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Eastbourne Conference 11-13 October 2013

The Debate Continues

For the fourth year running we are organising a debating conference in Eastbourne. The supporting societies are:

  • Central London Debating Society
  • City of London Society of Cogers
  • City of Westminster Society of Cogers
  • Ware Society of Cogers
  • Sylvan Debating Society

Partners, friends, and anyone with an interest in forming and expressing opinions are also welcome to join us.

As before the conference will be held at:

Alexandra Hotel
King Edward’s Parade
Eastbourne BN21 4 DR

This is a charming traditional Victorian seafront hotel.  It is independent and family-run, and has served us very well in previous years  Further details can be found at

The Purpose

As previously, our conference has the following aims:

  • To provide an enjoyable occasion that will nurture understanding, co-operation and friendship
  • To provide workshops to improve individual skills
  • To rekindle enthusiasm for public-speaking and debate


The Programme

Final details of the programme are still under consideration. Meanwhile, the provisional structure is as follows:

Friday evening

Arrival at the hotel.  (Informal discussions, finalisation of details of Saturday’s debates, chatting at the bar, etc)


09.30 - 10.00 – Opening and society reports
10.00 - 11.00 – Workshop
11.00 - 11.30 – Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00 – CLDS-led debate
13.00 - 14.00 – Lunch break
14.00 - 15.30 – Sylvans debate
15.30 - 16.00 – Coffee break
16.00 - 17.00 – Workshop

Evening – gather in the bar around 19.00, for dinner at 19.30. Dinner to be followed by the now traditional Cogers Quiz


09.30 - 10.40 – Cogers debate
10.40 - 11.00 – Coffee break
11.00 - 12.00 – Cogers debate (continued)
12.00              Closure

The Cost

The hotel’s tariff can be seen on their website, and is unchanged from last year. Their low season rates (per person per night) range from £35 to £42, depending upon whether you choose an inland room, a side room, or a sea-view room.  This price includes breakfast, and is very competitive.  The hotel has also agreed to give us the use of their meeting-room (which can accommodate up to 60 people) and to provide tea and coffee free of charge.

The three course Conference Dinner in the Saturday evening costs £20.00. So assuming that you stay for two nights, the cost per person including the Dinner should be around £100.

Note too that a snack lunch (sandwiches, crisps, etc) can be booked for Saturday for £7.50.

Booking your place(s)

The planned maximum number attending is 40 persons, and booking is on a ‘first come – first served’ basis.

To  book for the conference and accommodation, you should contact Gwyn Redgers (Cogers Trust) via email (, via telephone (0208 785 6910) or by post (to Gwyn Redgers, Flat 4, 47 Augustus Road, London SW19 6LW). Please state name(s), contact details and type of room required (i.e. single, double or tiwn, and preference for inland-facing, side or sea view)

A deposit of £20 per person (i.e.£10 per night for 2 nights), should be posted (or given) to Gwyn Redgers. Cheques should be made out to “Cogers Trust”.