evening we had a fantastic musical entertainment from one of our
newer members Kelly. This was the first time she has performed for
us but I hope it wont be the last. She sang a great variety of songs
right through the decades and as you can see below, some of them
were great to dance to as well. It is difficult to get good pictures
of the dancers but here are Danielle and the sister of Mary (not
me, the owner of Villaggio's) dancing away and really enjoying themselves.
The show not only went down well with all of us, but most of the
staff at Villaggio's came up to enjoy the music as well.
Thanks Kelly, you are a star.
also had a few new people join us this week. On the left we have
Jennifer who came along with her partner Rosie for the first time.
Then on the right we have Kate and Chrissy who both seemed to spend
an enjoyable evening talking and getting to know each other. I have
since had a very nice thank you letter from Chrissy saying how much
she enjoyed her evening. I am sure we will see them both again in
the near future.
The sweets shown in the picture with Jennifer were a very kind gift
from one of our members who prefers to remain anonymous. They are
Kate and Chrissy
Lesley and Mary
am always glad to see Lesley, shown here on the left with me, as
she is now semi retired but is still managing to keep herself well
Also it is very encouraging to see Erin, shown below with Paula
and Lisa coming along looking so relaxed and making new friends.
Linda shown below on the right always has to go before we draw the
raffle at 10:30 but this week she won, so the prize is waiting for
her next week.
Lynn, Sabrina and Marishka
Paula, Lisa and Erin
Steffie and Danielle
? Mia and Joan
week we had arranged to have a sale of clothes donated for Sparkle,
but we have had to cancel it as we cannot now organise transport.
It has been decided that it will be easier to sell the remaining
clothes on EBAY. It will therefore be a normal club evening on the
Wed 10th October 2012
Linda and Victoria
evening we had Linda and Victoria with us again selling their wigs
and a large quantity of jewellery at very reasonable prices. It
really is worth coming along when they are here to get some bargains.
I noticed that even partners were buying the jewellery as there
is such a variety available.
We had a few new people come along this evening. Among them was
Jennifer pictured here with Lynn Yvonne and Milli. It is always
a pleasure to welcome newcomers as they are the lifeblood of the
club that has kept us going for all these years. It is also great
to see members coming along with their partners
Lynn, Yvonne, Jennifer and Milli
Lucy and Erin
Michelle and Louise
support them. Above we have Erin who is new to the club who came
along with her friend Lucy this evening. We have Michelle who is
almost always supported by her partner Louise and Pippa who was
here for the first time with her partner who I haven't shown but
who is very supportive of Pippa and enjoyed her evening. We also
had Sheila who always come along with Kelly as she really enjoys
the atmosphere of the club. They will be here next week giving the
entertainment so do come along and join in with Kelly singing and
playing her guitar.
Georgina and Emily
above has just returned, looking very brown, from a holiday in the
Canaries with her boyfriend. She had a wonderful time and is very
happy with life.
It is always great to see Georgina and Emily here. They come from
afar so cannot get here very often, but they are always so appreciative
of the club and they liked the new venue.
Dee, on the right, has been coming to Concord when she can for many
years now, but has not managed to get here for over two years, so
it was a lovely surprise to see her walk in this evening. Welcome
back Dee and I hope you can make it sooner next time.
Pamela and Debbie
Pauline and Millie
Yvonne and Genevieve
Kate and Tina
Helena and Sophie
Lisa and Susan
was another very busy week so thank you all for making the effort
to come along. I hope you can make it next week as we will have
a musical entertainment from Kelly. She will start at approximately
9pm so make it by then if you can.
Wed 3rd October 2012
evening we held a "Rock Chick" theme night and it was
pleasing to see so many people getting into the spirit of it. I
tried to get an overall picture of everyone who joined in but it
was difficult to do everyone justice. These two pictures were taken
with different people at the front each time but I still think some
people didn't get a fair crack of the whip. Next time we will have
to give ourselves more space. Below there are a lot more separate
pictures but I have still probably failed to get everyone in, so
I am sorry if you were missed.
