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Salisbury & Wiltshire

About us

Salisbury is a thriving region 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, 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 for Girls in Salisbury has won the national competition for 3 out of the past 4 years. We promote and organise locally Public Speaking Workshops where specialist members of staff from Dartmouth House come down and spend a day teaching public speaking skills in local schools.

On the social side, we run a monthly programme of speakers and lunches for members and guests from September to April each year and hold an annual Summer Lecture in the Cathedral Close.  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).

We would love to hear from you.

Michael Tulloch

Upcoming events in Salisbury & Wiltshire

Salisbury Branch: Richard Hopton, ‘A Reluctant Hero, the life of Captain Robert Ryder VC RN’

ESU Social
Salisbury & Wiltshire

Whereas Monday, 19 September 2022 has been appointed the day of Her Late Majesty’s funeral and has been declared a day of National Mourning, Terence Dear, Hon. Branch Secretary, hereby gives Notice that the 68th Annual General Meeting of the Branch, will now be held at The Mercure Salisbury White…

Salisbury Branch: Johnny Fenn, 'Nepal - a photographer's perspective'

ESU Social
Salisbury & Wiltshire

As an ambassador for the charity Hello World, Johnny has travelled frequently to Nepal and been actively involved in their project to provide solar powered internet-enabled education hubs to remote communities. He has built a very successful career as a photographer specialising in adventure, expedition and commercial photography. Coffee will…

Salisbury Branch: Felicity Herring, 'James Barry RA and his niece Dr James Barry'

ESU Social
Salisbury & Wiltshire

Dr James Barry was first female doctor in Britain. Born in Cork in 1789 she was the niece of the artist James Barry RA. In 1809 she disguised herself as a man and went to Edinburgh University to train to be a doctor. Following her graduation in 1812 she joined…

Salisbury branch: 'Character and Conflict' by Peter Power

ESU Social
Salisbury & Wiltshire

Peter will continue his interesting talk about the courageous agents of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. He will take it to the next stage by closely looking at some of the characters and conflicts in greater detail. The talk will cover SOE triumphs as well as…

Salisbury branch: 'Patronage & Taste: The History of the Royal Collection' by Nicola Turner Inman

Salisbury & Wiltshire

Photograph: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022 Nicola Turner Inman, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts (Projects) at the Royal Collection Trust will take you on a tour of one of the greatest art collections in the world and the last great European dynastic collection still…

Salisbury branch: 'The Lord Leycester Hospital' by Dr Heidi Meyer

Salisbury & Wiltshire

The half-timbered buildings of the Lord Leycester Hospital are some of the most important medieval buildings in Britain. Constructed by Warwick’s Guilds between 1385 and 1420 the Guildsmen used the grand rooms for banquets and meetings. In the reign of Elizabeth 1, her friend Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester acquired…

Salisbury Branch: ‘The Women of the Raj’ by Brian Freeland

ESU Social
Salisbury & Wiltshire

‘The Women of the Raj’ by Brian Freeland Brian Freeland has written a dozen stage scripts (nine produced so far, four of them published). Following comments that he didn’t write many good roles for ladies, he staged a piece about the British women in India during the second half of…

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