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The Swallowcliffe Debating Society

The Swallowcliffe Debating Society meets from time to time on an ad-hoc basis, usually on the 2nd Tuesday of the month to discuss interesting and important subjects.

Listen to Chris Stanbury discussing Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg's 2010 TV debate on BBC Radio Wiltshire

Doors open at 19:30 - debate starts at 20:00

Question Time

Referendum Special

POSTPONED until

Monday June 20th 2016
8pm (doors open 7.30pm)

This event was scheduled for Friday 17th but in the light of the tragic murder of Jo Cox we have been forced to reschedule - I hope you understand

There will be a collection in support of Hope and Homes for Children

We raised more than £600 last year - thank you for your generosity

The panel
Conservative - Dr Andrew Murrison (out)
Labour - Dave Roberts (in)
UKIP - Matthew Brown (out)
Lib Dem. - Trevor Carbin (in)
Green Party - Phil Randle (in)
Farmer - Quentin Edwards (out)

 

Free tickets available in advance from Chris - 01747 858016
Please submit your questions to Chris by June 1st

Tickets will NOT be available on the door

 

Check the Swallowcliffe diary or this page for future meetings

Contact us by telephone :
(01747) 858017
(08:30-18:00 Mon-Fri)

Or email :
Chris@swallowcliffe.com

Aims

Our aim is to have fun over a glass of wine (bring your own, but not to the election special) in the village hall. We want to bring villagers (young and old) together and get a lively discussion going without any animosity. You are welcome to attend without speaking. We will hold a variety of debates including:

  • Standard debate - two speakers for and two against the motion
  • Balloon debates - last speaker in the balloon wins (vote after each short speech)
  • Court cases - retrial of a controversial court case
  • 6 minute debates - only two speakers (3 minutes each)
  • Topical debate - a topical issue chosen a few nights before the meeting
  • Opposite debate - volunteers will debate a topic from their opponent's viewpoint
  • Lucky dip - short debate drawn from the hat
  • Liar's debate - one of the arguments is complete fiction - audience decides who is telling the truth

Rules

The debate begins with a definition of the motion by the chairman. This is followed by the first proposer speaking for up to 5 minutes. The first opposer then gets up to five minutes followed by the 2nd proposer and 2nd opposer (up to 4 mins each). The debate is then opened up to the floor (no more than three minutes per speaker). The opposer and proposer then have three minutes to sum up their case. Finally the chairman conducts a vote and a winner is declared.

Debates (past and future)

We meet on an occasional basis at the Swallowcliffe Village Hall - everyone is welcome

Date Day Motion
Y
N
?
Chairman
17, Jun 2016 Fri Question Time - EU Referendum special
 
 
 
Chris Stanbury
29, Apr 2015 Wed Question Time - with local politicians
 
 
 
Chris Stanbury
14, Aug 2012 Tue Capitalism is past its "sell by" date
(10th anniversary meeting)
5
3
 
Chris Stanbury
10, Jul 2012 Tue Financial services will be the death of the UK
1
2
 
Chris Stanbury
12, Jun 2012 Tue Nuclear power is a better option than renewables
2
3
1
Chris Stanbury
08, May 2012 Tue Coalition government has been good for Britain
3
1
1
Chris Stanbury
10, Apr 2012 Tue Scotland would be better off alone
2
5
1
Chris Stanbury
13, Mar 2012 Tue Cancelled due to illness
 
 
 
Mike Barclay
14, Feb 2012 Tue The Commonwealth is obsolete
0
4
 
Chris Stanbury
10, Jan 2012 Tue Strikes are counterproductive for union members
3
4
1
Chris Stanbury
13, Dec 2011 Tue We should move to Central European Time
2
3
1
Mike Barclay
8, Nov 2011 Tue The banks are not to blame for our economic crisis
3
3
1
Chris Stanbury
11, Oct 2011 Tue The abolition of cheques is a good thing
1
6
1
Chris Stanbury
13, Sep 2011 Tue Organ donation should be the default on death
5
3
1
Chris Stanbury
9, Aug 2011 Tue Feed in tariffs are ridiculous
4
4
1
Chris Stanbury
12, Jul 2011 Tue Exams are a good way to measure ability
3
2
1
Chris Stanbury
14, Jun 2011 Tue Privacy laws threaten our democracy
3
1
1
Chris Stanbury
10, May 2011 Tue Whistleblowers are counter-productive
4
0
3
Chris Stanbury
12, Apr 2011 Tue Alternative Voting (maybe a discussion)
4
8
 
