As the thaw sets in and Spring bursts forth so do we. There’s lots of things for Labour members to get their teeth into this March and April and here’s some of them.
On Monday 5th March any aspiring Town (or District) councillors are welcome to join the Bridgwater Town Council Labour Group for our pre-council meeting and observe the roles, discussions and policy making that is part and parcel of being a Labour Town Councillor. The meeting will start at 7.30 but observers are invited to attend at 7pm to have a broad overview of and introduction to the role. The meeting will be held at the John Turner Room, above the Town Hall Office. Interested parties are then invited to observe the Town Council meeting at the Town Hall (Charter Hall) on Thursday 8th March 7.30pm.
Labour controls Bridgwater Town Council 14.1.1 and we will be seeking to field a full slate of 16 candidates in 2019. There will be a similar opportunity to take part in a District Labour Group event.
International Women’s Day
Bridgwater Labour’s Womens Officer, Cllr Chelsea Chadwick has organised an event to commemorate International Womens on Thursday 8th March . Chelsea says “Join the Women’s Forum for a celebration of inspirational women at Bridgwater YMCA from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday 8th March for an evening of fabulous company and a complimentary glass of fizz* to toast the inspirational women past and present! Think about who inspires you and share her with us – it could be a ground-breaking female politician, or a loved one who you think deserves recognition – let’s celebrate together! Women of all ages welcome – not just Labour members or supporters! Suggested donation: £2 *other drinks and nibbles will also be available!”
Pint and Politics
Branch Secretary Gary Tucker says “This very popular after-work event returns to Admirals Landing next Friday 9th March for a new time of 7pm. We will focus on the economic arguments this time round and how we can dispel the myths around how the economy works including challenging the ‘maxed out credit card narrative’ which has dominated this country’s thinking for far too long! Come and join us to socialise and challenge austerity in your own way!”
March 23 will be “The Two Surprising Narratives to bust economic myths”
April 20th will be “Tweaking the narratives to persuade different voters”
Songs of Hope, Peace and Solidarity
Please sign up to this free event to have a bit of fun singing in this workshop. It is at the Railway Club on Saturday 10th March 10am-3pm. Even if you don’t believe you can sing, come along anyway and find out what it is all about.
Town Development Forum
Bridgwater Town Council has set up a series of initiatives for getting the community more involved and one such is the ‘Town Development Forum’. These are events where we invite people from across Bridgwater to take part in a presentation and discussion on a key theme affecting the town.
The next one will be on Tuesday 13th March at 7pm (Charter Hall). It would be good if more Labour members turned up and also helpful to understand what’s in the pipeline for the town. The subject on this occaision will be ‘The Fore Street Enhancement Plans’ and the speakers will be Sedgemoor council officers Sam Harper and Carla Modley.
Bridgwater Branch Annual General Meeting
The Branch AGM will be held at Victoria Centre, Bridgwater on Weds 14th March at 7.30pm. If you haven’t attended this before then please do! This is where we make very important decisions as members. We will be electing our branch officers for the year ahead and making nominations for the very important GMC which runs our Constituency Labour Party as well as nominating our delegate to the National Conference.
GMC Meeting in Minehead
On Wednesday 21st March we are holding the next meeting of the GMC. This will be in Minehead at the Bancks Street Meeting Rooms, 7.30 pm. All Bridgwater delegates are invited and should consider making shared travel arrangements.
Labour Friends of Bangladesh
Labour member Karim Miah has launched a branch of ‘Labour Friends of Bangladesh’ in Somerset and has invited his members to a social event to meet our members. The social will be at Spice Club Restaurant, Eastover, Bridgwater on Saturday 24th March from 1pm onwards. Karim would like to know numbers as he will lay on a buffet so if you will really attend please contact Brian on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or make contact via the facebook page.
NHS Speaker- Dr Yousseff El-Gingihy
The plan is to have a special meeting for Dr Yousseff El-Gingihy to speak at on 28th April. In the meantime, please share his content through your networks. Here’s some useful links:
Dr Youssef features in all of these links. So have a look to see what he is all about. If you want to buy his book, it is on Amazon.