November 2020



We had a record number of 39 attendees at this month’s Zoom quiz.  We tasted 4 little bottles of wine and it was just like a Wine Circle meeting should be. The volume of noise went up with each bottle tasted! We had a few quiz questions in between bottles to allow time to drink. The wines were all ‘House’ wines from Sainsbury.

Thank you to Peter and Anna for another good evening.

The committee appreciates that not everyone is familiar with Zoom but Dave and Jenny have volunteered to help anyone set up Zoom if they wish to join the activities that are planned for the next few months. The App can easily be set up on lap tops or tablets so please contact them and they can help you install it and do a practice Zoom meeting.

CHRISTMAS CLUB NIGHT 16th (not 15th) December

The committee will be putting on a Christmas Show via Zoom using homemade puppets. If any member fancies attending with their puppet you can start thinking now. There will be a prize for the best puppet.

Ideas for puppets :-

Cardboard box




Wooden spoon




Toilet roll


Our Christmas Club night is usually an event when we raise money for a chosen charity. The committee has decided to run a raffle this month. There will be THREE HAMPER PRIZES !!!!!!

If you wish to join the raffle the cost of a ticket is £5. You can pay in 2 ways:-

  1. A bank transfer and an email to Perpetua with your name and the number of tickets you have bought. Account number in full version of newsletter (email or member’s area of the website).
  2. Money in an envelope to Anna or Perpetua with your name on the envelope.

Perpetua will put all the names in a hat and the raffle will be drawn on the club night.

 Our chosen charity this year is Warrington Foodbank. All profits from the raffle will go to them.

We will also be running our joint Christmas Card this year. If you wish your name to go on the card please pay £2 per name by bank transfer or put money in an envelope to Perpetua or Anna. This money will be added to the raffle money for Warrington Foodbank.

I think we all realise that a lot of families, with children,  will be struggling this Christmas. The committee has decided to add one exta charity initiative.

If you wish to help please donate food

 The charity has a website On the website there is a list of food they are short of

  • Tinned Rice Pudding
  • Tinned Potatoes
  • Cream Crackers
  • Tinned Meats (Hot)
  • Corned Beef
  • Angel Delight
  • Custard
  • Potato Smash
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Fish/Meat Paste
  • Jelly
  • Cat Food
  • Christmas Treats for Children eg. chocolate, biscuits, selection boxes

Of course, anything else you can think of  would be very welcome.

We have 4 collection points in Lymm, Grappenhall, Stockton Heath and Appleton – details in full version of the newsletter (email or member’s area of the website).

The deadline for donations to the drop-off points is 16th December. This gives us enough time to get the donations to Jean Smith, who is taking them to the Food Bank.

Wine for the Christmas club night

We will be tasting 2 wines this month. Both from Sainsbury’s.

Chianti Riserva 2016 £6


Glenridge Point Sauvingnon Blanc £6


If you can’t get hold of these just open a couple of your favourite bottles and join in the fun.

Fred has also prepared a Christmas Quiz to keep you on your toes so it is going to be an action packed evening. So please join us and if you need any help with Zoom contact Dave. From Wednesday he could talk to you from your garden and shout instructions through an open window!!


It looks as though we will be able to walk again, in groups of 6,  again from the 2nd December


  1. Email me by Wednesday 2nd December if you would like to be included on the list with any days of the week in December you cannot be available.
  2. I will allocate you to a group with a specified date and joining instructions. Each group will have a group leader equipped with the route.
  3. The  route will be recce’d and risk assessed in advance in terms of Covid.
  4. Each group of six will be walking the same route but on a different date.
  5. For subsequent months, you will be allocated to a different walking group so you meet up with different people, and obviously you will walk a different route.
    If you are interested in joining the “Walking List”, please email me by Wednesday 2nd December.

Walks Coordinator


This will be a talk – Going Round the Baltic. Peter and Anna will talk about one of their adventures in their campervan. This will be a talk with beer so provide yourself with Scandanavian or German Beer. Or if that is not to your taste a nice glass of wine of your choice.


Q: What do elves learn in school?
A: The elf-abet!

Q: What do you get if you cross an iPad with a Christmas tree?
A: A pineapple!

Q: What kind of photo do elves take?
A: Elfies!

RECIPE – from Stewart 

Spiced Tap Room Loaf

A slice of this moist and spicy fruit loaf goes well with either a cup of Yorkshire Tea or a glass of ale. It is also perfect with crumbly Wensleydale or mature Cheddar cheese.

It was served at Yorkshire coaching inns, together with the traditional house Christmas ale.

Grease and line a loaf tin. Oven 150′ for about 1 1/4 hours.


  • 250 gm plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspn mixed spice
  • 1/4 teaspn ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspn ground nutmeg.
  • 1/2 teaspn baking powder
  • 125gm butter or margarine
  • 125gm soft brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspn dried yeast
  • 375 gm mixed dried fruit
  • 1 egg beaten into 1/4 pint of liquid – half milk and half beer or water


Combine flour spices and baking powder, and rub in butter. Add sugar and yeast and mix thoroughly. Mix in dried fruit and stir in liquid.

Put into loaf tin and bake for about 1 1/4 until skewer comes out clean.

Leave in tin for about 10 mins then turn out onto cooling rack.

Historical Images of Warrington from Anna

Warrington’s Transport – Buses and Trams

2-horse buses in Stockton Heath

1913 Warrington’s first petrol buses


1905 Stockton Heath tram
1905 Stockton Heath tram


Tram on swing bridge


Latchford tram


1930 Trams in Bridge Street


In Mersey Street


In Church Street


There obviously cannot be any parties this year due to Covid but the committee had an idea of a New Years Eve get together on Zoom round about midnight. Keep an eye on your inbox for a link to this Zoom party.

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER – QUICK WINE QUIZ – Origin of the 750 ml bottle

Why is the volume of a standard wine bottle 75 cl?

  1. It is of a similar size to the standard Roman liquid measurement – a sextarius
  2. Napoleon thought it was a suitable size for a French soldier’s daily wine ration
  3. Bottles of around this size became common in Europe and the USA from the 18th century on


The Answer is not entirely clear but it probably has most to do with 3. Bottles of around 75 cl were about the maximum size which could be comfortably made by glassblowers. Bottles of 75.7 cl are equal to one fifth of a US gallon and one sixth of an Imperial gallon. This size became the most popular for selling both wines and spirits. The decision to adopt 75 cl came about in the 1970s as result of an agreement between the EU and the USA that a standard size would be good for commerce. Also it is a good size for two people to enjoy with a meal.


Who were the first to heat their wine before drinking it?

a) The Scandinavians

b) The Romans

c) The Germans