Chairman’s Chat, October 2014

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all enjoyed last months events. My legs are still hurting after getting back from the Lakes at the weekend. We were very lucky with the weather avoiding the rain, although it did try once or twice. There was a group walk on the Saturday and then I decided along with Richard C and Andy C to complete a further walk on the Sunday. Most of the group opted for a leisurely boat trip around the lake and a walk around the shops in Keswick. A big thank you to Jo for organising it’s always a great weekend away.

I also made my 3rd trip down the copper mines at Alderley Edge last month, which is always fun and interesting and I can highly recommend it if Aidan or anyone else ever decided to put on another a trip in the future.

Don’t forget if you haven’t yet bought your Christmas party ticket there are still some places available but they’re going fast. For those that have reserved tickets we will be sending out an e-mail later this month on collecting the balance as we need to pay the hotel in November.

Finally I would like to wish Claire the best of luck in her new job as she will shortly be leaving us to take up an exciting new job in Jakarta, Indonesia this month.

Have a good month everyone 🙂



Chairman’s Chat, September – Weekend in the Lakes, Alderley Edge caving, Heritage pub crawl, nights out!

Hi everyone,

As I write this I’m looking forward to the Cilcain Village show tomorrow and pleased that it seems there’ll quite a good IVC turn out for what seemed at first a slightly random entry into the August diary. On reflection however, it’s really quite representative of what IVC is all about: sharing local hidden treasures, introducing new people to your own favourite places and events and making the most of some time off work and hopefully some good weather!

As autumn is upon us we have a busier diary for September, highlights including Aidan’s Alderley Edge caving trip and a weekend away. Thanks to Jo for organising the weekend in Derwentwater again; hopefully the weather will be kind and it will be a fun, sociable trip to this beautiful part of the lakes. We also have some good nights out planned, and the long awaited second part to the “Ye Olde Ale trail” in Chester. For anyone who missed the first part back in March, talk to any of the large group who took on an epic yet fairly civilised pub crawl around about ten of Chester’s “Heritage” pubs; it was an excellent day!

Don’t forget as well as the public Facebook page we have a private group; if you’re not currently in the group speak to one of the committee and we’ll make sure you’re added. It’s useful for reminders about event details, club night locations, sharing pictures and links and any short-notice items and imminent events. Remember the website and (public) Facebook page are important tools for raising the club profile and attracting new members so interacting with them when you can is appreciated.
Finally, a warm welcome this month to new member Bethany Millen!

Chairmans chat – April 2011


April is here, and the evenings are getting longer.  Let’s hope we have some more of the sun we’ve been enjoying, and not so much of the April showers!
It’s time to start thinking about some new events for the spring and summer – it’ll be so nice to get out after being cooped up inside all winter. Of course, there’s the trip to the Lake District to look forward to in June – possibly the last chance to visit our favourite youth hostel, as it is due to be closed – but the more events we can have the better.   

 I hope you’ve all enjoyed the March events. By all accounts the Pudding Club was not to be missed – if only I hadn’t!
Kay, I hope you’ll be rerunning the event when I can make it… Of course Christine’s pancake party was great as always; here’s hoping there’s no photos of your Chair in a rather fetching flowery apron… And it was great to see some new faces at badminton this week – anyone else fancy joining us?

See you at the April events!



Thirty people spent a brilliant weekend at Derwentwater Youth Hostel. On Saturday we walked up past the waterfall along the river to Watendlath. The local farm provided tea and scones then we climbed across the fells into Borrowdale and bought lunch at the pub in Rosthwaite. The next challenge was the steep climb to the top of Castle Crag then along the river path to Grange. The last section of the 10 mile walk was across the marsh path at the bottom of the Lake.

Sunday was spent cruising round Derwentwater on an open launch in the sunshine. We stopped off to walk on the far side of the Lake and later to listen to the free jazz festival in Keswick. We enjoyed a last walk on the fells above Rydal Water before driving back to reality.