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Darsham IVC Holiday

Well Pete Howe’s done it again…………………….another brilliant holiday, he even managed to organise fantastic weather throughout our stay. We had a little rain but that was confined to the day we arrived and the first morning, after that it was sun, sun and more sun, absolutely perfect.


This summer’s holiday was to Darsham in Suffolk, staying at the Darsham Country Centre. This is the old station house which has been converted to provide accommodation for up to 22 people. There is also a garden at the side of the property providing the prefect small campsite which we took advantage of.


For anyone who’s not been on a national IVC holiday or weekend away, you should definitely give it a go. Its a great way to see old friends and make new ones, this time there were 24 people from many different clubs with a mix of singles and couples. Another big advantage of a group holiday is that you can either do your own thing or join in with some of the many organised activities, the choice is yours, you can do as much or as little as you want. During the week we were certainly spoilt for choice with: train journeys to Lowestoft, Ipswich and even Norwich, cycle rides, visits to nearby Southwold, Dunwich and Aldeburgh, Minsmere bird reserve, lots of castles and ruins and even a day’s boat trip on the Norfolk Broads. Although there was lots to do, there was still time to just sit and read a book, chat or just chill out.

The Lord Nelson at Reedham

The evenings were a sociable affair when people discussed the day’s activities and planned for the next day. People took turns to cook the evening meal and those not cooking, helped to wash or dry up. On the last evening after supper we finished the holiday with the Darsham Derby! Those of you who attended the summer BBQ will know all about it. The winner on the night s Steve Corbett from Birmingham, who finished the evening with £80 (albeit IVC fake money), after some very strategic betting, well done Steve.  

All in all a perfect week away, so a huge thank you to Pete and Hilary, for all your hard work and organisation, your holidays are legendary.


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July Photo Assignment Doors and Windows - The Results

Smaller number at last nights critique and judging - but a great selection of shots. Some said it was the best ever month. Lots of debate on the shots particularly around the theme of what contributes to the story and how much should be removed by cropping or cloning. Also many shots suffered from very hard shadows as they were taken mid-day during summer!

In the judging there was a clear winner
Lamenting Youth by Heather

INC Photo Assignment, July Winner - Lamenting Youth

With Alan's "A Suffolk Scene" coming second.

IVC July Photo Assignment - A Suffolk Scene

Several shots tied for 3rd.

See all the entries at

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"Forsooth we shall partake of fine dining and entertainment"

"Harken ye here" sayeth Brian and Heather - "shall we not partake of some fine wines, meats breads, salads and cheese and then for the good spirt of thyne mind indulge in the intricacies of the "Taming of the Shrew" by that much applauded wordsmith Bill Shakespeare".

Yes said the merry band who then, hot footed, ajourned to the St John's college garden for the "fine dining picnic" and the same said play. The weather was also in good spirits after a rage that after noon and a fine performance was enjoyeth by all - including the crew of the helicopter!

Cambridgeshire IVC FIne dining picnic with Shakespeare

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