I have enlarged these two pictures because the smaller versions
just dont do everyone justice.
who had the word Angel on her front was pleased with the tee shirt
she found that also had wings on the back.
Lynn, Cate and Joan
Mary and Lisa
Lisa, Dawn and Jessica
Pauline and Daniella
Paula and Milli
girl in the middle, Sarah Louise, moved to Blackpool some time ago
now, so it was a pleasant surprise to see her back with us again
this evening. Welcome back Sarah, I hope you can get back here more
often in the future.
This coming wednesday, the 10th of October, we have Linda and victoria
back with us again selling their wigs and jewellery so do come and
see what they have to offer.
Wed 26th September 2012
Sue with Rachel
when around 50 people turn up during the evening it does make an
enormous difference to the atmosphere at the club. This was a great
We had Sue from "Glitz and Glam" with us this evening
for the first time with her glamorous handbags and lots of excellent
jewellery, plus she was also offering a Glamorous Brows service
to give semi permanent brows if people wanted make up that lasts
longer than usual.
Sue with Rachel
had several new people join us this evening. I will try and mention
them all but I haven't got all their pictures yet so you will have
to wait to see them. Our furthest visitors were Ami and her partner
Vicki and sister Sereena all the way from Alberta in Canada. They
are over here on a three week holiday having emigrated to Canada
several years ago, so they knew where to shop, as Ami bought her
clothes in Affleck's Palace. How many people would know where to
find that? They were delightful people, very supportive of each
other and I hope they enjoy the rest of their holiday.
The other new people were Pippa, from Liverpool and Erin who have
both written to thank us all for their welcome so they surely enjoyed
Sereena, Ami and Vicki
Laura and Melissa
last new person to come in was Melissa, shown here with Laura who
is also a rare visitor. Melissa says she is very unconfident but
has already made friends with people in a normal beauty Salon and
went there this evening to have her make up done before coming here.
So congratulations Melissa you look fantastic and I hope we see
you again soon.
The two girls on the right, Sarah and Jenny have been a few times
already but as they come from Blackpool it is not easy for them
to get here very often. Their claim to fame is that they have recently
opened the "Tranny Lodge" Hotel in Blackpool so we are
all welcome to visit them and make use of their facilities. they
have a website at www.trannylodge.co.uk
where you can get further details. I will add this to our links
Sarah and Jenny
Pauline and Jessica
shown here on the left with our very colourful Pauline, has not
been for some time so I was glad to welcome her back looking as
good as ever. Pauline is looking great as well with her jeans nearly
matching her startling hair. Good on you Pauline.
Mya brought Isabelle out this evening to celebrate as it appears
that Isabelle has now successfully changed her name. Here they bot
are looking fantastic as usual.
Please dont forget that next week we will be holding a "Rock
Chick" theme night so lets get as many of you here as we had
this week to make another successful evening.
Isabelle and Mya
Joanne and Millie
Leslie and Yvonne
Genevieve and Lynn
Haley and Kirsten
Didi, Sabrina, Milli, Marishka
Paula, Paula and Lisa
Wed 19th September 2012
Mary and Michael
Yvonne, Genevieve, Paul, Michael and Tony
Tony and Mary
evening we had Micheal, who is the manager of the Oldham branch
of the dress shop BonMarche come along with two rails of clothes
from the shop to sell to our members. He is shown above with the
two friends he brought with him to help out, Paul and Tony. They
also brought a good quantity of jewellery with them which proved
popular. Even though it is a lot of work for them, carrying all
that stock, they enjoyed their evening and are happy to return
on another date if the members would like it.
We enjoyed having them and I would like to thank them all for
This visit was arranged at short notice because they where able
to offer a %20 discount on all the clothes but only for this week,
so it was now or never if we wanted that advantage.
Joanne and Joanna
We also had Joanna, shown here on the right with Joanne (Coincidence).
She was showing her make up and perfume products here for the first
time and giving away samples of the make up for people to try out.
I am sure she will be willing to tell anyone who asks, about these
products in the future. You can recognise her from the picture so
just ask if you are interested.
