Notice of Annual General Meeting
To be held on Wednesday 25th March 2015 7.30 - 8.30 pm
at Villaggios (1st floor), Canal Street, Manchester. M1 3WD
Manchester Concord is a democratically - run organisation and this is your opportunity to have a say in how the club works. You 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 2015/16. If you are interested in standing, please collect a nomination form and return it to Frances (our Secretary) no later than Wednesday 25th February.
Our Annual General Meeting will run from 7.30 to 8.30 strictly, and is followed by a normal Club evening.
A draft agenda for the meeting will be published nearer the time.
In order to counter some inaccurate rumors about the club the Manchester Concord committee has decided to bring forward the announcement of fees for next year.
The new fees will be:
- Annual subscription currently £8 increases to £10
- Meeting fee (members) currently £2 increases to £2.50
- Meeting fee (non-members) currently £3 increases to £4
- The first meeting for potential members remains free.
- Partners and friends attending with a member remain free.
While these are significant increases it should be borne in mind that the annual subscription has remained static for several years and the meeting fee was set in 1987!
This increase should not be interpreted as the club having financial problems. The financial projection for the current year is approximately break even as is the budget for next year. The trend both of membership and attendence has however continued downward and the committee feels that the increases are necessary to provide flexibility in spending money to counter that trend.
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
How the Concord started
A group has been meeting in the Gay Village in Manchester since 1986. In order to formalise the group some of us decided to take full control of our own affairs by creating a club called Manchester Concord which looks after its own finances, membership list and website as well as continuing the tradition of hosting a venue for transgendered people and their partners every week throughout the year.
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.