Thursday, 21 February 2019


Pollokshields Club held its annual Speech contest on Wednesday 20th February, 2019 in Hutchesons' Grammar school and welcomed members from Stirling and Rovers.

The contestants anxiously await the start of the contest.

President Scilla, with her usual charm opens the proceedings and introduces the Speech Contest Chairman

Louise - who chairs the contest with charm.

Following the conclusion of the contest the ballot was collected and everyone enjoyed supper.

Following supper, Ruth was introduced and she gave an excellent Education slot/evaluation of the contest.

Finally the winners were announced.    Anita and Carole.   President Scilla presented them with the Shield.

This was a most enjoyable evening with a delightful surprise at the end when Lauren asked to join the club.    Two new members in the past two meetings.     We are hopeful that more visitors will come along and perhaps join us.

The next meeting is on 6th March 2019 in Hutchesons' Grammar School - visitors are always welcome.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Pollokshields Club

On 6th February Pollokshields Club met for the first time in 2019.    The Theme for the evening was "Fungi"

Members were welcomed by President Scilla who welcomed Regina as a new member - a good start to the year.

 New member Regina.

The Chairman, Liz was introduced and after giving an inspiration "All mushrooms are edible, but some only once" which is a Croatian Proverb.she led the topics including Scillla on "Life is too short to stuff a mushroom", Carole on the difficulty of going out to dinner as a vegetarian, Grace foraging for mushrooms in Italy and Regina on the difficulties of love in ancient Rome.

Tis was followed by a very lively "fun" session based on 20 Questions.   The winner was Carole.
Following the tea interval there were two speeches 
 Roz - Title "Fungi by any other name" and
 Iris - title "Our little fungi friends"

Both speeches were both entertaining and educational.   Who would have guessed that there was so much to say about fungi?
Our General Evaluation was by Grace and the evening concluded with Louise, the timekeeper giving the timings, closing thought  and the Vote of Thanks

Our next meeting is to be on 20th February in room A8.  This is to be our Speech Contest.  A number of people have indicated that they will be joining us and, as usual, visitors will be made very welcome.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Pollokshields Club.

After a longer than usual break for Christmas, Pollokshields Club is meeting on Wednesday 6th February, 2019 in Hutchesons' Grammar School, Room A21.

The Theme of the evening is "Funghi" and all will be made welcome.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

POWERtalk Pollokshields

5th December, 2018 at 7.30pm. in Hutchesons' Grammar school - Room A20.

Theme:  Under the Weather.

The meeting was opened by President Scilla who gave apologies from Carole and Ruth.  Grace was introduced as Chair for the evening.

Interesting topics were handed out all based on the Theme for the evening.

 Louise on advantages of being under the weather - she could not see any.
Liz and the Science of the Weather.
 Regina and Looking Under the Weather
 Roz on reacting to superstitions such as St Swithin's Day.
 Iris gave a very lively and useful education session on beginnings and endings of speeches.  Everyone contributed and this was a very lively session.

Following the tea interval there were speeches
 Lauren made her first speech entitled "Under the Weather"

Anita made her first speech this session as she has been in Bordeaux the title was "Distant Skies"

Evaluations were by Scilla and Roz.

This was followed by a short business meeting.   Brendan presented the Budget on behalf of Carole.
The Christmas Party was discussed with members volunteering contributions.
General Evaluation was by Liz, the Timing, Closing Thought and Vote of Thanks was by Louise.

This was a very entertaining and happy meeting.    

The Party will be held next week in the home of a member.

The club meetings will recommence on 6th February 2019.   Anyone who has any comments of requires any information can make a comment on this blog and it will be answered.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

POWERtalk Pollokshields - 21st November, 2018 at 7.30pm. in Hutchesons' Grammar School - Room 22A.

President Scilla opened the evening and gave a special welcome to all the guests - Frances, Regina, Lauren, Barbara and Carole.
Apologies were given by Ruth, Iris, Carole and Anita.

Louise was introduced as Chair for the Evening.

Topics were given by Scilla, Lauren, Roz, Brendan, 
Frances and Grace.

The Theme of the evening was "Book Reviews" and Reviews were given by

Lauren on "Got You Back" by Jane Fallon.
Roz on "Elevation" by Stephen King

Louise on "The Puppet Boy of Warsaw" by Evan Weaver.

Brendan on "Beside the Ocean of Time" by George McKay Brown.

Grace on "Appetite and Greed" by Phillip Kazan.

Liz on "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman and "I'll Keep you Safe" by Peter May.
Regina on "Runnaway" by Alice Munro

And finally Scilla on "This is Going To Hurt" by Adam Kay.

The Proposed Interclub was discussed and the Timing was by Brendan.

The General Evaluation was by Brendan.

The Closing Thought and Vote of Thanks was by Grace.

The Next Meeting is on 5th December 2018 in Hutchesons' Grammar school and the Theme is to be "Under the Weather."

Thursday, 8 November 2018


POWERtalk Pollokshields met on 7th November 2018 in Room A22 Hutchesons' Grammar School.  Members were welcomed by President Scilla who also welcomed two guests.

Chairman for the evening was Carole who also handed out Topics to members

Brendan's topic was about Christmas Preparations.

An excellent workshop was presented by Ruth on "How to say NO".   Everyone present participated in this .

Following the tea break members were entertained by Scilla and Roz giving speeches - Scilla speech was entitled "Processing Memories" and Roz's speech "In Flanders Fields".
The mini evaluations were given by Iris and Brendan.

A short Business Meeting followed the speeches when dates and Themes for the next session were discussed.

