Last night I joined PPC Nicky Morgan in The Griffin to help set up a CF branch in Loughborough, another one of our key target seats. We had fifteen people attend in total, with everybody except myself, James Dinsdale, and Lydia Smith (Area Chairman) being from the constituency. This was one of the most promising events we have had so far, with there being a real mix of people: National / Area CF; local members who hadn't met each other; new members who had no involvement prior to yesterday; as well as people from both the university and the town.
We will be following up with a second event on Tuesday 13th March (which is the week of Spring Forum), back in the Griffin Pub, Ashby Square. In the meantime we will be contacting those individuals who have responded to the Lord Ashcroft youth survey, and encouraging them to come along. Whilst we had e-mailed many of them, we had not had enough time to respond to all of their queries. Also, in my experience, you need to contact people 3-4 times before you can get them along to an event. With university, work, outside commitments, and a potential fear factor of coming along for the first time to an event, as well as the event clashing, it does take a little time.
Loughborough CF seems one that we can really develop. Thanks to James and Lydia for coming along and supporting the event, and also to Nicky Morgan and Hilary Fryer, the Association Chairman for hosting us. We will be contacting the attendees to arrange the next steps in the next couple of days. I am sure that everyone who attended will agree what a great time was had by all, and the venue was an excellent choice!
There are some photos, but they are still on James' camera phone - but I will post them as soon as I receive them.