Plea to track down miss­ing pres­i­den­tial chain of of­fice

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

AN im­por­tant piece of his­tory has gone miss­ing in Bar­well.

Bar­well Speak­ers Club has lost its Pres­i­den­tial Chain of Of­fice, which bears the name of all the pres­i­dents for the last 40 years.

The se­ries of em­bossed metal badges bear­ing the pres­i­dents’ names are at­tached to a dark green ma­te­rial.

The group be­lieves it was taken in a house clear­ance some six weeks ago, af­ter the pre­vi­ous pres­i­dent, who had the chain, passed away.

She had no will and only one rel­a­tive in Aus­tralia, so her goods were re­moved from her home, pos­si­bly along with the prized item.

Roy Sut­ton, from Earl Shilton, is a long­stand­ing mem­ber of the club, who has served as pres­i­dent sev­eral times.

He said: “We’re just hop­ing some­one is in pos­ses­sion of the chain and get it back to us.

“It’s not so much the value of it, it’s the fact that it has all the names on it.”

The club, which has ex­isted for 42 years, helps peo­ple im­prove their pub­lic speak­ing and pre­sen­ta­tion skills.

Mem­bers give talks which are as­sessed by oth­ers in terms of eye con­tact, enun­ci­a­tion and voice.

The group is part of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Speak­ers Clubs, which in­cludes clubs in Lut­ter­worth, Mar­ket Har­bor­ough, and one that meets at De Mont­fort Univer­sity in Le­ices­ter.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about the miss­ing chain con­tact Roy Sut­ton on Hinck­ley 846203.

Bar­well Speak­ers Club meets fort­nightly on Thurs­days at 7.30pm, at the Ge­orge Ward Cen­tre.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the club’s web­site.

Roy Sut­ton pic­tured with the miss­ing chain of of­fice

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