Christine, shown here on the right cannot get here very often as
she comes from a distance. I think this was her second visit so
I hope she enjoyed her evening and she manages to come back again
Dee, Steph and Sally
are always pleased to see Dee and Alice come in with a new girl
out for the first time. They are here with Steph and I hope we get
to see more of her in the future.
On the right we have Mintra and Alice. Alice comes all the way from
north Wales so doesn't get here very often. She first came when
we met in the Rembrandt and I introduced her to Liz who ran a shopping
service at that time. They became good friends and used to come
together but now Liz has stopped providing the service. so this
time Alice came with Mintra who she met locally to her in North
Wales at a business Mintra runs.
Mintra and Alice
Genevieve and Yvonne
Nicky and Lynn
Helena and Milli
we have one of our most regular members Lisa and behind her you
can see Joanna's make up etc laid out for inspection. Lisa was
quite proud of her subtly patterned tights so here is a better
view on the right. Unfortunately she couldn't tell me where she
had bought them.
week we have a new lady Sue from Glitz and Glam in Liverpool coming
along for the first time with her Designer bags, jewellery. She
also has a semipermanent eyebrow product which she will demonstrate
Wed 12th September 2012
Victoria and Linda
week we again had the pleasure of Linda and Victoria's company with
their wigs and jewellery sale and advice. Here they are with their
stall set up. They seemed to be busy for most of the evening so
this is a service that is appreciated. They have agreed to return
on the 10th of October.
On the right we have Rachel and Lois who came along last week to
introduce themselves. Lois is a documentory film maker who is looking
for a T girl to possibly make the subject of her next film. She
is going to bring in an example of her previous work to show her
approach to this work.
Rachel and Lois
in the week I had an email from Anita, shown here on the left, who
hadn't visited Concord for about 12 years. She was planning to visit
Manchester for a few days this week and was thinking of calling
in at the club to renew her acquaintance with us and pick our brains
about where to go. She came along with her wife and they spent most
of the evening with us. It was great to see them again and I have
had a letter of thanks since, saying that they enjoyed the meeting
and spent a good time in the Richmond tea room on our recommendation
the following day.
I also had a very pleasant surprise when I saw Sam, shown here on
the right as I knew that she
had retired to Spain and doesn't return to the UK very often these
days. She is really enjoying her retirement out there and is welcomed
as Sam in various places around her locality, so she is getting
the best of everything. It was good to see you here Sam, do come
again when you are next here.
Soumis and Andrea
was also pleased to welcome Soumis and Andrea who were visitors
from "down south". They are both quite extrovert characters
who brighten up the place wherever they go. Thank you for dropping
in, you are welcome anytime.
It was lovely to see Haley again after her long summer break. She
had only flown in from Singapore a few hours before coming out this
evening so was probably a bit jet lagged. I had a problem with some
photos I took of her when she was last here and was gobsmacked when
she came over and presented me with a panasonic camera that she
no longer needed and she was happy to give it to me for use at the
club. Thank you very much Haley that is very kind of you.
Kirsten and Haley
Emily and Mary
Joanna and Mary
Yvonne and Genevieve
Karen and Emma
Lynn and Kira
Paula and Lisa
is it for now. Next week, the 19th of September we will Have Joanna
Dale here with some make up and perfume samples to show and sell,
PLUS people from the shop BonMarche will be bringing some of their
stock to show us. It will be on sale at a %20 discount so do come
and see what is on offer. Please see our coming events page for
Wed 5th September 2012
Dominique and Lisa
week we had several members come along who we haven't seen for some
time. For instance, Dominique shown here with Lisa and Rachel on
the right pictured with Michelle, who comes all the way from Kent
whenever she can. She tells me that her work pattern has been changed
and now she cant make it every three weeks like she used to. Even
so we are glad to see her when she can make it, so welcome back
Rachel. Dominique has other distractions that keep her away for
most wednesdays but it is good to see her when she can make it.
Sarah shown below on the left is an even rarer visitor from the
North east but it is good to see her especially when she manages
to look as stunning as this.
