Thursday, 8 November 2007

The Masquerade Ball

Last Friday Croydon CF hosted The Masquerade Ball. It was a tremendous success and people came from all over the South East.

It was impressive to see that everyone who attended wore masks and Syed Kamall MEP gave prizes to the people who had the best overall mask, the best homemade mask and the most outrageous mask!!

After Justine Greening MP's speech we sat down to a four course dinner and listened to music played by a jazz-funk band. Mark Clarke PPC for Tooting conducted our auction that raised a lot of funds for the branch.

Dancing and drinking until the early hours of Saturday morning all of Croydon CF breathed a sigh of relief as we were finally able to relax and reflect on what an excellent night it had been.

Thanks to Justine Greening MP, Syed Kamall MEP, Richard Ottaway MP, Cllr & GLA Candidate Steve O' Connell, Mark Clarke PPC for Tooting, Cllr Robert Askey, Katie Tucker, Alistair Cooling and Sarah Davies for their help and support during the organisation and attendance of the event.

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Dates for your Diary

Event: Tooting Campaign Day
Host: Mark Clarke PPC
Date: Saturday 15th September
Time: 10.30am start
Location: Earlisfield station
Ticket: Free
Includes: Dinner and drinks when finished



Event: Indian Summer Supper
Host: Lucy and Andrew Pelling MP on behalf of New Addington Conservatives
Date: Monday 17th September
Time: 7pm
Location: Planet Spice, 88 Selsdon Park Rd, Forestdale, Croydon
Ticket: £15
Includes: Three course dinner and Lee Scott MP as guest speaker

Contact: Clare Hilley

Event: Booze and Politics
Date: Wednesday 19th September
Host: Croydon Conservative Future
Time: 8pm
Location: The Green Dragon, High Street, Croydon
Ticket: Free

Contact: Clare Hilley


Event: Richmond Campaign day
Host: Zac Goldsmith PPC
Date: Saturday 22nd September
Time: 10.30am
Location: TBA
Ticket: Free



Event: The Masquerade Ball
Host: Croydon Conservative Future
Date: Friday 26th October
Time: 7.30pm
Location: The Weatherhill Suite, Hilton Hotel, Purley, Croydon
Ticket: £45 before September 30 and £50 after. Tables of ten will be rewarded at £450
Includes: Honorary guests include: Richard Ottaway MP, Andrew Pelling MP, Justine Greening MP, Syed Kamall MEP, Cllr Steve O'Connell (GLA Candidate) and various other PPCs and Cllrs.

Champagne Reception
Four course dinner
Live music
Surprise entertainment
Jazz-funk band
Prize for best mask

Dress code: Black Tie with mask


Another Booze and Politics evening.....

Following from the two successful evenings at the Green Dragon in Croydon, Croydon Conservative Future is hosting another of these events on Wednesday 19th September at 8pm.

Please do let me know if you can attend. I can be contacted at:

Sunday, 22 July 2007

Croydon CF Drinks

This coming Wednesday (25th July) Croydon CF are meeting at The Green Dragon pub at 8pm.

Please come along and join us as the new executive will be there discussing the year ahead!

Monday, 16 July 2007

Future Events

Event: Free Spirits
Organisation: The Freedom Association's Youth Wing
Date: Wednesday July 18th, 2007
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm
Where: The Old Bank of England pub, 194 Fleet Street, EC4A 2LT.
Entry: Free
Contact: Mark Wallace at:

Event: Ealing Southall by-election
Date: Any date before the polling day Thursday 19th July 2007
Time: 9am-9pm
Where: Meet at Ealing Broadway tube station
Contact: Mark Clarke at:

Event: Boat Party
Organisation: Conservative Way Forward
Date: Saturday September 1st 2007
Time: 7pm
Where: Embankment pier, River Thames
Entry: £40
Contact: Karen Allen at:

New Croydon CF Executive

Following Croydon CF's successful AGM last week a new executive for the year 2007-08 was elected:

Patron Richard Ottaway MP
President Cllr Simon Hoar

Chair Clare Hilley
Deputy Chair Political Cllr Russell Jackson
Deputy Chair Finance Cllr Robert Askey
Communications Officer Stephen Hendry
Membership Officer Alister Cooling
Fundraising Officer Katie Tucker
Secretary Andrew Flavell
Officer Without Portfolio Dan Heaton

We have lots of plans for the year ahead and if the rumours are true about a snap general election in Autumn then we are all going to be extremely busy!

