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Equity North & West Yorks Variety Branch November 2011 Newsletter

27 October 2011

Equity President to speak at November Branch Meeting

We are excited to announce that Malcolm Sinclair, Equity’s National President will speak on “Variety in Hard Times - How can Equity help?” at your next Branch meeting. Please come along on:

Monday 21 November


at The Fiddlers Three

Pasture Lane, Clayton, Bradford, BD7 2SQ

Bus 636 or 637 from Stand J Bradford Interchange to Pasture Lane near junction with Clayton Road.

Actor Malcolm Sinclair has appeared in recent years in theatres including in The Grand Theatre in Leeds and on Television including in Midsomer Murders, Casualty and Pie in the Sky. He also played Dryden, the first villain to be killed by Daniel Craig as James Bond in the film Casino Royale.


New Venue and Day for Meetings

From December onwards, Branch Meetings will take place at Low Moor Club, 161 Huddersfield Road, Low Moor, Bradford, BD12 0TQ. Buses 363, 625, 627. Your invitation to our  Xmas Social on Wednesday 14 December is at the end of this Newsletter.


Jackie’s Memorial Concert Raises £2,000

Janie Voltaire writes: On October 12th a Memorial Concert for Jackie Provis was staged at Manningham Ward Labour Club in Bradford. Most of the artistes appearing had been friends of Jackie for many years including commère June Martell, who did a brilliant job holding the show together. Other artistes appearing were Johnny Dee, Janie Voltaire, Nicky Newsome, Dill Shaw, Ellie Davies and Brenda Martine.

The evening started with bingo and the Club Committee very kindly donated £100 to the fund. Sales of Jackie's CD and a raffle also boosted the amount raised.

The club steward and the committee of Manningham Labour Club were totally helpful and supportive and thanks to the generosity of all the people involved in putting on the show and the wonderful audience on the night Jackie's sister Sheila was able to present Bradford Royal Infirmary Chemotherapy Outpatients Unit with the sum of £2,022. I'm sure Jackie would be pleased.

Jackie’s sister Sheila Pullan added: “I'd like to express my gratitude to everyone who supported Jackie's Memorial concert. It was a wonderful evening and particular thanks must go to Janie Voltaire for organising the event.”


Children’s Entertainers Open Meeting

Equity’s National Variety Advisory Committee has organised the next Open Meeting for Children’s Entertainers on Thursday 10 November 2011 at 2pm at Guild House, the Union’s headquarters in London. All members who work in Children’s Entertainment are welcome.


A Benefit for Leeds City Varieties

Your Branch will be working with Humberside Variety and South Yorkshire Variety Branches to stage a Benefit Concert for Leeds City Varieties. The event, organised in conjunction with City Varieties General Manager Peter Sandeman, will take place in September 2012 to mark the first anniversary of the reopening of the venue. The venue reopened two months ago after major refurbishment including the installation of disabled access to all floors.


Find Out FIRST on Your Branch Web Site

We are developing our Web Site into a valuable resource for the Branch. The quickest way to get News updates from your Branch is to subscribe to our RSS feed. This is at:

Branch Newsletters can either be read on the web site or downloaded from there. A large print version of the Newsletter can also be downloaded from the Web Site. Dates of Branch Meetings are entered into the Events Calendar on the web site. You can view the details of an Event in the Calendar and download it into programs such as the Calendar in Microsoft Outlook.

Our Web Site has really come into its own by enabling us to create a web page in memory of our former Branch Secretary Jackie Provis. This is a fuller version of the Appreciation published in the September Newsletter and includes the Eulogy June Martell gave at Jackie’s funeral.        

So, please have a good look around the Branch Web Site and keep coming back for the latest news. Its all at:


Can you spare a Raffle Prize?

Your Equity Branch has a raffle to raise money for branch funds at each meeting and we need prizes. Can you donate a prize for a future raffle? It would be a good opportunity to recycle something you no longer want for a good cause! If you can spare a prize for the raffle, please bring it to any branch meeting. Thank you.


Equity North and West Yorkshire Variety Branch

 invites you to our

Christmas Social & Open Mic Night

Wednesday 14 December, 8.00pm 

Low Moor Club, 161 Huddersfield Rd, Bradford, BD12 0TQ 

Members and Friends bring your backing tracks

Enjoy a Good Night with a Pie and Pea Supper included.

Open To All


First Meeting  and Open Mic Night in 2012 will be on

Wednesday  15 February  at Low Moor Club 


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