Support the IVC Movember 2013 team

It’s Movember and the time for change is now. IVC members are committing their faces to the cause and will be growing moustaches for the entire month of November to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.

Please support the IVC Movember team at, as we fight the good fight for men’s health.

Mo Bro’s, start growing that Mo today and join the IVC team. See the Movember rules and style guide.
Mo Sista’s can help too. See how to get involved and join the team.
You can donate online at:

Thanks in advance for supporting our Mo and helping to change the face of men’s health.

United we Mo

Mo stencil

Donations will support world-class men’s health programmes that combat prostate and testicular cancer. These programmes, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, and research to achieve our vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

These funded programmes are spread across the UK – please visit the Funded Programmes page for all the hairy details:

Chairman’s Message: September

IVC Cheshire & North Wales


Hi everyone, welcome to the September edition of the Cheshire and North Wales IVC bulletin. Firstly, a word for any of you that have been surprised by cheques coming out of your bank account recently. Due to problems with Alliance and Leicester, we have only recently been able to hand over control of club funds to the new committee. Any of you that paid your membership for this year by cheque will have seen that money go out of your account last month (August), as we finally got control of the account. Apologies to anyone that was surprised by that.

Spitting Feathers Beer Festival : July 2010

The camping barn weekend was lots of fun and it was good to see people up there. It’s a shame the weather wasn’t too good, but this summer that was nothing special and we got out walking anyway! Although we tried very hard, we managed not to have anyone swept away crossing stepping stones over the River Hodder – hopefully we should get some pictures up soon to prove it. However, we found that A is such a southerner that going that far north makes her get really ill, and she had to go back! Never mind, try and acclimatise yourself next time and you should be OK!

Chipping camping barn weekend : August 2010

We’ve enjoyed trying out different pubs in Chester while the usual venue was being refurbished and have had some successful club nights at our different venues. It is now open again, so we’re back there through September. As you might have heard, we’re contemplating whether we want to stay at there. It’s got very good facilities for the club – the seating means we can almost always gather together comfortably in a group, no matter how many of us are there; there’s no loud music stopping us talking; and of course, we get the upstairs room for our AGM. However, it has seemed a little run down recently, so we are considering whether we should use one of the pubs we visited in August as a regular club night venue. September gives us a chance to try it out again and we can then discuss matters at the next committee meeting, but if you’ve got an opinion, then let me know!

Cycle to Ice Cream Farm : July 2010

I’ve announced over email recently that we’d like to encourage all members to take more part in the varied events put on by other members in the club. We always say that it’s the events people put on that make this club; but it’s people choosing to come on them that makes the events! Sometimes it can be easy to just receive a bulletin and not really take much notice of what’s going on in the club, so you can miss out on something fun you could be doing with us. We’ve decided to make the first Wednesday pub meet of every month New Bulletin Night. The new bulletin will be out with all the events in the new month, so it’s a great chance to find out what upcoming events might interest you. So if you want to find out more about what’s going on then come along; and if you’ve put an event in the bulletin then come and tell us all more about it and encourage people to do it! If you can’t make the first Wednesday and you’d still like your event promoting, let the committee know and we’ll do what we can. We’d also like your feedback as to the sort of events we should look to do – if you think you’d like there to be more events of a certain type, then again, let us know.


Clevendon conference

Just a short note to show you all our prize from AIVC conference:

We won these chocolates for having one of the three best IVC websites (as judged by the outgoing publicity officer) which we will give to the member who last year built this site for us (thanks again GW).

AIVC conference 2010: Our prize for having one of the best websites in AIVC

We also won two other prizes (in uncontested categories 🙂 ):

I walked away with a bottle of Vodka for coming up with the winning mission statement of ‘The Spirit of IVC to to get out, make new friends and to have fun’.

We also won a small box of chocolates for the ‘Best Free Publicity’ so thanks to The Standard for that. Thanks to the other IVC’s too for not entering which I’m sure greatly increased our chances of winning 😉

The weekend was good (there are some photos in the member’s area) and we came away with a few ideas that might help us to retain newly attracted members and to attract more. We sat through a fair amount of silly politicing from some clubs who should have left their dirty laundry at home and learnt that most have trouble getting members to put on events. In one club the membership fee doubles if you don’t put on at least two events a year: maybe we should try that 😉

On the Saturday afternoon we went for a very nice walk down to the sea and on Sunday went to Tyntesfield which we liked. Saturday night’s 60s night was fun too so a big thanks again to out hosts Bristol and Bath IVC.

Don’t forget that next week is our AGM! (Free drinks! 8pm prompt)