had Linda and Victoria here this week, even though we weren't expecting
Victoria as I thought she was otherwise engaged. But it was nice
to see her looking so elegant as usual.
They managed to put on a very good display which included a new
type of stick on nails in very fancy patterns which are very easy
Below I show Linda putting a set onto
Linda & Lois
who had joined us this evening in order to do some filming for her
video about our Paula. On the right you can see a little episode
being filmed with Paula and Lynn having a chat. Lois wanted to include
some footage within the club to show the atmosphere.
She has to have the project finished by mid September so hopefully,
soon after that we will get a chance to see her work.
Paula & Lynn
Paula tells me that they have taken lots of footage in various places
round her home town and here in Manchester, so I am very much looking
forward to the final film. We all know that Paula is our most adventurous
member, so I cant wait to see what has finally been filmed.
Linda, on the left, is getting more adventurous and here she is
in her first off the shoulder dress. It was certainly warm enough
this evening for an outfit like this, so well done Linda.
Amy, Katie and Mya
Jane, Kirsty and Paula
Paula, Judith, Mica, Jane & Lynn
Fiona & Amy
Joan, Genevieve, Danni & Millie
am glad to report that Frances is convalescing well after her heart
operation which she had just before Sparkle. She seems to be getting
lots of visitors and is now even being taken out for short trips
to get some fresh air and exercise.
But, as many of you will have seen, Lauren was not with us again
this week. This is because she has been ill with Colitis and was
taken in to MRI on monday because she needed treatment. I visited
her on Thursday afternoon and she seemed very much better and is
back able to eat again. In fact she seemed to be her usual cheerful
self so the medicines must have worked. We collected some money
for a present for her and I was able to give her a very large box
of Thornton's chocolates on your behalf, having rung her beforehand
to find out what she would like. Chocolates are her favorite food
so we cant fail with them.
She expects to be kept in for another week to establish which medicines
she needs to keep her healthy, so dont expect to see her at work
for a week or two yet.
Meanwhile, we were looked after very well by her stand-in Siobhan,
but Lauren has promised that she will be back soon.
Dont forget, next week we are having a PURPLE
DRESS theme night so I hope to see lots of interesting
outfits on show.
Wednesday 24thJuly 2013
Paula, Rosie, Jennifer and Jane
is always good when I can get groups of people in one picture although
I have to disturb them a bit so they can all be seen.
Jane, in the left hand picture, is very new to the club and is getting
to know the new friends she is sitting with.
In the right hand picture, it was lovely to meet Lois again. She
has been videoing the life of Paula (next to her) for her college
project and next week she is hoping to film here in the club with
any members who are willing to take part. Dont worry, no one will
appear without permission.
Lynn, Judith, Paula and Lois
Michelle and Louise
and Louise nearly always come along together these days, as do Rosie
and Jennifer above left. It is always pleasing for us to welcome
couples who are so supportive of each other.
Tanni, on the right, is now becoming quite a regular at the club
and often brings along different people, which is great for us.
I had a long chat with Tali on her right. Tali has a friend who
is an "Avon" lady and she would like to bring her along
to the club one evening soon. Watch this space.
Tali, Tanni and Sarah
have been to visit Frances again, while she is recuperating from
her heart operation, as have several other members of the club,
which is great. She appears to be recovering well and is in good
spirits but getting frustrated by the enforced inactivity which
is necessary for the best outcome.
Paula, on the right has been out and about again, raising money
for Macmillan Cancer support. For the full story see her new report
on the Revolucion De Cuba restaurant in the forum.
week, the 31st, we will have Linda with us selling her wigs and
Jewellery and the following week, the 7th of August, we are have
a PURPLE DRESS theme evening.
Wednesday 17thJuly 2013
Jennifer and Yvonne
was the wednesday after Sparkle so we were expecting a quiet evening
as most people were both spent out and exhausted. But, I am glad
to say that we do have many hardy souls amongst our members, so
I shouldn't have worried.
We had a final visit from Vivian, shown below, who came over from
Perth for Sparkle, but now has to head for home tomorrow after her
very energetic and enjoyable weekend. We hope to see you back here
next year for the 10th anniversary of Sparkle.
I was really glad to see Tina back to normal again after damaging
her leg. This is just in time, as Millie will be away next week
and we will be glad to have Tina looking after the door.
Sylvia and Amy
Joanne and Judith
Zee and Tanni
is always a nice surprise to see Katie come into the club as she
comes such a long way and she never fails to look good, with a different
outfit each time she appears.
Next week the 24th, we had planned to have Linda and Victoria with
us again but other plans got in the way and they cant make it, so
we have postponed their visit till the following week, the 31st,
when Linda will be here with her Partner instead of Victoria, as
she off on holiday at that time.
So next week the 24th will be a normal club meeting and we will
see Linda the following week
Wednesday 10thJuly 2013
Alison & Joanne
was the wednesday before Sparkle so we are always hopeful that we
will get extra visitors who are coming for the event.
