MEETING FRIDAY, 4TH JUNE, 1937, at 160, Above Bar, Southampton.
Present:- Messrs. R. Morley and E.S. Sakoshansky (Labour Party) G. Feltham and L.Witt (Co-operative Soc.?
Absent: Messrs. R. Chick (on holiday) and F. Jensen (Trades Council)
MINUTES. The minutes of the last meeting held on Saturday, 27th March, were read, and it was agreed they be signed as a correct record.
MAY DAY MEETING. Sunday, 1st.
It was reported that at this meeting there was a good attendance of which it was particularly noted that the majority were composed either of the unconverted, or non-active supporters.
The total expenses were £5: 4: 6, and the collection for the Medical Aid Fund was £3: 18: 9.
Arising therefrom a discussion took place, and the Council expressed themselves in favour of an effective May Day Demonstration, including tableaux procession and meeting, being organised for next year. It was resolved to recommend that before the end of this year, - December - a fairly large General Committee, representative of all the interests of the three movements, be set up, and that Sub-Committees be formed therefrom to organise various phases of the procession and Demonstration on Sunday, May 1st, 1938.
SPANISH EXHIBITION. The Exhibition could not be booked for half a week, and was secured for the whole week, 10th to 15th May inclusive, an official opening by the Spanish Consul, and a following Conference with an address by Miss Olive Beamish, being held on Sunday, 9th.
The total receipts, Collecting Box and Literature Sales, was £13: 9: 2, and the Payments (including Exhibition Fee £3: 0: 0, and carriage £3: 4: 5) £17: 8: 7½, the net cost of the Conference and Exhibition being £3: 19: 5½.
The Development Committee of the Co-operative Society gave the free use of accommodation at 160, Above Bar, for the week, and thanks were accorded.
A record was taken of the number of persons visiting the Exhibition, the total being 500.
The week was well advertised, nearly 10,000 handbills being distributed. The Council discussed methods of advertising and felt that value was not obtained from a very general distribution of handbills.
FINANCIAL POSITION RE JOINT COUNCIL.
The Secretary reported that of the yearly amount decided upon, - £60, £39: 0: 0 had been expended for the Spanish Campaign, and a call already made on the three bodies for their proportions. The cost of the Spanish Exhibition and Opening Conference was £4: 0: 0, and May Day Meeting £5: 4: 6, leaving about £12:0: 0 remaining for the suggested Common Meetings, probably in July and September.
The Labour Party suggested a definite allocation be made for the purpose of summer propaganda, and that in any future efforts for Spain the cost should be deducted from the proceeds and not be a charge on the Joint Council.
The Development Committee of the Co-operative Society
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