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Next meeting of K&SRB - Sunday, 14th June 2015 at 2.00pm at The Muggleton Inn, 8 High Street, Maidstone ME14 1HJ (first floor)

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AGENDA

Election of Chair

Apologies for absence

Adoption of minutes of previous meeting

Matters arising from the minutes

Street Stalls - next one in Canterbury - 27-6-15

Brighton Meeting – 16-6-15

Report on 2015 Election Campaign

University and College Committee - nominations required

Call for a volunteer to prepare EC agendas

Ballot Committee - nominations required

Forms 'A' & 'F'

Branch Membership Transfers – Max Hess

EC minutes – May meeting - 9-5-15

Summer School - 24/26-7-15

Kent Miners' Festival, Betteshanger Community Park - 31-8-15

Future propaganda activities

Any other business

Collection

Adjournment
 

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Minutes of the 43rd Meeting of the Kent & Sussex Regional branch of The Socialist Party of Great Britain held on 14th June 2015

The meeting started at 2.28 pm and was held at the Muggleton Inn, High Street, Maidstone, Kent

Present: Mandy Bruce, Dave Chesham (Secretary), Marie Chesham, Rob Cox (Treasurer), Dan Fabian

Apologies for absence: Les Courtney, Hannah Dutton, Glenn Morris, Jacqueline Shodeke

1. Election of Chair
Motion 1. D.Chesham & Bruce “That Cox be Chair”
AGREED

2. Minutes of the 42nd Meeting dated 10th May 2015 were before the meeting

Motion 2. M.Chesham & Bruce “That the minutes be adopted”
AGREED

3. Matters arising from previous minutes

i) Street Stalls

Two members were present to run the stall in Canterbury on Saturday, 30 May. Five Standards and six pamphlets were sold and three more contacts added to the branch mailing list.

The next stalls would be in Canterbury on Saturday, 27 June and Saturday, 18 July. It was requested and AGREED that the August stall be brought forward a week to Saturday, 22 August.

There was further discussion about the material used on the display stand which accompanies the stall.

ii) Brighton Introductory Meeting – 16-6-15

Plans for this meeting were well advanced. A room has been booked at the Brighthelm Community Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD and a 15cms across two columns advertisement placed in the Argus (a local newspaper) for Saturday, 13 June. 41 emails and letters had been sent to those on the branch mailing list who live in the vicinity.

Rob read out a letter from Les Courtney, who lives in Burgess Hill which is about 11 miles from Brighton. He conveyed his gratitude for the meeting the branch had organised in Burgess Hill last November and was pleased to hear of the Brighton activity but would be unlikely to attend the meetings due to continued ill health.

It was AGREED that the Secretary send a reply to Les.

4. Report on 2015 Election Campaign

It was AGREED to defer consideration of this until the July branch meeting and that the Secretary send the document as an attachment to all those members not present.

5. University and College Committee - nominations required

It was AGREED to ask comrades Ed Mann and Sam Wicks if they would be prepared to accept nomination for this committee.

6. Call for a volunteer to prepare EC agendas

It was AGREED to ask comrade Keith Scholey if he would be interested in volunteering.

7. Ballot Committee - nominations required

It was AGREED to defer this item to the July meeting

8. Forms 'A' & 'F'
NONE

9. Branch Membership Transfers

The Secretary reported that Max Hess had transferred to K&SRB from Central branch.
NOTED

10. EC minutes – May meeting – 9-5-15
NOTED

11. Summer School – 24/26-7-15

A couple of members were still undecided as to whether they would be able to attend Summer School this year.

12. Kent Miners' Festival - Betteshanger Community Park – 31-8-15

The Secretary has booked a stall at this year's festival and sent the refundable deposit of £5.00.

13. Future propaganda activities
NONE other than those already mentioned.

14. Any other business

Rob reported on some of the items of business discussed by the June EC.

