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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

ESU Evelyn Wrench lecture and dinner with guest speaker Mary McAleese

ESU Social
London

We are delighted to welcome Professor Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, as the speaker at this year’s Wrench Lecture, which will take place at Dartmouth House. In her talk, entitled ‘An Uncomfortable State of Affairs’, Professor McAleese will begin with a look at Evelyn Wrench’s Irish roots,…

Zoom event: Lord Waldegrave in conversation with Alastair Niven SAVE THE DATE

ESU Social
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    …

ESU Thanksgiving Dinner with guest speaker will be Sir Peter Westmacott, former British Ambassador to the United States

ESU Social
London

Miles Young, ESU Chair requests the pleasure of your company for a Thanksgiving Dinner supporting the life-changing work of the English-Speaking Union. Our guest speaker will be Sir Peter Westmacott, former British Ambassador to the United States. Urbane, globe-trotting mandarins; polished hosts of ambassadorial gatherings attended by the well-groomed ranks of the international great…

Zoom event Matthew Rycroft in conversation with Alastair Niven SAVE THE DATE

ESU Social
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 talk: The Traitor King: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile by Andrew Lownie

ESU Social
London

Sunday Times bestselling author Andrew Lownie ESU SSE Alumnus will discuss his new book The Traitor King: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile.  The book examines the years following the abdication of Edward VIII when the former king was kept in exile, feuding with his family over status for his…

Dame Sara Thornton in conversation with Alastair Niven SAVE THE DATE

ESU Social
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: 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    …

English-Speaking Union Spring lunch

ESU Social
London

A celebratory talk by Katya Galitzine on her mother’s life as a Dior Model in the 1950s. This will be followed by a Champagne lunch. The event will be held on Tuesday 22nd March at 11.30am at Dartmouth House in Mayfair (close to Green Park tube station).

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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