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August 2013
Branch Newsletter
Yorkshire Ridings General Branch

Issue 9

Dear __NAME__

Thank You for Supporting Your Branch

Yorkshire Ridings General Branch is 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 2013-14 Branch Committee now open, there will also be a chance for members to be Proposed and Seconded to stand in the Committee elections (more information below). Please come along to one or both events on:

Monday 2 September, 2pm

Saturday 7 September, 12 Midday

West Yorkshire Playhouse
Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP


Universal Credit Seminars

Many welfare benefits claimed by Equity members are being abolished in the government's welfare reforms.  Universal Credit will replace income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Housing Benefit and many others. Come to a free session on Universal Credit to find out about entitlement under the reformed system, how it will work and what will happen to the benefits you claim now.

Seminars have been arranged on:

Tuesday 17 September, 2pm at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.

Wednesday 18 September, 1pm at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Please e-mail to reserve your place stating the date and venue you wish to attend.


Can YOU help your Branch deliver for you and other members?

Your Branch needs people to run efficient meetings, to organise venues and speakers for meetings, to arrange social events, to communicate with members through Newsletters, E-Newsletters and Social Media, to look after the Branch’s finances, to take Minutes of meetings and more. While some of the existing Committee members will be standing again, it would be healthy to have new people join the Committee too. The existing officers and committee members won’t go on forever and we need to look to the future.

Please come to one (or both) of the early September Socials. These will be a chance to chat with members of the existing Committee informally, to find out more about what being on the Committee involves and to be Proposed and Seconded by fellow Branch members if you wish to stand for the Committee.

If you want to stand for the Committee and can’t get to any of the September meetings please ring 01422 885211 or e-mail and we will arrange for someone to Propose and Second you.


How the new Committee and Officers are elected

A Nomination form for election to the 2013-14 Committee is set out below in this Newsletter. Would you consider standing? Nomination forms can also be downloaded from

Completed Nomination forms need to be returned to the Equity Sheffield office (address on the form) by Noon on Thursday 26 September. If more than nine people are nominated for the Committee, there will be an election by postal ballot. If nine or fewer people stand, all who are nominated by the deadline will become members of the new Committee.

The membership of the new Committee will be announced at the Annual General Meeting. The first meeting of the new Committee will take place on conclusion of the AGM. This meeting will discuss how the work of running the Branch will be shared out between Committee members and will elect the Branch’s officers for the next year.


One Nation Labour Arts Event:

The future of Britain’s arts and culture policy

Thursday 5th September, 14.00 – 16.00, Howard Assembly Room at Opera North, Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU

Download full invitation letter from Dan Jarvis MP, Shadow Culture Secretary from In order to attend, please RSVP to Kamella Hopkins at by Friday 30th August. 


Annual General Meeting

The Yorkshire Ridings General Branch 2013 Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 12 October, 1pm, at Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL. Liam Evans Ford, who has worked as a community producer in York will speak at the meeting.


ITV Yorkshire and Equity Branch Meetings

With the Branch's Annual General Meeting being held in October this year, the Branch Committee wanted to hold a Branch Meeting in September at ITV Yorkshire. However ITV Yorkshire have told us that they "will not be able to accommodate any future Equity meetings" because "we are just not geared up for the size of attendance that occurred at the last meeting and didn't realise the impact that would be caused in what is a live broadcasting television studio."

Nigel Jones, our Regional Organiser has written to ITV Yorkshire on behalf of the Branch urging them to reconsider their decision. However, at the time of going to publication, no response has been received to this.

Branch Officers considered holding a meeting at an alternative venue near ITV Yorkshire, but this venue wasn't available. While we are organising the two informal socials at the beginning of September, there will not be a full Branch Meeting during the month. There will however be a short Branch Meeting in York on Saturday 12 October prior to the start of the Annual General Meeting.


Can You Spare a Raffle Prize?

Your Equity Branch will be having a raffle to raise money for branch funds at each meeting from now on 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 raffle prize, please bring it to any Branch meeting or Social.


Dates for Future Branch Meetings:

Monday 2 September 2pm - Social and Informal Meeting at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.

Saturday 7 Sept Midday – a second Social and Informal Meeting at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. Come to either or both!

Saturday 12 October Annual General Meeting, 1pm, at Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL.          


Branch Contacts:

Chair:     Joy Palmer
Vice-Chair:     Audrey Roselyn Pointer
Secretary:     Pete Keal     01422 885211,
Assistant Secretary:     Anthony Blakesley
Treasurer:     David Charles Denwood

Committee Members: 

                                      Richard Dobson                                 
                                      Yvonne Okyere-Whalley
                                      Madame Zucchini a.k.a. Natalie Hunt

Regional Organiser:  Nigel Jones  0114 275 9746,  07798 750253,


Branch Resources

The Standard Agenda for Branch Meetings can be read at A copy of the Standard Agenda can be downloaded at

To download the minutes of past Branch Meetings, go to click on Documents. Minutes of Branch Meetings since Nov 2012 are now available. You will need to log in to the Equity Web site with your membership number and your password before the Minutes can be downloaded. Notes of the July 2013 meeting will be available soon.

Branch Web Site
Link to our RSS News feed:

Facebook page (shared with
South Yorkshire Variety Branch)

 If you have something you would like included in the Branch Newsletter, please e-mail


Nomination form

The Nomination Form for Elections to the 2013-14 Branch Committee is reproduced between the lines of asterisks below. If you wish to print the form, it might be easier to copy everything between the lines of asterisks below into a Word document and print it from there. Alternatively you can print a pdf version of the Nomination Form which can be downloaded from






Yorkshire Ridings General Branch AGM

Nomination Form for election to Branch Committee 2013/14


The committee is a group of nine branch members, elected by fellow members to serve for one year.  Its primary function is to conduct the business of the branch in the periods between meetings of the branch.


There are specific roles elected by the committee, such as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and these have specific functions as detailed in the branch rules.  The branch sends representatives to Equity’s Annual Representative Conference and these are elected from and by the branch committee.  The position of committee member is voluntary.  Support will be offered in helping you in your role.  No experience is necessary and you don’t have to know everything about Equity to get involved.


Complete the nomination form below and give your election statement below, which we will require in the event of a ballot, in no more than 150 words and return to the Sheffield office before the closing date.





Yorkshire Ridings General Branch Committee 2013/14


To: Nigel Jones, North East Regional Organiser

The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BY



I …………………………………………………………………………… Equity No …………………………...

seek nomination for the Branch Committee.  I am a fully paid-up member of the Union and registered with the Yorkshire Ridings General Branch.


Nominee …………………………………………………………………… Equity No …………………………..


Proposer …………………………………………………………………… Equity No …………………………..


Seconder ………………………………………………………………… Equity No …………………………..

Note: The proposer and seconder must be members in full benefit and on the branch register.

Important: This nomination must be received by the Area Organiser by noon on

Thursday 26th September 2013.  Any forms received after that time will be null and void.


Please give your election statement





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