Sure enough the first to arrive was Alison who started at Concord
many years ago and took the opportunity to come in to see old friends.
Welcome back Alison it was good to see you looking so well.
On the right we have Dayna, who joined Concord this week and Sue
and Petra who are here for Sparkle.
Dayna, Sue & Petra
next visitor was an even greater surprise as she has come all the
way from Perth, in Western Australia, to visit Sparkle. She is part
of a group that meets in Perth but she says that the scene there
is nothing like we have here in Manchester.
She was so keen to be part of the event that she had emailed Jane
and volunteered to do a stint as a steward in the park on Saturday.
Well done Vivian, it was lovely to meet you and I hope you enjoyed
your weekend here with us in Manchester.
Frances, on the right, would normally have been taking an active
part in Sparkle but not this year as she was having a heart operation
on thursday. She is now over the operation and recovering well but
we wont see her here for a few weeks, while she gets her strength
Best wishes from us all here at Concord Frances.
Rachel, Judith & Mica
Group ready to leave to visit the Village
Fernanda & Mya
Lisa & Helen
Millie & Pauline
Joan & Genevieve
blog is rather late this week because of the time taken up by
Sparkle over the weekend. This has left me very tired and I appear
to be not alone as all those involved are in the same state of
I really would like to thank all those who helped out this weekend
but a special mention should go to
Karen, for all the really hard background work she has put in
over many weeks,
Kelly and her Partner Sheila for all their work on the Sparkle
Pauline for all her energy with the tent in the park, the door
at the LGF and being the official photographer at the Sparkle
Genevieve for being available all day on Saturday helping with
many different aspects and looking after the door at the Ball.
Plus all the girls who stayed to the end to help dismantle the
tent. It was much appreciated.
Below are a very small number of pictures from Sparkle taken by
myself. There will be many others to see on the Sparkle website
Chris, Bev, Gloria, Anon, Sue and Joy
group on the left are all my friends of many years except that I
dont know the girl in the middle. Sue, second from the right, used
to come to Concord many years ago as she was great friends with
a TV called Tammy who has now sadly died. She has promised to visit
again as she loves the company of us "Girls".
On the right we met this lovely Russian girl who runs a dressing
service in St. Petersburg and had decided to advertise her services
over here in case anyone would like to visit Russia.
Her website is at www.queer-studio-t.com
Polina Zadirako from St Petersburg & Geneveieve
Wednesday 3rd July 2013
Gill and Kirsty
evening we had the lovely Gill with us again shown here with Kirsty.
Gill tells me that she gets almost all her business from the transgender
community and really enjoys helping them to make the best of themselves.
She has had several customers that she has helped with their makeup
and then subsequently taken them shopping to help them select suitable
clothes and give them confidence with going out.
I was emailed by a new girl Jorja last week and she wanted someone
to help her with her makeup so I first suggested Linda who is in
Canal street but she was not available. So I then suggested Gill
who lives much further away. Jorja had no car but Gill was willing
to drive to her nearest railway station and pick her up and return
her afterwards. This was a great help and Jorja really enjoyed the
Danni & Julia
Kristina & Paula
is always pleasing when some of the earlier members of the club
start appearing again after an absence. So my thanks go to all the
girls above, it is good to see you all enjoying life and still thinking
of us here.
Having said that Paula, shown here front and back with Kristina,
is our most loyal member who has actually attended the club more
often than myself as, like me, she is only absent when she takes
a holiday and I take longer holidays than she does, so far. So,
thank you Paula for your loyalty, it is greatly appreciated along
with all your entertaining reports on the forum.
For anyone who has not seen these go to the forum on this website
and click on "Bars & Restaurants outside the Village"
Kristina & Paula
Genevieve & Joanne
Libby and Erin
visited the Butterflies group this afternoon and joanne started
doing her nails there. She hadn't completed all the necessary coats
during the afternoon so she started again here at the club, so here
they are still going strong.
Lynn decided that she wanted to try a different pose for her photograph
so she tried this. I think we need to get her looking more comfortable
I was delighted to see Erin come in this evening after a long absence
accompanied by her friend Libby, who has changed her hairstyle since
I last saw her, which caused me to fail to recognise her. This new
one makes her look much younger and they look superb together. I
am so glad to see Erin making friends.
Sylvia & Michaela
Jennifer & Rosie
Vanessa, Pauline & Frances
Millie & Jane
you can see Millie is now looking a lot better after her car accident
and Jane, who is very new to us, is already looking very confident.
It was great to see Vida here again looking so elegant and poised.
She tells me she is still making music and this is keeping her
NEXT WEEKEND is the SPARKLE event.
There are still tickets available for the SPARKLE BALL on the
Saturday and for the Chinese meal on the friday evening so it
is not too late for you to join in.
See the Sparkle.org.uk
website for details.
