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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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ESU Schools' Mace Debating Competition East Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace East Regional Final takes place on 25th February 2020, at Royal Hospital School. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the East of England. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate competitions in the…

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  …

ESU Schools’ Mace Debating Competition South Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace South Regional Final takes place on 26th February 2020, at The Portsmouth Grammar School. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the South of England. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate competitions in…

Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk 'CONTEMPORARY AMERICA'

Bedfordshire & Milton Keynes

PROFESSOR GARY GERSTLE, Professor of American History and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge Gary Gerstle lives in Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is primarily an historian of 20th century America with particular expertise in immigration and race issues. He has lectured worldwide, and is frequently consulted…

ESU Schools' Mace Debating Competition South East Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace South East Regional Final takes place on 27th February 2020, at Lingfield College. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the South East area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate competitions in the…

ESU Schools' Mace Debating Competition West Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace West Regional Final takes place on 27th February 2020, at RGS Worcester. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the West area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate competitions in the country. The…

ESU Schools' Mace Debating Competition West Midlands Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace West Midlands Regional Final takes place on 28th February 2020, at Solihull School. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the West area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate competitions in the country.

ESU Schools’ Mace Debating Competition South West Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace South West Regional Final takes place on 2nd March 2020, at King’s College Taunton. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the South West area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate competitions in…

ESU Schools' Mace Debating Competition East London Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace East London Regional Final takes place on 2nd March 2020, at Camden School for Girls. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the East London area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate competitions…

ESU Schools’ Mace Debating Competition East Midlands Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace East Midlands Regional Final takes place on 3rd March 2020, at Stamford School. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the East Midlands area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate competitions in the…

ESU Schools’ Mace Debating Competition Mid-South Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace Mid-South Regional Final takes place on 3rd March 2020, at Eton College. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the Mid-South area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate competitions in the country. The…

ESU Schools’ Mace Debating Competition North East Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace North East Regional Final takes place on 3rd March 2020, at St Aidan’s CE High School. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the North East area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate…

ESU Schools' Mace Debating Competition North West Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace North West Regional Final takes place on 3rd March 2020, at Bolton School for Girls. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the North West area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate competitions…

ESU Schools' Mace Debating Competition West London Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Schools’ Mace West London Regional Final takes place on 3rd March 2020, at St Paul’s Girl School. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the West London area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest and oldest debate competitions…

Churchill Public Speaking Competition Wales National Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Churchill Public Speaking Competition Wales National Final takes place on 5th March 2020, at Ty Hywel. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the Wales area. Come and see our work in action as one of the oldest continuously running public speaking competitions ….

Churchill Public Speaking Competition North East Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Churchill Public Speaking Competition North East Regional Final takes place on 7th March 2020, at The Grammar School. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the North East of England. Come and see our work in action as one of the oldest continuously running…

Churchill Public Speaking Competition East Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Churchill Public Speaking Competition East Regional Final takes place on 7th March 2020, at Magdalene College. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the East of England. Come and see our work in action as one of the oldest continuously running public speaking competitions…

Churchill Public Speaking Competition North West Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Churchill Public Speaking Competition North West Regional Final takes place on 7th March 2020 at the Grange School please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the North West of England. Come and see our work in action as one of the oldest continuously running…

Mid-Cheshire Branch: Lunch & Talk 'In harmony'

Mid-Cheshire

Speaker From the Liverpool Philharmonic (to be named later) In harmony Liverpool was launched in 2009 and uses orchestral music making to improve the life chances of over 1500 children every week in North Liverpool. This is done by increasing confidence,  well-being, skills and resilience. It also enhances opportunities to…

Churchill Public Speaking Competition South West Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Churchill Public Speaking Competition South West Regional Final takes place on 15th March 2020, at Sherborne School. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the South West of England. Come and see our work in action as one of the oldest continuously running public…

Salisbury Branch: ‘The Mary Rose’ Edward Towne MA MSt PGCE

Salisbury & Wiltshire

Edward Towne graduated in European Studies from the University of East Anglia and later achieved a PGCE from Cambridge, an MA in Early Modern English History from the University of London and a MSt in Twentieth Century British History from the University of Oxford. His professional career was spent teaching…

Performing Shakespeare Competition South West Area Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Performing Shakespeare South West Area Final takes place on 16th March 2020, at Taunton School. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the Somerset area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest performance competitions in the country. The…

Spring lunch at Dartmouth House

London

Join us for an audience with Katya Galitzine who will deliver a fascinating talk about her mother, Jean Dawnay’s, life as a Dior model, followed by a Champagne lunch and a piano recital of Tchaikovsky’s “Andante maestoso” from Nutcracker Suite by  ESU Music Scholarship alumna Yulia Chaplina. The event, a…

Performing Shakespeare Competition South Area Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Performing Shakespeare South Area Final takes place on 17th March 2020 at the Bishop’s Palace , please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the West Sussex area. Come and see our work in action as one of the largest performance competitions in the country.

Churchill Public Speaking Competition London Regional Final

ESU Regional Event

The ESU Churchill Public Speaking Competition London Regional Final takes place on 17th March 2020, at Dartmouth House. Please book a ticket to watch and support the competitors in the London area. Come and see our work in action as one of the oldest continuously running public speaking competitions ….

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