Arising from one of these items the following motion was proposed:

Motion 3. (to the EC) Fabian & Cox "Following the discussion at Conference 2015 and 'lessons' learned during the 2015 General Election campaign, the EC be asked to convene a workshop at ADM to discuss ideas for key messages and a 'communication' strategy for deployment by the party in future campaigning. Branches should be asked to discuss ideas ahead of ADM with a view to some definite suggestions arising from the ADM workshop being made to the EC/Outreach Department."

AGREED 5-0-0 (five members present)

We were reminded that the Autumn Delegate Meeting this year would be held on 24th & 25th October and that the closing date for submitting Items for Discussion, together with supporting statements, is Friday, 4 September.

Meeting adjourned at 5.50pm

Collection taken: £15.50

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Next meeting of K&SRB - Sunday, 12th July 2015 at 2.00pm at The Muggleton Inn, 8 High Street, Maidstone ME14 1HJ (first floor)

AGENDA

Election of Chair

Apologies for absence

Adoption of minutes of previous meeting

Matters arising from the minutes

i) Street Stalls - next one in Canterbury - 18-7-15

ii) Brighton Discussion Group – 21-7-15

iii) Report on 2015 Election Campaign

iv) Ballot Committee - nominations required

Branch financial report

Autumn Delegate Meeting - Items for Discussion

Forms 'A' - NH & HW

Branch Membership Transfer – Keith Chopping

EC minutes – June meeting - 6-6-15

Summer School - 24/26-7-15

Kent Miners' Festival, Betteshanger Community Park - 31-8-15

Future propaganda activities

Any other business

i) Future of branch

Collection

Adjournment

 

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Minutes of the 44th meeting of the Kent & Sussex Regional branch of The Socialist Party of Great Britain held on 12th July, 2015

The meeting started at 2.28 pm and was held at the Muggleton Inn, High Street, Maidstone, Kent

Present: Dave Chesham (Secretary), Marie Chesham, Rob Cox (Treasurer), Dan Fabian, Ed Mann, Jacqueline Shodeke

Apologies for absence: Mandy Bruce, Les Courtney, Hannah Dutton, Glenn Morris

1. Election of Chair
Motion 1. Shodeke & Mann “That D.Chesham be Chair”
AGREED

2. Minutes of the 4
3rd Meeting held on 14th June 2015 were before the meeting
Motion 2. M.Chesham & Fabian “That the minutes be adopted”
AGREED

3. Matters arising from previous minutes

i) St
reet Stalls

Three members were present to run the stall in Canterbury on Saturday, 27 June. Another good four hours with five pamphlets and 1 current Standard sold and some back numbers given away. Four more names were added to the branch's mailing list, one of which turned out to be a son of Oliver Postgate, the writer, and great-grandson of George Lansbury, one-time leader of the Labour Party.

The next stalls would be in Canterbury on Saturday, 18 July and Saturday, 22 August.

There was further discussion about the material used on the display stand which accompanies the stall. It was AGREED that the maze image on the back cover of the July 2015 Socialist Standard be enlarged to A3 and used.

ii) Brighton Introductory Meeting – 16-6-15

22 people present (7 members and 15 visitors). At least four others who had RSVP'd did not attend. 9 new contacts have been added to the branch's mailing list which now stands at 114.

With chairs arranged in a circular formation everyone present took turns to briefly introduce themselves and state the reasons why they had come to the meeting. A very informal and affable discussion period then took up the remaining time.

It was fairly unanimously agreed to hold similar discussions on the third Tuesday of each month, at least for the forseeable future; the next one taking place on Tuesday, 21 July at 7.30pm with an end time of 9.30pm. The same venue and room have already been booked.

