Hi all ,
January is officially behind us, how are you all doing keeping your news year resolutions? We has some lovely events last month including celebrating Carol and Andy’s engagement, jo’s annual house party and a couple of outdoor events.
Yeeha! February starts with a howdown! We’ve also got a meal out and the return of an old favourite Fizzy Friday! We’ve also got a new members event on the 18th so I you have any friends who you’ve been thinking of inviting along then now is the time.
Finally can you all please have a think about putting on an event and getting it in the diary, even if it is in a few months time. We really need your support this year with events, most are put on by the committee so we need you to help out. this group is what the members make of it. Contact us using the events e-mail at the back of the bulletin.
Have a great February
Come and make new friends and enjoy a wider social life! IVC Chester is a friendly activity and social group for professionals aged 21-45. Our members run a wide variety of events in and around Chester.
We are having an open event this Saturday the 9th of April at 7.00pm at the Cross Keys on lower bridge street Chester which is just across the road from the Bear and Billet. Get in touch and we will meet you there for a drink and a few nibbles and come and find out more about the group. For further info contact 07858056670 or visit www.cnw-ivc.org.uk
We are having an open event on Saturday 31st of October – between 3 pm and 8pm. Join us if you are interested in finding out more about IVC or think you may want to join the club – we will meet up first then stay on to watch the Rugby World Cup final. If you want to come along to this or any other event get in touch and members will be there to meet and greet you. For further info contact 07518 958 554 or visit www.cnw-ivc.org.uk
I’ve really enjoyed March, starting the month with a trip to the Bridge End Inn in Ruabon with a huge group of IVC’ers. It was just the sort of event I think we do so well as a group; a trip to somewhere you’ve heard about but never got a round to going to, or for some people a day out you’d have never come up with on your own, go along with an open mind and find it’s actually much more enjoyable than you ever expected! The Istanbul BBQ on Brook Street in Chester was also excellent so I’d recommend checking that out if you haven’t yet. I also had a lovely night at Bollicini with Helen and Alex and a big bunch last weekend; again, a group offer you’d have struggled to arrange with just a couple of mates.
Huge thanks to Aidan and Hilary for all the work they put in to the York weekend. A city break was something new for us (in recent years at least) and while it can be difficult to tick everyone’s boxes for what they might want from a trip like that regarding accommodation, cost and activities, the group had a fab time and we’ll hopefully be able to run something similar in the future if there is interest and someone to spearhead as well as these two managed.
We’re round to AGM time again! Please arrive promptly by 8pm to claim your free drink and we’ll get down to business of reviewing 2013-14 and electing a new committee. While as always all members will be standing down from their post, there is a large percentage of the current committee not seeking re-election, and so we really do need you all to give some thought to getting involved to keep the club moving. Our numbers are thriving and club nights have rarely been so consistently busy, so hopefully we’ll have plenty of fresh keen blood and maybe some longer-standing members stepping up, to move us onwards and upwards.
I’ll save my own committee sign-off for the AGM and next month’s handover “Chairman’s Chat”!
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!
Well that’s January over with! Let’s hope we’re done with the snow (yes, I confess, I’m completely Bah Humbug about it, however pretty!). It’s been a fun month considering it’s traditionally a time for watching what we eat, drink and spend! Thanks to Jo for her party and everyone who kicked off the year by hosting events. I enjoyed Christine’s Sushi Sunday lunch and had a great birthday night out with IVC’ers earlier on in the month, despite my fledgling cold which unfortunately turned into a 3 weeks germ-fest, meaning I missed out on a few other events.
I’m looking forward to Jenni and Hilary’s curry night to start the month off and hope a few of you will join me at Theatre Clwyd on the 12th to watch Danish film “The Hunt”, which I’m really looking forward to. I end the month with a holiday in the sun so will hopefully come back refreshed and ready to start heading us towards the AGM in April. Time to start getting your thoughts together on 2012-13 and the future of the club, and talking to members of the committee if you’re interested in getting involved next year!
It’s also a good time to think about any weekends away, trips or holidays you might like us to go on this year; whether old favourites such as Derwentwater and Anglesey, Aidan’s back to basics Wildboarclough camping barn weekend, or somewhere new for us!
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!