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Meetup - Merseyside IVC

Enhance your social life with the Merseyside Intervarsity Club. If you have moved into the area, change has altered old relationships or you just want something new, then the MIVC offers the opportunity to strike in a fresh direction. Meet us at our local events then go away for short breaks and longer holidays. Our members are friendly, caring and great fun.

What do we do? The answer is, ‘whatever you want’. The members put on the activities. If there is something you want to do, somewhere you wish to go, we help you to host the event of your choice and go with friends. We are linked to other Intervarsity Clubs and our members regularly go on inter-club outings. There are 41 IVCs in the UK, with nearly 4,000 members. Before you go further, take time to explore our coming and past events. You will see that we offer more than many other groups.

MIVC is long established with a core of dedicated members. Meetup provides our presence on the web. We take care over who becomes a full member. Members are expected to be reliable and to honour commitments. Our group is small and not for profit. Membership is £12 per year.

MIVC members tend to have professional qualifications. We are teachers, social workers, police and probation officers, and from the worlds of medicine, government and armed forces.

Meetup Events for Merseyside IVC
From: Wed 26 Jun 2019
6 events listed.

Meetup Fri 2 Aug 2019 
Location:   Brighton Palace Pier, Madeira Dr, Brighton
Time:   to Sun 04/Aug/2019
Meeting:   Note. The Pier is not the actual meeting point.
Full details only available to IVC members.

A return train ticket is around £70. Contact Nick for details.

Meetup Sun 4 Aug 2019 
Location:   Northampton Marriott Hotel, Eagle Dr, Northamptonshire
Time:   13:00
Meeting:   By the M1 Junction 15 on the A45.
Hi Nick,

I hope you are well and having a great weekend. Northants IVC are having a Summer Party on the afternoon of Sunday 4th August at the Marriott Hotel Northampton, just off the M1 Junction 15 on the A45. We would like to offer Merseyside IVC a formal invitation to join us.

All of the details are on our Meet Up page but in short to Full IVC members the cost is £10pp prospective members and guests are £15.00pp. This covers exclusive use of the Delapre Room, DJ, Live Band in the form of Pure Genius and a specially prepared BBQ menu.

This has also been made a National Event and a negotiated room rate has been obtained at £45pp to include use of the Swimming Pool, Sauna and Steam Room (based on 2 sharing) should anyone wish to stay on the preceding Saturday night or the Sunday Night.
Please, would you also be kind enough to add this event to your Meet Up group pages. My name and number – DETAIL REDACTED can be given to those wishing to attend n order to arrange payment and menu choices. We do hope you can join us.

Kind regards



**Please read ALL payment information as we don't want you to pay more than necessary **

Ladies and Gentlemen

Following in the footsteps of our [Northants IVC] great Summer Party of 2015

I have pleasure in announcing:

The IVC Summer Party 2019

My aim is to bring you a great venue, good food, music and fun with your IVC friends.

I have managed to secure EXCLUSIVE use of the Delapre Room for the duration of our event.

We have our own specially prepared Barbecue Menu consisting of Sausage, Burger, Sweet Chilli Chicken Kebabs, Jacket Wedges, Pasta, Rice, Potato and Mixed Salads, Breads, Dips and Sauces, ofcourse we also have a vegetarian option consisting of Halloumi and Vegetable Kebabs and Vegetarian Sausages instead of the meats.

As the food is pre ordered please reply in the comments box if you require the vegetarian option.

I am pleased to confirm that as with our Xmas events IVC are subsidising the cost for this event.

I am sure you will agree for:

Exclusive Venue Hire

Music (a party wouldn't be a party without it) courtesy of a DJ

Live Band - The amazing PURE GENIUS

Our special menu it is a small price to pay.

The cost for this event is £15.00 per person.

Full members receive a discount of £5 so pay just £10.00 for themselves. Price for each guest is £15.00 (PLEASE ADJUST THE PAYMENT FIGURE ACCORDINGLY).

Please ensure your membership is up to date in order to receive the reduced fee.

