Guildford & Surrey

WELCOME TO

the Guildford & District branch

of the English-Speaking Union

As a member of the ESU you can take part in our social, educational and cultural programmes and attend events both in the UK and abroad. Local fundraisers and competition heats will enable you to support young people in your community.

As a UK member you receive a number of further benefits. These include priority access to Dartmouth House, our beautiful London Headquarters, regular e-news updates, a copy of our Members’ magazine and invitations to special events.

This vibrant and fast-growing branch is particularly active in its work with young people. As well as local events, including heats of the UK Public Speaking Competition and Performing Shakespeare, its proximity to London allows members to take advantage of the facilities on offer at Dartmouth House, the Headquarters of the ESU.

I look forward to welcoming you into the ESU family!

Gail Featherstone

Membership Officer membership@esu.org

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Guildford & District

Meet the Chairman

I would like to welcome you most warmly to the Guildford and District Branch. We are a very wide-reaching branch and our committee reflects this diversity. We are a group of people of all ages and backgrounds joined in our mission to promote the ESU, helping to provide opportunities for young people to learn to speak in in public and to help make critical thinkers whilst also having FUN.

We hold evening meetings three times a year in the lighter evenings, to hear talks on a wide-range of topics, and to support and celebrate our branch's competitors in the ESU competitions. Our meetings are held in Guildford and, once a year, we aim to hold an event at Dartmouth House. We always have convivial social occasions to which all family or friends are also invited, with entertainment and refreshments.

Our events focus on supporting ESU activities through raising awareness, as well as raising funds. We have been engaged in programmes such as Discover Your Voice Workshops, increasing students' and teachers' involvement in ESU programmes. We have also sponsored an overseas exchange and are always happy to receive nominations. We hold local and district branch heats of the UK Public Speaking Competition. We are also very supportive of schools wishing to take part in Performing Shakespeare.

We are a very friendly and lively group of people who welcome new members warmly. If you live in our branch's wide area and would like to attend our social events, get involved in our projects or help us fundraise, I urge you to join and we will get in touch with you.

Please do join us and I look forward to welcoming you to your first event!

Lori Winch-Johnson

Guildford & District

Meet the Chairman

I would like to welcome you most warmly to the Guildford and District Branch. We are a very wide-reaching branch and our committee reflects this diversity. We are a group of people of all ages and backgrounds joined in our mission to promote the ESU, helping to provide opportunities for young people to learn to speak in in public and to help make critical thinkers whilst also having FUN.

We hold evening meetings three times a year in the lighter evenings, to hear talks on a wide-range of topics, and to support and celebrate our branch's competitors in the ESU competitions. Our meetings are held in Guildford and, once a year, we aim to hold an event at Dartmouth House. We always have convivial social occasions to which all family or friends are also invited, with entertainment and refreshments.

Our events focus on supporting ESU activities through raising awareness, as well as raising funds. We have been engaged in programmes such as Discover Your Voice Workshops, increasing students' and teachers' involvement in ESU programmes. We have also sponsored an overseas exchange and are always happy to receive nominations. We hold local and district branch heats of the UK Public Speaking Competition. We are also very supportive of schools wishing to take part in Performing Shakespeare.

We are a very friendly and lively group of people who welcome new members warmly. If you live in our branch's wide area and would like to attend our social events, get involved in our projects or help us fundraise, I urge you to join and we will get in touch with you.

Please do join us and I look forward to welcoming you to your first event!

Lori Winch-Johnson

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