7-8.30pm We’ll chat in small groups to replicate socialising at a dinner party. You’ll get the chance to meet with people for the first time or maybe catch up with someone you haven’t seen in ages. Peggy Wiseman will join us, as she’s been having a great time organising these across the West Midlands, so it will be a lovely chance to see her too. See you on Zoom.
7.30-9pm. Have your comments and suggestions ready! Meet on Zoom.
7.30-9pm. Chat with the councillors and catch up on what’s happening in Kington, Leominster, Ledbury, Bromyard and everywhere in between. See you on Zoom.
7.30pm downstairs Old Brewery Room at The Barrels, St.Owens St.
Everyone welcome, please let us know if you want to see the agenda
7.30pm at Diana Toynbee’s house
A brief business meeting followed by discussion of Green Party policy on land use, farming and food.
The Guardian 30 December 2019 “Andy Beckett’s conclusion that the Tories are kept in power by our deference is misplaced. Rather, they are kept in power by our anti-democratic first-past-the-post electoral system. The Conservatives under Boris Johnson got barely any more votes than under Theresa May in 2017, just a 1% increase. From this, our democratic lottery handed them an extra 47 seats, which is then portrayed as a handsome victory. What we deserve is not mesmerising Tory rule, whether enabled by deference or not, but a functioning, proportional democracy that allows everybody to vote for the party they think best represents them.”
Hereford and South Herefordshire Green party
Hereford Times 1 January 2020 ” I VOTED in the general election, as I have in every election since the early 70s, but as usual my vote counted for nothing in our voting system. The Conservatives got 43.6 per cent of the vote yet have an 80-seat majority. How is that fair? I don’t feel represented by our Hereford MP. I don’t agree with Caroline Lucas on everything, but she better represents my views and values, yet she is not allowed to represent me. With 2.7 per cent of the vote, there should be, I guess, about 16 Green MPs. With modern communications the constituency system is out of date.Instead we could have PR-elected MPs to deal with national and international matters and locally-elected representatives with more autonomy and powers to deal with local and regional matters.“
“Trees Are the Key” is an inspirational 40-minute documentary narrated by Kate Winslet. It was made in conjunction with The Word Forest Organisation, a Dorset charity that plants trees, builds classrooms and facilitates education in rural Kenya. It also shines a spotlight on the women’s empowerment group, Mothers of the Forest. It tells the story of why we need to plant more trees in the tropics and why we need to support the people who are taking care of the forests.
The documentary will be followed by discussion, including a focus on Herefordshire’s tree wardens and the FoE Double Tree Cover campaign.
7.30pm – 9.30pm, The Speakeasy Bar, The Left Bank Village, Hereford.
If you can’t make it to the Conversation, you can watch the film on-line here