Chairman’s Chat September 2019

Hi All,
We certainly have had our ups and downs with the weather in July. However, it stayed dry when needed and even contributed to a great turn out of 25 at Club Night at Telfords.

This month we have our annual Summer BBQ at the Red Lion in Handbridge.

This is a free event for members (non members are welcome for a small fee) and have had in excess of 35 people attending at past events. Please see full details later in the bulletin.

The rest of August’s events are varied indeed, a meal, cinema, theatre, Fizzy Friday and a day out – plenty to look forward to.

Have a great time and I hope to see you all soon.

Rhian

Chairman’s Chat, August 2015

Hi All,

We had some great events in July, the Walk and Blog, Spitting Feathers Beer Festival and the Races to name but a few. August is shaping up to be a packed month with the return of some old favourites, the Wobbly Walls Walk, the Summer BBQ and the Moonlight Flicks. We also celebrate a special birthday with Sian on 22nd August and round off the month with a tour of Chester’s finest beer gardens.

As you will have seen from my mail earlier in the month, we’d like to welcome Lee and Maria to the committee in the roles of Events Secretary and AIVC Liaison Office respectively.

I look forward to seeing a lot of you throughout August.

We’d like to welcome our newest member Rachel!

Rhian

 

Chairman’s Chat, July 2015

Hello everyone,

It looks like summer is with us, let’s hope it stays as we’ve got some great pubs with lovely outdoor areas for club nights this month.

The two events I got to in June were well attended and a good time was had by all. The curry night put on by Hillary
and Jenni was particularly busy!

We all made it back in one piece from Jakarta and I am pleased to say Claire is doing well and in fine fettle.

On that note, keep your diaries free on 7th August as Claire is making a flying visit to the UK and putting on an event while she’s here. That’s a picture of me at one of the hotels we stayed in.

July is looking great with the races, a beer festival, a walk/cycle/pub lunch, a poetry evening and a walk and blog to get the literary juices flowing. I think there must be something there for everyone.

I hope to see a lot of you out over the coming weeks. If the lovely weather inspires you to put on a last minute event just drop a mail to ************************.

See you soon.

Rhian

Chairman’s Chat, June 2015

Hi All,

This is my first Chairman’s chat which is a little daunting.

Firstly, I would like to thank Dave for the good work he did in his role as Chairman last year. Dave has taken on the role of Webmaster this year so I’m really happy to still have him in the committee to help me as I settle into the role. I would also like to thank our outgoing committee members Sian, Aidan, Helen P and Alison B for all of their hard work and effort (Alison is kindly hanging on in the AIVC role until we have a replacement). I am very happy to say that Ellie, Mike, Richard and Heather will continue their great work and stay on the committee this year. I would like to welcome Sam and Pip in the roles of Bulletin Editor and Publicity Officer respectively.

I’m really looking forward to working with the committee to maintain, and improve if possible, some of the key things that makes the CNW IVC what it is – an active and engaged group of members, a great selection of events, new people coming along to our club nights and events and staying with us to become members.

My final note on the committee is to remind you all that the roles of AIVC and Events Officer are still vacant. If you think you might like to take on one of these roles or just want to find out more information please get in touch with myself, Alison or one of the committee.

I ought to mention, if you’re wondering what is going on in the picture, that’s the Fat Controller singing happy birthday to me last year in Llangollen. That’s the best picture I have! I’ll try harder for next month’s bulletin.

We had some great events on in May including the 2 beer festivals, the spring party, Eurovision party, pub crawl and a BBQ. Events for June are varied to say the least – a curry night, Bingo, prosecco evening, a country walk (with pub lunch) and a Dire Straits tribute act.

As most of you will know we also have an international event in June. Six of us are jetting off to Jakarta and Borneo to visit Claire, one of our more far flung members! Heather, Sian, Ellie, Helen H, Pip and myself are off to explore jungles, mountains, waterfalls and visit orangutans and sun bears and climb a volcano! Let’s hope we make it back in one piece otherwise you’ll have lost nearly half of your committee.

Well have a great month and I hope to see a lot of you out and about.

Rhian

Chairman’s Chat, May 2015

Hi All,

The May Chairman’s chat it is usually all about the AGM and welcoming the new committee but I am writing this before the AGM, as it’s being held late this year. Hopefully we should now have a new committee elected and have recruited a few new volunteers to replace those who have stepped down. It’s always great to see new people joining the committee every year who can bring some new ideas and enthusiasm to take the club forward into the next membership year.

I had some great nights out last month; thanks to Matthew and Lee for coming along to my Telford’s night to see the Sundowners. Telford’s is always a great night and the band were really good. We had a great turn out for Alison’s birthday later in the month which was enjoyed by all with a mix of older and newer members, and even some ex members. It was a shame that the canal trip was cancelled last month due to John’s work commitments, but I believe he is planning to reschedule the event later this year so look out for that one as I know a number of people were looking forward to it.