A non refundable payment is required at time of RSVP for this event as places are limited.

Please ensure you RSVP before making payment otherwise you will not be added to the event.

The Itinerary:

1300 - Guests start arriving as the music begins

1400 - Food is served

1500 - Band starts and so does the dancing.

Once the band have finished the music continues into the evening.

Summer's Coming - Get Ready To Party!!!

Venue has secure parking and reduced room rates for Saturday and/or Sunday night with use of the Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room have been negotiated for anyone that wants to stay over.

We will be inviting other IVC groups to join us in due course.

Payment can be made by PayPal or Bank Transfer.

For the organiser’s contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member.

This is an IVC National Event. You must be a full (paid up) member of IVC to attend. If you are not, do not contact the organisers. Speak with your nearest branch of IVC. Clubs are listed at

Meetup Sat 10 Aug 2019 
Location:   University of Edinburgh, Darroch Court, Saint John's Hill, Edinburgh
Time:   to Sat 17/Aug/2019
Join us at the world's greatest entertainment festival. After a terrific week at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 we will return in 2019. We will stay in value for money, student accommodation close to the heart of the festival. We will help you navigate your way round the festival which is vast and can be overwhelming. We will organise shared visits to events and meals - or you can just do your own thing. Help will be provided with travel arrangements and prebooking of recommended events - but most events can be booked when you are there.

Contact Dave now for more details and to join the accommodation waiting list. We will book 40 rooms. This will cost a little over £200 for the week for your own room in a student flat which is basic but comfortable.

For the organiser’s contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member.

This is an IVC National Event. You must be a full (paid up) member of IVC to attend. If you are not a member do not contact the organisers. Speak with your nearest branch of IVC. Your nearest club is to be found at

Meetup Mon 7 Oct 2019 
Location:   Ondamar, R. Miguel Torga 20, Albufeira
Time:   to Mon 14/Oct/2019
IVC is visiting Portugal in October 2019. The dates are set and accommodation nominated. Book your own flight and accommodation. There will be opportunity for outdoor activities as well as all the usual holiday things.

Monday, 7th October to Monday 14th October 2019.

Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

The nearest airport is Faro. Flights from London, Newquay, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Liverpool. There are several companies providing transfers from Faros to Albufeira. Search online ‘transfers Faro Airport.’ There is also a rail service between Faro and Albufeira.

Recommended is the Ondamar Hotel, Rua Miguel Torga, Lote 20,[masked], Areias de São João, Albufeira, Portugal. The best prices are found by shopping around.

Nick is travelling by EasyJet from Liverpool and expects to arrive in resort around 1400h. He leaves resort seven days later at 1000h.

For the organiser’s contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member.

This is an IVC National Event. You must be a full (paid up) member of IVC to attend. If you are not a member do not contact the organisers. Speak with your nearest branch of IVC. Your nearest club is to be found at

Meetup Fri 18 Oct 2019 
Location:   Best Western Carlton Hotel, 282 North Parade, Blackpool
Time:   to Sun 20/Oct/2019
Fri 18 Oct 2019 - Sun 20 Oct 2019 at 15:00

Best Western Carlton Hotel
282 North Parade

From London IVC
Have, like me, you always wanted to visit the Blackpool illuminations but never got round to it? Well here is your opportunity to enjoy two nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast plus an exclusive ride on a vintage illuminated tram around the world famous Blackpool Illuminations on the Friday evening with your fellow IVC'ers.

This trip is organised for us by Greatdays Holidays and is hosted by London IVC member, Ann Jones. Ann is looking for a volunteer to lead us on a country walk on the Saturday to build up a healthy appetite for Saturday’s dinner. Please send your offer to lead the walk direct to Ann.

We need 30 people to have booked for this trip to go ahead. So do not delay, book now and take advantage of the early booking discount. Only £25:00 deposit per person will secure your place on this exclusive IVC Blackpool Illuminations weekend.

Please click here to book your place directly with Greatdays Holidays.

