The week after our Christmas party and just before Christmas, you
never know how many people to expect, but, even though it was cold,
we still had a good turnout.
I was very pleased to see Debbie and Stella come in as we dont see
very much of Debbie these days. Stella had persuaded her to come
along and they stayed most of the evening even though it was chilly.
We moved their seating next to the radiator as debbie's glam outfit
wasn't keeping her very warm.
Michelle, Vanessa and Kirsten
Kirsten, shown on the right with Michelle and Vanessa is moving
into a new flat so we are unlikely to see her for some weeks while
she gets her flat and finances sorted out. I hope thing go well
Emma and Estelle
Michaela sans coat plus Michaela and Brydie
Susan and Cheryl
above are a selection of the girls who came in during the evening.
I was very pleased to see Estelle here again just proving that there
is quality life after getting treatment for cancer. She seems in
good spirits so lets hope this continues.
Michaela loves finding new outfits to wear for our evenings and
Brydie couldn't resist getting into the picture as well.
Louise, on the left, is shown sitting in our new dressing room,
which is now useable, with freshly painted walls and a new carpet.
It has some very expensive mirrors still to be fitted up and the
lighting is not yet as we would like it, but it will get completed
in the new year when Pete gets back from his honeymoon. He has done
all this work at no charge to the club so we owe him a debt of gratitude
for all his efforts. It is very apparent that Tracey and Pete really
want to have us as a regular part of NewYork NewYork as they are
making every effort to make the experience enjoyable for us. Thank
you both and all the staff at NewYork NewYork for your friendly
helpful attitude to us all.
Wednesday 15th Dec 2010
Food ready for the start
Mary and Lisa
Millie with her Champagne
you can probably tell, tonight was our Christmas party night. The
room had been decorated and all the food provided by Tracey, Zoe
and her staff at NewYork NewYork. I would like to express our thanks
to them all for their hard work to produce the magnificent and very
tasty spread they laid on for us. I would also like to thank Pete,
Tracey's partner for all the effort he has put in to create our
new private dressing room in time for this evening's party. He promised
to have it ready and delivered on his promise, so thanks Pete it
is greatly appreciated. Tracey and Pete are getting married in around
two weeks from now so can we also offer them our very best wishes
for the future. Tracey, very understandably, didn't want to be included
in the photo with the food as she had been working so hard all day,
so Milli volunteered to stand in for her. These photos were taken
very early in the evening before the crowd arrived.
For the past year, after our committee member Alison decided that
she had done her stint at looking after the door, we have been trying
to encourage more of the non committee members to take a slot so
that the job was more evenly shared by everyone. This has worked
well, but one member has stood out as being willing to take far
more than her fair share of the load, so as a way of saying thank
you to Millie we presented her with a bottle of Champagne this evening.
At Sparkle earlier this year Millie befriended Pauline, shown here
with her on the right, who comes from quite a distance away, so
she offered her a place to stay this week and here she is enjoying
our party due to Millie's hospitality. Pauline does not have a computer
of her own and she tells me that when she looks at our website on
her local library computer, she can see this blog but without any
of the pictures. I can only conclude that the library are trying
to save money by not downloading pictures as they should all be
visible. If this is so it does seem to be very penny pinching.
Millie and Pauline
Claire, Loretta and Sophie
early in the evening we had a new couple come in who had found us
on the internet and decided to come along this evening without realising
that it was our Christmas party night. Their names are Claire and
Loretta, shown here on the left with Sophie who is a member who
gets here when she can. Claire is a Goth and is therefore well used
to dressing but Loretta has only recently told her about her own
need to dress. They are now really enjoying shopping together and
I hope we now see a lot more of them.
On the right we have Rachel, shown with Alison and Jeanette. We
laid on a free raffle for a bottle of Champagne this week and it
was won by Rachel so she left very happy at the end of the evening.
Alison, Rachel and Jeanette
Danielle with Mask
Christine looking relaxed
Christine with Paula and Steffie
Helena and Danni
Amber and Michaela
Julie and Julie
Sam, Dawn and Elaine
were many more people at the party than I managed to get a picture
of, so these pictures shown here are just a small sample of the
approximately 100 who attended. Luckily for us the weather held
off so that people did manage to get here, but even so, there was
snow on the motorway and several people were held up, for nearly
an hour, by an overturned lorry.
As ever it was great to see so many people who dont manage to get
here very often but made the effort tonight.
Amber and Karen
And then there was none
than use some of our own members to entertain us, we decided to
try the evening with a profession DJ and Tracey recommended Garreth
who she uses very regularly. He proved to be an excellent DJ with
a great range of music that people were dancing to, so thank you
Garreth we enjoyed the atmosphere you managed to create. We had
arranged to be able to continue till 1 am if people wished but as
it is still in the middle of a working week most people had to leave
and we finally finished at around 11:30 pm.
As you can see by the picture on the left there was very little
food left at the end.
are continuing to meet each week without a break this year so I
hope to see many of you at the club next week and the one after.
can I take this opportunity of Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas
and a prosperous New Year. Mary
Wednesday 8th Dec 2010
week when I arrived at NewYork NewYork and made my way upstairs
I found that much more work had been done on our new changing room
with most of the walls now plastered, so hopefully it will be ready
for next weeks's party as planned. Pete assured me that it would
so I am crossing my fingers as I am sure we will need it for next
It was great to meet Gemma, on the left, early in the evening as
she is a confident good looking girl who is already out to the world
and working at Asda, where she tells me she has volunteered to be
the T girl visible person available to help any of their employees
who have problems, or need advice in this area. She joined the club
this evening and I hope we see a lot more of her.
I was also pleased to see Helena here again this week along with
her girlfriend Elaine for the first time. It is good to see people
supporting each other in this way.
Elaine and Helena
Millie and Cate
Penny and Anne
Penny, Anne and Elaine
shown above, with her partner Anne, is the landlord of a pub and
therefore gets very little chance to get out as Penny but she tells
me that she does dress behind the bar on occasions. She has been
coming to Concord when she gets the chance for nearly as many years
as myself and it is good to see her when she can make it. I took
the two photos on the left, but a few days later I got a letter
from Penny telling me a bit more about herself and enclosing the
picture on the right, so I have included it here as well.
week we are having our Christmas party so I hope the snow keeps
off until later in the week to give more of us a chance to get there.
Saturday 4th Dec 2010
meal at the Shanghi Restaurant
Mary and Elaine
Sarah, Jan, Kathy and Vanessa
Jan, Kathy, Vanessa and Chloe
Ruby and Lisa
Frances and Lisa
Frances and Steffie
Helena, Elaine and Mary
Lisa and Mary
Ruby and Lisa
for the record, here are some photos of the people who came to our
Christmas meal at the Shanghi resaurant. I guess Chinese food may
not be to everyones taste as we only had 14 people booked to come
to the meal in the end. But, no matter, all those who came along
enjoyed an excellent meal provide by Fiona and we really could not
eat any more by the end. Sadly, Cate was booked to come but did
not manage to make it. We found out afterwards that she had had
a puncture in Olham and had waited four and a half hours in the
cold for the emergency service to rescue her. The only good thing
was that the restaurant did not charge us for her meal, so we were
able to give her money back, but this did not really compensate
for the miserable evening she had.
Wednesday 1st Dec 2010
Tina, at the back, Brydie, Elaine, Helena, Mary,
Danni,Vanessa, Michelle and Mandy
evening we were experiencing the first snow of this winter, rather
earlier than usual. We decided to take this picture of all the people
who were there at half past seven, as we were thinking that this
would probably be a rather quiet night. The picture was taken by
Steffie who had come in drab this evening for reasons best known
to herself, so we decided she should take it. The heating had been
on all afternoon so the room temperature was tolerable.
Soon after we took this photo we were joined by Kristina, who hasn't
been for several months. She is hoping to be able to come more often
in the future and paid her renewal membership for next year to reinforce
that wish. Welcome back Kristina. we were then joined by a new student
from Manchester University who had found us via the website, about
which he was very complimentary, as he had noticed that it was being
kept up to date with new events. This gave him the confidence to
think that it was worth coming along to meet some real people that
he felt he would be comfortable with.
wont say any more about him here as I dont wish to identify him
to anyone reading this casually, but he stayed for most of the evening
enjoying meeting all the girls here that night and before he left
signed on as a member and has promised to come dressed next week.
He has not yet decided on a femme name but I am sure we will be
able to sort that out next week and I look forward to meeting her.
shown here on the left, only came along for the first time last
week, but since then has been out and bought these boots from Evans
and the wig from the internet. She joined us again for our meal
in Eden and went out for the first time as Helena, with a group
of the girls to go to Napoleon's at the end of the evening. This
photo was one of a set taken by Michelle which Helena sent me, along
with a very nice thank you letter saying she had had one of the
most enjoyable evenings of her life. For any of you out there who
would like to do this as well, please dont leave it too long, we
are here to help you and you will wish you had come out sooner..
on the right, came in late in the evening so I decided to include
her here as well, but I didn't get much chance to talk as we were
just finishing for the evening.