Lots to look forward to this month: Spring Party, Pub Crawl, two beer festivals, Eurovision party, BBQ and much more 🙂

Finally I would like to welcome our newest member Sam.

Have a good month everyone and congratulations to the new committee.
Cheers
Dave

Chairman’s Chat, April 2015

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a good month and enjoyed last month’s events. Thanks to those of you that joined me for my birthday celebrations at Telfords; I had a great night and the band “Tankus the Henge” were really good. I ended the night with Disco Dave making an appearance on the dance floor. I had such a good night that I have decided to host another Telfords night this month with a band that have had good press and also appeared at Glastonbury; I am expecting good things. I believe the pub night with Ellie also went down well and it’s great to hear that a number of our current prospective members joined her and had a really good night.

It’s the AGM this month, a bit later than usual, but we will be sticking to tradition and offering a free drink to all those that arrive promptly between 7:30pm and 8pm. We will then get down to business of reviewing 2014-15 and electing a new committee. All committee places will be up for grabs so if you would like to get involved with the running of the club there are current committee members who have decided not to stand for re-election, so we will be looking to find some new faces to join us.

Have a good month everyone and I hope to see lots of you at the AGM 🙂

Cheers

Dave

Chairman’s Chat, March 2015

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all enjoyed last month’s events. I particularly enjoyed Rhian’s “Are You Feeling Lucky” pub crawl. It’s great to see something a bit different and imaginative on the bulletin. It was enjoyed by all, and there was a great turn out. For those that didn’t join us, the event was a pub crawl with the next pub decided by the throw of a dice with the six sides representing the six nearest pubs. As an added bit of fun we could then bet on which pub we thought would be next with the winners collecting the wagers on each throw. The route ended up being The Boot > Duttons > Botanist > Coach House > Liverpool Arms.

While talking about something a bit different, a new regular event has been added to the bulletin this month thanks to Helen H (aka Tall Helen). It’s one for all you fitness types: she is running an aerobic trampoline event, see the regular events section for more details.

The CNW-IVC AGM is nearing us fast, where we will discuss the club’s future direction and elect a new committee. It’s now looking likely it will be held in early May, due to the AIVC holding their Conference in late April – more details to follow next month.

And finally a big welcome to our newest member Clare Mulholland.

Have a good month everyone 🙂

Cheers
Dave

Chairman’s Chat, February 2015

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a good January and have stuck to all your New Years’ resolutions. I always make a few in the hope I manage to keep to at least one.

I went to see the Theory of Everything last month, which was chosen in my monthly Facebook vote for our cinema night. It’s not the kind of film I would normally go for but it was really good and the acting was amazing for such a hard role to play. I can see lots awards coming Eddie Remayne way who played Stephen Hawking. I would defiantly recommend going to see it. I would also like to thank Rhian and Sian for organising a lovely walk out to the Plough in Waverton along the canal.  There was a really good turn out; definitely one for us to do again in the summer.

This year is already going fast, after organising the Christmas party it’s now time to start thinking about the AGM, which is just round the corner in April. So it’s time to start getting your thoughts together on the past year and the future of the club and talking to members of the committee if you’re interested in getting involved next year.

Lastly I would like to welcome our newest members David Atkinson and Claire Bolton.

Have a good month everybody.

Dave

Chairman’s Chat, December 2014

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed last month’s events.  I can’t believe it’s December already; this year seems to have flown by.

I am really looking forward to the Christmas party at the Double Tree; we are trying out a new venue this year following the Racecourse the previous two years.  We have now sold all our tickets, and it should be a great night.  For those of you on the reserve list I will let you know if any spaces become available.

The calendar is a little bit empty over the Christmas period as people will be off doing their own thing with family and friends; feel free to organize any ad-hoc events using the members’ group e-mail and Facebook page.

Club night falls on Christmas Eve this year so we have decided to have a pub crawl instead to get us into the festive mood.  We are also hoping to get something organized for New Year’s Eve, possibly a house party or a night out; if you have any ideas or would like to host please let Rhian know.

This should have been in last month’s Chairman’s Chat but I had already submitted it before Andy reminded me…  So, better late than never well done to both Andy and Giles, who have both been sporting fine moustaches over the past month, for yet another year of supporting Movember raising money for men’s health awareness.  You can donate at http://uk.movember.com/team/1597397.

We have had another change on the committee this month as Carol stepped down due to other commitments.  So I would like to welcome and thank Heather who has volunteered to take her place.

Finally I would like to welcome our newest members Pip and Helen.

Have a good month every one and I wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year.

Cheers

Dave