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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 (January 2019 – July 2019) – so I look forward to meeting you!

Edward Towne

Upcoming events in London

ESU Performing Shakespeare Grand Final 2019

ESU Education, ESU Oracy, ESU Young People
London

Description Join us on Friday, 21st June 2019 to see young people aged 11-14 from across England and Wales give a performance of their chosen speech from one of Shakespeare’s plays. The Performing Shakespeare Competition is designed to allow Key Stage 3 pupils the opportunity to experience Shakespeare’s plays as…

The English-Speaking Union's Summer Reception

ESU Social
London

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Boateng, Chairman, the English-Speaking Union and the Board of Governors request the pleasure of your company for drinks to celebrate the end of our centenary year and to launch the next 100 years. The early evening reception will be hosted at The English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth…

The English-Speaking Union's Summer Reception

ESU Social
London

The Rt Hon. The Lord Boateng, Chairman and the Board of Governors request the pleasure of your company at the ESU Summer Reception  to celebrate the English-Speaking Union’s centenary and the 100 years ahead. Thursday 4 July 6.30 – 8.00pm The English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, W1J 5ED   please reserve…

Afternoon Tea at the House of Lords

ESU Social
London

The Chairman of the English-Speaking Union, The Rt Hon. the Lord Boateng, invites ESU members and their guests to afternoon tea at the House of Lords. There will be a classic menu of sandwiches, tea and cakes served in the Cholmondeley Room and the House of Lords Terrace on Friday…

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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