I arrived this evening I saw Genevieve walking down the road towards
the club so I waited and we went in together. She had already changed
using the room in Taurus and was just calling in to leave her bag
before going back up to Paddy's Goose for a drink with Mandy.
We were a bit shocked to find that the changing room was completely
stuffed with the heavy wooden chairs that are usually spread around
the room. This meant that before I could get started we had to empty
them out back into the main room and I am very grateful to Genevieve
for her volunteering to stay and help with this as they are extremely
heavy and working up a sweat is the last thing either of us wanted
at that time in the evening. Nonetheless, we managed to clear the
room still leaving time for Genevieve to go off and meet Mandy.
It appears that a few weeks ago the same thing had happened and
Vanessa had moved them all herself before I got there, so she deserves
our thanks as well.
Later in the evening I mentioned this to Wayne, our Barman for the
he went off and informed Tracey who came along to sort out what
had happened. It appears that the Gay Gordons dance group used the
room on Monday evening and it must have been them who cleared the
room without telling anyone and without putting them back afterwards.
Now that she knows Tracey has promised to stop it happening in the
future, so hopefully all is well that ends well. We also took the
opportunity to talk over with Tracey the final things we would like
done to the changing room so that it can be left locked in future
with only us and the management having the key.
Fernanda and Suzi
It was lovely to see Fernanda back again getting dressed before
our meal and also Suzi who was a bit later so she came and ate as
she was and got changed into this fantastic pink outfit when we
got back. It is lovely to see our newcomers enjoying themselves
I was also pleased to see Linda back for the second time having
come on the bus by herself so she will now be able to get here more
often in the future as it is not costing her so much in taxi fares.
A big thank you to her carers for helping her get so organised.
Jayne and Sue
Margery and Tara
shown above left with Jayne, moved away from Manchester to the coast
about two years ago now and we only see her very rarely when some
kind friend brings her along, so it was great to see you Sue, I
am glad you were able to get here.
Tara, shown in the middle picture has been to the club before and
she brought along Margery for the first time this evening, so welcome
Margery, I hope you will both be back shortly.
Milli, on the right, couldn't resist buying these Miss Oroblu tights
and I dont blame her I must get myself some as well.
Vanessa and Marieanne
Cindi and Pauline
evening I managed to get a longer chat wth Amy and was very sorry
to hear that she has been having problems with her insides and has
had several polyps removed recently. She gave me fairly graphic
details of watching the op on tv while it was being done. Unfortunately
there is still one left and she is now waiting anxiously for it
to be removed as it is causing her great pain. We can only offer
our best wishes Amy and hope it is done very soon.
The earring shown on the right was found at the club during the
evening of wed the 23rd of March. If anyone recognises it then I
will have it in my handbag available any wednesday for the next
Finally, next week we are having a BLING theme evening so lets see
you can come along with the most outlandish jewellery. There will
be a prize waiting for someone.
Wednesday 23rd March 2011
Elaine and Astrid
we held our 3rd Annual General meeting to enable us to formally
present various reports about the activities of the club, including
the Treasurer's report and to offer the opportunity for the members
to have their say in who they would like to be on the committee.
There are three reports now included under the Link AGMreports
at the top of most pages. These do not include the Treasurer's
report which we went through at the meeting. This is because I
do not feel that we should make it as public as this website is.
It was then decided by a show of hands that we would in future
make it available in the members only section of the forum so
that all our members can examine it in detail if they wish. I
will do that when I have finished writing this blog.
year we had a seven member committee, Mary, Frances, Vida, Elaine,
Astrid, Tina and Vanessa. But at the end of this year three of the
members, Astrid, Elaine and Vida declared that they no longer wished
to serve for different personal reasons. I would like to thank them
all for the work they have put in to help make the club the success
it is. I would especially like to thank Astrid for setting up the
Club's Forum and looking after it since we began in 2008. It has
allowed the club members to be able to communicate with each other
and I believe has been successful in doing that. I know that Astrid
has been disappointed because it has not been more used than it
is and many members do not contribute in any way to it, but I still
think it is a valuable asset and we should continue to have such
a facility. It is especially well used by people like Paula who
has provided many useful and amusing restaurant reports. These are
slowly encouraging others to emulate her, each providing their own
unique reports on various different activities. Long may it continue.
Elaine has done an excellent job in setting up the membership list
and keeping it up to date. She no longer wishes to be on the committee
but it happy to continue looking after the list.
