April 2024



We trialled a new seating arrangement, with the tables forming chevrons in the room and members sitting on both side of the tables. It proved very successful, and we will use this layout again.

Kath was voted in as our Chair and Steve was voted in at our Vice Chair. Julie and Natalia were reappointed as Secretary and Treasurer.

Judy, Jenny, Mark, Malcolm and Kythe were voted onto the committee to serve another year and 2 new members were proposed and voted on to the committee, David and Derek .

Rob and Perpetua have decided to leave the committee and David , as president, formally thanked them both for their many years of service.

It is a tradition that the retiring Chair is presented with a gavel. Rob already has one, from his previous time as Chair from 2003-2006, so he was presented instead with a stand for his gavel, made by Tony.

There were 4 beer entries and 1st prize was awarded to Keith for a bitter ale, 2nd to Chris for a neck oil clone and 3rd to Frank for a bitter beer.

There were 8 bread entries. Rob won 1st prize for his Golden Bloomer containing pumpkin puree, 2nd went to Derek for his Ciabatta and Jenny was 3rd with her wholegrain seeded loaf.

Our thanks go to the judges. Jonathan and Tony judged the beer and Jan and Jean judged the bread.

The evening ended with members tasting the beer and bread with cheese. Also, each member was given a glass of white or red wine.


Our subscriptions are now due by 31st July 2024. As agreed at the AGM, subs will increase by £2 to £25 per person.

Mark , our membership secretary, would prefer you to pay direct into the bank with a BACS transfer. Account number may be found here. Please make sure you include your name for the bank statement and email Mark after you have done it so he can keep a tally. Anyone who does not wish to do a transfer please give Mark a cheque made payable to Lymm Wine and Beer Circle.

NEXT CLUB NIGHT –15th May 2024 at 8pm

Perpetua and Natalia will be bringing us a Gin Tasting evening.


The next meeting will be on Wednesday 1st May at 7:30pm at Anna’s.

April WALK

April’s walk on Sunday 21st April was at Aldford near Chester. The village is part of the Duke of Westminster’s estate and as such is very pretty, well-kept and unspoilt. We met at The Grosvenor Arms and walked past the old village stocks, through the village passing the Dowager’s House on the way to the church. Crossing two fields, we passed the ruins and moat of Aldford Castle with its old oak tree to reach one of the roads into the Eaton Hall estate. An elegant painted cast iron bridge crosses the Dee at this point leading towards Eaton Hall, whose turret can be glimpsed across the fields. After admiring the view of the Dee and the fine boathouse, we dropped down to the riverside footpath. We walked along the Dee until we reached an area of woodland full of wild garlic at this time of year. A farm track took us back through the village to cross the playing field with its old crook barn, arriving back at the Grosvenor Arms for a well-earned pint before we set off home.

NEXT WALK – Sunday 19th May

This will be led by Keith and is a walk over the old Runcorn road bridge and back- including good views of the other river crossings, and a tour of Spike Island.

The meeting point will be at the western end of the large car park (Crossville Car Park), adjacent to the Drive Thru Costa Coffee in Runcorn. The postcode for the car park is WA7 5TW. Take the Daresbury Expressway (A558/A533) west to Runcorn and turn right at the second set of traffic lights after the roundabout by the new bridge.

Wine Circle BBQ

Saturday 20th July. Lighting up time 5 30.
For those of you who haven’t been to the BBQ before – treat it like a picnic. Bring your own chairs, plates, meat, drink etc and a salad or sweet to share with everyone. Drop your things off and pick up anytime.
Sylvia and Chris

New Honorary Member

We are pleased to inform everyone that Dorothy Baughan, who was one of the founding members of the Lymm Wine and Beer Circle, has been made an Honorary member of the club.

Easter Caravanning at Church Minshull

A group of 6 caravan and campervans only had a short drive into deepest Cheshire for our Easter break, at the Aqueduct Marina on the Shropshire Union Canal. The weather was showery but there were plenty of brighter periods to enjoy the surrounding countryside and nearby places of interest.

The Crewe Heritage Railway Museum was popular and both Hilda and I can now assist, in a signal box. Other places of interest were Biddulph Grange Gardens, Little Moreton Hall, Dorfold Hall [a Jacobean mansion], Bridgemere Garden Centre, Dagfields and Nantwich.
There were 2 very muddy walks along the tow path, to the pub for lunch and 6 visitors joined us. Frank and Jean even came in their boat and moored nearby to join us for our ‘Gin Palace’ and BBQ.

Our thanks go to Anna and Peter for organising a really interesting break, which gave us time to explore places that are just on our doorstep.


2024 Caravan Season

The Caravanners have planned their usual bank holiday outings for this year. Any other Wine Circle member who would like to join us, either for the day or a longer break, is very welcome. There are always local pubs and B & Bs in the area.
June 5th – 10th – Oak Tree Holiday Park and Fishery, Station Road, Graizelound, Haxey, Doncaster
North Lincolnshire. There are also glamping pods on site if anyone wants to join us. Organisers Sue and Stewart
July 5th – 8th Cross Lane Caravan Site, Gannies Farm, Cross Lane, Waddington, Clitheroe, BB7 3JH. Organiser Kath. There is plenty of accommodation nearby for non-caravanners.
August 15th – 20th Morton Hall Caravan and Camping Park Edinburgh EH166TJ4. Organisers Kath and John. I believe there is Glamping available for any non-caravanners wanting to go.


17 April is World Malbec Day. Why? Because the First Argentinian agronomy school was founded on 17 April 1853 and the then President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry into something which would be recognized throughout the world. Malbec is the predominate grape planted in Argentina but when were the first vines imported?
a) 19th century
b) 16th century
c) 18th century
The answer is b). Vines were planted in the country as far back as 1557, brought over by Spanish missionaries. Interestingly the region where they were first planted, north of San Juan and Mendoza is called La Rioja.


Several things are celebrated at the beginning of May, including the start of Spring and International Labour Day, but also the first Saturday is International Baga Day. So what is Baga?
a) a red grape from Portugal
b) a white grape from Slovenia
c) a white grape from Portugal

Committee Member’s roles

We held our April Committee meeting the week after the AGM and committee members volunteered for the following roles needed to run the club. Rachel was invited and was seconded onto the committee.

Raffle – Kythe 
Programme – David and Steve 
Newsletter – Judy 
Membership – Mark 
Walks – Jenny 
Pastoral – Rachel 


This month, Julie has found a few suggestions of crémant sparkling wines for you to try over the Bank Holiday weekend.

That’s all for this month