Paula and Lisa
Zoe and Katie
shown on the left above and with Lisa, had come in with a friend
and they were planning to go out for a meal later. If you look on
our forum you will see that they had a very good evening as she
has written another of her restaurant reports already.
I was pleased to see Katie again so soon after her last visit and
she tells me that she is applying for a new post which includes
a lot more travelling than she does already, so we may starts to
see her even more often. I know she finds it hard to keep away.
Zoe, is shown with her wearing her fake fur top and then by herself
without it to show the very smart belt underneath. She tells me
that the fur tops are available at a very reasonable price in Liverpool
at the moment so it would be a good idea to get one while stocks
forget, next week is a normal club night and then the following
week we are holding our Christmas party with a free buffet for all
our members. Do come along then as it will be very enjoyable meeting
lots of our members who always come out for this event.
Wednesday 24th Nov 2010
with her son behind
The band with Vanessa, Marieanne, Jenny and Vida
evening we held our Music and Quiz night organised by Marieanne
with the Quiz questions written by Bev, shown below with Diane
Bev and Diane
had advertised this event for a few weeks and this had the desired
effect of bringing many people along who wouldn't normally have
made the effort. It made for a very enjoyable evening with over
60 people attending overall. The quiz, with every question somehow
TRANS related, was enjoyed by all those taking part and the winning
team finished with 24 out of the 25 questions correct. The fourth
member of the team, Vida's partner not shown in the photo, told
me afterwards that it was a real team effort. Each member of the
winning team received a £5 token to be used at Transfixed.
Vida's partner donated hers back to the club to be used as a prize
at a later event. Thank you.
Quiz winners, Vida, Sam and Chloe with Marianne who had presented
them with their prize
Elaine and Mandy
Millie and Tina
Brydie and Cindi
Lisa and Mary
Julia and Amy
above photos are just a sample of the people that attended. I was
pleased to see Haley shown in the middle above as she hasn't been
to the club for some time. She comes with her daughter Alison who
tells me that she now has a new lodger staying with her, who is
one of our members, Sky. They met at the club when we were at the
Rembrandt and she was able to offer Sky a room when she needed it.
It is always so much easier for crossdresser to be living somewhere
where they know the other occupants of the house are sympathetic,
so thank you Alison, it is good to hear of people helping each other.
week is a normal club night but there are still places available
for our Chinese meal on Saturday the 4th of December. Please let
me know ASAP if you would like to come.
I would like to give a vote of thanks on your behalf to Marianne
and all those who took part with the band and to Bev for producing
the quiz with such relevant questions for us all.
Friday 19th Nov 2010
to the Rocky Horror show
small group of girls organised by Jenny had an evening out at the
Rocky Horror show this evening. The following is a letter I received
from Jenny with some photos taken that night. The photos dont show
everyone who went so if there are any others I will be happy to
include them here. Mary
Sorry its taken
while getting these photos, Frances took these shots, I forgot my
camera (doh!)....I got the OK from Susan County and Frances for
you to put these up on the web site.
We had a great
time at the Rocky Horror Show, there were five of us, we met another
another couple at the theatre. As you can see we were quite conservatively
dressed. The audience was a real cross section of people, of all
ages and all decriptions, but everybody was there to have a great
time, as they all certainly did.
The story teller
in the play was Ainsley Harriott, he was really good, he had plenty
of one liners, and he needed them ....... there was an awful lot
of audience participation!
We were sat
in the Grand Circle..... when the dancing started for the Time Warp
the floor started to move... we were sat at the aisle end ... so
imagine what it was like in the middle!! A girl in the row in front
of me was looking very nervous, don't ask me how I knew!.... so
I told her it was quite normal for this to happen, the circle at
the Apollo does the same! She said thanks, that she understood,
that she was in fact a building surveyor, and that even though she
knew it should be OK, she was still very nervous, and carried on
gripping the arms of her seat!!
We all had
a great time, the show does go very quickly...all too quickly, I
think I will go again next year....so look out I may see you there!
Jenny, Frances and Susan
Wednesday 17th Nov 2010
you can see this was our RED DRESS
theme night. We took these photos fairly early in the evening so
not everyone in red appears here. I then went on to take some other
individual and smaller group photos as the evening progressed.
Danni, Lisa and Nikki
Julia, Paula, Gina, Kate and Brydie
shown on the left above, was up here from the south for a few days
and hoping to get to know some girls to go out with later in the
week. I hope she was successful and enjoyed the rest of her time
up here in Manchester.
