Tall Tales and Awards at Abden House


It was one of the best, if not THE best social event we have had at Waverley Communicators. Held in the comfort and splendour of Abden House in Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, the Annual Awards Dinner was a fitting end to the a very succesful year and the club’s fifth anniversary.

DinnerEileen2Congratulations to Eileen Scott who was awarded Toastmaster of the Year for ‘the member whose educational accomplishments, club service, dedication and enthusiasm are exceptional’. This year, Eileen gained her CL and ALB; won both the Humorous and International speech contests at club and Area level; and was our hardworking SAA always making sure that the room was set up for every meeting, remembered to buy milk for the tea and provided us with superior biscuits. Eileen is handing over the SAA’s duties to Graeme Buck when the new committee takes over on 1st July to concentrate on speeches.

DinnerPaul2Paul Bailey was awarded the Waverley Communication Achievement Award for the member whose speaking skills have improved most over the past year. This award usually goes to a new member but although Paul has been a member for several years, the committee felt that his improvement overall, his success in club contests, the amount of speeches he has delivered, and the improvement in his overall speaking skills made him a worthy winner. Congratulations Paul and we look forward to more  speeches.

DinnerRichardEvery year the President awards  The President’s Award to the member who they think has shown dedication and hard work above and beyond the call of duty. This year, that award went to the club’s VPE Richard McMahon who has managed the meetings, filled roles, encouraged members to follow the communication and leadership tracks, organised club contests and generally worked hard. Congratulations to Richard who will hand over the VPE’s duties to Aideen O’Malley on 1st July. Richard will take over as Mentoring Co-Ordinator.

The Annual Tall Tales Contest is always an event to look forward to at the dinner. This year there were six contestants – Duncan Thompson, John Wood, Paul Bailey, Moira Beaton, Eileen Scott and Kevin Miller with tales ranging from being a film extra in Italy; thieving raccoons with a liking for shoes and beer in America; a brush with the Russians and nearly becoming the reluctant owner of an aeroplane;   a gambling cat with her own online gaming account; the disastrous consequences of an unplugged freezer; being chased by dragons and tigers in Leith.

The contest was organised and chaired by Patrick Bundy who was a very amiable host, managing to keep the hilarity under control long enough to count the votes and announce a winner – Kevin Miller, with his sad tale of a freezer unplugged and the resulting consequences.


Patrick introduces the Tall Tales Contest


DinnerNeilandKevinAt the end of a very enjoyable evening, Kevin handed over the Presidency of the club to the new President for 2014-2015, Neil MacLure who, with the new committee, takes over the running of the club on 1st July.


Four Presidents l to r: Moira Beaton, Neil MacLure, Reuben Welch, Eileen Scott


Post written by Moira Beaton DTM

VPPR Waverley Communicators

Photographs: Dimitrijs Limonovs



Would We Lie To You? Find Out At Waverley Communicators Awards Dinner On Friday

Yes, we would lie to you. But only at the Tall Tales Contest this Friday at Jury’s Inn.

On the other hand, we may be telling the truth. It’s up to the audience to decide.

And to see how it’s done, and keep your audience guessing, here’s Glasgow comedian Kevin Bridges on the TV show Would I Lie To You? where the two teams have to decide whether the opposing team is lying or telling the truth.


Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, VPPR (Elect)

Last Call For Bookings For Waverley Communicators Annual Awards Dinner and Tall Tales Contest

Jurys Inn bar

There are still a few places available at the 2013 Annual Awards Dinner and Tall Tales Contest.

The Annual Dinner and Tall Tales Contest has been such a success in the last few years that we don’t want any of our members to miss out.

It’s on Friday 21 June 2013 at the Jury’s Inn, 43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH.

We are limited to 32 places, so to make sure of your place, you have to book by Wednesday!

The ticket is only £24 for:

  • a delicious  3 course meal + 1 glass of wine (perhaps more)
  • Tall Tales contest where you are the judges
  • awards presentation for Toastmaster of the Year,and Communicators Award for the most improved speaker
  • meet and chat to your fellow members in a relaxed, convivial night out

Dress is smart/casual.

And to tempt your tastebuds here is the menu:


Spanish chorizo & new potatoes salad drizzled with lime vinegar

Crispy crumbed brie with cranberry dip and crostini (v)

Soup of the Day (v)


Baked fillet of haddock moray with sauté leeks & lemon

Individual baked tender beef & Guinness pie with veg & herbs

Wok fried seasonal veg drizzled in chilli & garlic topped with crispy noodles (v)


Chocolate fudge cake with sauce

Lemon cheesecake with exotic fruit coulis

Fresh fruit salad


Wine/Drinks A glass of wine will be provided free with the meal.

And you can also pre-order a bottle of wine at discounted rates – (Whites: Chardonnay £14.40; Pinot Grigio £15.30; Sauvignon Blanc £16.20; or Reds: Cabernet Sauvignon £14.45; Merlot £15.35).

Other drinks, including wine by the glass can be bought on the night at the bar/from waiting staff.

To confirm your place at the dinner all you have to do is email Duncan Thompson at duncant7062@yahoo.co.uk 

with your menu choices and special dietary requirements  before Wednesday 19th June, and deposit £24 (+ cost of any pre-ordered

wine) into the club bank account stating your name in the reference field (bank details from Duncan).



Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, VPPR (Elect)