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The main focus of the London branch is to raise funds to support the many local schools which participate in the ESU’s activities. An increasing number of schools is taking part in the regional heats of the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, prior to the national final. The London branch also sponsors the Performing Shakespeare Competition, which grows year on year. Teacher and class support for oracy in some of London’s most disadvantaged schools and communities is a key objective in the current financial year, and the London branch Oracy Group, led by Simon Bucknall (see below), is leading this vital work.

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Simon Bucknall, Chair of the ESU’s London branch Oracy Group, is keen to encourage people to get involved with the ESU’s work in whichever way they can. As Simon says, ‘There are young people out there with great stories to tell, ideas to share, and a real desire to speak and be heard. We have an opportunity to make a difference for those young people and I’d be thrilled if you joined with the ESU to help us to make that happen.’ Please do take a moment to watch his video, and if you’re interested in finding out more, drop us a line at volunteering@esu.org.

Upcoming events in London

REIMAGINED: An evening with Cameron Owen

ESU Social
London

REIMAGINED: International pianist, singer and Juilliard graduate, Cameron Owen (aka Cameron Richardson-Eames) presents his own cinematic interpretations of familiar song repertoire, as well as original material blending his classical pedigree with mainstream influences. With guest appearances by acclaimed West End composer, Pippa Cleary, and West End dancers. The performance will…

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

The ESU London Branch Members’ book club meets once a month at Dartmouth House to exchange views on a book chosen by the group. Discussions take place from 11.00-12.30hrs on the third Wednesday of each month. If you would like to join our friendly and informal club please contact Kathleen…

2022 ESU Evelyn Wrench Lecture with Rowan Williams

ESU Social
London

We are delighted to announce this year’s Evelyn Wrench lecture will be given by Dr Rowan Williams who will deliver a talk on the freedom of speech and ‘culture wars’. Rowan Williams has recently retired as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and was previously Archbishop of Canterbury. Prior…

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

The ESU London Branch Members’ book club meets once a month at Dartmouth House to exchange views on a book chosen by the group. Discussions take place from 11.00-12.30hrs on the third Wednesday of each month. If you would like to join our friendly and informal club please contact Kathleen…

SAVE THE DATE: English Speaking Union's AGM

ESU Social
London

Please save the date for our annual general meeting.

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

The ESU London Branch Members’ book club meets once a month at Dartmouth House to exchange views on a book chosen by the group. Discussions take place from 11.00-12.30hrs on the third Wednesday of each month. If you would like to join our friendly and informal club please contact Kathleen…

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

The ESU London Branch Members’ book club meets once a month at Dartmouth House to exchange views on a book chosen by the group. Discussions take place from 11.00-12.30hrs on the third Wednesday of each month. If you would like to join our friendly and informal club please contact Kathleen…

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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