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Memoirs of a social organiser

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Sylvia and Nick Butler have recently stepped down as CLP Secretary and Treasurer.  Sylvia was the secretary for 6 years and Nick was the Treasurer for 11.  Sylvia has also stood down as Social Organiser and Fund Raising Officer – a role she has held for 20 years!

Sylvia said:  “I have very many happy memories of my time as social organiser for Newcastle CLP.  We had a lot of fun and we raised a lot of money for the Labour Party.  We used to go on 2 or 3 coach trips a year to places such as Llandudno, Blackpool, the Cotswolds, Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District.  We always had a raffle on the coach and it was hard work running up and down the bus selling tickets and giving out prizes.  We also had several memorable weekends away in Dublin, Bruges, Lille and Paris.  We had regular socials, garden parties at Norris and Trudy Cooke’s and David and Cynthia Leech’s, barbecues and quizzes at Waterloo Buildings, childrens’ Christmas parties and of course our annual dinners held at the Catholic Club.  Sadly, as old friends and members have moved away or passed on the numbers supporting these activities fell and it became increasingly difficult to run trips and organise socials but we went out with a bang with the dinner in March with Andy Burnham.

I started the 100 Club in September 1997.   The first winner was John Golding and the last winner was David Leech!  In the 18 years it has been running the 100 club has raised over £12,500!  Looking back at my old mark book (where I recorded all the members and the prize winners) there are many old friends:  Danny Davies, Betty Cox, Bill Sinnott, Vic Finnemore, Bill Harrison, Joe Sanderson, John Lockett, Tom Meir, John Tatton, Marje Horton, Peggy Griffiths, Bob Williams, Eddie Knowles and many, many more. On top of that other fundraising activities take the total to over £20,000 raised in 20 years! I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the last 20 years and wish my successor well in his new role.”

Thanks for all your hard work Sylvia and Nick! 

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