Our second meeting in our new home of Wimbledon Library was a night of fantastic variety led by our Chair for the evening, Debra. And it was also a night of two halves, literally, which saw us break out into the big main room for the ‘Parliamentary Debate’ – the headline act.
After a warm welcome, Debra used a box of trivia cards that she had received as a Christmas present as the basis of both the icebreaker as well as the topics round. The icebreaker asked us all to recall a ‘senior moment’ that we’d once had – no shortage of answers there!
A wonderful variety of topics saw the audience provide 2-minute impromptu speeches on such subjects as ‘how to make a good cup of tea’, ‘unexpected item in the baggage area’ and ‘first impressions count’, with Arsh taking home the trophy on this occasion, much to the delight of his family in attendance! Bilwa provided an exemplary display of topics evaluation (as one would expect from an award-winner!), giving each of the participants praise as well as a suggested improvement, to help us all hone our speaking skills.
The second half saw us move into the big main room in the library and onto the main stage for the annual ‘Parliamentary Debate’, with the Chair quickly morphing into the role of Madam Speaker for proceedings! There were two mini debates (one on the role of the British Monarchy and one on the required etiquette of visitors to London) with 3 speakers on each side arguing for and against. The format worked very well and kept the audience engaged throughout – many cheered, jeered and threw impromptu questions at the speakers to keep them on their toes!
Sam rounded off the evening with the general evaluation, declaring the evening a great success – a remark that was met with resounding approval from those in attendance!
We look forward to our next meeting on Wednesday 21st March (kick off 7.30pm) at Wimbledon Library (2 minutes walk from Wimbledon train / underground station – entrance via the automatic side door on the left of the building) for more practice and progress! Everyone welcome – especially new visitors!