Chairman’s Chat – March 2013

Hi everyone,

Well I’m back from my hols and down to business! February was great, with some big IVC nights out in Chester and some great films. As spring begins to show itself, do all get thinking of some new event ideas for the new season! It’s getting to the time where we’re keener to get out for the day and explore, rather than just stick to evening events inside in the warm! If you’re unsure about any ideas or how to go about hosting or organising them, chat to any of the committee for advice or pointers!

It will be the AGM next month and as ever I ask as many of you as possible to attend; it’s important you take the chance to have your say and give feedback on the year and the direction of the club!

This month I’m looking forward to Christine’s trip to Theatre Clwyd to see “Love Crime”, as the trailer we saw in Feb looked great! Also we have some birthday nights out, some outdoors stuff in Tarporley, Delamere and Ironbridge, and there’s an Easter pub crawl in the planning of epic proportions! Thanks as always to those contributing items to the programme; without you there’s no IVC!

Special mention for Leanne Salisbury who after months of planning and hard work, finally smashed her fundraising target with her fantastic Burlesque Evening last Friday. She now heads off to trek the Great Wall of China in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust later this month.


Chairman’s Chat – February 2013

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!


Theatre Trips

This week’s performance of Taming of the Shrew at the Theatr Clwyd was truly excellent.
One of Shakespeare’s more “accessible” comedies,upon which was based the Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me, Kate”, the play contains laugh-out-loud humour and moments of slapstick comedy which threatened to soak us in our front-row seats! 

This was in contrast to the rather darker, dry humour of the last play we saw:   “Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell”, in which Robert Powell played the eponymous alcoholic, gambling-addicted womaniser, trapped in a pub and reminiscing about the absurd encounters and realationships in his life, through the course of his own private overnight lock-in.

Later this month we’re heading to the Everyman, to see David Morrisey in, ahem, the Scottish Play… Not so many laughs, but I’m sure this will be every bit as entertaining!

A bit of class

That‘s a bit more like it: some culture at last. This month has had a bit more class so in addition to the usual book clubs, cinema trips and ale we also managed to take in a bit of Mozart in the Cathedral and to meet Sherlock Holmes in Runcorn. Does Alice in Wonderland count as culture too? I’m not sure but we liked it 🙂

This month‘s bulletin will be out at the weekend hopefully so you can plan what you want to come on. As the weather is improving we’ll might see a few walks, cycle rides and some camping and don‘t forget there are are two weekends away that you need to sign up for soon.  Does anyone fancy organising canoeing again this year?

Also this month is the AGM so please make every effort to be there: would a free beer influence your decision to attend? Thought it might: read the chairman’s chat

Christmas shopping and a show

Christmas is coming, the diary’s looking fat, please come to the pub for our club night?  Hmm: I think I might have to work on my rhyming…

Christmas is coming, the diary’s looking fat, please put a January event into the hat, if you don’t know what to do then God Bless You.

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, The new diary is on its way, oh what fun it would be to fill it up today!  We have a new diary so HEY HO HEY HO HEY! 🙂 🙂 🙂  Please come along to one of the remaining club nights and put an event (or two) in the diary for 2010! (Especially if you didn’t put an event on in 2009 as you are kind of missing the point of this being a club run by members for members 😉

If you didn’t get December’s bulletin please let me know as it is out!

If you need help planning an even or want to put a joint event on with someone else Aidan is there and will give you all the help that you need.  Poetry writing anyone… ?
ps. Thanks to Steph and Emma for putting on shopping trips to Manchester and Liverpool (although I think we had more fun in Liverpool as we went to see a show afterwards !)
Never Forget at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool
Thanks too to Jackie for arranging for a lovely Sunday pub lunch: see you all again this Saturday (well, it is festive meal season after all 😉 )

As you like it (with aeroplanes)

Was that summer? Did anyone else miss it?  never mind, we took one last chance to make the most of it before the weather crept in and spoil our fun by going to see As you Like It at Speke Hall a couple of weekends ago so a big thanks to Amanda for organising that!

As You Like It, Speke Hall, Liverpool, Aug 09

If anyone hasn’t received the September bulletin can you please let me know,

And if you want to go to Rhoscolyn for the weekend away please let Emma know: now!

Thanks, William


EvitaEvita – Oh what a circus oh what a show!  A very enjoyable evening only slightly marred by Mark losing the tickets the day before, but thanks to Frances we managed to get in to see the show!

A very powerful and moving musical added by the amazing performances of the two leads, Evita and Che, the rest of the cast were equally wonderful.  As was the set and stage production.  Well done to Frances for organising a wonderful evening and for arranging a room for us all to mingle before the show and during the interval it certainly made me feel slightly important walking passed people fighting at the bar to our very own room with bar man.

This was all followed by a drink in the local pub behind the theatre, me being star stuck and not having a pen in time to get autographs and half an hour spent at the train station playing I-spy!  A very enjoyable evening!!