Michelle and Rachel
Caroline, Cate and Joan
were also visited today by Lois Perry and her friend Rachel. Lois
had written to me earlier saying that she was a documentary film
maker studying at university for her MA. She has already made films
about Transgender issues and would like to find someone who would
be willing to be the subject of her next project. She asked if she
could come along and meet the members at the club and I said she
was welcome to do that so here they were. They were two very sociable
ladies who happily spent most of the evening talking to a group
of members, including Caroline, Cate, Joan and Fiona pictured above
plus Yvonne who for some unknown reason I failed to photograph this
week. I also didn't think to ask Lois and Rachel if I could include
them in the pictures but as they are coming back next week we may
be able to rectify this, if they are willing. I have a copy of Lois's
letter which will be available at the club if anyone is interested
in getting more detail about what she has already done.
Joanne and Milli
Milli and Mary
Nicky and Pauline
chap with Milli is actually Joanne and Milli then went off and got
changed so here she is again.
Sabrina and Pippa
Andrea and Mary
Millie and Genevieve
in the evening we were joined by new girl Joanne Dale, shown here
on the left. She quickly went upstairs and got changed and came
down later looking good. At the end of the evening she came round
to Paddy's goose with a few of us and got a small taste of life
in the village. This may be a rare visit for her as she was hoping
to start a course on wednesdays which will prevent her from coming
for a few months but at least she now knows what the club is like.
week we will have Linda and Victoria here selling wigs and jewellery
so do come along and see what goodies are available.
Wed 29th August 2012
Yvonne, Dee, Danni and Chloe
is always a pleasure when Dee comes along and bring a new client
with her to see what the club is like. This time she brought Christine
and they stayed all evening getting to know people. Christine was
not yet ready to be photographed so doesn't appear here but I am
sure we will see more of her in the future.
On the right it was great to see Cate. Unfortunately, she is still
waiting to get her electric buggy to give her a bit more mobility.
She is finding life frustrating.
Cate, Joan and karen
Genevieve and Caroline
Caroline, who visits us regularly from London , has made friends
with Genevieve, so here they are together in the club. Caroline
often introduces new members to Concord having met them in other
places or on TVchix. So thank you Caroline you make a good honary
Steph and Fiona are very occasional welcome visitors to the club.
They both took part in the Pride parade this year as part of the
Transgender Citizens group but were disappointed at the low turnout.
I hope more of our members will support it next year.
Steph and Fiona
Lynn and Mary
Tina, here on the left, is off for the next few weeks on a holiday
trip to America so I hope she has an enjoyable time. Meanwhile Millie
will need some help looking after the door so if possible some assistance
is required please.
Next week is a normal club evening and then the following week,
the 12th of September we will have Linda and Victoria here again
selling wigs and jewellery etc.
Susanne and Amie
Wed 22nd August 2012
was good to see Millie back after her couple of weeks visiting various
gatherings round England. She goes everywhere as Millie and seems
to manage to make friends wherever she goes. Confidence is everything.
The girls shown on the right were the earliest arrivals at the club
this evening. It is great to see Yvonne, who is the newest of the
group, starting to blossom into a confident girl enjoying her new
freedom to be herself.
Our other Milli, shown below on the right, has now moved into her
new flat in Manchester and within the first week she has already
managed to find herself a local job, so she is all set up to enjoy
Yvonne, Mandy and Genevieve
Julia, Fiona, Amy and Kim
Paula and Kavina
Lisa and Mary
shown here, came along to the club a few weeks ago for the first
time but was not ready to be photographed. She came back again this
week looking much more confident and was happy to have her picture
taken. I hope we can now help her to make some friends and start
to enjoy a social life as Kaytie.
This last weekend was the Pride celebration in the village and a
few of our members took part in the parade as part of the Trangender
Citizens group. Unfortunately I dont have any pictures yet so cannot
include them here.
Lynn at our stand at Pride
also had a stand in the Expo in the village along with TransForum
and a view of the two stands can be seen here.
I dont have pictures of all the people who helped over the weekend
but I would like to take the opportunity to thank Lynn, shown here
on the left who helped every day plus Pauline, who produced all
the photographs we used and also removed the stand at the end, Liz
and Lee, Nicky and Phoebe with her wife and two children.
