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South Wales

About us

Welcome to the South Wales Branch of the English-Speaking Union. With around 370 members we are the second largest Branch after London and this provides two particular benefits.

First, we have welcomed eminent speakers including Lords Lisvane; Strathcarron, Hattersley, Hunt, Hurd, Dobbs and Watson; Sir Christopher Meyer; Lady Carnarvon; Colin Dexter; Martin Bell; Stanley Johnson; and Sir Richard Dearlove, former Head of MI6.

We meet at the Cardiff City Stadium and the combination of excellent speakers, a most convivial atmosphere and a welcoming venue have proven to be a recipe for success. Other social activities include a Summer Garden Party at Fonmon Castle, and Christmas Carols and Supper at Howell`s School, Llandaff.

Second, the funds we raise from our social functions are devoted to our charitable activities including public speaking competitions for primary and secondary school pupils, the latter winners then competing in the final of the UK Public Speaking Competition at Churchill College, Cambridge.

The finalists in our Performing Shakespeare competition have competed successfully at a national level. In 2015, our young aspiring actors won all three awards at the Performing Shakespeare UK Final and this year Manon Keeble and Steffan Leonard from Swansea won the Don Miller Audience Prize.

Do get in touch, we’d love to welcome you to a future event.

Derek Morgan

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