Saturday, June 21, 2008

Back from Conference

This past week I have had the pleasure of going to Bournemouth for UNISONS national conference. I traveled down on Monday with Sharon and Stuart. We arrived at our hotel around 5pm just in time for the first meeting at 6pm. his was a 'whats happening this week' sort of meeting in the near by Marriott hotel.

The next morning Conference proper started. We were weighed down with paperwork, motions, composite booklets, New sheets, questionnaires so much stuff that they gave us all new hessian bags to carry it around in!! We all had allocated seats in the Bournemouth Conference centre, we sat in our region areas. Stuart was there as the Chair of the Young members forum and he very bravely stood up to move two motions in front of a packed audience of around 3000 people!!

We had different speakers everyday and we debated lots of questions and decided the way the union would move in the coming year. There were very few contentious issues this year and we only managed three card votes (they always make things interesting!!)

We were very lucky with the weather, beautiful sunshine and a breeze just about all week. We made friends with other delegates and went out for dinner in the evenings, we were lucky enough to be able to check out the Chinese,Indian, Italian and a very nice Brasserie all within walking distance of our hotel.

I hadn't been to Bournemouth for ages and I was very impressed with the area, the sea was stunning and the beaches were spotless, I felt like I was on the French Riviera!! Next year its Brighton, I can't wait!!!!


suebaru said...

Sounds like you got the break you needed!

Manna said...

Glad to hear all went well! BRAVE STUART! Way to go!

Debbielou said...

Glad that you had a good time and are safely back with the newly MOT'd Ruby (!) xx

Barbara Martin said...

Trips away, even for conferences, are a nice way to relax.

Beautiful photo of Bournemouth. I visited my great aunt in the early 70s and loved the area, the beaches and the air...ah, glorious. Now I want a trip there. See what you did.