RED AND GREEN CLUB

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RED AND GREEN CLUB CELEBRATES MAY DAY WITH A LOOK AT ITS PAST – AND FUTURE

The Red and Green Club at Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, is Yorkshire’s oldest surviving socialist club. It is marking May Day this year by publication of a booklet celebrating its past, present and future. The booklet – Politics, Culture and Community: The Red and Green Club – has been written and designed by club members and printed by Milnsbridge-based printers 2M Press.
The 16-page fully illustrated publication charts a remarkable history stretching back to 1892. What was originally ‘Milnsbridge Labour Club’ became Milnsbridge Socialist Club in the early 1900s and moved to the present site in 1907 – the same year that the left-wing socialist Victor Grayson was elected MP for the Colne Valley. Grayson, as well as Keir Hardie, Emmeline Pankhurst and other famous radical politicians of the day spoke at the club. Harold Wilson was born in Milnsbridge (Cowlersley) and visited after becoming prime minister in 1964.
Today, the club – re-christened The Red and Green Club in 2013 – is run as a co-operative society. It has a strong commitment to supporting the local community’s efforts to regenerate the area. “The club could be at the forefront of a new Milnsbridge“, said Red and Green Club chair Paul Salveson. “It is well located, next to the re-opened Huddersfield Narrow Canal and we have long-term ambitions to develop a canal-side cafe in the basement.”
The co-operative is aiming to buy the building from its previous owners and received a major boost recently when rail union TSSA agreed to invest £40,000 in the building. The club is running regular events which include monthly poetry sessions, live music, political discussions and – coming soon – a monthly film night.
The booklet will be launched at the Red and Green Club annual general meeting on Thursday May 1st. It is available price £2.95 including postage from the club (cheques payable to ‘Milnsbridge Society Ltd.) at 42 Bankwell Road, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield HD3 4LU.
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More details: Paul Salveson 07795 008691

Report on the Club from the TSSA journal:
Suffragette Exhibition

Suffragette Exhibition at Red and Green Club to mark International Women’s day 8 Mar 2014

[Photo from  Salvo]

For a report on the Radical Valleys International Womens’ Day walk see ‘Salvo:

http://www.paulsalveson.org.uk/2014/03/10/illustrated-weekly-salvo-135/

Saturday evening OLD MAN PIE will be performing; £6 on the door (sorry,
no concessions). Doors open 7.30. The describe their music as ‘Brechtian
punk – Appalachian Reggae – Pie Music’. I like a nice pie myself.

On Thursday March 13th we are holding a discussion on the 1984/5 Mines’
Strike: WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE STRIKE, MUMMY?
Please bring along your memories, artefacts (badges, posters, leaflets,
newsletters, photos) for an open discussion on the Strike and local
solidarity. We will ask: where is trade unionism going today?

For a video of the miners strike discussion see:

We still need volunteers to help with the club – thanks to those who
volunteered following the last appeal – numbers are steadily growing –
but we need more!

The RED and GREEN CLUB in Milnsbridge

We’re trying to build a progressive green/socialist culture in Huddersfield and the Colne and Holme Valleys, with Milnsbridge Red and Green Club at its heart. We need your support to develop its activities and raise money to buy the building. Our ‘People’s Party’ on Bank Holiday Monday, and Emergency NHS 999 Social were a great success – we need to follow those up with more events that are radical and inclusive and build up our membership and bank balance.

We are starting regular Thursday evening sessions from November 7th: come along for a chat, a drink and listen to some music you don’t usually hear in pubs! We are hoping to repeat the success of our acoustic and world music nights, and hold more political discussions.

Interested? Please like our facebook page (‘Red and Green Club, Milnsbridge) and/or send your email address to: paul@paulsalveson.com and we will put you on our email list. We are also on twitter: @redngreenclub

What we really need are new members. Please use the form below to join our new co-operative. Membership will run from now to December 31st 2014.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

RED AND GREEN CLUB: Yes sign me up as a member!

Name……………………………………………………………………………………………………

Address……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Post code………………………………………..

Phone……………………………………………………………………………

Email: (please write clearly!)………………………………………………………………………………

I can help in the following ways:

 

 

(We need all sorts of help from catering inc. cleaning, maintenance, performers and speakers, book donations, writing funding applications, legal assistance, painting…)

I would like to become a member of the co-operative  YES/NO (membership costs £10 or £5 for unwaged, each year)

I would like to invest a lump sum in the co-operative to help buy and renovate the building YES/NO/would like more information

Could you/your organisation use the building for meetings/events? YES/NO (tell us more..)

I enclose a donation for £…. (cheques to ‘Milnsbridge Co-operative Society’)

Please return to:  The Secretary, Red and Green Club, c/o 21 Britannia Road, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield HD3 4QQ

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