Wednesday 26th June 2013
Ladies from Love your Beads, Blackpool
few weeks ago the two ladies from Blackpool were dining downstairs
in Villaggio's restaurant on a wednesday and they noticed a few
of our members down there so they asked what was going on. When
they found that we were meeting upstairs they came up, had a look
and liked what they saw.
They then asked if they could come along one evening and show us
what they sold on their market stall and here they are.
They had a good evening, sold enough items to encourage them to
arrange to return again in a few weeks time on the 21st of August.
We look forward to another enjoyable evening with them.
evening we had a white dress theme and I'm glad to say that this
proved quite a popular one, as can be seen from the photos here.
It is wonderful how much variety there can be even with mostly just
The two here at each side, show that any length can look good if
you make the effort.
I was delighted to meet Nicole this evening who is visiting this
country from Singapore and she tells me that she has been reading
the blog for about a year and hoped that one day she would be able
to come along and meet us in real life. She even knew that we had
a white dress theme this evening so came dressed very appropriately.
Welcome Nicole it was lovely to meet you and I hope we see more
of you soon.
Mary and Nicola
had a really busy evening with quite a number of new people coming
for the first time. Jorja, above left had emailed me a few times
before she came and I believe visited Gill Springay as well to get
some make up advice. So welcome Jorja I hope you enjoyed your day
It is also good to see people like Julia here on the left who is
a very long term member of Concord and therefore very experienced,
but still manages to pop in occasionally to support us and see how
we are going. Thanks Julia it was good to see you here.
Marie, shown below will have a stand in the Park at Sparkle helping
to sell off lots of Donna's amazing clothes so I hope you can get
along to see them.
Fernanda and Danielle
Katie, Jane, Milli and Cate
Lauren, Katie and Kirsty
tuesday a group of us went to the Ladyboys show, here in Manchester
having had a meal in Villaggio's first. We had an excellent evening
and really enjoyed the show. There is still time to get tickets
and go if you would like to see it.
week we will have Gill Springay with us but ALSO on Sunday the 7th
of July starting around 1pm. there will be a working party in Sackville
Gardens helping to create the TRANS memorial garden and I am sure
any volunteer help will be welcomed. It has to be ready for the
opening ceremony at 12 pm on Sunday the 14th of July during the
Wednesday 19th June 2013
Linda and Victoria
evening we had Linda and Victoria with us again selling their jewellery
and wigs as usual plus they now have a new line in good quality
dresses, shown here on the right by Victoria.
We also had another task to perform, which is the annual one of
filling 196 envelopes with letters advising the local residents
about the forthcoming Sparkle and sticking on all the address labels
and stamps. As you can see I was expertly helped by the people shown
below in the picture including Victoria who also offered her services.
At the end of the evening I was delighted when Lauren offered to
post them for us on her way home. So Thanks Lauren, I am very grateful.
Lynn, Victoria, Linda, Milli and Denise
Genevieve and Milli
Leslie, Pauline and Danielle
group of girls on the right, above, came in just after 7 this evening,
on their way to see The Rocky Horror show at the Palace theatre.
They had one ticket going spare, so Genevieve was happy to take
up their offer and go with them. They all returned later in the
evening with a group of young girls in tow having had a great evening.
Alana and Katie
Pippa, Fernanda and Mia
Tanni and Fiona
got a very disturbing email from Pauline, shown on the right with
Denise, on Monday saying that Millie, here, had been in a car accident
on a motorway and had been cut out of her car. I phoned Millie straight
away and managed to speak to her and she told me that although she
was badly bruised she was basically OK and if she could get a courtesy
car from her insurers she would be at the club on Wednesday.
As you can see, she made it this evening looking only slightly the
worse for wear. She expressed her gratitude to her friend Pauline
who has been looking after her since Monday and came this evening
to ensure she was alright.
Pauline is glad she came this evening as she has now made friends
with Denise and they are going to visit Blackpool together very
Pauline and Denise
Joanne and Paula
Nikki and Mica
Kirsty and Lisa
Group at Butterflies
in the day I had visited the new Butterflies group that meets in
the old LGBT building in Sidney Street from 2:20 till 7pm every
other wednesday. This was their first week and there were quite
a few people who came during the afternoon so it was a very good
start to what we hope will be another successful venue.
Next week we are having a white dress theme evening plus Karen from
"Love your Beads" will be selling some of her products
and Paul Davies from Gaydio will be here to interview people willing
to talk about Sparkle.
Wednesday 12th June 2013
Cathrin with Helen Belshaw from Winifrede's and friend
evening we were visited by Helen and friend from Winifrede's Lingerie
and Hosiery shop in Chorley.
Cathrin started using the shop and found Helen so friendly and
helpful that she suggested she might like to take part in the
Sparkle weekend. They have now take a stall for the Saturday afternoon
so will be there on the 13th of July.
Meanwhile she thought it might be a good idea to come down to
the club beforehand to meet some of our members and find out what
sort of products we are interested in.
They enjoyed the evening getting lots of questions from our members
and are really looking forward to Sparkle.
