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  • sgoff - Wednesday 18 October 2017 16:46
    O.C.O.T. Minutes

    13th October 2017

    Wilmslow

    Present: Dave Bates, Robert Brown, Steve Carey, Dave Dalton, John Farnell, Andy Fildes, Steve Goff, John Guest, Adi Hammond, Trevor Heywood, Robert Holmes, Larry Johnson, Kevin Jordan, Colin Larsen, Kevin McDonough, Mark Nutter, Noel O’Toole, Bob Rial, Elsa Sawczuk, Steve Sawczuk, Neil,Shortland, Dave Whittle, Mike Worthington


    We had scarcely begun our Cheshire circular trek as we made our way from Wilmslow station when the heavens suddenly opened and left everybody completely unprepared and scrambling for their waterproof wear. Earlier, our Wilmslow station departure had been delayed for around fifteen to thirty minutes by the inexplicable absence of our leader for the day, Robert. He eventually arrived on the platform on the far side of the station, which is designated primarily for services to the airport, accompanied by Dave Bates. Immediately upon his arrival, he was already probably harbouring instant regrets for his late arrival when later, he knew full well it would be the devil’s own job to attempt to dislodge errant members from the next hostelry who may be inclined to overstay their welcome.

    It was because of unrelenting rain during the previous weeks that had led Robert to redesign the walk today to allow for saturated fields, which we would have had to endure had we persisted with the inclusion of the villages of Mobberley and Knutsford. Today’s route would lead us from Wilmslow and take us through The Carrs and include a walk between Morley Green and Knolls Green.

    We took the opportunity of an early afternoon break at the Bird In The Hand, located in Knoll Green - a Samuel Smith’s abode. The ambient outside temperature today was forecast at around 18C, which undoubtedly explained why sheens of perspiration appeared on our faces as we entered the premises to be greeted, inexplicably, by at least three roaring log fires that had been lit in each room. For those of us whose body physiologies were completely unable to endure the oppressive environment, we beat a hasty retreat to the seating area outside the premises. The remainder of us sought sanctuary from a raised level room where the heat was surprisingly apparently unable to convect itself. Shortly after those who had seated themselves in the raised room, they observed a long table along which twenty or so senior gentlemen were seated prompting comments from our group as to what the social occasion may have been for the seated group. We learned shortly afterwards that its raison d'être for the occasion was a gathering of work retirees.

    Prior to our visit to the Bird, we’d had a brief sandwich break. After around a fifteen to twenty minute interval, several members began to volubly level complaints towards the direction of the leadership regarding the brevity of the lunch break. It was, apparently, not an isolated incident. Over the preceding months, the lunch break duration has been evolving into something akin to a running sore. One member has been specifically affected by the issue and others have from time to time: in particular, those members who have developed a penchant for processed canned fish whereby the cans’ manufacturers have possibly allowed a design flaw to emerge in the cans’ ring pull release. It has been observed that the ring has, with alarming regularity, been liable to suddenly snap off the can without warning leaving the hungry diner in something of a quandary as to how then to penetrate the can’s fishy contents in the brief time allotted for the lunch break. Perhaps it is an issue that is worthy of further consideration in the more formal surroundings of the annual general meeting?

    Following time to allow for the consumption of two pints we left the sub tropical climate of the Bird In The Hand to continue our final leg of the walk along Moss Lane and Lindow Common before returning to Wilmslow town centre.

    Shortly after our arrival in Wilmslow, a schism immediately fractured the group into three parties: those electing to make their way to the station for the return journey to Manchester, those choosing the Coach and Four, a Hyde’s hostelry and the remainder choosing the Old Dancer, a craft beer establishment. Later, several members also paid a visit to the Brewhouse and Kitchen - a pub and microbrewery.

    Some members visited the local fish and chip shop, Jackson’s, to dine inside or take away, whilst others chose to eat in the hostelries.

    All members extended their sympathies to John Nelson on learning that he has recently been afflicted by a bout of gout. The latest news is that he’s making good progress towards his recovery.

    A big thank you was extended to Robert from the group for his sterling dedication to the production of today’s walk.
  • sgoff - Saturday 14 October 2017 17:54
    Hi Dave,Please can you forward to codgers,thank you.

    Hi Everybody,

    Please find revised details for the October walk( the original walk from Knutsford to Wilmslow has been cancelled due to flooded fields & overgrown paths).

    The October walk will take place on Friday 13th October 2017- it will be a circular 8 miler from wilmslow via the Carrs, Morley Green to Knolls Green with a stop at the Bird in Hand before returning via Moss Lane & Lindow Common to Wilmslow where we will spend the evening.

    Please meet at Piccadilly at 10.25am to get the 10.46am train to Wilmslow arriving at 11.20am(I will join the train at East Didsbury). note there are lots of trains to Wilmslow going via Stockport if required.Just make sure you are at Wilmslow for 11.20am.

    There are lots of trains at regular intervals back to Manchester Piccadilly mainly via Stockport although there is an hourly train via the Airport if required.

    The return fare is £6.40p,although as usual it is recommended that each individual manages his/her own ticketing requirements, tailored to each individual's needs.

    Please confirm you attendance asap

    Cheers
    Robert
  • sgoff - Saturday 14 October 2017 17:51
    Hi Dave,Please can you forward to codgers,thank you.

    Hi Everybody,

    The October walk will take place on Friday 13th October 2017- It will be an easy 10 mile linear walk across attractive(& mostly flat) countryside from Knutsford to Mobberley Village then crosses the main Knutsford Road & meanders across fields through part of Great Warford then on via Lindow to Wilmslow where we spend the evening.

    Please meet at Piccadilly at 10.00am to get the 10.17am train going via Stockport(arr 10.26am depart 10.30am where I will board the train) to arrive at Knutsford at 11.01am.

    The return train will be from Wilmslow- there are lots of trains at regular intervals back to Manchester Piccadilly mainly via Stockport although there is an hourly train via the Airport if required.

    As we are using two different train lines the best ticket option is a Wayfarer ticket(adults £13 or concessionary £8) which covers both destinations,although as usual it is recommended that each individual manages his/her own ticketing requirements, tailored to each individual's needs.

    Please confirm your availability asap.

    Cheers
    Robert