Two non-members who attended have booked to go to Summer School.

iii) Report on 2015 Election Campaign

There was a fair amount of discussion on the election campaign.

iv) University and College Committee - nominations required

At the June meeting it was agreed to ask Ed Mann and Sam Wicks if they would be prepared to accept nomination for this committee. Ed had declined and no response had been received from Sam.

v) Call for a volunteer to prepare EC agendas

At the June meeting it was agreed to ask Keith Scholey if he would be interested in volunteering. No response had been received from Keith.

vi) Ballot Committee - nominations required
NOTED

4.
Branch financial report

It was AGREED to defer this item to the August meeting

5. Autumn Delegate Meeting - Items for Discussion

It was AGREED to defer this item to the August meeting

6. Forms 'A' & 'F'

Two new members, NH & HW, accepted into membership by the EC at its May & July meetings respectively, had been allocated to the branch. Welcoming emails had already been sent to these two new members.

7. Branch Membership Transfers

The Secretary reported that Keith Chopping had transferred to K&SRB from Central branch.
NOTED

8
. EC minutes – June meeting – 6-6-15
NOTED

9
. Summer School – 24/26-7-15

Seven branch members and two supporters would be attending Summer School this year.

10. Kent Miners' Festival - Betteshanger Community Park – 31-8-15

The Secretary has booked a stall at this year's festival but had not received any confirmation from the organisers.

11. Future propaganda activities

NONE other than those already mentioned.

12. Any other business

Rob reported on some of the items of business discussed by the July EC.

A lengthy discussion ensued on one issue in particular.

Meeting adjourned at 6.07pm

Collection taken: £
9.50

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Next meeting of K&SRB - Sunday, 9th August 2015 at 2.00pm at The Muggleton Inn, 8 High Street, Maidstone ME14 1HJ (first floor)

AGENDA

Election of Chair

Apologies for absence

Adoption of minutes of previous meeting

Matters arising from the minutes

i) Street Stalls - next one in Canterbury - 22-8-15

ii) Brighton Discussion Group

Branch financial report

ADM – Items for Discussion

Email from Election Committee re: Local Elections - 2016

Call for nominations to Campaigns and Universities & Colleges Committees

Email from Universities & Colleges Committee re: Fresher Fairs

(K&S Fresher Fair dates - Sussex University (Brighton) – 16 Sept;  Christchurch University (Canterbury) - 23 Sept; Kent University 24-25 Sept)

Forms 'A'

EC minutes – July meeting - 4-7-15
                    August meeting - 1-8-15

Kent Miners' Festival, Betteshanger Community Park - 31-8-15

Future propaganda activities

Any other business

Collection

Adjournment
 

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Minutes of the 45th meeting of the Kent & Sussex Regional branch of The Socialist Party of Great Britain held on 9th August, 2015

The meeting started at 2.03pm and was held at the Muggleton Inn, High Street, Maidstone, Kent

Present: Dave Chesham (Secretary), Marie Chesham, Rob Cox (Treasurer), Jacqueline Shodeke

Apologies for absence: Mandy Bruce, Les Courtney, Hannah Dutton, Dan Fabian, Glenn Morris

1. Election of Chair
Motion 1. Shodeke & D.Chesham “That Cox be Chair”
AGREED

2. Minutes of the 44th Meeting held on 12th July 2015 were before the meeting
Motion 2. M.Chesham & Shodeke “That the minutes be adopted”
AGREED

3. Matters arising from previous minutes

i) Street Stalls

Another good few hours in Canterbury on 18 July. Comrades sold £12 of literature, including 4 Standards. One new contact for the branch list.

Had some useful conversations, including with someone from Swale who used to listen to our outdoor speakers in London. Another had seen the BBC website report about the party's financies and had visited the party's stalls at Tolpuddle.

The next stalls would be in Canterbury on Saturday, 22 August and Saturday, 26 September.

ii) Brighton Introductory Meeting – 21-7-15

A mildly anti-climactic evening following the successful introductory meeting in June. Only 12 present - 7 visitors and 5 members, 4 of whom were not from the Brighton area.

