shown on the left has been coming to the club on rare occasions
for many years now so it is good to get the chance to include her
Sally, on the right, is a more recent member who gets here when
she can so again I have taken the opportunity to include her here.
I first met Maggie, shown below on the left, when I went into Napoleon's
Club last wednesday to have a drink down in the basement bar. The
bar was completely empty except for this lady sitting at a table
all by herself. So I got my drink and went and introduced myself
and asked if she minded if I shared her table. We then spent the
next hour or so talking, with her telling me a lot of her life story
and we found that we had quite a lot in common which cetainly made
me feel very comfortable in her company.
What then transpired was, that she did not know about Manchester
Concord, or that we met every wednesday here in the Rembrandt. She
promised to come along the following week and here she is, now member
no. 302. So welcome Maggie and I hope we see lot more of you in
on the right, has not been coming to the club very much recently
as she has not been feeling well enough to socialise, but now she
is feeling a lot better and hopes to be able to come along more
often. I hope so too, it is good to see you Millie and I am jealous
of you having all your own hair.
Alex, below on the left, came along for the first time tonight,
having found us on the internet. She made good use of the changing
room having tried out more than one outfit before coming in to the
club. I spent some time telling her about the club and
when I told her that it was possible to stay overnight using one
of the beds in the changing room as no one was using them, she jumped
at the chance to stay. I had introduced her to Rachel, from Kent,
and they agreed to meet up in the New Union after we finished in
the Rem. I suggested that she moved her car onto a meter space before
going to the Pub and feeding the meter to give her two hours in
the morning. Ie she didn't then have to return to her car till 10am
which allows for a more relaxed evening. We did this and I then
went with her to the Union and left her with Rachel. I wonder when
she got to bed?
The three girls on the right are long standing members of the club
and had been out together for a meal before coming in here at aroud
9:30 so here they are well fed and watered.
Diane, Kate & Kay Denise
week, thanks to Karen, we have two ladies Tara & Hayley from
Bib-e-lo coming to sell some jewellery and accessories from their
shop in Stockport, so do come along to meet them and see what is
Wednesday 17th Feb 2010
Lisa, Emily, Julia, Georgina
Samantha and Sally
evenings start very slowly and others fill up very quickly early
on. Tonight was a quick evening, with nearly 20 people in before
7:15. It is great to see people ready for an early start. The group
on the left were all here ready to enjoy themselves almost before
the bar had opened. Lisa and Sally on the ends are now very regular
members. The three in the middle, Emily, Julia and Georgina come
a long way but support us when they can. Finally Samantha used to
be here almost every week but has not been for some time so it is
good to see her back.
Amanda has been shopping in M & S and was pleased with this
new dress. She is a regular and is always cheerful.
was another early arriver and I got talking with her for a bit before
introducing her to Jennifer who is also a student. They are both
studying different aspects of social science and I found them still
talking together two hours later. It seems to work well when people
find they have something in common. Unfortunately I forgot to take
a picture of Jennifer so I am sorry but she is not shown.
Isobel, on the right, is brand new to us this evening. She found
us on the internet and decided to make this her first trip out,
ever. She is confident and easy to talk to and quickly made some
friends who then persuaded her to go out with them round the village.
This whole, coming out process, is so much easier for people who
are on their own if they come and join us here. I later came across
her in Napoleons still enjoying her evening out.
Mischa, Danielle, Miranda
Megan & Dee
was great to see Mischa and Dee in this evening, shown on the left
with three of their growing number of customers. They are doing
so well that they hardly have any time for themselves these days.
They enjoy what they do so much and this rubs off on all the people
who visit them at their shop in Bolton. See their website at this
link for more details.
Danielle joined MC this evening becoming member 301.
I found Lisa and Sooz sitting opposite each other on a table all
by themselves having a deep conversation so I had to interrupt them
to take this photo. They make a lovely couple.
Lisa and Sooz
Tanya and Debbie
and Tanya came in later in the evening having just had a meal in
Queer which is further up Canal Street. They had a plate of Ribs
and chicken between them for under £10 that was so much they
struggled to eat it all. They recommended it as very good value
and very nice.
Cheryl and Susan on the right were here for the first time for ages
without Jessica. They are both missing her already and send their
Cheryl and Susan
shown here with Cindy, came in with the sad news that she has just
changed her job and this will be the last time we see her unless
she can find some excuse to visit manchester all the way from Kent
where she lives. She visited Leeds two weeks ago on the thursday
before the Leeds event that Cindy runs with her friend Mandy Makeup.
