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General Election

As usual on general election nights, the club will be open late on Thursday 8th June.
Admission after normal closing time (11pm.) may be restricted to those who have been involved in the election campaign.
 
In the period leading up to the election, normal business meetings of the Labour party are suspended, which could mean that events booked in the diary do not happen.  However, the meetings could still be held for campaign organising purposes, so check with local party officers.
 
Now the political bit :

Vote LabourThe Prime Minister tells us this election is all about Brexit - if you believe that then read this.
But it isn`t just about Brexit . . . . 
Here are 50 reasons to dump this Tory government. [source : "Another Angry Voice" blog]
And a load of reasons to vote Labour :
10 LABOUR PLEDGES FOR GE2017

 1. FULL EMPLOYMENT
We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations, and guarantee a decent job for all. By investing £500 billion in infrastructure and industry, backed up by a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks, we will build a high skilled, high tech, low carbon economy to ensure that no one and no community is left behind.
We will invest in the high speed broadband, energy, transport and homes that our country needs and allow good businesses to thrive, and support a new generation of co-operative enterprises.

 2. A SECURE HOMES GUARANTEE
We will build over a million new homes in five years, with at least half a million council homes, through our public investment strategy.
We will end insecurity for private renters by introducing rent controls, secure tenancies and a charter of private tenants’ rights, and increase access to affordable home ownership.

 3. SECURITY AT WORK
We will give people stronger employment rights from day one in a job, end exploitative zero hours contracts, and create new sectoral collective bargaining rights.
We will strengthen working people’s representation at work and the ability of trade unions to organise, so that working people have a real voice at work.
And we will put the defence of social and employment rights, as well as action against undercutting of pay and conditions through the exploitation of migrant labour, at the centre of the Brexit negotiations agenda for a new relationship with Europe.

 4. A SECURE NHS AND SOCIAL CARE
We will end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure, publicly-provided NHS.
We will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people, funding dignity across the board, and ensure parity for mental health services.

 5. A NATIONAL EDUCATION SERVICE
We will build a new National Education Service, open to all throughout their lives. We will ensure there is universal childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market.
We will bring about the progressive restoration of free education for all; and guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training.

 6. ACTION TO SECURE OUR ENVIRONMENT
We will act to protect the future of our planet, with social justice at the heart of our environmental policies, and take action to fulfil the Paris climate agreement.
We will ensure a fair transition to a low-carbon economy, and drive the expansion of the green industries and jobs of the future, using our National Investment Bank to invest in public and community-owned renewable energy.
We will deliver clean energy and curb energy bill rises for households – energy for the 60 million, not the Big Six energy companies. We will defend and extend EU environmental protections.

 7. PUT THE PUBLIC BACK INTO OUR ECONOMY
We will rebuild public services and expand democratic participation, put the public back into our economy, give people a real say in their local communities with increased local and regional democracy.
We will act to ‘insource’ our public and local council services, increase access to leisure, arts and sports across the country, and expand our publicly controlled bus network.
We will bring our railways into public ownership and extend democratic social control over our energy.

 8. CUT INEQUALITY IN INCOME AND WEALTH
We will build a progressive tax system so that wealth and the highest earners are fairly taxed, and shrink the gap between the highest and lowest paid.
We will act to create a more equal society, boost the incomes of the poorest and close the gender pay gap.

 9. ACTION TO SECURE AN EQUAL SOCIETY
We will ensure that the human rights of all citizens are respected and all are protected from discrimination and prejudice.
We will take action to tackle violence against women and girls, racism and discrimination on the basis of faith, and secure real equality for LGBT and disabled people.
We will defend the Human Rights Act and guarantee full rights for EU citizens living and working in Britain – and not allow them to be used as pawns in Brexit negotiations.

10. PEACE AND JUSTICE AT THE HEART OF FOREIGN POLICY
We will put conflict resolution and human rights at the heart of foreign policy, commit to working through the United Nations, end support for aggressive wars of intervention and back effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis.
We will build human rights and social justice into trade policy, honour our international treaty obligations on nuclear disarmament and encourage others to do the same.  

And there`s more . . . . End May
Don`t get swayed by opinion polls that try to tell you the result this election is a foregone conclusion.  Remember - opinion polls are a device for influencing public opinion - not a device for measuring it. 

Don`t be deceived by the mainstream media, which is totally opposed to Labour and full of
fake news and smears.
M*Read the Morning Star
Try alternative online news sources  such as the Canary
The country faces a stark choice.
It’s either the reckless paranoia of Theresa May or the honest, common sense politics of Jeremy Corbyn.
 

Vote Labour * Make sure you are registered to vote (deadline date is 22nd May)
* And . . . Make sure you vote Labour before coming in to the Shed on election night !
4th May 2017

Club members` General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be on Sunday 28th May, starting at 19.30
Agenda includes :
All paid-up members are invited to attend.
28th April 2017

Tables

New furniture in the Shed

Do you like our new tables ?
 
