Your Events Team is planning a regular programme of member events for 2022. Remember to check here or on social media from time to time for new events posted, and look out for the regular Members' Newsletter for details of forthcoming happenings!
We want to make all events interesting, appealing, and accessible, to as many of our members and supporters as possible, so we’ll cover a wide range of subjects: some social, some policy, some fundraising, and some good old political chin-wagging. Live venues are out of the question, at the moment, and that’s to our advantage, because everyone who has access to a computer or a phone can take part in our Zoom sessions . We will vary the days and times of meetings, though, to make them available to as many people as possible, such as parents with child-care duties or people who work different shift patterns.
Fundraising events are very important to the local party, to bring in much-needed cash to allow us to campaign and to support the staff in the office and the work they do. So, we have to sell tickets for these events but we understand that makes them inaccessible for some of our members and supporters. We have, therefore, set up a fund that will allow us to offer free places for those who would otherwise find the events unaffordable. Details can be found on the page for each event.
This is also where we promote Action Days, hustings and other campaigning events.
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If there is a subject of local interest that you’d like to discuss, or would like to ask questions of a local Councillor or Executive Board Member, or have an idea for a fundraising event, please contact the Events Team on [email protected]. Likewise, if you think there is any way we can improve our programme, or the accessibility or diversity of our events, or if you would like to get involved in organising events, do please contact us by email: [email protected]
Calling Councillors, Candidates, Canvassers, Activists and Members - hear how a successful campaign in Somerset increased the number of LD Councillors to take overall control of Somerset County Council in the recent local elections. We need to ensure we retain control of B&NES Council for the new term and prepare for our own campaign in 2023, learning what made the difference for the candidates in Somerset. Tessa will be joined by other returning Somerset Councillors to share the benefit of their experience with us and give us insight in to winning tactics ahead of our own local elections next year.
This is a Zoom event, open to members and registered supporters only.
Please rsvp below.
We are delighted to invite you to join us in an absolutely beautiful private garden in Combe Hay for our annual Summer Garden Party. This is an extremely rare opportunity to explore these extensive grounds with lovely plants and trees, pergolas, terraces, lake, water features and sculptures. There will be a 'stretched' marquee with casual seating and plenty of places dotted around the garden, to eat alfresco. And you may even meet the donkeys (carrots provided). It will be glorious!
Tickets at £45 will include a glass of Pimms, a two-course buffet lunch, live music, croquet and boules. We’ll run a bar, a raffle, and a plant and produce stall. Teas and Coffee will be served. Young Adult's, Children's and a limited number of Supported (no cost) tickets available. Please email [email protected] for Supported tickets. The event is open to members, supporters, families and friends.
This is our major fundraising event of the year and proceeds will support our campaigning for the 2023 local elections. However, a share of profits will be donated to help refugees in B&NES.
To make the most of this summer party, we strongly recommend you share transport - or, better still, take a taxi! Parking will be available, some adjacent to the garden for those who need it.
NB: Large areas of the garden are generally level although some of it is sloping - with panoramic views available from the top! There is also some deep water! Please let us know if you require assistance with access.