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

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.



Chairman’s Chat, November 2014

Hi All,

Hope you all enjoyed last months events. There’s lots to look forward to this month as well.

Firstly, I would like to welcome and thank Ellie and Mike for volunteering to join the committee to take over from Claire as Membership Secretaries. They are both regular club night attendees and they will be great at welcoming prospective members to the group.

Thank you for all of those that have said they would like to come to the Christmas party on the 20th December at the Double Tree. So far we have 41 people on the list so it should be a great night and its always the highlight of the CNW-IVC year. We now need to collect in the balances for those who have put their name down for a ticket as we need to collect all the money by mid November so we can pay the hotel in time. Please can you pay ASAP via the Paypal links provided otherwise Richard Cross will be collecting money at club nights. If you have not put your name down for a ticket we should still be able to get places tickets are priced at £25 for members who have put on a bulleted event, otherwise £30 for members and £32 for Guests and Prospective members.

And lastly a big welcome to our newest member Stephan Abson

Have a good month everyone 🙂


Chairman’s Chat, September 2014

Hi Everyone,

I think I should have kept quite about the nice sunny weather in last months chairman’s chat; August seems to have ended up a bit on the wet side. We still had a good time and luckily it stayed dry for our fab Summer BBQ Party. A big thank you goes out to Rhian for organizing it along with her helpers and volunteer cooks Mike and Lee –it’s not easy catering for over 30 people on a tight budget, but the event was a great success and enjoyed by all.

Speaking of Rhian I think she might have set a record last month, well since I have been in the club anyway by hosting 5 events in a single month. I will have to remember that one when it comes to giving out prizes at the AGM next year.

Don’t forget to reserve your Christmas party tickets, they’re going fast at the time of writing this – 32 places have been reserved so far. I will be reserving further tickets with the Double Tree to make more spaces available; it should be a great night and I hope to see as many of you there as possible.

There are lots of great events to look forward to this month: our trip to the Lakes, another trip down the mines and bowling, to name a few that I’m looking forward to attending.
Have a great month everyone 🙂



Chairman’s Chat, July 2014: There’s lots of events going on, and also Christmas to think of…

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to July’s edition of Chairman’s Chat. I hope you all had a great month and enjoyed June’s many successful events. Congratulations go to both Glenn and Sophie for hosting their first events last month. Glenn’s England v Italy event was sold out even before the bulletin was out and Sophie’s Havana night had a great turn out with guys outnumbered by girls by at least 4-1. I didn’t get in till 4am so it must have been good. Its also great to see something a little different appearing in the bulletin thanks to Hilary and Pip (also Pips first event) for what sounded like a very successful Pudding club.

As you night have noticed with the survey I emailed round, I have been busy looking into venues for our Christmas party this year. It feels very strange when its so far away, but you have to be quick to get the best venues. We had a committee meeting last night and from the results of the survey, depending on availability, its looking like it will be held at the Double Tree in Hooleon Saturday the 20th; the final confirmation should be out next month.

Last of all a big welcome to our latest new members, Alan Farrar, Lee Pacey, Pip Newman and Nick Yates.

Have a good month everyone 🙂



Chairman’s Chat, June 2014: Hello from Dave, our new Chair

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my first edition of chairman’s chat since taking over from Kay. First of all I would like to say a big thank you to Kay and the other outgoing committee members for all there hard work over the last year. It’s great to see that we have had a lot of new members join us and club nights and most events are being well attended.

For me I think the highlight of last month’s events was being part of Claire’s winning pub quiz team. We managed to beat a rival social group who do the quiz at the Bawn Lodge every week. The winning team consisted of Claire, Sophie, Greg, Alex M and myself and the vital winning question was which well known 3 word saying starts with the letters W… F… C… and comes from the name for flags raised as boats pass into port (sorry can’t remember exact wording but something along those lines). It had us stumped for a while but luckily we came up with the correct answer just in time.

Don’t forget to get your subs in quickly for 2014 if you haven’t already paid -check your e-mail for details on how to pay or let the committee know if you’re planning on not renewing.

Lastly a big welcome to our newest member Heather Duffy.

Have a good month everyone 🙂



Chairman’s Chat, May 2014: it’s farewell from Kay, and hello from the new committee

Hi everyone,

Hopefully by now you’ll have seen the minutes from the AGM last week if you couldn’t be there, and know that this is my last Chairman’s Chat! After 3 years on the committee and two as Chair, I’m handing over to Dave Clark and I’m sure he’ll carry on the momentum we have now to take the club forward. Thanks to all the outgoing committee and good luck to the new bunch. I’m sure there’s an analogy I can draw between stepping down from the committee and retirement: less work, more play and plenty of time for gardening!