Theresa May would love them  because they are STRONG and STABLE - just like she endlessly parrots as the virtues (sic.) of this
Tory government.
 
Being narrower than the ones they replaced, they allow more gangway to get through the club.
 
Oh and did I mention that they`re STRONG ? - er - and STABLE ?
5th May 2017


"Shedloads"

Here`s the latest club newsletter  with reports on recent events and news of upcoming ones.
This is the last
issue for this 50th anniversary year.
Paper copies are in the club - or click here to see it

The previous two issues of "Shedloads" are also still here :
October-November 2016 issue
September 2016 issue
4th December 2016

Racism/Xenophobia in the club

This is a news item that we deeply regret having to put here - but recently a sticker was found in the cubicle in the gents` toilet which read "Speak english or die".
 
The club totally condemns the use of such offensive and inflammatory language.  We proudly announce to the world that we are a socialist organisation.  This means, amongst other things, that we recognise the fundamental equality of all human beings.  We are very tolerant of differences between people, but there are limits ; we cannot tolerate those who are themselves so intolerant.  We do not discriminate against or threaten anybody on grounds of gender, race, nationality etc., so we will take action against anyone who tries to use the club for such a purpose, or incites others to do so.

This incident comes in the wake of other disturbing developments :
* The murder of Jo Cox MP in Batley by a fascist sympathiser,
* A reported rise in racist and xenophobic violence following the EU referendum result,
* The murder of a polish man in Essex,
* Since that time, the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA following a campaign including some appalling divisive rhetoric,
which all emphasises why we take this with the utmost seriousness.  If it is possible to identify the perpetrator, he will be barred from entering the club (if a visitor) or will be subject to disciplinary proceedings, almost certainly leading to expulsion (if a club member).
 

Are you a Human being ?  Do you come from planet Earth ?  You`re welcome here.
 
"We all have far more in common with each other than that which divides us"  [Jo Cox MP]  
13th Nov. 2016 

We are 50 !

And still going strong !  We have had a lot of interest in the Shed from local and national press and broadcasters.
 This is what the Wakefield Express printed about us.
26th Sep. 2016 

Fighting for CrumbsCrumbs

This is a project by a number of artists from this region giving their reaction to Government imposed austerity cuts.  We had an exhibition of artwork by John Ledger - one of those involved - during August.  Some of this has since been taken over to Liverpool and displayed at a sideshow to the Labour Party conference.    Read more.
26th Sep. 2016 



We are once again the RED Shed.  The outside has been repainted.  This photo of it in grey undercoat on 7th August apparently got viewed over 1000 times on the Facebook page !  Thank you to all those members who turned out to help.
24th Aug. 2016 


The Shed has been recognised as an "Asset of Community Value" (ACV).  Our tenure has not always been totally secure, so having this status is an important step forward in assuring our future.  Many thanks to those who nominated us (Wakefield CAMRA in particular)
 

RED SHED THE PLAY TO BECOME RED SHED THE BOOK.

On Monday 5th September, the project to create a written history of the people and politics of the Red Shed was launched.
Supported by former Wakefield M.P, David Hinchliffe and local historian and author Ian Clayton, sessions to involve the past and present members and campaigners, who have made Labour Club history and promoted socialism, will be established to document the Red Shed’s living heritage. This project has been awarded support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  More info in this News Release.
 
We organised a series of workshops during September, led by Ian Clayton, to collect the stories and memories of the people and organisations who have used the Club since it first opened in 1966.  The result of this will be published in December.
The launch event is on Sunday 18/12/16 from 7pm. onwards.
Copies of the book will be available - price £5.00
29th Aug. 2016  (updated 4th December)

50th Anniversary Special events

The official opening of this club was 24th September 1966, so we are having a big party during September, but there are special events throughout the year.  Here are some of the highlights :

Tue. 16th Feb.
OWEN JONES
Guardian columnist and author of "Chavs" & "The Establishment".
Tickets for this event sold out very quickly after going on sale -
Due to its huge popularity we will try to invite Owen back sometime soon.
Sat. 20th &
Sun. 21st Feb.
RED SHED PLAYERS
"CORBYN HOOD" - a Pantomime.
If you missed it in the shed and on the WORLD TOUR - tough.
But the Players will be doing some other things during the year. 
Next : Mayday Cabaret - then something in September for the anniversary.

Tue. 8th Mar.
ROBERT LLEWELLYN
As seen in TV`s "Red Dwarf" and "Scrapheap Challenge".
Sorry - this event is cancelled  due to filming on "Red Dwarf"
which will still be happening on this date.
We are rearranging it later in the year - New date 15th July.
* Anyone who has already bought tickets, please fetch them back for refund  or exchange for the new date.
Mon. 18th Apr.
JOSIE LONG
J_Long
Standup comedian
- Triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, presenter of Radio 4`s Short Cuts and cult optimist.
Involved with the anti-tax evasion campaign UK Uncut.

Sat. 7th May
ATTILA the STOCKBROKER
Attila
Radical punk poetry & thrash mandola.

