February was fun filled with a great variety of well attended events. We kicked the month off with the hoedown which I would definitely recommend if it comes round again. A great group joined Mike for a delicious Chinese meal. It was great to see new and old faces at the new member’s event and fizzy Friday.
March starts with catch up drinks at Duttons. We’ll be helping Dave C celebrate a significant birthday and waving bon voyage to Lee as he sets off in search of adventures on the high seas. We’ll round off the month with a stroll along the Dee and a pub lunch.
Please have a think about events for April and get in touch with Laura using the events email at the back of the bulletin.
We’ll be having the AGM in April. Do you think you could spare some time to support the club and join the committee? If so please have a chat with one of the current committee members of go to our website for a description of the roles.
I’d like to welcome Andy, Mel and Jonathan to the club.
See you all soon.
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.
Aside from the AGM, April seems to be a non-stop food and drink fest! Thanks to Alex for giving me an excuse to wear my beer-frock and Christine to scare us in her Burkha, at his International Appetisers party, and to Jenny for a great kick-start to the longest weekend ever, by twisting lots of arms (!) to get a large group of us to Chester Beerfest.
Whilst I was chilling out in sunny Shropshire last week, the May events schedule has been filling up nicely, and I can see some interesting future events, too!
The current weather is perfect for the planned day-trips to Donington Park and Alton Towers over the May bank holiday, and I’m looking forward to a repeat of last year’s Real Ale Train ride in Llangollen. This month we’re also starting “First Friday ” and “Last Friday” food as regular events; Phil has picked the venues for this month, but please volunteer to host in future months at your favourite foodie haunts!
To add to the already eclectic mix, we have both German speaking and French singing evenings planned for June. As the summer is here, and the evenings are lighter and the weather more reliable, it would also be good to see some more active / outdoor activities being planned. So if you’ve a penchant for outdoor Shakespeare, own a bicycle, a barbecue, a frisbee or just a pair of walking shoes, please feel free to organise a suitably summery event!
We had a busy few days this last weekend that all conspired to make our chairman very happy, 4 of her favourite things came together in two days:
Thanks to Neville for organising a trip to the chocolate factory in Tarporely where we all made chocolates with Charles. None us knew what to expect but in the end all had fun and the chocolate hedgehogs we walked away with didn’t last long 😉 Some of us then stayed on a little longer for a meal and pint in the cosy Rising Sun pub just up the road.
The chair’s second favourite thing was of course Ireland winning at rugby: few of the rest of us were as happy but as least as we were watching it in The Mill Hotel the beer was excellent. Some of took a break then and went for a walk around the walls while some stayed until we went to Harkers (more good beer) and rounded the night off with a very nice curry on the other side of the road at City Spice.
So a big thank you from all of us who were there, especially the chairman, to Neville, Emma and Roger for organising those events.
This month’s bulletin is out now so please book on to let the organisers know you’ll be coming. And next month’s diary is open so if you want to put any events on yourselves this is your fist hint… 😉
ps. Alex has give me some photos from last year’s trip to Snowdon and they’re in the member’s area if you want to see them.
Nicola, Dave, Hannah, Graham and I went to the pub quiz at The Red Lion at Dodleston on Tuesday. Four of us had a meal first – very good value and chips all round! Graham joined us for the quiz.
We got off to a slow start but made up for it and ended up winning!
£20 was the reward, so we all went home £3 to the better, if you take the £1 entry into account. Unfortunately we’ll be given a 5-point handicap the next time we go. We’re pretty sure, however, they won’t remember us if we don’t go again for a couple of months, especially if we have a different team name and different people! All in all, the quiz was a good mixture of questions – not too much on any one topic, something for everyone plus picture of “celebrities” and dingbats.”
If you are interested in joining us for a pub quiz have a look in the bulletin for contact details: Even better if you are going to one and want some help put it in the diary and be the contact!
Thanks to the cyclists who braved the threatening clouds to come for a 7 mile cycle ride around Delamere Forest on Friday.
Thanks also to all of those who came to join us at the Fortune Palace to celebrate Kristie’s birthday meal afterwards.