Mary's Blog

Wednesday the 15th of January 2014

Millie, Rachel & Diane

Things were quiet this week, but we still had an enjoyable evening.
Kirsty, shown in the group on the right is now the manageress of a SCOPE charity shop in south Manchester and she has now arranged to bring along some clothes to sell for the charity on wednesday the 12th of March.
Susan, in the same picture, told me that her friend Jessica, who came to the club for several years, is now unwell, so I would like to extend our best wishes to her.

Susan, Lisa, Kirsty and Lauren

Genevieve

Cindy

Milli

Chloe

It was good to see Cindy still going strong, even with a broken foot, which she has been sporting for several weeks now. She tells me it is getting better and hopefully will soon lose the splint boot she is having to wear.
Chloe was here on a rare visit as her life is so busy just now. It was lovely to see her looking so elegant in this stunning dress, but she is off on holiday again next week.
Next week, the 22nd of January we will be holding a cheese tasting event here, organised by Tina, so that should be interesting and a bit of fun.

Mary

Wednesday the 8th of January 2014
This week we had a "Glittery Dress" theme so here is a selection of the people wearing glitter outfits who were here by 8 pm in the evening.
On the right we have the two ladies who most often look after the door for us each wednesday evening. Tina was justifiably pleased with this skirt that she had kept in mind for this theme.

Tina & Millie

Diane and Rachel + Diane's tights and shoes

I will now show some of them individually or in smaller groups. Diane was also wearing these exotic tights plus a pair of shoes that has the criss-cross theme included in the heels.
Sylvia was well glittery but it doesn't show too clearly in these pictures.

Sylvia

Nikki and Susie

Mary

Vanessa and Frances

Amanda

We also welcomed a new member Amanda this evening. It was lovely to meet her and she was so happy to find a group like this where she realised she could comfortably start the process of realising her inner self.
It was also great to meet Sarah and Libby again. They both joined this club a few years ago now but have since gone on to living almost full time as women and this has tended to keep them away from groups like ours, just because their need is less. Even so they are both grateful for the start this group has given them and are happy to come in occasionally just to support us and say thank you.

Sarah and Libby

Linda

Didi, Paula and Paula

Rachel

Genevieve

Joanne and Genevieve

Lynn, Kirtsy and Lisa

Rachel and Lois with Paula in the background.

Duing the evening Rachel and Lois came in after a long gap bringing with them the DVD that Lois has spent many months working on for her College project. She wrote to me over a year ago asking if any of our members would be willing to allow her to use them as the subject of her media project as she was very motivated to creating DVDs that show a true life picture of people like us in as good a light as possible.
After , not too much thought, I decided to introduce her to Paula who I thought might be willing to take part in such a venture.
They "Hit it off" exceedingly well and have spent many months between them filming many episodes of Paula's "awakening" into the Tgirl world with much co-operation from her family and friends as well.

Lois has also spent much time editing the resuling footage into what is now a 20 minute DVD and for which she received a distinction when she submitted to DVD to her tutors. We had been told that the DVD was ready so meanwhile Millie offered to lend us some small speakers that we could attach to our laptop so that we could show the DVD with sound at the club when it was ready.
We had it all set up ready so were able to show it this evening to a very full house. It was very well received by everyone who watched it and Lois and Paula are to be congratulated on the excellent product they have created. We have now been given a copy of the DVD so plan to show it again on wednesday the 5th of February so put that date in your diary if you would like to see it.

Wednesday the 1st of January 2014

Dayna

Welcome to the New Year. It was great to see so many of you raring to go for another year, even straight after the celebrations of the night before.
On the left we have Dayna who doesn't manage to get here very often but was able to make it today because of the bank holiday.
The same applies to Stella who leads a very busy life but was happy to come along and pay her membership for this year when she found that we were meeting today. Thanks to all of you who made the effort and helped start us off with a boost to our funds to get the year going.
We also had one brand new person come along, still unsure what name to use but has joined the club anyway and I am sure we will more of her soon.

Stella

Judith

Milli, JD and Genevieve

Roli

Judith, above, is now one of our most regular members. She bought the wig she is using just before Christmas from Linda, at a bargain price and is very pleased with it. It really suits her.
JD in the middle of the photo above, has been visiting a friend here in Manchester over the Christmas break and had stayed until now so she could come to the club again. She plays in several bands along with the friend she is visiting.
Roli is one of our newer members who is enjoying the opportunity the club gives her to try out new clothes.

Joanna

Lisa

Sylvia

Genevieve

Jennifer

Milli

Mary

We had a good attendance this evening but unfortunately Lauren, who does the bar for us, was unwell, suffering from the problems she had before when she had to spend a week in hospital. I have spoken to her since then and she is now back working again and expects to be with us on wednesday.
Next week, the 8th of January, we will be have a "Sparkly Dress" theme night so I am hoping to get some good pictures to show here. I hope I can find something in my wardrobe. Mary

PS. I had a membership renewal payment from Mel, who is now living in Cyprus and when I wrote and thanked her for it she wrote me a very nice letter back so I will add it to the thank you letters page on this website so that you can all read it.

Wednesday the 18th of December 2013

Alex

We expected this week to be a bit quieter following the party last week and we were not wrong, but were still pleased with the number of people that came along, to make another successful evening as the final one for 2013.
Alex, shown here on the left, joined us for the first time this evening and immediately agreed to join us as the first new member for 2014. Welcome Alex and I hope this is the start of a new adventure for you.
Genevieve had bought a new hat not long ago and used her outing today to venture out in it, so here she is showing it off.

