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Monday 19th October AGM 2015

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The AGM was held on Monday 19th October and unfortunately it wil be the last one as the future of the wine circle was on the agenda and it was decided by a majority vote that Woodford Winemakers will cease to exist after the Christmas Party this year

The reasons are many but mainly failure to attract any new members , poor attendance at meetings and many of our once active members are understandably not able to contribute as they once did and travelling to meetings during bad winter weather is a contributary factor

Unfortunately our Chairman John could not attend due to ilness and we all wish him well and a speedy recovery

It is very likely that this site will continue to be published and will take the form of an online club with recipies and advice if there is enough interest


CREAM TEA 2015

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

CREAM TEA 2015

19TH JULY 


A Lovely sunny Sunday afternoon welcomed us as did Pam ,Bob ,Stephen and Lesley to their wonderfull garden for this years CREAM TEA EVENT

Bob once again came up with some cracking quizes one all about the channel tunnel and a general knowledge one too and also a new format of mixing partners

This proved very effective for Derek who managed to win both ,the first partnering Jacqui and the second with Julia ,this rattled Pam a bit!! who is his usually partner

We welcomed some guests "Frank and Denise " all the way from North Somercotes they were very impressed with the event and it was the topping on their weekend ,they asked me to pass on their thanks to all for a lovely afternoon

As always the scones and jam and cream were outstanding and many thanks to our hosts for all their hard work


Photos of the event are posted on the photo page 



A day on a boat. 5th June

Posted on June 7, 2015 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Les, Barrie, Pam & Bob, Alan & Julia,Pam & Deryk , Isabel & John and Mitsy the dog spent the day on a narrow boat hired from Union Wharf Boats at Market Harborough. Despite the weather forecast we were blessed with a wonderful sunny day. We met at the wharf at 9am to be greeted by extremely pleasant staff of the hire company. We we shown all we needed  to know in a most friendly and helpful way before we got underway, our destination being Foxton Locks. On the way we enjoyed coffee and biscuits and each others company. Our first stop was at Gumley where we had to open the the swing bridge, quite an experience moving a road!  Very shortly we arrived at Foxton Locks after opening a footbridge, as John and Alan were the bridge openers they found time to enjoy a pint at Bridge 61 pub while mooring took place. Some repaired to this pub for lunch and some to Foxton Locks Inn. It was enjoyed by all. The homeward journey started at 2pm to allow time for afternoon tea on board at 3.30 subject to a convenient mooring place. Fortunately at almost excactly 3.30 such a place came up complete with mooring rings. A super pooled buffet was enjoyed all prepared by those present. at 4pm we got underway for the final leg to Union Wharf, mooring at 4.50pm with the help of the boat hire staff. This was a really good day out and can be recommended most strongly. Union Wharf go to a lot of trouble to provide an enjoyable day in a very well equiped boat. Our boat was called was Kingfisher.  We found the hire company by Googling Union Wharf and clicking on day boat hire. From the first contact to returng the boat they were most helpfull at all  time.

Pictures of the day can be found on the Photo page of this website.


The late Terry March

Posted on May 24, 2015 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

John & Les attended the funeral of Terry held at Kettering crematorium on Wednesday 20th May. Terry was a member for over 20 years and was very well thought of. He used to make very good wine in particular his TAYBERRY was superb. Together with wife Nancy they hosted Wine Circle BBQs on a number of occasions at their Raunds Home. Our thoughts are with Nancy and family.

April 20th meeting at Woodford club

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Acting chairman John welcomed popular speaker Fred Day once again to speak about 7 day wines. It was a most interesting and enlightening talk proving that a most drinkable wine is possible to be made in such a short time. Fred is always worth listening to and everyone was much wiser after his talk. John and Doug won the raffle which was held after the usual super buffet supper. Numbers again were quite low, mainly due to illness. As a result it was agreed that there would not be a May meeting.

March meeting held at Woodford Community Club

Posted on March 21, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Kate Edge came along to give a most interesting and informative slide show of the Outer  Hebrides. Again numbers were quite low due to illness and holidays.  Kate is a leading National wine judge and gave her advice on members wines after the buffett supper. She as been coming to Woodford as a judge and speaker for many years, certainly into the last century. She goes all over the country judging as she does photographing. John gave a vote of thanks. Cheryl won the raffle. Schedules were available for the BBPS wine show on 10th May at Buckden. John requested entries and offered to take them.

Monthly meeting at Woodford Community Club on February 16th

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Numbers were rather low due to illness, work commitments and holidays however this meant the samples went further. President John gave his follow up talk  from January when there was quite alot of interest in the difference between social and dessert wines. John brought along some commercial desserts, a white, a ros'e and a red. They all were enjoyed ensuring that everyone was much more aware of the difference between social and dessert wine. The remains left in the bottles were used as raffle prizes. A general outline of what is an aperitif was also given. As usual a buffet supper was enjoyed, not as normal at the end of the meeting but before the dessert/after dine wine was tasted.

Monthly meeting at Woodford Community Club on February 16th

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Numbers were rather low due to illness, work commitments and holidays however this meant the samples went further. President John gave his follow up talk  from January when there was quite alot of interest in the difference between social and dessert wines. John brought along some commercial desserts, a white, a ros'e and a red. they all were enjoyed and everyone was much more aware of the difference between social and desserts. The remains left in the bottles were used as raffle prizes. A general outline of what is an aperitif was also given. As usual a buffet supper was enjoyed, not as normal at the end of the meeting but before the dessert/after dine wine was tasted.

19.01.2015 First meeting of 2015

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

THE FIRST MEETING OF 2015 WENT REALLY WELL WITH WINE MAKING TIPS AND ADVICE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN 

A SHAME THAT ALL MEMBERS COULD  NOT  ATTEND BUT THOSE OF US THAT DID HAD A MOST ENJOYABLE EVENING 

FOLLOWED BY EXCELLENT REFRESHMENTS

THANKS JOHN FOR ALL THE TIPS (AND THE WINE SAMPLES)


THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE REFRESHMENTS 


SEE YOU ALL NEXT MONTH NEW GUESTS ARE RUMOURED TO BE ATTENDING

Radio Northampton 19th January

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


 President John did a 20 minute slot on the John Griff programme talking about winemaking in general and the wine circle. The hope is.that it will give us a higher profile leading to more members. John is quite a regular guest on the JG programme and has a good relationship with him.


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