The General Evaluation was by Liz.

Timekeeper Grace gave the Closing Thought and Vote of Thanks.

The next meeting of POWERtalk Pollokshields will be on 21st November 2018 in Room A22 Hutchesons' Grammar School and the Theme will be "Book Reviews" with All Club Participation.


Caledonia Council met on Sunday 4th November, 2018 in the Doubletree by Hilton, Westerwood, Glasgow.
President Iris welcomed members and chaired the Business Meeting.

Members enjoyed three excellent workshops
"Oral Reading: Science or Art" by Rosemary

"Evaluation - What I Meant to Say" by Ruth and

"Get Inspired!" by Carole.

This was a very happy and most enjoyable day with an excellent attendance by members.

The next meeting of Caledonia Council will be on 24th March 2019 in the Doubletree by Hilton, Westerwood, Glasgow and will be the Speech Contest.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

POWERtalk Pollokshields.

POWERtalk Pollokshields met on 17th October in the home of a member due to the fact that the School is closed for the Autumn Holidays.
Theme:   Autumn Leaves a lot to be Desired.

The members were welcomed by President Scilla.
Special welcome to visitor Frances.

Roz was chairman for the evening and gave us the Inspiration and Topics.
Topics were given by Liz, Louise, Grace and Brendan.

Brendan gave us an interesting Education on some of the pictures of Vincent Van Gough with some insights into the background of three pictures.

Following supper Iris gave us an educational speech about Autumn with a great deal of information about trees, leaves and even railways.
The final speaker for the evening was Ruth who gave us an amusing but useful speech about having an exit strategy. 
Timekeeping was by Liz.

The evening was brought to a close with a General Evaluation by Scilla and the closing thought and Vote of Thanks was by Liz.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

POWERtalk Pollokshields

POWERtalk Pollokshields met on 3rd October.

President Scilla opened the meeting and welcomed the members and a guest Frances.   Apologies were given from Anita, Brendan and Roz.
The Chairman, Liz, was introduced The Theme of the evening was "A Life on the Ocean Wave".  This was a Lifeboat Competition in which the members had to take on a character and give reasons why they should be saved as the ship was going down.    All the characters were composers and were …

 Sir Karl Jenkins aka Scilla

John Williams aka Iris

James Horner aka Ruth

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber aka Carole (as "The Phantom of the Opera")

Leonard Bernstein aka Grace

George Gershwin aka Louise

After the first round members voted who should be saved.  Following the Tea interval was the second round.  
Composers who were saved for the second round were - Sir Karl Jenkins, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and George Gershwin.

The worthy winner of the last place was George Gershwin.

The Chairman, Liz then led a short topic session.   Topics were given by Louise,  Ruth, Iris, Carole and Grace.

Timing was by Scilla.  The General evaluation was by Grace and the Closing Thought was by Scilla.

Everyone enjoyed an interesting evening.

Next Meeting:  17th October, 2018.   Theme:  Autumn leaves a lot to be Desired.  As the school will be closed for the Autumn holidays this is to be at the home of a member.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

POWERtalk Pollokshields.

POWERtalk Pollokshields met on Wednesday 19th September 2018 in Hutchesons’ Grammar School.   This is a new venue and seems to be working well.

The Theme for the evening was “The Good Old Days”

The meeting 
was opened by our President, scilla who welcomed three guests, Ayliffe, Barbara and Doreen.
The Chairman for the evening was Iris, who gave the Inspiration and also handed our the topics.
Various members accepted topics on the theme of the evening including Louise.

This was followed by an interesting education session by Grace.
Following the tea interval, a speech was given by Carole and our President Scilla read us a chapter of her book "For my Grandchildren's Grandchildren".
This was followed by a brief Business meeting to discuss various letters.
The timing was by Roz, the General Evaluation by Liz and Roz gave an entertaining closing thought and Vote of Thanks.
It was the general feeling of the meeting that “The Good Old Days” were not so good as nowadays.

Date of next meeting:   3rd October 2018
in Hutchesons’ Grammar School.

The Theme: A Life on the Ocean Wave - this is to be a Lifeboat Competition.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Rovers Weekend Sunday Activities

The Rovers Training Weekend Sunday activities commenced with a presentation by Iris on “Getting by in Glasgow – A Rough (very rough) Guide”. This was a humorous explanation of some colourful expressions used in Glasgow.

Colin followed this up with a talk on the North Riding dialect including a little quiz in which we had to try to guess the correct definition of a dialect word.

After a coffee break, Linda had us try to pair up word and origin. To make this more fun we all had to wear a paper hat with a slot to take a piece of paper bearing a word or an origin of a word and we had to find a partner with the corresponding word or origin.

Ruth led a workshop on how to say ‘no’ when one wishes to refuse a request to do something.

Margaret brought proceedings to an end with a winding-up and evaluation session.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Rovers Training Weekend

The Rovers Club is meeting in  Carlisle for our annual training weekend.  Members met last night for a meal. Proceedings started this morning with the business meeting.  This was followed by the speech contest  and pictured are (L to R): Yvonne (Speech Contest Chairman), Colin (Contestant). Laurence (Contest Winner with the Tibbie Brown quaich) and Evelyn (Contestant).

Activities continued in the afternoon with a talk by Nancy on her early years on Lewis, a quiz on Etymology led by Diana and a workshop on accents led by Evelyn. As always it was very enjoyable and we learnt a lot.

A more formal dinner will take place tonight and there will be further workshops tomorrow morning before we wind up the weekend and head for home.