HAMPSHIRE BRANCH

NEWSLETTER  - January 2015

A New Year begins and we hope you will be helping us to make it the year when Britain reasserts its determination to play a leading role in world affairs by rejecting the populist calls of petty Nationalism.  Only through our participation and leadership of the European Union can we seek to influence the world as a whole.  We need to change the debate within Britain from one about continued membership to one about our vision for a more united and successful Europe in the future.

Nationalism is on the rise across Europe, not just within the UK.  But the European Union is not about the rights and interests of the Nation States but about the Rights and interests of the people of Europe. The EU was created to make Europe peaceful and prosperous and to give the peoples of Europe greater opportunities.  It has been outstandingly successful but now it is under threat and it needs ordinary people - people like us to raise our voices and be heard.

Make it your New Year resolution to come to an event and recruit a new supporter in January

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

16th January       “The Importance of Europe to Hampshire” a talk by HCC Leader Cllr Roy Perry, MEP 1994 -2004 and Vice President of the Hampshire Branch. Followed by a Pizza & Glass of Wine for those wishing to carry on the discussion.

                             6.30pm in the Mitchell Room at the County Council Offices, Winchester

12th February      Dinner with Laura Sandys, MP, Chairman of the European Movement, UK  speaking on “The Challenge for the European Movement in Britain.”

                             7.00pm at the Red Carpet Restaurant, Eastleigh College. 4 courses £25.

Laura Sandys comes from a prominent family of Conservative politicians and is taking a leading role is fighting the European cause within her party.  To read a recent article see:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/22/uk-exit-eu-perverse-unpatriotic-disaster-economically?CMP=twt_gu 

Please confirm attendance to the Events Organiser, Mike Biden mike.biden@hotmail.com

 

SPREADING THE WORD

Public Events

We are planning to run information desks in Public Libraries to enable us to meet the general public, to hand out information and engage in conversation.  Please help by volunteering.  Contact Membership Secretary Ian Foley to express interest and he will put you in touch with your nearest organiser.  Better still plan to organise one yourself, tell Ian and we will make sure you have the support to make a success of your own event.

Talks, lectures and seminars.

Please help us find audiences!  We are looking for opportunities to speak to Schools, societies, community groups, business organisations etc.  Do you know a local group that would be interested in having a speaker? 

Your new Committee is making plans but it is your participation and your efforts which will decide if we are successful.  We need each one of you make a positive contribution by volunteering and helping to organise an event or man an information desk or simply by taking every opportunity to engage in conversation with others to make the positive case for the EU. Ask people to become supporters by signing up to our newsletter – send their email address to Ian Foley,  ianfoley@rocketmail.com who will add them to our mailing list.  Or ask them to become a member by signing up online at www.euromove.org.uk

 

Training & Committee Meetings on  20th January   /  17th February  /  17th March

Committee meetings are being preceded by a one hour training session in which we will learn better how to make the case for Europe and rebut the arguments of UKIP and others.

These sessions are open to all and you are welcome to join us. Monthly sessions are planned all based on the same format:-.

                        7.00pm  Learning how to win the argument and make our case.

8.00pm  Committee Meeting, open to all.          

All these meetings held at “St. Giles Hilltop”, Northbrook Close, Winchester SO23 0JR.

The house is the first on the right in the Close which is off Northbrook Avenue.

Contacts

Chairman: Robert Johnston  robert.johnston50@ntlworld.com  01962 620610 & 07836 768460

Membership :  Ian Foley       hantsem2017@yahoo.co.uk     01329 281806

Events:            Mike Biden     mike.biden@hotmail.com     01962 861350 & 07876 656954

Treasurer:       David Gaunt   dsgaunt@btinternet.com      02380 768046 & 07587 172477

 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Edmund Burke