THEY were minding their Ps and Qs in Stratford last weekend.
The Circle of Toastmasters held their annual luncheon at the Stratford Hotel and were delighted to welcome Mayor Juliet Short to join them.
The circle was founded in Broom six years ago by Reuben Lynch, who became Britain’s first professional black toastmaster in the 1990s, and who has since striven to ensure the upkeep of good etiquette, protocol, and above all, manners.
Mr Lynch, who served in the Army for many years before becoming a toastmaster 22 years ago, believes the increased pace of life has led to an all-round slacking in standards.
The 70 year-old said: “Good manners are paramount. Many people these days seem to be in such a hurry they do not have the time to say good morning or hello.
“I go into schools to talk to the pupils about etiquette and manners and how to address people correctly and they love it.”
Mr Lynch and fellow members of the circle are hired for everything from weddings to christenings, charity balls to corporate events, to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Mr Lynch added: “Having a trained and qualified toastmaster at your function means that you can forget all the problems of etiquette, protocol and procedure, safe in the knowledge that the toastmaster’s experience, expertise and ability to organise the formalities, working together with the management of the venue, allow you to relax and enjoy yourselves.”
Visit www.circleoftoastmasters.org.uk for further details.