Monday, 14 November 2022

November 2021 AGM Meeting

For our November meeting, which was attended by fifteen members, this was our AGM month – a meeting that everyone looks forward to!! Our Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer duly presented their reports and then we moved onto the Election of Officers and Committee. Luckily the current Officers and Committee were prepared to stand for a further year so the following were duly re-elected:

Chair : Val Large
Secretary: Janet Bailey
Treasurer: Graham Bailey
Committee: Heather Charman, Mary Freeman, Derek Freeman and Kent Sandiford

With the serious part of the evening done and dusted, members were then able to enjoy socialising and/or participating in games (bar skittles and quoits). Many thanks to Mary and Derek for organising the raffle.

Our Christmas Party is on the 6th December and the competition for the evening will be the best decorated Xmas slippers!!! There will be a prize for the winner. Look forward to seeing everyone there.

A date for the diary: Tuesday, 17th January 2023 is our New Year Dinner at the Bletchingley Arms. Details available at the Christmas Party.

Monday, 10 October 2022

October 2022 Meeting

Octobers meeting we were joined by Max Conrad who guided us through a most enjoyable wine-tasting session accompanied by a wonderful selection of food. As we have (dare I mention it) Christmas in our sights, the wines and food were related to a typical Christmas Day menu.

So for starters on Christmas morning, what better way to begin with than smoked salmon and a Pinot Gris from New Zealand from the Taste the Difference range at Sainsburys. The process continued with a suitable wine for the main course (turkey), a Pinot Noir, again from Marlborough, New Zealand and for desert (mince pies), a Chateaux Barreyres from France. To round off the menu, cheese and biscuits accompanied with Taylors 10 year-old Tawny Port.

At the end of the tasting, Max asked the Club to vote for a favourite, which resulted in a tie between the Pinot Gris and the Taylors 10 year-old Port. Our Chairman, Val, then thanked Max for a most enjoyable and informative evening.

Many thanks to Val for organising the raffle.

Our next meeting will be our AGM on the 1st November.

Monday, 12 September 2022

September 2022 Meeting

For our September Meeting we were due to hold a Race Night (no, not between members but for horse racing!) However, due to unforeseen circumstances this had to be postponed at short notice and we were able to organise a (very) informal Quiz and Game evening instead.

We commenced with a Beetle Drive, which resulted in some highly amusing drawings of beetles, but no driving!! We had four rounds of quizzes - on London, General Knowledge, European Geography and Anagrams of Towns and Cities in the UK. All members did extremely well, but overall Francis, Pat and Liz just pipped the other teams as the highest scorers.

For our October Meeting we will welcome back our guest speaker, Max Conrad, for a wine tasting session.

Monday, 15 August 2022

August 2022 Meeting

For our August outing, 7 members and 1 guest were en-route for Birdworld, located near Farnham and is the UK’s largest bird park. It was a sunny day and thankfully just the right temperature for strolling around Birdworld, which is spread over 26 acres of landscaped park and gardens. It is home to over 1,000 birds and 180 species from around the world.

On arrival, the café was our first stop for coffee and cake before heading off. The birds were certainly making their presence felt with parrots (of all shapes and sizes), whistling ducks and kookaburras, among other species, all adding to the general hubbub. Do you know what the following groups of birds are called: Parrots, Penguins, Pelicanss, Herons and Flamingoes? (Answers below but no peeking).

Lunch was at the Forest Lodge Garden Centre, run by Haskins, located within the Park and accessed via a locked gate, which the Park staff open for entry to the Garden Centre and return!!

Before leaving Birdworld, a stop for afternoon tea was a must and rounded off a very enjoyable day.

Thank you to Graham B for supplying the transport.

(Parrots–Pandemonium/Penguins–Huddle/Pelicans–Squadron/Herons–Siege/Flamingoes-Flamboyance)

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

July 2022 Meeting

On 5th July, twenty-two members of the Nutfield Wine Club enjoyed the club’s summer party at Val and Ian’s home and garden. The weather was pleasant and importantly dry. Members thoroughly enjoyed strolling around the garden, chatting and catching up. Ian had kindly put out some games, but these were ignored as members were enjoying talking too much.

Val and Ian were wonderful hosts and provided a range of food and Pimms, supplemented by members’ wine and food contributions. Thanks also to Val L and Janet for organising the event, to Mary and Derek for the excellent raffle, Graham B for providing some transport, and to members for their contributions.

Quote of the evening: “I don’t think that I could have a relationship with a fish”.

We next meet for an excursion on Saturday 20th August, which is likely to be a visit to the The Surrey Rural Life Living Museum, Farnham, and a pub nearby. Please contact Janet (822333) if you would like further details. Members will receive an email with details in the preceding week.

Monday, 13 June 2022

June 2022 Meeting

Traditionally, the Tipplers’ Stroll has involved drinks and nibbles at 2 or 3 members’ homes & gardens, and strolling between them. This year, Graham and Caroline very kindly offered to host the entire event in their lovely garden. About 22 members took advantage of their very generous offer, including our life member, Isobel, and another long-term member Pam. It was lovely to see both of them this time.

Our hosts had organised optional games, including croquet and a version of mini golf. Members brought food and drink contributions to supplement the wine and BBQ provided by Graham and Caroline. Members enjoyed catching up, together with the refreshments, in our hosts’ garden. Fortunately the weather stayed dry, although it wasn’t quite warm enough for swimming.

Many thanks to Graham and Caroline, the contributors, and those who provided transport. We are already looking forward to the Tipplers’ Stroll next year.

Our next meeting is the Summer Party at Val and Ian’s on 5th July. Please contact Janet (822333) for further details.

Monday, 9 May 2022

May 2022 Meeting

The Wine Club’s May outing was a Spring Walk around the Bluebell Wood, Outwood and eight members and one guest met up at the Windmill car park and duly followed a trail kindly signposted by the The National Trust. 

Due to the warm weather we had experienced during April, the bluebells were just past their best but swathes of blue were still visible among the trees and their beautiful scent still detectable. 

It was a warm and very enjoyable scenic stroll followed by convivial refreshment at The Bell, where walkers joined non-walkers to round off a very sociable evening.