Chris Stanbury
8, Mar 2011 Tue Banker's bonuses are needed
3
2
 
Chris Stanbury
8, Feb 2011 Tue What can we do with The Royal Oak? (a discussion)
60
 
 
Chris Stanbury
11, Jan 2011 Tue The church is obsolete
1
7
4
Chris Stanbury
14, Dec 2010 Tue Villages don't need pubs
2
11
1
Chris Stanbury
9, Nov 2010 Tue We have nothing to fear from surveillance
6
6
1
Chris Stanbury
12, Oct 2010 Tue Universities should be self funding
3
5
 
Chris Stanbury
10, Aug 2010 Tue International aid doesn't work
3
1
1
Chris Stanbury
13, Jul 2010 Tue We can't significantly affect climate change
 
Chris Stanbury
8, Jun 2010 Tue Heathrow should get its third runway
 
John Edgley
11, May 2010 Tue Voting in general elections should be compulsory
2
2
 
Chris Stanbury
13, Apr 2010 Tue Question Time - with local politicians
 
 
 
Chris Stanbury
9, Mar 2010 Tue Farming should no longer be subsidised
4
2
 
Chris Stanbury
9, Feb 2010 Tue Foreigners should be prevented from buying British companies
6
4
 
Chris Stanbury
12, Jan 2010 Tue The council is right not to grit country roads
1
1
 
Chris Stanbury
30, Dec 2005 Fri Fame is overpaid
3
3
 
Chris Stanbury
30, Dec 2005 Fri 3 min - Christmas is irrelevant in a multicultural society
3
3
 
Chris Stanbury
28, Oct 2005 Fri Stem Cell research is morally justified
14
1
Ralph Husband
28, Oct 2005 Fri 3 min- Old people have worse manners than the young
0
3
13
Chris Stanbury
26, Aug 2005 Fri The arts suffer from public funding
15 
Chris Stanbury
26, Aug 2005 Fri Balloon debate - best piece of art (Winner Picasso's Guernica)
 
 
 
Chris Stanbury
24, Jun 2005 Fri Was Tony Martin guilty? - the case revisited
30 
Judge Anne Ralphs
29, Apr 2005 Fri Question Time - with local politicians
 
 
 
David Bright
25, Feb 2005 Fri America is an effective World policeman
9
6
1
Chris Stanbury
25, Feb 2005 Fri Lucky dip debate - Camilla would make a good Queen
8
7
1
Chris Stanbury
26, Nov 2004 Fri Smoking in public buildings should be banned
8
5
 
Rod Wright
29, Oct 2004 Fri We need more regional government
3
11
 
Brian Stevens
24, Sep 2004 Fri Cancelled due to harvest supper
 
 
 
N/A
27, Aug 2004 Fri We have too many Bank Holidays
4
2
 
None
30, Jul 2004 Fri It is wrong to eat animals
8
13
 
Richard Thompson
25, Jun 2004 Fri Cancelled due to lack of a quorum
 
 
 
N/A
28, May 2004 Fri Censorship is an outdated concept
7
4
 
Chris Stanbury
30, APR 2004 Fri Re-examination of the Hutton report
 
 
 
Judge Anne Ralphs
26, Mar 2004 Fri It is time for Britain to leave Europe
12
4
 
Louise Atkins
26, Mar 2004 Fri State sponsored murder can sometimes be justified
12
4
 
