Hertford and Ware Youth Speaks competition
We had a record 14 teams enter this year (6 Intermediates and 8
Seniors). There would have been 15 teams but a Simon Balle
Intermediate team dropped out at the last minute due to sickness. A
John Warner chairperson had to also stand in at the last minute as
the main speaker in their other intermediate team.
It was a very successful evening. In spite of the large number of
teams we started promptly at 6.30 and finished just after 10pm. My
thanks go to our judges headed up by Julian Bishopp (brought back
out of retirement) assisted by Bob Barker and Ivan Legallais, and to
Alan Furness our timekeeper and Gill Geall for compering the evening
and pushing through the teams in record time and to Ware Inner Wheel
for looking after the refreshments.
The subjects covered were many and varied – Social media, animal
rights, mental illness, school uniform, let dogs be dogs, digital
human rights enforcement, protection of prisoners human rights,
inclusive education, absence makes the heart grow fonder, great
expectations, does the end justify the means and LGBT (for those
unfamiliar with the term it is Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans
The students were brilliant – full of confidence.
For those members that did not attend, they missed a very special
The winners were
Intermediates 1st Sele School 2nd The John Warner School
Seniors 1st Chauncy School 2nd Simon Balle School