Vida has been the treasurer for two years but has now had to move
back to the Isle of Man to help look after her Parents so she feels
that she can no longer continue with this job. She was also instrumental
in producing the displays that we use to publicise the club and
is happy to continue to do this if asked.
The remaining members of the committee decided to give a bottle
of wine as a token of the clubs thanks and the photo above shows
Elaine and Astrid with theirs's. Vida was not able to attend but
the wine is waiting for her when she can get here again.
We started asking at the club from January, if any members would
we willing to join the committe and 4 people have now agreed to
it. They are Chloe, Danni, Helena and Karen. The constitution allows
us to have eight members so it was decided that rather than have
an election we would just raise the number to eight and accept them
all. This was agreed by a show of hands at the meeting with no one
Pictures of the new committe members and some words about them will
appear on the appropriate page very soon.
I would like to welcome the new members to the committee and look
forward to some interesting meetings in the near future.
Immediately following the formal meeting we had a short presentation
from Pam who runs the Beauty Nail & Tan Factory in Bury. She
had come along to explain all the services that they can provide,
which include the IPL hair removal process that she has successfully
used on one of our members, Mercedes, who is shown on the left
of the picture on the right. It was Mercedes who suggested that
she contact the club to offer her services to all our members.
Pam came with two of her friends who also work there and they
gave out goody bags to everybody at the club to encourage them
to go along. Unfortunately I didn't take their photo so the square
on the left is blank.
For more information they are on Facebook here
Mercedes, Tanya and Helena
Lisa, Paula, Katie and Rachel
Karen, Emma and Suzi
Michelle, Genevieve and Joan
was very pleasing to see so many of you at the club by 7:30 in the
evening ready for the AGM, Thank you all for making the effort as
it really does make the committe feel appreciated.
It was also fantastic that Six new people came along during the
evening to visit the club for the first time. At this stage I cannot
remeber all the names as some of them only stayed for a short time
as they had not come dressed but I think rather wished they had.
I hope we see them again soon. Meanwhile each of the pictures above
contains one new person amongst them. On the left it is Rachel,
in the middle it is Suzi and on the right it is Michelle( I hope
I have her name correct).
The girl in the middle, Suzi, came along to the club at just after
5 pm and joined us for a meal,(in male mode) before coming back
and getting changed for the rest of the evening. I bumped into her
much later in the evening at Napoleons still accompanied by Karen
and Emma who are with her in the photo. She accompanied me back
to her car at the end of her evening ready to drive home, still
dressed as Suzi, so I guess she is hooked already.
Libby, Sammi and Kirsty from behind and from the front
I first saw the girls on the left standing at the bar while I
was talking to someone else and couldn't resist taking this back
view, so I then went over and asked for the front view to complete
We do have some really good looking girls at this club and this
includes Kate shown here on the right in another stunning outfit.
Rachel and Mandy
Paula, Jayne, Mandy and Kate
Frances, Trixie and Pipit
the evening was all over at the club I went to relax for an hour
or two at Napoleons and there I bumped into Rosemary who was quite
excited to tell me about her recent job. She went for an interview
as Rosemary, got the job and has now appeared in an episode of Coronation
street that was filmed in Velvet. It was not a speaking part, but
she was one of four TV's taken on to appear in the episode and two
of them did get to speak. The episode will be screened some time
in April and she has promised to let me know when it will be. I
will let you know.
Finally, Pipit, shown in the picture above on the right is aking
for some others to join her at the next Salsa class in NewYork NewYork
on thursday the 7th of April. She would be delighted to have some
TV company there so give it a try.
Wednesday 16th March 2011
Linda and Sarah Louise
I came up the stairs into the bar at NewYork NewYork this evening
I was delighted to see Billy sitting there with a big welcoming
smile on her face. She hasn't been to the club for quite a long
time now so I thought maybe we had lost her as the Taxi fares down
from where she lives were getting too expensive. I am very glad
to see her brought back by her two very nice carers who have helped
her organise her trips down to the club by Tram to get here and
a Taxi home. She is planning to come once a fortnight so this should
make the finances OK. I hope so. As you can see from the picture
she has decided to call herself Linda from now on so we all need
to try to remember this.
Sarah Louise also came along from Blackpool, where she now lives,
for the first time for many months so I have shown the two returnees
first. Welcome back.
evening we were meant to be enjoying the company of Gill Springay
who loves to do make up for the girls. I was able to make contact
with her on Friday and found that she had been ill and still did
not sound very well when I spoke to her. She sends her sincere
apologies for not being able to come. She had sent me an email
on the previous monday but I never received it so we were in the
She is very anxious to come along when she is better so we will
look forward to fixing another evening later on. I do now have
her mobile number in my phone.