We were also helped by Paula Dee and partner Maria who are not even
members of Concord but offered their services anyway and enjoyed
the opportunity it gave them to help other Transgender people.
Lee and Jenny-Anne at TransForum's stand
job makes attending Concord impossible, but she was glad to help.
It was good to be partnered with Transforum as this gave us the
company of all the people who helped them plus a much more extensive
stand with the dividing wall between us removed .
I spent significant parts of Friday Saturday and Sunday at the stand
and greatly enjoyed the opportunity it gave me to talk to many different
people including one Tgirl and her partner from Romania who had
come over specially for the event as she had been unable to visit
at Sparkle time in July. She tells me that being transgendered is
much disapproved of in Romania and they would love to move here.
I am sure many of you will remember Giselle, shown here on the left,
who came along looking radiant. It was lovely to meet her again.
I remember the day she first came to Concord at the Hollywood, many
years ago, looking very nervous. What a difference now.
Wed 15th August 2012
was away this week on Holiday so Tina was left to look after the
door on her own again until her usual leaving time. This is much
appreciated as it is an essential part of running the club. Here
she is plus one of myself as I do like the red I am wearing.
Tina has been on the club's committee since the start in 2008 and
is always available to give people legal advice during the club
evenings if she can be of help to our members.
She is almost always at the club except when she goes of on her
railway travels to many different places around the world. This
gives her lots to talk about which is always interesting.
Mary and Tina
Karen and Yvonne
was lovely to see Karen again as she can only get here when she
has a break from her job in Aberdeen. She is shown here with Yvonne
who is becoming quite a regular after joining us a few weeks ago
It is a long way for Karen to come so it says a lot for Manchester
that she is happy to make the effort.
On the right, we have not seen Helena for a few weeks but she tells
me she is working almost nonstop so is getting very tired. You mustn't
let work get in the way of you fun Helena.
Kayleigh is also fairly new but is becoming a regular as well.
Helen and Kayleigh
Amie and Nicky
Jenny and Phoebe
Karen, Lynn and Wendy
Lias and Paula
was lovely to see Mel come in to the club looking so radiant. She
is now working a long way from Manchester so doesn't get the chance
to visit very often but it is great to see her looking so happy.
She is a great example showing how successful the change over can
be. We are glad everything has worked out for you Mel.
Finally, this coming weekend is PRIDE and all the members should
now have got my letter saying what our arrangements are. If you
have not received it then please let me know.
I still need a few more volunteers to help look after our stand
in the EXPO.
Mel and Genevieve
Wed 8th August 2012
Pauline, Genevieve and Karen
week we had a short committee meeting to discuss the Pride event
so here are some of us looking very colourful, while Frances looked
after the door in Millie's absence after Tina had gone home. We
weren't expecting Millie to be away this week as she had already
told us she will be away next week, so I hope she is OK.
We were going to put a lorry entry into the Pride parade again this
year but have decided against it due to the amount of work involved.
Instead the committe have now agreed that we will recommend that
any of our members that wish to take part
join in with the "Transgender Citizens" entry being organised
by Alex Greenwood. I will send an email to all our members giving
further details of where to meet etc.
This week we had two people join the club Louise and Denise. Louise
is an occasional visitor as she does not live near enough to come
often but has been a few times already. Denise is brand new to venturing
out but, like most of us has been dressing in private for many years.
This was her first outing, which she thoroughly enjoyed, but is
not yet ready to appear in this blog. I am sure we will see a lot
more of her in the future.
Nicky and Lauren
have many members who come as often as they can but most cant make
it every week. Even so there are always enough to give the venue
atmosphere which makes it an enjoyable evening and we always have
Lauren behind the bar to entertain anyone who is willing to talk.
It is great to continue to have members like Katie, shown on the
right with Susan, who comes up from Kent when ever she can manage
it and pops in to say hello each time.
Below, on the left, we have Alice with her friend Lisa. She last
came when we were in NyNy and it is lovely to see her again. She
had this well fitting dress made for her, it looks great.