Frances, Jenny and Vanessa
Sarah Jane, Janet, Julie and Julie
Joan and Cate
Sarah, Fiona and Michelle
Joanne, Mary, Millie and Joanne again
was a fabulous turnout of girls in red, thank you all for making
the effort. Carol, on the left came along on one of her rare visits
and paid her membership for next year plus a generous donation,
so thank you Carol. Katie, on the right, is becoming quite a frequent
visitor, even though she comes from such a long way and always manages
to show off her amazing figure to advantage.
Joanne, up above shown with Mary and Millie, is a new member and
it is great to see her joining in so quickly with a themed evening.
Lucy, shown below on the left, had recently bought the dress she
is wearing from Ebay and really wanted to show it off this evening.
It was actually a size too small so she had great difficulty
Lucy with and without coat
it on, but once that hurdle was overcome, it fitted her like a glove
and looked great on her.
Dont forget that next week we are having a quiz night, with the
quiz starting at around 9:15. The quiz will only take about half
an hour and can be tackled in teams of up to four people so come
along early and make up your groups. There will be a prize for the
winning team. It will then be followed by some live musical entertainment
from Marianne, Vanessa and I believe Jenny.
are still plenty of places available for our Chinese meal on Saturday
the fourth of December so please try to book your place with your
£22 on wednesday if you are going to come to it.
Wednesday 10th Nov 2010
It was good to welcome back Tina after a four week gap. We were
begining to wonder what may have happened to her, having forgotten
that she was going on holiday to NewZealand and therefore it was
bound to take a little longer than usual. She appears to have had
a very enjoyable time on the railways down there doing her usual
thing of riding on as many train lines as possible. She bought this
dress shown on the left very recently and was very pleased with
the way it fitted her.
Millie, on the right, our other most reliable door person is shown
with another of her very attractive dresses of which she must by
now have hundreds, but she is not alone in having a large wardrobe.
on the left, looking very smart with her matching shoes, does not
get here as often as she would like, but this evening she brought
along a very nice couple for the first time. Unfortunately they
didn't want me to include a photo in here, so if you want to see
what they look like you will have to come along to the club for
On the right you can see Lisa and Mandy with, I notice, Rachel sitting
at the bar in the background.
Mandy has been spending more time with our media student Radka,
showing her the environment where she was brought up, including
the school she went to, also telling her life story so that Radka
can produce a complete illustrated story about a TV as she grew
up into the boy/girl that she has become. I think Mandy has quite
enjoyed the whole process.
Lisa and Mandy
Libby and Zoe
had received a letter from a lady called Cath a few weeks ago asking
if the club would be interested in having a fashion show arranged
especially for us. I wrote back and said that it sounded a very
interesting suggestion and would she be interested in coming along
to the club one wednesday evening so that we could discuss the idea
more fully. We eventually agreed on the wednesday the 10th of November
as being the best date for them and Cath and her business partner
Chris came along this evening at around 7:30, having got a bit lost
in Manchester's one way street system before getting here. They
are two very charming ladies who are looking for ways to make life
a bit easier and a bit more interesting for us T girls as well as
provide a service for us. I talked to them for a short while and
then introduced them to Paula and Lisa and left them to continue
the discussion. I had to leave before the end of the evening so
I will be interested to hear what other people thought of their
suggestions to see if we can take the ideas further.
shown here on the left, got the opportunity to take part as an extra
in a film several months ago and she tells me that it is now going
to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival next year and she has been
invited to go there and take part in the publicity. She is quite
excited by the idea. On top of this she was asked if the Magazine
called Chat could publish an article about her and this has now
been done and it is appearing in the 2010 winter special which is
now available in W H Smiths, among others. The concord has a favourable
mention and it even includes a photo of Milli and Myself together
for which I did give my permission. I have a copy which will be
available on wednesday the 17th for people to see but you can also
now buy your own as well.
dont forget that we are having a RED DRESS
evening on the 17th as well.
Wednesday 3rd Nov 2010
week was a normal club evening, but when I arrived at NewYork NewYork
at just after 4 pm to get things ready, I was pleased to find Pete,
one of the owners, busy working away in the back room starting to
convert it into a proper changing room for us girls. I spoke with
Tracey and Pete last week and we changed our minds about the space
Tracey had offered us as it still meant that we had to go through
the room containing the ice machine. Pete said he would rather move
the machine and then convert that room into a dedicated space for
us to use. He then agreed to have the work all done before our Christmas
party on the 15th of December and we shook hands on this. He has
now started the work which is very encouraging.
