Annual Conference 2018
Royal Station Hotel,
Newcastle upon Tyne

Friday 5 October to
Sunday 7 October 2018

We are returning to Northern Region for our conference this year and our President, Dr Andrena Telford, and Northern Region look forward to welcoming you.  In this 100th anniversary year of Votes for Women they are arranging a topical programme of debates, discussions and resolutions. Final programme details will follow shortly.

The Royal Station Hotel is an elegant listed Victorian building with modern facilities including a heated swimming pool and fitness centre.  There is direct access from the station for anyone arriving by train so no taxi is required. It is also near the city centre.  Our conference will be held in the Collingwood Room. All bedrooms are en-suite. Lunch on Friday is not included in the Conference fee, but you will be able to obtain refreshments should you require them on arrival.  There are also some cafes and sandwich bars on the station itself.

Three hours by train from London on the East Coast line, with trains every half hour, Newcastle is surprisingly accessible and a wonderful place to visit. It’s typical of the modesty of this vibrant northern city, that the ‘new castle’ of its name is over 900 years old! The Romans were among the first to appreciate the site’s advantages, and throughout the centuries since the city has survived good times and bad with unimpaired energy and cheerfulness. For those who think its glory days of shipbuilding, railways and engineering are gone, Newcastle always comes as a surprise – an energetic, upbeat place offering history, culture, education, enterprise and business savvy, laced with a strong dose of humour and fun. If you haven’t visited before, we guarantee you’ll enjoy it. If you’re returning, welcome back!

Conference is the main focus of NCW policy-making and provides an important forum for NCW and NCYW members to meet and debate together.  It promises to be a busy and interesting weekend where your voice will count.  If you cannot join us for the full weekend, why not join us for Friday afternoon, or Saturday.  The Conference will begin at 2.00pm on Friday 5th October and Registration will be open from 1pm.  

It is essential that anyone wishing to stay at the hotel return their form together with their fee by Friday 22 June. No booking will be confirmed until full payment has been received.  There may be rooms available after that day but this cannot be guaranteed. 

If you plan to arrive on Thursday or would like to stay on Sunday night, please book using the form.


NCW Annual Conference 2018

Beyond the Ballot – Outline programme


Friday, 5th October, 2018

1.00pm Registration


2.00pm Conference opens

Preliminary session: NCW/NCYW

4.30pm Tea
7pm for 7.30pm Dinner
Saturday, 6th October, 2017
9.00am Registration
9.15am The President’s Address
Standing orders
1.00pm Lunch


2.15pm Seminar, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Votes for Women and focusing on the relationship between women and Parliament


4.30pm Tea
7.00pm for 7.30pm Conference Dinner

Speaker: Marion Anderson, a Newcastle City Guide, will entertain us with stories of the Suffrage movement in the North East

Sunday, 7th October, 2017
9.00am Registration for AGM
9.30am NCWGB Annual General Meeting

Reports & Discussion

12.45pm End of Conference followed by Lunch