Julia and Samantha, Geena, Emily and Georgina
Genevieve and Geena
Millie and Pauline
Steffie and Kristina
Libby, Lucy, Sammi and Kirsty
shown here with Libby, Lucy and Kirsty is a girl who likes organising
events. She has booked a number of seats at the Palace for Mama
Mia on wednesday the 4th of May at £35 a ticket, so if you
fancy going with a group of girls then come along and have a word
with her, or ask me and I will give you her email address.
forget that next week we are holding a short AGM starting at around
7:30 to get the Business side of the club out of the way for another
year. After that we will have Pam from the beauty Nail and Tan
factory in Bury to talk about their IPL laser treatment along
with Mercedes who is undergoing the treatment.
Wednesday 9th March 2011
Ryan, Benjamin, Vicky and Emma from Gloss 360 studios
evening we had a visit from most of the staff of the Gloss 360 photo
studio in Stockport, who came along to tell us about their process
that enable them to take a full 360 degree set of pictures of any
person or article that can stand on a large turntable. These pictures
can then be supplied as a set of 36 separate stills or combined
into a computer animation and given to you on a disc.
They came along this evening to invite our members to a social evening
they are having at their premises on the evening of Friday the 18th
of March. There will be drinks and snacks availabe and each person
will be able to have two different sets of pictures taken at a cost
of £25 in total. We are asked to take along two different
outfits that we would like to see photographed from all sides so
that we can see what we look like from behind. If you were not here
this evening and would like to attend then please email Vicky at
firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite.
was delighted to see Kirsty come in to the club later in the evening
on a visit back here to England from Bangkok, where she is now working
as a teacher. It was great to see her back and she spent most of
her evening talking with some of the many friends she has made here
at the club since she joined us many years ago.
In contrast it was nice to welcome Debs and Lexie who were visiting
us from Yorkshire for their second time. They met on the internet
and then discovered that they lived fairly near each other so were
able to share a lift over to Manchester, which is a much better
way to travel if you have to come any distance as they did. I got
the impression that they enjoyed their evening and we will see a
lot more of them in the future. So Welcome girls.
Debs and Lexie
saw this tall girl standing at the bar with her back to me and didn't
recognise her until I approached her and then realised it was Tina.
Changing wigs is a real problem for me as it often changes people
enough to make them anonymous again. Tina hasn't been for some time
as well so I do think I have a small excuse.
We also had Karen here again this evening selling her Avon wares
and she tells me that she has done much better since she started
bringing actual stock with her rather than just the catalogues.
I suspect we are much more prone to impulse buy when we can see
the actual product in front of us. She was scheduled to have a meeting
with her superviser on the following day so was hoping to do well
this evening to make a good impression. She told me later that she
did very well, so now she will have to tell us how the meeting went.
Sarah and Karen
Michelle, Jenni and Mandy
took the picture on the left fairly early in the evening and then
when I spoke to the girls afterwards I got told off for getting
their names wrong in earlier blogs so I hope I have now got them
correct. I am sure they will tell me if not.
couldn't resist taking this extra picture of Mandy as I thought
this dress looked really well on her especially with the contrasting
black tights. She tells me that the dress was bought from an Oxfam
shop so she really does know how to spend her money.
Milli and Vanessa
Millie and Lesley
had an introduction from Benjamin who runs the Gloss 360 studio
and then an illustrated talk from Ryan their photographer who
showed off, on the computer screen, the way that the 360 degree
system worked so that people could see for themselves what is
on offer. Vicky and Emma then collected names and email addresses
of anyone who was interested so I think there was quite a number
of people who may attend.
next wednesday we have Gill Springay, The Makeover Girl, who visited
us about a year ago, coming along to do some makeovers as a way
of demonstrating what she can do for people. If you would like
to have one done then make sure you are here next week.
Wednesday 2nd March 2011
Jenny, Marieanne and Vanessa
evening we had a Music night organised by Marieanne with four members
taking part, ie Jenny, Marianne, Vanessa and Mel. It was a very
enjoyable session and they deserve all our thanks for the hugh amount
of work they put in with two rehearsals at Marianne's premesis plus
all the effort involved in getting all the necessary equipment in
and out of the bar. So thank you all very much.
