Notice of Annual General Meeting
To be held on Wednesday 29th March 2017 7.30 - 8.30 pm at Villaggio (1st floor), Canal Street, Manchester
Manchester Concord is a democratically run organisation and this is your opportunity to have a say in how the club works. Your current Committee will report on its various activities in the past year and will present a financial report to members. The meeting will also select our Committee for 2017/18. This year we are hoping to expand the committee roles to include somebody specifically responsible for managing and updating the club website. If you are interested in standing for this or for any of the committee positions, please collect a nomination form and return it to Pauline (our Secretary) no later than Wednesday 1st March.
Our Annual General Meeting will run from 7.30 to 8.30 strictly, and is followed by a normal Club evening.
An agenda for the meeting will be published nearer the time.
Unfortunately this year at the AGM we have to include debate upon urgent matters relating to the attendance rates at the club, financial projections, and the resulting effects upon the future continuance of the club.
For some time the memberships and attendance at the club have been falling, the door takings do not always cover the expenses for the evening (we do not get the room for free!). Our financial reserves are slowly becoming depleted. It is the committees belief that more than anything we need an increase in membership and particularly an increase in Wednesday evening attendances if the club is to survive. Without this we have to consider the following possibilities:
● Close down the club within a relatively short period.
● Continue unchanged while we can - but funds will run out and the club will have to close eventually anyway.
● Increase charges substantially - although this may reduce the numbers coming and merely delay the close down.
● Reduce costs by moving out of our private room to a public venue - changing the very nature of the club. This would also lose the current changing facilities.
● Your suggestions of other alternatives !
At the AGM we will be asking the members for comments and suggestions, and to vote upon the above alternatives.
Manchester Concord Advice for New Visitors
How the Concord works for You
Concord is a Social club that meets every week in the upstairs bar of Villaggio's restaurant on Canal street which is part of the"Gay Village" in Manchester. It is available for all Transgender people as a regular venue where they can come along and meet old and new friends. It has a licensed bar and we do not play loud music so it is comfortable for talking. We run various events throughout the year to add interest to as many of the evenings as possible. See the coming events page for more details.Benefits of being a member of the Manchester Concord »
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Many of our new visitors and members ask similar questions and we have tried to gather these together and answer them in a easy fashion.Read our FAQ's »
Places to Stay near the Village
There are quite a number of places to stay near our venue and we list them all at the link given here. Note that all the places listed are quite used to having Transgender clients so please dont worry about approaching any of them.Our suggested hotels and places to stay near the Gay Village »
Personal Safety Awareness
The Gay Village around Canal Street in Manchester is an area which has been popular with Transgendered people for many years. It has many Bars, Restaurants & Hotels which are, accepting & friendly towards trans-people.
Depending on when you visit the Village, the atmosphere can range from quiet and relaxed to busy, exciting & wild.Contine reading our Safety Advice »
About the Manchester Concord
A group has been meeting in the Gay Village in Manchester since 1986.
Manchester Concord itself was started in 2008
The primary purposes of this group are:
- To provide a reliable friendly place where newcomers to the transgendered scene can come and meet other like minded people in what is undoubtedly the most tranny-friendly location in the country. It is just the place for people who like crossdressing.
- To provide a convivial place where old and new members can come as often or rarely as they please to meet and talk with their friends.
- To get together with friends from the club from time to time at other venues, such as restaurants and shows.
- To support any other relevant transgender functions or groups.
- To have fun
One of the other things we wanted for this club was to provide a means for the members to easily communicate with each other outside the confines of the wednesday evening meetings. To this end Astrid has set up a Forum exclusively for Manchester Concord members which we hope will enable our members to help each other and to organise other activities themselves.
Understanding the term Transgender
Finally, we should make it clear, that the term TRANSGENDER is intended by us, to include all levels of crossdressers, transvestites and transsexuals, who are all welcome at our club.
Crossdressing is not an illness, or a disease, it's a lifestlye decision made by the individual based on his or her likes or dislikes. Transsexualism is a condition where the person truly believes they have the wrong body for their brain gender. Neither crossdressing or transsexualism infers the person has a mental health problem, so if you fit either of these descriptions come and join us and let us help you make the first steps to meet the world on your terms.
Find Manchester Concord
The groups meets upstairs at Villaggio's, 44 Canal Street, Manchester, UK, M1 3WD