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Chester Debating Society

Est 1902

Established in 1902 Chester Debating Society has a long history having met every year since founded save the war years. It is a unique organisation and one of the very few Debating Societies that exist outside of educational establishments.

Offering people the opportunity to engage in debate, to explore different issues to listen to and respect diverse points of view in a safe environment, the Society offers a rare opportunity to learn and practice key life skills. Effective debating can enhance life opportunities.

Debates are usually on Tuesday evenings  between October and March commencing at 7:15. Refreshments available after the debates.   

The usual venue is:  

The Friends Meeting House, Union Walk, Frodsham Street, Chester CH1 3LF

Funded entirely through donations and memberships the Society aims to ensure that a varied and interesting programme is delivered during the Debating season and that the opportunity to debate and hear debates is broadened. Memberships start at £15 p.a.   


The Society is run by a voluntary Committee which discusses the future of the Society, it’s activities and debate programme.  Current Officers include:

President: Diana Morgan  

Immediate Past President: Rob Millington

Vice President: Rosemary Proctor

Hon. Secretary:  Anna Manning

Hon Treasurer:  Justine Rae

Where and When.

How Debates are Run

A Proposer will speak in favour of the motion for a maximum of 15 minutes. The Opposer will speak against the motion for up to 15 minutes. The Chair will then seek contributions from “the floor”. Each contributor is allowed up to 5 minutes. After the contributions the two speakers get the opportunity to deal with issues/questions raised and to present their closing arguments - each being allowed up to 10 minutes. The Opposer goes first. Neither speaker is allowed to introduce new material in support of their argument but can utilise points made from the floor.

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