Chairman’s Chat, January 2014 – a new start with IVC!

Hi everyone,
Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great Christmas. I had a fantastic time at the Racecourse again for the Christmas Party: excellent food, top entertainment and most importantly great company. Also the panto was fabulous as ever; get your name down early as it always sells out fast: thanks to Jo for booking, as ever. Don’t forget she’d love to see you at her Winter Warmer/fend off the January blues party on January 4th.

Here’s the first bulletin of the year, hope there’s something in it for everyone. Club night attendance has been excellent for a while now which is great. Please feel free to suggest a venue or let us know if you haven’t liked somewhere; it’s your club!

I recognise that the bulletin might seem a slightly dated format but I confess I rather like it. Do remember if you have any kind of smart phone it’s simple to open the pdf of the bulletin and save it so that it can be easily accessed at any time; ask any of the committee if you’re not sure about this and hopefully one of us can help out! For more impromptu events just send an e-mail to the group [email protected], use the private Facebook group or if you’re a bit shy e-mail Hilary or Jenni in events and they can help get the word out in the most appropriate way.

Do remember that we hope everyone will add an event or two to the bulletin over the course of the year. Please don’t feel it’s presumptuous to add one as a newer member, it’s a great way to get to know more people than just the regular Wednesday night crowd and doesn’t have to be over-complicated or time-consuming. We are a club run by the members for the members and do whatever it is you want to do.

We’re planning a weekend in York on 21st-23rd February which should be a great city break without travelling too far and also will include the annual Jorvik Viking festival! It will be a change from our usual trips which are more hostel/walking/outdoorsy so we hope lots of you will make it along, perhaps even some of those who’ve never been away with us before.

This month I’m pleased to welcome new member Marie.

Best wishes for 2014,

Chairman’s Chat, September – Weekend in the Lakes, Alderley Edge caving, Heritage pub crawl, nights out!

Hi everyone,

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!

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!


Chairmans chat – April 2011


April is here, and the evenings are getting longer.  Let’s hope we have some more of the sun we’ve been enjoying, and not so much of the April showers!
It’s time to start thinking about some new events for the spring and summer – it’ll be so nice to get out after being cooped up inside all winter. Of course, there’s the trip to the Lake District to look forward to in June – possibly the last chance to visit our favourite youth hostel, as it is due to be closed – but the more events we can have the better.   

 I hope you’ve all enjoyed the March events. By all accounts the Pudding Club was not to be missed – if only I hadn’t!
Kay, I hope you’ll be rerunning the event when I can make it… Of course Christine’s pancake party was great as always; here’s hoping there’s no photos of your Chair in a rather fetching flowery apron… And it was great to see some new faces at badminton this week – anyone else fancy joining us?

See you at the April events!


Chairman’s Message: September

IVC Cheshire & North Wales


Hi everyone, welcome to the September edition of the Cheshire and North Wales IVC bulletin. Firstly, a word for any of you that have been surprised by cheques coming out of your bank account recently. Due to problems with Alliance and Leicester, we have only recently been able to hand over control of club funds to the new committee. Any of you that paid your membership for this year by cheque will have seen that money go out of your account last month (August), as we finally got control of the account. Apologies to anyone that was surprised by that.

Spitting Feathers Beer Festival : July 2010

The camping barn weekend was lots of fun and it was good to see people up there. It’s a shame the weather wasn’t too good, but this summer that was nothing special and we got out walking anyway! Although we tried very hard, we managed not to have anyone swept away crossing stepping stones over the River Hodder – hopefully we should get some pictures up soon to prove it. However, we found that A is such a southerner that going that far north makes her get really ill, and she had to go back! Never mind, try and acclimatise yourself next time and you should be OK!

Chipping camping barn weekend : August 2010

We’ve enjoyed trying out different pubs in Chester while the usual venue was being refurbished and have had some successful club nights at our different venues. It is now open again, so we’re back there through September. As you might have heard, we’re contemplating whether we want to stay at there. It’s got very good facilities for the club – the seating means we can almost always gather together comfortably in a group, no matter how many of us are there; there’s no loud music stopping us talking; and of course, we get the upstairs room for our AGM. However, it has seemed a little run down recently, so we are considering whether we should use one of the pubs we visited in August as a regular club night venue. September gives us a chance to try it out again and we can then discuss matters at the next committee meeting, but if you’ve got an opinion, then let me know!

Cycle to Ice Cream Farm : July 2010

I’ve announced over email recently that we’d like to encourage all members to take more part in the varied events put on by other members in the club. We always say that it’s the events people put on that make this club; but it’s people choosing to come on them that makes the events! Sometimes it can be easy to just receive a bulletin and not really take much notice of what’s going on in the club, so you can miss out on something fun you could be doing with us. We’ve decided to make the first Wednesday pub meet of every month New Bulletin Night. The new bulletin will be out with all the events in the new month, so it’s a great chance to find out what upcoming events might interest you. So if you want to find out more about what’s going on then come along; and if you’ve put an event in the bulletin then come and tell us all more about it and encourage people to do it! If you can’t make the first Wednesday and you’d still like your event promoting, let the committee know and we’ll do what we can. We’d also like your feedback as to the sort of events we should look to do – if you think you’d like there to be more events of a certain type, then again, let us know.



Thirty people spent a brilliant weekend at Derwentwater Youth Hostel. On Saturday we walked up past the waterfall along the river to Watendlath. The local farm provided tea and scones then we climbed across the fells into Borrowdale and bought lunch at the pub in Rosthwaite. The next challenge was the steep climb to the top of Castle Crag then along the river path to Grange. The last section of the 10 mile walk was across the marsh path at the bottom of the Lake.

Sunday was spent cruising round Derwentwater on an open launch in the sunshine. We stopped off to walk on the far side of the Lake and later to listen to the free jazz festival in Keswick. We enjoyed a last walk on the fells above Rydal Water before driving back to reality.


Rhoscolyn, Sept 09A big thank you goes out to Emma who organised a weekend away in Anglesey and managed to pick a weekend that was perfect with wall to wall sunshine for the whole time.

We all arrived on Friday night and relaxed after a hard week at work and we were all up ready and raring to go on the Saturday. Trustworthy Graham took the lead and directed us on a scenic walk along the coastal path. One group took the easy shorter option via the pub and the more adventerous continued. We all then met on the beach and the brave ( or dare I say stupid ) ones managed to go swimming in the ice cold sea. All I can say is that Graham did a very good impression of Daniel Craig!!!

The evening was spent recovering from our day with fish and chips and a bit of drink. Again no rest for the wicked as Sunday we divided up into 2 groups and some ventured off to Aberfraw to catch some rays and exercise those legs and then some got into their kayaks to see the delights of Anglesey coastline from a different angle. Hopefully everyone who went will say that they had a fab time and now we all know who William Booth is! Do you?

Rhoscolyn, Sept 09Rhoscolyn, Sept 09Rhoscolyn, Sept 09

(There are more photos in the members area.)

Wye canoe trip & Chester cycle race

Thanks to Aidan for organising the canoe trip, there are some photos in the members area now for those who want to see them 😉

I have also shared my photos from Tuesday of the cycle race around Chester so check those out too.

Messing about on the river at Symonds YatCycle race June 2009Cycle race June 2009

If you have any more photos for me please let me know and I’ll share those with everyone else.

I’ve also added a Tag Cloud: What do you think?