Vivienne, shown here on the left with her friend Casz, used to be
one of our most regular members when we met in the old Hollywood
bar. She has not been able to get here very much since then, but
I am glad to say her friend Casz seems to have encouraged her to
come out earlier, so she can get here. It is good to see you here
Alana shown in the picture as well, has also not been at all since
then, so I am delighted to welcome her back and she has now joined
Manchester Concord as a new member
This evening we also had some visitors from Manchester University
who had asked if they could come along and interview several of
our members about any experience they have of "Hate Crime".
They had approached us through Lisa, our police liason officer so
we were very happy to let them join us here.
They spent over two hours talking to many of our members and seemed
to be very happy with the responses they got.
They were four very polite and charming students who we enjoyed
having with us.
Pauline, Phoebe and Lynn
were also joined this evening,for the first time, by Nicky, shown
here on the left. She has finally decided that it is time she got
out and met other people like herself. So, having been reading our
website for several months she just turned up here at the club without
emailing us first, found the changing room upstairs, introduced
herself to the people there and got changed. Just a little bit of
confidence is all it takes and she did herself proud. She has now
joined as well so welcome Nicky we look forward to seeing a lot
more of you in the future.
Paula, just before going off on
a jaunt in the village.
Pauline and Danielle
coming wednesday, the 20th we were going to have a racing evening
organised by Karen but unfortunately she has a business committment
the following day which means she will be unable to do it, so
it will be a normal evening.
following week eight of our members are going to "The Rocky
Horror Show" but will call in before and after the event
to hopefully add a bit of colour to the evening.
week after we will hold our Annual General Meeting to report on
the past year and elect our committee for this year. We will also
lay on a small buffet to try to encourage some more of you to
come along plus Linda and Victoria will be here selling their
wigs and jewellery.
AGM is the chance to air any ideas you may have for future meeting,
that might encourage more people to come along, so please give
it some thought and let us know on the night.
Wednesday 6th March 2013
here I am again after a three week break in sunnier climes. I expected
to be rejuvenated and I was, but I very quickly succumbed to a cold
and have been feeling wretched for the last week which is why this
blog is so late appearing. I would like to thank Genevieve for standing
in for me and producing her excellent blogs over the last three
weeks. They can still be seen at the links shown below.
This week we had the pleasure of a musical performance from Vida
which was very enjoyable and certainly made for a different kind
of evening. I am glad I returned in time for it.
my holiday the camera I have been using at the club got damp and
no longer works, so I reverted to my old one this week. I thought
I had found what was wrong with it but it appears not, as most of
these pictures do appear to be slightly out of focus. I am sorry
about this and will use a different camera in future.
Millie was away on holiday this week and I am sorry to say that
Tina has torn a ligament in her leg and is in a plaster cast, so
she will not be able to drive for about three weeks. We wish you
well Tina and hope to see you back with us some time in April.
Sam, Vanessa and Frances
Meanwhile Frances, shown here on the left, stepped in to look
after the door for most of the evening after it was started off
week was the final week for nominations for this years committee
and Frances tells me that we do now have enough names to fill
the required places.
Genevieve, Yvonne and Lynn
Anita and Mia
Cindy and Mary
I would like to thank Genevieve again for standing in for me so
well. This included answering email queries from new people and
encouraging them to come along for the first time. Thanks Genevieve,
I hope you enjoyed it as well. Mary
Wednesday 27th February 2013
blog this week was written by Genevieve and can be seen at this
Wednesday 20th February 2013
blog this week was written by Genevieve and can be seen at this
Wednesday 13th February 2013
blog this week was written by Genevieve and can be seen at this
Wednesday 6th February 2013
Pauline and Sylvia
is always good to start with a bright note so here is Pauline on
the left with her wonderfully colourful hair along with Sylvia.
Pauline is already on our committee and Sylvia has just offered
her services to be a new member this year. So thanks Sylvia. I wonder
if there are any others out there who would be willing. Nominations
have to be in by the 6th of March so there is still time to put
your name down.