Mel's evening was made even better for her when we were visited
by her ex wife and her new partner who both seemed to greatly enjoy
vanessa and Mel
Elaine and I got to Eden at 6 pm we were pleasantly surprised to
find Cate and Joan sitting waiting for us at the table. Joan had
called in to the nursing home where Cate is recuperating after her
Op and brought her out for the evening to join us. Joan lives north
of where Cate is staying so she was able to divert her journey to
pick up Cate and take her home again afterwards. Even so I would
like to express my thanks to her for doing this and giving Cate
an enjoyable evening.
When I was about to leave at around 11:30 I noticed that there was
a case and clothes carrier sitting on the chair by the door and
it turns out that Joan had changed and then left her stuff behind
as she helped Cate out to her car. This meant that Joan had to come
back the following day to collect her things as she needed some
of them before next wednesday. She has put an entry in the Forum
Michelle, Mandy, Genevieve and Helena
at the Bar
Mandy, plus Mary, Helena and Genevieve in Eden
Tina, Millie and Elaine
Sam and Elaine
in the evening we were joined by Sammi for the first time and
she came and asked if she could join the club, so welcome Sammi.
I hope we see you here often in the future.
note that Vicky, Emma and Ryan from the Gloss 360 studios in Stockport
will be here next week, the 9th of March to explain what they
do and give out invites to their Friday evening event on the 18th
Wednesday 23rd Feb 2011
on the right, came along for the first time last week as her other
self and got to know a few of the girls. On tuesday this week she
went and spent a few hours with Dee at Dee selecta and bought the
clothes, wig and make up she has used here to get this fabulous
look. She really enjoyed the experience at Dee's and it gave her
the confidence to get started, so thank you Dee, you are doing a
great job. See the link on our links page if you would like to go
there as well.
As we were returning from our meal at Eden just before 7 pm we were
asked by a young man carrying a ricksack, if we knew when Napoleon's
opened so that he could go and get changed there. I asked him if
he knew about Concord and he said that he didn't, so we told him
he could get changed with us if he liked. He then said that he hadn't
yet booked into a hotel so he would come back when
Fernanda and Milli
had. A couple of hours late she reappeared as the lovely Angela
on the left and spent the rest of the evening in the club. I hope
it was a nice surprise for her.
I couldn't resist showing this second picture of Fernanda with Milli.
Haley, shown on the right with Helena and Danni, often comes with
her daughter Alison but this evening she was here on her own as
Alison was otherwise occupied. I hope she still enjoyed her evening
and as you can see she was already with some friends willing and
able to keep her company.
Rachel, shown below on the left, had written to me a couple of weeks
ago to say she was coming, having last visited us at the Rembrandt
in 2008. Her partner was coming with her but she still needed to
persuade her that she needed a new dress.
Helena, Haley and Danni
appears that she got the new dress and here she is in all her finery
looking very confident. Her partner was with her but I normally
never include partners in these photos as it does remove peoples
anonymity. She became a member of the club this evening as did Zoe,
shown on the right, who also came along with her partner for the
first time. So welcome to you both, it is very encouraging when
new people come along with their partners as it shows such a good
level of support and we also enjoy their company.
week was a normal club evening, but please dont forget that next
week we are having a music evening with the entertainment starting
around 9 pm so do come along and enjoy the atmosphere.
Mandy and Michelle
Louise and Sam
Kim and Mary
Rachael and Millie
Julia, Amy, Kim and Milli
Wednesday 16th Feb 2011
was lovely to see Chloe back here again after several weeks absence.
We were begining to wonder if she was OK, but it turns out that
she has recently had so many visitors staying with her, one after
the other, that she simply hasn't been free to get out. On top of
that she has been back to the ski slopes for another holiday so
we can safely assume that her leg is now back to normal after breaking
it last year.
Karen was here again this evening with her Avon products and she
is finding that she does much better when she brings along stock
to sell, rather than just taking orders from her catalogue. So we
will probably see much more of her at work this next year. If there
are things you need she is still available to take orders for things
not in stock.
Susie and Karen
Genevieve, shown here on the left, is one of our newest members
and she is getting great enjoyment out of the adventure. Going shopping
and getting all her new stuff together. She has already joined the
forum and has contributed some entries.
Dominique, shown on the right first came to concord many years ago
but has not been for at least 6 years so it was quite a surprise
when she came through the door and even more of a surprise when
I managed to remember her name. So welcome back Dominique, she is
now member number 373 so we are creeping up.
Lisa and Joanne
9 pm this evening Lisa from the Greater Manchester Police came in
to give us a very interesting and useful talk about SAFETY and as
you can see above she had a large audience. There was a lot of questions
and answers happening during the talk which shows that people were
taking an active interest in the subject.
