Chairman’s Chat – September 2011

So here we are in September, already Autumn – ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.’ The perfect time to go foraging in the hedgerows for blackberries, sloes and other of natures’ goodies, or will we be dodging more of the incessant rain that seems to have blighted most of the Summer….?

There was the occasional sunny day in August, and Jenny was fortunate enough pick one of these for her walk over to Hilbre Island (although you can’t really tell from this picture!) The sun brought plenty of seals out to bask on a sand-bank in the estuary, and a few frolicking in the water right up close to the old lifeboat slipway, were the super-cute highlight of a lovely day! I was sorry not to be able to make it to the Mathew Street Festival this year, but I believe a good time was had by all who went. In retrospect, a city based festival, even if a little damp, was possibly a better option than being up to your knees in mud in a field in North Yorkshire like me.

After a last-minute flurry, the diary for September is now looking pretty healthy, with the usual quota of food & drinks-based events complemented by a couple of walks to burn off the calories, and a few cultural events to feed the mind! Jo has kindly offered to host a house party on 24th Sept. Please ensure that you RSVP if you are planning to attend, and don’t forget to bring a bottle of your preferred tipple and some sweet or savoury party fayre.

Whilst pub nights and meals out are popular and can be organised pretty spontaneously, I think we all appreciate some variety! To this end, this bulletin contains details of a few more esoteric events planned for later in the year. These will need to be pre-booked, so please don’t miss out through inertia: A caving trip down the old copper mines in Alderley Edge, a Murder Mystery Ghost Train ride in Llangollen, Rob Brydon comedy night and (of course) the Christmas Party. Save the date of Saturday 17th December, and go online to book your ticket: http://www.cnw-ivc.org.uk/?page_id=982