Plea to track down missing presidential chain of office
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