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Western Area Club Council Meeting Report

The Western Area Conservative Clubs Council held a successful Summer Meeting at The Plymouth Hoe Conservative Club. Thirty delegates from eleven Clubs attended.

Neil Parish MP and Oliver Colville MP were both invited to the Meeting; Neil Parish in his capacity as President of the Western Area Conservative Clubs and Oliver Colville as the Constituency Member for this part of Plymouth. Both Members of Parliament gave entertaining speeches.

Ray Johnson Chairman of Western Area welcomed Harry Drake, Area Vice Chairman, to the Meeting. Sadly, Harry not been well during the first half of the year and had been forced to miss the Area Conference Weekend in April. His appearance at the meeting was greeted with great pleasure by all of the representatives and officers.

Various issues were raised at the Meeting including a theme common to most Clubs; how to attract younger members. Some Clubs reported changes of Committee with new people on board with fresh ideas and enthusiasm. Function Rooms, car park rental and Club visits continue to play a significant role in Club income as does catering. Entertainment also is important in some Clubs, which have updated their stages and sound equipment and introduced new ‘Acts’. Other Clubs also spoke of downsizing from large expensive to maintain premises to smaller manageable buildings; which had provided much needed capital. However; these assets needed to be managed prudently for the Clubs to thrive and move forward with confidence. As ever, the meeting witnessed a good exchange of ideas and information. The next meeting shall be held at Exmouth Conservative Club on Saturday 17th October at 2.00pm. Notices shall be sent to all Clubs in due course.








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