She managed to make contact with Mandy who then spent the evening
with her, so she really enjoyed that evening as well.
will miss you Katie, I hope you do manage to make it sometime not
too distant. Best wishes from us all.
Katie and Cindy
can I say a big thank you to Millie, who loyally stayed looking
after the door all evening with the help of Tina at the start and
then Frances but Millie stuck it out. This club has run for a long
time with individual people doing the door all the time, like Jan
and Gemma and Alison, for which I am very grateful, but, as we are
now running as a members club, I think it is only fair that different
members take a share of looking after the door. We have devised
a Shift sheet which is on the table and would ask members to offer
their services by putting their names on the sheet when they come
in. It is divided into half hour time slots so that is all the time
we need you to offer if you feel able. Thank you, Mary
may also be interested to know that Gary who did last years Christmas
Buffet so successfully is now serving Sunday lunches in the upstairs
bar from 12 noon till 5 pm.
more details see the Rembrandt link on our links page.
Wednesday 10th Feb 2010
all those who have been asking after Estelle, I was delighted to
see her come in the door early this evening. She has been having
Chemo therapy and has therefore, not surprisingly, not been feeling
very communicative lately. She now tells me that the doctors have
told her they can operate in a few weeks time and she is hopeful
of a good outcome. I am sure we all wish her all the best for the
This evening was advertised as a partner's evening and I was very
pleased to welcome a lovely couple, Tracey and Kay, all the way
from Cheltenham. They had come up specially and were staying overnight
before going back home on thursday. Kay is shown here on the right
and is now member number 300 of Manchester Concord. So welcome Kay.
Her partner Tracey is planning to have a new clothes stall at Sparkle
All ready for the wine tasting
had put in a lot of effort to set up this wine tasting event and
at this point she was wondering how it would go.
She needn't have worried, all the reports afterwards were that everyone
had enjoyed it and that they had all learnt something from it as
Vida had produced some notes to help people understand the process
Vida ready for the fray
as you can see they were well read before the tasting started. The
committee had agreed an amount that vida could spend on the wines
and this allowed her to get the range of different kinds that she
wanted people to be able to compare. It just shows what a subjective
game this is as one of the participants told me afterwards that
she actually preferred the cheapest wine that they tasted.
We had arranged the tasting to be for twelve people but, although
we had around 40 people in the club during the evening, only around
12 of them wished to take part, so somehow we got the numbers right.
View from the bar
with all this wine tasting activity, there were still plenty of
others with us during the evening and here are a few of them
Stella and Tulip
Kirsten and Beth
Wednesday the 20th of Jan I showed a picture of Jessica with some
of her friends on her last night out in Manchester before she had
to return south as her contract had finally finished. A couple of
weeks ago I received a letter from her thanking us for the welcome
and help we gave her to enable her to be herself and telling the
story of her journey coming out as a girl. That story is now available
to you all on this website as Jessicas story on the items from members
page. so have a look when you can.
many of you will remember Abby Saunders, who is one of our members,
but has now returned home to Houston Texas. She is a professional
actress directing and starring in many stage plays here and in the
Abby's friend, World Famous writer Eric Chappell has given her the
USA PREMIER & DEBUT of his new comedy "MIXED FEELINGS"
which will run in April and May 2010 in Houston. The show is already
attracting much attention there and Abby is to make a radio and
tv advertisement promoting the show at the begining of March.
Abby is the Producer, Director and playing the lead as "Vernon"
in the show. For those wishing to read the PLOT, it is outlined
on the "Items from members" page as number 10 message
is great to hear from our members when they leave us as it shows
we must have meant something to them. Jessica has promised to return
very soon to Manchester and Abby is planning to be here for Sparkle.
Wednesday 3rd Feb 2010
evening, Rachel, one of our long standing members, came along to
show off her Vie at Home skin care and make up products. She has
promised to come back every two or three months, plus if anyone
is interested I can put them in touch. She is also starting to provide
a Nail service at reasonable prices. I am sorry that I never got
around to taking a photo of Rachel with the products but here is
the photo she sent me so that you know who she is.
On the right I have shown Katie who visits us from the south when
she can and always manages to look elegant.
the left is Fiona who is a local girl who used to come quite often
but then had to give us a miss for many months due to pressure of
work. She has now visited us twice in the last few weeks so I hope
the work situation has now settled down and she can relax with us
again more often.
On the right is Caroline who been coming here for perhaps two years
now and had grown in self confidence over that time. It is good
to see her so much happier with herself even though she recently
lost her job. She has now started selling health products as a small
business and really enjoys doing this. I hope the business thrives.
