Chairman’s chat – May 2011

Aside from the AGM, April seems to be a non-stop food and drink fest! Thanks to Alex for giving me an excuse to wear my beer-frock and Christine to scare us in her Burkha, at his International Appetisers party, and to Jenny for a great kick-start to the longest weekend ever, by twisting lots of arms (!) to get a large group of us to Chester Beerfest.

Whilst I was chilling out in sunny Shropshire last week, the May events schedule has been filling up nicely, and I can see some interesting future events, too!

The current weather is perfect for the planned day-trips to Donington Park and Alton Towers over the May bank holiday, and I’m looking forward to a repeat of last year’s Real Ale Train ride in  Llangollen. This month we’re also starting “First Friday ” and “Last Friday” food as regular events; Phil has picked the venues for this month, but please volunteer to host in future months at your favourite foodie haunts!

To add to the already eclectic mix, we have both German speaking and French singing evenings planned for June. As the summer is here, and the evenings are lighter and the weather more reliable, it would also be good to see some more active / outdoor activities being planned. So if you’ve a penchant for outdoor Shakespeare, own a bicycle, a barbecue, a frisbee or just a pair of walking shoes, please feel free to organise a suitably summery event!


Chairmans chat – April 2011


April is here, and the evenings are getting longer.  Let’s hope we have some more of the sun we’ve been enjoying, and not so much of the April showers!
It’s time to start thinking about some new events for the spring and summer – it’ll be so nice to get out after being cooped up inside all winter. Of course, there’s the trip to the Lake District to look forward to in June – possibly the last chance to visit our favourite youth hostel, as it is due to be closed – but the more events we can have the better.   

 I hope you’ve all enjoyed the March events. By all accounts the Pudding Club was not to be missed – if only I hadn’t!
Kay, I hope you’ll be rerunning the event when I can make it… Of course Christine’s pancake party was great as always; here’s hoping there’s no photos of your Chair in a rather fetching flowery apron… And it was great to see some new faces at badminton this week – anyone else fancy joining us?

See you at the April events!


Chairmans’s Chat – March

Hello all! It’s that time of year, when the daffodils are coming out, new lambs are being born, and the old committee starts looking for recruits for next year’s club positions…

Yes, we’ve now got a date for the AGM, which will be on Wednesday April 13th, before club night, and all committee positions will be open for some new blood. If you think you’ve got something to give to this club, and you’d like to consider a committee position, speak to myself or any of the other committee members, and we’ll be able to tell you about the different posts, and how you might be able to fill them. Remember, IVC is a club run by its members for its members, and we need people to step up to make sure the club runs as well as we’d all like.

In other news, congratulations of course to Will and Amanda, who should by now be heading off on their honeymoon. By all accounts they had a great day, though I still think it would have been even better at Club Night.

But well done for making an honest man/woman of him/her! As for this month, I’m particularly looking forward to Christine’s pancake party, and am wondering whether to do my last year’s trick of eating loads of pancakes, then going to play badminton. Hey, it worked last year 🙂

But whichever I do, I hope I’ll see lots of you there – and indeed, at lots of other events through the month. See you at the March events!

Chairman’s Chat – Feb 2011

Hi all, and welcome to February’s bulletin.

I’ve just had a great time at Richard’s Wii bowling tournament, where we raised money for charity, had

fun playing lots of different games, and all got beaten soundly by a primary school girl. More practice

needed before next time!

This month’s bulletin is Brought to You by the Letter C. We start with a trip to the Cinema, then see a

Classic at Theatr Clwyd. Later we’re visiting Chester’s new Comedy Club, then interrupt our Cultural

events with not just one Curry but a second Curry as well, raising Cash for Charity. Continuing to be

Culinary, Jon is hosting ComeDine With Me, after which we go to the Cinema again, Chortle at some more

Comedy, and close the month at Chirk Castle.

They nearly missed getting a mention, but we’ve more Cuisine being offered throughout the month by

Helen, Emma and Alison; and I have to say a word for John, who’s being close-lipped about his

Valentine’s Surprise – will it be a night of Cupid or Cheese? And of course, how could we forget Club Night,

especially our trips to the Custom House!

Continuing the theme, it’s time to get your Cameras out! We’d like to get lots more photos on the

website, so when you go along to an event, take your camera along, snap a few pictures and send them

to the webmaster.

Even though it keeps on being dark and cold out there, you’ve kept on putting in lots of events in the

diary to keep everyone busy – so thanks to everyone who’s put on an event this month. And to those of

you who didn’t get round to it this time – the diary is ready for you to put in some events for March! If you

haven’t put on an event before and would like some guidance, talk to Sally or any committee member;

we’ll be happy to lend a hand and give some suggestions. Remember, this club is what you make of it –

the more we all put in, the more we all get out.

See you at the February events!



Sinking, not Stirred

A group of James Bond body doubles and Bond Girls flew the flag for the Countess of Chester Hospital at this year’s 007 themed Chester Raft Race.

The budding secret agents and bond girls guided their raft – ‘Doctor Yes’ – into a very respectable 12th place, out of 38.

The race took place on Sunday 13th July and covered an 800 metre course starting from the Royal Chester Rowing Club and then heading downstream, over the weir.

The team, consisting of Alison, Alex, Ann & five other Countess staff, raised approximately £400 for the Special Care Baby Unit. They then capped off the day with a barbecue and a few cold drinks on the banks of the river while their soggy tuxedos dried.