Manchester Concord
An occasional diary of wednesday evenings

     

 

   
Wednesday 18th Mar 2009

 

 

Today we held a very successful Annual General Meeting. In two weeks time Manchester Concord will be one year old and we wanted to complete the work of establishing it as a members club by reporting on progress to date and holding an election for the committee. An audited set of accounts was presented and accepted by the meeting including an endorsement of the £1000 we donated to Sparkle last year and approval to do the same this year. An election was held and we now have a changed committee with nine people on it. Two members of the previous one had indicated that they did not wish to stand again so we now have four new members to add their enthusiasm and experience.

 

 
We all owe a debt of gratitude to Gemma who very significantly helped to keep the club going while we were in the Hollywood, attending every week for over 5 years from the start to the finish of each evening and assiduously collecting the subs from everyone who attended. She also acted as a friend and guide to many people who came to the club, spending a long time helping and advising them about problems they had.
She has now decided not to continue on the committee. We wish her well in the future.

Gemma

 
I would also like to thank Hazel who came back to Concord after a long gap and agreed to come on the committee to help get us started again. She has taken an active part in organising the event evenings and also started organising outings to places like Funny Girls in Blackpool and the Ladyboys here in Manchester. She also serves as a moderator on the Forum. She no longer feels she can make the time for the committee but has agreed to carry on being a moderator and to organise outings.

Hazel

 
On Tuesday we had an initial committee meeting with all nine members attending. It was agreed that I would remain in the chair, Frances would stay on as Secretary and Elaine as Membership Secretary. Vida volunteered to take on the job of Treasurer. We discussed the points raised by Estelle at the AGM and these will all be followed up. We discussed the possible theme nights we plan to arrange over the next year and have now decided what they will be. They will all appear on the Coming Events page shortly. We also plan to hold a "Partners" night in May. Arrangements for Sparkle are under discussion and will be announced as soon as possible.

 

 
The evening was well attended but I failed to take many photos. Here are the people that caught my eye.

 

 

Steffie

Kathy

Michaela

On Saturday I attended a very successful meal out at Villagios organised by the "Ladies that dine" with 19 people sitting down to eat.
So thank you to Bev and Lisa for continuing to organise these meals on behalf of the club.

Wednesday 11th Mar 2009

 

 
Wow! Didn't you all do us proud. This was our RED DRESS night and we were awash in a sea of red. We were really pleased that so many of you made the effort, it makes it all worthwhile.
It is quite difficult to get a good group picture in the bar because of the layout. We took the picture below and then a bit later on, as an experiment we went outside and took another group picture. It is shown at the end. Here are now several pictures taken throughout the evening of individuals and small groups.

 

 

General group in the Bar

Paula, Lisa and Miranda

Emma and Abi

Brydie

Caroline and Elaine

Christine

Hazel

Lisa and Kate

Shelley and Mercedes

Mary

Tina and Frances

Miranda and Vanessa

Julie

Pauline

Rosemary Stella and Fay

Samantha and Estelle

Sarah Louise

Sarah, unsure and Ami

Vicky

Outside the Rem

Brydie and Michaela

Group from the Angels


Towards the end of the evening the girls on the left joined us after having had a meal out in the village.
In the picture are Pauline, Bev, Tina, Jane, Kate, Lisa, Mandy and Emma.

 
Wednesday 4th Mar 2009

 

 

This evening we had the pleasure of the company of Lisa and Zara from Transfixed who had come along to offer advice on wigs and make up and also to offer a complete makeover and photograhy service back at their premises for £99 per person. If we care to make up a group of 3 or more at the same time they will offer the same sevice for £50 a head.
They had brought along a stunning collage of photos they have taken of some of our members who attended such a session on their opening weekend. They need to be seen to be believed.
We also had the pleasure of the company of Bernie and his colleagues from the police who came along to spread awareness of the help the police can give to TG people who get harrassed because they are TG.
They plan to pop in on a regular basis so that any of our members know they will be available to talk if needed.

On wednesday April the first he will be returning with a group from the National Trans police association who are having a conference in Manchester that week.

 

 

Lexi, Sarah and Sandra

Lexi, on the left had brought along her girlfriend Sarah and Sarah's mother Sandra who was out with them for the first time at this club. It was very nice to meet such supportive people and I hope we see a lot more of them.
Mercedes had brought her fiance Shelley along for the first time this evening. They are planning to be back next week both in Red outfits to fit in with our theme. I look forward to seeing them then.