Genevieve

Jasmine

Jasmine is a fairly new member of the club and is already becoming adventurous wearing this excellent silver sequin dress which looks superb.
Kate, on the right, has been a member of Concord for several years now. I was fascinated to hear that she has recently had a hip replacement and is back doing almost all the very physical outdoor activities that she is addicted to.
She amazed me by saying that within two hours of her waking up in the recovery room they had her up and walking about on the new hip. She said that the biggest problem she had was being told that she must sleep on her back for several weeks until all the muscle has healed properly in case the joint slips out. She has survived all this and is now back to her old self.

Kate

Diane

Joanne

Rachel

Katie

Tina & Rachel

Daniella

Mary & Genevieve

Roli

OK, that's it for this year, as we obviously have no meeting on Christmas day. Our next meeting will be on wednesday the 1st of January 2014.
I would like to thank everyone who came to Concord this year and helped to make it such a friendly club. Best wishes for the rest of the Christmas holiday and I hope you all have a good and prosperous new year. Mary
Wednesday the 11th of December 2013

Genevieve, Judith, Tina & Millie

As you can see, today was our Christmas celebration at the club, with an excellent buffet laid on by Villaggio's.
Lauren had laid on lots of cold food plus hot Pizzas, which kept on coming throughout the evening so that everyone got them freshly cooked as they worked up the queue. We had asked her to cater for 80 people and that is almost exactly the number that came through the door, so it worked out well.

Gwen & Fiona

Alicia

It was pleasing to see that a few of you dressed to suit the occasion. I was really pleased to see Fiona and Gwen who cannot get here very often but made a real effort this evening. Gwen has shown her support for the club by rejoining for 2014 even though she cannot get here as she would like.
Alicia, also comes from comes from a distance and has not been coming for very long, but she really enjoys the atmosphere here at the club.

Didi et al

Kristina, Dee and Pauline et al

Caught here in the food queue are Dee and Pauline. Dee who only manages to get here occasionally and Pauline who is a leading light on the Transtastic website have known each other for a long time so they took the opportunity to catch up with each other.
Amber, shown on the right with Sylvia cannot get here very often but is always grateful for the start given to her by this club.

Amber & Sylvia

Lisa & Paula

Millie

Pauline

Michelle & Louise

Joanne & Karen

Sam & Vanessa

Frances

Emily & Georgina

Kristina

Chloe

Emma

Fiona

Cindy

Nikki, Paula & Lynn

Joanne

Rachel

Sylvia & Dolorez

Genevieve

Michaela

Nikki, Danielle & ?

Linda

Nikki, Jasmine & Dolorez

Later on in the evening we were visited by a newcomer, Jasmine, who was visiting Manchester for a few days with her husband and they happened to come into the restaurant downstairs for some food.
Someone told them about our event so they came up to investigate. They were a lovely couple so I invited them in and they stayed till the end of the evening. As there was still plenty of food left I offered them some and Jasmine had a good helping. Before she left she insisted on giving a £5.00 donation to the club.
They had come quite a distance but I think we gave a favourable indication of how welcoming Manchester is, so they may return later.

Mary & Andrea

As you can see there was not a lot of food left at the end of the evening.
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Lauren, Meshi, Mary and the staff in the kitchen for all the work they put in to help make this a memorable evening for us. Thank you.
We will have a normal club meeting next week and then the following wednesday is Christmas day. We will not be here then so I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.

The wednesday after that is New Years Day and we will be here for all of you that have not celebrated too hard the night before.
I hope to see many of you then, Mary

 

Wednesday the 4th of December 2013

Coloured wigs



Jewellery



Victoria


Linda & Victoria

This week we had the pleasure of Linda and Victoria's company again. They had brought along a large collection of wigs at £20 each including many coloured ones which proved very popular.
Here on the right we have Genevieve in a very fetcing red wig that went well with the coat she was wearing and below we have Pauline who was happy to take off her multicoloured one and try on this green wig and Roli bought a pink one. They are rather fun.
Linda and Victoria have now already arranged to return to the club, with their wares at 3 monthly intervals so we will see them again on the 5th of March.
Genevieve
Pauline

Pauline and Roli


Roli

Genevieve & Judith


Also, as you can see here, Judith bought a very nice blonde wig which suited her much better that she had expected.
I was pleased to see Katie here again this week as she doesn't get out much. She very generously brought along a clean bag of clothes that she can no longer fit into which she donated to the club. We will either sell them at a sale later next year for the club funds, or donate them to one of our members if someone suitable appears who could use them.

Katie

Frances

Roli & Erin

Joanne

Tanni

Tanni

Tanni

Lisa

Sylvia

Millie

Jane

Jane, on the left, only manages to get here occasionally but it is always good to see her when she can make it.
Andrea, on the right, bought this stunning dress down in London a few weeks ago and this is the first chance she has had to wear it.

Dont forget, this coming wednesday the 11th of December, we will be holding our christmas celebration at the club which includes a free buffet to everyone who comes along. We normally get a very large crowd and it is great fun to meet many of you who cannot get here very often. I hope to see you then, Mary.

Andrea

Wednesday the 27th of November 2013

Gill and Frances

It was lovely to welcome Gill back after quite a long absence. Here she is having a long talk with Frances. I spoke with her at the end of the evening and she said that she had enjoyed the evening having spoken with many of the people who came. She met quite a few new people who now know of the service she offers. All her current business now comes from T girls which she really enjoys.

