Division L

Division L contests – the results

From Steve Brewer, Division L Director

When I opened the contest I announced that I was the Division Director and I got a tremendous cheer from the audience,when I said that I wouldnt be for much longer I got an even louder cheer.The wonderful thing about toastmasters is that supportive environment and that sense of fun.

The supportive environment never made things feels like a chore> Andrew Tollinton arranged the venue and Nadine ,Nick ,Simon and Chief Judge Andy O’Sullivan made sure everything was ready as they contacted contestants and facilitators.  Everyone was in the right place at the right time!  This allowed us to be treated to seven prepared speeches and a target speaker, David Banfro, who came from outside District 91 for our eight contestants to evaluate.

This was definitely a competition worth winning and our placed contestants were:

International Speech Contest winner

International Speech Contest

1.Simon Bucknall

2,Gill Ornstein

3.Salem Al-Damluji

evaluation contest winner

Evaluation Contest

1.Freddie Daniells

2.Barry Greenan

3.Gill Ornstein

Please come at support Simon and Freddie at the conference in Southampton 5-7 May 2017.Come for the whole weekend or just a part of it.


Toastmasters District 91, The Mayflower Conference 2017

Division L contest winners

From Division L

The Division L contests held on Saturday 15 October 2016 at the London Business School were incredibly popular and well supported. Eventbrite had allocated 91 tickets but there were at least 105 people in the room and every one there was treated to a fantastic afternoon’s entertainment. A visitor from District 71 said The venue was lovely; the atmosphere was vibrant and the speeches were amazing

The first contest started  promptly at 14:00 Steve Brewer Division L Director welcomed everyone and introduced Andrew Tollinton the chair for the Humorous Speech Contest who warmed the audience up then cooled them down with the rules and warmed the up again with serious business of having fun. Division L was fortunate to have eight competitors Mopani Mkandawire,Angela Meringolo,Nick Youngman,Irene Bradshaw,Philippa Ellis,Warren Sheng, Jane Harries and Sarah Mannan. All of whom made this contest worth winning.

The Division L Contest Winners – Humorous Speech:

1st Place Angela Meringolo

2nd Place Mopani Mkandawire

3rd Place Irene Bradshaw

Division L contest winners 2016

Our winners are pictured above with Steve and Andrew.

Lynne Cantor was the Contest Chair for the Table Topics Contest. She maintained the high standard that had been seen and heard in the Humorous Speech contest.There were some very clever answers to the question…If you excluded Cars and the mobile phone, what would you uninvent?

The seven contestants gave us a magnificent array of answers from the serious to the madcap, all of them giving inventive solutions to the problem set. Our contestants were: Daniel Broadhead, Freddie Daniells, Salem Al-Damluji, Jason Thompson, David Phelops, Jeremy Assous  and Angela Lansbury.

The Division L Contest Winners – Table Topics:

1st Place Daniel Broadhead

2nd Place Freddie Daniells

3rd Place Angela Lansbury

They are pictured below with Lynne and Steve.

Division L contest winners 2016

A big “Thank you!”

Finally I would to say a big thank you to everyone that helped on the day to make this a big success and especially to Simon Cooper, Nick Westall and Andrew Tollinton who made the magic happen behind the scenes  in the days leading up to the event.Team work really does make the dream work so please come and support our champions Angela and Daniel at the Woking Conference on Saturday 5 November in Woking.

Register to support your Division L winners at the District Conference


Conference Schedule – Toastmasters UK South – District 91 Members

Area L61 Contests – results

From Seema Menon, Area L61 Director

Saturday 1 October was the date of the Area L61 Contests: Humorous Speech and Table Topics. It was an afternoon lots of laughter and camaraderie as we moved from the club to area level of the contests.

Many things were shared, even what one contestant still thought about John Travolta after all these years and much was learned about the Table Topics contestants who told us what they would do with the second of three wishes that they were granted.

All the competitors in the Area L61 contests made winning very worthwhile such was the high standard.

Area L61 Contests Humorous Speech winner 2016

The Humorous Speech contest was between Mopani Mkandwire, Sofia Geraghty, Gill Ornstein, Warren Sheng , Amapro Villamil and Steffy Samuel. First, second and third were Mopani, Sofia and Gill respectively.

Area L61 Contests - Table Topics winner Oct 2016

The Table Topics Contest was keenly fought with six challengers: Angela Lansbury, David Phelops, Pam Attfield, Thulasi Arunthavanathan, Steffy Samuel and Andrew Kiely. First, second and third were Angela, David and Pam.

The winners are pictured with Steve Brewer, Division L Director

We are very pleased to see Mopani and Warren and Angela and David go through to the Division Contests which are being held at the London Business School on Saturday 15 October 2016.

Register for the Division L Contests

Please follow the link to get your free tickets for what promise to be excellent contests.


Area L9 Contests – results

Area L9 contestsOn Thursday 29 September 2016 the Area L9 Humorous Speech and Table Topics competition took place in The Plough public house. We were treated to an evening filled laughter, and feats of eloquence!

