Harrogate Feminists

Date of next meeting
September 21, 2010, 5:48 pm
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We’ve settled on a date of Monday, 18th October for our next meeting – as before, at The Place bar in the Crown Hotel.


Last meeting

We really liked our new venue! It was quiet enough to talk easily (but not deserted), it had comfy chairs, and best of all they do hot food – very important for those of us coming straight from work!

Mostly we discussed how best to put our views to the council Licensing Committee for their SEV consultation. We carefully reviewed the council’s proposed (draft) SEV licensing policy; while their draft policy would clearly be a vast improvement on the current arrangements, we identified several ways in which it could be improved still further. Ideally, from our point of view, the maximum number of SEVs should be zero. But failing that, the licencing conditions should be much stricter.

Just when we were becoming dispirited about the extent to which the sex industry has pervaded everyday life, and wondering what just a few people could do to change things, Laura reminded us that sometimes, even just asking the right question at the right time might make a real difference. She gave the example of the time when she was talking on the phone to the helpful man from the Licensing Committee. She asked him whether an Equality Impact Assessment had been done as is required by law, and there was a significant pause…

Hopefully they’ve done one now!

Our next meeting will be on a Monday – date tbc.

Next meeting – venue
September 8, 2010, 9:03 am
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We’ve decided that our next meeting on Thursday 16th September is going to be at The Place bar in the Crown Hotel, Harrogate.

Next Meeting
August 29, 2010, 3:42 pm
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Our next meeting is going to be on Thursday, 16th September at 7.30pm in central Harrogate

Venue TBC

Photos from the UK Feminista Summer School
August 16, 2010, 11:56 pm
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 With many thanks to Rachel for kindly letting us use her photos!

Our meeting on 5th August
August 6, 2010, 12:41 am
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We met again at Hale’s Bar. This venue did not work out so well as last time. This time, as we arrived they were setting up enormous speakers ready for a Karaoke Night. We decided that having a feminism activist meeting in the midst of a Karaoke Night was probably not a good idea, and accordingly decamped after about half an hour. If you arrived late for the meeting hoping to find us there – sincere apologies, and we hope you at least enjoyed the karaoke.

But the rest of Harrogate appeared to be either (i) closed or (ii) full of very loud beery people – I know, shocker eh? So in the end we went round to Laura’s house where we discussed, debated and planned – our plans included:

  •  continue to network with other local organisations relevant to us
  •  collect more signatures for Harrogate council’s consultation on lap-dancing clubs
  •  organise events to coincide with Human Rights Day (10th December 2010) and International Women’s Day (8th March 2011)

Oh, and:

  • find a karaoke-free venue for next time!

Ready to go…
August 2, 2010, 12:42 pm
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Sarah and I had a fantastic time at the UK Feminista summer school.  The speakers were very informative and thought provoking and we have returned full of ideas and enthusiasm to get things moving. So please come along to our next meeting this Thursday 5th August 7.30 at Hales bar and get involved in our new and exciting project to fight for women’s human rights!