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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

Celebratory Jubilee lecture by Richard Fitzwilliams followed by afternoon tea

ESU Social
London

H.M. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee  We are delighted that Richard Fitzwilliams will be delivering a talk on H. M. The Queen’s remarkable reign and the purpose and future of the monarchy. Richard Fitzwilliams is a royal commentator, public relations consultant, film critic and lecturer; he…

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 debate at Dartmouth House

ESU Debate Club, ESU Social
London

Join the ESU London branch for a Debate at the ESU’s HQ Dartmouth House. Doors will be open from 6.30pm and the debate will begin at 7pm sharp. Following the debate Dartmouth House’s bar will remain open until 9pm to allow attendees to mix and share…

4th of July celebration at Dartmouth House

ESU Social
London

Philip Maunder, Chairman and the Board of Governors request the pleasure of your company at the ESU 4th of July Party  to celebrate the English-Speaking Union’s Anglo-American friendships. Monday 4 July 6.00 – 8.00pm The English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, W1J 5ED Reserve your…

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    …

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

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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