Chairman’s Chat, March 2018

Hi all,

Happy St David’s Day! Spring is finally with us, although it might not feel like it over the next few days.

We have a great variety of events coming up this month, and we’ll be getting out and about from Hawarden to Liverpool and quite a few visits to Deeside. I’m looking forward to the day out in Liverpool for Andy’s birthday and I’m really pleased to see the curling taster on again, I took advantage of this a couple of years ago and can really recommend it, it’s such good fun. We have a couple of film nights and some jazz – nice.

Don’t forget it is the IVC’s birthday next month, an opportunity to party and let your hair down! I’ll be sending mails about it over the next few weeks.

I hope to see lots of you out and about over the month.



Chairman’s Chat, March 2015

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all enjoyed last month’s events. I particularly enjoyed Rhian’s “Are You Feeling Lucky” pub crawl. It’s great to see something a bit different and imaginative on the bulletin. It was enjoyed by all, and there was a great turn out. For those that didn’t join us, the event was a pub crawl with the next pub decided by the throw of a dice with the six sides representing the six nearest pubs. As an added bit of fun we could then bet on which pub we thought would be next with the winners collecting the wagers on each throw. The route ended up being The Boot > Duttons > Botanist > Coach House > Liverpool Arms.

While talking about something a bit different, a new regular event has been added to the bulletin this month thanks to Helen H (aka Tall Helen). It’s one for all you fitness types: she is running an aerobic trampoline event, see the regular events section for more details.

The CNW-IVC AGM is nearing us fast, where we will discuss the club’s future direction and elect a new committee. It’s now looking likely it will be held in early May, due to the AIVC holding their Conference in late April – more details to follow next month.

And finally a big welcome to our newest member Clare Mulholland.

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!

A simple plan

It was a simple plan we had a couple of weeks ago, to go for a simple stroll around town, visiting a few of our favourite spots and relaxing with friends.  We decided to visit a couple of nice pubs and then a few we had heard about but never visited.  In the end it became a pub crawl, a student pub crawl at that: designed to visit the cheapest pubs in town (plus a couple of nice ones for balance).  If you want to know how it went track down one of the attendees at a club night but this was the plan:

7:30 – The Red Lion (Northgate, next to Eastern Glory), then to the centre and along the Rows to
8:15 – The Boot (Eastgate Row North, top level), then crossing Pepper Street to
9:00 – The Falcon (Bridge Steet), and not far to
9:45 – The Brewery Tap (also Bridge Steet), then around the walls to
10:30 – The Albion (near Forum Gardens), and past the amphitheatre to
11:15 – The Square Bottle (Foregate Street) and the very short stumble around the corner to
12:00 – Forest House (Love Street) and cross the road to
12:45 – Brannigans

Sadly Brannigans shut itself down (we talk no responsibility) but not a bad plan hey 😉

The Albion - a destination on our pub crawl.jpg

In case you are a prospective member don’t be put off by this, we do also see plays, attend comedy nights and go for walks but it is winter…