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Croydon CF meet IDS...

Last Thursday Croydon CF members attended Lucy and Andrew Pelling's Summer Buffet with The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP as the guest speaker. It was an excellent event and Simon, Paul, Chris, Robert and myself all won prizes on the raffle- we were all very lucky!

Afterwards we all ended up in Croydon and went to the Green Dragon followed by Walkabout. Unfortunately no one sung as it was 'Karoke Night' in Walkabout but there's always next time!

Thanks to Lucy Pelling for organising such an enjoyable evening for us all.

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Buffet Dinner

Lucy and Andrew Pelling MP are hosting a Summer Buffet Dinner with The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP next Thursday 14 June.

If you would like to attend and I haven't already heard from you please contact me via this website or at my e-mail address:

Event: Summer Buffet Dinner
Host: Lucy and Andrew Pelling MP for New Addington Conseravtives
Location: The Addington Community Centre, Central Parade, Croydon
Time: 7.30pm for 8pm
Entry: £12

Guests: Iain Duncan Smith MP and Andrew Pelling MP
Extras: Auction, raffle, wine and food provided

New Members....

Croydon CF welcomed Sarah, Andy, Dan, Al and Steve into the branch. Here they all are having a laugh!

Croydon CF Drinks Evening

Last night Croydon CF hosted an 'informal' drinks evening in the Green Dragon pub. This turned out to be a huge success as the The Hon. Vice President Cllr Simon Hoar won the pool tournament which meant that we got £30 worth of free drinks!

We also welcomed new members; Andy, Steve, Dan, Al and Sarah. All five are excellent as they are enthusiatic and enjoyed the discussions last night as well as the banter!

London South CF Welcomes Castaway's 'Big Al'

A big welcome from London South CF to Big Al. As you're all probably aware I was on Castaway with fellow contestant Alister Cooling (AKA Big Al). Over the course of the two months we became best friends and had lots of discussion and debate about politics.

As a result he has now joined Conservative Future and he attended his first function last night with Croydon CF at their drinks evening in the Green Dragon pub!

Croydon CF in Channel 4 documentary

Channel 4 commissioned a series of short films and one of them was entitled, 'Make me a Tory'. This film was directed by Daniel Cormack who went around the UK to 'investigate' Conservative Future. His challenge was to see if he could be persuaded to vote Conservative at the next general election.

He came to Croydon to meet the CF members and myself. Look at this link to watch it and for more info:

Sunday, 27 May 2007

Summer Drinks

I hope that whilst I've been away my deputy Cllr Robert Askey has attended to all of your needs?! I would like to thanks him and the executive for all of the support that they have given me whilst I was away in New Zealand.

Our next function will be informal as I think a catch up is required over a few drinks!

Location: The Hogshead, Croydon
Date: Tuesday 5th June
Time: 7pm onwards
RSVP: londonsouth@conservativefuture

I do hope that you can attend and please bring your friends as well.

Monday, 15 January 2007

Battersea CF Drinks Evening

Date: February 1st
Time: 7pm
Location: The Rise Bar and Dining Room, 49 Lavender Gardens, London, SW11 1DJ
RSVP: Chairman Emma Waterfall (

Please find enclosed a link to the location: newmap.srf&sear

Friday, 12 January 2007

London South New Year Drinks

Event: London South New Year drinks party
Date: Wednesday 31st January
Location: Slug and Lettuce, Clapham Junction
Time: 7pm

Entry: Free

This is a chance for all of the London South members to catch up and make plans for the coming year.

Over the last month there has been an influx of new members from across the area.

Guests include potential Mayoral candidates, PPCs and some London South MPs

Please RSVP Clare Hilley at: