Help - information or advice.
Please feel free to telephone or email committee members with any concerns you may have (see below).
The Branch holds a coffee morning on the first Saturday in each month from 10.30am until approximately 12.30pm. Usually there are two or more committee members present at these good humoured gatherings, giving members an opportunity to air their views and get to know their fellow members in pleasant surroundings. The Chichester coffee mornings are held at the St Martin's Tea Rooms, St Martin's Street in January, March, April, June, July, September, October and December, in Midhurst they will be held in the Royal Oak on the main road just south of Midhurst. They will be held in February, May, August, and November. Please note that the room we use at the St Martin's Tea Rooms is upstairs (free of charge), but all attending are expected to order a refreshment before proceeding upstairs.
Political parties, of all persuasions, never have enough money! We, in the Chichester Constituency Association, are fortunate that, so far, we have been able to keep afloat financially - but only just! If our bank balance is getting low, or extra funds are needed for a particular project, then this will be made known in a branch newsletter. However, if you are able to make a donation to the Chichester Branch at any time, please, send a cheque to the Branch Treasurer or Chairman. Cheques should be made payable to UKIP Chichester.
A positive way in which you can boost local funds and, at the same time, rattle our opponents, is to recruit new members. UKIP rules state that the recipient office/branch of a new member's joining fee can keep the money for their own purposes. Thus, by ensuring new members send their membership application form and cheque to Jim McCulloch, branch funds will be boosted. All membership renewals must be forwarded to Head Office. Membership application forms are obtainable from Jim
UKIP is frequently criticised for not generating publicity for its cause. The BBC receive huge financial grants from the EU when a programme has shown the EU in a favourable light and, no doubt, commercial broadcasters receive similar inducements. We have first-hand evidence of national newspapers printing members' letters, having edited out all reference to UKIP. Thus, those who do get our cause into the public domain are to be congratulated. Adverse publicity tends to be unrestricted. These facts should induce all of us to write to the BBC, ITV, and newspaper editors, as frequently as possible. Only by such action will it become apparent, to those who control the media, that perhaps they are misguided to ignore the tide of hostility generated by the public towards the EU.
The root of our problem could be that, in October 2004, the European Court of Justice gave the EU Commission the power to control the press!
Pressure groups do a wonderful job by informing the public - but are toothless. Only MPs can repeal the European Communities Act, thus securing our withdrawal from the EU, and only a large UKIP membership will persuade existing MPs to support our aim. At the last election UKIP had about 30,000 members and the Lib/Dems 80,000. Having more members than the Lib/Dems would act as a huge wake-up call to the political establishment and the media.
It follows, therefore, that the sooner we recruit 100,000 members the sooner we shall leave the EU.
Informative websites: www.taxpayersalliance.com/eu
as at February 2014
Chairman Andrew Moncreiff
Asst Treasurer 1 Joan Pearkes Tel: 01243-531404
Asst Treasurer 2 Nigel Sitwell Tel: 01243-773002
Membership Secretary Bernard Smith
Jeanne Paramour Nigel Sitwell