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Friday 19th - Sunday 21st July 2019
This year's annual conference will take place from in the beautiful town of Stroud in Gloucestershire, where Greens control the Town Council and are part of the ruling Administration of the District Council, along with Labour and Lib Dem colleagues. Accessible by train on the main line from London to Cheltenham, the event will take place in the centre of town, only a few minutes' walk from the station, the famous Saturday Farmers' Market and numerous quirky independent shops where you may wish to browse in your lunch breaks.
For those that wish to start the weekend early and see a bit of the Stroud Valleys, there will be a short walk through Stroud and along the Canal to the Stroud Brewery - possibly the Greenest businesses in the District - to hear about what it's doing to promote sustainability and to sample some of the local beer. Meet outside Stroud Railway station at 3pm or come and join us at the Brewery: we should get there by 4pm.
For those aririving later, we will meet from 6pm onwards, at Star Anise cafe in central Stroud where there will be a tapas buffet from 7pm and bar and soft drinks available.
The conference will start on Saturday and will take place in the Imperial Hotel.
Training workshops confirmed so far include:
There will also be opportunities to input, from a councillor's perspective, into Party Policy on tackling climate change, energy and tax, as well as updates from Head Office on governance changes, and regional sessions where delegates can build their local support networks. Sunday will inclue the AGC Annual General Meeting.
Throughout the weekend there will also be plenty of time to network with colleagues and to be inspired and supported by them. Local Party members will host a social in St Laurence Church Hall on Saturday night and the weekend will finish by 2.30pm on Sunday.
The conference is FREE to all subscribed agc members although there will be a small charge to Stroud Green Party for the catering. The cost to non AGC-subscribers is £40.
For councillors on a low income, there is also a travel and accommodation bursary available. If you feel you need help with the cost of attending please contact us to discuss.
From the M5 going South, turn off at Junction 11a onto the A419 and follow the signs to Stroud. From the M4, turn off at Junction 15 for Cirencester onto the A419 follow the signs to Stroud. There are various pay and display car parks all within a few minutes walk, the nearest being Cheapside which is just across the railway track (requires walking up steps to cross the bridge). There is also some car parking at the Imperial Hotel. If you cannot walk far and require on-site parking, please let me know so that I can ensure a space is available.
There are various options:
The rooms we will be using at the Imperial Hotel are on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible, with level access straight outside to the car park. If you need to use the disabled parking spaces available, please let Sally know so that she can make sure they are reserved for you. We apologise that there are no accessible toilets in the hotel but delegates may use the accessible toilet at the Lord John pub which is only a few doors away and is open throughout our conference.
St Laurence Church Hall and Star Anise Cafe are fully accessible.
The Premier Inn is fully accessible and is half a mile from the conference venue.
Please let us know if you have any specific accessibility needs regarding the conference or accommodation
Here's is a taste of the presentations and inspiring discussions at last year's conference
- Lessons and tips from our recent election successes
- Making the most of your Parish / Town Council
- Flood Prevention - what local councils can do
- Green Party Climate Change Campaign - involving local councillors
AGC members can find all the presentations on the Resources page.
Memorable highlights were:
" Wood fired pizzas on Friday night..... Visiting the Eco School nearby which is the Greenest school in England......the beautiful countryside.... passion....... "