They have an ebay store called Lingerie5145 if any of you are
interested in seeing what they sell.
Katie, shown here, joined the club in August last year but has not
been for a long time and I was wondering what had happened to her.
I was delighted to see her come in again this week so she has not
forgotten us. She has just been busy and is getting on with all
the different things that have to be done when you go through the
journey of changing your outward appearance from male to female.
She is making good progress and was happy that she could find the
time to pay us another visit.
So welcome back Katie and I hope you manage to make it a bit sooner
General view from the bar end of the room
shown above, is a very active member of the LGBT community, running
many events in aid of Sparkle and has now been instrumental in starting
a new daytime group called the "Butterflies Drop-In centre"
on alternate wednesday afternoons at the Sidney street LGBT community
centre. Next wednesday the 19th of June will be their first meeting
from 2:30 to 7pm at 49-51 Sisney street, Manchester M1 7HB. Susan,
on the right from Leeds, was here for the first time this evening
having been brought along by her friend Dawn, who is the lady facing
us in the general picture above.
Millie and Genevieve
Genevieve's new shoes
shown above left with Genevieve, was involbed in a serious car
accident last Sunday, when somebody ran into the back of her car
as she was going onto a motorway. She cannot remember the accident
but very luckily she has come out of it with no serious injuries
except to her car which is almost certainly a write off. I have
spoken to her on Monday and she is back at home and plans to come
to the club this wednesday provided she can get a courtesy car
from the insurance company.
shown above on the right has now set up a shop, along with her
friend Cathy, on the top floor of Affleck's Palace selling lots
of lovely way out clothes. It is doing well and now that we know
about it I hope many of you will go along and support it, I certainly
Susan and Lisa
Finally, Paula was wickedly absent from the club last week and
it appears she took a last minute trip to Rome instead. This sort
of behaviour should not be allowed but here is the evidence so
there is little doubt. If you want to know more of her adventure
please see her report from Rome on the forum.
week we have Linda and Victoria with us again selling wigs and
Wednesday 5th June 2013
Saima from the REM Laser Clinic
evening we had a welcome visit of Saima from the REM Laser Clinic
who are helping to support the club by advertising with us. Saima
has not been for a significant time because she has had a baby
since her last visit. So belated congratulations Saina you are
looking very well on it.
She brought along a cd with illustrations of their premises in
Bolton plus many leaflets explaining what services they provide.
As can be seen in the photo she also stood up and outlined all
their services so that we all know what is on offer.
She then stayed for most of the rest of the evening, along with
her friend who came with her, so that they could speak individually
to many of the people who were there this evening. Thanks to both
of you for coming, it was very helpful.
Damsel and Emily
Fiona and Amy
shown in the middle above, came in part way through the evening
having just finished taking part in a 5K relay race to help raise
money for charity. The team she was running for, the Canalsiders,
came first and she is shown here wearing her gold medal award. Each
member of the 3 person team had to run 5K and they won by 15 seconds
so they were justifiably pleased with themselves.
Michelle and Phoebe
is from the midlands and she met Phoebe when Phoebe went down there
to help with a TG project. They are now both involved in setting
up a TG fashion show to be run in that area in November. They would
be delighted if a group of us would go down to support the event
and will send me full details nearer the time. If any of you would
like to take part please let me know and I will forward your details
Lynn, Chloe and Judith
Steffie and Chloe
week we will have Helen Belshaw with from her Lingerie and Hosiery
shop selling her products at the club, so come along and see what
she has to offer.
are now 4 weeks away from the Sparkle weekend so it is time for
any of you interested to buy their tickets for the ball. There
is a limited number available so you need to get them before it
is too late.
also need to build a list of volunteers who are willing to help
with our help stand in the park on the saturday afternoon and/or
look after the door at the LGF. Please let me know asap if you
are able to help. Mary
Wednesday 29th May 2013
evening we had a "70's" theme night and a few people got
in the mood and came in something a bit different from their more
usual outfits. Below are some more pictures of some of them individually.
Milli as Elton
Karen and Sylvia
Sylvia and Heloise
is one of our larger ladies, but these pictures just go to show
that size doesn't matter. It is good to see her, as always, looking
this shapely. Well done Kira you look superb.
Below, Cathryn and Sophie brought in a couple of friends who had
never been before, so I hope we might see them again.
Melanie, shown with Joanne was also new to Manchester and was quite
impressed with what we have up here.
Cathryn, Sarah, Sophie and Georgie
Melanie and Joanne
Joan and Cate
was delighted to see Jane come in this evening as she is quite
a rare visitor to the club. She is shown here with Tina, two tall
girls together, with very contrasting clothes but both looking
and Cate visited us this evening but sadly Cate has hurt her right
arm and was unable to get up the stairs this evening, so they
went up to Taurus where there is an easier entrance to the bar.
It would be great if we had better disabled access up to our bar,
but this seems unlikely at present.
