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Public Speaking

 2018: Phil is currently taking a break from his speaking commitments.


If you belong to a Club, Society or Community Group, you may like to consider inviting Phil Brind as your next keynote speaker . . . .                                             

Now the proprietor of Tiverton Canal Co, like his parents before him, Phil has been involved with horses and canals all his life, and started working with the Horse-Drawn Barges at Tiverton nearly 30 years ago.  

Phil Brind is a light, informative and humorous keynote speaker and talks on his life as a horse-drawn bargeman. Phil, is a past member of the PSA (Professional Speaker’s Association) and will take your group along the towpath of the old Grand Western Canal on a memorable journey from past to present – without even getting your walking boots muddy!

Comments from Phil's Audience . . .

>. “ Phil delivers the complete package.  He has a great personality coupled with marvellous enthusiasm on the subject, brilliant graphics and presentation, plus a lovely sense of humour.  Definitely by far the best speaker we have ever had.”
Bradninch Gardening Club

>. “Phil was absolutely wonderful, all our members thoroughly enjoyed every single aspect - the whole presentation was so professionally produced ... as for Roxy well, what a star! Please thank Phil, the afternoon was a delight and enjoyed by us all." 
Lapford Over 60s

>.  In his vote of thanks the Chudleigh History Group Chairman said: "Philip Brind's talk and picture show on the Tiverton Canal was probably the most enthusiastic presentation that they had ever watched and listened to".
Alan Brunton,  Chudleigh History Group .

>. “ Phil is a fun speaker, has lots of anecdotes and banter to keep even the weariest of delegates or thousands of visitors interested ”
Mr R J Dommett MBEBritish Waterways

>.  "Mr Phil Brind gave a highly professional Power-Point presentation that explained the history and topography of the Grand Western Canal. Philip is an entertainer,. . . An audience of almost fifty members and guests thoroughly enjoyed Philip’s entertaining, but informative, commentary that accompanied the presentation".
Graham Parnell, Silverton Local History Society

>. " Very interesting and entertaining.  Please pass on our grateful thanks to Phil who spoke with such enthusiasm and not forgetting Roxy, who, I am told was the Star" (sorry Phil).
Sue Tibbott,  Otterton Garden Club

>. Dear Tiverton Canal Co, Just to say the recent talk was marvellous, enjoyable and informative.  This will be a hard act to follow!!   Many thanks, Carol, Speakers Secretary U3A

>. We enjoyed Phil's presentation: his cheerfulness and his enthusiasm for his subject, the talk was very well received and provoked a lot of conversation which is what we hope for from a talk. 
And we loved Roxy the dog!
Sally Milnes. Treasurer, Golden Age Club Blackdown Hills.

>. Thank you for a very interesting talk Barnstaple U3A Feb 7th. I have been lucky enough to have been on the canal with my husband, mother and daughter on a few occasions and it it has always been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. You have always made everyone feel special. So thank you to you all for sharing our wonderful heritage with such enthusiasm.                                             Gina Ambridge,posted to Barnstaple U3A

>. This is to thank Philip Brind for his informative, instructive and most enjoyable talk this morning. It was easy to see that he is a professional speaker. Also, Roxy won all our hearts! I shall strongly recommend the talk to the other local area Probus Clubs. Once again, please pass our sincere thanks to Philip Brind.
Mr V R Dabin, Speakers' Secretary Exmouth Probus

>.  "What an excellent evening", it was a great insight to the canal and it's history. It answerd many questions to what My Husband and I had seen on our walks along the canal  What a lovely character Phil is and his lovely little dog who was so well behaved last night. If there were more people around like Phil the world would be a better place. Keep up the great work.
Anthea, Rewe and District Gardening Club

>.  A BIG THANK YOU for a very enjoyable evening on Monday. Phil's talk was very informative as well as humerous. His enthusiasm for His work is outstanding. I received very good and well deserved  comments from everyone. Please THANK YOUR WHOLE TEAM we had a very enjoyable evening. Phyl Cornish Braunton Barnstaple and Ilfracombe, Taw and Torridge, Tiverton and Crediton Trefoil Guild members.

>.  Please would you pass on to Phil and Roxy that we very much enjoyed their company on Wednesday afternoon in Minehead.   An excellent talk kept one of our largest audiences in recent times thoroughly enthralled, and I hope we can organise a group visit in due course.
David Beach, West Somerset National Trust Association 


How much will it cost to book Phil Brind for our event ?.


Phil Does Not Charge for his Talks providing there is a minimum
audience of 40 persons and your venue is no more than one hour away from Tiverton.

(There are one or two exceptions to the above, please call Sam more details)

Expenses only will be charged.
There is a mileage charge of 69p per mile, calculated from
EX16-4HX to your venue and return trip, and there is also
Standing Charge of £10.00 for equipment use, per talk.

Phil will Bring Powerpoint Projector & Screen whether they are used or not.

For further details: please contact Sam "our Bookings Co-ordinator" on 01884 253345
or email

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