A new speakers club formed to serve both the Havant and Waterlooville areas. Meetings at the Wheelwrights Arms in Havant start at 7:15 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month

Guests and potential members are always welcome.

The aim of the club is to assist members in improving their communication and leadership skills through speaking. A typical meeting will consist of prepared speeches, impromptu speaking and evaluations.

The club has been established by Antonia Harrison, an experienced member of Toastmasters International, to serve the Havant and Waterlooville area. It joins the family of similar clubs in Portsmouth (Spinnaker Speakers), Chichester (Arun Speakers) and Fareham (Solent Speakers).

More information is on the club’s facebook page: or  via the Toastmasters International page,

The club’s name recognises the achievements of Beatrice Shilling who was born in Waterlooville and was an exceptional lady who established herself in the world of engineering prior to World War 2 and famously invented a device to be fitted in Spitfires to prevent the engines cutting out while manoeuvring. The device was affectionately termed “Tilly’s orifice” by members of the RAF.

The club is part of Toastmasters International, a not for profit organisation founded in California in the 1920s and now with a membership in excess of 358,000 in more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries.

The Club serves the whole of the Havant area including Waterlooville and Hayling Island For more information please contact Keith Oliver on 07597 500 007 or at:

Posted on Thu, 20/02/2020 - 13:33