She is shown here on the left with Joanne, who was involved in an
incident in Canal street a few weeks ago along with a group of her
friends, where a young guy threatened to remove one of her friends
wig. The incident was resolved peacefully but it raised questions
in her mind about the correct way to react and deal with such events.
This discussion was useful and also Joanne went on to praise the
police about the way they dealt with her report and how they followed
up to make sure she was OK with what they were doing.
The police do want us to report EVERY "Hate" incident
so that they can build a more accurate picture of how often and
where these things happen.
will get some of our committee members trained so that they can
use the computer in the club to also report any incidents you tell
us about. So, thank you Lisa for coming in and giving the talk and
we hope we see a lot more of you here in the future.
Thursday 10th Feb 2011
four Manchester Concord members, Frances, Lesley, Mary and Vanessa
attended the funeral of Brydie who had been a member of Concord
for many years and we wished to pay our respects to her and celebrate
her life along with her family, most of whom we had never met.
After the very moving Humanist ceremony we went outside and tentatively
introduced ourselves to the family. We were greeted very warmly
with hugs and kisses and they all thanked us for making the effort
to come. We were immediately invited to come back to the house of
Brydie's ex wife Elaine where she lives with one of their daughters.
Their other daughter lived close by, but all the family gathered
together in the one room. I had met Elaine the day Brydie came over
to Concord, when they came together the first time and she still
remembered me after all those years, but I did not know anything
about the rest of her family. During the time we were with them
they all came across as a wonderfully close and tolerant family
and it is a very great shame that Brydie had felt the need to seperate
herself from them in order to live the life she wanted. Her family
still loved her and it should have been possible for her to find
a way to stay more in touch with each other. Brydie talked with
Elaine by phone over the years but she had not spoken to either
of her daughters since she came to Manchester. I dont understand
why not as they are two lovely people who I would never be able
to abandon if they were my daughters. I wish she had told us more
about them so that we could have tried to help her more.
The family members were anxious to know more about Brydie's life
in Manchester so Lesley, who was one of her closest friends, was
able to fill in some of the details outside the club and we were
able to talk about her life with us at the club.
They were very interested in the club and the way it runs and maybe
in the future some of them will visit us to see for themselves.
They are all very welcome, I hope we do see them again.
All of us really enjoyed the time we spent with the family and I
am very very glad we made the effort to go. The family couldn't
have been more appreciative. We will miss Brydie as she was one
of the Characters at the club.
Wednesday 9th Feb 2011
Danni, Jane and Pam
evening we were visited by two of the new His2Hers
team, Jane and Pam who are shown in the picture along with Danni.
Hayley, who is the third member of the team was unable to come because
she had to go to a funeral that day and there was not enough time.
They are still running their shop in Warrington but intend to try
to expand the his2hers business to include outings to special events
and they plan to run a ball in May for all us girls, so we will
let you know about the events as they get going. Jane is a new partner
with them who was running an independent business but they are now
combining their efforts. Jane makes lots of excellent accessories
that will add to their product range.
Paula and Lisa came in Black this evening as a mark of respect to
Brydie but they both managed to look their usual elegant selves
Paula and Lisa
Alex, Pauline and Sam
Kate and Lucy
Joan, Danni and Helena
Jayne Maybe and Kay Denise
Amy and Karen
Kathy and Ashley
Kerry and Jane Maybe
was a relatively quiet evening but as you can see here, there was
a large variety of outfits. I am also glad to say that quite a number
of people came in just to give a contribution to the collection
we held in memory of Brydie. Over the course of the evening and
including some contributions that had been promised to me by email
we collected £150 in all. £50 of this was spent on sending
a wreath from the club to be there at the funeral which left £100
which I have given to the family in the form of a cheque made out
the the British Heart Foundation at their request.
Many of you also signed a card and this was handed to the family
when we attended on thursday.
dont forget that next wednesday the 16th of Feb we are having a
talk given by Lisa from the Greater Manchester Police starting at
you look at the Forum you will see that Cate has had a successful
operation and is recovering well.
Wednesday 2nd Feb 2011
Elaine and Genevieve
shown here on the left with Elaine, had contacted Elaine via her
entry on TVchix and they had met up in the village on the previous
saturday. This meeting had encouraged Genevieve to come along this
wednesday and she duly appeared at our table in Eden where we were
having our evening meal. She joined us for the meal and then came
along to the club and got changed. Elaine helped her with her make
up and even gave her a wig so that she could have everything she
needed. She stayed the whole evening and obviously enjoyed herself
as she has already joined the forum and introduced herself there,
so welcome Genevieve, I hope this is just the start of a big adventure
Cate, on the right, was visiting for the first time for a few weeks
as she had an accident with her car and it is written off. This
is restricting her life at present
she was very kindly brought along this evening by Mel, who is also
going to provide some transport and visits while she is in hospital
for her operation in the coming week. It was great to see her again
and I wish her all the best in the coming weeks as she is recovering
in hospital and at her home. After that she is hoping to get another
car to give her back her independence and I very much hope she is
successful in this.
