Chairman’s Chat, July 2015

Hello everyone,

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.


Food, Fun, Fundraising

There is a fundraising dinner and auction happening at Hoole Hall (Doubletree by Hilton) in Chester in aid of Josh’s Project at the end of the month which some of us will be attending. 

You’ll need to get your tickets by the 15th, all other details below:


It is a sit down, set 3-course meal, inc. coffee, with a main course vegetarian option (see menu below). As poster indicates, there is also a welcome drink. Tables sit 10 – some tables have been sold to businesses but individual ticket sales are being made too. Dress code is ‘Lounge suits’ – so smart dress but not black tie!
They aren’t near the sell-out mark just yet but  venue holds 180 maximum but you’ll have to have bought your ticket by 15 October (a hotel requirement), so another couple of weeks to go. However, if you were considering booking a table, it may be wise to do so sooner rather than later. You can buy tickets via any of the means on the poster please. Tickets supplied on payment (by cheque or cash please) to ‘Josh’s Project’ – by post or personal transaction.  

Entertainment is the band The Moo Cows (a strong, popular local band – they’re playing Eaton Hall at the Grosvenor Estate the following night and played the Sptting Feathers Beer Festival last year) plus there is a disco too with a DJ-selected playlist (ie. the DJ can’t make it but has picked the tunes!) especially for the night, in between the live music, auction, etc. 

The organisers look forward to hearing from you soon. By the way, we think that, for what is on offer, £25/head is a great deal!! (I tend to agree)

About the project

Josh’s Project, set up last year to drive fundraising for the build of a BMX track in Vicars Cross in memory of 12-year-old Josh Easton. Josh was killed in a road incident when a van, travelling along Vicars Cross Rd, turned in and struck Josh, who was making his way home, along the pavement as it crosses the entrance to the Shell petrol station.

Josh’s Project, with the co-operation of Gt Boughton Parish Council, and community and business support, worked hard to raise some £35,000, and the track was opened by His Grace the Duke of Westminster in March this year.

In his speech, His Grace highlighted the need for continued fundraising and involvement because Josh’s Project is responsible for funding the maintenance and security of the track for the first 10 years of its existence.

Josh’s Project Dinner menu

Roasted Plum Tomato and Pepper Soup

Warm Bread Roll


 Breast of Chicken, Wholegrain Mustard Mash, Fine Beans Crispy Italian Ham, Madeira Wine Jus

Vegetarian Option: Wild Mushroom Risotto with Truffled Rocket


Caramelized Lemon Tart

Winter Berry Puree



Auction Prizes – as at 26 Sept 2010 

  1. Manchester United Shirt signed by Michael Owen
  2. Chelsea FC Cigarette box signed by Frank Lampard
  3. Rizzla Suzuki Cap Moto GP signed by Chris Vermulen, John Hopkins, Kevin Schwantz, and Nobbi Uedda
  4. Bottle of House of Commons whiskey signed by David Cameron
  5. 18-hole 4-ball golf at Pryors Hayes
  6. 18-hole 4-ball golf at Pryors Hayes (second of two)
  7. 1973 Manchester United shirt
  8. Pool cue signed by Steve Davis
  9. Moto GP riders’ gloves signed by Chris Vermeulen
  10.  Pool cue signed by Ronnie O’Sullivan
  11. Moto GP riders’ boots signed by Chris Vermeulen
  12. Premiership Referee signed shirt
  13. Middlesborough FC shirt
  14. Sunderland FC shirt
  15. Dinner, bed & breakfast for two with bottle of wine (at Northop Hall)
  16. Bottle of Grosvenor Estate champagne
  17. Back, neck and shoulder massage (St David’s Park Hotel)
  18. Signed picture of Max Biaggi
  19. Skip Hire (Ash Waste)
  20. Doubletree by Hilton Chester has donated one night’s accommodation for two in a Junior Suite, with dinner for two in Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill. Guests will have use of the Club facilities including pool and thermal areas.

Raffle Prizes – as at 26 Sept 2010 

  1. Food and Drink Hamper
  2. Paint Balling Day for 10 over 18s – to be used during November
  3. Day at Tatton Park (includes three attractions) for 2 adults and up to 3 children
  4. Bottle of champagne from Grosvenor Estate
  5. Cut, colour and blow-dry (Head Office, Vicars Cross, Chester)
  6. Day at Manley Mere Adventure Trail for family of four
  7. Unilever ‘Vitality’ bag
  8. 2 x Ten-pin bowling for six people (one must be under 16 years of age)
  9. Two-course meal for four at Northop Hall Country House Hotel
  10. Two-course meal for two plus bottle of wine at Northop Hall Country House Hotel
  11. Bridal/party/occasional make up (Hidden Skin) – valid for 12 months from 29 October 2010



Josh’s Project Dinner Menu

Chocolate, Rugby, Beer, Curry

Making hedgehogs at the chocolate factory.jpg

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.