9th April 2015

Branch Meeting April 2015

The following provides a summary of activity at last nights branch meeting for those members who could not make it along. Official minutes will be provided by the Branch Minutes Secretary prior to the next meeting.

Reports from the various members of the Branch executive were given. Both the Organising group is looking for a couple of new members to help with branch campaigning organising activities. If you are interested please contact Melanie via the organising email address on our contacts page. The Fundraising group is getting things in place for the walk of the West Highland Way, and if any members are interested in joining the group to take on the challenge please contact the fundraising group. DavidDevenney ( Vice-Convener and who chairs fundraising)  is currently on holiday so might be best to give it a week  before expecting a reply.

Members who attended conference reported back to the branch on what sounds like a fabulous event and all were full of enthusiasm to attend in future.

There is a canvassing training session on Sunday at the campaign office, please come along and support the event. There are also lots of leaflets looking for volunteers to get distributed round the town, so if you are near, come pick some up!

The visit to the Scottish Parliament, hosted by Bruce Crawford that was cancelled earlier this month, has now been rescheduled into June. Members who were down to attend will be given first option to go this time round and Melanie will email with details. Any remaining spaces will be opened up to other members.

There was some discussion from the floor on topics as diverse as press bias in reporting of SNP and Independence related topics, local affordable housing policy and some Mid-Market rent properties that have recently become available to the market, and proposals for any licensing of recreational fishing in Scotland.

Canvassers in Dunblane

Canvassers in Dunblane with Steven Paterson

Finally Steven Paterson arrived after canvassing in Dunblane to report on the current campaign which is going exceptionally well. He expressed his thanks and appreciation to the generosity of the branch and wider supporters for achieving the remarkable sum of £3020 in a mere 20 days via the recent Crowdfunding initiative. The money will be well spent in winning the Stirling seat for the SNP!


Next meeting is to be right after the election on the 13th May so is sure to be an interesting one.