7629 7200 or by email: receptiondesk@lansdowneclub. com. *Please mention that you have reciprocal member status. Reform Club

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COMING UP DEBATE ACADEMY & SCHOOLS MACE Debate Academy is the final event for Speech & Debate this academic year, and will take place in August. At the time of going to print the last minute touches are being added to registration packs as the Speech and Debate team pack up ready to go to Oakham School in Rutland where almost 100 children will take part in a week of debate training. We hope that once again the event will prove to be an enjoyable and beneficial experience for all. For more details on Debate Academy, visit Registration is now open for both the Schools Mace and The ESU Public Speaking Competition for Schools. We hope to once again have a fantastic year with schools from across the country already registered and looking forward to competing.

EDUCATION SEPTEMBER 28 September – Application deadline for 2013-14 Secondary School Exchange (2 term) 30 September – Applications deadline for American Memorial Chapel Travel Grant (administered by Ripon College Cuddesdon) OCTOBER 5 October – Deadline for applications for 2012-13 ESU Music Scholarships 23 October – Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation – shortlist to be announced at Foyles, in partnership with the Society of Authors.


NOVEMBER November (TBC) – ESU Awards Ceremony November – Applications open for 2013-14 Lindemann Trust Fellowships 16 November – Thanksgiving dinner at Dartmouth House for Secondary School Exchange scholars and alumni from all ESU educational programmes, competitions and scholarships 23 November – Deadline for applications for 2013-14 Page and Chautauqua Scholarships


BRANCHES NEWS The UK branches of the ESU are at the centre of our mission as a vibrant membership organisation for the 21st century. Hear all about their exciting work in the branch reports overleaf. East_38



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BRANCH NEWS EAST REGION Report of the East Region Public Speaking Competition for Schools, 2012 “Dazzling”, “impressive”, “amazing” – words used by the judges when summarising the performance of the seven teams who took part in the East Region’s Finals of the Public Speaking Competition for Schools on 24 March. Masterminded by Steve Roberts, our Regional Officer, it was an exciting event. Thanks to Professor Brian Johnson, president of Cambridge Welland Valley Branch, the competition was again held in the prestigious setting of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and the Chairman of the branch, Ann Carley, worked tremendously hard to organise sponsorships and the prizes from several Cambridge businesses. Competing were Boswells School, Chelmsford; Brentwood School; Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Hertfordshire; Langley School, Norfolk; St Bede’s Inter-Church School, Cambridge; St Benedict’s Catholic School, Bury St Edmunds and Wootton Upper School, Bedford, every one of whose teams excelled themselves and gave the large crowd of ESU members, parents and teachers an afternoon full of interest. The speakers astonished us not only with the high standard of knowledge that they brought to their subjects but by their clarity of thought, their maturity and their wit. The questioners, with so little time to prepare, found challenging ways to give the speakers food for thought and the chairpersons introduced their teams and summarised what had been said cheerfully and with great aplomb. The teams made the audience feel that it was a privilege to be there and we DIALOGUE 38

ended the afternoon confident in the knowledge that the competitors were young people who would go far in life and that we would be proud of them all the way. The ESU East Region’s Chairman, Roger Cornwell, commended the quick-thinking and confidence of all the young people. He spoke of the importance of using after-school clubs to encourage younger students to take part. Two students who were highly commended were the speaker of Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Eloka Agu, who spoke with feeling and great effect on ‘All racist and homophobic speech should be prosecuted, even where it falls short of incitement to hatred’, and Eliza Asare Parbi, speaker for St. Bede’s Inter-Church School, Cambridge, who showed far-reaching understanding of ‘China’s one child policy violates basic human rights’. Bill Ramsay, ESU Regional Officer for the North East and North West, who was chair of the judges, reminded everyone that chairpersons are in charge and must control the timekeeping, look interested in what is going on and that summarising is of great importance. He awarded the prize for the Best Chairman to Joanna Cooper of St Bede’s Inter-Church School, Cambridge. Sarah Harrison, author, after-dinner speaker and broadcaster, told the speakers to be confident that, having done enough research, they could grab the attention of the audience early on and to continue to engage them; The prize for the best Speaker of the afternoon went to Naznin Fershusi of Brentwood School. Jack Lewy of Haberdashers’ Aske’s was awarded the best Questioner’s prize. The audience’s

prize for the most outstanding personality of the afternoon went to Naznin Fershusi of Brentwood School, whose subject was ‘Parents in Britain should be allowed to choose the sex of their future children’. Journalist, author, TV producer and teacher, Rod Caird, said he had been genuinely impressed by the high standard of the competitors as a whole and it had been a great privilege to be asked to be one of the judges. Alexander Finnis, President of the East Region and former ESU Governor, presented the prizes. While every one of the students who had taken part should feel proud of what they had achieved, the prize for the best Team overall went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School, with the team from St. Bede’s Inter-Church School being the runner-up.

CAMBRIDGE WELLAND VALLEY BRANCH Public Speaking Competition for Schools The Cambridge Heat and Uppingham Heat of the Competition were both well supported and well attended by family and friends. Four schools went through to the Branch Final at Oakham Castle from Uppingham and two teams from Cambridge. The standard improved each time, and St Bede’s Inter-Church School from Cambridge were the final winners and went on to represent the Branch at the Regional Final held at Fitzwilliam College on 24 March. A quote from St Bede’s Inter-Church School: “To be honest with you, I think Laura


and I are still pinching ourselves in delight, and the following days at school have indeed been something of a giddy whirl. I know putting such events together and co-ordinating all the schools to get involved is no easy job for you but I just wanted to take the time to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to both you, Ann, and Rob, as well as to Caroline, Garth, Stephen, David the Judge ... and all of those in the ESU who we have come to meet and get to know over the past years of our involvement in the competition. The advice, stature and confidence it has given our students to be involved in such a thing has been a joy to see, and there are many who now stand much taller thanks to the opportunities you have afforded us. Thank you once again for your continued support, and I hope we are able to do the Cambridge Welland Valley Branch proud in the next round!” Annual Fitzwilliam College Lunch Our Annual Lunch in Fitzwilliam College Cambridge was well attended and we were pleased to be back in the re-furbished Reddaway Room. Our Branch President Professor Brian Johnson was the guest speaker and treated us well to an informal conversational discourse. Shakespeare Birthday Lunch Our regular visit to Tolethorpe Hall, home of the Stamford Shakespeare Company and Tolethorpe Youth Drama, to celebrate the Birthday of the Bard was again well supported as usual. Peter Kyle, ESU Director General, was the Guest Speaker, who had proposed the format for his talk, ‘In conversation with Peter Kyle’

to watch a presentation of excerpts from Macbeth. The performers had chosen an American gangster setting, which proved to be a talking point among ESU members. The toil of ‘tarty’ witches met with approval!

Peter Kyle with Ann Carley

took the form of an interview. To the delight of the audience our Branch Chairman Ann took on the role of interviewer leading the conversation through Peter’s very interesting and varied life experiences and encouraging audience participation. The Vote of Thanks was given by Caroline Windsor. Bridge Lunch The Spring Bridge Lunch that took place on Tuesday 15 May was well supported and again is proving to be a popular event in our calendar. Annual Picnic and Play The Annual Picnic and Play this year took place on Tuesday 10 July, when a party of ten members picnicked in the wet July evening followed by a production of Twelfth Night.

COLCHESTER BRANCH Colchester Sixth Form College Visits A party of branch members joined the audience at Colchester Sixth Form College at the invitation of teacher of English Literature and Theatre Studies, Nora Aveston, on 5 December

A further visit was paid to the College in the evening of 4 February, where a group of local members (together with international students, Umar Almuzaini and Marzoog Alhothaly, both from Saudi Arabia) felt the enthusiasm of Nora Aveston and Tracey Chapman, teacher of English at the Gilberd School, Colchester, as they related their experiences of the Shakespeare Study Course, for which they were sponsored last year. Everyone present participated in reading Shakespearian texts as part of an active session in comprehending and enjoying the richness of the language, particularly from a performer’s viewpoint. Public Speaking Competition for Schools Seven teams participated in the Colchester heat of the Public Speaking Competition for Schools, held at St John Payne Roman Catholic Comprehensive School, Chelmsford, in the evening of Thursday 9 February. Organised by local committee member, Her Honour Judge Karen Walden-Smith, the event provided good entertainment and represented a notable achievement by the competitors, as acknowledged by Branch Chairman, Brian Cooke, who led the judges for the evening. The Boswells School, Chelmsford, were narrow winners over King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford. The Boswells team comprised authoritative Chairman, Esther Awaodipe, and mature Questioner, Alan Cousins, with DIALOGUE 39

BRANCH NEWS Historical Walking Tour

Chelmsford Branch Public Speaking Competition Winners from The Boswells School

Speaker Jack Swan, who was animated in presenting a coherent argument that mankind does not need religion. Joe Richards, Henry Allen and Tahir Khan made up KEGS as Chairman, Speaker and Questioner respectively. As well as to the winning team, prizes were awarded to Tom Tanner, Chairman of Colchester Royal Grammar School ‘A’, Alice White, Speaker of The Sandon School, Chelmsford, and James Lawrence, Questioner of St John Payne, presented by local solicitor, Julie Brice, alongside fellow judge, barrister Sasha Bailey, herself a former participant in the competition. Coffee Morning Vice Chairman, Janet Edwards, hosted a coffee morning at her home on 26 February to give supporters the opportunity to view the diaries of late member Justin Lindy, which were given to the branch by his widow, Jo. The diaries chronicle a year at Phillips Academy, Massachusetts, sponsored by the ESU in 1956, providing a unique social history, and will be available subsequently to members on loan from the Chairman. The morning was well attended and welcomed international students, Nada El-Rahil, from Libya and Eri Hiramatsu, from Japan. Over £90 was raised for branch funds. DIALOGUE 40

We were blessed on 11 March with the first sunny Sunday afternoon of the year, fitting for the 20 or so supporters who went on an enlightening historical walking tour of Colchester. Branch President and ESU Governor, James Raven, Professor of History at the University of Essex, brought to life some less well-known features of the town, which ranged from Roman times to the Victorian era, with his expert knowledge.

Professor James Raven leading the walking tour of Colchester

Art Museum Private Viewing Over 40 people gathered for a private viewing at The Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum in Dedham in the evening of 17 April, including a dozen international students from Colchester English Study Centre. Chief Steward, Eddie Castle, spoke about the life of the illustrious and outspoken local artist, who was elected President of the Royal Academy in 1944. The event, organized by committee member Bob Foster and Vice Chairman Janet Edwards, raised £130 for branch funds. Branch Chairman, Brian Cooke, and Secretary, Chris Newton, attended the UK Final of the Public Speaking Competition for Schools on Saturday, 12 May, introducing two adult international students, Maya Kuroda,

from Japan and Miri Song, from South Korea, to this ESU event. The branch has learned that longstanding member and former President of the National Farmers’ Union, Sir Richard Butler, sadly passed away on 28 January 2012, aged 83.

HERTFORDSHIRE BRANCH We began the Autumn programme with a visit to the Theatre Royal, Windsor, on Monday 26 September. During WWII Dame Myra Hess instituted a series of mainly lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery, admission to which was one shilling, and this was the title of the story told by Patricia Routledge interspersed with piano music performed by Piers Lane and selected from Dame Myra’s repertoire. Celebrity Dinner The Celebrity Dinner was held at Porters Park Golf Club, Radlett, on 1 November and the special guest speaker was Peter Kyle. Peter suggested that the format for the talk should be more in the form of a dialogue, initially with our chairman Nigel, who began by asking about Peter’s early life in the North East, and led on to his involvement with Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre. Peter then went on to answer questions about this and the ESU from the diners, some of whom were not members. He was interesting and inspiring and several of our guests asked for membership details. Our patron, Sir Simon Bowes Lyon and Lady Caroline were also present and were very keen to talk to Peter about


the future direction of the ESU, in particular the Public Speaking Competition for Schools.

up, St Clement Danes School Team A, had as their speaker Jacob GardinerSmith, who gave a very thoughtful but humorous talk on ‘Can assassination of a dictator ever be justified?’.

Thanksgiving Lunch On Thursday 24 November, we held our traditional Thanksgiving Lunch at the Belvedere Restaurant, St Albans. We had a larger number of members present and had, as special guests, Roxanne and Tom Leonard. Roxanne is from the USA and told us of her memories of Thanksgiving Celebrations there. Handel’s Messiah Six branch members went to Handel House, Brooke Street, London, on 8 December to a presentation of the highlights from Handel’s Messiah; each part sung by solo singers accompanied by an harpsichordist. Christmas Party The Christmas Party at Chairman Nigel’s home on 15 December was not spoilt by snow or its threat this year and was well attended. As always Nigel put on an excellent spread which was enjoyed by all. It was a very convivial occasion and towards the end Nigel played some carols and Christmas songs (including Rudolph!) for us to sing. Public Speaking Competition for Schools 2011-2012 Nine schools entered the competition and we had two Heats and a Final. The first Heat was on 6 December, 2011, at Queen Elizabeth’s School for Boys, Barnet. The Judges had a difficult task because of the high standard and the closeness of the

Public Speaking Winners from Haberdasher’s Aske’s School for Boys

marks but, after much deliberation, they sent four teams through. The Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth was the venue for the second Heat on 24 January. Four teams took part and two were selected for the Final. Haileybury and Imperial Services College hosted the Final on Monday 30 January. We were pleased to welcome Steve Roberts, East and Midlands Region Officer for the ESU and Sir Simon Bowes Lyon, our Patron. The six teams had to keep the same members, although not necessarily in the same roles, but could use another topic from those allocated. One school, Haileybury, did change their topic and another, St Albans High School for Girls, switched roles, and their new speaker, Laura Prince, spoke against the topic ‘Paying for space exploration is unjustifiable while people on earth are starving’. She did extremely well and was awarded the Best Personality Prize and Shield. The Winning team going forward to the East Regional Final was the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys. Their speaker, Eloka Agu, gave a passionate and well argued, clear speech against the proposition ‘Physical force is a justifiable method of punishing children’ and was well supported by Chair Josh Zietcer and questioner Jack Lewy. The Runners

The judges, came to a unanimous decision. Nigel Rogers spoke generally to all the competitors before presenting the prizes and certificates, Sir Simon Bowes Lyon spoke briefly and then presented the Shields. At the Regional Final of the PSCS held at Fitzwilliam College on 24 March, we were delighted that the Hertfordshire team, from the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys, won so well; they took part in the National Final at Goodenough College, on 12 May. Dickens’s Bicentenary Our celebration of Dickens’s Bicentenary took place on 28 February, at ‘The Six Bells’, St Albans. Twelve members attended sharing their knowledge and favourite excerpts with each other. It was a very enjoyable evening in a venue which pre-dated Dickens by at least two centuries! St George’s Day celebrations We were delighted to welcome Dame Mary Richardson to our event for St George’s Day. On 23 April (traditionally celebrated as William Shakespeare’s birthday) the branch organised a supper and talk at ‘The White Hart’, St Albans where our guest speaker was Charles Beauclerk, the Earl of Burford and the heir apparent to the Duke of St Albans and author of the book ‘Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom’, and whose theme was the controversial subject of ‘Who Wrote Shakespeare?’. Charles is also DIALOGUE 41


a descendant of Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford and it is his contention that De Vere was the true author of the plays, and that William from Stratford was used as a front man to protect the Earl’s anonymity. Charles proved to be a most eloquent and charismatic speaker with a fund of fascinating information about the Elizabethan period. His talk stimulated some very lively questions and discussions, and even those who were very sceptical about Charles’s claims found themselves at least being won over to being more open-minded about these questions. This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and the speaker’s impressive knowledge about both the historical background and the individual plays of Shakespeare will have prompted many of us to look at the plays again, possibly in a new light.

NORWICH & NORFOLK As we have not reported our workings to ‘Dialogue’ for quite some time and our Branch has continued to meet at the Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett for lunch followed by a speaker, I thought that a synopsis of our activities would be more appropriate. Along with our guest speakers each month we were delighted to welcome our Director General, Mr Peter Kyle to our March meeting. The members present were pleased to hear first hand about the changes to be made at Dartmouth House and have the opportunity of presenting their concerns to Peter. We have gained 4 new members so far this year and welcomed guests from Canada, America, New Zealand, Australia, Wales and Scotland all of which said how much they enjoyed our DIALOGUE 42

meeting. A contribution was made to one of our local schoolgirls who was earning money to sponsor her trip to India in July. Whilst there she will be teaching English and helping to build a school and we wish her the best of luck. Our Public Speaking Competition is developing well with 10 schools having taken part this year and there are promises that next year there will be more as the interest is spreading.

OUSE VALLEY BRANCH This year we held our annual Thanksgiving lunch on the day itself, complete with US and Union flags. Ninety members and friends tucked into turkey and pumpkin pie, including a small number of American guests. Richard Carwardine, President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford,

formerly Professor of American History at Oxford, spoke on ‘In God we trust: Religion in the United States’. One very marked difference between the US and the UK is the apparent decline of Christianity here and its strength in the US, where the vast majority call themselves believers. This is rather strange considering the Founding Fathers decreed there would be no official state religion. A strong tradition of missionary activity

Rachel Laurence

from the earliest days – widespread and powerful – continued with Billy Graham and then the modern TV evangelists. Consequently, despite the absence of the state, religion – especially the evangelical brand – is very important to Americans, and no politician can afford to neglect it. To the sixty four thousand dollar question: why do some US evangelicals believe the world was created fairly recently? Our speaker confessed he had no answer, except that this is what the Bible says. We in the UK are more comfortable with science! Two interesting international points arose: firstly the Jewish and Evangelical Christian groups are both loyal and powerful supporters of Israel and secondly, it is on the cards that Mitt Romney might beat President Obama next year, thus putting a Mormon in the White House. We were pleased to welcome a group of sixth form students from a local Upper school, and were delighted that they clearly enjoyed their brief discussion with our speaker. Christmas Lunch Our Christmas lunch in December was rather unusual, being a theatrical event in miniature to mark the 100th anniversary of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (FHB) - a book fondly remembered by many ESU members. As a child she was


always writing stories, and from living in genteel poverty in England her family moved to America, where the teenage Frances helped to support it by writing articles for magazines, this leading eventually to the publication of her first book and the end of their financial troubles. She became the best-selling author of many classic books and also became immensely wealthy. She was also an excellent business woman, vigorously promoting Little Lord Fauntleroy clothes, toys, mugs and the like following publication of the novel. Our speaker was Rachel Laurence, a successful actress and author who has written her own play about the life of FHB, extracts from which she acted out for us, in costume. Her subject was brilliantly brought to life in a witty and moving performance. In a brief interlude we showed our 20 minute DVD of the pioneering Bedford Lower Schools Public Speaking Competition for 8/9 year olds, filmed in June 2011. It was thoroughly enjoyed by Ouse Valley members. The advice historically given to actors not to act with children was absolutely no problem for Rachel, and we are so grateful to her for a very special Christmas afternoon. ‘Tales for the tip of Africa’ Tales from the tip of Africa’ was the title of the talk given to nearly 80 members and friends at our January lunch meeting - and they were tales both sad and inspiring. Imran Mahmud, our speaker, is a young and very talented doctor, an Oxford graduate still studying there. Part of his training has been in South Africa, and he gave us a vivid, moving and illustrated account of his medical and social experiences in Cape Town, both

in hospital and in the townships, and of how these experiences have affected his thinking. He found a marked contrast between the Oxford syllabus (highly theoretical and with exams every eight weeks!) and the far more practical one in Cape Town, where young medics are “thrown in at the deep end” very early on and do a great deal of practical work diagnosing and treating a large variety of illnesses - learning as they go along. Social contexts matter enormously. For example many very young children have AIDS or diabetes (or both), but issuing the drugs is only the first step are there adults back home to care for the child? And are they willing (and able) to follow instructions? Another difficulty is that many patients cannot get to hospital, so Imran and his colleagues toured the townships with their mobile clinics. Imran was asked if he felt safe in Cape Town. The answer was yes, though we all know that it is still not a good idea to venture alone into the townships: a sad reflection on how far South Africa still has to go. Encouraged by the teachings of his religion and those of other faiths, Imran’s goal is a desire to serve such poor and disadvantaged people. We wish him well. He is not alone, as there are other young professionals of his calibre willing to help: South Africa is very fortunate.

Bromham Lower School winners

Winners from Cauldwell Lower School

The Monarchy today In February, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Peter Whittle, author and broadcaster, spoke to a large and appreciative audience on ‘The role of the Monarchy Today’. He drew a distinction between the institution and the monarch personally, but it was clear that Elizabeth II in her own person and life has dutifully and successfully endeavoured to fulfil the requirements of the institution itself. The Queen has set a powerful example of discipline and discretion and service to others. Keeping above politics, she is a force for stability, binding and unifying what often seems to be an increasingly fragmented society. She is a source of vast and invaluable experience both at home (Churchill was her first Prime Minister) and abroad (in particular giving great support to the Commonwealth). She provides both a steadying continuity and an ability to adapt to changing times. Quite an achievement! Our speaker emphasized his respect for Republicans but did point out that the best argument for keeping DIALOGUE 43


Professor Tim Brighouse

Professor Les Ebdon and Dr Tony Wood

our monarchy was that most people like it – only 19% want to replace it. Everyone knows the Queen – a great ambassador for our country and Commonwealth. It was suggested that we at home should take the opportunity this year to thank her.

Lower School, with Livingstone Lower School in second place.

Bedford Junior Public Speaking Project In the 2011-12 school year, twelve schools registered for the branch’s innovative Bedford Junior Public Speaking Project for year 3 and year 4 children. The children followed a variety of class oral communication activities and games which culminated in inter-school competitions in May/ June. This year, by request, two separate competitions were held: one on an open basis and the other restricted to children for whom English is a second or additional language. The teams representing each school were chosen by the children themselves, and once again the young competitors displayed poise and confidence in their presentations and in dealing spontaneously with some very difficult questions. In the open competition the winning team came from Bromham Lower School, and the Runners up from Springfield Lower School. In the competition restricted to children for whom English is an additional language the winners were Cauldwell DIALOGUE 44

Religion and market forces in education Our final event this season was our sixth joint session with the University of Bedfordshire, held on campus in March, the subject being ‘Religion and Market Forces in Education : a Toxic Combination’. Our speaker, Professor Sir Tim Brighouse, has held some of the most senior positions in educational administration, including Chief Education Officer for Oxfordshire and Birmingham. He was recently appointed to chair an initiative encouraging cooperation between Catholic and Protestant schools in Northern Ireland. He began by briefly mentioning how Protestant and Catholic pupils now share the same lessons in the same classroom (quite a milestone) before moving on to discuss education in England. He posed the question of how we can promote educational equality for all. He commented that we need a rounded picture of schools, and wondered whether we have the data available to achieve this. We should aim to build on past success aiming for more interdependence and partnership between schools. Our guidelines should be to inspire trust, spot failure but be generous with praise.

Les Ebdon retirement To mark the retirement of the university’s vice chancellor, Professor Les Ebdon CBE, the Branch Chairman Dr Tony Wood presented him with a commemorative Diamond Jubilee plate to mark our appreciation


of the enthusiastic support he has given the Ouse Valley Branch and we wish him well in his new appointment as Director of the Office for Fair Access to Higher Education.

SUFFOLK BRANCH Bury St Edmunds Cathedral The Suffolk Branch of the ESU had the pleasure and privilege of visiting the Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 12 January 2012, to tour and view the newly refurbished tower and listen to an organ recital on the new organ, beautifully played by The Musical Director, Mr James Thomas. We were welcomed to the Cathedral, also known as the Church of St James, by Margaret Lambeth, and were guided on our tour by our guides Margarite and Andrew Budden. We were informed that before the martyred King Edmund was buried here in the 10th century, the town was known as Beodriesworth.

shrine was a place of pilgrimage. The Abbey Church the largest in the country at the time was completed in 1135. In 1465 the entire church was destroyed by fire, and rebuilt in 1506, just 33 years before its dissolution in 1539. The new Millennium tower was completed in 2005, and the beautiful vaulted ceiling added in 2010. Public Speaking Competition for Schools The Public Speaking Competition for Schools was held on Tuesday 7 February at King Edward VI Upper School Bury St Edmunds. The venue was ideal and well arranged by members of staff and pupils. The refreshments were provided and arranged by our chairman Mrs Joy Childs, and enjoyed by all. Much credit for the smooth running and planning of the evening must go

King Edmund’s body was guarded by a small group of Benedictine Monks on this religious site which had already been established for over 300 years. The Abbey of Bury St Edmunds was built between the 11th and 12th centuries, and the body of King Edmund (now Saint Edmund) was placed behind the high altar, where his

The winning team – Liam Gladden, Joel Tasker and Lawrence Miller – with judges, Trevor Hawkins, Lesley Dolphin and Russell Cook.


BRANCH NEWS LONDON to Mike Ames. We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Councillor Christopher Spicer to what was a most enjoyable and delightful competition. The students were confident in their facts, sure in their delivery, and showed standards of presentation that perhaps would have put speakers on the public stage to shame. The subjects undertaken by the speakers ranged from‘Torturing terrorists is justified when thousands of lives are at stake’ to ‘Advertisements for alcoholic products should be banned’. The very close fought contest was won by the team representing St Benedicts Upper School, Bury St Edmunds; the runners up were County Upper School, Bury St Edmunds. The judging panel were led by Mr Trevor Hawkings, with Mr Russell Cook, Editor of The East Anglian Daily Times, and Lesley Dolphin, Presenter and Broadcaster BBC Radio Suffolk. Lesley was also the Guest of Honour and presented the awards as follows: Winning team from St Benedicts: Liam Gladden, Joel Tasker and Lawrence Miller Runners Up team from County Upper School: Emma Healy, Douglas Sands and Megan Filkins Best Chair: Liam Gladden (St Benedicts) Best Speaker: Conor Steads (County Upper) Best Questioner: Joel Tasker (St Benedicts) Outstanding personality: Liam Gladden DIALOGUE 46

MIDLANDS Our February event was a talk by Lord ‘Roy’ Hattersley about his latest book on Lloyd George. A brilliant talk both informative and entertaining, after which Lord Hattersley joined members for a very pleasant lunch at Dartmouth House. The following month saw another very interesting talk by Committee member Pauline Chakmakjian on the subject of ‘Masonic Expressions in the English Language’ and a few weeks later, Pauline hosted a luncheon at Middle Temple Hall, followed by a guided tour of the Temple Church. Dame Mary Richardson joined a party of members attending a lunch and a great lunchtime concert celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee at Banqueting House which featured an American choir singing ‘Songs from the Shows’. A visit to the Supreme Court of the UK, which had been the former Middlesex County Guildhall, was over-subscribed so we added a second guided tour which proved very interesting. Both groups had an excellent guide. Another highlight was the London Region AGM, when both the London Region Chairman, Holly Shakespeare, and Vice-Chairman, Sir Peter Jennings stood down having been elected Governors of the ESU. Coral Sebag-

Montefiore was duly elected the new Chairman. She is supported by two Vice-Chairmen, Don Miller and Leslie Dubow. After the meeting we had a very amusing talk by ESU Alumna, Katherine Whitehorn, who took us through her life and background in journalism which still continues today. And to bring us right up-to-date, a party of members made our annual visit to the Globe Theatre for lunch and to see a brilliant production of Henry V, a very sociable and enjoyable occasion. Elsewhere in this dialogue you will see reports on the May Fair, which included a London Region initiative of a new competition - ‘Performing Shakespeare’. This was the brainchild of the former London Chairman, Holly Shakespeare, and the aim is to engage young people with the works of her namesake William Shakespeare through dramatic performance. Students in years 8 or 9 were asked through their schools to submit a 5-minute entry either on DVD or online. Judges looked at all the entries and finalists were invited to attend workshops at Dartmouth House during the May Fair week run by Globe Education Practitioners. A successful first year and lessons were learned for what we plan to be an annual event. Further visits are planned: Buckingham Palace State Rooms and Highlights Garden tour in August, Vintners Hall in September and Westminster Abbey in October. Plus an afternoon talk with tea at Dartmouth House with an antiques expert and a talk on the life and work of that wonderful contralto, Kathleen Ferrier, by Dr Christopher Fifield. Please see diary dates for details.

BRANCH NEWS OXFORDSHIRE BRANCH Oxfordshire Schools Public Speaking Thanks to the expert and committed efforts of John Harrop, our committee member leading these activities, these well attended speaking competitions culminated this year in the Magdalen College School’s (MCS) team winning the ESU National Finals against extremely stiff competition from seven other Regional finalists; a major triumph. MCS had previously won our Oxfordshire Branch competition, followed by the Regional Finals in Worcester, which qualified them for the National Finals. Supporting Rhodes Scholars

At our Thanksgiving Day Lunch at the Randolph Hotel, we were privileged to have had Lady Judith English, the former Principal of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, address us on ‘Changing an Oxford College’. She gave a full audience a fascinating and amusing insight into the challenges she had to overcome to change the last all-female Oxford College into a mixed college. In May members and guests were warmly received at Rhodes House by our President, Dr Don Markwell, the Warden, and his enthusiastic Rhodes House team. A combined tour of the House and visit around their award winning garden was followed by tea, after which Chris Paterson, the former Managing Director of Macmillan International, spoke on ‘Doing Business in China’.

Our Branch has a unique opportunity to contribute to their Oxford University experience bearing in mind that a good proportion of them are likely to become leaders in a wide range of high profile roles in the many countries from which they are selected. During their two years here, all Rhodes Scholars are given complimentary ESU membership.

A group of our members and guests visited Broughton Castle in June. We were charmingly received by the owners, Lord and Lady Saye and Sele. The remarkable, historic buildings and grounds, together with magnificent gardens, were awarded five stars by Sir Simon Jenkins in his book ‘England’s Thousand Best Houses’.

As in previous years, Dr Richard Whittington organised and led a most successful visit by a group of Rhodes Scholars to the Houses of Parliament.


Social Programme In September we held a very enjoyable annual black tie dinner in St Edmund Hall. Our guest speaker, Peter Bazalgette, entertained us with an excellent speech and question and answer session on the subject of communications: broadcasting, TV, press etc.

Ill health sadly caused the sudden resignation of our excellent Branch Chairman. Meanwhile, three other office holders on our Committee have generously agreed to offer to continue to serve for a further year until July 2013: Kate Parsloe as the Hononrary Secretary, Richard Whittington as the Honorary Treasurer, and Cynthia Styles as the Honorary Ticket Secretary.

their services on our committee to fill the vacancies in office holders that will occur in July 2013.

WORCESTERSHIRE BRANCH The annual Thanksgiving Lunch was held at the Worcestershire Golf Club on Friday 25 November. 82 Members and their guests enjoyed a delicious meal, following which our Chairman, Sonia Chance, was pleased to introduce our Guest Speaker Quentin Letts, the well-known journalist, author and broadcaster. Guests thoroughly enjoyed listening to Mr Letts’ talk entitled, ‘The British Elite A Sniper’s View’. About 36 Members attended the Chairman’s annual Christmas Party at 14 College Road, Malvern. Everyone really enjoyed the food and wine, and Sonia Chance was thanked for hosting this most enjoyable event. This year’s Public Speaking Competition, involving 9 schools, was once again superbly organised by John Quibell-Smith, our Vice-Chairman. There were two heats this year and, from these, Pershore High School, Bromsgrove School, Royal Grammar School Worcester and Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College reached

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BRANCH NEWS NORTH EAST the Worcestershire Branch final held on 24 January at the Royal Grammar School. It proved an excellent competition, one of the closest we have known, and at the end only 4 points separated the first and last teams.

Worcester Cathedral. This choral and orchestral work was composed by the Worcestershire born composer Sir Edward Elgar and was given on the anniversary of his birth as a combination of both events.

The Bourne team went on to the ESU Regional Final at Leeds Grammar School in March, where they were the runners-up.


The University decided to initiate their own Public Speaking Competition for school sixth formers and the format was to be an exact replication of the national ESU procedure.

The results were: Best Chair: Michael Wheatley (Pershore) Best Questioners: Charlotte Redgewell (Pershore) and Declan Amphlett (Bromsgrove) Best Speakers: Roisin Richardson (Blessed Edward) and Jamie Turner (RGS) The winning team and winners of the Worcestershire Cup were The Royal Grammar School, Worcester The judges were: Mary Constable (chair), Bill Morris and Pauline Cross. On Saturday 29 January, The Chandos Symphony Orchestra held their ‘Young Musician Competition 2012’ at St Edmunds Hall, Malvern College. It was a splendid competition and at the end John Quibell-Smith was pleased to present The George Pushman English-Speaking Union Prize, a cheque for £250, to Fan Yu, a remarkable young pianist. The Branch celebrated the Diamond Jubilee by giving a generous donation towards the sponsorship of a performance of ‘The Kingdom’ in

Winning team from Bourne, and the judges.


Public Speaking Competition for Schools The Lincolnshire Branch of the ESU held the annual Public Speaking Competition for Schools for years 10 and 11 on Thursday 26 January at North Kesteven School in Lincoln by kind permission of the Headmaster. The event was hosted by Paula O’Rourke. Schools taking part were The Priory LSST, Lincoln, The Skegness Grammar School, Bourne Grammar School and North Kesteven School. Topics chosen were ‘The English language is our most valuable asset’, ‘Justice in this country is too weak’, ‘The state cannot claim to treat people equally until same-sex marriage is legal’, ‘Britain should pay reparations for harm done by the Empire’ and ‘Mankind needs religion’. The winners were Bourne Grammar School, whose team was made up of Chairperson Chloe Smithers, Speaker Matthew Hassall and Questioner Charlie Legge. Skegness Grammar School were the runners-up. The outstanding personality was Annie Mason (North Kesteven School). The judges were Bill Ramsay, Amanda Lees and Fred Mann.

The University of Lincoln Public Speaking Competition for Schools 2012

Five schools took part in the competition on 22 June which was hosted by Aggi, the University’s School Liaison Officer. Bill Ramsay chaired the Panel of Judges. The winners were Bourne Grammar School. The new lecture theatre in the Law Department proved to be an ideal venue for the event, and it is expected that the ESU will be welcome to use the same facility for its Year 10 and 11 competition in 2013. The event was recorded by a local radio station and edited highlights were expected to be broadcast. Kettlethorpe Church On 23 March, 38 members heard a fascinating talk in Kettlethorpe Church on the working of Parliament, given by the Rt Hon. Douglas Hogg QC.

BRANCH NEWS NORTH WEST 2013 Scholarships We will be awarding scholarships for 2013 in the early New Year. Information will be passed to all Lincolnshire schools in November; closing date for applications will be February 2013

YORK & DISTRICT BRANCH “What are we going to do to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?” I asked our Committee and everyone was delighted when Jane Hunt, our Secretary, offered her house and garden for an afternoon tea party in May. However, as the day approached, circumstances necessitated a venue change to a nearby local hotel which provided a really splendid tea, including (at my specific request) sandwiches with the crusts cut off which were very popular. After tea we had a fascinating talk by one of our members, Conal Gregory, a former MP for York, Master of Wine, antique and art expert and author of obituaries which appear in The Times. His subject was ‘Behind the scenes in Westminster’ and we were given an insight into what a new MP’s life is really like, sharing a tiny cramped office, overflowing correspondence

boxes and the obligation to rush to the lobbies to record votes within a very few minutes. It was clear that an MP’s life was not so ‘cushy’ as some might think! Throughout the party, music was provided by James Cook and Isobel Hunt and finally we sang the National Anthem and toasted the Queen in sparkling wine accompanied by a slice of our magnificent Jubilee Cake.

LIVERPOOL & MERSEYSIDE BRANCH The brain This year’s events linger in the memory, or they would do if we took the advice of Dr Andrew Curran, a brain consultant, on how to keep our minds working. Sorry, what was I saying? Oh, yes, another Doctor, Ashley Cooke, explained how the ancient Egyptians cared for their dead by preserving vital organs in canopic jars but not the brain, which they discarded. Pity, that – I rather like the idea of keeping my brain in a jar on the mantelpiece, giving it a quick dust then putting it back in each morning; or even swapping it for a better one. Intriguingly Dr Cooke revealed Pharonic Egypt had a WAG ceremony. Perhaps we could mummify the Beckhams! The sooner the better! Jubilee Under threatening skies, Deputy Lieutenant Angela Smith and the Mayor of Ellesmere Port planted a windswept Jubilee Oak in the grounds of Change Hey. Thanks to Keith and Joan Butcher and our brilliant catering committee a wonderful Jubilee Party followed safely indoors!


BRANCH NEWS SOUTH Children’s Concert Three of our officers were present at a Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Concert attended by two schools we sponsored to visit the Phil for the first time. From the rapturous reception, it was money well spent. Equally good value were our local winner of the Public Speaking Competition St Edward’s College and first time entrants Moor Park School who performed brilliantly following coaching by Dan Tyler.


Arne Zettersten with members of the Salisbury & South Wiltshire branch

MID-CHESHIRE BRANCH The last lunch meeting of our 2011/12 season took place on Tuesday 17 April at Portal Premier Golf Club, Tarporley, when the speaker was Tony Chaplin and his fascinating talk was entitled ‘Hereward the Wake’. Later in April we had an excellent visit to Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. Following a light lunch we enjoyed a lunchtime recital in the school’s Baronial Hall given by two students, one a violinist and the other a pianist. Thereafter we had a guided tour of some of the historical parts of the school. It was a memorable visit and enjoyed by all members who attended.   In June we held a dinner at Portal Premier Golf Club with musical entertainment, which was well attended by members and guests. The proceeds from this promotional event go towards funding the branch’s sponsorship schemes. The branch currently sponsors two students on Project Trust placements abroad and two chairs at the Halle Youth Orchestra, Manchester. DIALOGUE 50

Salisbury and South Wiltshire had a very successful winter and spring season of monthly meetings culminating with the Annual Summer Lecture. Jane Nicholson had worked in the Security service at 10 Downing Street and spoke on ‘Life inside 10 Downing Street’. She fascinated members with a wealth of detail and anecdotes that you would not find published. John Gidley is an accomplished amateur film maker who travels widely and showed his fine film ‘In search of the Bengal Tiger’ at the Christmas Lunch. The Royal School of Church Music is based in the Cathedral Close in Salisbury and its Director is Lindsay Gray who, through illness, was unable to attend but his presentation was most ably given by his second in command who stepped in at a few hours notice and covered the history, activities and plans of this organisation. The Venerable John Duncan, Archdeacon Emeritus of Birmingham,

has studied John Constable and his work for many years and spoke on ‘John Constable - Painting, Politics and Piety’ which was very well received as Constable made well known paintings of Salisbury and the Cathedral. Joyce Bowden who described herself as a “local Salisbury girl” and had since her teens been associated with the Salisbury Amateur Operatic Society in just about every position from the chorus to President, delighted members with recollections and memorabilia of the Society and entertained them with details of both the highlights and hazards of running

BRANCH NEWS SOUTH EAST an Amateur Operatic Society. We were privileged to have Professor Arne Zettersten, lately Chairman of ESU International, come from Gothenburg to speak on ‘Tolkien - in the light of friendship’. Professor Zettersten worked with J.R.R. Tolkien for the last thirteen years of his life and formed a close friendship with him which enabled him to give us a unique insight into the world and life of a man, who came to be the most widely read writer of the 20th century. For the Annual Summer Lecture in May we were delighted to welcome Dr David Starkey who, in this Jubilee Year chose to speak on ‘The House of Windsor: the very model of a modern monarchy?’ He totally belied the press description of him as the rudest man in England and charmed and entertained the audience of over 100 people with a mixture of historic detail and humour. This event fell close to the Royal Visit to Salisbury so, after the vote of thanks, wine was served to all those present and our President, recently retired Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire John Bush, proposed a loyal toast. This event was a great success in raising the ESU’s local profile and resulted in six new members joining. Salisbury and South Region schools competed in the closely fought South West Regional Public Speaking Competition and the winner for Best Questioner was Charlotte MacDonald of Bournemouth School for Girls. The ESU Nurse Work Programme this year is being organised with the help of ESU Romania who have selected a nurse, Mariana Poleacu, from Constanza Hospital Romania who will visit and be based on the The Great Western Hospital, Swindon, in October.


this in the Old Sessions House and for their support.

Our Annual Lecture with the University of Kent was held on 14 December when we were fortunate to have Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale, FRS Emeritus Professor of Physics, Durham University, 14th Astronomer Royal, President of the Royal Astronomical Society and the European Physical Society speaking on ‘The Search for Intelligent Life’. A wonderful Christmas Dinner followed, hosted by the Master of Rutherford College, Dr Peter Klappa. Our thanks to the University of Kent for their support and encouragement.

Our ‘Celebration of Words and Music’ followed in April with the popular poet Gawain Douglas and the well-known baritone Jon Williams providing a very English programme, supported by music students from Sir Roger Manwood’s School. This was held in St Nicholas Church at Wade in Thanet.

Our next event was held on Wednesday 1 February, when the Finals of the Public Speaking Competition took place in the Guildhall, by kind invitation of the Lord Mayor. Also in February, we were pleased to be invited to work alongside Dartmouth House to organise ‘The Great Dickens Debate’. Professor Malcolm Andrews, a leading authority on Dickens, lectured on ‘Dickens and the Education of the Imagination’, which inspired many of the young people in the audience. The event was excellently organised by Jason Vit and Susan Conway. On 6 March, in conjunction with Christchurch University, Karin Fernald came to talk on ‘Florence Nightingale’ and gave a lively rendering of her life and career through her diaries and letters. We were pleased to see that some of the students training at Christchurch had come. Our thanks to Christchurch for enabling us to have

EASTBOURNE BRANCH Our calendar began in February with a talk by Chris McCooey, freelance writer and Speaker on ‘Scandals: Sensational, Salacious and Sad of Sussex’ which was a great success. The second talk in the series on 24 April was equally successful with Ray Shayler talking about Ightham Mote. On 22 March we were delighted to welcome Dame Mary Richardson for a Carvery Lunch at The Royal Eastbourne golf Club. After lunch she entertained us with some insight into her role as Chairman of the EnglishSpeaking Union and her interesting life and career to date. On 17 May at our AGM the following officers were elected: Jane Mitchell – President, Sarah Carr – Chairman, Carol Tomkies – Vice Chairman. When the AGM business had concluded Regional Chairman Arthur Collins entertained us with a fascinating and humorous talk on ‘Papua New Guinea: a Diplomatic Frontier’.


BRANCH NEWS SOUTH WEST On 23 June Dame Mary Richardson made a second visit this time to a Literary Lunch at the Hydro Hotel. She was there to present certificates to three members who have belonged to our Branch for over 60 years. After the presentations Robert Lacey, Royal biographer and author, kept a promise, made two years ago, to visit us in the Diamond Jubilee year. His latest book ‘A Brief life of the Queen’ was the subject of his talk which was made even more interesting with his wonderful slide pictures of Her Majesty from her childhood onwards. The 4 July celebration was, as always, a great success with sunny weather and delicious food. Our thanks go to Mr and Mrs Mitchell who so kindly hosted this annual event.

GUILDFORD & DISTRICT BRANCH The Guildford District final of the Schools Public Speaking Competition 2011-12 was held at the Guildhall on Wednesday 8 February in the presence of Councillor Jennifer Powell. The standard was extremely high and the judges, Nicky Price, Dr Brian Warren and Ruth Simpson took longer than usual with their deliberations to decide prizewinners. The six schools represented were Sutton High, Guildford High, The Connaught, Epsom College, St Teresa’s and Bedales. The judges had to consider subjects such as Josh

Grub from Bedales who gave concise reasoning for not torturing terrorists, to Sutton High Schools Claire

Sam Holliday and David Leonard

Dewshi’s modern realisation that family life is doomed. There were also thought provoking speeches by Jackney Middleton from The Connaught School saying that religion has no place in schools, Jake McGrath from Epsom College stating that Hollywood killed the theatre and finally a chuckle from the audience during Gemma Cathie’s talk about ‘Men and Women will never be equal’. However the winner was Milli Horton-Insh from Guildford High whose talk was on the pertinent subject of ‘The Police should be armed’ on which she came down on the side of more use of tasers. The questioners, in order of presentation, were Jessica Bridgeford, Elizabeth Webb, Christobal Chumaceiro, Nick Sadler, Juliette Perry and the winner Beatrix Herriott O’Gorman who pinpointed the intermixing of Hollywood and the

Peter Kyle and Alan Cox

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Griag-Green, Rachel Speed, Emma Muncey and Oscar Braun White held their sessions together with command but Nikita Ganin from Epsom College won the prize during the contentious ‘Religion has no place in schools’ presentations by speaker and

Alan Cox, Professor Steve Hodkinson and David Leonard

questioner. Councillor Jennifer Powell awarded her prize to the participant who showed overall personality and competence, this going to Rachel Speed of The Connaught School. Special thanks for organising the heats leading up to and the final itself, should be given to Jeff Thomson, Sonia Halliday and Dr Brian Warren.

BATH & DISTRICT BRANCH January 2012 began with a very successful event. Sam Holliday, Editor of the Bath Chronicle, came in January to talk about ‘The Public Interest and the Freedom of the Press’. In view of the fuss about phone hacking which had then been going on for some time the subject was of great interest. We had a good attendance, the speaker was entertaining and informative and there were many questions at the close of the talk.



We all learned a great deal about what proved to be a most interesting and serious subject, presented with style, colour and humour. June

David Leonard and Sir Andrew Burns

February February was the occasion of the Britain-Australia Society’s Celebration for Australia in Dorchester and we supported it. Much was learned about Tom Roberts, a Dorchester born artist famous in Australia and about the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Peter Kyle OBE, Director General of the ESU, came on 23 February to talk about Shakespeare. Unsurprisingly, Peter – a former Chief Executive of the Globe Theatre – gave a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable talk, which was followed by supper.

Our Chairman, Tony Williams, speaking with Dr Bryan Carroll, Director of Bristol Zoo and Gardens

We held our branch annual General Meeting at the Bath and County Club on 24 May. Our Branch Chairman, who had arrived from work in the Far East and 5.30 am attended and managed to stay awake but may not have been quite as alert as usual! Our then Vice-Chairman, Andrew Fletcher, had decided not to offer himself for re-election, having decided that it was time to concentrate on other interests. Andrew had given many years of most valuable service

March Professor Steve Hodkinson, Secretary of the ESU, spoke at lunchtime on 22 March. His inspiring talk was entitled ‘Disadvantaged Young People – it is their Olympic Legacy too’. Steve told us about the charity Street Games which bring sport to the disadvantaged young. His enthusiasm for the charity which is dear to his heart was both impressive and infectious. It was a great disappointment to us that our Gala Lunch, scheduled for 17 April, had to be cancelled. Our Guest of Honour was to have been Dame Mary Richardson. Fortunately we were able to invite her to our Jubilee Garden party held at the lovely home of Mary West on 14 July.

We were delighted by June’s news that former Chairman Andrew Fletcher had been awarded the OBE for his charitable services in Bath. Attendance at our events has been patchier than before. In Bath there is much competition from other clubs and societies to which our members belong and in these financially uncertain times it seems that people feel the need to economise.

Our numbers remain steady at around

Branch President Tony Williams with the winners from Chew Valley A Team

117 but we need to attract younger members, so we shall be exploring the possibility of attracting local sixth formers and undergraduates. Annie Syrett answering questions about her work in Bolivia

to the ESU in many offices including Branch Chairman. To mark our appreciation he was presented with a book of his choosing. The rest of the committee was re-elected but we still lack a secretary. After the meeting former diplomat Sir Andrew Burns KCMG gave a talk entitled ‘Life and Politics after the Holocaust; the role of a British Envoy’.

BRISTOL BRANCH Bristol Zoo and Gardens At the beginning of November, Dr Bryan Carroll, Director of the Bristol Zoo and Gardens, gave us an excellent presentation in celebration of the zoo’s 175th anniversary. He spoke of the history and changes that have taken place since the zoo opened in 1836 and illustrated them with slides and film clips which brought back happy DIALOGUE 53


memories for many of our members. An altogether fascinating evening. Thanksgiving Our Thanksgiving Day celebration took the form of a Dinner at the Bristol and Clifton Golf Club. Unfortunately our American Guest Speaker, Rev Bill Beaver, had been admitted to hospital a few days previously. However, we were delighted that Annie Syrett was able to speak to us about the work that she has done over the past six years in Bolivia. She originally went over there as part of her university studies to work with children who are abandoned on the street in Santa Cruz. On her return to England Annie set up a Charity and through fund-raising talks and activities has helped these children to have somewhere to live and attend school, leading to a career away from prostitution and drugs. Christmas Party Our Christmas Party this year was a very festive affair in our new venue, the Apostle Room, with excellent hot food for a chilly night. We were honoured to have with us our new DirectorGeneral, Peter Kyle, who spoke to us about his career and his vision for the future of the ESU. Schools Public Speaking Competition The Finals of our Public Speaking Competition for Schools took place in January. The three judges (Annabel Chapman, Alison Mazanec, and Peter Freeman) had difficulty in choosing the winners; as Annabel Chapman said in her summing-up, it was a very close-run competition, with only 1 or 2 DIALOGUE 54

points between each of the teams. The winning team was from Chew Valley School (A team); Chair – Julia Lawson Johns, Speaker – Sophie Cotterill, (whose subject was ‘Queen Elizabeth should be the last monarch’) and Questioner – Claire Hammett. The runners up were from Queen Elizabeth Hospital School: Chair – Seb Cheetham, Speaker – Christian Holland (whose subject was ‘The jury system is outdated’) and Questioner – Oliver Dann. The judges were impressed with all the entrants, Chairs and Questioners as well as Speakers. Christian Holland received the Eric Dehn Cup as best Speaker. Awards were also given to Claire Hammett as best Questioner and to Lydia Sinclair (Chew Valley B) as best Chair. Belinda Kirk Our first meeting of 2012 was a fascinating talk by Belinda Kirk, the daughter of one of our members, who spoke on her ‘52 Days at sea in a 24ft rowing boat’ with three friends called “The Seagals”. Belinda is an Expedition Manager and Adventure TV Director and she and her friends rowed round Britain in 2010, setting a Guinness World Record. As Belinda herself said, this gave them “a unique view of Britain’s coast”, and the amazing photos and video clips which accompanied her talk showed us many of the problems they encountered as well as the beautiful scenery. Tim Pemberton ‘How to be Heard in a Time of Mass Communication’ was the title of Tim Pemberton’s talk to our members at the end of February. Tim is Managing Editor at BBC Radio Bristol and

Tig Jarratt, Carmel Outhwaite, Jenny Haines, Tricia and Tony Williams and Liz Scott with the delicious Diamond Jubilee Cake

he gave an interesting presentation about the start and development of Radio and TV. The motto of the BBC is ‘Nation shall speak peace unto Nation’ and this is something that Tim feels strongly about - this and Truth. A fascinating insight into the ethos underlying Tim Pemberton’s work and life. Dame Mary Richardson In late March we were honoured to have Dame Mary Richardson as our guest. After a delicious supper, Dame Mary spoke to us about the past, present and future of the ESU – we are sure that the organisation will go from strength to strength. Christopher Booker Christopher Booker, the author of ‘The Great Global Warming Disaster’, and son of one of our members, was our guest speaker in April. Christopher expressed the view that taking into account scientific statistics, the alarm currently being expressed is not warranted. A most interesting and thought-provoking talk.