Susan and Katie
Anna and Lisa
Donna and Joan
Milli and Genevieve
Genevieve, Mandy and Yvonne
Yvonne, shown above is the girl with the missing shoes I mentioned
last week. I am sure they were taken by mistake but she would appreciate
having them back please.
Michaela loves wearing unusual dresses so here is one that looks
best when it is given a twirl like so.
Wed 1st August 2012
Millie, Mary, Genevieve and Pauline
evening we had a Schoolgirl theme so here are a few examples of
how some of us managed to look. It was quite fun for me as I was
wearing a different wig from usual and almost everyone failed to
recognise me. It is amazing how just this simple change can make
you almost anonymous.
On the right we have naughty schoogirl Lisa with her French mistress,
Madame Paula. The mistresses were never like this in my day.
Lisa and Madame Paula
Millie, Pauline and Michaela
Genevieve and Mary
Susie and Pippa
is the end of the Schoolgirls I'm afraid, pity there weren't a few
more, but it is fun to vary things occasionally.
On the right we have Milli, who has, I believe, just moved into
her new flat in Manchester. Next to John, who is still working too
hard and just called in to the club after finishing work at 8 this
Next to John we have Elaine who has only visited the club rarely
in recent months so we were glad to see her back with us for the
Milli, John and Elaine
On the left we have Peta, who only surfaced after a long gap, last
week, so it was great to see her back again so quickly, Welcome
Peta I hope this will now become a regular visit.
On the right we have Lynn who is a relative newcomer but now comes
along quite regularly and is enjoying the experience of trying different
outfits each time she comes. This is one of the fun parts of being
a member of this club as it gives you the opportunity to learn what
suits you and what doesn't. I think this suits you Lynn, you look
good in it.
Cate and Tina
made this a Schoolgirl theme night this evening as we were planning
to have a float in the Pride parade this year dressed up as a St.
Trinian's Scool Laboratory, but circumstances have overtaken us
and we have decided not to put a float entry in this year after
There is still time for a group of members to get together and agree
to take part in a walking entry but if this is to happen you will
need to agree to take part as soon as possible. To this end I suggest
that anyone wishing to take part cames along to the club this coming
wednesday or emails me now to say they are going to take part.
The group that meets this wednesday will have to agree on any theme
that they wish to use so that it will look like a cohesive group
and not just random. We would need at least 10 people to make it
Finally, Last week someone went off with the wrong pair of shoes
as poor Yvonne was left with someone else's shoes that she had to
wear to go home. Luckily they fitted but she would like her own
ones back please. They were black size 8 shoes.
In future can I suggest that people who use the changing room put
their items back into their own bags after they get changed so that
this kind of accidental swapping is less likely to occur.
Wed 25th July 2012
Tina, Millie, Mary and Genevieve
you can see we had a PURPLE theme evening
tonight, which worked really well, it is obviously a popular colour.
The evening started off rather quietly so just in case no one else
came we took the two pictures shown here on the left and right.
Luckily is was not too long before many other people came along,
so just before it got dark we went outside into Canal street and
took the two pictures shown at the top and hopefully we did get
everyone who came in purple.
Genevieve and Mandy
We did also have Linda and Victoria with us selling their very good
value jewellery and wigs. I was very pleased to encourage Linda
on the left to get a new, more manageable wig and here she is looking
very good in it.
It was also great to see Debbie here with us again having come to
Manchester for a few days to meet up with old friends and sample
the city life for a bit. I have known Debbie for many years and
bumped into her at various different do's around the country. This
is one of the pleasures of the trans community that I really enjoy.
Amie and Hannah
two stunning looking girls on the left, Amie and Hannah are very
new to the club, but have made a real effort to join in this evening.
Hannah told me that she had decided she wanted a dress like this
so she emailed various shops that advertised them and asked if it
would be OK if she came in and tried some on. Some were very negative
but others were very helpful and she really enjoyed the way she
was looked after in the shop she finally chose. Not surprisingly
she is delighted with this dress and has worn it a few times now
to special evenings. I cant remember the name of the shop where
she got it but I am sure she will remind us if anyone is interested.