Louise Atkins
27, Feb 2004 Fri Government targets help
3
 
TBA
27, Feb 2004 Fri Television is a curse
6
4
 
TBA
30, Jan 2004 Fri Balloon debate (best New Year resolution)(winner Branson away)
 
 
 
Chris Stanbury
30, Jan 2004 Fri Britain's honours system needs a complete rethink
6
7
 
Jo Grant
26, Dec 2003 Fri Cancelled due to lack of a quorum
 
 
 
N/A
28, Nov 2003 Fri Parliament should repeal 25% of laws
8
3
Jo Grant
28, Nov 2003 Fri It was right to retire Concorde
8
5
Jo Grant
31, Oct 2003 Fri It is time to give up remembering war
0
11
2 David Brown
26, Sep 2003 Fri Britain is full
10
8
 
Jo Grant
29, Aug 2003 Fri A and O levels are too easy
8
5
 
Malcom Rothwell
25, Jul 2003 Fri Equality for women is undesirable
12
8
 
John Edgley
27, Jun 2003 Fri The UK and USA were right to liberate Iraq.
 
 
 
 
30, May 2003 Fri Re-examination of a controversial legal case - Michael Stone
 
 
 
Anne Ralphs
25, APR 2003 Fri Students should pay for their education
7
11
  Ralph Husband
25, APR 2003 Fri Youngsters are less capable of entertaining themselves now
 
 
 
Ralph Husband
28, Mar 2003 Fri We are taking the wrong actions to defeat Global Warming
4
8
 2
Louise Atkins
28, Mar 2003 Fri Britain has delusions of grandeur
1
15 
 
Louise Atkins
28, Feb 2003 Fri Road tolls make sense
2
9
0
Nigel Oates
28, Feb 2003 Fri Balloon debate (best car)(winner Rover 3500s P6)
 
 
 
David Brown
31, Jan 2003 Fri War with Iraq is inevitable
 12
 
Chris Stanbury
31, Jan 2003 Fri Indecision is good
 2
Chris Stanbury
27, DEC 2002 Fri Christmas should be abolished
1
 25
 
Father Xmas
27, DEC 2002 Fri Balloon debate (Father Christmas, Scrooge etc.)
 
 
 
Father Xmas
12, DEC 2002 Thu GM crops should be allowed in Britain
 5
18
John Edgley
12, DEC 2002 Thu Balloon debate (a vegetable) - winner was Leek
 
 
 
John Edgley
22, Nov 2002 Fri The BBC should no longer be supported by a licence fee
 9
18 
 
Mike Barclay
22, Nov 2002 Fri British TV is the best in the World (6 minute)
 22
5
 
Mike Barclay
14, Nov 2002 Thu Court - Barry George was innocent (Jill Dando)
 10
2
 
Anne Ralphs
14, Nov 2002 Thu Mickey Mouse would make a good president
 
 
 
Anne Ralphs
25, Oct 2002 Fri Fireworks should be outlawed
 9
12
0
Chris Stanbury
25, Oct 2002 Fri Balloon debate (a firework) - winner was Sparklers
 12
6
 
Chris Stanbury
10, Oct 2002 Thu British licensing laws are outdated
9
4
 
Joe Duthie
10, Oct 2002 Thu Balloon debate (A drink) - winner was Whisky
 
 
 
Joe Duthie
27, Sep 2002 Fri Protest is a good way to change Government & public opinions
12
10
 
Chris Stanbury
27, Sep 2002 Fri British is best
8
14
 
Chris Stanbury
12, Sep 2002 Thu NO DEBATE (Swallowcliffe Society Outing)
 
 
 
 
23, Aug 2002 Fri This house would reform the second chamber
7
13
2
Hope Elletson
23, Aug 2002 Fri Society would benefit from more debate (6 minute)
9
12
1
Hope Elletson

 

Swallowcliffe Debating Society was started in August 2002 by Chris Stanbury and Mike Barclay.

Doors open at 19:45 - debate starts 20:00 (sharp).


See the diary for future events

 

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