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14th July 2017
Present: Steve Carey, Dave Dalton, Andy Fildes, Graham Fildes, Larry Johnson, Kevin Jordan, Alan Larsen, Colin Larsen, Aiden Moy, Kevin McDonough, Barry McGuinness, Mike Melia, Noel O’Toole, Bob Rial, Tony Statham, Roger Wallace, Dave Whittle, Mike Worthington
A reasonable day greeted us as we stepped on to the platform at Sandbach.
It was noted that today was the first occasion of an exclusively male gathering following the change to our articles of association some years ago. It wasn’t entirely coincidental that today, one or two members had wistful looking faces ……….
Some looks of consternation passed over members faces as they began to realise that our leader, Alan, was conspicuously absent as we assembled outside the station. Our worries were quickly proved to be unfounded as minutes later, the sound of a northbound train arriving from Crewe into the station heralded the arrival of Alan who quickly alighted from his carriage and, with his clipboard tucked under his arm, headed promptly over the footbridge to greet us on the opposite platform. He was to inform us sometime later that his prospective return from Crewe that day, would be in the lap of luxury as he was booked to travel first class. Just one of the many indirect benefits justifiably afforded to our illustrious leader ………
Today’s eight to nine mile foray into the Cheshire countryside would have us following the Trent and Mersey canal together with the Crewe and Nantwich circular walk passing through Winterley and Haslington. A prior warning had been issued by Alan for all members to be mindful of the presence of nettles which at this time of year are flourishing, stand at a substantial height and are well positioned to inflict skin irritations upon unsuspecting and unprotected members’ legs. Another potential hazard to health is the presence of Lyme Borreliosis disease, which if contracted by brushing up against particular vegetation, may leave an enduring legacy regarding members’ health. Covered legs therefore were highly recommended.
Our later arrival into Crewe took us initially into The Borough Arms and followed by The Albert’s Corner and finally, The Hops Belgian Bar. A very pleasant time was had, as we sat outside our final hostelry, the Hops, in the evening sunshine.
Once again, our gratitude was conveyed to Alan for another magnificent production.