Hotel: Best Western Carlton Hotel, 282 North Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 2EZ.
Website: Best Western Carlton Hotel
Costs: Early-bird booking discount before 31st March 2019: Twin/Double: £192.00 per person
Single: £42.00 supplement per person
From 1st April 2019 until the deadline of 31st July 2019.
Twin/Double: £222.00 per person
Single: £42.00 supplement per person Itinerary:
We will meetup on Friday at the Best Western Carlton Hotel.
Friday 18th October - Hotel Check-in is from 14:30 (2:30pm).
Friday 18th October at 20:00 (8:00pm) -
Exclusive ride on a vintage illuminated tram around the world famous Blackpool Illuminations.
Saturday 19th October - Country Walk and explore Blackpool
Sunday 20th October - Hotel Checkout is by 10:30 (10:30am).

ORGANISER: Ann Jones of London IVC
BOOK BY: Sun 31/Mar/2019
MAX ATTENDEES: 50 (Max. places for this event)
MEETING: At the Hotel
COST: From £222

For the organiser’s contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member.

This is an IVC National Event. You must be a full (paid up) member of IVC to attend. If you are not a member do not contact the organisers. Speak with your nearest branch of IVC. Your nearest club is to be found at

Meetup Sat 16 May 2020 
Location:   Andersen Boats, Wych House Lane, CW10 9BQ, Middlewich, Cheshire
Time:   to Sat 23/May/2020
Join MIVC members for a week’s canal cruise starting and ending in Middlewich, Cheshire. On Saturday, 16th May 2020, the Fjord Viscount ( will depart and head towards Llangollen. We travel out for three days, spend a day in Llangollen then return. In all there will be seven nights afloat. The emphasis will be on a leisurely pace and canal side diversion rather than eating up miles. The cost is £280.

If you are interested then time is of the essence. A £100 deposit is required at the time of booking. Merseyside IVC will pay the deposit from funds so we have eight berths. The balance is to be paid before the end of January. The tight financial schedule is very necessary as we may wish to hire a second vessel.

The price per berth is overstated with intent to reimburse if the trip is fully subscribed. The Fjord Viscount sleeps eight. If five deposits are taken then the trip goes ahead and the cost will be £280 per member. The balance must be paid by the end of January 2018. If more than eight people subscribe then returnable deposits will be taken from persons nine and ten pending the booking of a second vessel. The cost will be equitably divided between all those who subscribe.


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The Llangollen Canal ( is justifiably one of the more popular boating holiday canals in Britain. Most of its route is through unspoilt agricultural countryside, but with just enough locks and waterside villages to add interest. As the canal winds its way into Wales, it also features outstanding scenery and some world famous aqueducts. There are also has several short tunnels on this canal, to add to the excitement.

Through rural Cheshire towards Wales

Leaving Middlewich by way of an arm of the Shropshire Union Canal, the route has fine views over the valley of the River Weaver before making its way directly through an area full of Shropshire's 'black and white cows' to the main line of the canal. Here a short deviation would take you to the 'black and white buildings' of Nantwich.

Turning off at Hurleston Junction, the Llangollen Canal itself then ascends a short flight of locks and sets off across open country, winding its way through Wrenbury under quaint old wooden lift bridges. It is worth pausing at Marbury for a short walk up to its remarkable church. As a bonus, several of the locks on this section have good pubs adjacent. At Willeymoor you don't have to walk at all, because there's a delightful pub slap bang alongside the lock.

Gradually you have become used to locks, but at Grindley Brook half a dozen come all at once, the top three being telescoped together as a 'staircase' which can be something of a bottleneck in the summer season, especially on Thursdays when all the boats that have travelled towards Llangollen from the English end of the canal are busily heading back to base. Boaters have been in the habit of taking a taxi or catching the bus from Grindley Brook into nearby Whitchurch, but part of the old arm which once led right into the town has been restored to provide visitor moorings, and it is difficult to resist mooring up here and walking into this interesting old country town, famous as a centre of cheese-making. In the heyday of the canal a special cheese boat left here daily for Manchester, its hold covered with white canvas to keep the cheese as cool as possible. Beyond Whitchurch there are no more locks for many miles, though there are a number of lift bridges to be raised and lowered with the same windlass you use for operating locks.