Sat. 11th June
BERNARD WRIGLEY
B
                    Wrigley
Songs, stories & silliness with the Bolton Bullfrog

Fri. 15th July
ROBERT LLEWELLYN R_Llew
Rearranged from 8th March
http://llewblog.squarespace.com/

Fri. 12th +
Sat. 13th Aug.
Fighting for Crumbs
Documentary & art exhibition about artists` response to Government imposed austerity.  More detail here
Sat. 24th Sept.
BLACKSTONE EDGE
Long awaited reunion of this popular local folk rock band.
Sun. 25th Sept.
MARK THOMAS
(with the Red Shed Players)  No introduction needed !
Sorry this event sold out before we had any chance to publicise it.
Mark is featuring the Red Shed in his latest show, currently on tour around the country.
Sun. 9th October
Political event
Guest speaker  John McDonnell (Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer)
Fri. 21st October
Richard Burgon MP
a "Pizza & Politics" event organised by Young Labour
 
See poster
Tue. 25th October
Wakefield & District
Trades Council

125th Anniversary
Special event with guest speaker.
Matt Wrack  (General secretary, FBU)
(was to be a double bill with Mark Serwotka [PCS] - sorry he is unavailable due to ill-health)
Thur. 10th November
Arthur Scargill
"The case for Socialism"
In association with the Trades Council.
Sometime soon (TBA.)
The KIRKBY BEATS KirkbyBeats
Frequent performers here -
Playing music that was popular in the 1960s when this club opened.
 

Angie+TShirt

Red Shed 50 T-Shirts

This year`s special T-Shirts are on sale in the club.
 
£8.00
 
Range of sizes : S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL
(Fattist comment edited out :-)

Red Shed signs up to White Ribbon campaign

WhiteRibbonThe White Ribbon Music Project aims to ensure safety of women at music venues, events and festivals. We ask organisers to encourage people to sign the pledge to:
Never commit, condone or remain silent about violence to women 
After an increase in violence to women in society - and certainly an increase in reported incidents at music events The White Ribbon Campaign created its White Ribbon Music Project. The idea is for the music industry - performers, event organisers, agents, managers etc to help by:

This is about the music industry showing it is responsible and cares about its audience. We work closely with other agencies such as Safe Gigs for Women and Respect

The White Ribbon Music Project is only a few months old but has had a presence at Musicport, Beverley Folk Festival, Cloudspotting, Ambition, Fleetwood Folk and Blues, Holywell Green Festival, Mugstock, Hebden Bridge Folk Roots among others. Our first venue to sign up was The Hebden Bridge Trades Club.
I hope you'll join them. Please get in touch and we can discuss how your events can be part of the music industry's response to rising violence to women and help make our events safer.
We firmly believe that all music events should be fun and people should have a great time - this is not about preaching, it is about making gigs and festivals more enjoyable.
Many local authorities and police forces have shown support for the idea. Police in particular have shown they are keen to see venues and festivals join us as it shows organisers are taking responsible action. Let's work together to make Yorkshire a White Ribbon Music county.
More info at http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/
29th March 2016

Sky TV

As a Labour Club (& not a "New Labour" Club) we had serious misgivings about contributing to the profits of Rupert Murdoch`s media empire.  However, Sky TV has the broadcasting rights to a lot of sports really sewn up, including our favourite sport around here - Rugby League.  So we have signed up to this for a year - to be reviewed in the light of its success in attracting people in to the club.  For some events, we may open for longer hours.  Details of this and of featured matches will be advertised in the club, probably on the Facebook page, and possibly here on the website if I can keep up with it. .

5th January 2015

Change to opening times

We are now open all day on Saturdays 11am to midnight.
This was originally for a 3 month experimental period from 29th November 2014,  It has now been extended until further notice.
Other days of the week unchanged (open evenings only from 7pm.)

29th November 2014 - Updated June 2015

Find us on Facebook

Our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/theredshedwakefield has been running since December 2013. It is being updated frequently and is now the main place to find up to date news on events in the club.

19th October 2014

Free WiFi

We have installed a wireless router in the shed, so there is now a local hotspot for WiFi here.
This is free for users of the club. Ask at the bar for the password to log on to this service.

11/10/13


REGULAR EVENTS


FOLK MUSIC NIGHT

On the last Saturday of each month we have a Ceilidh / open mike night run by the organisers of Wakefield Folk & Music Festival .
RedShedRedShedStarting time 8.30 pm (-ish) . Admission Free . All welcome .
Please fetch along your voices & any musical instruments you would like to play and join in (or just listen & enjoy).

The organisers of this event also hold regular informal jam sessions. These are usually on alternate Monday evenings but may vary. Dates are shown on the diary page.


QUIZ NIGHTS

Quiz Night is a regular feature in the club diary .
It is every Wednesday evening , starting at 9.15pm.
Entry is 50p per person .
Winner gets a fistful of Red Shed beer tokens .


This page last updated : 5th May 2017

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