Sunday, October 01, 2006

Conference Challenge to Bournemouth Conservatives

I'm not going to get to the conference much this year, here's the reason:

As a practical illustration of this year’s Party Conference David Cameron has tasked Bournemouth Conservatives to and run a local community project in Bournemouth.

The project identified is St Mary's Church in Springbourne, now a major community centre but lacking in basic facilities required to fulfil its potential. Despite being deconsecrated over 10 years ago, the church building has altered little due to a lack of funds. Thanks to the generosity of Conservative Party donors, local businesses and volunteers, the church building will undergo a significant face lift during the four days of the Conservative Party Conference.

Party Members and MPs (including David Cameron and other members of the Shadow Cabinet) will each be devoting a few hours over the four day Conference period to assist with a whole range of DIY tasks in order to convert the church into a working community centre. The project includes painting, decorating and carpeting a number of the function and arts rooms, installation of a kitchen and dining area and erection of a stage, complete with a curtain system in the main hall.

Each day the Party Conference will view a video update of progress. When complete, the building will be handed back to the Bourne Spring Trust, the charity who will manage the building for around thirty volunteer organisations and local groups who will use the facilities.

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am totally cack handed. I'm therefore in charge of volunteers - i.e. finding things for people to do and making sure everything gets done. I'll try and post updates here from the Church over the next few days.

Yesterday was very successful. Help came from local church groups, local conservatives and Alan Duncan MP and David Davies MP.

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