Jenny, Vanessa and Marieanne
On the left we have Jenny, Vanessa and Marieanne who I interupted
while they were busy discussing getting together to practice for
the music night in early march.
It should be a good evening, but Vanessa is still looking for any
other people who would be willing to have a go and join in.
On the right we have Cindi over from Leeds with Lisa who make a
lovely looking couple.
I was very pleased to see Gwen and Linda here again this evening
after a long gap, so I do hope they manage to come along more often
in the future. Life is too short to stay at home all the time. I
meant to take a photo but I am sorry I got distracted.
Cindi and Lucy
Michelle, Haley, Helena and Sky
had a committe meeting on thursday evening and had decided, for
the first time to have it in the Shanghi chinese restaurant here
in Manchester, so I came in and got changed in the facility we have
at Taurus. When I got there I found that it was already being used
by the girl shown here on the left, Michelle. This made the experience
much more enjoyable as we were able to get ready together and have
a chat at the same time.
Michelle has been to the club a few times in the past but nowadays
she tends to go out during the day as she is now living on her own
and is free to do what she wants.
I offered to take her photo and include it in this blog, so here
The meeting we had in the restaurant was useful, but also very enjoyable,
so we will almost certainly do it again. Just for your information
we each paid for ourselves, so we didn't charge it to the club.
Michaela and Brydie
I would like to say how sorry I was to hear of Brydie's death last
week. When she was well, she actually came to the club most weeks
and seemed to enjoy talking to many different people. The picture
on the left is the last one I took of her at the end of december
last year. She did come in early january but I didn't take any photos
because she had been suffering from Asthma and she was still not
feeling very well.
We will never know what caused her actual death but we will miss
her presence in the club. If you look back through this blog you
will see many pictures of her during the past three years but she
had been coming long before I started this blog.
We will be having a collection in memory of her this week at the
club. Flowers have already been ordered for her funeral on thursday
and a few of us will be going there as well. Every member should
have received an email giving the details. If you haven't had the
email then maybe we have an out of date email address for you. Please
let me know if this is the case.
Wednesday 26th Jan 2011
Tina, Millie and Steff looking after the door.
was an ordinary club evening with nothing special planned, but you
all made it special by nearly 50 of you turning out on a cold january
evening to come and meet your friends here. During the evening five
new people came along who joined the club bringing the number up
to 370 who have so far joined us since April 2008. I apologise if
I do struggle to remember all the names and faces but it can be
difficult with so many. Please dont stop coming.
Karen, shown on the right, is back selling her Avon products, after
a bit of a gap. She will try to be here as often as she can to be
your reliable source of make up.
Danielle, who has recently restarted coming to the club,
Karen and her Avon products
Joan and Tamsin
kindly brought along several boxes of chocolates which she put out
for everyone to enjoy. So thank you Danielle they were enjoyed by
We were joined by Joan and Tamsin at our evening meal in Eden this
evening. Joan having brought along Tamsin for the first time so
she duly joined up later in the evening.
Kim, shown on the right had seen our website on the internet and
had come over from Sheffield for the evening to see what the club
is like. She was persuaded to join by me even though she wont be
able to attend very often. So thank you Kim and Tamsin it is good
to have your support.
Kim and Sky
Cindi and Christine
Michelle and Millie
Laura and Jennifer
Julia, Georgina and Ami
Sammy and Lisa
Milli and Rachel
talked to so many people this evening that my mind is in a whirl
and it is difficult to pick out any more individually. What is pleasing
is that so many of you are making the effort to come in and pay
your membership dues, so well done to you all.
Michaela, shown on the left has been coming every week for the past
few weeks but she told me this evening that she will now have to
have a gap as her real life has her committed to other things which
she cannot get out of. I am sure we will see her back before too
Keep an eye on the coming events page as there are things happening
in the next few weeks. It is not yet shown on the calender as the
date is not fixed yet, but Marianne is organising another musical
evening to take place in march and Bev has agreed to include another
quiz on that evening. We will publish the date as soon as it is
Wednesday 19th Jan 2011
Dress Theme evening
Lisa, Mary,Joan,Tina and Millie
It very quickly becomes apparent that green has many different shades
and variations. These photos show the early birds at the club this
evening . Paula's green is the most startling but all these outfits
have green in them somewhere. As you can see in this smaller photo,
Paula even had green highlights in her hair. These were done by
her daughter who has a collection of different coloured hair extensions.
