Chairman’s Chat, January 2016

Hi All,

This is the last chairman’s chat of 2015. Looking back, we’ve had some great times through the year and I’m looking forward to plenty of good times to come in 2016.

We’ve welcomed some new members and hope to meet lots more new people in the new year.

So let’s raise a glass and welcome in 2016!

I would also like to welcome Alison to the group.

 

Chairman’s Chat, December 2015

Hi, All

I hope you’re all starting to get into the festive spirit. We’ve got some great events coming up including Jo’s panto, always a great night, a Santander dash, fizzy Friday and of course the Christmas party!

I hope to see as many of you as possible out during this month, it’s always great to catch up with old friends this time of year, so if we haven’t seen you for a while try your best to come along to one of the events.

So I hope you’ve all been good boys and girls and Father Christmas brings you lots if lovely presents.

Have fun!

Rhian

 

Chairman’s Chat, February 2014 – Get ready for our trip to York, coming soon

Hi everyone,

2014 has begun very well with two great first events hosted by a couple of our new members and a packed-out party at Jo’s; thanks all! This month I’m going to try our book club for the first time and try not to let all the nights out we have in the diary get in the way of training for my first 10k race later this month!

We’re still planning a city break in York, this will now be in March to avoid the school holidays and the worst of the winter weather, hopefully! More info to follow. Yes, it will take a bit of planning and booking accommodation in advance but it will be worth it, we promise you!

We’ve also set the date for the AGM: put 23rd April 2014 in your diaries please!

This month we’re welcoming two new members Rhian and Claire. We’ve had ten new members join in the last six months who have all been women! The club mix is almost exactly 50/50 right now but this will change if we carry on at this rate! Surely there are some men out there in Cheshire and North Wales whose social lives could do with a boost?

Kay

IVC Book Club

IVC Book Club

The IVC Book Club started in January 2006 with just three of us.  We were partly inspired by the Richard and Judy Book Club but also by a wish to get back into the habit of reading.  The first book we chose was a noble choice – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller – but was a resounding “miss”, well for us anyway.  Fortunately, we’ve had many more “hits” than “misses” since then!  We’ve also grown in numbers to approximately eight and are pleased that some new IVC members have joined us too recently.

We meet approximately every 6 weeks, either in someone’s home or going out for a drink or meal to a local pub.  It’s a very informal, friendly group – no-one’s under any pressure to finish the book and discussions are never too in-depth.  Below is a list of all the books we’ve read since 2006.  Our favourites from 2008 and 2009 were The Road Home by Rose Tremain and Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.

If you’d like to join us, even if it’s just for one book you fancy reading or if you’ve got any suggestions, please talk to me or one of the other book club members at a club night.

Jane, February 2010

2006

January
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

March
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

April
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

June
Brick Lane by Monica Ali

August
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

September
The Conjurer’s Bird by Martin Davies

October
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodie Picoult

December
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2007

January
The Great Stink by Clare Clark

February
Small Island by Andrea Levy

April
Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld

May
The Color Purple by Alice Walker

July
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

August
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

October
The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

November
Either:  Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier or Penguins Stopped Play by Harry Thompson

2008

January
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

March
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

April
Pies and Prejudice by Stuart Maconie

May
The Call of the Wild: My Escape to Alaska by Guy Grieve

June
The Yes Man by Danny Wallace

July
The Road Home by Rose Tremain (Winner of 2008 Orange Prize, our 2008 Book of the Year)

August
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscales (Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction)

October
Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Aherne

November
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

2009

January
Restoration by Rose Tremain

February
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

April
When will there be Good News by Kate Atkinson (also Glyndwr University Book Club)

May
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

June
Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

August
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (our 2009 Book of the Year)

September
Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday

October
Adventures on the High Teas by Stuart Maconie

December
Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

2010

January
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

March
Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne