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The English-Speaking Union was founded as a membership organisation, bringing together those who share a belief that better communication makes for better global understanding. Today, we have over 5,000 members in 36 regional branches across England and Wales who meet to socialise, gain new perspectives on the world and to help organise and raise funds for our educational work.

We are hugely grateful to our branches, which are central to the running of our Public Speaking and Performing Shakespeare competitions. Some also run their own, complementary, oracy programmes and many choose to sponsor local schools to take part in our Discover Debating programme or Discover Your Voice workshops.

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Branch events across the country

Yulia Chaplina Piano Recital

Piano Recital by ESU Alumni Yulia Chaplina, London

Join us for an evening of Russian piano music with ESU Music Scholar, Yulia Chaplina. Yulia’s programme of Russian and British music will include Rachmaninov and Prokofiev and is dedicated to the UK & Russia Year of Music 2019.  Born in Rostov-in-Don, Yulia is now London based and holds a Masters Music degree from the Royal College of Music. She has performed extensively in Europe and Asia in recital and with orchestras.

  • Time: Wine and canapés 6:30pm, performance at 7pm
  • Cost: Members £26; guests £32
  • Venue: Dartmouth House
  • Booking: click here to book
  • Further information: Jane Reid

Epping AGM

AGM, Epping & Essex

The 55th Annual General Meeting of the branch will be held on Thursday, 6th June 2019.  The proceedings will start at 10.15 am promptly and will then be followed, as usual, by a talk – Speaker to be arranged. Location:         The Murray Hall, 106 Borders Lane, Loughton, Essex IG10 3SB Admission:      £4 for members and £5 for visitors (first visit free), including tea and coffee. For further details contact Gill Meagher 020 8505 9001 or Daphne Ruffell 01992 812454

In Search of a Voice in a Foreign Language

Dinner and Talk, Devon & Exeter

Born in Belgrade Vesna Goldsworthy is the Professor of Creative Writing at both the Universities of Exeter and East Anglia. Vesna is a poet, novelist and a memoirist and is best known for her book ‘Chernobyl Strawberries’. Vesna will discuss her background and the subtleties of understanding and being understood , in both language and manner when adopting to a foreign country and how she now feels that England is ‘home’.

  • Time: 6.45 for 7.15pm
  • Cost: Members £27.00 and guests £30.00
  • Venue: Exeter Golf & Country Club
  • Contact: Tim Pink on

'This is the Real Life Downton Abbey' talk & lunch

Lunch & talk, Liverpool & Merseyside

We welcome our speaker Ron Hutchinson whose topic is 'This is the Real Life Downton Abbey'. The talk will commence at 12.30pm followed by a 3 course lunch.

  • Time: 12.00 noon for 12.30pm
  • Cost: Members £25
  • Venue: West lancs Golf Club
  • Contact: Sue Davies

Life in Norfolk in the 1900s

Lunch & talk, Norwich & Norfolk

Luncheon will be followed by a talk, 'Life in Norfolk in the 1900s'. Speaker Christine Humphries.

  • Time: 12.00 for 12.30pm
  • Cost: £18
  • Venue: Park Farm Hotel and Leisure, Hethersett, Norwich, NR9 3DL
  • Contact: Bookings for lunch to be notified to the Secretary on 01603 456661 by Wednesday 19th June

Summer Lunch at Abbeywood Estate

Summer Lunch, Northwich & Cheshire

Summer Lunch at Abbeywood Estate

  • Time: 12.30 p.m. for lunch at 1.00pm
  • Cost: £25.00
  • Venue: Abbeywood Estate & Gardens, Chester Road, Delamere, CW8 2HS
  • Booking: Contact Jennifer MacPherson on 01606 215908 by Saturday 15th June

Lincolnshire branch AGM

AGM, Lincoln & Lincolnshire

Branch members are encouraged to join us for our AGM.

  • Date: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Mansions of the Future, 15-16 St Mary’s Street, Lincoln N5 7EQ.

AGM & lunch at the Athenaeum

AGM, talk & lunch, Liverpool & Merseyside

Coffee from 11.ooam followed by AGM at 11.30am. Following the AGM we welcome former Police Chief Superintendent David Anderson who will speak on the topic, 'Spare a Copper'

  • Time: 11.00am for 11.30am
  • Cost: £17.50
  • Venue: Athenaeum
  • Contact: Sue Davies

Oxfordshire ESU Annual Dinner

Dinner, Oxford & Oxfordshire

Annual Oxfordsire branch dinner, with speaker: Tim O’Mara, TV Drama director, Winner Academy TV Award for Drama. Please click here for full details of this wonderful event.

  • Time: 7.00 for 7.45pm
  • Cost: £65
  • Venue: Oriel College, Oxford, OX14EW
  • Dress: Black Tie or Lounge Suits
  • Contact:

Bristol branch: Summer party

Bristol & Somerset

Join us and enjoy some summertime drinks in the sunshine.

  • Time: 6-8pm
  • Cost:  £5 at the door
  • Venue: 29 Mariners Drive, BS9 1QG

AGM, lunch & social, Norwich & Norfolk

The branch AGM will be held at 11.30 am followed by luncheon and social time.

  • Time: 11.30am prompt
  • Cost: £18
  • Venue: Park Farm Hotel and Leisure, Hethersett, Norwich, NR9 3DL
  • Contact: Bookings for lunch to be notified to the Secretary on 01603 456661 by Wednesday 17th July

Oxfordshire AGM

Annual General Meeting, Oxford & Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Branch annual general meeting followed by an optional supper in the Boat Inn Thrupp.

  • Time: 6.30pm
  • Venue: Paddock Cottage, Thrupp , OX5 1JY
  • Contact:

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