I had also come early so that I had time to go down to the ShangHai
restaurant and pay a deposit for our meal there on the fourth of
December. As Vanessa was also here we both went down to the ShangHai
before going on to have our normal evening meal in Eden where 5
other people joined us before we had finished eating. We always
go and eat there between 6 and 7 pm so anyone coming to the club
is welcome to come and join us.
Joanne and Sophie
tried several poses for the picture of Joanne and Sophie, on the
left, but this one looked the best because they are quite different
in height and this was more balanced.
Leslie's dress on the right, looked a completely different colour
from the purple is appears to be here. In the normal light it looks
Paula, shown below with Christine has been a member of Concord for
as long as I have, so we have known each other for nearly 24 years
and we are still friends. I hope many of you also make friends that
will go on for the rest of your lives as we have managed to do.
I am not sure how long Christine has been coming but it could be
nearly as long and I still have trouble remembering her name, which
is terrible, but maybe I will remember it better now.
Leslie and Sophie
Paula, Christine and Paula's shoes
bought these very unusual shoes she is wearing, from Next, in the
big shopping complex in Stockport, so if you want a pair you now
know where to go. I think she had to order them to get the right
size but they were very helpful in there.
Kate, on the right, really loves dressing up and always manages
to make her outfits well over the top, so keep it up kate you do
help to cheer us all up.
Brydie and Lisa
Libby and Sammi
was included in a picture last week, sitting on a stool sandwiched
between Lisa and Paula and it did make her look rather small. It
was a real optical illusion as here she is, above left, looking
very smart at full height. Sarah, shown above left had just bought
this dress and really wanted to wear it but wasn't sure if it was
OK. I think she looks superb in it.
Sammi, shown here on the left with Libby is new to the club this
evening but has been going out for the last eighteen months or so.
She is a very confident lady and has already arranged a group to
go to the Rocky Horror show later this month.
Vida and Millie
shown above right, with Millie, has been very busy recently, but
made a real effort to come this evening and spent some time helping
Millie look after the door. So thank you Vida. She has promised
that she will make the effort to come to Marieanne's Music and Quiz
night on the 24th. The fantastic long hair that Millie is wearing
this evening is actually mostly her own, which exactly colour matched
the short wig she bought recently which covers the slightly thinner
hair on top. If she hadn't told me I would never has guessed.
week is a normal club night but the week after, we are having a
RED DRESS theme night so get searching for something suitable and
come along and surprise us all.
Wednesday 27th Oct 2010
Judy and Ruby
I was advised not to mention numbers who come along to the club,
when I first started this Blog, but sometimes it is worth saying.
We normally average between 25 and 35 people during the evening
but some evenings like this wednesday we get around 50 coming in
and it really makes the room buzz. So thank you all for your support.
When I send out emails to all the members I get some of them returned
without having been delivered. Judy and Ruby, shown here on the
left were two of the first people I spotted during the evening so
I have now got their correct emails. I got Andrea's a bit later
on in the evening so I am now only short of 4. These are members
279 Suzie, 298 Aman, 323 Nicole and 335 Beverley so if they happen
to read this blog I would appreciate an email from them to help
me correct the list.
Nicky, on the right came in early in the evening and told me she
was expecting to meet Vivian, so I was delighted to see her here
later on as she hasn't managed to get out early and get to the club
for several months
Nicky and Vivian
Steve and Brydie
came along with her friend Steve this evening so here is a photo
of them both as he was quite happy to be included here.
Sophie, on the right, only manages to get here very rarely so it
was good to be able to catch up with her after a long gap. But I
got a letter from her later in the week saying that she had been
verbally accosted by a chap in a car who she realised was trying
to pick her up as she was walking alone to her car. He didn't appear
to follow her but while she was sat in her car she saw him again
making remarks to two other girls as they walked by. I dont think
she took the car's number, but if this does happen to any of you
I would suggest that you do take the number as this kind of harassment
should be reported to the police. It helps them build a picture
of possible troublemakers.
Paula, on the left, has been out two nights on the trot this week
and written a report about both of them on the Forum so do have
a look, she is always amusing.
on the right with Alison, is Alison's fiancee who has been living
in America for several years but is over here for a few weeks on
a visit. She is involved with the Diversity Pride center in Kenniwick
Washington state and together with others is trying to start a refuge
for transgender people in her home town. She loved the night and
has told the DPC all about it. So welcome Jessica, I hope we see
a lot more of you before you have to return to the States.
