Brexit Campaigning in Yeovil (Sat 12th Jan)

A group of local Labour members went forth to the community of Yeovil to talk Brexit! A short summary is below…

The ‘Brexitometer’ pictures are on ‘Somerset Loves Europe’ facebook and twitter and have been emailed to Marcus Fysh.  Below is today’s and the one from 1st December for your interest.  They suggest a shift away from Brexit towards a People’s vote comparing December’s to today’s. The postcards that were left with us to post tallied up as:

People’s vote ticked 34 times
Leave – no deal    16
Leave – PM’s deal  8
Stay in the EU      51
Total of 83 cards but some had more than one option ticked.  We also gave out plenty more for people to post themselves. Thank you again to everyone for all of the hard work.

Letter to Mr J Corbyn

Dear Jeremy et al,
I am sending on a message from one of our very active members in our branch in West Dorset. He knew my wife and I were coming to The Conference and wants you to get this message.
He is 98, infirm and a veteran of the 2nd World War.
He is a remainer like me. My question to you would be about the legality of treating an ‘advisory’ referendum, without a threshold, as if it were ‘mandatory’. Will any further referendum have a threshold ,so making it mandatory, or will a ‘one vote’ majority be sufficient to claim it is the ‘will of the people’ – as last time?
Best wishes,
Rob and Linda Bygrave
Sherborne Labour Party 

Yet another coffee shop in Sherborne… Yes!

I know this is a bit late coming (the article I refer to is from October 2017), however it is something I have been meaning to write about for a while now.

Before we knew that the old Melson Wingate opticians was going to be Cafe Nero, the town [supposedly] was completely up in arms about the potential of yet ‘another’ coffee shop being introduced to Sherborne.  The article I refer to is one of many that was published:  https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink/sherborne-yet-another-coffee-shop-636241

The main concern from current Sherborne town goers, was the abundance of coffee shops already available, apparently about 80 places to sip a Cafe Latte or relax with a tall Americano.

The way I see the addition of Cafe Nero is twofold.  Firstly, rather than a huge empty shop in the middle of the town (like many shops in the Quedam centre in Yeovil), we have filled an otherwise empty establishment, bringing people into the town and providing a hub for young, old and families to enjoy each other’s company with a cuppa or two.  Secondly, I rather like the idea that Sherborne is becoming a ‘coffee hub’ of Dorset – why not?  Its a very European cultural activity, and very en-trend with a many different age groups.  And surely, its better than everyone going to the pub?!  How times have changed, there used to be 15 or so pubs in the town!

I can only see positives for the additions of companies like Costa and Cafe Nero in the town.  Personally, I love to sit reading the paper with a coffee and slab of cake, in the very cool and sophisticated atmosphere of Cafe Nero.  Those who complain and suggest that this will only drive the older, more traditional coffee and tea shops out of town, need worry not.  The introduction of Costa only proved this – no coffee shop has closed or suffered as a result.

The Danish may say we were very Hygge for having so many coffee outlets, the French and Spanish would praise us for our Cafe culture.  Lets embrace it and not complaint about it!

Over and out.

Sherborne Labour Party Member.

Zebra Crossing – Abbey Road, Sherborne

Discussed at the recent Sherborne Branch meetings was the possibility of a crossing at a busy and dangerous Sherborne road in the town Centre.

See below the letter that was devised by the party secretary, and sent onwards to Trevor Savage, Town Clerk to Sherborne Town Council.

The Sherborne branch are prioritising ‘Local Issues’ at meetings and hope to be actioning even more letters and correspondence like this.

Campaigning in Sherborne

The Sherborne Labour Party [along with other branches across Dorset and the South West] have certainly been out in force.  The Sherborne Market received good feedback and lots of great discussion going on last Saturday when some members of the team were ‘out and about’.  And thats simply what its about at this very important time of the year.

As we look towards 8th June in trepidation, we need to come together and leaflet, campaign, phone, door knock.  If you are interested in getting involved, contact Alex who is coordinating busy campaign trail in Sherborne: apdbathurst@gmail.com

In the mean time, good luck everyone and keep up the fantastic work!  The door knocking is too, revealing some positive feedback and support for the Labour Party and our great parliamentary candidate, Lee Rhodes.  Enjoy the video and picture below.

A letter to the Guardian…

The Editor

Dear Madam,

We are asked to put our trust in our PM to produce a good deal for the UK regarding the EU. She likes to tell us that we have a ‘strong and stable’ government at present. Therefore why do we need an election? 

I am very glad that we are having one however since the timing is perfect – coming as it does at the – ‘END OF MAY’ !

Last year Leicester City, this year ….  who knows !?

Yours sincerely,
Rob Bygrave