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Yorkshire Ridings General Branch

Vibrant and busy local branches are an important part of Equity, giving members a voice in the union. All members and student members are welcome to come to the regular Branch meetings in their area to share views and experiences, discuss issues that are important to you and put proposals to Equity's ruling body - the Council. Branches also organise social events and may raise money for local charities.

If you are an Equity member or student member based in the area you may join the branch (no charge) so please get in touch with the Branch Secretary. If you are a member or student member visiting the area you are very welcome to drop into the next branch meeting and get to know some of your fellow members.

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Equity Yorkshire Ridings General Branch

Please come to our

Social Events

Monday 21 September, 2pm (Small Meeting Room)

Saturday 26 September, 2pm (Priestley Room)

West Yorkshire Playhouse
Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP

We are holding two Social events with light refreshments to say thank you to all our members for supporting the Branch. These will include informal meetings where you can find out about becoming more involved in Equity. With Nominations for the 2015-16 Branch Committee now open, there will also be a chance for members to be Proposed and Seconded to stand in the Committee elections.


Nominations for the 2015-16 Yorkshire Ridings General Branch Committee are now open

Your Branch Committee is a group of nine branch members, elected by fellow members to serve for one year. Your Branch needs a balanced, representative Committee that will strive to make the Branch relevant to you, our members. To achieve this we particularly want to encourage women, minority ethnic, disabled, LGBT, student and younger members to stand for election. Please would you consider standing for the Committee?

Download the Nomination Form


#castitinyorkshire endorsed by the Council

The April meeting of the Equity Council has endorsed the Branch’s Cast It In Yorkshire Campaign. Our Branch Meeting in March agreed to a motion requesting this and the text of the motion is at:


The motion further requests union resources to be made available to enable a Cast it in Yorkshire campaign strategy to be devised and to deliver a high profile campaign launch and the Branch Committee will now be getting on with this in conjunction with union staff.


ARC 2015

The 2015 Annual Representative Conference took place in London on 17 - 17 May. The Final Agenda for the ARC can now be downloaded from https://www.equity.org.uk/documents/arc-2015-final-agenda


Can You Help Your Branch?

Members have asked the Branch to organise workshops - could you help with that? Or setting up rehearsed readings perhaps? How about keeping in touch with student members and potential members? We would love people to help make social and fund raising events for the Branch happen. Or if all that’s too much, do you have news to share with other members … or views about how your Branch could be better? We would always welcome a short piece for the Branch Newsletter. Could you donate a prize for the raffle held at each meeting? Please support your Equity Branch so that Equity can support you.


We Want to Listen (and talk) to You

Your branch needs YOU to get involved in its meetings and activities. While your Committee has tried to offer socials and meetings with interesting speakers, recently we have failed to attract as many members to these as we would like. We particularly regret that low attendances have meant that the Branch has been unable to send either a motion or an amendment to this year's National conference. As a result, Branch members have been denied this opportunity to be involved in Equity's policy making.

What are we doing wrong? What do we need to do differently? We need to learn from YOU, our members. We have started asking members who come to meetings to fill in a short questionnaire about these issues. A similar questionnaire is available for any member to fill in at http://www.equity.org.uk/branches/yorkshire-ridings-general-branch/documents/yrg-branch-member-feedback-form. Please download a copy, fill it in and send it to us. In addition, we plan to ring a number of you up to listen to your ideas on what we need to change.


Advice and Rights Helpline

Equity operates an Advice and Rights Helpline on 020 7670 0223 on Mondays and Thursdays between 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm. Advice given covers tax, national insurance, welfare benefits, tax credits and other related areas. Alternatively, members can e-mail legalandwelfare@equity.org.ukfor help.


Council Supports Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

Equity’s Council has voted to support Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign’s call for a public enquiry into the policing of the 1984 Miners’ Strike. Backing a Yorkshire Ridings Branch motion, the Council took the view that “Trade union legal rights and privileges under UK law are crucial to Equity in fulfilling its duties to members ... Serious allegations have been made that these legal rights ... were breached at Orgreave. An inquiry into what happened ... would help to establish whether these allegations are well founded.” The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign’s web site is at: http://otjc.org.uk

 Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign held a demonstration outside the northern Independent Police Complaints Commission office - Pioneer House, Woolpacks Yard, Wakefield, WF1 2SG on Friday 28th March 2014 at 1pm.


September 2015 Branch Newsletter (print and web versions)

Download September 2015 Print Newsletter as a PDF document

Other versions of the September 2015 Newsletter will be available soon.


View July 2015 E-Newsletter as a Web page

Download July 2015 Print Newsletter as a PDF document

View June 2015 E-Newsletter as a Web page

Download June 2015 Print Newsletter as a PDF document

View May 2015 E-Newsletter as a Web page

Download May 2015 Print Newsletter as a PDF document


View or Download older Newsletters


To download Large Print Versions of Branch Newsletters as PDF documents, click on the links below:

July 2015 June 2015 May 2015

Previous Large Print Newsletters


Contributions from members towards the next Newsletter welcome. Contact: equity.yrgb@gmail.com


2013-14 Annual Report

The 2013-14 Annual Report is now available in various formats:

View the Annual Report Online

Download the A5 format Annual Report

Download the A4 format Annual Report

Download  the Large Print Annual Report

Details of the 2014-15 Committee can be seen here.


Standard Agenda for Branch Meetings

Your Branch Committee has decided to publish a Standard Agenda for Branch Meetings to give members who haven’t been to a meeting before an idea of what we discuss when we meet. The length of time spent discussing different agenda items will vary from meeting to meeting.

Read the Standard Agenda.  Download the Standard Agenda.

We always welcome members who haven’t come to a Branch Meetings before.


Branch Meeting Minutes Now available from the Web Site

Minutes of Branch Meetings are published on the Web site to give members more information about what we discuss when the Branch meets. These are the most recent Minutes that are available for download:

May 2015 - Minutes of Branch Meeting held on 12 May 2015 when Casting Director Jo Adamson-Parker was the speaker.

April 2015 - Minutes of Branch Meeting held on 15 April 2015 which discussed the Annual Representative Conference Agenda and had reports from the Regional Organiser and on the redevelopment works at York Theatre Royal.

December 2014 - Notes of Inquorate Branch Meeting held on 8 December at which Red Ladder Theatre Artistic Director Rod Dixon was the speaker.

November 2014 - Minutes of Branch Meeting held on 11 November which included discussion about the Cast It In Yorkshire initiative.


Previous Minutes

You will need to log into the Web site with your Equity membership number and your password before you can download the Minutes.



Thank you to Morrish Solicitors LLP and Unity Trust Bank for their sponsorship.


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