Mercedes and Shelley

Lisa

Lisa on the left was visiting for the very first time, down from Scotland. She had found out about the club from seeing the entry on TVchix that Elaine keeps there every week. Elaine's efforts on TVchix and the Angels websites are very effective at bringing in new members.
This was Lisa's first time out anywhere and her makeup was all her own work so I was very impressed, she looked really good.

Cindi on the right was in town, back from her travels again. She always tries to come along when she is in town and manages to look different every time. It is always good to see her as she enjoys life so much.

Cindi

Lisa

Rosemary and Trixie

Lisa on the left apparently does not really like having her photo taken but she let me take this and I think it is excellent. Rosemary, Trixie and Jane on the other hand are only too happy to oblige. Jane had just been to have a manicure and her nails painted at Cheadle Health & Beauty so she is recommending them as a place to go for a bit of pampering.

Jane

 

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Wednesday 25th Feb 2009

 

 

This week the new management of the Rembrandt came along and introduced themselves. It has been taken over by the two partners who currently own Churchills pub in Chorlton Street. They are Jolly John and Lee. John will continue to run Churchills and Lee is the new manager of the Rembrandt.

I was very pleased with the way Lee came in during the early part of the evening, introduced himself and said that if there was anything that he could do to improve our experience of using this bar then please just ask. He then stayed in the bar for quite a while introducing himself to all the people there and genuinely helping to make everyone feel good about the prospect of the new ownership. A bit later on John came in and introduced himself in the same way and said that he was very happy to continue our use of this bar on wednesday evenings. Several of our members, who also frequent Churchills, have known John for some time and his reputation with them is excellent.

A bit later in the evening I was talking to Bob, who has been looking after the bar for a few weeks now and he tells me that John has immediately authorised him to bring up a working Tea/Coffee machine from downstairs so that he can start to serve these drinks on a wednesday evening. This will please several of our members including me.

I would also like to say here a very BIG thank you to Mack and all the old staff of the Rembrandt who have now left. They looked after us exceedingly well over the past year and we are sorry that it had to come to such an abrupt end, but that is the way of things in the business world.

 

 

Dee

This evening I was delighted to finally persuade Dee on the left to actually join Manchester Concord. She has been attending Concord for many years now, probably longer than me, but has never joined, so welcome Dee and long may it last.
Johanna on the right is a very occasional visitor to the club but joined late last year and has now rejoined.

Which reminds me, that there are still a significant number of members who have not yet rejoined for 2009. The various methods of payment are all listed on the "Howitruns" page and we would appreciate it if those who have just "Not got round to it" would please make the effort.

Johanna

Johanna is quite a shy girl but she tells me that she gets enormous pleasure from just being in the same room as people like ourselves. I fully understand what she means and am very happy to be able to help people like her.
We also had a new visitor from the north Manchester area called Susan who does not yet have access to the internet for herself and has no expertise with it. I suggested that she should take an evening class in computer use, so that she could then start to find out how much help and fun there is available for people like ourselves. I also explained how she could then set up a private, free, email address so that she could also interact with others without her family and friends necessarily knowing.  She went away with a spring in her step and I think she may just do it.  I hope so, because she is missing out without that skill and it is never too late to learn.

 

 

Stella, Kerry and Fay

Two other new people came along and joined this evening, Marlene and Julie. Neither of them wished to have their photo on the blog yet, but I am sure that will change as their confidence grows.
The girls on the left, Stella, Kerry and Fay do not have the same inhibitions and are happy to be shown at every opportunity, but when you look this good, why not. We are only here to enjoy ourselves.

Next week we will have Lisa and Zara here doing a makeover demonstration along with a professional photographer to take the result. The week after we have our RED DRESS theme night so start looking them out now.

 
Wednesday 18th Feb 2009

 

 
As a lot of you will know already, my wife died on the 3rd of February this year and I have needed a time to get my life back on some sort of even keel. For a bit more detail about what happened please see the forum entry under Manchester Concord announcements. Life has to carry on and that is what I intend to do. This club plays a very important part in my life so I thank you all for allowing me to be part of your lives.
I returned to a very busy successful evening where Estelle had arranged to show many of the pictures she has collected from the internet and put together as a very artistic and amusing set.
There were so many pictures that she found the easiest way to show them was by putting them into a set of eight numbered folders which were put out on the tables. These could then be viewed at leisure by the people on each table before they were passed on to the next table as needed.
So Thank you very much ESTELLE that was a really good idea. We had a lot of laughs.