There was no real enthusiasm for further discussion meetings at the moment and a decision was taken not to meet in August for a variety of reasons.

More work is needed to secure greater support from local members - ironically there is more interest being shown by some non-members at the prospect of organising outreach activities. The two who attended Summer School appeared genuinely elated by the end of the weekend.

4. Branch financial report

The Treasurer gave a comprehensive report of the branch's financial affairs up to the end of July 2015. The figures showed an income of £702.11 for the seven months and an expenditure of £507.56 leaving a surplus of income over expenditure of £194.55. This amount, added to the balance at year ended 31/12/14, gave current assets of £485.94.

Motion 3. D.Chesham & Shodeke “That the report be adopted and the Treasurer thanked and that he be asked to contact those members who are not currently making voluntary financial contributions to ask them if they would consider so doing”
AGREED

5. Autumn Delegate Meeting - Items for Discussion

Members presented a number of items which were discussed and approved for submission to the Standing Orders committee. Supportings statements would be written for the five agreed items.

i) Other than providing clear terms of reference and (where stated) role descriptions, can more be done to ensure that those members who have been appointed or elected to party sub-committees or party office actually undertake their full responsibilities?

ii) Which reasons, other than non-acceptance of the party's object or contravention of the declaration of principles, may be deemed action detrimental to the interests of the party?

iii) How can we encourage members who join the party online via the Membership Applications Committee to become more directly involved in party activity?

iv) Should Head Office be posting a printed copy of the ADM agenda and EC report to every member (in addition to every member of Central branch, as required by the terms of the 1997 Conference resolution)?

v) Did the party make a mistake in abolishing dues in favour of voluntary contributions?

6. Email from Election Committee re: Local Elections – 2016
NOTED

7. Call for nominations to Campaigns and Universities & Colleges Committees
Motion 4. D.Chesham & Shodeke “That Eddie Craggs and Mike Foster be nominated for the Campaigns Committee”
AGREED

8. Email from Universities & Colleges Committee re: Fresher Fairs
NOTED

9. Forms 'A' & 'F'
NONE

10. Branch Membership Transfers
NONE

11. EC minutes – July meeting – 4-7-15
                           August meeting – 1-8-15
NOTED

12. Branch motions to the EC (see branch minutes for April and May)

i) Party emblem
NOTED

ii) Video clips
It was AGREED to defer this item to the September branch meeting.

13. Kent Miners' Festival - Betteshanger Community Park – 31-8-15

The Secretary had now received confirmation of our booking from the organisers. We have been allocated a space in the heritage marquee. Weather permitting we will have second stall located outside as well.

14. Future propaganda activities
NONE other than those already mentioned.

15. Any other business

A member requested part reimbursement of travel costs.
The request was AGREED

Meeting adjourned at 5.30pm

Collection taken: £13.00
 

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Next meeting of K&SRB - Sunday, 13th September 2015 at 2.00pm at The Muggleton Inn, 8 High Street, Maidstone ME14 1HJ (first floor)

AGENDA

Election of Chair

Apologies for absence

Adoption of minutes of previous meeting

Matters arising from the minutes

i) Street Stalls - next one in Canterbury - 26-9-15

ii) Brighton Discussion Group – public meeting – 15-9-15 (expenses so far)

iii) Video clips – deferred item

iv) Report of KMF stall – 31-8-15

ADM

Labour Party Conference - 27/30-9-15

Forms 'A' - KL

EC minutes – September meeting – 5-9-15

Future propaganda activities

Any other business

Collection

Adjournment

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On another thread Ozymandias wrote:

Global membership of WSM = 350(?)

Average age of membership = 75 (?)

= Atrophy...

Not so in Kent and Sussex.  Just welcomed another new member into the branch who is just 15. Almost a third (7) of our membership (22) are under 30 while only 5 are 60 or over.  Not that we're remotely ageist !

smiley

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViKkjSzdwL4

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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Macca's about 74 now! 

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