Gill and Frances

Caroline and Genevieve

Julia and Nikki

Alicia

We had a number of distant visitors this week. On the left we have Caroline who comes up to Manchester from London to visit an old friend a few times a year and always takesthe opportunity to drop in to the club.
Then in the middle we have Julia who visited us from Brighton a few weeks ago and here she is again talking with Nikki who is also an occasional visitor but I think from not so far.
On the right we have Alicia who has now joined the club and has been a few times now, all the way from Burton on Trent, which is quite a drive to return the same evening.

Katie

Katie, on the left, comes in when she can but she leads a busy life and can only make it occasionally. Even so she is very appreciative of the club as she knows she can come along any week and relax and meet friends when she has time.
Kira, on the right, comes when she can and loves the opportunity it gives her to dress experimentally and be her real self here.

Kira

Jorja

Judith and Millie

Milli

Frances and Lynn

Rachel

Kirsty and Lisa

Mary, Kirsty, Lauren and Lauren's Mum
Last week Lauren asked me if it would be OK if her mother came to visit the club and of course I said yes, so this week here she is. It was lovely to see her again as I met her when I visited Lauren in hospital a few months ago. Sadly I still cant remember her name but that is just my brain getting a bit woolly now. She enjoyed her evening meeting the members and finishing up having a long chat with Hannah and her partner.
This Saturday we held our Christmas meal downstairs in the restaurant and 21 people attended. We had a lovely meal and a very enjoyable evening. I took several photos, with the help of Lauren, so here they are below. I will not put names to them as it gets too complicated

Mary

Kim

Tina

Chloe

Chloe had rung me earlier in the week to say that she was going to have to give up her ticket to the meal as the cheapest Hotel room she could find in Manchester was £190 for one night. As I have recently tidied up our spare room to make it habitable again I offered her a room for the night, which she accepted, so she was able to come after all. It was good to have her company for the evening and staying with us and in the car, so thank you Chloe, it added to my enjoyment of the evening.

DONT FORGET, next wednesday. the 4th of Dec we will have Linda and Victoria with us having a "Wig Sale"

and the following week, the 11th we will have our Christmas party with a free buffet. I hope to see many of you there.

Wednesday the 20th of November 2013

Sarah, Joanne & Jenny

It was great to see Sarah and Jenny here, out on one of their rare nights off from running their hotel in Blackpool. To the TG community it is known as The Tranny Lodge and to the rest of the world it is now called Scarlets Hotel. It can still be found under either name on the internet. Behind them was Joanne who is very busy these days on wednesday evenings but today she was free so good to see you Joanne.

Rachel & Rebbeka

On the right we have Rachel and Rebbeka. Rachel has been before, some time ago now but Rebekka was here for the first time. She has already written asking for a copy of this photo as she says that it is not often she gets the chance. They both come quite a distance so are not likely to be frequent visitors but I think they enjoyed our atmosphere.

Mya

It was lovely to see Mya again as she is so busy we dont see her enouph these days. As you can see she is progressing well to her goal and I was very pleased to hear that she is in full employment as Mya and has even been promoted since she started work with her current employer.
I was pleased to see Lucy and Lance again so soon after their last visit. I hope this continues.

Lucy and Lance

Sylvia and Jessica


Sylvia, shown here with Jessica, has not been well lately so I am glad to see her back with us now restored to her normal self.
Jessica has not been able to get here for quite a long time now as she has been tied up with unexpected family affairs. I think things are getting settled and we may now see more of her. I hope so.
As you can see, Jennifer on the right, is very happy with her new look and I must say I can understand why, as she is now able to fill out her dresses in a very feminine way.

Jennifer

Amy

Kristina

Jayne

Linda

Frances

Fiona

Kirsty, Paula & Lisa

Karen

Pauline, Millie & Sylvia

Genevieve and her new shoes

As you can see Genevieve was very pleased with her new shoes and I must say they do look stylish.

As ever Paula always manages to look the part so here she is as our final picture this week.

Paula

It was very pleasing to see so many girls out on Sunday afternoon for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was very cold but this did not stop a big crowd from gathering around the new memorial in Sackville park. We should all thank the organisers for making such efforts to bring this event to the level it now is. I am not including any pictures here but I am sure there will be many visible on facebook etc as I saw a lot being taken.

Finally next week we will have Gill Springay back with us again to help people with any makeup needs that they may have. Then on Saturday we will hold our Christmas meal here in Villaggio's. If anyone else wishes to come then please let me know on wednesday as we do need to forewarn the restaurant staff so that the evening goes smoothly.

Wednesday the 13th of November 2013
Stripey Theme Night

Joan and Jessica



Hi from Genevieve, Mary had another engagement this evening, so it was my honour to be hostess.

We had a buzzing evening, the stripe theme being popular, & tempting girls out. Amongst the newcomers was Jess from Halifax. She is a good friend of Joan (our forum administrator).

Genevieve

Helen

Another newbie was Helen who had travelled a fair distance with her partner Julie. Julie really enjoyed chatting but did not want to be photographed with Helen.

 

Helen brought a 2nd pair of shoes she had mentioned on the forum.

Helen & her Shoes

Another new comer was Sophie, & she spent much of her time on her acrylic nails.

Sophie's Nails

Lots of different stripe types/combinations

Paula & Lisa

Paula & Lisa in fine outfits enjoying the evening.