Estelle

 

Marolyn and Astrid

You will have seen from the Forum that the Rembrandt Hotel is now changing hands and the new owner is John who also runs Churchills which has always been very friendly to our community. So we expect to be able to continue at the Rem much as before.
I would like to wish Peter, who has owned the Rem for as long as I have known it, good luck in his new life in Australia.

Marolyn, on the left has now generously donated a laptop computer to the club which we will have available, linked up to the internet, on most wednesday evenings.
Among other things this will enable us to show non internet savvy people how to set themselves up with a private email address for receiving messages from the club. We will also be able to show how to find and use the website and the Forum.

Rachael and Lottie

Tina and Kate

Tina

Vanessa and Bella

Louise

Tina above is fairly new to the club and was looking stunning in her silver sequinned dress with matching shoes, shown on the right. The whole outfit was bought in a shop in Liverpool for which she has promised to send me details as the prices are very reasonable and there is a lot of choice.

Louise on the left was here for the first time looking very confident and well turned out. Congratulations, I hope we see a lot more of you now that you have found our community.

Tina's Shoes

 

 

 

 

 
Wednesday 21st Jan 2009

 

 

Elaine

Our membership secretary Elaine, shown on the left, was having an evening off tonight to attend a birthday celebration for her friend Linda who so generously raised over £120 for us at last years Sparkle event. Here is Elaine all dressed up and ready to go. I met her later in the evening after she returned from the meal in a restaurant down on Deansgate. She thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

We were looked after this evening by Bob who has not worked the upstairs bar before so we would like to welcome him and say thank you for looking after us.

Our new barman Bob

Frances

Having now finished with the theatricals she was involved with last year it is good to see Fances, our secretary coming along regularly to the club again, especially when she comes making such dramatic entrances wearing a coat like this.

But , not to be outdone, Miranda on the right was looking very striking wearing a very expensive pair of tights which she tells me she had managed to pick up in a sale for a fiver. Down from over £20. You do have to keep your eyes open for the bargains.

Sally on the left below only came for the first time this evening and quickly got comfortable. Mercedes next to her first came a few weeks ago but was very soon venturing out with her new friends.

Miranda

Sally and Mercedes

Fay

Sarah and Jessica

Fay has been with us for a very long time and always looks relaxed. Sarah tells me that she often goes out shopping dressed in jeans as this image fits in better with normal everyday life. As you can see the image suits her. I couldn't resist taking a photo of Jessica as I really love the tights she is wearing.

Dont forget, next week we have the girls from TVcomplete coming when they will demonstrate a complete makeover.

Also Lisa from Transfixed has asked me to say that they are having an opening weekend on the31st jan and 1st feb. They will be there from 1-8 pm on the saturday and the sunday for people to come and have a look around and ask questions. This will be a great opportunity to see what they have to offer.
Their address is 4c Beehive Mill, Jersey Street, Manchester M46 JG.

 

 

 

 
Wednesday 14th Jan 2009

 

 

Tonight Lisa was running the Strictly Come Dancing evening at the Shang - Hi restaurant so I was not sure if we would get many here, but I needn't have worried, as we still had quite a busy evening. Hazel came in early to tell me about people possibly coming in to pay for the trip to Funny Girls before she went off to try her hand at dancing. I hear that the evening when very well so I am sure there will be a repeat. I will go along myself if it arranged on a different evening.
Several of our regulars came this evening so here are just a few pictures to start off this blog.

 

 

Tina

Estelle                                     Elaine

Paula

Lucy Licious, Miss May and Fanny Flawless

Later on in the evening we had a visitor from Darlington Lucy Licious who came in with her two friend Miss May and Fanny Flawless. They were out for an evening on the town and were planning to visit many of the venues in the village. Lucy and Fanny are both Drag Artists and certainly knew how to look the part and attract attention. They would brighten up anywhere they went and added quite a bit of colour to our evening.

Fanny and Lucy

Brydie

Jenny and Cindy

Brydie on the left is now becoming quite a regular at the club and seems to be enjoying life more now.
I was pleased to see Jenny and Cindy and Paula on the right as they are not able to get here very often.

Cindy is back from her travels again in South America but is soon of to the far east so we dont know when we will see her again.