Tina is also shown below in her very colourful dress. She was also
displaying her very colourful painted toenails, which unfortunately
dont show up well enough in the enlarged photo I took, so you will
have to take my word for it.
Lisa, Danni, Paula and Helena
Jay and her friend
She had them done by a lady she goes to in Warrington so if you
ask Tina she will tell you where you can get them done.
Very early in the evening three ladies came in to the club for the
first time. These were Jay, shown on the left with her friend, who
also does her makeup and her wife. They all seemed to be very good
friends so Jay is actually a very spoiled lady. They stayed the
whole evening talking to lots of different people and Jay joined
the club before they left. So welcome Jay I hope we see a lot more
of all three of you.
Frances and Vida
shown on the left with Frances, has finally given up her flat that
she had in Manchester and has temporarily moved to a flat in the
Isle of Man, where her parents live, so that she can be nearer to
them. She is planning to come to Manchester most weeks in the middle
of the week for a few days at a time, so we will still see her at
the club fairly often.
I was glad to see Kerry, on the right, come in to the club this
evening as I knew that she has had an operation on one knee and
it is good to see her back on her feet again. She is pleased with
the way the knee is recovering and certainly looked very relaxed
so things must be getting better for her.
Elaine and Cindi
Vanessa and Mary
Mary, Elaine, Lisa. Joan, Frances,Millie and Michaela
got a very encouraging letter from Susan, shown here on the right,
this week. Below is a part of it.
Just to let you
know that my contract-hunting has borne fruit, and I'm now working
at a financial institution in London. And I'm out there full-time
as Susan. Very interesting - they already had all the diversity
policies and stuff, but I was the first T-person that they'd had
a chance to try it all out on!
I have a nice
contact in HR to look after me, and I'm been in touch with their
Diversity/Inclusion people and I've volunteered to help with anything.
Turns out there's an Inter-Bank LGBT group that's a collaboration
of a number of major banks, and they've just been agreeing that
it's time to turn the spotlight on the 'T', so it looks like I've
arrived at the right time :-)
is good to know that firms like these are now doing the right thing.
The anti discrimination laws do seem to be having the right effect.
Wednesday 12th Jan 2011
Samples of Anita's Jewellery
evening we were visited by Anita and Caroline to show us the hand
made bead jewellery that Anita makes and sells. Anita had got in
touch with me because her friend Caroline, who works in the same
building where Anita has her workshop, is also a friend of Marolyn
who many of you will know. They are shown below on the left.
Anita designs all the jewellery herself and is willing to make any
items required, to order. This is especially useful to us, as bracelets
for instance, need to be made a bit longer than normal to fit our
Marolyn, Anita and Caroline
Catherine and Marolyn
you can see from the picture, she does bracelets, necklaces and
also rings on adjustable ring bases to fit any size. I bought a
very elegant black and white ring with a bracelet to match that
she is going to make for me.
The details of her website and store are available on our links
page, towards the bottom. A big thank you to Caroline and Marolyn
for recommending her to us.
Helena and Mandy were the first two girls at the bar this evening
and look very happy. They were closely followed by Karen shown below
left. Karen tells me that she is still an AVON lady as she has quite
a lot of stock still in hand, so come in and talk to her.
Helena and Mandy
Millie and Sophie
Lisa, Paula and Michelle
Kathy and Ruby
Sarah and Elaine
Tanya and Joanne
Michaela, shown here in two different outfits, went in to the sales
recently and found that the dresses were so much reduced that she
could afford to buy three instead of the two she had planned on.
I especially like the outfit on the left as it really suits her
with that wig, as it softens the look, but they are both ideal for
shown here has not been to the club for some time as her personal
life has been rather eventful.
She has now separated from her wife and has met a new lady who she
helps to run a market stall selling clothes and wigs etc. She is
able to get the wigs at very reasonable prices and is happy to them
sell on without making exhorbitant profits as she likes to help
other members of our community. If any of you are interested then
ask me at the club and I will give you her email address.
Finally, dont forget that next week we are having a GREEN
DRESS theme night so lets see what you can all come
doesn't have to be a dress, any green outfit will fit the bill and
if you cant manage anything to fit the theme, dont let that stop
you from coming, it is only a suggestion to add a bit of fun to
Wednesday 5th Jan 2011
Jayne and ?
