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Lincoln & Lincolnshire

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Welcome to the ESU Lincolnshire Branch.

As the new Chairman for our region, I must first of all thank Sir Michael Graydon who has led the Branch for the past 18 years.  His extraordinary leadership and dedication to the ESU has inspired and helped many young people and schools from across the county and beyond and I’m delighted to say he has agreed to continue to support us as an Honorary Vice-President.

It is a daunting task to take over from Sir Michael, but with the wonderful support of the Committee, Members and Volunteers, we look forward to carrying on with the ESU mission to support young people and develop oracy  in our schools.  We are an active branch and a lively group encompassing neighbouring Midlands areas as well the expanse that is Greater Lincolnshire.

The aims of the ESU are two-fold – first and foremost to support schools and young people with communication skills they need to thrive, through speech and debating programs and competitions in schools, and secondly  via scholarships and support to aid professional development in the wider world. We promote and support those aims via our local membership – spreading the word with cultural events, and engaging with local volunteers and supporters.

Our calendar usually includes a spring lunch, a summer drinks reception, our Autumn dinner which has an enviable reputation for renowned and stimulating speakers, as well as our AGM in December.  We also run some online talks.  We have close relationships with a number of local cultural institutions and organisations including Doddington Hall, the International Bomber Command Centre, the Lincoln Book Festival and Lincoln University. As a pre-eminent organiser of cultural events in the area, we welcome new members and continue to respond to new ideas and interests and to remain relevant.

Past speakers include:-
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major,  Journalist Michael Buerk,  international violinist and broadcaster Tasmin Little OBE, historian Lord Peter Hennessy, renowned Egyptologist Professor Toby Wilkinson, eminent medical doctor and broadcaster Lord Robert Winston, Commandant of RAF Cranwell Air Commodore Suraya Marshall,  Lincoln University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Julian Free, Ex-Metropolitan Police Chief Lord Bernard Hogan-Howe, Labour Party politician and Nato’s 10th General Secretary Lord George Robertson, and Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Conservative Politician and last Governor of Hong Kong Lord Chris Patten.

We have worked hard to be the dynamic link between the ESU’s specialist in-house Education and Competitions specialists and local schools, not just with highly regarded ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition and ESU Performing Shakespeare competition, but also with ever evolving school-based programmes to help young people in primary and secondary schools develop strong communication skills critical to helping them thrive.

In addition, generous sponsors have enabled the branch to offer exciting scholarships for school leavers and third level students to help them have meaningful global experiences from Iceland to Honduras, learn new skills and hopefully develop long-lasting international relationships.

So whether you are a committed educationalist or simply want access to our unique cultural opportunities, do please consider joining us. You will be very welcome!

Kind Regards,

Camilla Carlbom Flinn

Lincolnshire branch travel grants

Are you in Year 12 or 13 at school or at university and thinking to travel abroad next year as part of your development?  Would a travel grant make a difference? The ESU has several grants available to support students in or from Lincolnshire looking to travel, study or work abroad. Grants are open to all those born in the county and/or studying in Lincolnshire schools, universities and other educational establishments.

  • The ESU Lincolnshire Branch Travel Grant aims to encourage young people to travel, ideally to developing countries, and to teach English in schools. Promoting the use of English is a way of improving communication and therefore understanding between nations and is a prime objective of the English-Speaking Union. Activities other than teaching English will be considered if they contribute to this objective. Application is open to Lincolnshire school students in Year 12 and 13. In previous years, the branch has given discretionary awards from several hundred pounds to over £1,000.  Candidates should be able to explain the benefits they hope to achieve from their travel experience as well as outline what additional plans they have to raise the money needed.  Scholars are asked to keep ESU members informed about their trip and speak at our AGM about their experiences.
  • The ESU John Roberts Scholarship is directed at encouraging young people interested in a career in art, architecture and design, to travel and gain knowledge of their subject and the grant is supported by John Roberts, founder of acclaimed Lincoln architect firm JRA. The award process takes place in the period February-March (alternating with the Carlbom scholarship described below). An award of up to £2,000 can be given for each successful applicant.
  • The Carlbom Scholarship Fund supports local oracy programmes run by the ESU and encourages young people to travel, especially in the Scandinavian region, to promote understanding in the world through the use of the English language.  The fund is supported by the Carlbom family, owners of Immingham based Carlbom Shipping. An award of up to £1,000 can be given for each successful applicant.

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