Chairmans Chat – June 2011

Welcome to the June edition of the Cheshire & North Wales IVC Events bulletin!

I hope you all enjoyed May as much as I did. I managed to take advantage of pretty much the full gamut of events that IVC has to offer, with a dose of culture at two very different Shakespearian theatre trips, the requisite amount of food and drink at a pub lunches, grub of the month and the beer festival, balanced nicely by a few long walks and even a spot of adventure – canyoning in South Wales with the Birmingham IVC group. I’m not sure whether we got wetter on the 12 mile walk on Saturday (see photo), or marauding in waterfalls on the Sunday. If anyone has tried it before, they may recognise the description that the instructor gave of canyoning as being like “White-water rafting, without the raft”. Fortunately no photographic evidence exists of the wet-suit and walking boots combination, accessorised with buoyancy aid and helmet!

My favourite event of them all was the Rail and Ale evening in Llangollen. The train ride included a couple of stops at either end, when we were very excited to be able to climb on the footplate and pretend to be train drivers, and even have a go at pulling levers in the signal box!

June looks to offer an equally eclectic mix of events, starting with my highly unoriginal Beer & Curry night, but progressing to new heights (pun intended) on the climbing wall in a converted church – an ideal opportunity to try something new, as the session includes instruction and kit hire. The highlight for many of us promises to be the Derwentwater YHA weekend. A big thanks in advance to Jo for all her efforts in coordinating this again, and let’s hope that it won’t be the last, as the YHA are planning to close this fantastic hostel. Will has found some open air theatre at Erddig, and Birgit’s German Stammtisch and Chansons Francais add a whole new linguistic dimension to proceedings!



One other major event starting this month is Richard’s epic ride from London to Paris, in aid of Kidney Research UK. The cheeky team name of “Richard’s kidneys re-united on a tandem”, makes light of the amazing feat that Richard and his sister Rachel are undertaking, just 18 months after he donated a kidney to her. To learn more about their ride, or to support their fund-raising efforts, please visit their page at

Finally, you may remember that at the AGM we discussed holding a subsidised Summer Party. I am pleased to confirm that on Saturday 23rd July, we will be holding a party aboard a Chester showboat on the River Dee. We have booked 40 places, which will give us a private deck, with a barbecue supper and 60’s / 70’s / 80’s themed disco. Fancy dress in the decade of your choice (or your youth) is optional but encouraged! Tickets will be priced at £20 for members and £25 for guests.

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