Mila and Sam
in the evening we were visited by three new girls from Leeds. First
to come in were Mila and Sam shown on the left, but they told me
that their friend Chyarna was still getting changed upstairs and
would be down later. Here on the right are all three of them dressed
I sat down and talked with them for a period and told them about
Manchester Concord. They were very complimentary about the club
and indicated that they would be happy to join the next time they
came. They were staying in the Rembrandt so were able to go out
and enjoy themselves later in the evening without having to worry
about driving back to Leeds.
We had two new people join the club this evening.
Mila, Chyarna and Sam
first was a girl called Aman from Ireland who was over here for
a short stay but had to return home on thursday. She said that she
was not comfortable going out dressed back home and was glad to
have somewhere like us to enable her to meet other T girls and relax.
The second was a girl called Sarah who Elaine was surprised to meet
as she had corresponded with her some time ago on the internet and
has not expected to meet her in person. She became member no 299
so the next person to join will be no. 300. That is quite a mile
stone for us considering that we started in April 2008 which is
only 22 months ago.
Dont forget that next week we are having a Partners night with a
Wine Tasting session being run by our treasurer Vida. This wine
tasting will be for around twelve people, with everything supplied,
so if you wish to take part please be here before 8:30 in the evening.
We hope several partners will take part.
Wednesday 27th Jan 2010
was our Blue Dress evening so it was great to see one of our first
visitors was SarahJane shown here on the right. I was then further
impressed when I saw a bit later on that she has carried the theme
into all her clothes including those underneath. This is what I
A couple of weeks ago I received a letter from a lady called Gill
who is a make up artist and she was wondering if she could come
along to the club one evening with a TV friend, to use as a model,
so that she could advertise her services to our community. I suggested
that she might, first of all, like to come along one evening just
to introduce herself and see what the club is like. She wrote back
and said she would come along this week and bring her friend Chantelle
Gill and Mary
here they are, Gill shown with me on the left and Chantelle with
Alex on the right. It turns out that this is the very first time
Chantelle has visited anywhere dressed so she was very nervous,
but also very excited. Gill has now arranged to come back on wednesday
the 10th of March to show her wares and give any advice that people
may wish for.
I received a very nice letter on thursday thanking us for a very
enjoyable evening and Chantelle will join the club the next time
Below I will now include as many of the Blue outfits as I have photos
Alex and Chantelle
Kirsten and Beth
Amanda and Millie
Ashley and Pauline
Sarah and Zoe
everyone has an outfit that fits the themed evening, so please dont
let that stop you coming along. Here are a few of the other outfits
that caught my eye. Elaine was having an evening off to go to a
birthday party meal so she understandably wanted to wear something
that suited her evening. She had just popped in to give me her membership
list book so that we could record those members who were hopefully
going to pay this evening. We did collect a goodly number of membership
renewals but there are still a good many to go. We would appreciate
all renewals before the AGM in March. Dont forget that you can pay
using paypal. If you look at the "how it runs" page it
provides a button to make this possible.
Wednesday 20th Jan 2010
Jessica and Sarah
was good to welcome Jessica and Sarah, shown on the left, who were
up from London for a few days on business. At least, Jessica was
on business and Sarah had come with her to keep her company. I hope
they enjoyed their few days in Manchester and we continue to see
them at intervals when business allows..
Sylvia, on the right, joined us in mid December and this is her
first time back since then.
Giselle, shown below left is living very successfully full time
as a woman and really enjoying life. It is very pleasing to see
her when she drops in to see old friends.
Cate, shown on the right below is one of our most regular attenders
and keeps us on our toes with her wry sense of humour.
June, shown below with Diane, was over on a visit from Ireland and
is always good company.
lead the two dancing evenings that were run by Lisa last year
and we hope it may be possible to arrange similar events this
year if suitable premises can be found.
June and Diane
Alex and Lucy---------plus--------Lucy to show the
on the left has been serving behind the bar off and on for a few weeks
now and really enjoys our company and looking after us. So Thank you
Jerrard, we enjoy having you. He tells me that he has now just got
a daytime job as a receptionist in the Health club on the corner of
Sackville Street and Whitworth Street, so he was quite excited about
starting work there on Thursday.
Jessica, shown on the right of this picture along with her friends
Cheryl and Susan, told me this evening that she has finally finished
the "Temporary contract" she came up to this area from
the south to carry out about three years ago. It was only going
to last about 9 months to a year but she seems to have managed to
"drag" it out for very much longer than that. She has
made many friends up here and will be very sorry to have to go,
as we will to see her leave. She has added real colour to the regular
scene in the village always making a big effort to glam up. Best
wishes from us all Jessica and I hope you manage to come back soon.