Ellesmere on the Llangollen Canal

Passing briefly in and out of Wales, and crossing the mysteriously remote 'mosses' the canal reaches Shropshire's 'Lake District', skirting several of the charming meres which were formed hereabouts the end of the Ice Age.

One of them, Blake Mere, is separated from the canal by the slenderest of margins, and makes a beautiful spot for a picnic.

A short tunnel preceeds Ellesmere, a timeless old town with some particularly good shops specialising in local produce.

The town arm provides pleasant moorings near to the canal company's original workshops, still used by British Waterways as a maintenance base, and the staff here welcome enquiries from passing boaters.

Amazing Sights

At New Marton you pass through the last pair of locks on your way to Wales. Soon the canal is running parallel to the London-Holyhead road. Then it turns a wooded corner and you are confronted with two huge stone bridges, an aqueduct and a viaduct, carrying the canal and a railway respectively, across the valley of the River Ceiriog, from UK into Wales.

Border crossings don't come much more dramatic than this, especially as, on reaching the far side of the aqueduct, the canal plunges almost immediately into a long tunnel. From moorings at either end of this tunnel it's a short walk into the little town of Chirk, useful for shopping and with a 14th century castle to visit as well. The mountains, which have been simply pale outlines on the horizon, become more tangible as the canal slips into Offa's Dyke country.

World Heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Winding through woodlands you come to the River Dee and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the most astonishing feat of waterway engineering anywhere in the world. The 18 kilometres of canal from Chirk to Llangollen was awarded World Heritage site status by Unesco in 2009. A hundred and twenty feet above the river, in an iron trough no wider than the width of you boat, crossing the aqueduct is tantamount to flying through mid air!

You could be forgiven for thinking that the last lap into Llangollen would be an anti-climax. It is nothing of the sort, as on a high shelf above the Vale of Llangollen and surrounded by high limestone ridges, the canal makes for its terminal wharf.

Exploring Llangollen

Twenty six hours cruising away from Middlewich, should leave you with plenty of time to explore some of Llangollen's well known attractions. Take a ride further on along the Dee Valley by steam train; visit Plas Newydd, where the Ladies of Llangollen were the centre of gossip in the 18th century; climb up to the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran, over a thousand feet above sea level; visit the Canal Exhibition Centre; stroll along the last two unnavigable miles of the canal to the famous Horseshoe Falls; or just wander about the charming streets of the town, grateful that you haven't got to find a parking space!

Fjord Viscount Refitted in 2016. Excellent style boat for larger groups of friends and family. Sleeps up to 8 people.

2 doubles and 4 singles (plus 2 pipe cots for under 12's) in 4 cabins or 1 double and 6 singles (plus 2 pipe cots for under 12's) in 4 cabins.

Length 21.03M (69ft)

A splendid narrowboat, designed and individually built by us to ensure the highest quality for our hirers. Beautifully fitted throughout in Ash, creating a bright and open visual space. There are 2 shower/toilet rooms on board. This Semi-traditional style boat has lots of living space, with a large galley/dining area, and lots of storage space available.

» 12v socket for mobile phone etc (12v car leads required)
» Radiator central heating
» LCD TV with Freeview
» DVD Player
» Stereo radio CD player
» Duvets and bed linen
» Hair dryer and cot sides on request
» Two sets of waterproofs per boat
» Semi-traditional stern
» Galley fitted with opening skylight
» Fitted with sustainable teak and ash
» All fixed berths made up on arrival
» 2 shower/WC rooms
» 240v system
» Hair Dryer
» Iron

Organiser Nick Wilkinson

This is an IVC National Event. You must be a full (paid up) member of IVC to attend. If you are not a member do not contact the organisers. Speak with your nearest branch of IVC. Your nearest club is to be found at

For the organiser’s contact details and other confidential information, please, ask a committee member.

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