Chester is full of festivals in May and there’s lots to look forward to this summer. I hope you’ll all take the time to think about adding an event or two to the programme over the coming months; we’re only as good a club as you make it.

Finally, my last job is to wish a warm welcome to our EIGHT new members approved this month: Sophie, Laura, Sam, Phil, Mike, Sian, Matt and Helen!


Chairman’s Chat, April 2014: We’ve had some big events, and the AGM’s coming soon

Hi everyone,

I’ve really enjoyed March, starting the month with a trip to the Bridge End Inn in Ruabon with a huge group of IVC’ers. It was just the sort of event I think we do so well as a group; a trip to somewhere you’ve heard about but never got a round to going to, or for some people a day out you’d have never come up with on your own, go along with an open mind and find it’s actually much more enjoyable than you ever expected! The Istanbul BBQ on Brook Street in Chester was also excellent so I’d recommend checking that out if you haven’t yet. I also had a lovely night at Bollicini with Helen and Alex and a big bunch last weekend; again, a group offer you’d have struggled to arrange with just a couple of mates.

Huge thanks to Aidan and Hilary for all the work they put in to the York weekend. A city break was something new for us (in recent years at least) and while it can be difficult to tick everyone’s boxes for what they might want from a trip like that regarding accommodation, cost and activities, the group had a fab time and we’ll hopefully be able to run something similar in the future if there is interest and someone to spearhead as well as these two managed.

We’re round to AGM time again! Please arrive promptly by 8pm to claim your free drink and we’ll get down to business of reviewing 2013-14 and electing a new committee. While as always all members will be standing down from their post, there is a large percentage of the current committee not seeking re-election, and so we really do need you all to give some thought to getting involved to keep the club moving. Our numbers are thriving and club nights have rarely been so consistently busy, so hopefully we’ll have plenty of fresh keen blood and maybe some longer-standing members stepping up, to move us onwards and upwards.

I’ll save my own committee sign-off for the AGM and next month’s handover “Chairman’s Chat”!


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?


Chairman’s Chat, January 2014 – a new start with IVC!

Hi everyone,
Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great Christmas. I had a fantastic time at the Racecourse again for the Christmas Party: excellent food, top entertainment and most importantly great company. Also the panto was fabulous as ever; get your name down early as it always sells out fast: thanks to Jo for booking, as ever. Don’t forget she’d love to see you at her Winter Warmer/fend off the January blues party on January 4th.

Here’s the first bulletin of the year, hope there’s something in it for everyone. Club night attendance has been excellent for a while now which is great. Please feel free to suggest a venue or let us know if you haven’t liked somewhere; it’s your club!

I recognise that the bulletin might seem a slightly dated format but I confess I rather like it. Do remember if you have any kind of smart phone it’s simple to open the pdf of the bulletin and save it so that it can be easily accessed at any time; ask any of the committee if you’re not sure about this and hopefully one of us can help out! For more impromptu events just send an e-mail to the group [email protected], use the private Facebook group or if you’re a bit shy e-mail Hilary or Jenni in events and they can help get the word out in the most appropriate way.

Do remember that we hope everyone will add an event or two to the bulletin over the course of the year. Please don’t feel it’s presumptuous to add one as a newer member, it’s a great way to get to know more people than just the regular Wednesday night crowd and doesn’t have to be over-complicated or time-consuming. We are a club run by the members for the members and do whatever it is you want to do.

We’re planning a weekend in York on 21st-23rd February which should be a great city break without travelling too far and also will include the annual Jorvik Viking festival! It will be a change from our usual trips which are more hostel/walking/outdoorsy so we hope lots of you will make it along, perhaps even some of those who’ve never been away with us before.

This month I’m pleased to welcome new member Marie.

Best wishes for 2014,

Chairman’s Chat, November 2013 – now the clocks have gone back, there’s plenty going on at IVC

Hi everyone,

So the clocks have changed and we’re starting November with a weekend jam-packed with seasonal treats; make sure you read on into the bulletin quickly or you’ll be too late for everything on the first page!
We had a great turn-out for the Autumn Party at the Commercial so thanks to all the committee who were involved in organising that. I’ve also this month enjoyed finally making it to our monthly cocktail night; Kuckoo exceeded expectations with great drinks and excellent music!

Of course we have the Christmas Party coming up (Saturday 7th December 2013), it will be a great event so do get your tickets as soon as possible. The racecourse is a lovely venue and I hope to see lots of you there. Ask any of the committee for more information or check out the photographs from last year on our website. I’d better go dress shopping soon…

Finally, I’m delighted to give a warm welcome to THREE new members this month: Helen, Gen and Sarah!

Kay x