Sir Richard Shepherd M.P.,Cllr Eddie Hughes & Mrs Priti Patel M.P. 

The Association Annual Dinner was held on Friday 18th October at the Terrace Restaruant in Brownhills.The Guest of Honour and speaker was Mrs Priti Patel the Member of Parliament for Witham in Essex.

Over 100 members and friends attended the Dinner which everybody enjoyed.The Terrace once again provided an excellent menu of good food which was followed by a speech by Priti.In this address Mrs Patel spoke of the values that unite us as Conservatives. After the speech Priti invited questions, several members asked questions which ranged from Scottish independence to benefit changes.The Officers of the Association presented Mrs Patel with a flower arrangement in appreciation of her visit to the Association.The flowers were supplied by local Garden Centre, William Wheat & Sons.

A further part of the evenings program was the presentation of a picture to Sir Richard Shepherd M.P. who had no prior knowledge of the presentation. This surprise presentation was to mark the 35 years that  Sir Richard and Aldridge-Brownhills Conservatives have been  associated.The especially commissioned picture drawn by Aldridge artist, Lynn Hughes is of Aldridge Parish Church and surrounding area.Sir Richard thanked members for their kindness and said that he has been his priveledge to represent Aldridge-Brownhills at Westminster.This, stated Sir Richard, could not of been possible but for the members of the Association to whom he was very grateful.

Members and friends are already noting the date for the 2014 Annual Dinner which is Friday 17th October.John and Priti

                       Mrs Priti Patel & Cllr John Murray.