The mere mention of the word ‘meeting’ is often accompanied by yawning. And NUJ Branch meetings certainly have their own share of procedure and formality. But they are an essential part of the Branch’s activities and allow members to air their views and get involved.

Normally, the first hour or ninety minutes covers Branch business and the remainder is social time. All existing NUJ members are invited to attend. Prospective and student members are also most welcome.

PLEASE NOTE – we aim to hold Branch Meetings on the second Tuesday of the month, but there will be exceptions. Members who have passed their current email address to Headland House (NUJ’s London HQ) will be sent a meeting time and venue reminder. But please look check this web-site if you haven’t heard, or your contact email is not up-to-date.

The then Branch Secretary, Mike Smith, wrote the review below in 2010.

Times have changed to some extent but much of the review does still apply, it will be updated by the end of 2013.

“In one of the toughest ever years for local journalists, the Branch continues to be a small bastion of light and hope in the gloom.

The membership levels of the Branch have stayed secure with many new people signing up. Students are crucial to the future of our profession, so the branch has held two social and recruitment nights.

Branch members have formed the backbone of the Wales Executive Council again this year and worked to make sure our local views are seen at Wales and UK national levels. The Branch is currently putting together motions for the union’s conference next April which we will ensure reflect life on the ground here in South East Wales.

While we would always love to see more people at branch meetings, attendances have been good in terms of numbers, gender balance, age range and sectors. We are only as good as the people who come to the meetings and get involved, so come along to the Christmas social.”