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April 2022

Ouse Valley Branch: The inner workings of the UK Privy Council

Thursday, 21st April, 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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‘The inner workings of the UK Privy Council’ with Alex Galloway (Retired Clerk of the Privy Council and Head of the Privy Council Office) The Privy Council is a group of advisers on the royal prerogative to the sovereign and has been in existence since the 1500s. Initially it advised on the authority, privilege, and immunity attached to the British monarch; however, now it is more concerned with the conduct of the government of the United Kingdom, including: foreign affairs, defence, and national security. Alex will…

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Dartmouth House tour

Tuesday, 26th April, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us for a tour of the English-Speaking Union's headquarters Dartmouth House; this opulent Grade II*-listed townhouse boasts a marble courtyard, French panelling and a Robert Adam fireplace. From a banker's ostentatious home to a military hospital and then the headquarters of educational charity the English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House has had an illustrious history. Join us on a tour of the building and discover its story - which has been shaped by those who owned it. The tour will last…

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Bristol Branch: Should we keep an elected mayor for Bristol, or revert to the committee system?

Thursday, 28th April, 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
The Apostle Room, Clifton Catholic Cathedral, Bristol, Clifton Catholic Cathedral
Bristol, BS8 3BX United Kingdom
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In May 2012, Bristolians voted by a narrow majority to introduce an elected mayor as a way of running their city. This May, after a vote in the City Council, Bristolians are being asked to vote in another referendum on whether they wish to keep the elected mayor model, or revert to a committee system. On Thursday, 28 April, Bristol ESU are hosting a debate between two former mayoral candidates: Geoff Gollop, Conservative Councillor for Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze, who lost…

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May 2022

ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition Grand Finals 2022

Sunday, 8th May, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Churchill College, University of Cambridge, Storey's Way
Cambridge, England CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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The prestigious ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, sponsored by the International Churchill Society, is the largest such contest in England and Wales, with around 400 teams (each comprising a speaker, questioner and a chairperson). The different roles allow students to practice and excel in different skill sets, and the competition’s unique format, which pairs the speaker from one school with the chair and questioner of another, encourages quick thinking and relationship building. Thirteen teams have succeeded through almost five months of…

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ESU Debate: ‘This House believes that cryptocurrencies and NFTs are a hyped-up fad’

Monday, 9th May, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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We are delighted to invite you to join us at Dartmouth House on Monday, 9 May for a lively debate of the motion 'This House believes that cryptocurrencies and NFTs are a hyped-up fad'. Speakers For the proposition: Luke Gbedemah, Tech States Reporter at Tortoise Media Peter English, Cybersecurity expert speaking in a personal capacity Zain Hussain, trainee barrister whose dissertation explored laws on cryptoassets and freezing orders And for the opposition: Elizabeth Meade, Litigator at Cooke, Young & Keidan…

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Fabergé at the court of Edward VII: a talk by Geoffrey Munn OBE, MVO

Tuesday, 10th May, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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We are delighted to mark the 30th year of the ESU Ann Chilton Art History scholarship with a talk by Geoffrey Munn OBE, MVO who is a jewellery specialist, historian and writer but is probably best known as a television presenter on the BBC Antiques Roadshow. Carl Fabergé was the maker of the famous Easter Eggs for the Russian Imperial Court but the range of his work is very much wider & includes jewelled flower studies and charming animal carvings made…

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International Public Speaking Competition

Friday, 13th May
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The ESU International Public Speaking Competition brings together the best young speakers from all over the world for a week of cultural exchange and public speaking contests. Established in 1980, it now reaches over one million young people in more than 50 countries across the globe, showcasing the highest standard of public speaking, while giving delegates an opportunity to meet and engage with other young people of different backgrounds and nationalities. This year’s finalists (national winners of the English-Speaking Union’s…

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Lincolnshire Branch Spring Lunch: Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Past, Present & Future

Tuesday, 17th May, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Ave
Lincoln, LN4 2HQ United Kingdom
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PLEASE NOTE: this event has been postponed, with the date to be confirmed soon.  The Lincoln branch is delighted to welcome Officer Commanding the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Squadron Leader Mark Sugden as guest speaker. With a world-class team, he is responsible for the preservation and aerial display of some of the nation’s most iconic and priceless artifacts including six Spitfires, two Hurricanes, a Lancaster, a C47 Dakota, with a mission to commemorate those who have…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 18th May, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until Tuesday, 31st January 2023

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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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    

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South Wales Branch: AGM

Thursday, 19th May, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cottrell Park Resort, St Nicholas
Cardiff, CF5 6SJ United Kingdom
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The South Wales Branch will be holding their AGM on Thursday, 19 May at Cottrell Park Resort. Reception drinks will be served from 6.00pm and a hot buffet supper from 7.00pm. There is no formal seating and no need to pre-order food - there will be a choice of either lasagne or mushroom stroganoff. Charge per head to cover room hire, drinks and supper is £25 (this is not a fund-raising event; charges cover actual costs and your support is…

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