Jessica and Alison
Liz and Michaela
Zoe and Joan
shown above with Michaela, came along for the first time this evening
and became a member before she left. She wrote me a very kind thank
you letter the following day as did Vicky, shown on the left who
came along early in the evening with partner Beth. I spent some
time talking to them before introducing them to a few other girls
who were about to set off into the village to visit Paddy's Goose.
They were persuaded to venture out and later on, finished up in
Napoleons so they really expanded their horizons on their first
Julie, shown on the right with her partner, also Julie, were here
for the first time as well and I met up with them again later on
in Napoleons where I took this photo. It is great when Partners
come along as well, to give support and I hope they keep coming
with them as it adds to the atmosphere of the club.
Julie and Julie
it is time to get moving on our Christmas meal booked for Saturday
the fourth of December. I wanted to try somewhere different this
year so we have decided to hold it at the ShangHai chinese restaurant
on the corner of Whitworth Street and Princess Street, just outside
the Village. I have ordered a sit down Banquet (in other words we
get served the whole meal, not a buffet). The price will be £22
a head NOT including drinks, which should be paid for as you go.
It is only 5 Saturdays away so we will need to know the numbers
and get the money as quickly as we can before the event as I dont
wish to have to handle money on the night. Suggested methods of
payment will be on the Coming Events page as soon as I can manage
Wednesday 20th Oct 2010
week we again had the pleasure of Pam and Hayley's company and stall
from New Image Fashions in Warrington. Not only were they selling
fashion accessories but Pam was doing Tarot card readings and Hayley
was helping people with their makeup. Specifically she was helping
various people to try on false eyelashes and here is a picture of
Cloe wearing some. One or two others also tried them but didn't
want their photos taken.
We had a very pleasant first time visitor from Newcastle who loved
to dress in Ladies business suits but so far had not tried out wigs
and makeup etc. I introduced him to the girls on the right here
and they spent a long time discussing the pros and cons of the full
dressing experience rather than only wearing the clothes.
He met and talked to several other girls and at the end of the evening
thanked us for making him so welcome. I hope we see him again soon.
(No photos as he would be too recognisable.)
Lisa, Michelle and Paula
Julia and Amy
was good to see Julia and Amy here this week. Julia has to come
quite a distance so it is not easy. Amy is a lot nearer but finds
it difficult to get out very much these days due to too much work
and also being responsible for elderly parents who are now not in
the best of health. Coming out for evenings like this is a great
help to enable her to relieve the stress she is living with at present.
We feel for you Amy, do look after yourself.
Heloise, shown here on the right with Elaine, gets here when she
can but her work takes up much more of her time than she would like,
so we dont get to see her very often. We are glad to see her when
she can make it.
Heloise and Elaine
Danni and Libby
and Libby, shown here on the left, are now very regular visitors
to the club with Danni also coming to the meal at Eden before the
evening starts. Unfortunately this evening she got stuck in horrendous
traffic and didn't manage to get here till 18:45 rather than 18:00
which she usually achieves. We suspect a Manchester United football
game had something to do with it. They are both computer buffs so
they have a lot in common.
I can never resist taking photos of Zoe when she comes along as
she always manages to look stunning from the front or the back.
So here she is again.
Zoe from front and back
all owe a lot to Millie who nowadays spends a lot of her evenings
looking after the door with the help of Tina when she is here, but
lucky Tina manages to take many holidays, so she is not here quite
as often as Millie. This week the photography student Radka also
came along again bringing her mother with her this time so she could
see where we meet and what the club is like. It was lovely to see
them and gives us a real buzz when people enjoy the club so much
that they come several times and make friends with the girls.
It was great to see Sophie and Jade back again later in the evening
having spent the day in Newcastle shopping and rushed back to Manchester
by car in order to get some time out in the village. They had bought
the matching coats and shoes today, at very reasonable prices and
wanted to be able to show them off this evening
Sophie and Jade
Sophie and jade
shoes were only £5 a pair so you can understand why they were
so pleased to have them. Jade and Sophie have a very up and down
relationship so I do hope they manage to keep together. They make
a very nice couple.
next theme night is the RED DRESS evening
on November the 17th so you have time to find something to wear
A tangle of feet
Wednesday 13th Oct 2010
Early evening purple outfits
evening was our purple dress theme night so here is a picture of
all those girls who were here before 8 pm with some purple in their
dresses. Many more came later on but this is the only group picture
I managed to take.
On the right I have shown Millie, who two weeks ago agreed to be
photographed by the photography student Radka. She met up with her
last week but on Saturday poor Millie had her right foot run over
by a car at the camp site where she was staying and Radka was visiting
for some more photos. This rather put paid to the photography and
Millie DJing that evening, but she still managed to get here today.
