The meeting of the Croydon Branch of the Communist Party on Thursday was more a social meeting than a business meeting as its primary purpose was to thank Ben Stevenson for the eleven years he dedicated to working for the Party as National Organiser and National Secretary and to wish him well on his departure to take up a senior position in the trade union movement. In addition to branch members, the meeting was attended by the Party Chair, Liz Payne, the International Secretary, John Foster, and two honoured guests from Ruskin House. After speeches and wishes of goodwill, Ben was presented with a pair of hand-made glass vases, one from the Party and one from his friends and comrades.
While there was little opportunity on this occasion to discuss branch business, the Branch Secretary said he would be contacting members shortly to seek their views on future meetings and events. One possibility he had been discussing with the secretaries of the other South London branches, South East London and South West London, and on which he would be seeking members’ views, was occasional joint meetings of all three branches in Brixton.