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Lincoln & Lincolnshire

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Welcome to the ESU Lincolnshire Branch. We cover Lincolnshire and also have a number of members and supporters from Nottinghamshire. Lincolnshire is a large, friendly county with a relatively small population but we have an active branch which focuses on quality of events rather than quantity.

In any one year, we hope to have five to six events which would include the UK Public Speaking Competition, talks from interesting speakers, the AGM which includes presentations from branch scholars from the previous year, an evening at Doddington Hall sculpture exhibition, the Lincoln Book Festival and a black tie dinner.

We aim to raise money to assist school children in the art of speaking and listening through the Discover Your Voice programme. Do please consider joining us, you will be very welcome.


With uncertainties on gatherings still prevailing, we have decided to postpone our AGM which was scheduled for 30 June until 10 November. We hope that by then we shall be able to meet in person but if not we will arrange a virtual AGM using Zoom. The details of venue and how to access Zoom if necessary will be circulated along with the paperwork for the AGM.

Whilst schools remain in lockdown or partial lockdown, we have been unable to move ahead with our oracy work as planned, but we are in touch with the Lincolnshire Training Schools Association drawing their attention to the excellent information and training available on the ESU website for oracy and we hope that this will prove fruitful.

In the meantime, we are preparing to engage with schools and restore the events schedule once the way ahead is clear from government.

My best wishes to you all – keep safe and alert!

Michael Graydon

Lincolnshire branch travel grants

Are you planning to travel abroad next year? Would a travel grant from Lincolnshire ESU make a difference?

Lincolnshire sixth formers planning an interesting experience travelling, studying or working abroad can apply for funding thanks to the English-Speaking Union Lincolnshire which today opened its Travel Grant 2020 scheme. Grants are open to all those born in the county and/or studying in Lincolnshire schools, universities and other educational establishments. The closing date for applications is Friday, 28 February 2020.

We know how hard it can be for young people to fulfill their dreams, says Sir Michael Graydon, Chairman of the ESU Lincolnshire. We want to encourage the next generation to have big ideas, to aim high, and we will try and support them as best we can.

Financial aid is available for students in years 12 and 13 looking to travel abroad for a month or more with exciting ideas for studying, teaching or cultural exchange. Having a plan is the hard bit but applying is easy with a simple form and a short and friendly interview for eligible applicants in March 2020. Candidates should demonstrate a good knowledge of the English-Speaking Union and be able to explain the benefits they hope to achieve from their travel experience as well as outlining what additional plans they may have to raise the money needed.  On their return, scholars are asked to tell ESU members about their experiences at the AGM.

  • The ESU Lincolnshire Branch Travel Grant aims to encourage young people to travel, ideally to developing countries, and to teach English in schools. Promoting the use of English is a way of improving communication and therefore understanding between nations and is a prime objective of the English-Speaking Union. Activities other than teaching English will be considered if they contribute to this objective. Application is open to Lincolnshire sixth-formers. In previous years, the branch has given discretionary awards from several hundred pounds to over £1,000.
  • The ESU John Roberts Scholarship is directed at encouraging young people interested in a career in art, architecture and design, to travel and gain knowledge of their subject and is supported by John Roberts, founder of acclaimed Lincoln architect firm JRA. The award process takes place in the period February-March (alternating with the Carlbom scholarship described below). An award of up to £2,000 can be given for each successful applicant.
  • The Carlbom Scholarship Fund supports local oracy programmes run by the ESU and encourages young people to travel, especially in the Scandinavian region, to promote understanding in the world through the use of the English language.  The fund is supported by the Carlbom family, owners of Immingham-based Carlbom Shipping. An award of up to £1,000 can be given for each successful applicant.

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Click here for the application form.

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