Jackie and Lisa
shown above on the right has recently finished work and is taking
a few months rest before she looks for another job. As a leaving
present some of the girls at work gave her a couple of wigs as
they knew she would appreciate them. She is shown here wearing
one of them, which really suits her.
week we are having a School girls theme evening so I look forward
to seeing who comes along.
Wed 18th July 2012
Genevieve and Damsel
from Genevieve, it was my privilege to be the Concord hostess on
this rare occasion of Mary's absence.
The evening started slowly but picked up & we got a reasonable
gate with two new visitors.
The stylish new girl Damsel is seen here with Genevieve, & all
the way from Glasgow on a coach trip is Tina.
the left is Paula at the bar having a laugh with Lauren &
the right is the very stylish Camilla, seen here with jet lagged
Cindy & her boyfriend.
very handsome man is Milli seen here with Genevieve & with Mandy,
(Milli has got her flat now).
Yvonne and Mandy
Joan and company
Wed 11th July 2012
Mary and Mandy
is my rather belated blog for this week. With Sparkle and a few
days holiday immediately afterwards I was not able to do it before
now. This will also mean that I wont have too much to say as my
memory quickly fades if I leave it too long.
It is good to include Mandy here as she is one of our most regular
members, as is Genevieve who has agreed to do the club admin next
week and even do a blog for you, so I hope you will all support
I had spent an afternoon a few days before, rerouting the cables
for the computer display through the ceiling, with some very useful
help from Didi who happened to be downstairs in the bar when I needed
Genevieve and Mandy
Yvonne and Tina
we seem to have managed to break something as we are now a colour
short on the screen, so now we have to find out what is wrong.
Until we do we may not have the screen working.
It was good to see Yvonne come back again this week with more confidence,
so here she is with Tina making her look quite small.
On the right we have Ami here for her second week and already seeming
quite at home with us. I hope she manages to find a way to keep
Paula and Lisa
Kristina and Joan
starts on the thursday evening after this meeting, with a Quiz
in Icon bar run by the F to M lads. This will be their first active
event as part of Sparkle so I hope it is a great success.
I will not be here next week as I am taking my friends from Brazil
on a short tour round various places in the middle of England
that are more easily seen by car. I hope we get some good weather.
Wed 4th July 2012
started off as a normal quiet club evening, but finished up being
really busy with 6 new people coming, which is a record for one
meeting. They wont all appear here in pictures because some are
not yet ready for that, but here is Georgia who came in with Sophie
to introduce her to the club. Welcome Georgia.
On the left is Hannah who joined this evening. Then we had Laura,
Yvonne and Ami who all stayed most of the evening. Laura was well
looked after by Vanessa who gave her a lot of confidence to just
enjoy the lifestyle that we all follow. Laura wrote a letter of
thanks the following day in appreciation so thank you Laura we are
all glad to be of help.
Sophie and Georgia
on the left joined us a few weeks ago but has not been since, so
it was good to get a chance to talk to her. I was very pleased to
hear that she has recently got a job as Phoebe with the Greater
Manchester Police and is really pleased with the way she is being
accepted by all her work colleagues.
Our new girl Ami was quickly looked after by Pauline in the changing
room and I noticed later on she and Phoebe and a few other were
all in animated conversation at a table near the bar. They later
all went as a group to take Ami on her first outing into the village.
I am sure we will have a photo before too long.
Julia and Louise came in for the first time later in the evening
and I hope we see them both again soon.
Julia and Louise
On the left we have millie looking very Chic and wearing her own
hair. She told me after I took the picture, that she had been along
to see Sheila at NSHR, who came here two weeks ago, demonstrating
their hair techniques. She has made Millie a front hairpiece which
looks completely natural and Millie is very pleased with it, so
well done Sheila this is a good advert for your business.
I will not be at the club next wednesday, just after Sparkle, so
Genevieve, shown here on the right, will be looking after the club
that evening. With Millie and Tina's help on the door as well of
Lisa and Mya
Lisa and Paula
Chloe and Tim
had a lovely comment about the club from Mya, shown above with
Lisa. She pointed out that this is the one venue where she feels
comfortable coming by herself without anyone to accompany her
when she happens to be alone.
day before, ie Tuesday evening, Kristina and I had been given
free tickets by Iain at Taurus to see the Ladyboys show here in
Manchester. We both really enjoyed it, so Thank you Iain for your
generosity, it was a good night out.
