February 2020




This was a very interesting talk on Weetwood Beers. We tasted 6 beers ranging from lager to porter as well as sniffing different malts and learning the difference between European and American hops.

NEXT CLUB NIGHT –  18th March

This is a talk by Ron Phillips on a very interesting family – the Naylors of Grappenhall. They walked 1,372 miles in 1871, from John O’Groats to Land’s End!!

As this is a talk there will be a wine to taste at the end. This month Stewart has offered to source the wine. As Fred mentioned, at the meeting, if any member would like to volunteer to source a wine please see Fred. There is no need to prepare a presentation, just bring along 4 bottles of something you like or have found. There is a budget of £30. You will be reimbursed.

The AGM is in April. Please can everyone with trophies from last year bring them to the March meeting and give them to Jean.

AGM competitions are beer, wine, hand and machine made bread and our wildcard this year is fruit liqueurs. There is still time to make a liqueur and the rules are – there are no rules! So any size of bottle, any alcohol base. So go on have a go!!

If anyone know of a speaker who would do an interesting talk for our members please let one of the committee know.

If anyone would like to join our committee for the coming year please let Fred know.

DINNER LIST Frank is preparing the summer list. If you are on and want to come off or off and you want to come on please let him know. Otherwise do nothing.


This months lottery winner is number 10 – Rob.


Next meeting is Wed 4th March  7.30 at the Jean’s.

LAST WALK – from The Swan at Bucklow Hill

A few intrepid members decided to brave the elements but were rewarded by a very pleasant walk, although it was somewhat damp underfoot. We set off down Cicely Mill Lane and then took the footpath by the mill pool. Getting over this stile was a bit of a challenge as it was a bit waterlogged, but we all managed it. We took the footpath towards Mere Farm, (with a few deviations to avoid the damper areas in the fields), and then across the fields towards Tatton Dale (muddy, but not flooded).

We then walked along Ashley Road alongside the Tatton Estate from Home Farm to the main entrance, where we turned right towards Rostherne. After a short deviation to look at the Rosherne chuch, in glorious sunshine, we took the road back to Cicely Mill Lane, as we decided we had had enough mud for one day, and so retraced our steps back to the Swam for a drink and lunch. 

Thank you Sylvia and Chris for leading this walk.


because the 22nd is Mother’s Day and pubs will be busy.

Meet at the Red Lion in Moore at 11 am. Jean and Frank are leading the walk.

Early details of next years caravanning events

A reminder to all members that anyone can join these events. If you have a caravan, trailer tent or tent and want to join the caravanners for any of these meets please contact the organiser. You can also join in the walks and BBQs staying in B&Bs etc close by. Dates and specific details to follow.

  1. Easter –  Pen y Bont, at Bala. Organisers Sue and Stewart
  2. May Day  –  Carsington Fields Caravan Park, Ashbourne. Organisers David and Jill
  3. End of May –  Upwood Holiday Park, Oxenhope, Keighley West Yorkshire. Organisers Rob and Perpetua
  4. End of August Lakeside at Bielby, near Pocklington. Organisers Sue and Stewart.

Note the May Day holiday is Friday 8th May this year.



Following on from February’s informative and enjoyable presentation about beer this month’s question concerns hops

Which of these counties currently produces the largest amount of hops per year

  1. Czech Republic
  2. USA
  3. Germany

Answers in next month’s Newsletter.


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

The answer is (3) Attorney.

Magistrate is a Winery producing a variety of “fine wines” from central and southern California whilst the Buena Vista Winery in the Napa Valley produces its Sheriff of Buena Vista premium red. Also, on the Greek Island of Syros the local winery produces a Sheriff Fatman wine using the rare Serifiotiko grape.  There do not appear to be any wines or wineries called Attorney.


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.

As many members live in Stockton Heath and Appleton, the coach will pick up by prior arrangement along the A56 after leaving Lymm and then along the A49 to the M56.

I have been asked if this is the same day out as arranged for the Rotary Club in 2018 and the answer is broadly “Yes”, but much has changed over the past two years – as follows:

The Multi-million pound Caernarfon Quayside Re-Development will be completed, together with the £2M new Welsh Highland Station incorporating Café and Shop – all well worth a look around.

On the Welsh Highland Railway, a new £200,000 Pullman Observation Car named Gwyrfai has been added to the train to provide a First Class travel experience in some style, at a surcharge of only £12. Also, a new Garratt steam locomotive will be commissioned and will be hauling trains of new or refurbished carriages. Pre-Booked Afternoon Teas and hot food are also available on this train.

A new station building has been opened at Waenfawr which we pass on the journey to Porthmadog.

The renovated remains of Bettws Garmon station building can be seen as the train passes, about one mile after leaving Waenfawr.

The weigh-house for the Glanrafon slate workings at the foot of the incline to the quarry are now visible from the train beyond Snowdon Ranger.

At Porthmadog, ‘Spooners’ Station Café and Bar has had a face-lift.

On the Festiniog Railway, another new £200,000 Pullman Observation Car has been added to the train for upgrade to First Class travel, at a surcharge of only £8.

A totally new Double Fairlie steam locomotive – James Spooner – will be commissioned during the season and may be hauling trains by the time of our visit.

Many forestry plantations have been felling along the line, allowing greatly improved views across the valley from the train, on the journey up to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Obviously it is early days yet, however, in order to make this outing a commercial proposition, I will have to open it up to other societies in a month or so, to fill sufficient places, so book now.

Contact Geoff for more information.

Annual Dinner 2020

This will be on Friday 20th March at Statham Lodge, Time – 7pm for 7.30pm.

At the end of this newsletter is the menu to choose from. 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. The set up is the same as last year. There will be a wine table when you arrive so you can order your wine for the meal. There will be a separate bar area specifically for dinner members to order pre dinner drinks.

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 on the members’ only pages here. 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.

Other bits and Pieces

Tony Bone sent this interesting article for anyone giving up alcohol for Lent, or indeed for any other reason.

Here is the menu for the annual dinner