On the right we have Rosie and Jennifer who always come together
to the club. It is great when partners are so fully supportive of
each other as Rosie is to Jennifer. Rosie enjoys the socialising
that you get here just as much as Jennifer and we enjoy having her
Rosie and Jennifer
newcomer who joined us this evening was Jena. She had emailed
me a few times beforehand to get her bearings and confidence before
deciding to come along. She turned up soon after 5 pm to join
me in the changing room to get ready, before coming down to the
restaurant for a meal. This was her very first time out anywhere
so she was a bit nervous, but she very soon relaxed and started
to enjoy herself. After the meal we went upstairs to the club
where I introduced her to the people who were there. It is always
quiet at the start of the evening so it is easier to be able to
sit and talk and get to know people without feeling overcrowded.
I have not included a picture as she did not want me to at present,
but she obviously enjoyed her evening as I received the following
letter the next day.
thank you for a wonderful evening i was really nervous about
it almost having second thoughts in the car on the way over but
i am so glad i saw it through, if you talk to any of the girls
that i was mainly speaking to could you please pass on my thanks
to them for making me feels so comfortable.
i will deffo be coming down again soon (well after pay day) it
was rather refreshing to know that i am not alone in what i do.
once again thanks so much for everything
wrote to thank her and asked her permission to reproduce the letter
on this blog and here is her reply.
That is absolutely fine please do feel free to include it
in your blog. And yes if you would use Jena that will be fantastic.
You all really gave me confidence within myself and that there
was nothing wrong with me, to the point that I kept fully dressed
on leaving although covered with trousers and coat and de wigged
but when I got to the car I removed those and put the wig back
on in the street driving home fully as Jena and walking to the
I will deffo be coming again and hopefully on a more regular basis
Many thanks once again
hope this will encourage others who are thinking about it to make
the decision to come out of their shell and meet others like themselves.
Genevieve and Milli
Paula and Lisa
Milli and Mary
Genevieve and Yvonne
Louise and Genevieve
Springay, The Makeover Girl, was due to be here this evening but
was unwell so we would like to wish her well and hope to see her
here again very soon.
Louise shown in the picture on the left with Genevieve is a rare
visitor to the club as she can only get here very occasionally
from down south, but she has been coming for some years now and
it is always good to see her again.
am going to be away for the next three weeks so in the meantime
Genevieve will be the hostess doing her best to make everyone
feel welcome and writing this blog. Her blog will not appear here,
but she will put a link into the forum to take you to where it
is. So do have a look for it there.
week we will have Kelly entertaining us again from around 9 pm
so do make the effort to get to the club as she is superb.
Wednesday 30th January 2013
Joan and new Joan
me the evening started while sitting having my meal in the restaurant
downstairs. Pauline from Transtastic came in with a potential new
member Joan, who was over here in Manchester for the first time.
She is shown here on the left along with our regular member Joan
who had also brought Cate along as usual. For some unknown reason
I have failed to picture either Pauline of Cate so I appologise
for that ommission.
The new Joan very much enjoyed her evening and became a member to
support the club before she left. So thank you Joan it is appreciated.
On the right we have Paula, showing off the tattoo on her leg which
is why I took this sideways view.
Lauren and Paula
Milli and Danniella
Soon after Pauline and Joan came in, they were followed by another
newcomer, Luke, who had written to me a few weeks ago saying that
he would like to come along for a chat. Luke is Female to Male so
he was interested in finding out as much as he could about any help
that could be available for him. I gave him a number of contacts
that are relevant for him to follow up but I also tried to encourage
him to keep coming to us as well and hopefully bring some other
similar friends with him as they are all very welcome here. I have
not included a photo as that seems inappropriate at this stage.