Kristina and Mary
Wed 27th June 2012
Millie and Joan
week we had nothing special laid on for the first time for several
weeks but this doesn't stop Cate and Joan from making the effort
to get here. Cate really needs an electric wheelchair now but she
is having to wait till she is able to get a flat with wide internal
doors before they will give her one. She is finding this very frustrating
as it severely restricts her ability to get about. I hope this situation
is resolved soon.
Meanwhile Millie is getting more and more adventurous with her skirt
lengths as you can see in the picture below, left.
Sheila and Kelly
was great to see Sheila and Kelly come in again this week as they
are still fairly new to the club. They were on holiday in North
Wales so came over for the evening from their caravan. As they dont
yet know many people I introduced them to Nicky early in the evening
and was pleased to find then still chatting away together at the
end. I caught up with them later, still together in Paddy's Goose
so they must have had plenty to talk about.
It turns out that Kelly is a singer and is willing to get involved
in an entertainment evening at some point. Perhaps in september.
a lot chat with Lexi, shown here on the left, and a few days later
she was the only person who emailed me to say that the website was
down. So thanks Lexi, I eventually managed to fix it with the help
of Vanessa who was on holiday on Jura at the time.
It was good to see Marishka here again, this time with her partner
which is very encouraging for her. I hope she enjoyed her visit.
I only photograph partners if they volunteer so here is Marishka
along with our two most beautiful members, Isabelle and Mya to keep
Isabelle, Marishka and Mya
Wed 20th June 2012
Sheila and Maureen
week we had the ladies from the NSHR hair replacement service with
us again. Sheila and Holly came last time but this time sheila was
accompanied by Maureen as apparently Holly has one arm in plaster.
I hope she gets better soon, but meanwhile we had the pleasure of
Maureen's company and expertise. I think she enjoyed her evening.
The photo on the right shows them with Jayne who we haven't seen
for very many weeks so it was good to see her and catch up with
her life. She is enjoying her new job looking after people in the
community and seems very happy.
Sheila, Maureen and Jayne
Linda with her new handbag
on the left, who comes along every two weeks now, was very happy
to show off her new handbag, so here it is. It looks a really useful
We had two people join the club this evening. The first one was
Suzanne, shown here on the right, so welcome Suzanne, I hope you
manage to get here often and make many new friends.
The second was Kay who came in later in the evening and I haven't
taken a photo yet as she was not yet ready for that. Kay is hard
of hearing so I hope many of you will make the effort to talk to
her as she a very sociable person with a positive outlook on life
and wants to make some friends.
Adrienne and Caroline
Caroline, had emailed Genevieve earlier saying that she was bringing
a new girl along this evening, so we were pleased to see them when
they came into Villaggio's early in the evening for a meal. So welcome
Adrienne, shown here on the left with Caroline. I know you are both
from the south but I hope you can get here again soon.
Another visitor we had was the lady on the right who I met last
year at Harrogate which gives me even less excuse for forgetting
her name but that is no reason to omit her picture. I am sure someone
will put me right. She has now written and told me her name.
Mandy and Mary
Millie and Paula
short skirt competition looked as though it was being won by Paula
standing right next to Millie, but you never know, if we all stood
together it may not be so clearcut.
Kirsty and Lynn
Milli and Frances
Didi and Tanya
Beckie, Stuart and Karen
it was great to see Beckie and Stuart come in to the club with
Karen. All three of them have been working hard to make this years
Sparkle the best ever so we owe them a great vote of thanks. Beckie
is from London so can only get here occasionally but this doesn't
stop her from really getting involved.
Stuart is the very tranny friendly owner of Icon Bar and has been
helping Karen spread the word about sparkle to all the businesses
in the village with great success, so well done to all three of
week is a normal club evening so I hope to see you there, Mary.
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