Monday, 10 June 2019

June 2019 Meeting

Our June meeting was "Tipplers' Stroll". Nineteen members enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of our hosts, David and also Maureen and Chris, who all treated us to some very tasty nibbles and luscious wines (a range of reds, whites, and ros├ęs).

While the weather wasn’t balmy, as in June 2018, it was warm enough to stroll in the gardens, while enjoying the food and wine, and the company.

We owe our hosts our sincerest thanks for making such a success of our evening.

We next meet on July 2nd at the Nutfield Cricket Club for our summer party with members’ food and refreshment contributions.

Please contact Francis if you need further details about the event, or to know more about the club.

Monday, 13 May 2019

May 2019 Meeting

Our May 7th event was a country ramble around the Earlswood Lakes. Graham and Janet kindly collected 11 members plus a retired member from the village, and we set off soon after 7pm with a guest.

There were a range of routes to suit all abilities. The evening was cool, but at least it stayed dry, and we were warm by the time we arrived at The Plough at St John’s. There we enjoyed a range of wines, ales and ciders, and food.

“A decorative bird box trail has been installed on Earlswood Common, with a total of 23 eye-catching nest boxes installed around the lake paths. The bird boxes themselves were made by the Men in Sheds group, and were then decorated by local artists and some of the council’s own Greenspaces staff. The finished items were put up in February [2018].” One quirky birdbox used a teapot. We didn’t stick to the birdbox trail, but did spot about 10. 

























[From http://reigate.uk/birdbox-trail-launches-at-earlswood-lakes/]

We next meet on Tuesday 4th June for our Tipplers’ Stroll, starting at 7pm. Our hosts will provide wine and nibbles. Please contact Francis for the venues.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

April 2019 Meeting

For our April Meeting, eleven members joined the regular monthly quiz at the Station Hotel. We put forward two teams: “A Good Vintage”, and “Cooper’s Dream”. 

Unfortunately neither of our teams was able to do well against the regular quizzers at the pub (see separate write-up in the Link). One team did manage to win a packet of crisps. 

Thanks to Simon Bull for being an excellent quiz master. More questions on wine for next time, please!

Our next meeting on the 7th May is a spring walk at Earlswood Lakes. Village residents are encouraged to call Francis (822495) if they are interested in sampling a club event, or would like to learn more about the club.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

March 2019 Meeting

For our March meeting, 18 members and 1 guest gathered at the Royal British Legion, Limpsfield for a Skittles Evening. Val randomly organised players into 5 teams, namely Vincent, Sebastian, Arnold, Bibiana, and Augustine. (Can you guess what these names have in common?). 

We had time for 5 rounds, with a hot tasty meal served “at half-time”. Some analysis by Graham H showed that the best overall performance was in the first round, and scores dropped a bit after that, especially after food and drinks. However, in the words of the PM, we are confident that “there is no direct correlation” between alcohol consumption and skittle performance.

All who participated were winners. However, there had to be a winning team, namely Team Bibiana (Graham H, Maggie, Geoff, and Chris) with the top score of 114. The team coming fifth also won a prize, namely a lemon each. The player with the highest individual cumulative score was Graham H with 35. As usual, the evening was enjoyed by all. 

Many thanks to Pete and Suze for organising the event, to Graham H and Denise for scoring, to the picker-uppers, and to Graham and Janet B for providing the transport.

Our next meeting on the 2nd April is a Quiz Night at the Station Hotel.

Our club is an informal one, which enjoys wine, food, and good company. There is a members’ annual fee of only £7 each, and a very low charge for events to cover costs. Village residents are encouraged to call Francis if they are interested in sampling a club event, or would like to learn more about the club.



Monday, 11 February 2019

February 2019 Meeting


Eighteen members gathered for our wine tasting evening on the 6th February. Val, Heather and Geoff introduced their favourite red and white wines from Europe, South America and Australia.

Each member was asked to mark (out of 10) each wine for colour, bouquet, body and clarity. This proved to be a very difficult task as one or two of us thought that for colour we had to write red or white instead of awarding a number. 

We were very quickly put right. (I would like to point out that, at this point in time, we had only had one (or two) sips of the first wine!!) However, after much discussion and a bit more slurping, the Wine Club’s members voted a white wine from Germany (Slate Hill, a Riesling from the Mosel Valley, £9.00 from Majestic) as their favourite wine. 

This is best enjoyed as an aperitif or with a curry. Apparently Reisling is a noble grape, a term used to describe the international variety of grapes that are most recognizable for the top quality wine they produce – it appears that the Wine Club do know a good wine when they taste it!!

Our next meeting on Tuesday, 5th March will be a skittles evening at the Royal British Legion in Limpsfield with food included.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

December 2018 Meeting

Twenty club members and two guests met in December for the club’s Christmas party, which included tasty food, wine, a quiz, live music, and last but not least convivial company. 

We set the mood with mulled wine (many thanks to Pete and Suze), and members brought a wide range of tasty food contributions. Thanks to Chris and Maureen, who provided a very interesting quiz based on cryptic descriptions of London Tube stations; and to Suze and Pete for the usual raffle. 

The Vintage Trio (Colin, Graham, and Francis) provided a range of live music, with songs by Elvis Presley, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Ella Fitzgerald, Bart Howard, Elizabeth Cotton, Tom Paxton, John Fogerty, and Leonard Cohen.

Next month, we will be meeting on Tuesday 15th January for the Club’s New Year dinner at a local pub.

Our club is an informal one, which enjoys wine, food, and good company. There is a members’ annual fee of only £7 each, and a very low charge for events to cover costs. Village residents are encouraged to call David or Francis (contact numbers below) if they are interested in sampling a club event, or would like to learn more about the club. David Miller 821237 or Francis Dickinson 822495.







Tuesday, 13 November 2018

November 2018 Meeting

For our November meeting attended by twenty members, the club’s AGM was combined with a games evening, which members enjoyed. We thanked Maureen Hoskins for 5 “sterling” years as Treasurer, and Suzanne and Peter Grady for running the club raffle over a similar period. 

 For the next year, the club’s committee will include Val Large (Chair), David Miller (Secretary) and Francis Dickinson (Treasurer).

Next month, we will be meeting on Tuesday 4th December for the Club’s Christmas Party, which will include members’ food contributions and mulled wine. Rumour has it that there will be some live music from the Vintage Trio.

Our club is an informal one, which enjoys wine, food, and good company. There is a members’ annual fee of only £7 each, and a very low charge for events to cover costs. Village residents are encouraged to call David Miller or me if they are interested in sampling a club event, or would like to learn more about the club. Francis Dickinson, Ph 822495 or David Miller, Ph 821237