Essex General Branch
The Essex General Branch celebrated it's 10th. Birthday last year. We have a history of arranging workshops, specialised courses and interesting speakers.
There have been yearly members social events including Garden Parties, River trips, Christmas & New Year Get togethers and Theatre visits.
September 2012 saw another Garden Party with Salsa band and good weather. The year also included a Using the Equity Website workshop, and several inspiring speakers, notably: Jackie Marshall-Ward - historical dance, as well as lively discussion of current topics.
2103 saw a successful outreach programme to the communty and local members with a Showcase - Selection Box at the Fold Billericay. This included afternoon programmes for younger audiences and and evening of variety all provided by member of Essex General Branch. Press and local radio ave good coverage here.
See News and Events
In Essex we have always aimed to be inclusive and embrace all types of entertainer. Punch and Judy Professors, Pupeteers, Story tellers, Actors, Dancers, Directors, Opera singers, Music Theatre performers, Radio presenters and Variety artists of all kinds are part of our wide ranging membership.
We have been meeting bi-monthly on Saturday mornings in the Friends Meeting House, Chelmsford for our Branch meetings, which are usually followed by a visit to the adjacent County hotel. In 2014 the meetings will be roving around Essex to give a wider range of members the opportunity to attend. See Events
The Branch has had 3 Motions to conference the most recent being on Branch structure for the future, presented at the 2011 ARC Conference.
We were able to send 2 Representatives plus an observer in 2013 and will again this year.
2014 has seen a new Committee and an exciting programme of speakers, social events and workshops is planned, including a visit from Equity President Malcolm Sinclair - See News.
Our aim is to be always helpful, friendly, inclusive and professional in all that we do.
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Equity has a vital network of branches throughout the UK which give members a voice in the union and much more. Branches hold regular meetings in their local area and all members and student members are invited to attend these to share views and experiences, discuss issues that are of importance to them and put proposals to Equity's ruling body - the Equity Council. Branches also organise a programme of social events and raise money for local charities.
If you are an Equity member or student member based in the area you are able to join the branch (no charge) so please get in touch with Dee Mardi - the branch chair. 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.