January 2020




Our meeting started with a presentation to Tony who has retired as President of the Club. Fred presented Tony with a wine and a beer glass both inscribed with his name and dates of service. He was also given a case of wine and beer to go in them! Fred thanked Tony for his many years of service to the Club. I think we would all second that as Tony has helped and guided the committee through the years and has always had the best interests of the club at heart. David formally accepted the position of President as his nomination was uncontested. 


We then had a very interesting and amusing talk from Geoff Hawley on being  magistrate. He quizzed us on our knowledge of the legal system and gave us several amusing anecdotes.

We finished the evening off with a tasting of a very nice wine sourced by Denis. It was a Sainsbury’s ‘Taste the Difference’ St Chinian. This was a full bodied  red, a blend of Syrah and Grenache 14.5% alc. Dennis also provided us a with a handout giving details of the wine and a map of the area. Thank you Denis for finding this wine.

If any member would like to come forward and provide a wine when we have a meeting with a talk please would they contact Fred. We usually use 4 bottles with a maximum of £30 which would be reimbursed.

NEXT CLUB NIGHT –  19th February

This is to be a beer tasting from:


This months lottery winner is number 28 – Mark.


Next meeting is Wed 5th February 7.30 at Keith & Judy’s.


Sixteen hardy souls (and one dog) assembled in Davies Way car park for a cold and misty walk around Lymm’s Heritage Trail. We set off along Whitbarrow Road under the canal and into Slitten George. We stopped briefly at site of the Slitting Mill to learn a little bit about its use for splitting wrought iron sheets, initially into rods, for home based nail making and when this was no longer profitable into bands used for in barrels by a nearby cooperage. The trail continued along Dane Bank Road and Lymmhay Lane to join the Trans Penine Trail. Following this we crossed Whitbarrow Road at the site of the former Lymm Station (demolished in the late 1980s) and of the much more recently demolished Lymm Hotel. Continuing to Star Lane we joined the towpath along the Bridgewater Canal (extended to Lymm in 1776) and headed back towards the Village Centre. After a brief stop at the Cross (the only Grade 1 Listed “building” in the Warrington area) the trail led us through the Dingle to Church Lane and Lymm Dam (both the retaining earthwork carrying the road and the lake to the south).

Walking around the Dam we crossed over Crosfield Bridge built in 1918-19 by W H Lever to serve a housing development which was never built (he had built one at Port Sunlight a few years earlier). The trail continued along the eastern side of the Dam and then around St Mary’s Church (established on the site in 1322, but the present building dates from 1851). From here we went back through the Dingle to the village centre and the car park. to complete a walk of just under 4 miles. Many thanks to Peter and Anna for organizing it, Fred and Hilda for additional information on the way round and Denis for the photos.

NEXT WALK – 23rd February

Meet at 11am at The Swan, Bucklow Hill, Mere, Kingsford, WA16 6RD for a walk of about 2 hours taking in Rostherne.

Lunch is at The Swan. It’s a Brewer’s Fayre pub. Please let Sylvia or Chris know if you will be eating.


Following on from December’s Club Night enjoyable presentation of Death Mountain and the Swiss theme, this month’s question concerns the correct drink to consume when you are halfway through a Swiss cheese fondue.

So should you have a glass of

  1. Abricotine
  2. Poire Williams
  3. Kirsch

Answer – It is traditional in Switzerland to consume a “coup de milieu” when you reach the halfway stage. This consists of a small glass of spirit to act as a “digestif” to prevent indigestion. (so they say).


Following on from January’s informative and enjoyable presentation about the experiences of a Magistrate this month’s question concerns wines influenced by the legal profession.

Which of these is not a name of a currently obtainable bottle of wine

  1. Magistrate
  2. Sheriff
  3. Attorney

Answers in next month’s Newsletter.


Following on from Geoff’s talk on the Festiniog Railway here are details of a proposed Wine Circle Trip. If anyone is interested please contact Geoff directly.

Proposed Outing to North-West Wales – Tuesday 8th September 2020

Visit Caernarfon & Travel on Festiniog and Welsh Highland Railways – Total Cost ~ £50 pp.

Start Time :  9-00 a.m. Brookfield Road, Opposite Davies Way.              

Outline Itinerary:

9-00 a.m.        Maynes Coach Departs Lymm.

 10-45 approx.            Arrive Caernarfon town square for Coffee and time to explore the historic walled-town of Caernarfon and its Castle (free to CADW & English Heritage Members) and possibly take an early light lunch at the brand-new £2M Welsh Highland Station café, or in town.

1 p.m.             Depart Caernarfon WHR Station for Porthmadog via Welsh Highland Railway in comfortable carriages behind 1958 Garratt steam locomotive.

Refreshments and toilets available on train, including light hot snacks and Welsh Afternoon Teas, both subject to availability – but don’t bank on this as stocks are limited ! Options can be pre-booked, so let me know interest.

3-15 approx.  Arrive Porthmadog Harbour Station Platform 2.

There is time (around 1/2 hour) to browse Porthmadog; Station Shop, Café or Bar. The station conveniences are located at the far end of Platform 1 – take a look at the amazing new Pullman Observation carriage at the platform opposite.

3-50 p.m.       Depart Porthmadog Harbour Platform 1 for Blaenau Ffestiniog via Ffestiniog Railway behind historic steam locomotiveRefreshments and toilets available on train, but not food. First Class options available – extra.

5-05 p.m. approx.     Transfer from train to Mayne’s coach at Blaenau Ffestiniog station for return journey to Lymm. Return Arrival in Lymm around 1845 hours.

Some Background Information:

The Festiniog Railway is the oldest narrow-gauge railway still in operation in the UK, authorised by Act of Parliament in 1832 and opened for slate traffic in 1836. Steam locomotives were introduced in 1863 and Carriage of Passengers was authorised in 1865, just a few months ahead of the Talyllyn Railway. Re-opening began in 1955.                                              

 The Welsh Highland Railway was originally authorised for construction in 1872 as part of a larger scheme in the area. 52 years after its closure in 1936, the trackbed was purchased by the Festiniog Railway for £1 in 1988 and rebuilding began in 1995.       Full through services to Porthmadog resumed in 2011.

Annual Dinner 2020

This will be on Friday 20th March at Statham Lodge

Here is the menu to choose from. Click on it for a readable version. The cost of the meal is £26.50 per head and members can then purchase the drinks that they wish to have and pay for this on the night.

If you wish to go to the dinner please email your choices of starter, main course and dessert to Steve. At the same time you need to pay, if possible,  by bank transfer using Annual Dinner and your surname as a reference. Account number is on the member’s only version of the newsletter. It would be helpful if you also emailed Anna to let her know you have paid.

The room holds 50 people so reservations will be on a first paid first served basis.


Thank you to David and Angela for hosting the New Year’s Eve party and to Dave and Jenny for hosting the 12th Night party. It is always good when Wine Circlers get together for a celebration and these parties were no exception.

 Other bits and Pieces

As we should all be trying to save the planet please can people car share to the Garrick if possible. If anyone needs a lift to club nights please let Jean know and she will try to organize this.

This email was received through our website:

I wondered if any of your members were winemakers. I have 4/5  glass demijohns that I no longer need. 3 clear glass and 1/2 brown glass. One of the brown glass ones still has some very old wine in but I assume when emptied it will still be alright. I will give them away but it would be helpful if they were picked up. I live in Appleton. (Contact details in member’s only version of the newsletter).