 

Joan also had her friend June with her this evening

June & Joan

Zee sporting a French Maids outfit.

 

 

Sam and Vanessa

Michaela

Leslie

Rachel

Frances

Steffie, Donna and Marie

I would like to thank Genevieve for taking on the role of Hostess this evening and providing all the pictures and info for this blog. Mary

Next week will be a normal club evening without a theme.

The following week we will have Gill Springay back with us again giving makeup advice and help.

Then on Saturday the 30th of November we will have our Chistmas meal here at Villaggio's. It is not too late to order your place at the meal.

Wednesday the 6th of November 2013

Amy

No special theme this evening so we are just left with a lot of beautiful people to show off.
Michelle on the right was already in the changing room when I got there but she sure does scrub up well when all the titivating is over. She hasn't beeen able to make it for a few weeks due to work so it was nice to see that she hasn't deserted us yet.
Amy, on the left, has been coming off and on for several years now and always manages to be cheerful and outgoing. Her great joy is to take people out round the village and show them a good time. If you are offered the chance to go with her then take it, she is good fun.

Michelle

Katie



Katie, shown here, visits us all the way from Kent when ever she gets the chance.
Over the last few years since she started coming here, we have seen her blossom into the really attractive girl she has become. It is a real pleasure to see someone like her doing so well.

Katie

Deanna

Deanna & Genevieve

Genevieve

Deanna, shown above, has recently returned to Concord after a long gap and has made friends with Genevieve. She has now joined Concord as a member so welcome to the club Deanna, I hope you stay with us now.

Tanni

Rachel

Lynn

Millie

Frances

Lisa

Tina

Towards the end of the evening another new girl came in called Tina and here she is in her finery on her first day. Welcome Tina you look fabulous.

Next week we are having a "Stripey" theme night so it will be interesting to see what people come up with. Unfortunately I will not be able to be there as I have a prior engagement. I am sorry to miss it as I have a few stripey outfits I could have worn.

Genevieve will be standing in for me, taking the pictures and writing this blog so I hope you will all give her an easy time. Mary

Wednesday the 30th of October 2013

Tina & Millie

So! It was a cold and miserable night just before Halloween and witches were afoot. We were all set up and wondering who would make it tonight.
We were not to be disappointed. It is clear that many of you like dressing up with a theme that everyone seems to understand. Not only were there lots of different disguises but there were so many of you as well. We had a fabulous evening. Thank you all for making the effort.

Witches

Millie, Roli, Mary, SarahLouise and Judith

Here is the first group we pictured of the early birds, but someone had to take the photo and that role fell to Genevieve.
Roli came as Brad Pitt from the Rocky Horror show and it was good to see Sarahlouise who now lives in Blackpool. It is a long time since she was last here.

Genevieve

Roli as Brad

Sarah-Louise

Sarah with face painting

Tina


A bit later in the evening we had another go as quite a few more people had appeared. It was great to see Chloe again after her long absence and Rachel on the far right was here before she goes over to Leeds for the "first friday" event.

Haley and Mel

Haley, on the left visited us a few weeks ago and asked if she could come again and bring Mel with her. Mel is from Cumbria and it is her first time with us so welcome Mel, I hope we see you again soon.
Susy on the right was another surprise visitor as she last came when we were in the Rembrandt about 5 years ago. Welcome back Susy.

Susy

Rosemary

A new visitor who came in this evening was Rosemary shown here on the left. She has been meaning to come along for a long time and has only just found the opportunity as she comes from quite a distance. It was very rewarding to talk to her and find out that she has been reading this blog for a long time. Because of this she was able to recognise many of the people at the bar, even giving their names, as these are all on the blog under each picture. She said she immediately felt at home because she was among people that she already knew about and could relate to.
Alicia, on the right, came for the second time this evening and this time she joined the club , so welcome Alicia, it was good to see you again.

Alicia

Below are a lot more of the members who attended the evening.

Frances and Michaela

Frances

Genevieve, Chloe, Lynn and Rachel

Erin & Pippa

Carole, Brenda, Diane & Rachel

Julia

Hannah & Lisa

Jennifer & Rosie

Paula & Lisa

Lynn

Millie

Michaela

Rachel

Paula & Lisa

Mary

Final picture

 

Finally, here is the last group picture we took towards the end of the evening. You should be able to name everybody by now so no names are included.
Next week is a normal club week and the following week we are having a "Stripey" theme evening so it will be interesting to see what people come up with.

Wednesday the 23rd of October 2013

Lynn, Linda and Judith

We had Linda and Victoria with us again this week selling their very reasonably priced wigs and jewellery. They will be here again on the 4th of december so if you missed your chance this week, try to make sure you get here then.
We had a new visitor from the south with us today called Jady and she has somehow managed to get into several pictures shown below.

Victoria and Millie

Jady and Katie

Genevieve, Jady and Tina

Jady, Pauline and Lisa

Jady is a great advocate of the St Audries Bay weeks at the holiday camp near Minehead in Devon run in May and October each year. If any of you are interested in going for a weeks holiday en femme then this is for you. The weeks are coded as "The Kentisbury" weeks on the St Audries brochures so these are the weeks that are kept just for transgender guests. Find their website via Google.