We haven't seen Danniella for a few weeks so it was good to see
her back looking very happy. Here she is with Milli. Danniella lost
her job a few weeks ago and so far she has been unable to find a
new one, so if anyone has any ideas I am sure she would welcome
Lisa and Mary
Sylvia and Millie
shown above left, has recently bought a small house in Stockport
so is now able to get here more often without all the travelling
that her visits used to involve.
Gillian, shown above right, has been visiting the club very rarely
over many years, but it is good to see her when she manages to
make it. She first came when we used to meet in the Rembrandt
before we left there in 1996. We had to leave then, because they
needed to shut for three months, while they built the large bay
window overlooking the park.
week we will have Gill Springay with us, The Makeover Girl, giving
advice and helping anyone who would like a makeover during the
Wednesday 23rd January 2013
was not able to attend the club this evening so Genevieve stood
in for me at short notice. She has also produced these photos
and the rest of this weeks Blog for which I am very grateful.
from Genevieve, I am pleased to say that the evening was a success.
Being host at fairly short notice was not a problem, but suddenly
I had a date as well.
So I was nervous about my date, & admit to the distraction.
Tony and Genevieve
Frances, Lisa, Vanessa, Tina, Millie
Millie was really keen to get going & helped by bringing most
of the stuff into the function room.
On a freezing night the evening started slowly. A certain well known
police lady (Lisa)visited & had a good chat with Tina &
Millie. The police are doing a "hate crime week" at the
I was not the only girl with a bf because I noted Paula & Milli
had brought guests. As usual I did not take everyone's picture but
some girls are just in too much of a hurry.
Richard and Paula
Emma and Karen
Jennifer, Alison, Rosie, Yvonne and Lynn
We had quite a reasonable turn out & some girls wore very
won the raffle & has decided to have a voucher instead of
must note that some members were taking too long in the changing
room, even though they had started getting changed in good time.
We need to be out by 11pm please. Genevieve
Danielle and Pauline
Wednesday 16th January 2013
evening we had a SILVER theme but it became apparent that this
is not a very popular colour and very few people were able to
do it justice. I think Tina, on the left here, takes the prize
as she managed to have everything in her outfit silver.
The two girls on the right did very well. Kira, pronounced Kyra,
is our newest member having only joined two weeks ago.
The weather was pretty miserable, cold and icy, so it is not surprising
that fancy outfits were the last thing on most people's minds.
Most people managed to have a bit of Silver on their outfits as
you can see from the following pictures.
Yvonne and Kira
Mary and Sylvia
Milli and Sylvia
Pippa and Lisa
Paula in Silver coat
Nikita and Pippa
took the picture of Paula above and then she remembered that she
had come wearing a Silver coat so here she is again all silvered
Nikita, shown on the right with Pippa last came to the club when
we met in The Hollywood Showbar which is over 5 years ago so it
was good to see her again. She is involved with the LGBT group
that meets in Salford and is trying to get them to take more of
an interest in the "T" part of the name. If there is
any support we can give her then we should do it.
Next week we are scheduled to have Martin Cooper to entertain
us on his keyboard. This is something new for us so should be
apparently Victoria was not well last week with a bad back pain,
so I hope she is a lot better now. Mary
Wednesday 9th January 2013
Linda and Cate
was with us again this week, without Victoria this time as she was
otherwise engaged. They have arranged to come to the club every
5 to 6 weeks in the future so her products are obviously popular
enough to make it worthwhile for them and we enjoy having them here.
As you can see Cate was with us again this week, thanks to her good
friend Joan who fetches her and takes her home each time she comes.
Cate has been in hospital for the last few weeks but is now back
in her old flat again. She has been offered a new electric wheelchair
but it wont fit in her flat, so she
Joan, Cate, Lynn and Genevieve
now also been offered a different flat. But this new flat is more
remote from the town and a long way for her mother, who lives nearby
at present, to travel. This puts her in an almost impossible position
as her mother is one of her major carers but she really does need
the new chair. It would be so much better if her existing flat could
be modified to take the chair.
Milli and Mandy
It was good to see Mandy with us this week, shown here with Milli.
