Trowbridge schools take the debating stage by storm


The sixth annual Young Voice of Trowbridge public speaking competition took place on the evening of Wednesday, 25th April and we were delighted to be asked to attend as a returning sponsor.

Organised by Trowbridge in Bloom, the competition provides a fantastic opportunity for secondary schools within the local area to debate topical issues, with the 2018 competition focusing on the environment.

A range of pupils, from Year 8 through to Sixth Form, tackled questions, such as, ‘What is the most important issue facing the environment today’; ‘Can we live without plastics? What would the world look like’ and ‘Our sense of place and home informs who we are. What does a degraded environment tell us about ourselves?’

All speakers gave a thoughtful response and spoke passionately about their given topic, providing the audience with a riveting evening and the judges with a difficult decision.

Lady Penelope Marland, former High Sheriff of Wiltshire and a judge on the night, commented on the courage, poise and confidence it takes to stand up and talk in front of a keen audience with a clear direction on answering a given question, with everyone "delivering their arguments with eloquence and skill."

Cllr Deborah Halik, Mayor of Trowbridge, Dr Andrew Thompson, University of Bath and Mr Jonathan Frayling from Forrester, Sylvester Mackett completed the judging panel.

Congratulations to all of the young adults who took part. It was an absolute pleasure to attend and to help support such a fantastic event.

Photo credit: Kevin Hartley.