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About us

As the elected Chairman of London Branch I would like to welcome you and tell you a little about myself.  I’ve been an ESU member since 1973, when I was recruited by the great Eric Dehn, who was for many years the Chairman of the Bristol Branch. Moving to Kent in 1983, I got involved again in the Public Speaking Competition, and eventually joined the Committee of the London Region, latterly serving as the Chairman of the Grants Sub-Committee.

The main focus of our activities is to raise funds to support many local schools, who participate in the ESU’s activities. An increasing number of schools is taking part in the regional heats of the UK Public Speaking Competition, prior to the National Final. The London Branch also sponsors the Performing Shakespeare Competition, which grows year on year, and supports the Discover Your Voice programme and London Debate Challenge.

I look forward to meeting you!

Edward Towne

Upcoming events in London

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London branch Zoom event: The Lost Portrait of Charles Dickens

London

ESU London branch invites you to an evening with Dickens’s great-great-great-granddaughter, art historian and author Lucinda Hawksley. In 1843, the Scottish artist Margaret Gillies painted a remarkable portrait of Charles Dickens – a painting that captured the author at the time he was writing A Christmas Carol. The portrait was…

London branch Zoom event: The Lost Portrait of Charles Dickens

ESU Social
London

ESU London branch invites you to an evening with Dickens’s great-great-great-granddaughter, art historian and author Lucinda Hawksley. In 1843, the Scottish artist Margaret Gillies painted a remarkable portrait of Charles Dickens – a painting that captured the author at the time he was writing A Christmas Carol. The…

SAVE THE DATE: ESU Churchill Public Speaking grand final

Competition, ESU Social
London

More details soon.

Zoom event: In conversation with Baroness Prashar of Runnymede

ESU Social
London

The Rt Hon. the Baroness Prashar CBE is a crossbench life peer who has sat under this title in the Lords since 26 July 1999. She was the first Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission, first Civil Service Commissioner, formerly Director of the Runnymede Trust and the National Council for…

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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 Members' Event: Afternoon Tea at the House of Lords

ESU Social
London

Lord Ian Duncan of Springbank, Honorary President of the English-Speaking Union in Scotland, invites ESU members and their guests to afternoon tea at the House of Lords in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the ESU Churchill public speaking competition. The event will take…

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

SAVE THE DATE: ESU Evelyn Wrench with Mary McAleese

ESU Social
London

We are delighted to announce that the ESU 2021 Evelyn Wrench lecture will be delivered by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese.

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
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  …

I enjoy seeing young people realising they have something to offer and that they have more ability than they thought.

Ann Armstrong

Former branch Chair

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