Karen, Amy and Fiona

Another first timer this week was Karen, shown here on the left with Amy and Fiona. She has already joined the club so we hope to see a lot more of her in the future. Welcome Karen, you look at home already.
Lance, shown here on the right with his friend Lucy, is a long term loyal member of Concord who came in to say hello and pay his membership fee for the year. Lance is an advocate of Men wearing skirts and sells them via his website called Midas Clothes. Lucy has been helping him develop the artistic side of the site.

Lance and Lucy

Paula

Genevieve, Mica, Judith, Frances, Tina & Millie

Joanna

Zee

Kirsty, Charley & Lisa

Hannah

Above we have Zee, who loves going out round the village and making new friends wherever she goes.
Charley in the middle picture was here for the second time and has now joined the club.
Tara has returned after a long break so I hope she can make it a bit sooner next time. Welcome back Tara.

Linda

Paula

Erin

Ana

Some of you will remember Ana from Brazil. I first met her when she came to the club in the Rembrandt. After she left to return home she invited me to go and stay with her family in southern Brazil. I went and stayed for 5 weeks in november 2011 and was made most welcome by all of them.
Last year she and her family, Paulo and Laura came over in july and came to the Sparkle Ball. We all then spent a few days driving round and visiting various places in the middle of England.
This last week Ana returned to give a lecture at Leeds University and we managed to meet up a few times while she was here. She had hoped to visit the club on wednesday evening but the timing of her lecture in Leeds made that difficult. We managed to meet up for a meal in Taurus on thursday evening and visited the TG memorial in Sackville gardens after dark as shown in the photo on the left. I am sorry it is out of focus but the only camera we had with a flash now wont focus properly. It was lovely to meet her again and she sends her best wishes to all the girls who knew her when she was here before.
It was a flying visit so she had to return to Brazil on friday morning last week.

Wednesday the 16th of October 2013

Joan, Mary and Michelle

It was great to meet Joan and Michelle this evening. Joan is the lady who runs the TransLakesNights in Cumbria and Michelle is active in the Stoke area. Joan has never been to Concord before but as she is very active in running the group in Cumbria she was anxious to see what our group is like so that she could feel happy to recommend people to come to visit us. We already had a good few people in the club so I think she left with a very good impression.
Our member Pipit often sends me info about the Translakes group which I add to the "other groups" section of this website but all their info is available at their website https://sites.google.com/site/translakesnights

Roli

We had several new people come along to the club this evening and the ones that were happy to have their picture taken are shown here.
Roli, on the left , had found us on the internet and came along with lots of confidence and the start of the evening and has now become member no 518, so welcome Roli it is always a pleasure to welcome new members.
Both Sylvia and Alicia came along seperately later in the evening and I am sure we will see them again very soon.
We had one other couple who came and spent most of the evening with us but as he was not "en femme" yet I will not put their names here. I hope they were encouraged and will return soon.

Sylvia and Alicia

Millie

Genevieve

Andrea

Judith

Jane, Jennifer, Rosie and Kate

Jane and Kate

Next week we will have Linda and Victoria with us again selling wigs and Jewellery. The following week is the day before Halloween so we will have a "Halloween" theme evening. Start getting your outfits organised now.
Wednesday the 9th of October 2013

Nicky & Karen

This week we had our friends Nicky and Karen from "Love your Beads" with us again. They are always such a cheerful pair and bring a very pretty stock with them so it is a pleasure to have them along. I hope they feel that their visits are worth it for them.
On the right we have Genevieve who is our membership secretary and one of our most regular members, Then Joanne and Caroline.
Joanne has been suffering from ill health for some time now so has been unable to get here. It is good to see her back again.
Caroline comes along as often as she can but as she lives in south London this cannot be very often. It is always good to see her as she has made many friends up here.

Genevieve, Joanne and Caroline

Millie

Millie, on the left has just returned from a week on the "Norfolk Broads", where she visited with some friends she made on one of her cruise trips. She enjoyed the trip but says she would use a different boat next time as the one they were on had very poor visibility for steering.
We miss her when she is away as she is our most loyal door money collector so this role has to be shared with others when she is away.
On the right we have Tina who also always helps on the door until she has to leave soon after 9pm. She is shown here with our other regular member Milli. You can differentiate between the two milli(e)s by the spelling of their names.

Tina and Milli

We had a new person come along this week called Georgina. She came dressed as a man but had done the thing that I always advise, which is to bring some female clothes with her, so that she can change if she wishes during the evening. After chatting for a while I left her with Milli and she very quickly persuaded her to go up to the changing room to get changed. She then came down and spent the rest of the evening with us and told me how relaxed she felt in the atmosphere of the club. I did take a picture to show her but have not included it here as she asked me not to. I am sure that will come later.

Paula

Linda

Paula

Caroline

Pauline and Sonia

Kirsty

Rachel

Sabrina in Coat

Sabrina without coat

This club has a number of people who attend very regularly plus many others who only come occasionally. It is always pleasing to see those who only come occasionally and this week two I have shown above are Caroline and Sabrina. The club would be a poorer place without all these visiting members so it is well worth it for us if any of you out there make the effort when you can, to come along and pay us a visit.
Wednesday the 2nd of October 2013

Tina and Mary

Lisa

Michaela and Frances

Anna and Carole


This evening was advertised as a "Silver Dress" theme night. It became obvious as the evening progressed that Silver was not a popular colour, but no matter we still got a few people looking very different from their usual colours.
My apologies to Kelly and Sheila, who came later in the evening all decked out in Silver outfits and I failed to take a picture. I am sorry but it was quite a busy evening as we also had three new people come along, plus more than the average turnout even though they weren't in Silver.

