Stroud District Green Party meetings are held on the Fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm at Star Anise cafe in Stroud's Gloucester Street (although check the calendar as we sometimes move to a different venue). We welcome members and prospective members. Each meeting is normally split into a period to discuss party business and a period of general discussion on a chosen topic. Meetings are a great opportunity to meet other members, while sampling the cafe's delightful food and drink offerings. They are also an opportunity to get involved with running the party, sign up to help with our various campaigns, or indeed influence the direction that we are taking.
For more information, please contact our co-ordinators by email on email@example.com or telephone John Marjoram on 01453 750962.
Stroud District Green Party covers the Stroud District Council area and parliamentary constituency. Until recently we also covered the Cotswolds; but following a membership surge there is now a separate local party covering that area. We are an active party with a strong local membership. There is a Green Party majority on Stroud Town council, including the mayor Amanda Moriarty and deputy mayor John Marjoram. We also have members on Nailsworth & Stonehouse Town Councils and various parish councils. We are represented on Stroud District Council by 8 members and on the County Council by 1 member representing Stroud Central. With your help we hope to expand our influence, particularly in the Tory-led county council where one Green councillor can "shake up" the comfortable status quo.
As a member, you can be as active as you like - from armchair and online support to standing as a candidate for election. For more information, please contact Marie-Helene Pedebernarde (membership secretary) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can join online.
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Even if you don't want to make the commitment of joining us, we always welcome supporters and volunteers. Volunteers can help with our campaigning work. Could you help deliver leaflets to your street, or go out with our campaign team and speak to local residents about their concerns?
Do you have fundraising experience or press, social media, research and administrative skills? Whatever your level of experience and however much or little time you can give, we would love to hear from you.
Contact us by email or telephone as mentioned above for more information about ways you can get involved. Or you can register online as a supporter.
Please consider donating to help fund our campaigns. Money donated locally will be spent locally on our efforts to get more councillors elected and to make Stroud District a greener place. By building up support at a local level we hope to eventually break through at national level - but we can't do it without money.
We are looking for candidates to stand in a number of seats at town, parish, district and county council levels. Come along to a meeting and introduce yourself!
Green Drinks is a great way to meet new people, catch up with friends or just hang out with people who also want to contribute in whatever way to a more sustainable society.
Stroud Green Drinks meets in The Ale House, (formally Bar 9), 9 John St., Stroud (just by the farmer's market), on the second Thursday of each month. It's not party political - anyone with an interest in green issues is welcome, but there are normally a few Green Party members there, so do come along and meet us! Look out for the gorilla on the table.
Caroline Lucas, in a letter to the Guardian, said "Out of 332,237 people surveyed in the Vote for Policies survey before the last election ... over 24% – more than any other party – chose Green policies. The last time people had a chance to vote in elections under proportional representation – the Euro elections of 2009 – the Greens won over a million votes, demonstrating again the growing support for action on the Green agenda."
Visit the website at Vote for Policies and take the survey yourself. Compare policies from six UK political parties on a range of key issues. After you have chosen the policies you agree with, you are shown which parties they belong to.