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Salisbury & Wiltshire

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Salisbury & Wiltshire is a thriving Branch with some 200 members. We support a number of educational activities that include working with primary schools and with fifteen local state secondary schools to encourage improved standards in both written and spoken English. We also support the UK Public Speaking Competition by organising local heats (both on Zoom and in-person), the winners of which progress to the regional and then, if they are successful, to the national finals.  We are very proud that a team from South Wilts Grammar School in Salisbury has won the national competition 3 times in recent years. We promote and organise locally, Public Speaking Workshops where specialist members of staff from Dartmouth House come down to spend a day teaching public speaking skills in local schools, and we also have a team dedicated to promoting the ESU’s Oracy in Action programme.

On the social side, we run a monthly programme of speakers and lunches for members and guests from September to May each year.  If you think that you might be interested in helping us, either on the educational side or on the social side, or you would simply like to become a member and attend our monthly talks and lunches please do get in touch with our membership secretary Peter Garbutt (details above).

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Michael Tulloch

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Upcoming events in Salisbury & Wiltshire

Salisbury Branch: Lecture and Lunch – The Extraordinary Life of Eels – Andrew Kerr

ESU Social
Salisbury & Wiltshire

One of the oldest species on earth, eel’s eggs drift on the Gulf Stream from the Sargasso Sea arriving two years later in European rivers as elvers.  Thirty years later they migrate the 4,000 miles back to their breeding grounds and the cycle begins again.  We hear of the international…

Salisbury Branch: Lecture and Lunch – Afghanistan: Return of the Taliban – Dr Heidi Myer

ESU Social
Salisbury & Wiltshire

December 2014 NATO formally ended its mission.  By August 2021 the Taliban were back in power.  With 15 year’s experience of Afghanistan both in the country and overseas, Dr Heidi Myer gives her personal perspective of the critical key decisions that were taken which led to the Taliban’s swift return…

Salisbury Branch: Lecture and Lunch – Almshouses, hidden in plain sight – Paul Budd

ESU Social
Salisbury & Wiltshire

With at least 14 separate almshouse groups in Salisbury and around the area we will learn their purpose, their history and in particular discover more about The Hospital of St John’s, Heytesbury, which has been in existence since 1472. Start time:             11.00 am  (Coffee from 10.30 am) End time:              12.30…

Salisbury Branch: Lecture and Lunch – The Thailand cave rescue 2018 – Dr Rob Harper

ESU Education, ESU Fundraising, ESU Social
Salisbury & Wiltshire

With five decades of caving expedition experience around the world, in 2018 Dr Harper joined the rescue of the twelve Thai boys – the “Wild Boars” football team, who were trapped by flood water in a cave.  He will give an insider’s perspective on the background and remarkable rescue, and…

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