Our meetings

GMWRAG holds meetings four or five times a year around the Greater Manchester area on the third Friday of the month. Given the pressures on the public sector none of this is written in stone. Five local authorities take the lead on this. Other organisations are welcome to offer to host at any time. GMWRAG will be approaching Rochdale, Wigan and Bury to look at whether they can host future meetings as they have in the past.

Prior to the creation of this web site, details of the next GMWRAG meeting were available for members of our email and postal mailing list but GMWRAG members who were able to attend meetings tended to rely almost exclusively upon the memory of one John Ball; his diary and his uncanny recall of who was hosting next.

The mailing list is no more (in any format) and members can now stay completely up to date by either checking in periodically to this page or, easier still, subscribing to the site and receiving an email detailing all new posts.

As we continue to receive occasional queries on this subject please note that there is no GMWRAG postal or email distribution list. If you wish to know what we’re doing you will need to subscribe to the site.

The schedule for 2019 onwards is as follows:

February 2020 – Bolton.

May 2020 – Manchester.

July 2020 – Trafford.

September 2020 – Oldham

December 2020 – Tameside

February 2021 – Stockport

May 2021 – Salford

Meetings have usually taken place over a full day (consisting of a morning and afternoon meeting) with speakers on the agenda wherever practicable. However, from April 2019 it is intended that GMWRAG meetings will be a half day meeting with 1 or 2 speakers and will be run on the same day as the GMWRAG GM UC forum and hosted by the same authority/area. Please subscribe to the site in order to receive posts with the precise details of each meeting and much more.

Also in this section you will hopefully find everything you need to know about GMWRAG meetings including

The single most important thing you will of course need at a GMWRAG meeting is… biscuits (although after the January 2019 meeting it’s arguably curry).

Whilst biscuit discussions are always dangerous territory, please understand, this is much more important than having a room; a good speaker or even coffee and tea. The great biscuit wars, and discussions of which geographical area is the meanest or most generous or most chocolatey, have resonated down the years and entered GMWRAG folklore. Beware also the terrible error of only having enough biscuits for the morning meeting! Years of Siberian cold-shouldering await any host committing this most basic of errors. Salix Homes provided a fine example of how to handle this delicate issue recently when they appeared willing to provide one packet of biscuits per person 🙂

Rumours that GMWRAG members will have to be lathered in butter to get through the doors at future meetings are strenuously denied. Anyway…

If you can think of anything that ought to be added to this section please let us know. If you have copies of any of the small number of minutes that we are currently missing please let us know and we will arrange to add them.