All four competitors in each competition set high standards for themselves and raised the bar for the Area’s clubs.

The Humorous Speech contest was between Irene Bradshaw, Philippa Ellis, Francine Legrand and Mike Thompson. Irene Bradshaw was not a stranger to the contest, having competed the previous year, and took First Place. Philippa was a strong contender placing in Second.

The Table Topics competition was keenly contested by four challengers: Freddie Daniels, Daniel Broadhead, Sara Thomas, and Simon Cooper. First and second place finishers were Freddie and Daniel with their energetic and passionate impromptu speeches.

We are very pleased to see Irene, Philippa, Freddie, and Daniel go through to the Division Contests which are being held at the London Business School on Saturday 15 October.

Register for the Division L contests

Please follow the link to get your tickets for what promises to be stellar contests:


Area 56 Contest results

Area L56 Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests. It was an evening  filled with joy, laughter and we also had a special non toastmasters guest, Sophie Clark, who came to talk to us about the importance of how we communicate,she was very impressed with the standard of the competitions.
All five competitors in each competition made both competitions worth winning such was the high standard.
The Humorous Speech contest was between Sarah Mannan, Matthew Robinson, Jane Harries, Caroline Moronfolu and Andy Strang. First, second and third were Sarah, Matthew and Jane respectively.

The Table Topics competition was keenly contested by five challengers, Jason Thompson, Sayara Beg, Matthew Robinson, Richard Balfour and Rudi Yagor.  First, second and third were Jason, Sayara and Matthew.

We are very pleased to see Sarah and Matthew and Jason and Sayara go through to the Division Contests which are to be held at the London Business School on the 15 October 2016.

Please follow the link to get your tickets for what promises to be very good contests.

Division L Contests on Saturday 15 October

On 15 October 2016, Division L’s holding its Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests.

All toastmasters are invited to join what are shaping up to be  fantastic competitions for the Division L titles of Humorous Speech Champion and Table Topics Champion. The venue is London Business School, Sussex Place London NW1 4SA.

We expect to have eight competitors in each competition so we will be having quantity as well as quality. You will not get often get the chance to get such value from the price of your free ticket so please book your ticket for an afternoon of fun and joy.

 Please click on the link below for your special ticket.

Steve Brewer

Division L Director

Come along – Area L61 Contests 1 October

From Indra Sikdar and Piotr Janik

Area L61 ContestsYou are warmly invited to:
Event: Area 61 Humorous Speech Contest and Table Topics Contest

Time: 13.00 – 17.00

Date: 1 October 2016

Venue: The Church Hall of the First Church of Christ Scientist, 53 Cassiobury Drive, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 3AD

Please register for free Area L61 Contests at:


** Friends and Family Invited **

Impromptu Speaking & Evaluation Evening

From Northern Lights Speakers & Angel Speakers

Northern Lights Speakers, in collaboration with Angel Speakers is delighted to host an evening of Impromptu Speaking and evalution. An opportunity for guests and members to attend an evening event with the sole purpose of helping participants to hone and improve existing speakings skills.

  • Want to polish your impromtu speaking skills?
  • Unsure what to say when put on the spot?
  • Frustrated that clever responses never arrive in the heat of the moment?

Northern Lights Speakers

Entry is guaranteed by registering (free of charge) through Eventbrite.

All speaking levels, member and non-members welcome to attend!

NB Members of Toastmasers are requested to bring 3 prepared table topic questions.

Register for free here:


23 Aug David Jones workshop – humorous speeches

From Holborn Speakers

David Jones WorkshopToastmasters is a wonderful organisation. It teaches you how to write a good speech and how to give effective feedback. But it doesn’t teach you how to be funny. And yet humour is one of the greatest assets a speaker can have. Most professional speakers will tell you “if you ain’t funny, you better get funny”. But if you ain’t funny, don’t worry, because the ability to make an audience laugh is a learnt skill. In this workshop you will learn some of the writing and performing skills of comedians. The workshop will include how a joke works, how to perform funny material so you don’t kill it, and tips on writing for the Humorous Speech contest.

Trainer Profile

David Jones has been in Toastmasters since 2003. He has won District Table Topics Contests five times, and  was in the UK & Ireland Humorous Speech final twice. David does stand-up comedy, and is also a frequent after-dinner speaker. Since 2009, David has been running stand-up comedy courses.

Alex Petty, Director of Laughing Horse Comedy Ltd. says “Laughing Horse has hosted the showcases from the ten stand-up courses that David Jones has run. David’s students are consistently of a high quality, and are amongst the best new comedians I’ve seen graduating from a comedy course.”

Join us on Tuesday 23 August at the Devereux for this great workshop on humorous speaking!

Please register to attend the David Jones workshop


Thien Trang wins world semi-final

Many congratulations to to Thien Trang Nguyen Phan our District 91 International Speech Champion who is through to the final of the 2016 World Championship of Public Speaking!! (having won her semi-final)

pictured here: Jean Gamester, Thien, Pedro Casillas, Vanessa King