The current fees for the monthly tastings ((£5 per attendee per session) have led to the Society making a loss on each tasting of approx. £40 - £60 leading to the projected financial position being unsustainable. As a result the Committee met recently and decided that urgent action was required and as a result it was decided to place proposals to members attending the April meeting that the fees be raised. The Committee felt that whilst it is empowered to increase charges without reference to the membership it wanted the rationale behind the increase to be clearly understood. A proposal was made to the April tasting meeting that the cost of tastings be raised to a minimum of £8 or £10 with a guarantee of finer wines being presented. Those members attending the meeting in April overwhelmingly supported raising the tasting fee to £10 with effect from 1st May on the basis that finer wines will be presented. The cost of the guest fees (currently £6) will be reviewed by the Committee very shortly.
Note that our January 2022 meeting will not now take place.
Covid restrictions regarding masks, numbers gathering, size (and ventilation) of venue, have all combined to mean that the risks associated with our meeting will be unacceptable to many members. Accordingly our presentation on Wednesday 5th January 2022 is cancelled and the AGM is postponed until meetings are safe to resume. It is hoped that this will be in February 2022.
As you may have gathered from our Chairman's recent EMail, unfortunately we are unable to continue with meetings at Wimborne Town Football Club, because after our meeting on 1st September they decided to charge us corkage of £7.50 per bottle for all wine consumed. This was never agreed in advance, and is obviously on top of what we will already have paid for our tasting wines, so we considered this to be unacceptable. This would more than double our meeting costs and make them financially unviable. We therefore paid only the agreed room charge and discontinued our relationship. A great shame.
We have subsequently spent considerable time and effort (particularly Geoff, our chairman) trying to locate suitable alternative venues - again! - and finally decided on what is known as "CLaRC" - Community Learning and Resource Centre - located at King Street in Wimborne. This venue satisfied all our requirements:
This building was originally a school and is now, as it says, a Community Resource, administered by Dorset Community Action - who describe themselves as "a charity that exists to support charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises across the Dorset community." As a local non-profit-making organisation, Wimborne Wine Society therefore qualifies for a beneficial rental cost - approximately half of what we would have been paying at the Allendale.
So there we have it - future meetings of WWS will be at 7.30 pm, first Wednesday of the month as usual, at
41-44 King St, Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 1EA.
Tel: 01202 847600.
Please note, main entrance is within the King Street Pay & Display car park.
In other news, note that now physical meetings and presentations have restarted, we will be asking members for their subscriptions. We extended membership period during the period of Covid-19 lockdowns, and have therefore had no subscription income since October/November 2019! Our new subscription year now runs from January to January, so subs will be due in January 2022.
NOTE That on Wednesday 1st September our meeting venue will be in the Clubhouse of
WIMBORNE TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB
16 Ainsley Road, Wimborne BH21 2FU
See Programme page for meeting details
CHANGES TO PROGRAMME - AND VENUE
Note to all members, current & potential.
Please keep watch on your EMail Inboxes for details of the WWS Programme for the rest of the year (2021).
In summary, these will cover:
WEDNESDAY 18th AUGUST starting at 7pm
On this occasion we will not be using their kitchen - please bring your own picnic. The £5 fee will go towards some celebratory bubbly, provided by the society.
(Take a look by clicking HERE). Details to be sent to all by our chairman in due course.
See the Programme pages and EMail communications for further details.
Peter H. 27/6/21
NOTE - 2021 update
There is an ongoing Covid-19-restricted programme in 2021.
Meetings January-June will be 'Zoom' meetings online - see Programme page for details.
We hope to be able to have our July meeting at Pamphill Village Hall, at which members will be encouraged to bring their own picnic food. The £5 per head contribution will this year be used to purchase enough Sparkling Wine or Champagne to allow us to celebrate our first physical gathering for over a year. Details will be published on the Programme Page (and member notifications by Email), so keep watching!
Update as at 29th November 2020:
See 'Meeting Reports' for October and November Zoom Meeting reports.
See 'Programme' for brief update on the programme for the first months of 2021.
(This page will be updated on an ongoing basis as and when we have news of how Covid-19 restrictions affect our meetings).
Keep checking the "Home Entertainment" page for news from members!
Update on 9th September 2020 ...
See our 'Home Entertainment' page for news of two separate lockdown projects undertaken by members!
Update - Monday 1oth August 2020
Our intrepid chairman has been searching archives for interesting snippets and has found an (undated) quiz from many years ago ... see 'Home Entertainment' page for details - follow the link from there and have a go at the quiz, see how you get on!
3rd August 2020 :
WINE STORY COMPETITION
~ WINNERS ANNOUNCED ~
SEE "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" PAGE
There are Covid-19-related programme changes for July & August.
