Programme of events

The English-Speaking Union of Estonia: Programme of events 

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2009/2010 Season

Details of our programme for the 2009/2010 season will be appearing shortly.


Book recommendation

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Michael Wynne-Parker's unique glimpse into the early years of the English-Speaking Union and his first-hand account of the introduction of the ESU into Sri Lanka make entertaining and informative reading. The recently published third edition is highly recommended to all our members. For further information, follow the link below. 

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Forthcoming events

April 2012
The AGM and a meeting with HM Ambassador Chris Holtby will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 18.00,
the venue TBA soon

The meeting with a member of the European Parlament Ms K. Ojuland will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at 18.00,
the venue TBA soon.

March 2012

The meeting with Mr. Polt, the U.S. Ambassador to Estonia will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at 18.00, at the National Library of Estonia.

The final of the Estonian ESU Public Speaking Competition

ESU Estonia Public Speaking Competition will be held on Thursday 1st March at the City Council Offices, Vana-Viru 12.

March 2011

 The final of the Estonian ESU Public Speaking Competition

ESU Estonia Public Speaking Competition will be held on Thursday 3rd March at the City Council Offices, Vana-Viru 12.
This year we have 34 participants from schools all over the country competing for the chance to go and represent Estonia in the international competition in London.
The day begins at 13.00 with the heats from which the finalists will be selected; the final itself gets under way at 15.00.
All members are warmly invited to attend any part of the day or, indeed, the whole event. The contestants put a lot of work into preparing their speeches, and I am sure they would appreciate a good audience.

The Annual General Meeting

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February 2011

Ella Agranavskaya's film on Shakespeare


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January 2011

Event in conjunction with the Italian embassy, a lasagne cooking class

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December 2010

Christmas Concert

invitation from our Chairman, Toomas Vitsut

Christmas Event

invitation from the British Ambassador Peter Carter

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 Exculsive Visit to The Telegraaf Hotel

Wednesday 15th September

7pm Reception and wine with a welcome speech by Michael Stenner on the history of the Telegraaf.

7.45 Dinner and Concert in the Tchaikovsky Resturant

Inclusive price for members EEK 690

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May 25, starting at 18.00.
Poska House

(Poska tn 8)

The event, entitled "Reflections on Modern Britain", will include short addresses from the two Estonian representatives at the international ESU Public-Speaking Competition in London , with their reflections on their visit. This will be followed by a brief overview of contemporary British society and an entertaining account of the highlights of the English social year (speakers Richard Carr and Michael Wynne-Parker).

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The Jewish Synagogue, Museum and School

27th April 2010

by Joe Lewis

On Tuesday the 27th of April the winner and runner up of Estonia’s National Finals were met by the British ambassador in Tallinn’s Jewish community center.  Here, as well as getting a tour of the center’s Estonian-Jewish museum and the city’s ultra modern synagogue, their speeches were listened to by the ambassador and he presented them with their National Final Cups. 

 The afternoon’s proceedings began with a brief tour of the countries only Synagogue, opened in May  2007, the building has become a symbol of the resilience of Jewish culture in Estonia after the second world war, when so many of Estonia’s Jews were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust and occupation.

We then moved on to a tour of the Jewish community’s school and a further brief tour of the Jewish Estonian museum, which highlighted not only Jewish history in Estonia, but which also looked at contemporary Jewish culture and famous Estonian Jews in sports and the media.         

The speeches of the winners were delivered in the hall of the Jewish community’s school, to students from a local English language club, a few ESU representatives and to the ambassador himself. All listened closely as first place Mariell Vain and third place Grigory Gavrilov (second place Martin Kilp not being able to attend) gave their speeches with all the fluency and confidence of a native speaker. Ambassador Peater Carter was so impressed by the young speakers that he offerd what ever help he could to Mariell Vain in her preparation for the London Finals. 

Again we wish Mariell Vain all the luck in the world as she goes on to represent estonia in London.       

For more pictures visit our blog

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The launch in Estonia of Michael Wynne-Parker's latest book “We Shall Fly”

Tuesday 27th October at 6.00 pm

We are pleased to inform you that our next event will be a literary one, the launch in Estonia of Michael Wynne-Parker's latest book "We Shall Fly", which was launched in London last week and which is already selling well on Amazon. In the author's words:

"This new book tells the story of the remarkable life of Tony Wadlow, a pioneer of British commercial aviation, who was born in relative poverty and, overcoming all obstacles, achieved great things. Wadlow was a man who did not understand the word "no": for him everything for him was possible, and he made things happen."

The author, Michael Wynne-Parker will speak to members about the book and the remarkable man behind the story and will sign copies, which will be available for purchase at EEK 170 (all profits to go to ESU Estonia).

This event, which is free for members, will take place from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm on Tuesday 27th October at Roosikrantsi 4d. Light refreshments will be served, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this, the first event of our new season.

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 A Reception for Members hosted by His Excellency the British Ambassador

Wednesday 4th February at 18.00

All members are warmly invited to this event. Please note that prior registration (by e-mail to is essential for all members wishing to attend.

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Finals of the ESU Estonia Public Speaking Competition

All members are warmly invited to attend this event, which will be held on Thursday 12th March at 13.30, venue to be confirmed

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 Impressions of Britain 


Monday 3rd November 2008 at 18.00 


Poska Maja, (Poska tn 8)


The theme of the event, at which the British Ambassador became the first honorary member of ESU Estonia, was "Impressions of Britain",.The meeting included short presentations by four members who attended ESU events over the summer in London, Oxford, Stratford and Edinburgh.