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December 2013
Branch Newsletter
Yorkshire Ridings General Branch

Issue 12

Dear __NAME__

Have we Got Legal News for You?

Wednesday 11 December will be a bumper day for Branch members. There will be a Free Legal Advice session at Morrish Solicitors followed by a Branch Meeting and a Social. Please come along on:

Wednesday 11 December

Free Legal Advice Noon1.30pm

Branch Meeting 2pm

at Morrish Solicitors LLP

3rd floor, Oxford House, Oxford Row, Leeds, LS1 3BE

 At the meeting Tom Morrish and James Shingleton of Morrish Solicitors will slice through the legal red tape. They’ll tell you what you need to know and what to do to keep your legal affairs up to date and straight forward. Morrish Solicitors provide Equity’s Personal Injury legal representation nationally and have generously sponsored our Branch in 2013.

After the Branch Meeting, please come along to our Seasonal Social starting nearby at 5.30pmmore information below.  

Morrish Solicitors are located opposite Leeds Crown Court and round the corner from Leeds General Infirmary.  The nearest car parking is at The Light, a 5 minute walk from their offices. Directions for parking:


Come to Our Seasonal Social

Yorkshire Ridings Branch invites members, their partners and friends to our Winter Social. This will also take place on

Wednesday 11 December

from 5.30pm

at the Victoria Hotel

Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3BB.

The Victoria is a short walk away from Morrish Solicitors’ offices and we hope that lots of you will come along. We would like to include some informal entertainment as part of the evening, so if you have a song, short sketch, story or other piece you would like to share, that would be great. Please note however that there will be no stage or amplification available.


Leeds City Varieties Book of Memories

Branch member Caroline Fields has compiled ‘The Book of Memories’ on behalf of the Friends of Leeds City Varieties. Containing over 100 memories and photographs including those of well-know artistes such as Ken Dodd OBE, Kay Mellor OBE, Roy Hudd OBE, Barry Cryer OBE, Dame Vera Lynn DBE, Nicholas Parsons OBE and Barbara Windsor MBE, the book is a unique piece of Social and Theatrical History and a Wonderful Tribute to the City Varieties.

Yorkshire Ridings Branch has contributed towards the cost of a full page Equity advertisement in the book. Priced at £9.99 plus £3 p&p, if you want to buy this book, please send a cheque for £12.99 payable to 'The Friends of the City Varieties' to Caroline at "Bowshaws", Rawden Hill, Arthington, West Yorkshire, LS21 1PS; phone 0113 288 6393 or e-mail The book can also be bought at the Leeds City Varieties Box Office.


Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

Your Branch voted to support the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign at its November meeting. OTJC includes ex-miners, trades unionists, activists and others who are determined to get justice for miners who were victims of police lies and cover-ups at Orgreave, South Yorkshire in June 1984. A copy of the agreed motion can be downloaded from

We urge you to write to your MP calling for a Public Enquiry into the policing of Orgreave, to send letters to local Newspapers and to raise the issue in radio phone-ins. The Branch meeting also agreed to donate the proceeds of the day’s raffle to OTJC. We also urge you to make a donation. Cheques should be made payable to Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and sent to 151 Cobnar Road, Sheffield, S8 8QE.

Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign web site, including videos:, Facebook page:


How Should Equity’s Unknown Funds be Spent?

Equity has accumulated £1.2million of what is referred to as 'unknown funds'. A Court Case which will determine whether these monies should be used for either for ‘union general purposes’ or for ‘the benefit of Equity members’, has been postponed until April 2014. If you have views as to how these monies should be spent for the benefit of members, please e-mail, or write to Roy Radford, Buttercup Cottage, South Zeal, Okehampton, EX20 2JU.


Can You Spare a Raffle Prize?

Your Equity Branch holds 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 raffle prize, please bring it to any Branch Meeting or Social.

Your Branch needs help with Fund Raising. If you have ideas, or can help with raising money for the Branch, please e-mail


Happy Midwinter Festivities and Good Wishes

for 2014 to all members

We hope to see lots of you at our Branch

meetings next year!

from the Officers and Committee of Yorkshire Ridings General Branch.

There will be no Branch Meeting in January. The next Branch Meeting will be in February 2014 at which we will decide on the motion the Branch wishes to send to the 2014 Annual Representative Conference.


Branch Contacts

Chair: Gordon Steff

Vice-Chair & Asst Treasurer:  

David Charles Denwood
Secretary: Pete Keal    01422 885211,

Asst Secretary & PRO:

Anthony Blakesley  
Treasurer: Yvonne Okyere-Whalley


Committee Members: 

                                                      Richard Dobson
                                                      Joy Palmer
                                                      Audrey Roselyn Pointer


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 and 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. Minutes of the November 2013 Branch meeting will be available soon.

Branch Web Site
Link to our RSS News feed:

Facebook page (shared with
South Yorkshire Variety Branch)


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Arts news round-up

28 Nov 2013
A quick look at the arts, broadcasting and entertainment stories from Friday 29 November

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Branch Events

Free Legal Advice Session

11 December 2013  Morrish Solicitors LLP, 3rd floor, Oxford House, Oxford Row, Leeds, LS1 3BE

Free Legal Advice available to all Equity members.

YRGB Dec '13 Branch Meeting

11 December 2013  Morrish Solicitors LLP, Oxford House, Oxford Row, Leeds, LS1 3BE

December Branch Meeting with speaker from Morrish Solicitors LLP.

YRGB Seasonal Social

11 December 2013  Victoria Family and Commercial Hotel, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB

Yorkshire Ridings General Branch Seasonal Social

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