Lynn

Our new visitors this evening were Jay from Birkenhead, who had just come for an evening out in Manchester, without knowing that Manchester Concord existed. She was befriended by a very helpful guy in the New Union, who brought her along to the club and introduced her. We then managed to lend her sufficient clothes so that she felt comfortable to stay for the reat of the evening.
Then there was Carina from Chile who is over here at the University and had found us on the internet so came along to introduce herself. She is here for at least 18 months so we may see alot more of her.
Finally there was Naomi, who lives locally, here in Salford, and had been watching the website for sometime before she finally decided to come along in person.
Welcome to all three of you, I hope you continue to come and enjoy our company. Pictures will hopefully come later when they are more confident.

Julie


If you remember, a few weeks ago I mentioned that a long time friend of mine, Julie, had appeared at the club again for the first time in very many years. I was very pleased to see her here again this week and here is a picture that I am sure many early members of Concord will recognise. She still has her good looks and figure and is just as energetic as ever. I am sure Bev and Paula1 will remember her well.
It is also always a delight to see Katie come in to the club. She is a good friend to many of the members and comes a long way to be here when she can.

Katie

Milli

Jennifer and Rosy

Sonia and Pauline

Mary and Michaela

Daniella and Genevieve

Tina and Mary

Finally, just to get a bit more Silver into the pictures, here are a couple more repeating some of the same people as at the top.
Next wednesday, the 9th of October, we will have Karen and Nicky here from "Love your Beads" in Blackpool so do come along and see what goodies they have for us.
Wednesday the 25th of September 2013

Visitor from Brighton

It was great to welcome a visitor from Brighton this week. I am so sorry I cant remember her name but it was interesting to learn that although Brighton has the reputation of being one of the leading T Girl centres of the south, there doesn't appear to be a club like Concord in that area. There is plenty of entertainment available, but not a regular weekly social club that meets in a quiet bar so that new people can get to know each other without any hassle from the general public and members can come along any wednesday knowing that they will meet people that they have a common bond with.

Bar view

Frances and Vanessa

It is good to see Fances almost fully recovered from her operation, shown here catching up with Vanessa, who has recently been performing at the Edinburg festival along with her daughter, so they had plenty to talk about.
I am so pleased that Linda continues to come to the club every fortnight and enjoy the opportunity to socialize with the other members.

Linda

Amber, Pauline and Amie

Genevieve

Judith and Genevieve

Early in the evening Pauline, from Bolton, gave a bag full of wigs to Sarah and asked her to give them to me for the members of the club to buy for a small donation to the club. So thanks very much Pauline, they have now nearly all gone and the club has benefited from your generosity. Above we have Judith and Genevieve showing off their new wigs and a second one of Genevieve wearing another one while leaning on the bar. We all thought that the wig Genevieve is wearing next to Judith makes her look much younger and she proceeded to wear it for the rest of the evening.

Georgina

Julia

Millie & Frances

Lynn & Rachel

Mya & Amy

Lisa & Jasmine

Amy, shown here above right with Mya has always seemed to me to be a very adventurous lady, so I was not very surprised when she came over and showed me a picture from her holidays in Mauritius. It showed her calmly stroking the back of a LION. There was a chap with her holding a gun, but even so I dont think I would do that.
Jasmine here on the left with Lisa is here for only the second time so welcome Jasmine you were looking very Glam this evening.

Genevieve, Tanni & Lynn

Tanni, shown above with Genevieve and Lynn is getting more experimental by the minute and loving it. It is great to see people that just love dressing up. SO, dont forget that next week we are having a "SILVER DRESS" theme evening. Lets make the most of it.
Finally Frances and I went along to the opening of the April Ashley exhibition at the Liverpool Museum on thursday evening. I was glad to also see a number of our members there. There are masses of pictures, lots of cuttings from newspapers showing the traumas she has had to put up with during her life, plus bits of film that help bring her story to life. There is also a very detailed timeline showing the progress of the changing attitudes in society plus the points where the law was eventually changed to bring it up to date. There is still a long way to go to get everyone treated fairly but an awful lot has changed for the better in one lifetime. April herself was there so it was a pleasure to see her still looking glamorous and as sharp as ever. The exhibition is on for another year so do take the opportunity to go and see it before it disappears.
Wednesday the 18th of September 2013

Tina, Laura, Joanne & Adam

This week we had Laura and Adam from Max Factor here for the first time. They come from the Max Factor concession in Boots in Market street and have recently taken over from Vicky who has now retired back to Cyprus. Vicky came to the club very often in years gone by so it was nice to welcome the new people who have taken over the reins from her. They talked to many people during the evening and did a full makeover for Joanne who is standing in the background.

Sylvia, Rachel & Judith

Joanne

You cant see Joanne's outfit very well in the picture above so here she is again showing it off very well.
We tried the seating pose for a change and I think she looks more relaxed than usual like this.
Tina is at last now free of her crutch from her accident to her leg so here is her picture as she is, back to her normal self. She is off on another of her railway trips very soon. This time I think it is to Bulgaria where they still have quite a number of steam engines that they run for enthusiasts.
Below on the left we have Charlie who was at the club for the first time and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. Welcome Charlie we hope this is the first of many visits.