Mandy used to come every week but recently her shift pattern at
work was changed and this has meant the wednesdays are difficult
to get free. Hopefully, if her shift patteren changes she may
be able to come again more often.
Milli was pleased with the tights she had on which are ORBULU
tights. As you can see on the right they have portraits printed
on them and I believe there are quite a variety to choose from.
Milli and Linda
is Milli looking relaxed with Linda, who has to leave us by 21:30
each time she comes to be picked up by taxi to get her home safe.
This week she won the raffle so has a prize waiting for her next
On the right we have Millie and Tina doing their regular duty looking
after the door with Genevieve there for a chat wearing her new long
Genevieve, Tina and Millie
Kate, Vanessa and Frances
Cindy amd Joanna
is always nice to welcome new people to the club, so here is Erica
who joined us this evening looking very confident. Welcome Erica,
I hope you find what you want from us here.
Next week we are having a SILVER theme evening so I am hoping for
a sparkling time.
Wednesday 2nd January 2013
Welcome to the new year 2013. I hope it is successful for you
I got into the changing room this evening the first thing I saw
was this necklace that has been hanging on the coat hooks for
sometime now. It comes complete with the two earrings you can
see as well. If anyone thinks it belongs to them could they please
let me know.
The colourful picture on the right is our welcome back to the
club after our weeks gap at Christmas.
Lisa, Paula, Mary and Paula
Jennifer, Rosie, Kira and Yvonne.
always thought this would be a quiet week so soon after the new
year celebrations but we still managed to get 25 people through
It was especially nice to welcome our newest member Kira on our
first week in the new year. We were able to have a long chat and
I was very pleased to hear that she is well supported by her family.
She has already introduded herself on the forum which is great.
Rachel, Didi and Lynn
Lynn and Joanna
On the right we have Pauline, our extrovert committee member who
has a collection of different coloured wigs and has now even gone
for a multicoloured one. Good on you Pauline, they look great.
Next week we will have Linda and Victoria back with their wigs and
jewellery and the following week we have a Silver theme night so
I hope you have started to give that some thought.
Wednesday 19th December 2012
Lynn and Dee
expected after the buffet last week, we had a much quieter time
this evening, but no matter, we still had two newcomers join us
and it is good if we can spend more time with them.
On the left we have Dee, shown here with Lynn and on the right we
have Karen who was venturing out in public for the very first time.
Dee was staying in the Brittania so was also able to stay after
the meeting and accompany us to Paddy's Goose for more chat. She
was then taken in hand by Milli, shown below left, who escorted
her to Napoleons where she had a good dance before returning to
the Brittania around 2 am. She has already sent me a charming thank
you letter which is always greatly appreciated
Karen also enjoyed her evening. She has already joined the club
and with Joans help registered on our forum as a member and added
her thank you note to it. Thanks Karen, what a great way to start
you membership of the club.
I am always pleased to see Louise, shown here on the right, who
is a rare visitor to the club, mainly because her chief enjoyment
is going out in public and blending in with the population. Whenever
I see her she always manages to look very elegant and exceedingly
passable. Good luck to you Louise, keep on as you are.
just managed to catch Paula before she left to go for another meal
that she can subsequently report on. She was well pleased with the
new shoes she had bought which beautifully matched the dress she
was wearing so here they are enlarged on the right. Mind you, it
shows off her legs very well, as well so I'm sure she wont complain.
She tells me that she has about three reports written ready to go
on the forum so keep an eye out for these.
If you haven't seen these reports then go to the main index of the
forum and look at the entries under the heading Bars & Restaurants
outside the village. They are a good read and show that she is accepted
wherever she goes. More of us should follow her example.
Paula's new shoes
Kirsten and Joanna
Alison, Genevieve and Milli
Sophie and Didi
Genevieve and Yvonne
Cindy and Mary
decided to give Millie a different background to the pictures
I usually take so here she is in her christmas finery with the
twinkling lights outside in Canal street behind her. I think it
makes a better picture. Millie is is one of our most loyal attenders
and she looks after the door with unfailing politeness almost
every week. Thanks Millie.
