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Adjudicator Anne presents Giles with the Speakers of Bromley Open Trophy

At the Beckenham Festival on Saturday 11th of November 2006, Giles scooped the Speakers of Bromley Open Trophy for the second time in three years.

The theme for the competition was 'Black cats, horseshoes and number 13...' and Giles delivered a polished performance on the teme of luck and superstition.

This was probably one of the strongest line-up of speakers ever seen delivering under the same roof (on the same day). It attracted experienced entries from Cardiff, Harwich and Eastbourne as well as a mass of excellent local talent. We offer our special thanks to Wimbledon Speakers Club who supplied 5 strong entries.

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A quick summary of the rules:

Each team will have a Chairman and 3 speakers.

Each team must speak for a minimum of 18 minutes and a maximum of 24 minutes. Green light: 15 mins - Amber light: 18 mins - Red light: 21 mins, off at 24 mins.

Each speaker excluding the Chairman must speak for a minimum of 5 minutes.

The Chairman must not speak for more than 3 minutes in total. Penalty points will be applied.

Each speaker and Chairman will be allocated a maximum of 100 points.

Good luck to all the contestants.

The Speakers of Bromley Open Trophy is a permanent fixture within the Beckenham Festival's syllabus and is competed for every November.

The festival will appoint a professional adjudicator as it does for all classes.

Speakers will be expected to demonstrate skills in terms of speech construction, speaking with conviction, gestures, use of voice, vocabulary and word pictures, humour and audience rapport. Notes may be used, but 6 x 4 inch cards are recommended.

The festival is a celebration of all that is good in the arts. Speakers of Bromley will promote this competition to all modes of speakers club throughout the south-east and we extend a warm welcome to all those who choose to participate.

The theme for the 2007 competition is: 'When does an adventure become an ordeal?' The speech duration will be a maximum of 6 minutes and the entry fee is £5.50. Speakers will incur penalty points for speaking beyond 6 minutes.

The competition will take place on Saturday, 17th of November 2007 at 4:00pm

If you haven't been to this venue before you'll be surprised to find the most wonderfully intimate amphitheatre. It's a beautiful and atmospheric auditorium, a real speaking experience.

After the competition, we plan to go to Pizza Express in Beckenham and celebrate.

Make your mind up soon and give me a call.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Entries must be in by 30th September 2007.

Click here for the entry form for this event.