AGM & Dinner 2021


You, and your friends are warmly invited to join us for our Annual Dinner, where our Guest Speaker will be Daisy Cooper MP (St Albans), Deputy Leader of the LibDems and Party Spokesperson for Education.

Following a break in events due to the worldwide pandemic our Branches have held smaller events recently which have proved immensely successful and so we are now throwing open our arms in welcoming you all back to our fabulous and fun evening once again.

The dinner will take the form of a Two-Course Hot Buffet, plus Tea and Coffee in the lovely ground floor County Room of The Colin Atkinson Pavilion, Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton, TA1.  We will have menu options which will cater for Vegan/Vegetarian and Gluten Free guests, as we have done in previous years.

We are very happy to have negotiated hard with the venue to be able to bring you tickets to the evening at the same price we have had for the past 5 years. The Early Bird will be £32 (the cut-off date for getting this has been extended to Sunday 3rd October) and thereafter a price of £35.  We think this provides excellent value for what is always a very enjoyable evening. Despite our best efforts the County Cricket Club have significantly increased their charges so we invite you to add a donation of £2 per ticket to support party funds.

Added opportunities at the dinner are the chance to win a holiday in France or in the Lake District in our auction as well as a couple of other lots up for grabs.

There will be our terrific value champagne draw in which you can win a bottle of Champagne for just £2 as well as a raffle with some quality prizes – if you can add something special as a raffle prize, please let us know in advance?

There is also an opportunity for your company or organisation to sponsor the event, which Pippa would be delighted to arrange for you.

Dress code for the evening is Smart Casual.  Both the Long Room and the County Room are accessible for wheelchair users, with a lift to the first floor available if needed.

Please consider arranging to bring a group to the dinner, for bookings of more than six, your own table will be reserved for you – tables seat a maximum of 10 people comfortably.

This year’s Hot Buffet Dinner will have two courses which will comprise of the following:

Hot Buffet

Chicken Tikka Masala (Gluten Free)
Jackfruit & Vegetable Biryani (Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free)
Saag Aloo (Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free)
Pilau Rice (Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free)
Mini naan breads
Poppadum’s (Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free)
Vegetable samosas and onion bhajis


Lemon Posset and Shortbread Biscuit (Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free)

Complimentary Tea and Coffee will be served after the meal.  There will also be a Cash Bar throughout the evening.

How to book? Reservation is by making payment:

  • Online to: Taunton Liberal Democrats, Account No: 01498063, Sort Code:30 98 45 OR through our PayPal account via the donation page: (we will make contact to confirm). 
  • By Cash or Cheque sent to: Pippa Earl, Weir Lodge, 83 Staplegrove Road, Taunton, TA1 1DN, if you prefer you may use: Freepost, Liberal Democrats for Taunton Deane, TA1 1DN. Cheques should be made payable to: Taunton Liberal Democrats.

If you have any queries, please contact Pippa Earl – Events Co-ordinator at: [email protected] or phone her on 07434 655103.

Immediately preceding the dinner will be the Annual General Meeting of Taunton Deane Liberal Democrats.  This will be starting promptly at 5.30pm in the first floor Long Room.  You should have received an agenda in the post. 

After feedback and seeing the rates at which Covid is increasing locally, we have decided to offer a hybrid approach to suit all parties. 

This will mean that those of you who wish to participate in our meeting to decide who will be representatives of the Taunton Deane Liberal Democrats will be able to by Zoom whilst we try ensure those of you attending in person are given enough space to social distance. 

A Zoom code and further instruction will be sent nearer the time. 

Please note that there are some vacancies on the Local Party Executive Committee, and we need people come forward who are willing to commit to building, campaigning, and winning in the year ahead.  If you would enjoy being a key member of our team in this way, please contact Chris Booth (Party Organiser) on 01823 336666 or [email protected]

There is ample parking at the venue.  If arriving before 6.00pm Guests are asked to register their vehicles at Reception, in order that they may get free parking.  A lift to the dinner and back can easily be arranged.  If you need this service, please email Pippa at [email protected]