See programme page for details.
Online June meeting (Zoom-based Sauv.Blanc comparison) now available in 'Meeting Reports' page.
NOTE 1st July Cheese & Wine evening at Pamphill now cancelled in view of continuing Covid-19 concerns.
We will consider alternatives based on Government review information is available after 4th July.
An online tasting, using Zoom, is scheduled for
19:30 on Wednesday 3rd June.
"Sauvignon Blanc - Why Pay More?".
This will be a comparative tasting of Sauvignon Blancs at 3 price points.
Members are encouraged to buy any or all of these wines (or none), available from the Co-Op, prior to the tasting, so we can discuss and evaluate them.
Members have been EMailed with Zoom meeting details & entry password.
NOTE, you can attend the virtual meeting no matter how many wines you have bought.
International Chardonnay Day, 21st May 2020.
See 'Home Entertainment' page for link to a Wine Society presentation.
DON'T FORGET CHRIS'S "WINE STORY" COMPETITION! DETAILS ON THE 'HOME ENTERTAINMENT' PAGE.
SUBSCRIPTION UPDATE - 23/4/20
In the light of the disruption of the Society meetings due to Covid 19, the committee has decided to extend this subscription year by 3 months, effectively giving members 3 months free membership during the lockdown period. This means that the next subs will be due in January 2021 instead of October 2020 and will be for the calendar year 2021. This is a permanent change and hopefully in the future will ease the burden of paying for both subscriptions and Christmas meal in the same month.
New tab "Home Entertainment" has been added, with wine quizzes and links to wine-related websites.
as at 25th March 2020
PLEASE NOTE, In view of the continuing Coronavirus crisis and associated restrictions on public gatherings the WWS meetings for May and June 2020 will not take place. In order to maintain a spirit of optimism we are hoping that by July some semblance of normality may have been restored so we may be able to have our annual gathering at Pamphill Village Hall, with wine, cheese, salad, and socialising - we may well have a lot of catching up to do in that respect! We will keep the website as up-to-date as possible with any changes to this plan.
So, as it stands ... hopefully we will be able to meet at Pamphill on 1st July 2020 as published in our programme.
WWS Committee, 25/3/20
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Regretfully, in view of the present issues regarding pandemic Covid-19, and government guidelines regarding social gatherings, we have to announce that the April 2020 meeting of the Wimborne Wine Society has been cancelled. This is a shame, as we always enjoy Michaela's informative presentations on the wines of her native Germany, and of course we will try to have her back as soon as possible in the future.
We will be notifying members by EMail accordingly, and apologise if any addresses are not up-to-date. At present we have no plans to cancel the May 2020 meeting but of course we will keep a watching brief on the situation and advise members of any subsequent changes to our meeting programme.
Message issued by the WWS Committee, 17/3/20
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January 2020 meeting is on Wednesday 8th, not New Year's Day
November 2019 Committee Meeting Minutes now available in Members-Only page.
Word Document also available on Google Drive at
English Oak Vineyard visit on Wed.21st August CANCELLED
Unfortunately insufficient interest has been shown in this visit and minimum number of attendees has not been reached. Apologies to members who have already paid. Refunds by cheque or cash will be made at the next monthly meeting in September.
DON'T FORGET THE WWS VISIT TO ENGLISH OAK VINEYARD, LYTCHETT MATRAVERS.
MEET THERE AT 11:00 ON WEDNESDAY 21ST AUGUST 2019.
TOUR & TASTING LASTS ABOUT 45 MINUTES, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A PICNIC ON-SITE (BRING YOUR OWN).
COST £12 PER PERSON.
6th April 2019
Allendale Open Day
This year the Allendale Open Day was held on 6 April and the society had representation at the event. The open day is held to feature what is on offer at the centre by those organizations that hold regular meetings and events of which we are one of many.
We were lucky in that the first table on entering the main hall by the public was the society and we had plenty of interest from people who were interested in what we do. One lady who is new to the area filled out an application form to join us. Wine was on offer for tasting – a French Sauvignon-Blanc, and a Argentinian Malbec.
Along with the chairman, Peter Eldrett, there were Peter Hampton and Geoff and Lynne Jones to not only set things up, but to man the stand. Along with the table cloth showing our logo, Peter Hampton bought along some maps of various wine regions, wine related books and ISO glasses.
Some of the society members also paid a visit to see if they can help such as Ken and Ann Whisker, Maurice Howell, Ken Wood and Trevor and Daphne Knott. Thank you all for your support.
Our presence was well worth attending and it was a good PR exercise. I hope that the society can repeat this in the future and not only at the Allendale Centre but at any other events that are held in the area.