There were several absentees for tonight’s gathering but we did not let the lack of numbers spoil the occasion which once again produced humour, information and enjoyment. Frank opened the meeting and chaired the business session before handing over to Roger as chairman for the evening. Mark gave us a humerous reading about the old days when men with horse and carts collected the contents of drains, on one occasion the cart tipped over, spilling the contents onto the street and some people! Mark gave us some word pictures that made us cringe! He then gave us a speech to the assignment ‘gestures’; he kept to the theme, speaking about time travel and posing the question “would we choose the past or the future?” After exploring the possibilities he surprised us by choosing to go back to be with his grandmother who had a huge influence on his life. Ron evaluated his speech, commenting on the good points and giving some constructive advice before asking Mark to move on to the next assignment. Frank then spoke to the advanced assignment ‘the written speech’ this involved giving the evaluator a copy of his speech some days before the meeting, so that it could be followed. Frank spoke about those two vast spaces, the north and south poles and the explorers who attempted to conquer them. Roger, as evaluator, praised Frank for his speech construction, use of voice, the use of the pause and choice of subject; he would liked to have seen more gestures and amused us all by noting that Frank missed out three words from the script! After the interval David chaired the topics session, asking each member to speak for three minutes on the theme ‘space’, frank was asked if he thought aliens had ever visited our planet, other members were given, ‘lost in space’, ‘what is space’, ‘ the smallest space’, ‘spacing things apart’ and ‘the race for space’ all quite challenging. Ron, as the General Evaluator, summed up the evening; he praised way members answered the topics and also the two speeches, he thought that overall it had been an enjoyable, very successful meeting. Frank closed the meeting at 9.50pm.