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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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Performing Shakespeare Competition North West Area Final A

ESU Regional Event

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk 'MARK RUTHERFORD’S PEOPLE'

Bedfordshire & Milton Keynes

DR MARK CREES English teacher, author, Chairman of the Rutherford Society. MARK RUTHERFORD’S PEOPLE Hale White was born in Bedford in 1831 and educated at Bedford Modern School. A nonconformist in religion and a civil servant and journalist. For his novels he assumed the pseudonym, Mark Rutherford. Dr Crees’s presentation…

London Region: Book talk 'Churchill’s Abandoned Prisoners' by author Rupert Wieloch

London

The English-Speaking Union London branch invites you to a Talk by Rupert Wieloch on his latest book, Churchill’s Abandoned Prisoners. Drinks will be served from 6.30pm, the talk will start at 7.00pm sharp One hundred years ago a group of fifteen British soldiers serving with the British Mission to Siberia were captured by…

London Branch: talk by author Rupert Wieloch on his book 'Churchill's Abandoned Prisoners'

ESU branches in England and Wales

ESU London branch invites you to an evening with Rupert Wielock who will give a talk on his lastest book ‘Churchill’s Abandoned Prisoners’ . Drinks will be served from 6.30pm, the talk will commence at 7.00pm sharp. One hundred years ago a group of fifteen British soldiers serving with the British…

Cornwall Branch - How Personal Protection Officers are Recruited & Trained

Truro & Cornwall

We regret that this event has been cancelled. For more information please call Richard Wall.

Oxfordshire Branch: Visit to the Ashmolean Museum

Oxford & Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Branch hosts a visit to Britain’s oldest public museum; Ashmolean Museum, including a private handling of objects in the Eastern Art Department. There will also be a 45 minute guided tour of the Japanese Gallery. Each group will have a maximum of ten and there will be a cream…

Literary event: In conversation with author Ingrid Persaud

Guildford & Surrey

The English-Speaking Union welcomes you to an evening at Dartmouth House in conversation with Ingrid Persaud, who will be talking about her new novel Love after Love. Born in Trinidad, Ingrid Persaud won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017 and the BBC Short Story Award in 2018. She…

Mid-Cheshire Branch: Lunch & Talk 'Cheshire pubs and pub signs' - CANCELLED

Mid-Cheshire

We regret that this event has been cancelled. Tony Bostock lives in Swanlow area of Winsford in the heart of Cheshire and descends from a family which has lived in the Northwich district for several hundred years. The 30 years he was an officer with the Cheshire Constabulary and later…

Norwich & Norfolk Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘Thomas Erpingham Hero or Thug'

Norwich & Norfolk

Lunch followed by a talk by Ann May on ‘Thomas Erpingham Hero or Thug’…

West Sussex Branch: 'Iran, Evil Empire or Overlooked Holiday Destination'- A talk by Edward Mynors- CANCELLED

Chichester & West Sussex

We regret that this event has been cancelled. Iran, Evil Empire or Overlooked Holiday Destination’ is a talk by Edward Mynors on 21 April 2020 at the Barley Mow in Walderton. Address- The Barley Mow, Walderton PO18 9ED…

Salisbury Branch: ‘Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA’ Isobel Williams

Salisbury & Wiltshire

Isobel is a retired Consultant in Respiratory Medicine.  While qualifying at St George’s Hospital, University of London, where Edward Wilson, Robert Scott’s friend and confidant, had trained some sixty-five years previously, she saw many of Wilson’s iconic pictures of Antarctica and became fascinated by the continent and the explorers of…

South Wales Branch: Members’ Lunch with Guest speaker, Professor James Raven.

South Wales

ESU member’s lunch at Cardiff City Hospitality Suites with guest speaker Professor James Raven. More details and tickets available by emailing esuswb@gmail.com. Directions and ticket prices available on request.

Devon & Exeter Branch: Annual Black Tie Dinner - CANCELLED

Devon & Exeter

We regret that this event has been cancelled. Devon & Exeter Branch’s annual Black Tie Dinner with a talk autobiographical talk from Billy “Scratch” Hitchen. At the end of the Easter holidays in 1963, Billy ‘Scratch’  Hitchen, instead of returning to school in Salcombe,…

English Speaking Union Competition Entry

ESU branches in England and Wales

This is the place to register for all ESU secondary school competitions Register here to take part in: Schools’ Mace Debating (years 7-13) ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition (years 9-11) Performing Shakespeare (years 7-9) Public Speaking competition: Challenges students to engage with wide-ranging cross-curricular topics, while helping to meet…

Performing Shakespeare Competition London (South West) Area Final

ESU Regional Event

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

60th ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition Grand Final

Cambridge & Cambridgeshire

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition 60th Grand Final

ESU branches in England and Wales

Come and see our work in action as one of the oldest continuously running public speaking competitions in the UK reaches its final stage. The Grand Final is the culmination of five months of Public Speaking competitions throughout England and Wales. The young speakers have got through over 80 local…

Performing Shakespeare Competition West Area Final

ESU Regional Event

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

Performing Shakespeare Competition London (North West) Area Final

ESU Regional Event

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

Performing Shakespeare Competition London (South East) Area Final

ESU Regional Event

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

London Branch: Book Club

London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

Performing Shakespeare Competition West Midlands Area Final

ESU Regional Event

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

Performing Shakespeare Competition East Midlands Area Final A

ESU Regional Event

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

Performing Shakespeare Competition Thames Area Final

ESU Regional Event

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

Performing Shakespeare Competition East Midlands Area Final B

ESU Regional Event

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

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