The Cambridgeshire IVC Blog

This is the official blog where you'll find articles about our events.

A Walk by the Mel

We (mostly) met up at Meldreth station and Janet led us off to a very nice "glade" running beside the River Mel where some late arrivals caught up. It was nice and shady on what had been a blisteringly hot day and the coolness was much apreciated. IVC Walk by the Mel

Our return through the very nice village took us past the "British Queen" pub - by which time a nice cool drink was appreciated by everyone.

All told a very pleasant evening for a stroll, chat and drink.

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and they're off!

It was quite a night and the weather was superb. The BBQ got going without fuss and after a few games of table tennis, frisbee and French cricket the serious stuff of eating got underway. Post eating the main attraction commenced - I think it was the 8:30 at Horningsey races.

CambridgeshireIVC Summer BBQ"Honest" Bob took the bets and there was much rowdiness as the races progressed. After a surprisiing number of Stewards enquiries and disqualifications for excessive use of the whip, the successful jockies and owners basked in their glory.

Post racing the music started so we could all boogie into the night - what more could you ask for.

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Summer Solstice Picnic with Style

The midsummer's evening sunset following a sociable relaxing picnic by the River Cam at Grantchester.  Whilst watching the sun go down the group of us spotted ducks trying to help themselves to our picnics. They were out of luck as we were hungry and there was no way the event host was letting them get into his smart picnic basket!

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Not quite fine dining but fab company!

Our June dining event was at The Pint Shop - the venue is great because the restaurant is divided up into small rooms providing a very cosy envirnoment.  There were nine of us.  It was a late night - left the restaurant at 11.00 pm - apologies to those folk who had to work the next day...  Service was very slow and the food not great, however we had lots of time for good conversation and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Some poor unsuspecting diner on the next table obliged by taking a photo of us all.  To be fair to The Pint Shop they gave us a big reduction on our bill, it was obviously an off night for them.


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A Game of Petanque

It was a beautiful and warm evening for the third year of petanque at the pub in Histon, but it was the first that I’d been able to get to, so I was looking forward to the game.  Half a dozen people, including hosts Val and Nick, were already there when I joined them at 8.30.  Once everyone had arrived we wandered over with our drinks to the fine gravel pitch which was next to the pub garden.


Nick sorted out two teams of two for the first game, then showed us techniques for bowling, and generally took us through the rules.  He showed us how to score by gathering round to agree on who had got closest to the little yellow guide ball, hence the picture of feet.  He refereed the first game and took part in the second.  Not everyone had had a turn by then, so we played a third game, by which time he felt we knew what we were doing and left us to it!

Petanque evening with IVC


From our jokes and comments, it seemed that everyone, more or less, felt the mix of wanting to cheer on our friends with wanting to do well and win.  We were all pretty equal in our lack of expertise, and it was a lovely way to get together.

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May Photo Assignment - Numbers - The Results

What a cracking month, the numbers theme (set by Alan) produced some interesting and diverse entries with some superb shots. Right through from landscape to action to still life and a large selection of sundials/clocks. The closeness became apparent in the voting where lots of entries got one but one entry sneaked ahead with 2. A well deserved first place went to heather with "The time and other things".

The Time and other things - Heather

No second or third this month - just too many.

June's theme is water - everyone has water shots so I'm expecting lots of great entries - can we beat the record?

Full comments and entries for June at


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Beer in Berlin

Arrived safely late afternoon- had a bit of a walk round before beer and dinner. Then found ourselves in a Cuban night club drinking cocktails and dancing to live music. Crazy first night!



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Wimpole Archaeology Walk

Well from the kissing gate, through My Lady's pond and the Old Water garden we saw it all!  The weather forecast was not to be trusted.  Rain it said, no chance, maybe thunder, what?  This was a beautiful afternoon - we met in the courtyard, so hot we had to get an icecream, then walked, then had some tea and cake.  Excellent afternoon!

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Cambridge Mountain Rescue

The call came in... It was a bad one... group of hikers lost in Cherry Hinton Chalk pits. We'd need all our expertise to effect a rescue here, steep chalk cliffs, slippery when wet and fading light - we also had a pub to get to.

Cherry Hinton Chalk pits

Fortunately luck was on our side and the party were soon located by the chatter deep in the undergrowth and after clambering out we still weren't too late, the pub was open and the world was put to rights over drinks and food.

All told a very successful mission.

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