Tina and Jane
Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Gill and Demelza
evening we had Gill Springay with us again and she will be back
on the 3rd of June for anyone that missed her this time. She is
shown here having a long chat with Demelza, who was visiting us
for the first time this evening.
On the right we have Danni and Julia, who only appear very occasionally,
so it was good to see them, shown with Genevieve who was wearing
a revealing outfit that she had bought at Transforum last week.
Danni, Julia and Genevieve
we have Chloe, who joined us about two weeks ago. When she came
she had picked the name Angel but has now decided to change to
Chloe so that is it for now. On the right she is shown with a
new wig that she acquired this evening and after she had a session
with Gill to help her with her make up. We were all impressed
with her new look.
Last week had been very quiet but this week we became busy very
early and stayed that way all evening, with a number of new people
coming in plus many who we have not seen for some months. This
made the evening very enjoyable for all of us.
Michelle and Phoebe
came in very early in the evening, bringing with her a new friend,
Michelle, she had met from the midlands. Michelle is just about
to start a new job working as Michelle, so I would like to wish
her well and hope it is the start of a new life for her.
On the right we have Lynn with Diana. Diana is visiting the UK from
New South Wales and is really enjoying travelling around the country
meeting new people. So welcome Diana, we enjoyed meeting you and
I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. She told me she is having
a birthday party at Candygirls in June which is mentioned on TvChix
so if you are interested and can get there why not go along.
Lynn and Diana
I got to the club this evening there was someone waiting upstairs
to get into the changing room. She introduced herself as Rachel
and we went in to finish getting changed. It turned out that this
was her first time out in public but I would never have guessed
when I saw the quality of her make up and clothes. She said she
had been practising a lot at home and her wife had helped her. She
came down to have the meal with us and later on her wife joined
us. It was lovely to see such a supportive couple and I hope we
see much more of them.
On the right we have Katie who was visiting Manchester with a friend.
I am sorry but I have forgotten her name. Katie has been a member
for several years now but cant get here as often as she would like.
Katie and Friend
Kirsty and Lisa
Petal and Pauline
Millie and Kate
Genevieve and Sylvia
Vanessa and Sam
week the 29th of May we are having a "70's" night so
it will be interesting to see what people have come up with.
Wednesday 15th May 2013
Damsel and Tanni
was a normal club evening but made special by the new people that
came along. On the left we have Damsel who came this evening with
a new friend Tanni from Denmark. Tanni is very new to the transgender
scene but is very fascinated to find out that there is a whole section
of society that she knew nothing about. Many people must be in her
position so we all need to do more to spread the word.
On the right we have Nicole who just happened to be walking past
Villaggio's when another girl came in so she followed her up to
find out where she was going. Nicole was very interested to find
out about the club and promised to come back another time, but this
evening she already had other plans.
a bit later on, Nat came in dressed as a man and immediately went
upstairs to get changed. We were very agreeably surprised to see
this attractive girl come back down about half an hour later. She
is only just starting out and it is great to see that people are
now able to start so much younger so that they can make the best
of themselves. Welcome Nat.
On the right we have Pauline, who tells me that she last came to
the club some time in the early 90s when we met in the original
room in the Rembrandt.
Her life had since then taken her away from the Manchester scene,
but now she is back so welcome to you Pauline, I hope you manage
to come back sooner next time.
Amy and Christine
Milli, Julia, Kim, Christine and Amy
Kirsty and Tina
It is always good to see groups of friends like the girls in the
pictures above, come into the club to start their evening off with
us. Amy has been through stressful times in her life recently so
it is good to see her able to get out and relax a bit more than
she has been able to in the past. I hope life is kinder to you now
Amy you deserve it.
Kathy, shown on the right with Lisa, came in after a long gap and
rejoined the club this evening. Welcome back Kathy, it is always
nice to see people return as we often wonder what has happened to
Lisa and Kathy
Nikki and Mica
Kirsty and Paula
here on the left, came in with Sheila this evening, after having
a meal downstairs in Villaggio's. She is going to entertain us
at the Sparkle Ball this year as well as being our Commere so
we had a lot to talk about. Our arrangements for the Ball are
well on the way and I now have tickets available at the club.
They will also be available on the Sparkle website very soon.
We also have Sparkle badges available at the door so please buy
yours asap to help us raise the funds needed to run Sparkle. Any
money above what is needed will be donated to support transgender
Next week we will have Gill Springay with us again giving makeup
lessons and advice.
I have just received an email from Faye Wardle who runs the Tinsel
and Glitter weekend in Blackpool in October. I have now put all
the details onto our "Other
TG events in Manchester Region" page so please have a look
there for all the relevant information.
Fay has now also written her autobiography and as she is a TG lady
this could be of interest to many of you who read this blog. It
is called "You should have seen the Caterpillar" and is
available on Amazon.
