Bookings now open for AGC conference in Green Bristol

7 July 2016


This year’s AGC annual conference will be held on the fourth weekend of July in Europe's Green capital and home to one of our largest Green councillor groups - Bristol.

The venue is a Methodist hall and stunning chapel right in the heart of Bristol city centre, overlooking the famous Medieval St Mary Redcliffe church, just eight minutes walk from Temple Meads train station. Faithspace Methodist Church, Prewett Street, BS1 6PB.


And just a short hop from Bristol's exciting Waterfront with its bars and cafes.

Lunch provided from a well equipped kitchen, inspirational speakers from outside and inside the Green Party.

There will be sessions just for councillors who will have won in May including on how to cope with attacks from opponents and sessions on fine tuning your electoral skills for those who didn't. SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR FULL TIMETABLE!

Other workshops will include "Appealing to soft Conservative voters" and on how to lead a local party or councillor group. We also aim to have hustings for the contenders for Green Party leader and deputy leaders.

Cllr Dick Page from Brighton & Hove said of last summer's conference: "I found it a really useful and informative two nights away. It's refreshing to learn of the depth and range of Green councillor skills and experience across local Government. There were some really good workshops - media practice, running a long campaign/building ward activity, working with other parties. Not to mention the less formal networking."

The conference begins at 7pm on the evening of Friday 22 July with a welcome meal at a nearby curryhouse then sessions begin from 9.30am on Saturday 23 July, and will run until 3pm on Sunday 24 July.




Bristol has many cheap hotels nearby (see list below). There will also be accommodation available with Bristol Green Party members, contact Rob Telford -  by Thursday 8 July. Later than this we are unable to sort local member accommodation for you.

The early-bird price is £20 for paid-up AGC members and £25 for those who aren't. This will climb to £25 and £30 respectively on the door.

BOOK NOW: please send a cheque, made payable to the Assocation of Green Councillors,   to Susan Murray (AGC Treasurer), 16 Clare Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PN.

Or instruct your bank, online or on the phone to pay by BACS transfer the Association of Green Councillors, Triodos Bank, Deanery Road, Bristol BS1 5AS, sort code 16-58-10 account number 20075871. Once you have made payment, please then inform Robert Lindsay, AGC Coordinator at

Accommodation list

Hotel Ibis, Bristol Temple Meads Quay0117 319 (search BS1) Straightforward lodging offering free Wi-Fi in relaxed rooms, plus a restaurant and a bar. (5 mins, 0.2 miles – foot)

Travelodge Hotel, Bristol Central, Mitchell Lane0871 984 (search BS1) Streamlined property offering relaxed rooms with custom-designed beds, plus a restaurant/bar. (8 mins, 0.4 miles – foot)

YHA Bristol, Narrow Quay0845 371 (search BS1) Basic dorms and private rooms in a former harbourside grain house, plus a casual bar/restaurant. (16 mins, 0.8 miles – foot)

Bristol Backpackers Hostel 0117 925 7900 (17 St Stephens Street, Old City, Bristol, BS1 1EQ)


AGC conference timetable


Friday 22 July  Bristol


4pm WELCOME TO CITY HALL - Bristol Green councillors welcome delegates in the newly refurbished City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR. College Green is at the foot of Park Street, and just off the Centre. The entrance is up ramps to the main, central doors.  


Please RSVP Cllr Martin Fodor on the day to 0117 3526155 if you can confirm you are coming.
7pm  Welcome meal at   Kathmandu Curry, Kathmandu Colston Tower, Colston St, Bristol BS1 4XE right next to City Hall,


Saturday 23 July – Faithspace, Prewett Street, Bristol BS1 6PB



9 – 9.15

Registration and sign up




9.15 -9.45

Nick Martin – Green Party chief executive on the future of the Party


10– 10.50

Natalie Bennett – Advice for the next leader(s)


11– 11.50

James Burn – how to fend off hostility as a councillor


12 -1



1 - 2

Veggie Lunch



Hustings for leadership candidates


Candidates attending so far:

Clive Lord (Leader)

Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas (leader)

David Williams (Leader)

Shahrar Ali (deputy)
Störm Poorun (Deputy Leader)

Andrew Cooper (deputy leader)

Alan Borgars (deputy)

Amelia Womack (Deputy Leader)



Networking session for parish councillors

The ethics of negative campaigning – Robert Lindsay, Phelim McCafferty   



We have booked a long table at the Beer Emporium

















Sunday 24 July






9.30 - 10.20

Leading a council group – Richard Bearman

10.30 - 11.45

Chris Williams – Advanced target to win – tricks that work



12 – 12.50

Mayoral campaigning – Sian Berry  

1- 2pm

Community campaigning – Paul Woodhead












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