BRANCH NEWS AGM Our speaker at our AGM in May was Mr Oli Noel, former Head of Marketing at Rolls Royce. He gave us a fascinating picture of the early days of his career, when he was working on Concorde at the Filton Aerodrome. His talk was accompanied by slides to show the complexity of the engineering which went into this wonderful machine – all were most appreciative to learn more about what, for many of us, had been an icon of our younger days.

Stanley Johnson, guest speaker in December 2011, with Deborah Bean

Jubilee Garden party Finally, our Jubilee Garden Party in June was most enjoyable, in spite of the rain and the wind! Valerie Grimsley kindly opened her home to us; the delicious food and wine engendered much lively talk and many of us made new friends as well as meeting up with longstanding ones. The afternoon ended with a slice of the delicious Diamond Jubilee Cake which had been designed by Tricia Williams. Our thanks go to the Committee for all their hard work on this occasion and throughout the past year.

EXETER & DISTRICT BRANCH January We were delighted to welcome the Director-General, Peter Kyle, who gave an overview of the changes necessary to make the ESU more democratic. He announced that Laurie Burbridge, one of the new Governors, has been asked to join a working party on forms of communication. Stanley Johnson, our guest speaker, gave a highly entertaining account of his life from his days at Sherborne School and Exeter College, Oxford, to the present day. After leaving school he travelled alone through South America and, as an undergraduate, rode 4,000 miles on a motorcycle along the Marco Polo route to Afghanistan. Having won a poetry prize at Oxford and being award a Harkness Fellowship to the United State, Stanley embarked on a fascinating career, training as a spy with MI6, working at the World Bank, the United Nations and the European Union. In recent years Stanley has become known for his work on environmental issues, writing books for which he has received many awards, and presenting television programmes. This was an amusing and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. February With more than 40 years experience as an auctioneer and valuer, Nic Somers is a specialitst in Forensic Appraising of antiques and fine decorative arts involved in fraud cases. Nic explained the subtle differences between forgeries, fakes and copies and described how he usually approaches an object looking for reasons as to why it is not a fake.

Nic then showed examples from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries of fraudsters who had made a great deal of money but been caught out and convicted on forensic evidence, such as Han van Meegeren and, in the 20th century three members of the Greenhalgh family who were convicted but not before they had fooled the British Museum and Christies. Photographs showed various ways in which objects could be “improved” for example by adding four legs and panels from a wardrobe so that the object became an early 19th century Italian table. A fascinating talk, given with a good sense of humour, and beautifully illustrated. March St Margaret’s has supported the Goodwill Children’s Charity for over ten years and raised £70,000 to help deprived children have access to

Our Speaker, Sir Richard Dearlove, with Vice-Chairman, Sir Michael Stear

education in India. Forty two children accompanied by the teacher Elaine Clark went to India to help with this project. Two members of the group, Alice Wynne and Charlotte Newall recounted their experiences of working as teaching assistants in schools in a deprived area of India. They found the level of education was very high and the pupils really keen to learn so that they could escape from poverty. They also took part in a tribal project DIALOGUE 55


aimed at encouraging children to get educated. Alice and Elaine thanked the ESU for the contribution it had made for this memorable trip. After dinner Dr Paul Atterbury who is well known for appearing on the Antiques Roadshow and is a prolific writer on a diverse range of subjects gave a fascinating talk entitled ‘The Great Exhibition – Myth, Muddle or Masterpiece?’ Paul explained that the Great Exhibition was conceived and completed in a very short timeframe under the skilful leadership of Prince Albert. John Paxton drew the first rough sketch of the pavilion in July 1850 and the exhibition opened in May 1851 which was an amazing achievement. The building was constructed using standard designed components which could be made in numerous factories in the UK. Machines were developed so that the building could be assembled very quickly by a large workforce. It was an

Branch Chairman, Dr Laurie Burbridge, with our speaker, Professor Richard Overy, and our special guest, Dame Mary Richardson

enormous logistical project not only to get the pavilion constructed but also to ship goods from all over the world. The exhibition was a great success with over 6 million visitors paying to attend many of whom travelled on the new railway system. The exhibition was also very profitable and to this day there are profits in a Trust Fund some of which was used to restore the Albert DIALOGUE 56

Memorial in Hyde Park. A fitting tribute to a great leader. April – Annual dinner Before an excellent meal, Andrew Wright, a first year student at Pembroke College, Cambridge, gave us a short illustrated presentation on his Gap-year experiences in Tanzania where he and his colleagues built water tanks, latrines and erected a roof on the church to which they were attached. By coincidence our main speaker was the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE whose topic was ‘British Intelligence in Fact and in Fiction’. His distinguished career in MI6 covered key events including 9/11, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and the Iranian Nuclear Programme. He retired in 2004.

Our speaker, Baroness Elizabeth ButlerSloss, with newly-elected Branch Chairman, Sir Michael Stear

Sir Richard outlined the role of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in providing foreign intelligence, security being the responsibility of GCHQ as an intercept service. He was trained to be a Spymaster in 1966 and to recruit new spies. SIS had to act within the law when dealing with terrorism and was required to get ministerial clearance in order to deal globally with different human rights and legal frameworks.

In essence, SIS is about human beings and human sources by professional and committed personnel and this is why British Intelligence has such a good reputation throughout the world. May We were delighted to welcome Dame Mary Richardson to our lunch meeting. She gave an overview of finances and the reorganisation at Dartmouth House. She feels that, although there is a global signature, there are no links at Branch level so an Ambassador has been appointed to travel, at their own expense, making links between Branches. Dame Mary then presented three Exeter Members with Diamond Jubilee awards to celebrate their 60 year membership of the ESU. Professor Richard Overy then gave us a fascinating talk entitled ‘New Light on the Blitz’. He looked at it from the effect on the British war effort but also from the German point of view, an angle on which there are no publications available. Professor Overy gave some interesting statistics such as that 85% of bombs were dropped on ports and that, whilst Coventry horrified everyone, in fact the effect was limited. The high death toll of 43,000 was because the building of air raid shelters came too late. Much of the loss of life was due to the density of population in poorer areas near port cities. June For our last meeting of the 2011/2012 session, we were privileged to be able to welcome Baroness Elizabeth ButlerSloss, who addressed us on the topical subject of the reform of the House of Lords.


Baroness Butler-Sloss was clear that some reform was needed and, indeed, had first been proposed in 1911!

its officers’ mess for two) and remote outlying settlements such as Hill Cove on West Falkland).

Her view was that any reform was likely to result in elected and appointed members in the ratio 80:20.

Our lecturer told us that his talk would not be retelling the story of the 1983 campaign, but it haunts the landscape and frequent references were unavoidable from his arrival by Tristar at the new airfield at Mount Pleasant, via Goose Green to Stanley avoiding the 36,000 mines laid by the invaders. He did not dwell on the past, however, but left us with a picture of a thriving country with a growing population looking optimistically to the future.

However, any reform would raise a number of questions and the issue was extremely complex. An elected House of Lords would threaten the supremacy of the House of Commons and would certainly be more assertive than the present House. This was a most interesting and stimulating address on a most important topic.

TAUNTON & DISTRICT BRANCH Although the Falkland Islands had been much in the news in the weeks leading up to Richard Snailham’s talk to the April meeting, the pictures in the press had concentrated on either the Duke of Cambridge’s deployment to the air-sea rescue service, the Royal Navy’s presence or pictures of war memorials. It was good therefore to have an illustrated talk that gave the audience a feel for the islands themselves. Richard Snailham is a former senior lecturer at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst and characteristic of all good historians; he started with a map and showed it several times more as we travelled so that we could keep our bearings. He was fortunate in that his visit was at the invitation of a former pupil who had risen to major-general and so transport over the trackless moors that are the predominant landscape was not a problem. We thus had aerial views as we hitched lifts to the various manned observation points (such as Mount Kent in the snow with

WALES SOUTH WALES BRANCH The roses were in full bloom, lawns so well manicured as to tempt comparison with the finest bowling greens and the Ogmore Valley Silver Band in full flow as members were welcomed to our Annual Summer Garden by hosts Sir Geoffrey and Lady Inkin. This was the third year that Lady Inkin, our Branch ViceChairman, had so generously offered hospitality at Castle upon Alun House and the high level of acceptances reflected the success of previous years. However, you will not be surprised to learn that, despite all the careful planning that had taken place, one important element was beyond our control. Yes, the heavens opened and the thoughtfully provided tents were warm havens for the commendably

good number in attendance. As promised in the last edition of dialogue, our Christmas Carols and Supper at Howell`s School, Llandaff was a joyous and festive occasion with speaker Wyn Calvin more than living up to his designation as the Welsh Prince of Laughter. Our lunch time speakers in February and April maintained the very high standard established by their predecessors. Stephen Day, former head of the Foreign Office`s Middle East Department and Ambassador to Qatar and Tunisia, was a revelation given the insights he presented regarding the ‘Arab Spring’ and in particular the foreign policies of the UK and the USA over many years in that region. Many of the views presented by a person so evidently well connected and informed on Middle East affairs challenged the perceptions we had developed from the media. The visit of our second speaker, Colin Dexter of Inspector Morse fame, resulted in a record lunch attendance of over 170 guests. How can one adequately record the speech of such a gifted raconteur? Humorous, engaging, in parts wicked, and a joy to listen to. There was one slight problem, forecast beforehand by the delightful Jackie who had driven Colin from Oxford. How does one stop him when in full flow? With difficulty, I can confirm! Our Public Speaking for Schools Competition goes from strength to strength with well over 20 schools entering, the Final again held in the imposing surroundings of the former Wales Government`s Debating Chamber, and St John`s College the eventual winner.


diary dates AUGUST-DECEMBER 2012

Below you will find details of ESU events being held all over England and Wales. Unless otherwise stated, Dartmouth House and London Region events should be booked by contacting Susan Conway on 020 7529 1582 or by emailing susan.conway@ For other branch events, contact should be made with the individual branch directly. Contact details for all branches in England and Wales can be found on pages 6 and 7.

