Chairman’s Chat – August 2012

Summer finally arrived, in time for a very enjoyable weekend at Cumberland Cottage Bunk House in Wildboarclough this month; thanks to Aidan for the exceptional organisation that went in to it. Lessons learned and truths confirmed include: 16 miles is a very long walk; at some point on every walk, there is an exceptionally muddy farmyard; Geese do bite (has the mark gone down yet, Leanne?); when faced with a litter of Border Collie puppies, I am likely need considerable persuasion that I cannot, in fact, take one home; running water and electricity are not technically necessary for a good weekend. Definitely one to do again next year, maybe we can persuade a few more of you to rough it for a night or two; it’s a beautiful area!

We’ve had some lively club nights, a great time at the Laugh Inn, Dave’s film night, and a record badminton turn-out. The Spitting Feathers Beer Festival on Saturday was excellent as ever so I recommend everyone buys their tickets early next year to avoid missing out, though I know the many of you who joined Dave and Hilary out in Chester instead also had a great time!

We’ve two big weekends away book-ending August and good stuff in between. While the sun is shining, don’t forget Christmas isn’t as far away as you might think and next month we’ll be confirming ticket prices and subsidies for the Christmas Party. Remember we like everyone to host an event or two each year and you need to get one in the programme to ensure you get your discount for our party on Saturday 8th December!

Enjoy the sunshine and I hope to see lots of you this month; I’ll be at Richard’s Olympic party, some club nights and I’m looking forward to Sally’s weekend in Rhoscolyn, my first ever visit to Anglesey!



Chairman’s Chat – July 2012

Well June’s done and the start of summer has seen a number of chances to get outside, with varying amounts of co-operation from the weather! I both began and ended the month with picnics: a fun but chilly afternoon at the polo to start off and a great production of Romeo and Juliet in the gardens at Erddig last weekend, also chilly and slightly damp though very enjoyable. Luckily I had the chance to get away in the middle for some sunshine, though this meant I missed most of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations which I gather were excellent; Chester at its finest with the folk festival and lots going on in town too. Thanks to Alex F and Jo for their BBQ’s and to all those who’ve hosted events this month. Please do not hesitate to speak to Andy C or Alison B with ideas for events you’d like to see on the programme and if you know what you want to do and when, just drop them an e-mail with the details. Don’t forget to keep sending me texts with reviews and updates from events I’m not at so that I can keep tweeting, especially as we have a new celebrity follower: ITV’s Lucy Meacock!

Our three big weekends away are close but there is still time to get yourself a place: the imminent ones are the Cheshire Peaks, 13th-15th July (contact Aidan) and Derwentwater 3-5th August (contact Jo). Hope to see some of you at new member Leanne’s Charity comedy night on Thursday 5th at the Laugh Inn, for Aidan’s camping barn weekend at Wildboarclough, and at club nights of course! Also hoping I’m due some sunshine for my next outdoor event: the Spitting Feathers Beer Festival.

Kay x