It was lovely to see Jayne, shown on the left, back with us again
after her operation out in Thailand, looking so well and confident,
but I have to apologise to the girl shown with her as I cant remember
On the other side we have Christine, who has changed her name from
Ivy. She has not managed to get here for some time but came along
tonight to pay her dues. As it is now a new year, the £6 membership
fee is needed again please.
Below, left we have Faye and Pauline. Faye usually comes along with
Kerry, but Kerry recently had an operation on her knee so is not
yet fully mobile. We wish Kerry well and hope she is able to get
out again soon.
Faye and Pauline
Cindi and Andrea
have been seeing a lot more of Kathy recently and here she is trying
out two new outfits that she has just bought.
on the left, came in this evening and told me about a couple of
incidents that had occurred recently, which caused her to think
more seriously about safety in the village and elsewhere, as one
of the incidents was in Blackpool.
She had been out in the village on saturday with a group of TV friends
and a youngish lad threatened to remove the wig of one of her friends.
Joanne managed to prevent this happening without anything serious
happening but it caused her to think seriously about what is the
best way to deal with this kind of situation. She has reported it
to the Police and has been very encouraged by their reaction and
the interest they have shown.
I have now been asked by Lisa, our local police liason officer if
we would like her to come and give a talk about safety and this
will take place one wednesday in February, when she has agreed her
working shift pattern. It will appear on our coming events page
when we know. I would also like Joanne to tell you herself how the
incident went as she raised a number of points that we all need
to be aware of.
the end of the evening, if Andrea shown above is here, then we normally
go and spend a couple of hours in the downstairs bar of Napoleons,
but tonight that bar wasn't open because they are not getting enough
business. They say they are going to review the situation at the
end of the month, but it does look as though the recession is really
hitting the village as this kind of retrenchment has not happened,
as far as I am aware, in the 25 years I have been coming to the
village. It will be a sad day if bars like Napoleons cant keep going.
Finally, I have included the last picture to show that our good
looking girls are still able to get out and enjoy themselves.
Next week we will have Anita Mistry here showing her own design
jewellery and offering some of it for sale, so come along and see
what she has.
Zoe, Lisa and Katie
Wednesday 29th Dec 2010
Kate and Mandy
do start early in the evening, so it can be quiet at the begining,
which is nice as it give people a chance to talk . Kate and Mandy
shown here were two of the early birds this week. Then soon after
I took this photo Michelle came in, shown on the right. Michelle
has not been for some time so this was her first time in NewYork
NewYork. We chatted for a bit and she told me how complicated her
life had been for the past few years, which was why she had not
been able to come recently. I then introduced her to Kate and Mandy
and after a short while Mandy came over to me and told me that she
had never seen Michelle before but she lives just round the corner
from her. What a small world it is.
Altogether, we had three new people come in during the evening and
I have shown two of them here. Sophie, on the left came in looking
very confident, as you can see and she joined the club later in
Gina, on the right, has not been out dressed before, but got changed
here and I think she thoroughly enjoyed her evening and will be
back as soon as she can.
The third person called Vicky had found out about the club by talking
to Paula in one of the bars in the village and had come along as
a man to see if she felt that she could fit in OK. This stops me
from including a photo but again she stayed nearly all evening and
left saying how much she had enjoyed it and she would be back as
soon as she could.
Just to show that we did fill up later on, below I have included
a shot of the bar and a couple of groups of people.
Helena, Tanya, Sophie and Joanne
General bar view
Diane, Kate, Mandy and Tina
Alex and Estelle
Tina and Helena
shown above with Estelle, has recently changed her name from Alice,
so many of you may remember her by that name. Tina was keen on showing
off the Culottes she was wearing but I am not sure they are very
visible in this picture. Helena has only been coming out for about
4 weeks but has gained in confidence very quickly and is really
enjoying the experience. Frances had taken over the door after Tina
had left. The extra light makes this a slightly unusual picture
but I like it.
shown above left, had just bought this dress in the Sales and wanted
to show it off tonight. She suggested that we should have a theme
night where everyone came in something they had recently bought
in the sales, so we will do that soon and see what variety we get.
Ashley shown on the right came in late in the evening, having fallen
asleep after her meal so she was feeling a bit rushed. I took this
photo plus a few others with her camera and then she returned the
favour by taking this one of me on the left. As you can see the
handbag on the floor was actually hers.
can I take this opportunity of wishing all the readers of this Blog
a very happy new year and I hope to see you all here at the club