Paula


Finally it was good to meet Rihanna again looking her usual stunning self. We are all jealous of her good looks and youth, but are also delighted to see younger people today having the confidence to be themselves and just go out and enjoy life.
This surely is what we have all been working for, I know I have.

 
Wednesday 7th Jan 2009

 

 
With the Christmas and new year break now over, we come back wondering what the new year is going to bring. But no need to worry, even on a horrid chill January evening well over 30 girls and their friends still managed to find their way to Manchester to make a night of it.

 

 

Michela

Julie from Frillies has now opened an establishment in nearby Whitworth street where people can have a full makeover and also stay overnight if they wish. We welcomed Jezz this evening who as an occasional visitor was making use of that service this evening.

Michela, on the left, who won the Most Outstanding category at the Christmas party, brightened up the eveing again with this stunning red outfit.

We would also like to welcome Joanne who came and had an evening meal with Elaine and myself in Eden and Mercedes who came for the first time this evening. Unfortunately I have no photos of them at present.

Jezzica

Finally I was sorry to hear that Susie, who won the Most Seasonal categegory as Mother Christmas, had a Heart attack on Tuesday and is recovering in hospital at present. She managed to send me an email from her hospital bed on thursday so let us hope she is over the worst. We send her our good wishes for a speedy recovery.

 

 

 

 
Wednesday 17th Dec 2008

The Christmas Party

 
First of all I would like to apologise for the lateness of this entry. I contracted an infection soon after the party and eventually got put on very strong antibiotics right over the christmas/new year break. This meant that I spent a lot of that period asleep and I wasn't capable of coping with the complexities of the internet or being sociable. I now feel a lot better and do intend to be at the club on wednesday the 7th Jan. I have to take my last pill this evening so hopfully wont be too sleepy tomorrow.

 

 
 
I was staggered at the number of people that came to the party, our guess is around 120, but we cannot be sure. It was certainly busy but didn't the staff at the Rembrandt do well. The Buffet was superb and by some magic seemed to be exactly the right amount. Many of the staff who waited on to serve the meal were supposed to be off duty but they stayed to help because they were enjoying themselves so much. A very BIG Thank you to Mac for organising everything and all the staff who worked so hard to make it a fun evening. Alan and Chris spent the whole evening at the bar being run off their feet.

Alan and Chris

Marianne in full voice with Alison and her friend behind doing the necessary.

The Entertainment

We had it all this evening, Alison and her Karaoke, Marianne, Vida and Gigi with Val Vamp and the trans sisters all taking their turn to entertain us throughout the evening. Plus many contributions from willing singers having a go at the Karaoke.

Gigi

Gigi, Val Vamp and Sarah

Kathy

Vida

Also during the evening we had arranged a competition so that we could give some prizes for various categories of dress and had asked Liz and Dawn, two real ladies to be the judges for us. The idea was that they would keep their eyes open for suitable outfits for each category during the evening and give me a list of the winners and runners up at around 10:30pm. This was to replace the raffle and intended to encourage greater variety of dress for the evening. Liz and Dawn did not want their photos included on this blog so they are not here, but the club gave them each a bottle of wine as a thank you present

   

The winner of the "Most Elegant" category was Sarah and the runner up was Kathy. Both shown on the right.

The winner of the "Most Seasonal" category was Susie shown below and the runner up was Cheryl but I dont have a photo of her this evening.

The "Most outstanding" was Michela and the runner up was Caroline.

And Finally they decided the the winner of the "Wackiest outfit" was myself, Mary. I cant think why?

 

Mary and Sarah

Mary and Kathy

Susie

 

Michela

Caroline

 

A lot of photos were taken throughout the evening so here are a selection. We dont have everyone so please dont be too disappointed if you cant see yourself here.

 

Miranda

Elaine and Marolyn

Ruth and Emma

Milli

Astrid          Cindy, Jenny and Marolyn

Joanne

Bev, Frances, Michela and Caroline

J and Davinia

Samantha and Richard

Susie Christmas

Lee and Isis

Billie and Brydie

Lisa and Hazel

The Room

Pauline

Lost Property:- When Dawn went to collect her coat and Scarf from the rail down the centre of the room she found that the Scarf was not Cashmere any more. We imagine that someone has picked up the wrong one by mistake but Dawn would appreciate having her own one returned please and she will swap it back for the one she now has.

 

 

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