AUGUST Wednesday 15 London Region

Tour of Buckingham Palace State Rooms and Gardens (10.15 for 10.30 am - 1pm or 12.45 for 1 – 4.15 pm) Join the ESU for this very special excursion to Buckingham Palace. Commencing at 10.30 am or 1 pm, the tour will take in all 19 State Rooms and conclude with a very special guided tour of the 39 acre gardens, with its beautiful herbaceous border, wisteriaclad summer house, Rose Garden, Waterloo Vase and tennis court where King George VI once played Fred Perry in the 1930s. The tour of the State Rooms will last approximately two and a half hours, followed by a 45 minute tour of the gardens. There will be time to visit the Garden Café and the Garden Shop. Tickets: £26. This event is limited to 25 spaces.

SEPTEMBER Saturday 8

Eastbourne Branch

Afternoon tea (2.30 pm) at Old Place, 20 Church Street, Willingdon. By kind permission of our Chairman Ms Sarah Carr. Tickets: £5.

Sunday 9

Colchester Branch

Speaker event: Colchester Garrison (2 for 2.30 pm) at the home of the President, Prof. James Raven, Fenders, Ferry Road Fingringhoe, Essex CO5 7BX. Dr Jane Pearson (University of Essex) will speak about the arrival of the garrison in Colchester in the mid-19th century and the shock and complications it created. Among the guests will be the present Garrison Commander, Col. Mike Newman and the present MP for Colchester, Sir Bob Russell. Tickets at the door £7.50 to include refreshments. Concessions for students.

Tuesday 11

Worcestershire Branch

Literary Lunch (12 for 12.30 pm) at 14 College Road, Malvern. Guest Speaker: Mr Peter Sutton on his play ‘Elgar and Alice’. Tickets: £12.50 (includes lunch and a glass of wine)

Tuesday 11

Mid-Cheshire Branch

AGM (12 for lunch at 12.30 pm) at The Portal Premier Golf Club, Tarporley, Cheshire. Speaker: Hugh Beggs, ‘By a Dark River’. Contact Valerie Mais, Branch Chairman, for further information: 01606 76534,

Tuesday 11

Dartmouth House Public Debate (6:30 pm) Hosted by the ESU and the Central London Debating Society, this will be a public debate on a topical issue and is the first in a series of three debates. TIckets are free, but a small donation on the night is requested.

Thursday 13

Exeter & District Branch

Lunch meeting with Martin Bell OBE (12.30 for 1 pm). Subject: Conflicts, Politics and Poetry.

Friday 14

Lincolnshire Branch

Visit to Lord Yarborough’s house, Brocklesby Hall, near Immingham (meeting at 11 am). Including a tour of the hall and gardens, lunch in the orangery and a visit to the family mausoleum. This will be a rare opportunity to visit Brocklesby which is not open often. As demand is likely to be high the committee has decided to limit tickets to ESU members only. Tickets: £35.


Friday 14

South Wales Branch

Wednesday 19 Cambridge Welland Valley Branch

AGM and lunch with guest speaker: Andrew Vicari, internationally renowned artist. AGM (at 12 prompt, with a Jubilee themed lunch to follow at 12.30 for 1 pm). At The Hunting Lodge Hotel, Cottingham, Market Harborough. Guest Speaker Mr Mick Boyce will give us a talk on ‘Rockingham Castle and the Watsons’. Tickets: £23 from Mr J Hindle, 27 Finch Hatton Drive, Gretton, NN17 3DQ, with sae please.

Wednesday 19 Dartmouth House Evening talk: Lila Das Gupta: English Perfume – Of Mavericks, Dreamers, Dandies and Kings (6.30 for 6.45 - 8 pm)

Join the ESU for this interactive event with host Lila Das Gupta, perfume specialist and founder of Perfume Lovers London and Olfactory Events, a company dedicated to exploring the fascinating universe of smell. Lila will guide us through a selection of scents created by English perfumers from Elizabethan times to today. While the French have always dominated the scene, the work of British perfumers today is innovative, beautiful and sometimes even quirky. After Lila’s talk there will be a chance to smell some perfume at your own leisure and take a sample home at the end. Lila Das Gupta studied politics at London University and worked as a producer and reporter for the BBC World Service for many years. Her journalism has included columns for The Daily Telegraph and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and she has also contributed to The Guardian and The Financial Times. An avid researcher, Lila has an interest in the chemistry and science behind olfaction, as well as an appreciation for the sheer beauty perfume has to offer. Tickets: £15 to include a glass of wine, selection of nibbles and talk. Monday 24

Salisbury & South AGM (11 am) at The Rose and Crown Hotel, Harnham. Guest: Dame Mary Richardson. Wiltshire Includes Lunch. All ESU members and their guests are welcome as are new members. Branch For bookings please contact Louise Jefferys on 01722 336118.

Tuesday 25

Dartmouth House Capitol Hill Reunion (6.30 for 7 pm)

Calling all Capitol Hill, Assembleé Nationale and Westminster Internship alumni! The 2012 Capitol Hill Reunion will take place at Dartmouth House on Tuesday 25 September at 6.30 for 7 pm. The event has been generously sponsored by Braxton Moncure, former Chairman of ESU Washington, who will be in attendance at the Reunion which will take the form of all-American “cookout” featuring a delicious selection of US-inspired mains, side dishes and desserts. A great selection of US beers and spirits will also be available with a free drink on arrival for all guests, with our compliments. Tickets: £10 for alumni, £12.50 for guests, free for students (on production of a valid student ID card). Wednesday 26 London Region

Guided tour of Vintners Hall (10.50 for 11 am - 12.30 pm) ESU members and guests are invited to tour the Vintners’ Company, one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London with its first Charter in 1363. With its origins steeped in the history of the City of London and the import, regulation and sale of wine, the Company continues to maintain strong links with the UK Wine Trade, with Vintners’ Hall known as the Trade’s ‘spiritual home’. With its trade, social, charitable and educational interests, the Company continues to play an important role in the 21st Century. Vintner’s Hall is located at the north-west corner of Southwark Bridge. The tour will begin at 10.50 am at the main entrance. The nearest tube station is Mansion House (Victoria Street/Garlick Hill exit). Tickets: £12. This event is limited to 50 spaces.


Wednesday 26 Dartmouth House Dartmouth House Lunch: Gavin Millar QC – Just how free should our press be? (12.30 for 1 - 2.30 pm)

Gavin Millar is a Queen’s Counsel with Doughty Street Chambers, as well as an ESU member and alumnus of the Secondary School Exchange Programme. With a wide ranging practice covering media, public, employment and discrimination law, some of Gavin’s most notable clients have included the Crown, Sunday Mirror, BBC, ITN, BSkyB, the Police Federation of England and Wales, and most recently, the Telegraph Media Group, whom he represented at the Leveson Inquiry. Described as an “incredible cross examiner” as well as a “frighteningly bright” and “fantastic advocate”, the ESU invite members, alumni and guests to join us for a discussion of the culture, practices and ethics of the press as we ask, just how “free” it should be?  

Tickets: £40 members, £45 alumni, £50 guests, to include a two-course meal with wine and coffee. Friday 28

Oxfordshire Branch

Annual Black-Tie Dinner (7 for 7.30 pm) at the Old Dining Room, St Edmund Hall, Queens Lane, Oxford OX1 4AR. After dinner speaker: Alastair Lack, former Head of English Programmes, BBC World Service, whose career spanned 30 years as presenter and producer: ‘Travels with Auntie’. Tickets: £45.

Mid-Cheshire Branch

Lunch Meeting (12 for 12.30 pm) at The Portal Premier Golf Club, Tarporley, Cheshire. Speaker: Tom Acton, ‘The Restoration of Arley Hall Gardens’. Contact Valerie Mais, Branch Chairman, for further information: 01606 76534,

OCTOBER Tuesday 9

Wednesday 10 Dartmouth House International At Home and Lunchtime Concert (10.30 am onwards)

Enjoy a mid-morning coffee at October’s International At Home, an event that brings together members of the ESU and the international community, with H.E. Dato’ Sri Zakaria Sulong, High Commissioner of Malaysia to the United Kingdom as guest of honour and speaker. The event will also provide the opportunity to tour Dartmouth House, the Grade II* listed mansion which serves as our international headquarters. At 12.30 pm, a lunchtime concert by pianist and recording artist, Boaz Sharon, will follow in the Long Drawing Room. Boaz is Professor of Piano at Boston University and Director of Piano Studies at Boston Tanglewood Institute. A frequent performer in the U.S., China, Czech Republic and numerous other counties around the world, Boaz has been heralded by The Washington Post, Spectator and The New York Times, where he has been described as a “pianist of superb technique ... with a magic touch”.

Boaz Sharon

Tickets to both events are complimentary; however a donation of £5 is kindly requested for those guests attending the lunchtime concert. Please ensure to register your attendance for either or both events with Paul Gordon, Head of Membership Development at or 020 7529 1585.

Wednesday 10 London Region at Tea and talk by a member of the British Antique Dealers Association, to be held at Dartmouth House Dartmouth House. More details will follow in due course. Please check the ESU website for further details. Thursday 18

London Region

Tour of Westminster Abbey and Museum (10.30 am - 12 pm) In the middle of the 11th Century, King Edward the Confessor supervised the building of an abbey at Westminster where he was later buried in 1066. Since that time Westminster Abbey has been the setting for almost every coronation, including that of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, as well as being the burial place of many kings and queens, who jostle for space with memorials to Britain’s famous politicians, writers, musicians and scientists. Blue Badge guide, Tim Kidd, will lead a tour of the Abbey, illustrating the main features whilst explaining its significance as a scrapbook of British history. Meet outside the Gift Shop at the west end of the Abbey. Tickets: £20. This event is limited to 25 spaces.


Friday 19

Dartmouth House ESU Branches Conference (10.30 am onwards)

The ESU Branches Conference provides the annual opportunity for members, alumni and staff to meet and network, whilst providing a platform for an exchange of views and experiences in a social environment. The Conference will be held at the international headquarters of the ESU, Dartmouth House. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to dine at Dartmouth House, with entertainment to follow. Favourable accommodation rates will be available at a selection of venues in the proximity of Dartmouth House.

