Sunday, 21 June 2009

Brinsley Carnival 2009

Brinsley Carnival began over 50 years ago and is still going strong. Offering a fabulous days entertainment held by the community, in the Community, for the community.

The whole event is funded by generous donations from local business and fundraising events by the village. Even though several groups, including Broxtowe's Chinese New Year, receives funding towards their celebrations, Brinsley Carnival does not.

Several local groups, Friends of Brinsley Headstocks, Scouts, etc, hold stalls, this giving them chance to raise awareness about their group and to raise funds.

The event kicks off around midday with a fancy dress parade from Hall Lane along Church Walk, and on into the village playing field, where prizes are awarded for the winning float.

Main arena entertainment includes, crowning of the Carnival Queen, a dog handling display, dog show, motorcycle stunt teams, belly dancing, fun fair, plus lots more. At 3pm a flypast of the spectacular Dakota rounded off the days events.

Below are some photographs taken of this year's event.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Thank you voters

On behalf of the BNP County Council election candidates in Broxtowe, we would like to thank all our voters, activists, supporters and of course families.

Although there were no wins in Broxtowe, we all feel we pulled off a credible result which has been achieved on a tight budge by local fundraising and meetings.

We all look forward to the Euro Election results on Sunday night.

Broken European ballot box seals in Broxtowe

At 10pm Thursday 4th June both Cllr Dave Brown and Cllr Nina Brown went into the polling station at Brinsley Parish Hall, Cordy Lane, Brinsley firstly for Dave, the BNP Beauvale candidate to place his vote being the last voter in there and secondly to secure official BNP seals onto two of the ballot boxes. After Dave placed his vote in the box, the boxes were sealed with the council seals. As the County Council ballot papers were being placed into nylon "linen style" boxes with zips, we were unable to find anywhere to secure the seals, so we sealed the European Ballot Boxes which were both plastic along with Council seals. Both boxes with intact seals were photographed.(as below).

Photographs of European ballot boxes with official BNP seals intact at Brinsley Parish Hall Polling Station, Thursday 4th June at 10pm.

On arriving for the count at The Pearson Centre in Beeston at 10am Friday 5th June we both noticed that the seals we had secured the night before had both been broken. We immediately alerted the Returning Officer, Ruth Hyde, who after looking at the seals she tried to assure us that the boxes had been stored securely below Beeston Town Hall in a room with security keypad, she then questioned whether we knew how to tie the seals properly. After a few minutes with no solutions, the Returning Officer went on to say that as she made the decisions the count would continue regardless. At this point Cllr Dave Brown stated he did not want the boxes touching as he would be calling in the police.

It was at this point that Beauvale BNP candidate Dave Brown left the room to phone the police. The boxes remained untouched. Cllr Nina Brown remained to watch the Beauvale count.

Two police officers arrived around approximately 45 minutes later, after looking at the two broken seals, they stated they could not verify whether the seals had broken or had been deliberately cut. Cllr Dave Brown asked that the seals be taken by the police.

After receiving a written statement from the Returning Officer Ruth Hyde, the boxes were opened and the European ballot papers verified.

That is where the situation stands at present, we will keep you updated.

Below are the photographs taken of the European ballot boxes with broken BNP seals as they arrived prior to the verification of European Ballots at The Pearson Centre, Beeston at 10am Friday 5th June 2009.

Below is a copy of the statement of events from the Broxtowe Electoral Returning Officer Ruth Hyde.

County ballot boxes used in Broxtowe would double as linen baskets, although it is not clear in the picture they were made of nylon with zips

Friday, 5 June 2009

Broxtowe County Council Election Results 2009

Toton & Chilwell
BNP 546
Green 658
Cons 3356
Lab 1142
Lab 1135
UKIP 786
Green 500
Lib Dem 1076
Cons 3388
Lib Dem 998

I suppose we cannot grumble at the result considering we only fielded one candidate in a two councillor ward and without any leafleting. Perhaps with a little more effort and another candidate......

Beeston South & Attenborough
Cons 1889
Lab 1700
Lib Dem 432
Green 306
BNP 278

Kimberley & Trowell
Cons 1342
BNP 402
Lib Dem 1585
Lab 912
Green 126

Cons 1532
Lab 650
Lib Dem 657
BNP 698

Better result here, comparing to the 2005 result shows Conservatives down 532, Labour vote down 1433, Lib Dems down 114, we picked up 189 votes. Although not a win we are pleased with the result. Hopefully next time.

In a landslide victory, Conservative County Councillor David Taylor retains his seat which he won in 2005 by only 17 votes. Many congratulations to David.