The Sylvan Debating Club

...debating since 1868

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The Sylvans debate along the lines of the debates held by the Oxford and Cambridge Unions and by other debating societies.

There is a Chairman (normally the current President of the Sylvans) who introduces the speakers and controls the debate generally. The debate is focussed on a particular Motion. This is proposed by the Proposer and opposed by the Opposer, following which all present are invited to contribute if they so wish. The debate concludes with a Vote, and the Motion is thus declared to be either Won or Lost.

An important feature distinguishing the Sylvans of today from other debating societies is our policy of debating the important topical issues of public and political life.


Members are invited to play a full part in selecting these Motions, and to put themselves forward for the position of Proposer or Opposer of the Motions.