That's it for another year. There will be no meeting next week
on the 26th of December so we will reopen again on the 2nd of
I wish you all a very happy christmas and a good new year. Mary
Wednesday 12th December 2012
Pauline, Frances, Pauline, Liz and Millie
we had our Christmas Buffet party with the food being provided by
Lauren and her wonderful staff at Villaggio's.
The door was looked after as usual by Mother Christmas Millie and
a few of her friends.
The food we had is shown below, before it was attacked by a hoard
of hungry people. The piece de resistance was the wonderful Christmas
cake shown below, baked by Sheila shown below with her partner Kelly
who sang for us a few weeks ago.
Thank you very much Sheila it was greatly appreciated.
Sheila and Kelly
was a very enjoyable evening with over 90 people attending and I
was pleased to see that the room was able to hold that many without
being too crowded. This was the first time we had had that many
people so we were wondering how we would manage, but it all worked
It was lovely to see Gwen, shown here on the right with Chloe. She
has been on the scene for many years but does not get out as much
as she would wish these days. Gwen, Chloe and another girl called
Fiona spent a week on the Norfolk Broads during the summer this
year so they are quite adventurous, visiting the local pubs etc
as they toured around.
Gwen and Chloe
was so busy that it is difficult to pick out anyone else, so I will
just include as many photos as I managed to take. There will be
many who I failed to photograph so I can only apologise to anyone
else that wanted to be included.
Genevieve and Mandy
Kristina, Genevieve, Mandy, Louise, Michelle and Kate
Emily and Lisa
Cate, Anna and Rosemary
Jennifer, Rosie and Suzanne
Frances and Michaela
Millie and Lynn
Joanne and Joanna
Vanessa and Sam
Mary and Lynn
Lisa, Anna, Paula, Kristina and Cate
Kristina and Andrea
Fiona and Lynn in background
OK, that is nearly the end of a very successful year for us. There
will be a meeting on the 19th and then no meeting on the 26th.
So we will start again on the 2nd of January.
Renewal memberships for 2013 can be paid anytime from now as we
have next years cards already.
Yvonne and Genevieve
Wednesday 5th December 2012
This week we had Linda and Victoria with us again with their excellent
range of Jewellery and wigs. It is good to see the response they
get with quite a few people spending time with them being helped
to choose the wig that suits them best. I am sorry that I never
got round to taking a picture with them both in it so here is Victoria
holding the fort while Linda was busy looking after various people.
It is good to see Helena back in circulation again. She has been
working so hard lately that she simply hasn't been able to get out
much, but now she thinks she has got over the worst.
Victoria and sale table.
Helena and Mya
Mya shown with Helena is progressing really well with her transgender
journey. She had a nose job only 10 days ago and whoever did it
has really done her proud. Even close up it looks completely normal
and has made her look much more feminine. She is very pleased with
the result with good reason.
Tina, on the right, never fails to look good and here she is again
with those fantastic legs on show for all to see. Some people have
it all and she makes the most of it. Keep it up Tina, we like to
see you enjoying life.
Lynn and Alison
Kristina, Mary and Paula
Jennifer, Rosie and Yvonne
Vanessa, Frances, Tina and Millie
Mary, Cindy and Katie
was back with us again having just returned from another business
trip to foreign parts. It had meant that she couldn't come to our
Christmas meal last week which she was sorry about, but business
And on her left is Katie who we are always glad to see when she
manages to visit us from Kent.
On Sunday we had a committee meeting here in Villaggio's having
decided that we should sometimes meet more socially than just in
my house. We needed the meeting to organise the program for the
next three months and we
Your committe enjoying a Sunday lunch together
have more events planned that will appear very soon on the website.