Tina

Charlie

Genevieve & Dawn

Danielle

Millie

Lynn

Judith and Rachel

Paula

Rachel & Judith

Mary

Milli


I tried the seating pose again here with Milli and I think it makes a very good picture which she looks really good in.
Next week is a normal club with nothing special on but the following week we will have a SILVER theme night so you still have time to find something suitable if you dont already have it. Get looking.
Wednesday the 11th of September 2013

Linda & Victoria

This week we had Linda and Victoria with us again. They are becoming a regular part of the club as they now bring their goodies along about every 5 to 6 weeks. They dont only sell wigs, but also lots of jewellery and make up and accessories. They are popular as their prices are reasonable and they also offer good service, so thanks to you both from us all.

Wig Stall

Haley, Tyla and Sarah

Tina brought along two friends, Haley and Sarah, shown here on the left, with another new girl Tyla.
Sarah works with Tina and her friend Hayley is thinking of setting up a dressing service so she wanted to come along and see what we were like. They both thoroughly enjoyed their evening chatting with a number of the ladies here and hope to return again very soon.

Frances

It was lovely to see Frances back with us again after her heart operation to fix a bad valve she has had for years. She is recovering well and has been given a new lease of life by the NHS. Welcome back Frances.
A very unusual sight to see on the right is both Katie and Paula with no legs on view. A complete coincidence I am told but I am not sure I can believe it.

Katie and Paula

Sarah and Jorja

Rachel

Lesley and Michelle

Sylvia

Pippa

Linda

Michaela

Brenda and Diane

Lynn

Mary and Cindy

Karen

Genevieve

It was lovely to welcome Karen, shown above in he middle. Here for the first time but quickly gained in confidence and agreed to allow her photo. I think she enjoyed her evening and she has promised to return next week.
Finally, I had a wonderful surprise when a friend, who I first met here at the club in 1987, but haven't seen since around 1986, came in. Her name is Julie and it was really great to see her again after all these years. We got talking for most of the rest of the evening, so much so, that I forgot to take a picture of her but I am sure she will be back. She no longer lives in Manchester, which is why she disappeared from my life, but is now married and living a very good life in Scotland. If any of the early members of Northern Concord are reading this then they will know the Julie I am talking about. It really was lovely to see her looking so fit and well.
Next week we will have Laura and Adam from Max Factor in Boots with us. They visited us a few weeks ago and are looking forward to doing some makeovers here next wednesday.

Wednesday the 4th of September 2013

Nicky and Michael

This evening we had a visit from Michael, Nicky and Sam from TRANSGLAMOUR. Michael is a hairdresser and Nicky is alos a hairdresser but has now trained as a beauty therapist and really enjoys doing makeup for T girls.
They ran a session here in Villaggio's over Sparkle and really enjoyed it so they are anxious to be able to continue helping T girls to make the best of themselves. See their website here

Tina and Sam

Wig models


We really enjoyed their company and they are very happy to come again, so expect to see them again later in the year.
Genevieve decided that she wanted to be a model so here she is. I realise now that she should have hidden her arm as it would have been more realistic.

Genevieve

Lisa and Paula

Louise and Michelle

Milli and Lynn

Joanne

Susan

Mary

Sylvia

Amie and Amber

Sylvia

It was lovely to welcome back Amie and Amber.. They have not been to the club for quite a long time and we have missed them. Amie now has some transport again which makes it easier for them to get out.
Next week we will have Linda and Victoria with us again selling their wigs, jewellery and clothes so come along and buy something new. They usually have something unexpected to show us.

 

Wednesday the 28th of August 2013

Liz and Rebecca

It was great to welcome Liz and Rebecca this week. Rebecca has been before, a few weeks ago, but Liz has recently moved here from Holland and they are setting up home together here in Manchester, so hopefully we will see more of them.
Sylvia, here on the right with Genevieve and Lisa, has now returned from a long holiday so we can expect to see here with us again now.

Genevieve, Lisa and Sylvia

Tanni and Anna

Tanni, shown here with Anna, is doing a great job for the club as she often manages to bring new people along each time she comes. Thanks Tanni.
Zee, shown here with Genevieve, is very grateful to the club for giving her the chance to express herself as she wishes. She has been coming every week now for some months and is really enjoying herself.

Genevieve and Zee

Caz

Danialle

Katie

Kate

Joanne

Linda

Jorja

Sheila and Kelly

Millie

Sheila and Lynn

Paula Falisia

Lynn has somehow managed to acquire a tail, possibly from Pride, which Sheila is enjoying.











Finally, Paula has at last found fame with Eddie Stobart and here is her truck named after her to prove it.

Paula's Truck

Wednesday the 21st of August 2013

Laura and Adam

This week we were meant to have Karen and Nicky from "Love your Beads" in Blackpool with us, but they were unable to make it because they were so busy preparing to set up their stall at Pride here in Manchester on Saturday. They have now arranged to come on the 9th of October.
Instead we had a visit from Laura and Adam from Max factor who have already booked to come on the 18th of September but wished to pay us a visit first to see how the club runs.
They stayed for a large part of the evening and I think they are looking forward to their next visit.

Sally & Rachel

Karen, Diane, Cate and Kate

Soon after they arrived we heard lots of loud bangs coming from outside and when we looked out we saw all these fireworks being let off, presumably to celebrate the start of the Pride weekend.
On the left we have Karen and Diane who had been spending time together here in Manchester and were staying for the whole of the Pride weekend.
Above on the right we have Sally and Rachel who were here for the first time as they were visiting Manchester from Blackpool and decided that they would take the opportunity to visit us while they were here.

