Members who are keen to compete have opportunities to represent the club in local competitions. If successful, they represent the club at Area, District and National competitions.

National Contest 2015 

Keith Evaluating National 2015

Keith Dickerson took part in the National Finals of the Evaluation Contest in Southport on 26 April.

This was the first time Keith had reached the final of a National competition, having won the Club, Area and District Evaluation contests.

The target speech was simply entitled “Southport” and provided a cornucopia of information on Southport and it’s history.


Keith National 2nd place certif presented by Hilary SmithKeith was up against stiff competition from some very experienced evaluators, and the contest was won by past National Education Director (Association of Speakers Clubs), Dilwyn Scott.

Keith is seen here receiving his certificate from the target speaker Hilary Smith

South East District Contest 2015

Keith at DistrictKeith Dickerson won the South East District Evaluation Contest and will represent S E District in the National Evaluation Finals in Southport on 26 April. He  came close in the Speech Contest but over-ran by 2 seconds and incurred a 10 point penalty.

The full results were:

  •  Speech Contest: First – Sue Shaw (West Kent), Second – Bernie Morgan (Thanet)
  •  Evaluation Contest: First – Keith Dickerson (Colchester), Second – Ian Price (Redhill & Reigate)
  •  Topics Contest: First – Ian Price (Redhill & Reigate), Second – Nick Rennie (Chaucer)

Colchester also won the prestigious “Ace of Clubs” award for the largest percentage increase in membership in S E District! Shields

Gallery of photos from last year’s contests – 2014

Eastern Area Contest Thursday 13th February 2014, Marlborough Hotel, Sea Front, Felixstowe. Speech contest winner Tamasin Davies, evaluation and topic winner James McGinty

District AGM and Contest Sunday 23rd March 2014 The Hilton Hotel, Bearsted, Road, Maidstone ME14 5AA. Topics contest winner James McGinty who also came second in the evaluation contest.

National Convention and Contest Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April 2013, Radisson Blu Hotel, Argyll Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL.  James McGinty came third in the topics contest.

 Individual successes from previous contests