Chairman’s Chat, July 2017

Hi all,

I hope you all enjoyed the heat wave last month and are looking forward to more lovely weather in July.
We had some great events last month with comedy, cinema, music and getting crafty. It was also lovely to see so many out on the wobbly walls walk and to see Claire whilst on her trip over from Kuala Lumpur.

July is looking busy kicking off with a walk up Moel Famau, then the Zoo and fizzy Friday for Ellie’s birthday. We’ve also got the very popular all you can eat buffet at the Slow Boat, races and an evening cruise. A trip to Port Sunlight is next followed by a game day then rounded off with a new member’s event. Blimey, talk about a variety!
I’d like to encourage our members to suggest venues for our regular Wednesday club night so if you’ve been somewhere you think we’d enjoy please email me with the details before our next committee meeting on Wednesday 5th July.

I’d like to welcome our newest Members Gem, Dan B and Dan L.

See you soon Rhian

Chairman’s Chat, June 2017

Hi all,

We had a great mix of well attended events last month and another great variety of events coming up this month. We’ve got our usual cinema night and regular Wednesdays out but we’ve also got the music train, some events at Alexander’s, a member’s catch up night and the return of an old favourite the Wobbly Walls Walk!

Can you all please check you have received your renewal email and follow the instructions to renew. Remember to select the Heritage membership option for those of you who have been in the club for over 15 years.

We’ve also got a flying visit from our member Claire in from Kuala Lumpur!

I’d like to welcome Heather, Cheryl, Julie and Louise.

Rhian

Chairman’s Chat, January 2016

Hi All,

This is the last chairman’s chat of 2015. Looking back, we’ve had some great times through the year and I’m looking forward to plenty of good times to come in 2016.

We’ve welcomed some new members and hope to meet lots more new people in the new year.

So let’s raise a glass and welcome in 2016!

I would also like to welcome Alison to the group.

 

Chairman’s Chat, November 2015

Hi all,

October has flown by with a few memorable and well attended events. There was a great turn out for Hillary’s farewell curry and Andy’s birthday. I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing Hillary all the best with her move and the new job.

November is packed with a variety of events from fireworks to a cathedral tour. There should be something for everyone. Please contact the host to let them know if you’re interested in plenty of time if planning is required.

Have a great month and I hope to see you at the upcoming events!

Rhian

 

Chairman’s Chat, February 2015

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a good January and have stuck to all your New Years’ resolutions. I always make a few in the hope I manage to keep to at least one.

I went to see the Theory of Everything last month, which was chosen in my monthly Facebook vote for our cinema night. It’s not the kind of film I would normally go for but it was really good and the acting was amazing for such a hard role to play. I can see lots awards coming Eddie Remayne way who played Stephen Hawking. I would defiantly recommend going to see it. I would also like to thank Rhian and Sian for organising a lovely walk out to the Plough in Waverton along the canal.  There was a really good turn out; definitely one for us to do again in the summer.

This year is already going fast, after organising the Christmas party it’s now time to start thinking about the AGM, which is just round the corner in April. So it’s time to start getting your thoughts together on the past year and the future of the club and talking to members of the committee if you’re interested in getting involved next year.

Lastly I would like to welcome our newest members David Atkinson and Claire Bolton.

Have a good month everybody.

Dave

Chairman’s Chat, October 2014

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all enjoyed last months events. My legs are still hurting after getting back from the Lakes at the weekend. We were very lucky with the weather avoiding the rain, although it did try once or twice. There was a group walk on the Saturday and then I decided along with Richard C and Andy C to complete a further walk on the Sunday. Most of the group opted for a leisurely boat trip around the lake and a walk around the shops in Keswick. A big thank you to Jo for organising it’s always a great weekend away.

I also made my 3rd trip down the copper mines at Alderley Edge last month, which is always fun and interesting and I can highly recommend it if Aidan or anyone else ever decided to put on another a trip in the future.

Don’t forget if you haven’t yet bought your Christmas party ticket there are still some places available but they’re going fast. For those that have reserved tickets we will be sending out an e-mail later this month on collecting the balance as we need to pay the hotel in November.

Finally I would like to wish Claire the best of luck in her new job as she will shortly be leaving us to take up an exciting new job in Jakarta, Indonesia this month.

Have a good month everyone 🙂

Cheers

Dave

Summer Evening Parkgate Stroll

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When I realised that I’d scheduled my Parkgate stroll on the same afternoon as England’s first world cup game, I thought I might be strolling alone! However, the sun shone, as requested, and there was a great turnout so thank you to everyone who came along- it would have been very dull on my own! We started with the obligatory Parkgate ice cream (well, it would be silly not to!) and very nice it was too, before heading off along the front past the Boathouse and eventually joining the Wirral Way. The Harp Inn provided a welcome spot for rest and refreshment en route, with lovely views out across the Dee estuary before making our way back through the reed beds to Parkgate. Having well and truly walked off the ice cream by the time we returned to the car, a curry at Connah’s Quay finished the evening off nicely, and I think the curry house was very glad to have our custom on what looked like a very slow night for them! Hopefully they weren’t planning on sitting and watching the football either…

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Moel to Moel

This weekend our chair, in her last event in that role, lead us on a 6 mile walk from Cilcain up to Moel Fammau and along to Moel Arthur. When I say ‘lead’ someone else had done the walk before so told us where to go and she had someone else carry the map for her but it was her idea! And what a glorious day we had for it!

We met at 11 and after an hour waiting for various stragglers to find us set off from the village (starting next to the pub: it was a circular walk (can you see where I’m going with this?)) and through fields of lambs to the first hill. It was lovely so we stopped a few times and decided to go to the top of Moel Fammau for lunch. We rested again there and had our lunches before strolling along the ridge to look across at Moel Arthur. As it was so nice we walked up that hill too and on reaching the village again stopped at the pub.

Hope to see you soon at a future event, we’ll be in Llangollen next weekend and our next weekend away is Derwentwater in May.

William (p.s. there are more photos in the member’s area)

The walk we did was:
http://www.flintshire.gov.uk/wps/wcm/connect/9552d500495452de8b10ef71e225a0af/Rural_walks_22_moel_arthur_cilcain.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

from a book of walks which can be downloaded for free from:
http://www.flintshire.gov.uk/wps/portal/english/services?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/web+content/flintshire/english/services/100006/200029/countryside+-+rural+walks

Our start point:

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Llangollen

Well, another busy weekend:
 
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Thanks to Jo for organising the trip to Llangollen where a few of us went walking in the rain to Horsehoe Falls (by which time it had cheered up a bit (there are pictures in the members area for those of you who are interested)).  We stopped for a very nice £5 pub lunch on the way back along the canal at the Chain Bridge Hotel *; finishing our trip off with a bit of Christmas shopping in the craft store in town.
 
A group of members also went to see Men Who Stare At Goats at Cheshire Oaks and more of us will be out at the pub later tonight.
 
The Christmas Ball has sold out (we had to buy extra seats to fit you all in!).  Don’t forget though that you can still buy raffle tickets for our charity raffle so please do.
 
The diary is now open for December and January for our social club so now would be a good time to put an event on in Chester, Cheshire or North Wales…
 
*Random fact for the day: The first chain bridge at that point was built by Exuperius Pickering in 1814.