For more information on the event, including timings, ticket prices and accommodation details, please see page 35, or call Paul Gordon on 020 7529 1585. Tuesday 23

Cambridge Welland Valley Branch

Autumn Bridge Lunch at Gretton Village Hall

Tuesday 23


Reception for the new Rhodes Scholars (5.30 - 7 pm) in the Champneys Room, Oriel College (Rhodes’ old college), Oriel Square, Oxford OX1 4EW. Tickets: £5.

Wednesday 24 Salisbury & South Lord Strathcarron – ‘Innocence and War - Mark Twain’s Holy Land Revisited’ (11 am) Wiltshire at The Rose and Crown Hotel, Harnham. Includes lunch. All ESU members and their Branch guests are welcome, as are new members. For bookings please contact Louise Jefferys on 01722 336118. Wednesday 24 Exeter & District Branch

Supper meeting (6.30 for 7 pm). Speaker: Paul Boissier CB. Subject: The RNLI – Saving Lives at Sea.

Tuesday 30

Talk by Elizabeth Gregory – ‘The Bonfire Girl’ (2.30 pm) at The Devonshire Club, Westdown House, Hartington Place, Eastbourne. Followed by Tea & Cake. Tickets: £5.

Eastbourne Branch

Wednesday 31 London Region at The Life and Voice of Kathleen Ferrier – Dr Christopher Fifield (6 for 6.30 pm) Dartmouth House In this centennial year of the birth of Britain’s greatest lyric contralto, join the ESU at Dartmouth House as we trace Kathleen Ferrier’s life, career and tragically early death, illustrated with examples of her singing, speaking and piano playing and readings from her letters and diaries. Dr Christopher Fifield is a conductor, music historian, lecturer and broadcaster. Having spent many years as a member of the music staff at Glyndebourne, he was also Director of Music at University College, London. He now freelances worldwide as a conductor and records with orchestras in Sweden and Germany. He has written biographies of composer Max Bruch, conductor Hans Richter, a history of the music agents Ibbs and Tillett and is the editor of Letters and Diaries of Kathleen Ferrier which, to mark the centenary of her birth, has now appeared in paperback. Tea and Coffee will be served from 6 pm, followed by the talk at 6.30 pm. A glass of wine will be available after the talk, when Dr Fifield will be happy to sign copies of his book, which will be on sale. Tickets: £20.


Oxfordshire Branch

Public Speaking Competition for Schools, Branch Final at St Helen & St Katharine School, Faringdon Street, Abingdon, OX14 1BE. Admission free.

Tuesday 6

Hertfordshire Branch

Annual Celebrity Dinner at Porters Park Golf Club, Radlett. The Guest Speaker is Daniel Finkelstein, OBE, executive editor and chief leader writer for The Times. Tickets: £30.00. Contact Hon Sec for tickets and details: F. G. Thomas, 127 Newberries Avenue, Radlett, Herts WD7 7EN or 01923 854608 or


Wednesday 7

Dartmouth House Meet the Author – Andrei Kurkov (6.30 for 6.45 - 8 pm) Andrei Kurkov is Ukranian novelist who writes in Russian. Having written more than 25 novels, most recently ‘Death and the Penguin’, his work is currently translated into 34 languages including English, Japanese, French, Chinese, Swedish and Hebrew. His work is full of black humour, post-Sonet reality and elements of surrealism. Join us for a most interesting talk as Andrei presents his views on today’s situation in Ukraine from a cultural and linguistical standpoint. Tickets: £15 to include a glass of wine, selection of nibbles and the talk. This event is in association with the Embassy of Ukraine.

Thursday 8

Dartmouth House Chilton Art History Event (6.30 for 7.15 - 8 pm) Geoffrey Munn the jewellery specialist from the BBC Antiques Roadshow will give a short talk on the subject of Queen Victoria’s personal jewellery. It will feature the great Court tiaras set with sapphires and emeralds designed by the Prince Consort seen in the famous portraits of the Queen by Winterhalter. However, perhaps the most poignant are the modest memorial jewels made to the Queen’s order in commemoration of both Prince Albert and her favourite personal servant, John Brown. Geoffrey is the managing director of Wartski, jewelers by royal appointment. The firm made the Welsh gold wedding ring for the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Tickets: £20 to include a glass of wine. This event is in aid of the ESU Chilton Art History Scholarship.

Tuesday 13

Mid Cheshire Branch

Wednesday 14 Exeter & District Branch Thursday 15

Lunch Meeting (12 for 12.30 pm) at The Portal Premier Golf Club, Tarporley, Cheshire. Speaker: Lorraine Mayfield, ‘Joseph Paxton and The Duke of Devonshire’. Contact Valerie Mais, Branch Chairman, for further information: 01606 76534, valerie@mais.demon. Schools Public Speaking Competition Branch Heat (5.30 for 6 pm) at St James School, Exeter.

Dartmouth House ESU AGM (3.30 pm) The Annual General Meeting of the English-Speaking Union will be held at 3.30 pm at Dartmouth House. Tickets to this event are free of charge, but please ensure to register your attendance with Jacqueline Finch, Executive Assistant to the Director-General at or on 020 7529 1561.

Friday 16

Dartmouth House SSE Thanksgiving Dinner (6.30 - 8 pm) The annual SSE Thanksgiving Dinner will take place on 16 November, following the SSE Term 2 Briefing Day at Dartmouth House. The dinner is open to all Secondary School Exchange Scholars and their guests, as well as ESU alumni from all educational programmes, competitions and scholarships. The event is a great opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving whilst networking with fellow members of the ESU alumni community over a selection of traditional Thanksgiving dishes. For more information on this event, please check the ESU website, or call Susan Conway on 020 7529 1582.

Monday 19

Salisbury & South Wing Commander Clive Upton - ‘Afghanistan - an Aid Worker’s Story’ (11 am) at The Wiltshire Rose and Crown Hotel. Includes lunch. All ESU members and their guests are welcome Branch as are new members. For bookings please contact Louise Jefferys on 01722 336118.

Thursday 22

Exeter & District Branch

Lunch Meeting (12.30 for 1 pm). Speaker: Michael Wautlet. Subject: Science, Diplomacy and International Collaboration.

Thursday 22

Cambridge Welland Valley Branch

Thanksgiving Dinner (7 for 7.30 pm) at The Hunting Lodge Hotel, Cottingham, Market Harborough. Guest Speaker is Mr David Lee.


Friday 23

Worcestershire Branch

Thanksgiving Lunch (12 for 12.30 pm) at the Worcestershire Golf Club. Guest Speaker: Mr Peter Kyle, Director-General of the ESU. Tickets: £26.00 (to include a glass of wine).

Saturday 24

Eastbourne Branch

Speaker meeting (7 for 7.30 pm) at The Royal Eastbourne Club. Speaker to be announced. Tickets: £23.50.

Sunday 25

Oxfordshire Branch

Thanksgiving Day Lunch (12 for 12.30 pm) at St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DT. Guest speaker: Col. Charles Hamilton, Commanding Officer USAF Croughton. Tickets: £39.

Wednesday 28 Exeter & District Branch

Schools Public Speaking Competition Branch Heat (5.30 for 6 pm) at St Luke’s Science and Sports College, Exeter.

DECEMBER Wednesday 5

Exeter & District Branch

Schools Public Speaking Competition Branch Final (5.30 for 6 pm) at Blundell’s School, Tiverton.

Thursday 6

South Wales Branch

Christmas Party at Howell’s School

Saturday 8

Eastbourne Branch

Christmas Drinks Party with canapés (6 - 8 pm) at Old Place, 20 Church Street, Willingdon. By kind permission of our Chairman Ms Sarah Carr. Tickets: £10.

Tuesday 11

Mid-Cheshire Branch

Lunch Meeting (12 for 12.30 pm) at The Portal Premier Golf Club, Tarporley, Cheshire. Speaker: Hugh Davies, ’Women Special Agents’. Contact Valerie Mais, Branch Chairman, for further information: 01606 76534,

Tuesday 11

Dartmouth House ESU Christmas Carol Concert (6.30 for 7 - 9 pm) With seasonal music, readings from ESU staff and members and carols on the grand staircase, we invite you to join us for a feast of Yuletide cheer at Dartmouth House. The evening will begin with a reception at 6.30 pm, followed by the concert at 7 pm. As always, there will be an opportunity to win some incredible raffle prizes, details of which will be revealed soon. For more information on this event, including timings and ticket prices, please check the ESU website, or call Susan Conway on 020 7529 1582.

Wednesday 12 Salisbury & South Rear Admiral Patrick Middleton - ‘Admiral Clanky Entertains’ (11 am) at The Rose and Wiltshire Crown Hotel, Harnham. Includes lunch. All ESU members and their guests are welcome Branch as are new members. For bookings please contact Louise Jefferys on 01722 336118. Wednesday 12 Dartmouth House Dartmouth House Lunch – D.R. Thorpe: Supermac: The Life of Harold Macmillan Branch (12.30 for 1 - 2.30 pm) D.R. Thorpe is a historian and author who has written biographies of three British Prime Ministers of the mid 20th Century: Sir Anthony Eden, Sir Alec Douglas-Home and most recently, Harold Macmillan, a publication for which he was awarded the ESU Marsh Biography Award in 2011, beating competition from over 100 authors. Join us for the final Dartmouth House Lunch of 2012, as D.R. Thorpe will discuss what The Sunday Times has heralded a “superb biographical achievement” of a man known for his ‘pragmatism, wit and unflappability’. Tickets: £40 members, £45 alumni, £50 guests, to include a two-course lunch with wine and coffee. Wednesday 12 Exeter & District Branch

Christmas Party (6.30 for 7 pm; Black Tie). Speaker: Felicity Harper. Subject: The Courtenay Family of Powderham Castle

Sunday 16

Chairman’s Christmas Reception (12 pm onwards) at 14 College Road, Malvern. Tickets £7.50 (including refreshments with mulled wine). Tickets from Mrs Elizabeth Farrer, 6 Wye Close, Droitwich Spa, WR9 8TE. 01905 774212. SAE please.

Worcestershire Branch



dialogue Summer 2012  

This is the Summer edition of 'dialogue', the magazine of the English-Speaking Union. Inside, you will find a preview of the upcoming ESU W...

dialogue Summer 2012  

This is the Summer edition of 'dialogue', the magazine of the English-Speaking Union. Inside, you will find a preview of the upcoming ESU W...