Sarah, Stella and Carol
was lovely to see Sarah and Carol back here again after a long gap
and they tell me that they are now going to get married quite soon.
There may be a party in this. They are also going to the Rocky Horror
show that Jennifer has been organising via the forum. It was also
good to see Stella shown with them, who only manages to get here
occasionally, but still came with a purple scarf to show willing.
Rachael, on the right, came along with her partner Lottie after
a very long break, but she has been off work for some months now
suffering from depression so it is very understandable. Lottie was
delighted to say that Rachael is now much better and is going back
to work on monday. I hope she manages to keep up the good progress
and starts to enjoy life again.
had a new girl come in during the evening called Joanne along with
her very supportive partner Jenny. She came along in male garb but
we persuaded her to change and here she is all ready to start a
new life with us. Welcome Joanne.
Sofie and Lorraine came in to visit us having been round the village
over the last few days and found out that we meet here on Wednesdays.
Sofie is a School teacher now living in Norway and Lorraine is her
girl friend who she came over to visit here in Manchester. They
are a charming couple and hopefully we will see more of them whenever
Sofie can get over here.
Sofie and Lorraine plus Sofie again
Amber and Elaine
Paula Storey and Katie
Framces and Joanne
Jenni and Cate
Amber and Sky
Libby, Sky, Danni, Amber and Kate
I really like to see are groups of girls like this, who have only
known each other for a short time, so obviously enjoying each others
company. It makes the whole concept of this club worthwhile and
I hope it keeps going long after I fade away.
Debbie, on the right with Leslie can only get here very occasionally
as she lives a long way away. She has known Leslie for some time
now and was last here at Sparkle but still likes to get here when
Leslie and Debbie
Milli and Carol
Sam and Libby
Melanie and Mary
shown here on the left with Mary, used to live here in Manchester
with Gigi, but some months ago now they decided to split up and
Melanie went back to live in Liverpool where she came from. She
has been semi retired for some time, but more recently has stopped
even doing the part time work and she finds that she is much happier
without the pressure of being on standby to fill in for other people
at short notice. She recently went and spent a week in Blackpool
without taking any male clothes with her so she really enjoyed living
as Melanie for the whole week.
Mandy, shown here on the right, couldn't resist buying this Tee
shirt/dress when she saw it for sale the other day. I am sorry that
the photo has a reflection partly hiding the words but it says GIRLS
KICK ASS and she is proudly wearing it.
Paula, Ashley, Diane, Emma and June
The girls show here, left and right, had all been for a meal organised
by Kate for the Angels and only managed to get here by about 10:45.
Even so it was lovely to see them so I am glad they managed to join
us even for a short time. I had not met Sue before so we had a long
chat and this is the first time June has been to the club in this
I asked her if it would be suitable for holding one of her dancing
evenings and she said she thought it would, so we will probably
try that out as an activity idea in the new year. It will appear
on the coming events page when we decide to hold it.
Sue Kate and Kay Denise
Lisa, Ana, Sue and Elaine
I am sure many of you remember Ana who visited us for several weeks
earlier this year, while she was working on her Phd. She returned
to her home in Brazil at the beginning of September and I have just
had a lovely letter from her saying how much she enjoyed our company.
She says that she spent a very special time with us all and learned
a lot, we are in her heart. Thank you Ana we enjoyed meeting you
and your lovely sisters.
Next week we will have Pam and Haley back with more things from
their shop in Warrington, plus Pam is going to do Tarot Card readings
if anyone would like that and Haley will be doing makeover tasters.
Please see the coming events page for more details.
Wednesday 6th Oct 2010
Brydie and Mica
Mica, shown here with Brydie, came into NewYork NewYork for the
first time this evening early on. I introduced her to Brydie and
they seemed to hit it off as they spent a long time talking together.
It is fairly unusual to find someone smaller than Brydie but as
you can see here she makes Mica look tiny. This is great for Mica
as it should make it very much easier for her to pass as a woman.
Mandy, on the right, has been coming for a few weeks now and is
gaining in confidence all the time as she gets more used to being
able to be Mandy much more often than she has been used to up to
on the left, really loves to dress up in exotic outfits and here
she is really making the most of our freedom to be who we want to
be. Keep on enjoying yourself Kate, I know you do.
