Several people set up a "Missing MP" banner in Tavistock last Saturday, in protest at Geoffrey Cox allegedly moonlighting in the Virgin Islands, and not being available in his constituency. A lot of people seemed to find it amusing, as it made a point about standards in government, with which they largely agree.
Our AGM on 6th November went quite well.
It has to be planned some way in advance, and as we couldn't predict the state of the pandemic , we went for the "hybrid" approach, giving members the option of meeting together for real, or joining in via Zoom. We were lucky that our chosen venue, the Quaker House, had already installed some excellent equipment, complete with projector and really big screen.
We were also fortunate in getting a guest speaker, via Zoom, Lord Andrew Stunell, who took an interest in our local activities, as well as giving us his planned talk about the state of play in the House of Lords. Always good to get insight from people on the spot in Westminster, and the benefit of years of experience in politics.
In the event, the pandemic hadn't worsened, or not much, so, within the constraints of health and Safety and risk assessments, most attendees were in person, with a few joining on Zoom.
Meeting people in real life was almost like a new experience, and pleasant of course, with the odd little personal conversations at the end, that you don't always get on line.
Notwithstanding the good things about our AGM, I was personally grateful to our chairman for keeping the procedings moving on track, as I got back to the car before the 3 hours free parking ran out!
Litterpicking again! Must be habit forming.
This time we went to the Broadway in Plymstock. There was a surpising amount of rubbish, it seems to have blown across the car parks, and fetched up against walls and fences, and in hedges. As before we found some nasty stuff, blue masks and all, and a fair amount of recyclable.
Compared with our first effort, which was hot, sunny, shirt sleeve and even shorts weather, this time we were bundled up for November, but it was still dry for us, and no problem.
In October, whilst we're looking ahead to our AGM in November, it might be worth a quick look back at 2021.
Still in the throes of pandemic, we have nonetheless been able to meet outdoors. Early in the year we delivered leaflets and letters for the May local elections, and met a few voters along the way.
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