Wednesday, 5 November 2014

MONDAY NOV 10th, 7.30 at The Red & Green
With Neal Lawson, national chair, Compass, 

Come along and hear Neal Lawson outline ways we can build ‘The Good Society’

Compass is a home for those who want to build and be a part of a Good Society; one where equality, sustainability and democracy are not mere aspirations, but a living reality. It is founded on the belief that no single issue, organisation or political party can make a Good Society a reality by themselves so we have to work together to make it happen. Compass is a place where people come together to create the visions, alliances and actions to be the change we wish to see in the world.
Neal Lawson is Chair of the good society pressure group Compass and was author of All Consuming (Penguin, 2009) He serves on the boards of UK Feminista and We Own It!, is a Contributing Editor of the social democracy journal Renewal and is a Associate Member at the Bauman Institute at Leeds University. He writes regularly for The Guardian and the New Statesman. In the past he worked as a trade union researcher, an advisor to Gordon Brown and ran a communications company. He now does some consultancy work for the progressive communicators Jericho Chambers. Neal has been described by Zygmunt Bauman as “one of the most insightful and inventive minds on the British political stage” and his work developing the European Good Society project has been described by the Gottingen University as “one of the most striking attempts to redefine social democracy for the 21st century and has triggered a wide international debate”.

Saturday, 28 June 2014


Photograph by Robert Norbury
A scene near the Huddersfield Narrow Canal by Robert Norbury
A forgotten aspect of Colne Valley history is to be revealed at a meeting at the Red and Green Club, Milnsbridge on 3 July, when the Radical Valleys group presents a talk on local naturalist societies.

Historian and amateur naturalist, Alan Brooke, will describe how hundreds of local people, often self-educated working men, were attracted to the study of natural history in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Alan’s essay on the origins of Huddersfield Naturalists Society won the Yorkshire History Prize in 2012.

Of the dozen or so naturalist societies that once existed in the Huddersfield area only the Milnsbridge society still remains. Paul Salveson, chair of the Red and Green Club and himself a historian of working class culture, said, ‘This research is of particular interest to us; in 1920 the Milnsbridge Naturalist Society met in the Socialist Club, now the home of the Red and Green Club.

It is a neglected aspect of local working class cultural history, bringing together popular science and leisure activities with a radical tinge. It also examines what we would call today ‘environmental awareness’”.

The meeting is part of a programme of events by Radical Valleys to highlight aspects of local history relevant to the problems of the present day. The talk on Naturalist Societies of the Colne Valley
will be held at the Red and Green Club, Bankwell Road, Milnsbridge at 7.30pm on Thursday 3 July.

Admission is free.

More details: Paul Salveson 07795 008691

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

'Risk a Verse" poetry evening

On Thursday the 19th of June 2014 at 7.30pm Julian Jordon the poet from Marsden will be hosting a poetry evening at the club for you to read or recite your own or others' poetry or just sit and listen.
Juilan Jordon

Old Man Pie Live at The Red and Green Club - Charity Gig

Welcome to the Red and Green
On Saturday the 21st of June 2014 the club is hosting a fund raising event in aid of those affected by the recent mining disaster in Turkey.

A great fundraising event in aid of the families and children of the recent mining disaster in Soma, Turkey. Great live music from  Old Man Pie, Leo Brazil and more; entertainment and performance from an array of local acts; gorgeously delicious food from the Turkish cuisine; auctions and many more surprises! The event is child friendly as it starts at 2.00 pm. Please come along and share this event with us! You won't regret it.

After the main event starting at 7.30pm there will an open mike session for members and visitors alike led by Dan Greenwood. Please bring your songs, stories, poems, guitars, girlfriends, boyfriend, hurdy gurdies whatever.

Dan Greenwood.