As our first semester comes to an end we do hope that all of you reading have had a good and pleasant term here at Newcastle and that NUCS has had a positive role in said time. It is now the season where we should look to hold friends and family close and the committee would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. We hope that our humble society might have allowed you to form such friendships over your time here and we look forward to seeing you again in the next term.
What an end to the term we had. We had the privilege of living through a pivotal point in British politics and the good luck to be situated right in the middle of one of its main battle grounds here in the North East. Our society’s members campaigned in a number of seats across the region from Bishop Auckland, to Hexham, to Blaydon and here in Newcastle itself. The success of the Conservative Party nationally can only perhaps be matched by our success here on campus with our society running 9 events in 11 weeks breaking only for Halloween and campaigning, with members attending sister society events at York, Northumbria and earlier in the year the multi society meet up at Conservative Party Conference. The committee will be helping to organise the next such meet up for CPC2020 in the New Year and details will be posted online. As well as a North East university formal Port and Policy being organised in conjunction with Durham we are also looking forward to the annual reception of the charity Friends of the British Overseas Territories here in Newcastle with a formal dinner at the NCC. These external events will of course be on top of the societies usual events which will continue to aim to be on the Thursday of each week (limited events will run throughout the exam period). As well as events our society has begun contributing to a charity each term, this year funds were passed to the Royal British Legion and a wreath was laid for Armistice Day from the society and its members.
The society has engaged with an admirable renewed vigour in our Students Union with contributions to student media (written and radio) from a wide verity of members. We continue to encourage these extracurricular activities among our members as we believe it makes us all more developed and rounded students as well as preventing subversive influences gaining absolute control of our revered institutions. In the democratic part of the union so far this year our members have been almost unconditionally successful in blocking undesired motions and passing supported ones but sometimes by only the thinnest of margins. We will continue this work in the Union and encourage all of our members to engage in it.
Finally, we would just like to say thank you to all of our members and I personally would like to thank all of those on committee. We thank our sister societies and friends at York, Leeds and Sheffield Hallam etc. for the cooperation so far this year and look forward to more in the future with Durham and others from further afield. We would like to thank our twin sister society at Northumbria and their President John Burton especially for a fantastic term of unprecedented cooperation between our two societies as well as the local party association for help with literature banners and events. We look forward to 2020 and seeing you all again, have a very happy Christmas.