WARE WINE & BEER CIRCLE
MEETINGS IN 2003
2003
December: Christmas Cook & Taste
Club members sat down to an excellent Christmas cook and taste evening prepared by the members and organised by Mary and Helen. We all enjoyed roast turkey, roast pork, beef, roast potatoes and all the trimmings. Various starters and desserts and fresh fruit completed the meal.
Many thanks to Mary and Helen for organising the evening, and to everyone who prepared food.

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December: Ware Christmas Festival
Half a dozen club members manned a stall in Tudor Square dispensing mulled wine to warm up the Ware public. Over 10 gallons of wine was heated and we sold out in two hours; £100 was raised for the Isabel Hospice.

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November: Beer Talk and Tasting by Roger How
Roger gave a very interesting talk called "Short Measures - and abbreviated history of beer" to members and guests. He took us through the different types of made that have been made and consumed since before the 15th century to the present day. Samples of the different types were also provided -
  • Sam Smith's Taddy Porter
  • Drayman's Mild
  • Marston's Old Empire IPA
  • Herongold Bohemian Golden (lager)
  • John Smith's (Roger provided a detailed explanation of the widget in this can which prompted one member to open the can to investigate!)
  • Coniston Bluebird bitter
Most of the beers were ordered from the Beers of Europe web site.
Well done, Roger. A very interesting talk and tasting.

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November: 25th Anniversary Dinner
22 members attended a dinner at The Farmers Boy, Brickendon to celebrate 25 years since the formation of the Ware Wine & Beer Circle. Although Peter and Margaret Byford are the only members that have been members since the beginning, there are a few others that have been members for around 20 years, including Chris and Keith Brown who arranged the meal to celebrate the anniversary. Peter Byford brought a helium balloon with the WWBC logo on the front and anchored it to the table with a cork stuffed with drawing pins - very appropriate for a wine circle. (I expect he just had to drink the wine to obtain a cork!) We also displayed the photo albums showing some of our antics over the past 25 years - we looked younger, slimmer and some had more hair! Both the Chairman Roger How and the founder member Peter Byford made short speeches reiterating what an achievement it is for a club to survive 25 years and with a lot of the long time members still participating in activities.
Thank you to Keith for organising the evening.

25th Anniversary Dinner    25th Celebration balloon

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October: Humorous side of Acting by Jonathan Fry
The club was treated to an extremely funny talk by an actor called Jonathan Fry who told us about very funny things that had happened to him, and others, during his career as an actor. We could probably have listened to him for hours, but he had a train to catch!
In the kitchen, Peter Adams from Mark Hall judged the evening's in house competitions of Flower medium dry and After Dinner wine (set recipe). Not many entries, but Peter was very complimentary anyway.
Results - Flower - 1st Elaine; 2nd Peter R; 3rd Sue
After Dinner - 1st Peter R; 2nd Elaine; 3rd Colin

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September: Wine Tasting by Hardys
Over 40 members and guests were present at an excellent tasting given by Hardys. Presented in the format of a blind tasting, 6 different wines from around the world were tasted, and, in teams of 4 or 5, we had to guess where they came from, what the grape was, what year and price. No team got everything right, but prizes were given to the 3 teams with the most marks. Well done to Kevin's team (1st), Peter R's team (2nd) and Roger's team (3rd).

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August: Wine Drive - Peter and Elaine Robinson
The club's Annual Computerised Wine Drive took place this month. Peter and Elaine had a panic at the weekend when they realised that the system no longer worked on Peter's laptop; so it was hastily installed on Elaine's. The other options of driving back to Taunton to retrieve their really old laptop or bringing their main computer to the meeting were hastily discarded!
Only 10 bottles were entered this year, including the commercial. Only 10 people participated, so it was groups of 1, which speeded up the proceedings. The commercial came in its fairly usual place of half way; Roger was 4th, Maisie was 3rd and Colin and Peter R tied for 1st place.

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August: Annual BBQ
This was held in Peter and Elaine's garden on what was probably the hottest day of the year. Despite the temperatures, we had a shower of rain and a bit of thunder just as we had finished eating! No one was really fussed; we just stood under the two sun umbrellas or retreated to the garage for a few minutes.
16 club members and Elaine and Peter's two nieces enjoyed the usual excellent food prepared by various members of the club, and the chicken and sausages cooked on the BBQ by Colin. The puddings were extremely popular as there were only 2 small slices of chocolate dessert left (Margaret B) which the girls demolished later!

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July: Cheese Tasting
I don't know what happened at this meeting as I was not there. But Peter did buy some cheese for me to eat. So if anyone wants to add to this spot, then please send me the details.

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July: Annual Show
The Annual Show was held at Place House in July. As usual, club members brought along their entries of home made wine, beer, savoury and sweet dishes. All went well, except that through a misunderstanding, one judge didn’t arrive. Peter Robinson stepped in and saved the day by judging the initial stages in three classes. After their hard work, the judges enjoyed the usual excellent lunch prepared by club members.
The usual plan to meet up at Place House in the evening, to eat all the food entries and sample the winning wines and beers was changed as the weather was so nice. Colin asked if we’d like to change the venue to his garden, which we did. We were just starting to sample some dishes as a starter - the food was in Mary's kitchen, as were some members, the others were under Colin's gazebo in the garden - when the heavens opened and the rain pelted down, with thunder thrown in for good measure. So, with the assistance of an umbrella, people and food were ferried between the kitchen and the gazebo, and we all kept reasonably dry. A nice end to a good day.
Mary Jordan and Elaine Robinson
Show Results

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June: Annual Walk organised by Richard and Ruth Tite
I was not on the walk; all I know is that it finished up at a pub with more people than went on the walk. I have been sent some photos - courtesy of Peter Byford.
Are we ready to start?
Are we ready?
Admiring the view
Admiring the view
Elbows at the ready?
Why elbows?
The chairman makes some announcements
Roger makes some announcements

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May: Patrick Courteney - Film Extra
Patrick was rather quietly spoken which meant that several people in the well-attended meeting were unable to hear everything he had to say.
Patrick had signed on as an extra, with a couple of agencies, 12 years ago when he retired. His talk was quite interesting and he gave a number of insights into the business. He has been seen in TV and magazine adverts, as well as both film and TV. He has appeared in a number of Saga adverts as well as being seen in the background in films and TV.
The job is reasonably well-paid, and has a lot of nice little “bonuses”, for example, they pay you £25 if you are given a haircut, £25 for using your car, any talking gives you an extra payment as do a number of other activities. He said that the food they have is top class from mobile canteens. Often boring, you sit around waiting a lot but can prove interesting and of course you do see how some of these films and TV series are made.
There are disadvantages - you may have to work nights, only be told where you are to attend the shoot the night before and have to appear in all weathers.
On the whole sounds an interesting retirement activity, and they pay you.

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April: Annual General Meeting & Wine Tasting
At the club's Annual General Meeting, Peter Robinson - who has been the Chairman for the past five years - finally resigned 'in order to spend more time with his family'. The minutes secretary - Roger How - took his place. Peter remains on the committee as he and Roger have effectively swapped jobs. Colin Bull found the Treasurer's job too arduous after only a year and has resigned; he and Sue Smale are moving to the West Country, so it looks like a club trip could be arranged to visit them. Wendy How volunteered to take his place. The rest of the committee remains as is.
A new President was elected; this honour has gone to Ruth Tite in recognition of all the years she spent as treasurer.
Peter Robinson thanked the club members for all their efforts in the past year.
At the end of the AGM, the out-going President - Helen Maguire - presented the Founders Trophy - member with the most points in the wine competitions during the year - to Ted Jordan, and the Brewer of the Year tankard - to the member with the most points in the beer competitions during the year - to Peter Robinson.
After the AGM, Richard Tite presented a short wine tasting of 2 Pinot Grigio wines and 2 Cabernet Sauvignon /Shiraz wines. A very interesting comparison. Thank you Richard.

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April: Square Dance
Over 100 people attended the club's Annual Square Dance with our usual caller, Ted Ivin. He kept most of us in order, and in our squares, for the evening, with only an occasional occurrence of two men holding hands!
A Ploughman's supper and a basket of fruit - including strawberries - was enjoyed at the interval. The raffle raised plenty of money for the Children's Society, with the top prize being a meal for two in a Ware restaurant.

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