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The Black Pudding Competition

Getting Competitive in the North

The inspiration:

1. Take a germ of a Northern idea born out of the pandemic…

2. Find an element of wine and food that would attract attention for being different…

3. Involve key stakeholders who would sense a PR opportunity from a fun competition…

4. Raise IWFS profile by broadcasting across ‘social’ and other media.

The Recipe:

A blend of 4 Northern branches, 6 catering colleges, 5 top chefs, with a handful of Michelin stars to boot…

The key ingredient:

Black Pudding!

The IWFS Black Pudding Competition began in April with catering students across the North competing to create a dish with black pudding at its core. Regional heats are nearing conclusion, before the Grand Final in May and a prestigious Awards Lunch on June 28th.

The Taste Test (the Proof of the Pudding!):

· Student sceptics become enthusiasts

· Colleges want a repeat

· Top chefs congratulate the Society for its innovation and enterprise

Exciting IWFS Merseyside and Mid Cheshire Branch events for 2022


All Suggestions considered

La Boheme -dinner 20 January 2022

Spirit Restaurant – lunch 17 Feb -great venue and will receive an Award for Excellence

Wine tasting 15 March at the Assembly Bar in Chester

Next Door dinner 19 May.

Picnic at Val and Pauls 5 June and Platinum Jubilee and AGM

Church Green -Lymm Themed dinner by Aiden Byrne 6.30 for 7pm Wednesday 6 July

Define Restaurant, Sandiway 12.30 for 1pm Wednesday 7 September

Great Weekend Tyn Y Cornel Hotel , Tal Y LLYN , TYWYN 21and 22 October

Christmas Party at the Grosvenor late November -early December

IWFS event in lovely Village

Wine tasting selected by Paul Bishop and interesting canapes by Best of Britain finalist in the Great Budworth Village Hall 12.30pm Saturday 25 September 2021. Contact Hilary

Thanks to the Spinner and Bergamot stepping in to help at short notice

Great NHS Team

My full knee replacement was carried on Wednesday finally 7 July 2021 by Nick Boyce Cam at Leighton Hospital, Crewe.

The op took 1 hour 20 minutes and my sincere thanks go to the whole team in the operating theatre who played my Joseph Locke requests throughout.

Ward 9 staff were brilliant and the physio finally thought I was safe to go on Friday 9 July.

We really are incredibly fortunate to have this caring NHS.

The consultant has now recovered

Good news from the hospital – I now have a new date for my knee replacement- I asked the scheduler what had caused the delay with the consultant.  She explained that he had been injured playing football!

The additional good news is that I can now attend our wine and food society pic nic on the 19 June.

Great news of MUGA approval

Lostock Gralam PC has finally got the planning permission to start the MUGA work.

Congratulations on this result and thanks for the hard work put in by Lyndsey, our Parish Cleark and the sub committee in raising the grant and all the time consuming liaison.

This development will provide a really worthwhile football pitch and exercise area.


The consultant has an accident

Expecting to have a replacement knee operation after waiting some 18 months.

Within two weeks of the date, the hospital rang to tell me the consultant surgeon  had an accident and was not able to carry out any operations for at least a month- very inconvenient!

Jackie Weaver said “NO”

I asked Chalc if it was possible to chair the parish council meeting via zoom as I would be self isolating prior to my replcement knee operation.

Jackie came back with an emphatic NO  but advised I could attend via zoom as a public person- the font of all knowledge!