The challenge to overhaul St Mary's Church and turn it into the comunity centre was met. At 4pm David Cameron, direct from delivering his final conference speech, visited the building to inspect all the hard work that was designed to be a practical illustration of the Party's theme for this conference: 'A new direction'
In four days of hard work we upgraded the electrics, fitted a new kitchen, painted fourteen rooms, created a reception room and artists area, and built a theatrical stage with full curtain rig. We assembled over 200 bits of IKEA furniture, (each of which have colourful names that I cannot pronounce) used 800 litres of paint over 6 tonnes of wood (environmentally friendly of course!) and 3,000 feet of wiring. We averaged around 15 people working from 8am until 10pm over four days; totalling around 700 man hours.
St Mary's turned into the alternative conference venue. Or put it another way - the longest fringe meeting conference has seen! Where else could you discuss policy and paint with a peer? Or meet an MP over a plank of wood and a drill?
And best of all - you did not need a conference pass to get in! Indeed, I'm grateful to Dorset Police for being so co-operative in delaying the issue of conference passes so more people headed our way.
But we have made real difference to Springbourne. And provided a lasting legacy. Whilst Party conferences come and go, this time we are leaving behind something permanent. Thank you to all who came and leant a hand; MPs Peers and Party Members, as well local volunteers and businesses.
I am not sure where the Party Conference will take place next year. But who ever is the MP or Parliamentary Candidate - my black and decker cordless drill awaits you!