Cheryl, Susan and Jessica
forget that next wednesday is our BLUE DRESS
Wednesday 13th Jan 2010
least the weather was a bit better this week so more people were
able to get out, giving us a larger crowd. For some reason I failed
to take many pictures but I did get two so here they are.
As it is the beginning of the year and therefore membership renewal
time I thought I would show Elaine, our membership secretary, who
is expecting to be kept busy for the next few weeks collecting all
your subs. This year we would appreciate them all in before the
AGM at the end of March please. So far four people have renewed
using the Paypal link on the "How it Runs" page on the
website, so it does work.
For some reason I thought Paula was looking taller this week when
she came in through the main door. I guess it must be caused by
the shoes she is wearing.
welcomed three new members tonight, Eleanor, Chrissy and Jenny.
Eleanor came to Concord some years ago now, so I have known her
for some time and am glad that she has decided to come back to us.
She would like the opportunity to make some new friends so hopefully
she has come to the right place.
I was pleased to also see Roberta Jane who only comes in very occasionally
but is pleased to continue to support us even though she is now
living and working very successfully in her feminine role.
forget on Wednesday the 27th we are having our first Theme night
of the year with a "BLUE DRESS" evening. I would like
to be able to take some pictures as good as the Purple dress evening
we had last year where many of you turned out.
Wednesday 6th Jan 2010
to set the scene for the evening, here are a few views out of my
windows during the previous weekend. With this in mind we weren't
expecting too many people to turn out. The main roads were clear
but all the pavement were covered in slippery Mush and most side
roads were almost unpassable.
Elaine, Vanessa and myself were there early for our meal in Eden
and then, when we got back to the Rem at 7 pm, who should be the
first person to come through the door but Paula keeping up her tradition
, set two years ago, when we first came back to the Rem from the
old Hollywood, of being the first person to come along. I hope she
can keep this up for a long time to come.
Soon after she came in we were joined by three ladies from Scotland,
who had come for a few days visit to Manchester. Gladys and Michelle
are shown on the right, but Helen didn't want a photo included here.
Helen runs a TG group in Edinburgh and Gladys and Michelle run one
in Stirling. Links to their websites are as follows:-
Michelle and Gladys
where you can find details of what is on offer if you are ever in
that part of Scotland. I have put these on our links page as well
so they are easier to find. They were three lovely people and I
think they had a very enjoyable evening with us. In all about twenty
people came during the evening so congratulations to them all for
making the effort and the fewer numbers does sometimes make it easier
to make time to talk to more people, which is fun.
long after the three ladies from Scotland came in we were joined
by Zoe who had come along for the very first time, having seen the
notice I had put on our website saying that we would be here despite
the snow. She had come prepared to change so I showed here the room
upstairs and she joined us shortly afterwards looking very different
from when she came in. By the end of the evening she was confident
to allow me to include her picture here on the left. Sonia on the
right was also quite happy to have her picture included so here
she is. By the end of the evening Zoe was happy to join Manchester
Concord and she is now member number 291, since we started 20 months
ago. It is great to have had so much support.
I was glad to see Lottie and Rachel come in later in the evening
as Rachel has been having a hard time with her depression but now
seems to be very much better and is planning to return to work shortly.
I hope she manages to do this as it will greatly help them both.
Now, just a reminder that the membership runs from January to December
so we would appreciate your renewals please, which can be done online
if you wish on the HowItRuns page, but either Elaine or myself are
happy to take your money any wednesday evening.
Wednesday 30th Dec 2009
Christina and Sophie
evening Elaine, Vanessa and myself went down to Eden to eat, where
we found Cate already there. Soon after we sat down Petra came in
with a new girl Sophie who she had made contact with on the internet.
This was Sophie's first time out so it was also the first time she
and Petra had met. They therefore had a lot to talk about, so after
our meal, we left them together to have a long chat before they
came up to the club.
Christina also shown on the left with Sophie came into the club
later in the evening where she joined a large group sitting round
a table for most of the evening enjoying themselves.
Gina on the right shown again with Steffie has been a few times
now and is slowly getting more confident. It is great to see people
starting to blossom as they come along more often.
Gina and Steffie
Josie and Paula
shown on the left with her friend Jackie, is our famous roving Food
Reporter, having now put quite a number of reports about various
culinary establishments around Manchester onto the Forum. If you
want to know the good places a girl can go to eat well and be properly
looked after then have a look at her reports on the Forum. Josie
(I hope I have got her name right) sometimes accompanies Paula on
Vanessa and Millie shown on the right make a very colourful picture
together. They were two of the people who helped to look after the
door this evening after Tina had left. Vanessa is creating a new
layout for this website which we will start to publish some time
early in 2010. It will be more interactive enabling members to input
some information to it themselves.