These two photos were taken by Lauren and we thought when she took
the first one at this unusual angle, it would look rather odd, so
we asked her to take the second one. I have shown them both as I
think that perhaps we were wrong and actually it looks rather good.
What do you think?
This coming wednesday we are holding our Christmas Buffet so I hope
we manage to get the usual large turnout as it makes for a very
Wednesday 28th November 2012
is very easy to take people for granted, so every now and again
we should give credit where it is due.
Millie, on the left, looks after the door for the club from 7pm
to 10:30 when we draw the raffle.
Tina on the right helps her every week she is here until she has
to leave us to get home around 9pm.
I would like to publically thank them both for their loyalty to
the club and the effort they both put in to keep things working
Tina and her new shoes
Casz and Vivienne
When we were meeting in the Hollywood, we used to have a member,
Vivienne, who came every week almost without fail, always sat at
the end of the bar and chatted to anyone who came and sat next to
her. For reasons of her own she stopped coming when we moved to
the Rembrandt and I used to meet her occasionally in Napoleons.
Imagine my surprise when she came in this evening with her friend
Casz who I have also known for many years. It was great to see them
and I hope this is the start of a renewed attendance at the club.
( I think I may have got Casz's name wrong but I am sure she will
Casz and Mary
Jouiselle and Alison
new visitor to the club this evening was Jouiselle, shown here on
the left wih Alison. Jouiselle was from Down South, here on a business
trip for one evening only but making the most of it. She tells me
that she invented her name which is why it is so unusual.
Alison is a fairly new member of the club and is the girl who went
and bought all Alex's clothes, wigs etc when she advertised them
on our forum recently. Alex then came along and donated a significant
sum to the club as a thank you present to us, which was a very nice
gesture. Thank you Alex.
Julia, on the right only manages to get here very occasionally so
it was good to see her looking so good. She has been working in
Africa recently and really enjoying the experience.
Helen and Suzanne
Rosie, Jennifer and Yvonne
Yvonne and Lisa
Milli and Frances
also had two other newcomers join us this evening, Rose and Fungi.
It is too early for photos but Rose really enjoyed her evening
and even booked to come along to our Christmas meal in Villaggio's
on Saturday so she made the most of her first venture out.
Fungi is from Zimbabwe and had come to England many years ago
to get away from "Antigay" prejudice in that country
where he was made to feel unwelcome, even by his family. Fungi
has only recently come to Manchester and had been given our meeting
particulars by a telephone helpline as a place to come to find
like minded friends. Fungi is on the F to M path and needs all
the support he can get. Frances and I spent some time talking
with him and hopefully gave him further contacts that will be
There are many FTM people in Manchester who would be very welcome
to use this meeting place each week if they would like a regular
place to come. I hope we see Fungi back here again soon.
week we have Linda and Victoria coming with their Jewellery and
wigs and then the following wednesday we will have our Christmas
Buffet here in the club. I hope to see many of you here.
Saturday we had our Christmas meal out, downstairs here in Villaggios,
which was very enjoyable with 26 people attending. I have included
a few pictures below as a souvenir of the evening.
Wednesday 21st November 2012
you can see, we had a GOLD theme night this evening and a good number
of people took part. I hadn't realised until I saw these pictures
that both the floor and the ceiling are also managing to look gold
as well. The meeting room doesn't lend itself to taking large group
photos so we took these two pictures instead with different people
at the front each time. It is fun to try these different themes
as each person can try have a go at finding some part of their outfit
to fit in. There are more individual pictures further down showing
individual people, some of whom were not in the room when we took
everyone can manage a full gold outfit but even a little bit like
the trim on Frances's indian outfit shown here is enough to show
willing and Lynn above is weraing gold shoes so she fits in as well.
Below are those who were not available for the photo.
Sheila and Kelly
Michaela and Joanna
Pamela and Diane
week we welcomed newcomers Anna, who is a local girl and Diane who
came from down south.
Jane on the right above has been before but has now joined the club
as a member.
It was a lovely surprise to see Hazel, on the left here, as she
has not been for a year or two now since she started going to dancing
classes on wednesday evenings. She goes as Hazel and is really enjoying
It was also great to see Julie, shown here on the right, after doing
up Joanna's hair. Julie had brought along another newcomer called
Jan to help her get started, but no photo this time.
Julie and Joanna
Yvonne, Genevieve and Danyella
Paula and Mary
Genevieve and Millie
Kerry and Fay
am always glad to see Kerry and Fay come in as I have known them
for a very long time but Fay still likes the dark nights before
she can get out early enough to come to Concord. Sorry the photo
is a bit out of focus, there was too much light behind them.
Next week we have a normal club week but on Saturday we have our
Christmas meal here at Villaggio's. There is still room for more
people but you would need to let me know by wednesday evening
if you want to come.
I attended the very moving ceremony in Sackville Park on Sunday
evening where over 600 names of TRANS PEOPLE who have been KILLED
around the world for being trans, were read out. It really brought
home to me how lucky we are in this country for the level of tolerance
there now is for us, BUT there is still a very long way to go.
Why should "Tolerance" be necessary, we are all human
beings, each entitled to live our lives as we wish, without harming
Wednesday 14th November 2012
Lorna and Clare
two Ladies on the left are on holiday for a week and they are spending
it visiting various places round the country. Their first port of
call was Manchester so they decided to spend some of their evening
with us as they have never been to the club before. I knew I had
met Clare somewhere before but wasn't sure where. Clare tells me
it was when we both spent a weekend at the MidSummer house party
in Oxfordshire about 4 years ago. Time does fly by. They are also
going to visit the group in Blackpool next week but may be back
here next wednesday before they return home to the Lincoln area
on the thursday.
Tina, on the right, tells me that she had bought this dress thinking
it would do for our Gold theme evening next week, but then decided
it really isn't gold so has had to find something else for next
Milli, Helena, Danni, Frances and Millie
Yvonne and Lynn
Tim, Genevieve and Cindy
Paula, Lisa and Paula
and Cindy. shown above, are hoping to come to our Christmas meal,
here at Villaggio's on Saturday the 1st of December, but may not
be able to, if Cindy has to fly off again at short notice for her
work. Let's hope that this doesn't happen. There is still time to
book for this meal but time is running out so please can anyone
else wishing to come get their booking in asap.
Next wednesday we are having a GOLD DRESS theme night and quite
a few people have already said they are making an effort to come
so lets hope we have a very glittery evening then.
Wednesday 7th November 2012
Gill and Genevieve
week it was a pleasure to Have Gill Springay back with us again,
ready and willing to help anyone with their makeup.
On the right she is actually working on Alison, one of our newest
members and down below on the left she can be seen with Alison after
she had finished.
Earlier she had a session with Yvonne shown below as well.
Make up table
Alison and Gill
General view of club room
Tanya, Erin, Alison, Holly-Rayne & Millie
Genevieve, Yvonne, Joanne & Rachel
is a general view of the club room showing how light it is with
the large windows overlooking Canal street. Then we have two of
the tables showing groups of people enjoying a social chat. The
"empty" sweet tin on the table in the middle had been
generously donated by Gill when she came this evening and as you
can see the sweets didn't last long. Thank you Gill, you are welcome
Milli, Joanne and Genevieve
Frances, Yvonne, Genevieve and Karen
Krystina, Stella and Milli
Millie and Mary
Michelle and Louise
was lovely to welcome back Cindi again after a gap of a few weeks.
She has been off on her travels again to south America and even
China this time. One of these days we will get her to give a photo
talk about her travels. I am sure it would be very interesting for
us all. I asked her several years ago but we are still waiting.
Lisa, Vanessa and Nicky
is it again for this week. In my last letter I asked people to
try to be ready to leave very soon after 11pm and everyone responded
excellently without having to be asked again. Thank you all, we
were all out by 5 past 11 much to Lauren's surprise and delight.
were scheduled to have a music night next week, but we have had
to cancel it, so next week will be a normal club evening. I hope
to see you there.