Wednesday 8th May 2013
Linda, Victoria, Sylvia and Caz
evening we had our regular visit from Linda and Victoria selling
their wigs and Jewellery. They are always very popular as they have
a good selection of reasonably priced wigs and Linda gives great
help to fit them to each customer.
It was good to see Lisa our community police officer come in this
evening. She always asks if anyone at the club has any problems
that she may be able to help with and I was glad to see her spending
some time with one of our members who I believe is having some problems
with her neighbours. I am sure this will be helpful to her. Thank
Kristina and Paula
had a number of new people come along this evening and the three
girls above plus Paula shown on the left with Kristina all agreed
to have their photos included, so here they are. It is always enjoyable
for us to welcome new people and we hope we make them feel at home
so that they continue to come back in the future.
This week Linda, shown here on the right went out into the village
for the first time, with Lynn shown with her and Cate shown below.
Linda really enjoyed the experience and hopes to do it again very
soon. They visited Taurus, up the far end of Canal street and then
the Richmond tea rooms on the way back. Linda may now visit these
venues at other times.
Linda and Lynn
they all came back to the club Lynn decided to buy a new wig from
the stall, so here she is, on the right, wearing it.
It was great to see Bev, shown below with Frances. We have been
friends for many years now and used to go on holiday together with
our partners so I have many enjoyable memories of time spent with
Lisa, shown in the middle below, had been out in the village on
Saturday as a schoolgirl and decided that the outfit was too good
to waste on just one outing so here it is again.
It was good to welcome Sonia, who came this evening for the first
time with the very colourful Pauline, both shown below with Genevieve.
Frances and Bev
Kirsty, Paula and Lisa
Genevieve, Pauline and Sonia
Michelle, Cee and Genevieve
was lovely to see Beckie with us again, up from London. She has
always been a staunch supporter of Concord and Sparkle but can
only get here when business allows her to. After I had taken this
photo she asked to borrow the camera and proceeded to take some
of me including this one with our wonderful Villaggio's Manageress
Lauren, so thanks Beckie.
week is a normal club week and the following one we will have
Gill Springay with us again with all her make up advice and help.
Mary and Lauren
Wednesday 1st May 2013
Kirsty, Lisa and Millie
week we had a "Uniform" theme and I think Michaela gets
the prize for her Virgin air hostess outfit. Nevertheless there
were a number of other outfits that showed real effort including
the Maids on the left. Kirsty is fairly new to the club but she
has managed to find the shortest dress that really looked good on
her. It hasn't taken her long to show her true colours.
Frances always looks good in her school uniform with every detail
correct. I came as Lt Uhuru and most people guessed it correctly
so it cant be bad but perhaps I should have darkened my skin to
get the full effect. Lisa couldn't resist showing her red coat as
well, but I dont think her attitude leaning against the bar is very
appropriate for a maid.
Mary and Lisa
Genevieve and Mica
Little Genevieve and Mica
came as a secretary but she towered over Mica so we had to take
the second picture to even things out. Millie looks good with the
glow of the light shining down on her.
Mica, Pauline and Millie
Sylvia and Milli
was lovely to see Zoe come in later in the evening as she hasn't
been to the club for over a year. She is very busy working in
Blackpool and Manchester. She had just finished a stint this evening
so thought she would call in while she had the chance.
Jennifer and Sarah on the right run the Tranny Lodge hotel in
Blackpool which is going very well and they extend a welcome to
any of us who wish to stay. The hotel is very convenient for the
attractions of the town so why not give it a try.
week we will have Linda and Victoria with us again so now is your
chance to get a new wig.
Jennifer, Becky, Kate and Sarah
Wednesday 24th April 2013
Vanessa and Frances
This week we had no special event or theme on, but I was delighted
to see Vanessa's entry on the forum telling us about her and Frances's
venture into the past.
As I suspect many of you dont look at the forum I have included
one of their pictures here. It appears that The national trust who
run Lyme Hall in Cheshire offer the opportunity for any visitors
to dress in 19th century clothes to add to the atmosphere of the
hall. Vanessa and Frances decided they would like to have a go and
were very pleasantly pleased with the reception and help they got
from the staff at the hall.
Why not go and have a look at their entry in the forum, where there
are some more pictures and then think about having a go yourself.
Christine and Patricia
evening we had two visitors, Christine and Patricia, who knew nothing
of the club but happened to be dining downstairs in the restaurant
while we were meeting upstairs. The number of T girls they saw in
the restaurant made them ask questions so they came up to investigate
and spent some time with us before continuing on their planned excursion
round the village.
On the right we have Bella talking with Genevieve. Bella used to
come to the club many years ago now when we met in the basement
bar of the Hollywood building in 1998. She has recently moved back
to Manchester and managed to find this club, even though we have
changed our name, so welcome back Bella, it is good to see you again.
