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Toastmasters in Essex

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  • ToastmasterJeremy

    ToastmasterJeremy is a professional Master of Ceremonies based in East London, bringing gravitas, wit and...Read more professionalism to wedding occasions. Owner Jeremy is an expert toastmaster, boasting a keen eye for detail and a natural flair for streamlining events. With the utmost panache, he strives to...

  • Terry Brazier FGPT Professional Toastmaster Master of Ceremonies

    Terry Brazier FGPT, Professional Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies, works in London, Hertfordshire Cambridgeshire and...Read more beyond. Terry is a seasoned Toastmaster who always fulfils his duties while at the same time injecting a touch of humour and fun into the proceedings. Attentive, affable, and a...

  • Flavia McDonald Professional Toastmaster

    Flavia McDonald is an award winning professional toastmaster based in London, England. Flavia is a member of the Circle...Read more of Toastmasters, and her unique blend of professionalism and fun makes her a great favourite at weddings and other special occasions. Flavia will organise everything perfectly,...

  • Mark Greatbatch - Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies

    Based out of Bishops Stortford, Herts, Mark Greatbatch is a Multi-Award Winning Toastmaster and MC offering services to...Read more couples for their weddings and events throughout the UK. As a member of The Society of London Toastmasters, I bring a wealth of experience to celebrations. My expertise and...

  • Guy Wade F.G.P.T: Professional Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies

    **Multi-award winning** Based in Greater London, England, Guy Wade F.G.P.T: Professional Toastmaster and Master of...Read more Ceremonies loves his job. He provides an unrivalled, bespoke service for his clients, to meet their hopes and expectations. After serving for thirty years as a senior police officer,...

  • Mark Lanahan - Master of Ceremonies

    From planning your wedding to running the day as Toastmaster and providing the entertainment, Mark Lanahan - Master of...Read more Ceremonies will make the event uniquely yours! Mark Lanahan - Master of Ceremonies is a singing wedding MC service based in Brighton, East Sussex, England. Owner Mark began singing...

  • BusyBrides Toastmaster

    Bookings taken from 6 months before your wedding date. The National Toastmaster is proud to present BusyBrides, a...Read more multi-award-winning toastmaster and wedding planner based in Southend On Sea, Essex, who will ensure your big day goes off without a hitch. Certified by The English Toastmasters...

  • The National Toastmaster

    If your mind was on a Toastmaster, then look no further. I am here to make sure you have the best day possible. I am...Read more based in Southend-on-Sea in Essex, and have been a Toastmaster for 8 years now. I am also the only double award-winning female toastmaster in the UK. I am professionally and fully...

  • A Traditional Toastmaster

    Those tying the knot in Essex, or the surrounding areas will adore A Traditional Toastmaster's professional approach. As...Read more your wedding day coordinator, this expert will curate a seamless experience full of joy and laughter. While you savour each happy moment with your loved ones, he will keep...

  • The Essex Toastmaster

    The Essex Toastmaster is a wedding toastmaster and professional master of ceremonies based in Chelmsford, Essex. Owner...Read more Steve Greene has over 35 years of experience in the wedding industry, overseeing events and putting couples' minds at ease. He aims to bring expert advice and assistance from the...

Why You Should Have an Essex Toastmaster

Essex is an integral part of the fabric of England. It's home to more than 14,000 listed buildings and some rather unusual marriage customs. One of these is the Dunmow Flitch, which dates back to at least 1104, though particular passages in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle may indicate an earlier origin.

In any case, the story goes that a local lord and lady, dressed in the guise of humble peasant folk, appeared before the prior of Little Dunmow a year and a day after their wedding to beg his blessing.

They said 'What ho!', as was the custom back then; the prior replied 'What ho!' ('Salve!' in Latin) in turn, and after several exchanges of mutual esteem and a gift of land to boost the priory's stock of assets, the prior gave the lord and lady a side of bacon and promised that any other couple who could likewise prove their devotion to one another could come forward and would receive the same reward.

The lord and lady were true to their word, and the prior was true to his, and the custom of giving blessings and receiving sides of bacon continued and became so well known that it even warranted a mention in Geoffrey Chaucer's Prologue to the Wife of Bath's Tale.

After which, it died.

Then, in 1855, the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth wrote a wildly popular novel that rescued the Dunmow Flitch Trials from obscurity.

Ainsworth himself, of course, was not quite so fortunate. The man who (briefly) outsold Dickens is largely unknown today. The Dunmow Flitch Trials take place every four years.

The point of the above story is that a toastmaster doesn't just help shepherd guests to their respective tables and act as a human bullhorn. They're also genial hosts and practised storytellers who know to pepper their remarks with a bit of humour and local flavour. And Essex boasts some of the best toastmasters in the business!

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