Thursday, 17 August 2017

Local Government Candidate recruitment

An audience with Ann Widdecombe

The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe was one of the most popular and formidable politicians of her generation, representing Maidstone for twenty three years from 1987 until 2010. During her time in Parliament she was Minister of State for Prisons, then between 1997 and 2010, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Shadow Home Secretary. 

Upon retiring from Parliament in 2010 Ann moved to remote Dartmoor and launched a successful new career as a writer, columnist, TV personality, star of pantomime and Strictly Come Dancing!

Throughout this time Ann has continued her steadfast support for the Conservative Party both nationally and here in Kent, returning regularly to campaign at election time and support our local fund raising. This includes being “President” of the West Kent 500+ Club which has raised almost £25,000 for local Association funds over the last two years.

We are delighted that Ann has agreed to be interviewed about her remarkable life at the next in our series of “An Audience with…”  This will be held on Thursday 2 November 2017 at Shorne Village Hall, 16 The Street, Shorne, Gravesend DA12 3EA. Doors open at 7pm with the show commencing promptly at 7.30pm.

After being interviewed about her remarkable life and answering questions from the audience, Ann will conclude the evening by drawing the winning numbers for the November and December 500+ Club, with almost £5,000 of prize money being presented to the lucky winners.

How many tickets...?

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Members' Affinity Scheme

For many years I have been looking at ways to thank and reward our members for their support. 

Tangentially, I have also been working with various local councillors to encourage residents to "shop local" and support their independent retailers.

Then six months ago I realised the two could be directly linked: a Members' Affinity Scheme which would both reward members for their support, encourage new members to join and, at the same time, drive footfall towards Kent's many independent small shops and businesses. 

After a great deal of hard work, we are about to launch our Members' Affinity Scheme. 

The trial is taking place in Paddock Wood (where West Kent Towers is situated) and where, I am delighted to report, sixteen of the towns 20 or so independent retailers have "signed up" to participate. If the trial is a success we hope to roll it out in other areas.

The key is to give the retailers maximum choice in the size and scale of their offer. Some have used it to drive business on quiet days (10% discount on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). Others to up-sell (complimentary pudding if you buy a starter and main course). Some have simply given a wide discount which can be used any time. 

Importantly, we have also attracted a wide variety of general retailers (not exclusive suppliers which are out of reach for many shoppers). Participants include a pet shop, hairdresser, dry cleaner, card shop, Indian restaurant, nail bar, hardware store and print shop. Businesses that almost every local shopper will use on a weekly basis. 

We will be officially launching the scheme in September at a reception hosted by Greg Clark MP with local participating retailers and community leaders invited as guests. At the moment our sixteen retailers are signing off their artwork, before the brochure goes to print.

Once the scheme is up and running we will send a discount card to all those members in the surrounding catchment areas then follow up with a membership recruitment campaign to all local pledges, citing the discount card as a reason for joining. 

Will it work? It will certainly do no harm, and until we try these things we will never know.  

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Head Tappers of UKIP Unite

I am pleased to see that local Tonbridge UKIP activist, Dave Allen, is one of the 11 applicants to lead UKIP into post-Brexit Britain.

Dave is a published author with works including "The Sophisticated Alcoholic" and "Memories of the Afterlife" to his name. I am sure UKIP will benefit from someone with such intellectual prowess at the helm. 

He is also an expert on Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping). An "easy to use healing tool which provides the foundation for expanding one's emotional freedom."  

If any of my readers are in need of having their emotional freedom expanded, I recommend the 4 minute YouTube video below. 

Good luck Dave, UKIP needs a normal, hardworking grassroots activist at the helm.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

West Kent Tea at Party Conference 2017

All members and friends of West Kent Conservatives are warmly invited to attend our hugely popular Afternoon Tea at Conservative Party Conference, Manchester.

This will be held from 4.30pm - 6pm on Monday 2nd October 2017.

This is the eighth year we have hosted an Afternoon Tea, which is becoming a 'must go' event due to the exclusive and unusual venues we choose and the high quality of the catering provided. 

For Manchester 2017 we are returning (by popular demand) to the award-winning Richmond Tea Rooms. 

Tickets are £25 per person for a full Afternoon Tea including a glass of Champagne on arrival. 

Our preferred booking / payment method is online via our secure server, using a credit or debit card. See below. Alternatively you may send a cheque (payable to West Kent Conservatives) to Campaign HQ, Suite 3, Business Centre, Commercial Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6EN. If paying by cheque please write 'Conference Tea' on the reverse along with the name(s) of those attending.

How many tickets?

Please note: booking and payment must be received by Friday 22 September 2017. This is necessary as regrettably in previous years a number of people have said they would attend and then failed to come on the day. This has resulted in the event losing money and needing to be subsidised by West Kent Conservatives. This is a social event, not a fund raiser, and we only charge for tickets what we are being charged by the venue.