Cancellation of events

Hi all,

Following today’s announcement by the government to “avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues” the committee has taken the decision to cancel all upcoming IVC events. We have not taken this decision lightly but feel our members’ welfare comes first. We will keep the situation under constant review and act in line with any changes to this guidance.

Obviously, if members want to go out together independent of the IVC then that is their decision. Meetup and IVC communication platforms won’t be used to advertise such get togethers.

I hope we’re all able to get back together very soon but in the meantime look after yourselves.

If you have any questions please get in touch.

Rhian and the IVC Committee

Chairman’s Chat November 2019

Hi all,

November starts off with a BANG at the Lord Mayor’s Fireworks Extravaganza! Then there are some opportunities for some festive craftiness, a cosy dinner, film night then the chance to bang the drums and be adored at the Oasis and Stone Roses Tribute Night.

Novembers are traditionally quiet as we all get ready for the festive period but if you see something you like the sound of, and nothing else is on, please feel free to put on an impromptu event via WhatsApp. As you know, this type of event doesn’t allow you to have a Christmas party discount but last minute get togethers can sometimes be the most fun!

Remember to take lots of photos and send them to James for inclusion in the bulletin, best picture gets top spot!


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.


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!



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.


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.


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.

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 🙂



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 🙂