Who We Are And How The Association Is Run
The Beckenham Conservative Association (BCA) is open to anybody who supports the Conservative cause. The Association is one of 600 plus Conservative Associations which are part of the National Conservative Party.
BCA works within the constitution of the Conservative Party but as with all local associations it is run and paid for by local people.
The Association is run by an Executive which is comprised of representatives from the six Bromley Borough Council wards which make up the constituency. These include all the Conservative councillors who represent Beckenham wards together with other representatives nominated by the local ward Conservative branches.
The Chairman, Deputy Chairmen, Treasurer and up to three other officers of the Association are elected at the Annual General Meeting which is held in the spring of each year. All paid up members are entitled to attend and vote. The officers are responsible for the day to day running of the Association and report directly to the Executive, which meets quarterly. The Executive, with the advice from the officers, decides the Association’s policy. The Association has a number of honorary officers who are elected at the AGM on the nomination of the Executive. The posts are Patron, President and Vice Presidents.
The Association exists to promote the Conservative cause throughout the Beckenham constituency and to work for the election of Conservative Party candidates at local, London, national and European level. We receive no funding from the national party and the money we spend is raised by members and supporters throughout Beckenham in the form of membership subscriptions and fundraising events. We pay a quota based on membership to the National Conservative Party to help the Party with national campaigns and the maintenance of the national Campaigning HQ.
The money we raise locally enables us to run the local office (including utilities, rates etc), to pay for a part-time secretary, to fund information literature and produce election leaflets. Our twice yearly In Touch (which has a separate edition for each of the six wards) is distributed by our members to every one of the 40,000 houses in the constituency and costs us over £3,000 per issue.
Our major fundraising event is an annual dinner and we also hold regular informal events including BBQs and Quiz Nights. Many fundraising events are organised at a local ward level by the local Conservative branches. These, like the Association events, are both social and political, and the wards also pay a quota to the Association each year. For deatils of our coming events please see our Events Page.