This year’s Annual General Meeting of Paisley Tannahill SNP Branch was held in the Methodist Central Halls in Paisley and saw a good turnout of existing and new members.
The meeting highlighted the work of the branch over the past year and the plans for the coming year. Paisley Tannahill branch has seen a steady rise in membership over the past few years and is the largest of the 10 SNP branches in Renfrewshire.
The branch unanimously selected its office bearers for the coming year with some key changes, including Bruce MacFarlane taking over the role of branch Convener, with former Convener Margaret Dymond becoming the branch treasurer. Former SNP council leader Brian Lawson takes over as branch secretary and Cllr Will Mylet remains as branch organiser.
Branch Convenor Bruce MacFarlane said: “With our ever-increasing membership and a shift to a new meeting place, Paisley Tannahill SNP is looking forward to increasing our campaigning in the year ahead.
“In the past few months we carried out a survey of members and have changed our regular meeting place and times to suit as many members as possible and we have already seen an increase in the number of members attending our meetings.
“I am delighted to take over the role of branch convener and would like to thank Margaret Dymond for all the time and effort she has put in to maintain this post over the past few years, it will be a difficult task to follow her but, with the support of Margaret and the branch, I am determined to do the best I can to promote the SNP within our area.”
He added: “I would also like to thank Brian Lawson for stepping in as branch secretary. Unfortunately, our previous secretary, Cllr Kenny MacLaren, is recovering from a couple of operations and has been told to take it easy for a while but it is great we have someone of Brian’s experience to take over.
“At the AGM we collected donations from members for the local foodbank – as we have done at various branch meetings throughout the year. It is a disgrace that in a rich country like Scotland people have to rely on foodbanks but while they exist the branch has made a commitment to support our local foodbank.”