Wednesday 31st Oct 2012
As this wednesday was Halloween we decided to make this the theme
for the evening and we were not disappointed. A lot of people
made a real effort, including two of our members partners Cora
and Rosie, so thank you very much for taking part.
In the space we have available it is difficult to get a good group
picture with so many people, but here are the ones we managed
are too many people in he pictures above to name them all so you
will just have to work them out for yourselves.
Frances, Cora, Susie, Jennifer, Michaela and Mary
Frances, Cate, Rosie, Sophie and Mary
Cate and Cora
Frances and Julia
Rosie and Jennifer
Sophie and Sophie
Fay and Kerry
It was lovely to see Fay and Kerry come in for the first time to
our new meeting place at Villaggio's. Fay likes it when the clocks
go back as she then finds it easier to leave home early. Otherwise
she only comes out too late for Concord.
We also had two new people join us this evening. Amanda, shown here
on the left even came with a Halloween dress for the occasion. Well
done Amanda you look great, I hope we see you again soon. We also
had Alison who I failed to take an individual picture of, but I
notice that she is shown seated on the floor in the top picture
on the right. She was taken out round the village by some of the
girls and had a really enjoyable evening, so I expect to see her
again soon as well.
Next week we will have "MakeoverGirl" Gill Springay with
us again after a bit of a gap as she has been rather busy lately.
Lets give her a busy welcome.
we are being too successful of late, which is causing people to
take too long changing back at the end of the evening. Our agreement
with Villaggio's is that we leave at 11pm or very soon afterwards
so that the staff can close up and go home after their long day.
This evening we took far too long to clear the building. I am going
to suggest that anyone that needs to change back before going home
must start changing at 10:45 so that we can be out very soon after
11pm please. If we continue to stretch the time then we could easily
risk losing the venue and we do NOT want to do that. I thank you
all in advance for your co-operation.
Wednesday 24th Oct 2012
Vanessa and Lucy
week we had intended to hold a clothes sale to sell off the clothes
that had been donated to Sparkle, but it has now been decided to
sell them on EBAY as the transporting them back here to the club
was too difficult. We therefore had nothing special happening but
we still managed to have a very enjoyable busy evening.
It was good to see Lucy here seen talking to Vanessa as she is a
fairly rare visitor to these parts.
I thought the two Paulas together made a good picture.
Paula and Paula
Caroline, Rachel and Genevieve
Caroline, from Down South, was visiting us again and this time she
brought a newcomer from the Preston area, Rachel, who she met on
the internet. Caroline usually manages to bring someone new each
time she visits so she is always welcome.
Amber and Ami have been staying with Nicky for the past few weeks,
but tomorrow they are moving into a flat in Stockport together so
I would like to wish them luck in their new home. I hope it all
works out OK.
Amber, Nicky and Ami
Jennifer and Rosie
came for the first time last week with her partner Rosie and they
are looking forward to next week with our Halloween evening . It
is great when partners come along to support our members and even
agree to have their photos included here. Rosie says that these
meetings at least give her a chance to dress up as well, which she
enjoys. You are very lucky Jennifer.
Leanne, shown here on the right with her friend Rachel, has not
been to Concord for very many years, but managed to find our website
and came along to see how the club is going now. It was good to
see you, I hope you come back sooner next time Leanne.
Leanne and Rachel
Joanne and Mary
Lynn and Milli
Heloise and Erin
the left we have Heloise and Erin. This was the first time Heloise
has visited us here at Villaggio's. She was very apologetic about
not having paid her membership to the club this year and duly paid
up to renew it. So, even though it is meant to be paid in January,
we do need the support so please dont think it is too late, however
long you have left it. Thanks Heloise we do appreciate your support
and are always glad to see you.
Next wednesday is Halloween so we have made it a theme for the evening
and I look forward to seeing who will creep out of the night.