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About us

As the newly 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.

You can find here, the latest programme of London events (July 2018 – January 2019) – so I look forward to meeting you!

Edward Towne

Upcoming events in London

A religious history of London by Philppa Bernard

Talk, London

Philippa Bernard has lived most of her life in London. For many years, she and her husband had an antiquarian bookshop in Chelsea, a mecca for book collectors across the world. She has written several books on religious themes and a biography of the poet Kathleen Raine, and lectures on historical subjects for groups such as the National Trust and U3A. She is a member of the Society of Authors. Time: Wine and canapés 6.30pm, talk at 7pm Cost: £20 per member £25 per guest Further information: Jane Reid -

Being part of the London branch gives me an enormous sense of pride - to think that our efforts ensure that more young people can get their voices heard

Joe Bloggs

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