Genevieve and Bella
below we have Claire who is an occasional visitor to the club, from
afar, but always comes in when she can. We had a few other visitors
as well, which is always nice, but they were not yet ready to be
Didi, Jennifer, Rosie, Linda and Paula
Milli and Michaela
Sam and Vanessa
Lynn and Phoebe
Kirsty and Lisa
the left we have Paula just about to go off for a meal to report
on another restaurant somewhere in Manchester. If you dont know
about these reports then have a look at our forum and you will find
a long list of these very amusing items.
Next week we will hold a Uniform theme evening so I hope many of
you will try to find something suitable. These themes are NOT compulsory
so if you cant fit the theme please dont let that stop you coming
By Uniform we mean any recognisable working clothes from any era
so let your imagination run wild.
Wednesday 17th April 2013
Mary and Karen today
I really like about our wednesday evening get togethers, is that
I never know who is going to come through the doors. Each week can
bring a different surprise and this week was a real shock. Two elegant
ladies came through the doors into the restaurant while we were
having our meal, one was Joanne, a member of the club and the other
was a new visitor that at first I didn't recognise. Then she spoke
and said her name was Karen and it dawned on me that we had known
each other for a very long time, but had not met for several years.
I carry around a photo album with pictures I like, collected over
many years and was delighted to be able to show Karen the picture
on the right that was taken when we used to meet in the Rembrandt,
the first time round. ie before 1996.
Mary and Karen back then
suspect we are both a bit heavier than we were then, especially
me as I used to be able to wear a corset and pull my waist in to
around 26inches to give me the shape you can see on the right. Karen
really does not look that much different although she tells me that
she has been unwell for the past few years and put on a lot of weight.
Recently she has made a real effort to get herself back into shape
losing several stone and now looks amazing again. She tells me that
she is now back "on the scene" and hopes to get over to
Manchester at least once a month in the future and would very much
like to meet some more of her friends that she used to know from
the old Rembrandt days. If any of you are still out there do come
along to Villaggio's any wednesday and let us meet up again.
Gill and Karen
week we had "The Makeover Girl" Gill Springay with us
again and here she is on the left with our visitor Karen.
During the evening she gives makeup advice to many people and towards
the end Mica asked if she would redo her make up to show her what
was possible. I wont show the before picture, but I can assure you
that mica was justifiably pleased with the end result which is shown
here on the right.
Mica and Gill
Kate, Stephani, Lynn and Yvonne
the picture on the left I show a new member who came along for the
first time, Stephani. She tells me that she only started coming
out about two months ago but is already confidently enjoying her
new life as Stephani. (for people like me who dont know, her name
comes from Lady Gaga's real name as she is a fan of her) I hope
she keeps coming and makes many friends. She managed to get talking
with several people this evening so I hope we gave her what she
was looking for.
Dorothy, on the right, has been coming very occasionally to Concord
for many years now. She works shifts so it is difficult for her
to get here very often. Tonight's costume alludes to the yellow
brick road and the TIN man following the death of the IRON lady
Kate, Dominique and Sylvia
Nikki and Chloe
Cate and Milli
Genevieve, Mary and Karen
shown in the middle above, was very pleased with her dress, which
she bought recently, as the wonderful optical illusion in the design
really does make her look slimmer.
Gill has arranged to come back again on the 22nd of May and then
on the third of July so we will see her again soon.
Wednesday 10th April 2013
This evening we had a "Little black dress" theme and a
good number of people managed to follow it.
As promised last week, I failed to include a photo of our newest
committee member so here she is on the left. On the right we have
Susie who came along this evening with a friend and both their partners
for a meal downstairs in Villaggio's. Neither her friebd of their
partners wanted to be photographed so here she is on her own.
Below are some of the black dresses that appeared during the evening
and then some of a different hue.
Genevieve and Beverley
Jennifer and Janie
Millie and Paula
Mary and Cindy
Yvonne, Nicky, Kira, Suzanne and Keira
Vanessa and Sam
Karen and Diane
Louise and Michelle
View of busy bar.
I am sorry that some of the pictures appear to have a shadow halo
on them. I assume this is caused by the flash but am not yet sure
what I am doing wrong. I am sure someone will tell me.
We had a good number in with us this week as shown by this view
of the bar area at around 10 pm.
Next week we will have Gill Springay, "The Makeover Girl"
with us so come along and get some useful advice from a lovely lady.
Wednesday 3rd April 2013
Genevieve, Lynn, Sylvia, Milli and Michelle
started our evening off with our AGM. This is a relatively informal
event and did not take very long, allowing us to enjoy the rest
of the evening. It is the time when it is open to any of the members
to offer themselves as candidates for the committee as this happens
once a year at the beginning of April. Karen had decided that she
would need to move on as she has too many other tasks that she is
involved with for her to be able to continue on the committee. We
would all like to thank her
Cate, Mica, Nicky and Yvonne
her support for the last two years and she has assured me that she
will continue to support the club in the future.
We had one new member, Sylvia, offering to stand for the committee,
who had got the necessary support from other members, so as there
were no others she is now a member of the committee. In case you
dont know her she is the lady in the middle of the top picture on
the left. I will include a better photo of her next week on the
The audited accounts for the year were gone through by our treasurer
Chloe and will appear in the members section of the forum shortly.
