Chairman’s Chat, August 2017

Hi all,

Wow, July was certainly packed with some great events and August won’t disappoint either!

August kicks off with almost an event every day in the first week! From a talk on wildlife, days out to live music. The month continues with surfing, chilli, castles and cinema trips. We welcome the return of moonlight flicks, cinema under the stars.

Not forgetting the IVC summer event – the summer BBQ on the 19th. Always a well attended event, food, friends and sunshine – what’s not to like! Well done to all of those putting on events – you make the club what it is.

See you all soon.


Chairman’s Chat, June 2016

Hi All,

The summer starts here! Let’s hope the weather is good to us this year.

As you all know, we had the AGM last month. The committee stayed pretty much the same but with Ellie making the move to the role of Secretary. A new award was introduced, the Chairman’s Award, to be given annually for going above and beyond. This year it was won jointly by Pip and Dave for innovation.

This month we have races, a band night at Telford’s, and our regular New Members’ Event on the18th. You’ll also notice our club night venues have outside spaces so we can enjoy the summer evenings.

Welcome to New member Rosie and welcome back to John.



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.


Chairman’s Chat, September 2014

Hi Everyone,

I think I should have kept quite about the nice sunny weather in last months chairman’s chat; August seems to have ended up a bit on the wet side. We still had a good time and luckily it stayed dry for our fab Summer BBQ Party. A big thank you goes out to Rhian for organizing it along with her helpers and volunteer cooks Mike and Lee –it’s not easy catering for over 30 people on a tight budget, but the event was a great success and enjoyed by all.

Speaking of Rhian I think she might have set a record last month, well since I have been in the club anyway by hosting 5 events in a single month. I will have to remember that one when it comes to giving out prizes at the AGM next year.

Don’t forget to reserve your Christmas party tickets, they’re going fast at the time of writing this – 32 places have been reserved so far. I will be reserving further tickets with the Double Tree to make more spaces available; it should be a great night and I hope to see as many of you there as possible.

There are lots of great events to look forward to this month: our trip to the Lakes, another trip down the mines and bowling, to name a few that I’m looking forward to attending.
Have a great month everyone 🙂



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

Chairman’s Chat – June 2012

Welcome to the June edition of the Cheshire & North Wales IVC bulletin and my first Chairman’s Chat. Thanks to Sally who handed over to me with things in excellent shape, we’ve had a May packed full of events! I’ve enjoyed some great Friday nights out with lots of you and I’m writing this surrounded by the debris from a very fun Eurovision party; thanks to everyone who came along to that!

We’ve been busy planning the big things that form the backbone of our programme so we hope lots of you can make some of these: a camping barn weekend at Wildboarclough, Cheshire Peak District (13-15 July, contact Aidan C); Derwentwater, (3-4 August, contact Jo D), and a weekend in Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, (31st August -2nd September, contact Sally C). Also after researching and discussing at length, I have now booked the CNW IVC Christmas Party! This will be held at the Pavilion Suite, Chester Racecourse on Saturday 8th December 2012 so make sure you keep the date free for that!

Thanks to Alison and Andy on Events for pulling together some special stuff for the Jubilee Weekend to kick off June, and I hope this fabulous weather lasts for it! I am hoping I’ll be able to enjoy a picnic in the sun with lots of you at the Polo at Chester Racecourse this weekend. As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any event ideas and feedback you have for us.

Don’t forget to get your subs in quickly if you haven’t already paid – check you e-mail for details of how to pay. Please keep us up to date with the best e-mail address for you so that never miss out on anything!
Kay x

Chairman’s chat – May 2011

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!



A big thank you to A for two barbeques so far this year at his house! 

Having been tipped off by a colleague that the weekend was going to be a scorcher he popped into Argos on the way home and became the proud owner of a shiny half barrel.  A couple of e-mails and texts to the rest of the members and the next day a dozen of us we were all more than happy to help him christen it in the glorious sun the next day! 🙂


Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you in the garden soon…

– x –

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