At the other end of the scale, Lisa and Michaela, shown here are
both wearing elegant outfits that they could go to work in if they
wished. It is good to see Lisa when she manages to get here and
that goes for Michaela as well. Michaela has not been able to get
here for some months due to various happenings in her family which
include her Father dying a few weeks ago. So please accept our condolences
Michaela and I hope you keep managing to get here when you can.
Lisa and Michaela
Cheryl and Caroline
Paula, Marolyn and Jenny
shown above with Caroline, has not been along for some time, but
has managed to make this evening, bringing her friend Caroline along
for the first time, so welcome Caroline, I hope we manage to see
you both again soon.
My friend Paula, shown here with Marolyn and Jenny, has been around
on the scene for as long as me and still manages to look stunning.
It is great to see Marolyn when she can get here from the big city
down South bringing Jenny with her to encourage her to get out more
dont forget that next wednesday the 13th of October is our PURPLE
DRESS theme night, so make the effort to give us a
Wednesday 29th Sept 2010
Funky Pieces trade stand
evening we had Chris from Funky Pieces, based in Sheffield, come
over with her husband to show their wares that they are currently
selling through Ebay. Soon they will have their own website but
it is not ready yet. When it is we will put a link on this website.
She was selling lots of attractive Handbags and jewellery at very
reasonable prices and you can see a selection in these photos.
The following day I got a very nice letter from Chris saying how
much they had enjoyed their visit and asking if they could come
again in the new year.
It also turned out to be a very busy evening with around 50 people
coming in so it really was very enjoyable. Below is a general view
showing some of the crowd around the bar.
Tina with Chris from Funky Pieces
View of Bar
previous week I had an email from a Polish student of photography,
Radka, who is studying here and she was asking if we could help
her to find a TV who would be willing to be photographed in both
female and male modes for her next college project. I suggested
that she put and entry into our forum and also come along to the
club this evening to meet as many people as possible to help her
quest. She came along early in the evening with her boyfriend and
they both stayed all evening talking to many of the members.
Millie and Radka
she explained that she would like to find a TV who also spent quite
a lot of time dressed during their normal life and that she would
even like to photograph them at work we said that this was a much
harder request than we had originally realised. But looking around
the club it occurred to me that Millie, shown above with Radka,
was possibly an ideal candidate as I know that she also does a lot
of other outside activities as Millie, including things like DJing
at her camping club evenings. So I went and asked Millie if she
would like to have a chat with Radka and she fairly soon agreed
to help her. It will be interesting to see the results of her work
if Millie is agreeable and knowing her, I think that is very likely.
on the left, was last here at Sparkle, but she lives in Cornwall
so cannot be a frequent visitor. She made friends with Millie so
this time she was staying with her just for a few days. She is hoping
to be back for the christmas party if the finances allow.
Alison came in early this evening accompanied by Pauline from Bolton,
not the girl on the left. She was still looking a bit fragile after
having had her operation a few weeks ago. When she got to the hospital
she found that Steff, shown here on the right looking really well,
was in the next bed, having just had the operation, so they were
company for each other while they were there. Pauline, then went
down to fetch Alison back when she was discharged and has spent
some time at her flat helping her to recuperate. This is what friends
are for, so well done Pauline.
Vanessa, Susanne and Lee
Sarah and Cindi
Lin and Sophie, on the right, come up occasionally from Reading
where they work, so it is good to see them back again tonight enjoying
an evening out in Manchester.
Tina, shown below with Danielle came dressed as she is shown here,
but Danielle came wearing a very similar dress but also wearing
jeans. Their dresses were so similar that she was persuaded to remove
the jeans so that we could get this photo of them as a pair. I hope
they are pleased with it.
Lin and Sophie
Tina and Danielle
have now been in NewYork NewYork for seven weeks so it was time
to assess whether we are happy to stay here. I set up a meeting
with Tracy, the owner for Friday afternoon and came along to talk
with her accompanied by Vanessa. The aspects that trouble us at
present are the rather dim lighting and the use of the ladies as
a changing area. She has immediately agreed to supply some more
lighting to brighten the place up and also to clear out and set
up the rear storage room so that we can use that to change in rather
than the ladies. The access to this room is lockable so that will
also make our property more secure during the evening. There will
be space in that back room for a larger cupboard so we will be able
to keep all the bits and pieces we need each week. It will be fitted
up with mirrors and better lighting so that we can see what we are
If all goes to plan this may even be in use by next wednesday so
we will cross our fingers and hope for the best.
For the future Tracy is actively planning to completely refurbish
the bar and this is planned to include some window area, so for
next summer we should even get some daylight during the evenings.
While this refurb is going on we will be able to use the downstairs