I would like to thank Ruth for again auditing the accounts for us
in her usual professional way.
When the meeting was asked if there was any other business, Michelle,
shown here on the left, stood up and asked if some members of the
club would be willing to take part in the Warrington Pride event
on september the 7th. Michelle is the parade director this year
and she would like to have a large contingent of T girl participants
to show Warrington that they do exist in the town and would appreciate
Linda, Victoria and Sylvia
We also had Linda and Victoria with us again, selling their wigs
and jewellery and here on the left we have Sylvia examining the
goods. Linda has booked to come again several more times this year
so there will be other opportunities to buy and get their helpful
To encourage people to attend the AGM we also laid on a small buffet,
shown below minus the large chocolate cake that was a very good
part of it. This proved popular as by the end of the evening there
was nothing left.
Linda and Victoria
Michaela, Frances, Rebecca, Nicky
Karen, Genevieve and others
Not sure and Rachel
Beckie and Darla
Mary, Julie and Pauline
was pleased to see Beckie come in later in the evening along with
Darla and Pauline. These three girls are the mainstays of the
Transtastic website so have a look at it and give it your support.
On the right we have our loyal restaurant reporter Paula, who
as usual attended the Ladies day at Aintree and earlier this week
I received an email with a few pictures of her day at the event.
So I have included some of them here to finish off the blog this
wednesday the 10th we are having a "Little Black Dress"
Wednesday 27th March 2013
Mica, Nikki and Genevieve
I would like to welcome back Mica, shown here on the left with Nicky
and Genevieve. She had to stop coming about two years ago for family
reasons but things have now changed at home and she is able to return.
Damsel and Paula came last week so it was good to see them back
again, this time with their friend Tammy as well. I was fascinated
by Damsel's hair which
Paula, Damsel and Tammy
just as blonde as last week but was all done up in dreadlocks. It
looked great from all angles so I couldn't resist taking these extra
photos. She is a real extravert character so they suited her well.
It is good to see Donna, shown below as she always manages to add
real colour to our lives whenever she appears.
Lynn and Millie
Frances and Lisa
was here again with her partner having last come for our Christmas
party. Welcome back and I hope you can make it more often.
A group from the club did go to the Rocky Horror show, but their
evening was rather spoilt by the fact that the main organiser Hannah
had her car broken into here in Manchester and her four tickets
got stolen. She managed to contact the theatre and we got the tickets
replaced in time for them to go to the show. But this meant that
we missed out on the photo opportunity to get them all together
here at the club. No matter, as everything was OK in the end except
that Hannah lost several other valuables from her car as well so
she was very upset about them. Even so, she still managed to enjoy
Next week we have our AGM from 7:30 to perhaps 8:30 plus a small
buffet and Linda and Victoria selling their wigs, jewellery and
Wednesday 20th March 2013
Frances, Pauline and Millie
was good to see Millie back from two weeks holiday AGAIN, being
helped out here by Frances and Pauline. I am sorry to say the Tina
has had to have her cast refitted and she is likely to be away till
almost the end of April. She is feeling a bit lost at present as
she cannot drive at all, so she has to stay at home on her own.
She would much rather be at work.
It was good to see Damsel back again after a gap but bringing her
friend Paula along to the club for the first time.
Damsel, Paula and Yvonne
Cathryn and Lynn
of the good things about Manchester Concord being a membership club
and having it arranged that all the membership fees need to be renewed
at the beginning of each year, is that a lot of our loyal members,
who dont manage to get here very often, do make the effort to come
along to renew their membership. This means that we get to see them
and catch up with their lives at least once a year around this time.
Cathryn was struck ill a few years ago now, so it was good to see
her again looking very well and almost back to her old self. Welcome
Kirsty, shown on the right with Chloe was here for the first time
this evening, having been to visit Gill Springay first to nave her
makeup done and give her the confidence to come along. She stayed
all evening so I think she enjoyed the experience.
Chloe and Kirsty
Paula, new girl and Pauline
I owe an apology to the girl in the middle on the left as she was
new this evening but I failed to write down or remember her name.
I am sure someone will put me right soon.
Caroline, shown on the right with Genevieve was up here from London
on an unexpected visit so she came in and surprised us this evening.
We are always glad to see her and she often brings in new people
that she has met on TVchix and pursuaded to give us a try. So thanks
Caroline, you didn't bring anyone new this evening, but we still
like having you with us.
Caroline and Genevieve
Daniella, Yvonne and Nikki
Michelle and Milli
Genevieve, Mary, Sylvia and Joanne
on the right, pops into the club most weeks on her way back to Leeds.
She was trying out a new wig this evening and I think it suits her
Next week a few of our members are going to see the Rocky Horror
show and the week after we have our AGM. We are laying on a buffet
for that evening so do come along and make the most of the opportunity
to have your say about the club.