Fireworks over the canal

Emily and Kirsty

Mary and Cindy

Genevieve

Andrea

Lisa and Paula

Millie

As mentioned earlier it was the Pride weekend here in Manchester. A number of our members took part in the parade and we also shared a stand with Transforum in the Lifestyle Expo here in the village.
Karen was also asked to organise a three hour entertainment on the stage in Sackville Gardens which was very successful with our transgender friend Debbie Roberts as the Commere.
I did manage to get to the park for a short time and caught the singer JANUARY on the stage giving a great performance to a large crowd. Well done Karen for all your work in putting that together.

Mary and Karen

January

January

Stand with Lynn in charge

Giselle

Lynn, Mary, Anon, Liz, Jenny-Anne and Dawn

Above is a picture of our complete stand with Lynn looking after it, as she did for the whole of the three days of the event. So my sincere thanks go to her along with Genevieve who came on the Saturday to help out after taking part in the parade.
The middle picture shows Giselle who started witn Concord several years ago and is now married to her partner who she came along with back then and they are both working at the LGF as counsellors while continuing to study for further qualifications. To my mind she is a very successful transgender lady who shows what can be achieved.
On the right we have a picture of the Transforum side of the stand with several, but not all of the people who helped them keep it staffed.
Finally here are a couple of pictures from the parade that Genevieve has sent me. They do show some of our ladies taking part but I will leave you to try to pick them out. You will see some of the Transgender flags that they were carrying as shown on the end of out table in our stand above.
Wednesday the 14th of August 2013

Lauren

We were all delighted to welcome Lauren back with us again after her three weeks off being ill. I am glad to say that she is now fully recovered and back to her usual ebullient self. So, welcome back Lauren, we missed you.
Early in the evening Milli came with two of her friends from work, Paloma and Havier. They are both from Spain and wished to know more about Milli and meet her friends. They both stayed for most of the evening and made a number of new friends.

Paloma, Milli and Havier

Leila


Leila came along for the first time this evening full of confidence looking georgeous with her long hair and blue dress.
A bit later Hannah came in having last visited us when we were at the Rembrandt. This time she has joined the club so I think we might see here a bit sooner next time. I hope so.
We also had one other newcomer but she was not yet ready to appear here, so you will have to wait for her picture. It was her first time out so it is very understandable that she was reluctant but I think we will see her again very soon.

Hannah

Paloma, Milli and Mary

Judith

Sam

Zee

Genevieve & Joanne

Paula

Lynn

Milli & Lisa

Millie

Kelly

It was good to see Kelly and Sheila back with us again after all their hard work at Sparkle. Kelly was in a new outfit complete with these fantastic shoes that she recently bought.
I was taken completely by surprise when Laren came round from the bar to the main part of the room and told everyone present that I had my birthday while she was in hospital and it had not been acknowledged here at the club. She then, to my embarassment, got everyone singing "Happy Birthday" and sheila came round the corner from the bar end with a plate full of cakes with candles on. It was a lovely gesture and thank you to Lauren and Sheila for organising it.

Kelly's new shoes

Next week Karen and her friend from "Love your Beads" in Blackpool will be here with us, so do come along and see what they have for us.
Then on the following Saturday, the 24th of August, the Pride Parade will take place in Manchester and the Transgender Community have been invited to have a walking group almost at the front of the parade. We are all invited to take part and I will be sending details of time and place etc to all our members very soon, but please give it some serious thought, as it would be good to have a large contingent to show that the Trans community is alive and well.
Wednesday the 7th of August 2013
   
 

 

 

 

 


As you can see, this week we had a purple dress theme, but I hadn't realised how many diferent shades of purple there might be.
We decided to go outside so that we could get everyone in the photo but found that it is quite difficult to get such a wide shot. Here I have shown it split in two at the top to get a slightly larger picture.
We then came back inside and decided to try to see how many we could get in and this is the best we could do.
Going outside was fun as our picture was also taken by a number of passers by who wondered what was going on.
 

Nic and Damsel

The large pictures at the top were actually taken using a Tablet, by Nic, shown here on the left with Damsel.
Nic is starting a website selling larger sized shoes called Dumdum shoes and she had written to me asking if she could come along and get our members to fill out a questionaire about the sort of shoes they would buy if given the chance. She is a very friendly person and was able to get almost everyone there to answer many of her questions so she now has a better idea of what our preferences are.
She has promised to come back when she has some stock available so that people can try the shoes before they buy.

Zee, Damsel and Tanni

Joanne and Genevieve

Nikita

Millie and Mary

Sarah and Danielle

Sarah, shown on the left wth Danielle, has not been to the club for around 9 years as this is when she decided to retire to Benidorm in Spain. She has been disappointed to find that there is not a TRANS scene in Benidorm and has been unable to find like minded friends out there.
She is over here on holiday for a few weeks so if anyone knows where she could go out there, she would be delighted to meet them.

Christine and Stacey

Cate and Jane

Tanya

Susan, Cate, Jane, Katie and Lisa

Rachel and Mary

Rachel, on the left with Mary, visits us from Kent when she can. She came this week because we had advertised it as a Purple dress evening, so it does show that it is worthwhile having these colour themes. Thanks for coming Rachel, we enjoy having you with us.

Next week we had planned to have Gill Springay, The Makeover Girl, with us but she has had to postpone her visit to some time in September, so we will just have a normal club meeting.

Vida

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