Friday, 22 November 2019

November 2019 Meeting

November was our AGM where the old committee stands down and the new committee stands up – a meeting that everyone looks forward to!! 

Luckily there was not too much twisting of arms and the Committee for the next 12 months was duly elected:

Chairman: Val Large
Secretary: Francis Dickinson
Treasurer: Graham Bailey

Heather Charman
Mary Freeman
Derek Freeman
Kent Sandiford
Janet Bailey

With the serious part of the evening done and dusted members were then able to enjoy socialising and discussing the programme of events for 2020. Many thanks go to Mary and Derek for organising the raffle.

Look forward to seeing a few more members at the Christmas Party on the 3rd December. Members are encouraged to wear an item of Christmas-themed clothing (e.g. a jumper). 

There will be a prize for the best outfit. Rumour has it that our own unique version of ‘Name that Tune’ may be back by popular demand!!

At the Christmas Party details will be available re our New Year Dinner on the 14th January.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

September 2019 Meeting

On 3rd September, 13 members of the wine club met at the Station Hotel for the pub’s monthly quiz.

Simon Bull ran an excellent quiz, which was great fun. The club’s two teams put up a creditable effort, with the Kentish Hills (5th) and Those Baileys (8th), out of 13 teams. 

This was a significant improvement on our previous efforts.

Our next meeting is a talk by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, on Tuesday 1st October, 8pm in the Christ Church hall. This is a fundraiser for the air ambulance service, so please bring voluntary donations and spare change for the raffle. Non-members are very welcome to join us for this meeting. Please contact Francis (Ph 822495) if you need further details.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

August 2019 Meeting

For our summer adventure on 17th August, fourteen members of the Nutfield Wine Club gathered for brunch and refreshments at the Pilot’s Hub, Redhill Aerodrome.

We then went on to Godstone Vineyards (,just a few minutes from Nutfield. We enjoyed a wine-tasting of their excellent sparkling wines, and a cheeseboard. 

We then had a self-guided tour of the vineyard, the walk rising up the hillside and providing excellent views of the countryside looking south, followed by afternoon tea. Several members were tempted to take away liquid souvenirs. 

Many thanks to Graham B for organising the day, and to the drivers.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

July 2019 Meeting

Our July had twenty-four members, a retired member and a guest of the Nutfield Wine Club enjoyed the club’s summer party at the local venue of the South Nutfield Cricket Club (SNCC). 

Our party overlapped with the finish of the SNCC colts’ game. We were fortunate that the weather was favourable, and we were able to have food and refreshments outside. 

Thanks to Jim Paulett and the SNCC for the venue, Heather for organising the event, and to Mary and Derek for the raffle. 

And thanks to members for their delicious food contributions. A particularly interesting contribution was a fruit wine, that Eileen’s late husband had made around 2004. It had matured well.

We next meet for an excursion to a local vineyard on Saturday 17th August.

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. 


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.