O D D S   &   S O D S

This page is for stuff that may or may not have some connection to the club - but could be of interest.

List of forthcoming events around this area,
26th Nov. 2016 12.00 to 14.00
Labour Party
National Day of Action for the NHS
Stall in Wakefield Cathedral precinct
Leafletting etc., followed by film show 14.30 at Red Shed : "Spirit of `45" (Ken Loach)
29th Nov. 2016
Stand up for Labour #JC4PM tour
Fantastic variety line up including comedy, music and poetry, hosted by Wakefield’s own poet Matt Abbott,

Unity Works,

Tickets available from:


confirmed acts include:

  • Jeremy Hardy, regular on Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’.
  • Norman Lovett, deadpan comedian, ‘Holly’ in Red Dwarf’.
  • Francesca Martinez, comedian, actress, writer (‘Russell Howard’s Good News’, ‘Extras’), disability rights campaigner.
  • Grace Petrie, singer/songwriter (Radio 4’s ‘The Now Show’, Channel 4’s ‘Random Acts’)
  • Joe Solo, singer/songwriter (albums played by John Peel on Radio 1, Mike Harding on Radio 2 & Tom Robinson on BBC6 Music).
  • Tiernan Douieb, comedian, political campaigner, celebrity tweeter, actor, writer.
Thur. 1st Dec. 2016 19.00
Stand Up to Racism public meeting
Wakefield Town Hall

3rd Dec. 2016
Wakefield TUC, UNISON, NUT, Momentum
Benefit social for the "Kinsley 3"
See Poster
Coronation WMC., Ford Street, Kinsley
(Near greyhound stadium - about 5 mins. walk from Fitzwilliam railway station)
Entertainment from :
The Kirkby Beats, a Firm of Poets, Gudrun’s Sisters.
Tickets £2.00 minimum from Coronation Club or Red Shed
8th Dec. 2016
We are Wakefield
Rock for Refugees
See Poster
Unity Works,
The Solicitors ,
Jilly Riley ,
The Reacharounds
This list is nothing like comprehensive, but I may expand it a bit in future.  If you have an event you would like to have included here, please e-mail me with details on info@theredshed.org.uk   [Please include "Website" in the subject line of the e-mail to make it less likely I will miss it]

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"Still the Enemy Within"

"Still the Enemy Within" is a unique insight into one of Britain`s most dramatic struggles, the 1984-85 Miners` Strike.

No experts. No politicians.

Thirty years on, this is the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through the UK`s longest strike.

Follow the highs and lows of that life changing year in this award winning documentary.
See the film makers` website http://the-enemy-within.org.uk/ for more detail
The film was screened at the Red Shed on 24th January 2015

16th April 2016

"With Banners Held High"

Saturday 7th March 2015
Banners Held High

A packed day of exhibitions, speakers, debates, drama, music, films and much more, to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984-85 Miners`strike.
The event was compered by author and broadcaster Ian Clayton, and the principal speaker was Dennis Skinner MP (always welcome here).

Part of the entertainment was our own Red Shed Players in "Snow White and the 7 Pit Closures"
More detail here on the venue,
Unity Works
(that`s the old Unity Hall on Westgate - recently done up and reopened)  

Contact the organisers wbhh@talktalk.net

This event was a great success and another one took place this year on Saturday 5th March

This year`s event had two main themes :
FB With Banners Held High

We Are Many

On 15th February 2003, well over 1 million people packed out the city of London as part of the biggest mass demonstration in history. Were you one of them ? If so, you want to see this film.

We Are Many tracks the global demonstrations against the Iraq War that took place on 15 February 2003, in 800 cities around the world and explores the unreported legacy of that historic event and its impact on popular protest in the UK, US, Egypt and elsewhere.

The film features interviews with Prof. Noam Chomsky, Ken Loach, Damon Albarn, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Tony Benn, Rev Jesse Jackson, Ron Kovic, Danny Glover, Brian Eno, Mark Rylance, Hans Blix, Lord Falconer, David Blunkett, Clare Short, amongst many others.

Following its critically lauded launch at the Sheffield Documentary Festival in 2014,  screenings ( followed by a Q&A with director Amir Amirani) were arranged in Wakefield on Sunday, November 16th and in many other cities and towns.

"It is a powerful and at times moving tribute to organised dissent and the power of the people. It is admirably watchable and provocative. Amirani is to be congratulated for this passionate and provocative film."  Screen Daily / International

"An all star cast of artists, activists and politicians remember the mass global protests against the Iraq War in this polished documentary." Hollywood Reporter

For more information see http://www. wearemany.com

Not to be confused with us - This is a show band, based somewhere around Derby I think.
Don`t know if they are still active because their website has no recent updates - but it`s still there.

There`s nothing quite like the Red Shed, but there are other Labour and Socialist clubs around.

Here are links to some of them in this region.
If anyone knows of other clubs that are worth including here, please let me know.

Here are some groups & organisations who have been good enough to contact us via the website . . .

Here`s a random selection of links to websites of local interest . . .

This page last updated : 19th November 2016

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