Vanessa and Millie
shown here, came along for the first time last week and this week
she popped in at the end of the evening and paid up to become a
member of the club, so welcome jaye it is good to have you with
This is the last Blog entry for 2009 so I would like to take this
opportunity to wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous new year
and hope that we can all continue to enjoy our activities together
in this very pleasant environment at the Rembrandt and at the other
outings and events arranged by the members.
I would also like to thank all the staff at the Rembrandt for the
fantastic way they go out of their way to help us.
Wednesday 23rd Dec 2009
Kyrsten and Beth
weather today was foul, with a lot of snow still lying on the side
roads and more threatening to fall. We therefore were expecting
a quiet night which it was, but still a very good evening sitting
in the warm, watching the snow falling outside. Around 25 people
turned up which was as many as we could reasonably expect but this
still included three new people.
came first, as Elaine and I met her in the upstairs corridor of
the Rem. She had booked her own room so was planning to come to
the meeting at 7pm. We invited her to come with us for a meal at
6pm so she managed to get changed to look as presentable as shown
by the photograph here in 45 minutes. Soon after we started at 7pm
Kyrsten came in with a message and apologies from Lisa and Tara
at Transfixed saying that they would not be able to make it this
evening with their wig sale.
New girl and Tina
said that they still had clients to attend to and they were nervous
about getting home because of the weather. Hopefully we will manage
to get them along here on another evening, so the wig sale is still
Elaine, on the right was unable to make our party last week because
her Mother had just died after a very long illness. We offer our
condolences to you Elaine, but I am glad the stress you have been
living through is finally over and hope you can now slowly recover
you life. We are glad to see you here with us.
We also had another new girl come in early in the evening, shown
here on the left with Tina, but I am sorry I cannot remember your
name, She comes from Bolton and goes out to the local pubs there
on her own, but would now like to meet more people like ourselves,
so decided to give this club a try.
Debbie and Tanya
final new girl who came in this evening was Gabriella, shown above,
who has been going to Goth events for some time but thought she
would invetisgate us this evening as she had the time available.
I hope she manages to come along more often, now she has met us.
Hazel, shown above left was able to come this week and last week
as the dancing classes she now attends, as Hazel, had broken up
It was good to see Michaela both this week and last week as her
life is so busy she often finds it difficult to get here. I couldn't
resist showing off her handbag which she bought in a sale for a
have a normal evening on the 30th but Ryan, Dave and Catherine from
TREC will be here at some time during the evening to demonstrate
how to submit Hate Crime Reports.
Wednesday 16th Dec 2009
Mollie, Pauline and Tina
evening we had our christmas party laid on, with a fantastic buffet
provided by the Rembrandt and live music entertainment from Vida
and Marieanne. It is always great to see so many members and friends
come along to this event, especially people like Jan who did the
door for us for many years and Sue who has now moved away to live
by the sea.
Tina, Joanne, Emma and Debbie
Food ready for the fray
is shown on the right with a friend whose name I am sorry but I
have forgotten. The food shown on the left just before it was ready
to serve but it also included at the far end, Hot Chilli-con-Carne
and a vegetarian curry which were delicious. There were sweets as
well including a chocolate fountain
Rebecca, Petra and Ruth
Sue and Friend
the pictures shown for this week have been provided either by myself
or Pauline Sometime shown on the left. So thank you Pauline for your
efforts, they have greatly enhanced this Blog.
Lisa on the right is shown in a very unusual, for her, long dress
as she normally competes with me with her short skirts and dresses.
are a few general views of the room to give an idea of the atmosphere.
These were all taken by Pauline.
evening entertainment was provided by Vida and Marieanne shown here.
Vida added to her perfomance with some electronic wizardry which
showed patterns on the screen behind moving with the music. It was
very effective. Thanks to you both for an excellent evening and
all the hard work you put in to prepare for it
Debbie & Petra
Jenny and Vida
Kathryn & Susie
Alison & Susie
Amanda and Alex
Tanya, Estelle and Daniella
Julie and Jen
Amber and Cate
Amanda and Millie
Susie and Milli
Amber, Cate and Claire
that's another Christmas party over. Many thanks to all of you who
came, to the Staff of the Rembrandt for looking after us so well
and to Marieanne and Vida for providing the entertainment.