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Toastmasters in Essex

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  • Terry Brazier FGPT Professional Toastmaster Master of Ceremonies

    Terry Brazier FGPT, Professional Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies, works in London, Hertfordshire Cambridgeshire and beyond. Terry is a seasoned...Read more 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...

  • ToastmasterJeremy

    ToastmasterJeremy is a professional Master of Ceremonies based in East London, bringing gravitas, wit and professionalism to wedding occasions. Owner...Read more 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...

  • 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 couples for their weddings and...Read more events throughout the UK. As a member of The Society of London Toastmasters, I bring a wealth of experience to celebrations. My expertise and...

  • Mark Lanahan - Master of Ceremonies

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

  • 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 Ceremonies loves his job. He...Read more provides an unrivalled, bespoke service for his clients, to meet their hopes and expectations. After serving for thirty years as a senior police officer,...

  • A Traditional Toastmaster

    Those tying the knot in Essex, or the surrounding areas will adore A Traditional Toastmaster's professional approach. As your wedding day coordinator,...Read more 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...

  • BusyBrides Toastmaster

    Bookings taken from 6 months before your wedding date. The National Toastmaster is proud to present BusyBrides, a multi-award-winning toastmaster and...Read more 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 Essex Toastmaster

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

  • 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 based in Southend-on-Sea in...Read more 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...

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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