CICADA Christmas meal

The 2014 Christmas meal was held at the Westminster Hotel in Chester in a private room. We were treated to a three course meal and afterwards some of us caught up on the Christmas shopping in Chester.

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Lunch at Preston October 2014

A group of us met up at an Italian restaurant in Preston in October for lunch and had a really good meal. The venue was the Italian Orchard at Broughton which was very popular and once we had relocated our table away from the grand piano we were able to have a really good catch up.


Norton Priory July 2014
In July a group of us met up at Norton Priory to have a look not just at the historic priory itself but also the beautiful walled garden nearby. The priory contains a museum with really old and interesting items which showed what life was like for people in those days and although a large part of the site consists just of foundations, there is a part that is still intact, the kitchen and store house.

Inside the priory
Inside the priory

After looking at the museum and viewing a rolling presentation we strolled out over a bridge to the walled garden. The gardens are huge and contain a massive variety of flowers and fruits.

The walled garden
The walled garden

After a gentle stroll around the garden we went for lunch before going our separate ways.

Visit to the Tate Liverpool

On Saturday 7th June a group of us met at the Waterfront complex in Liverpool for lunch and a visit to the Tate modern.
As well as the Art Gallery we visited the newly completed Liverpool Museum before settling down to lunch in the restaurant next to the Tate.
The food was excellent and there was a great turnout despite the stormy weather conditions.

Christmas Meal – Chester 2013

This year we held the Christmas meal at the Queen Hotel in Chester on the 30th November. People came from all over the Northwest to get together to celebrate and meet up with old and new friends. We had a lovely three course meal with wine and there were some lucky winners of the raffle that took home more Christmas cheer!

There will be more photographs of the event on the Facebook page.

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Canal trip and meal. October 2013

This was held on a very wet October day but as the boat was covered, centrally heated and very comfortable the weather outside came second.


We had a good turnout in spite of the weather and were treated to some really delicious food on the trip. The Hot pot was really good as was the company.

We sailed along the Leeds Liverpool canal in some style until we reached the first of two locks that we were scheduled to go through at which point not only did two suitably clad crew members leap ashore to start the process of winding the shutters open on the lock gates to let the water in, but they were accompanied by the two smallest members of the crew, two jack Russell dogs who seemed to enjoy the pouring rain and fearlessly leapt from barge to towpath without a moments hesitation.

They were as entertaining as the view of tons of water pouring into the lock, titanic came to mind but only briefly !

Having successfully negotiated the locks and taken part in the canal boat equivalent of a three point turn we gently sailed back to base enjoying a coffee ( and some very nice wine). It was really nice to meet up and chat and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Manchester Cicada, Summer Barbecue

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This was held again at the home of Heather and Dennis Fitzgerald in Cefn Du, near Tremeirchion, in North Wales. This lovely place in the Welsh hills has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and plenty of fresh air!

People travelled from all over the North West to get here and in spite of the various Sat Nav instructions all managed to arrive safely!

We were fortunate to be able to have the barbeque here as they were having extensive refurbishment work done and were still in the middle of reconstruction work but nevertheless had pulled the stops out to set up the marquee in the garden and organize the food. The weather fortunately was very kind and there was a very good turn out of members to help assemble the furniture and cooking equipment.

Everyone was well fed and enjoyed a few hours in the peace and tranquility of the Welsh hills chatting to old friends and meeting new members before setting off back home.

Anderton Boat Lift – July 2013


Nestled in the heart of Cheshire near Northwich and originally built by Edwin Clark in 1875 the Anderton Boat Lift transfers boats 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. The boat lift is only one in England. Reopened in 2002 after a 19 year closure the £7m restoration returned the boat lift to its hydraulically powered days again.

We went along on what seemed to be the hottest day of the year. Fortunately the Restaurant had a plentiful supply of cooling refreshments and we took our place on one of the very modern boats ready for the trip downwards from the Liverpool canal to the river weaver several hundred feet below.

The somewhat jerky journey downwards was not helped by the guide suddenly telling us how a boat got stuck halfway down some years ago! However we reached the bottom in one piece and sailed out onto the river Weaver.  After a trip along the river, which was uneventful, we returned to the base of the boat lift where we left the boat to gaze up at the huge structure, a marvel of Victorian engineering.


Visit to Dunham Massey in May 

IMG_0060On a chilly Saturday we met at the famous clock tower of the Dunham Massey House and park near Altrincham. After a warming cup of coffee we set off to explore the house, which, as a National Trust property has been well looked after.
There was so much to see that we walked downstairs and upstairs for nearly two hours. There were helpful guides in the larger rooms to answer questions about any or all aspects of living in such a huge building.
Coming out of the houseIMG_0076 into the enclosed courtyard we went into the set of buildings that housed the Kitchen, Laundry and the other service buildings that made you realise how many people it took to keep the house running. The old solid irons were so heavy it took two hands to lift them. Having got a glimpse of how hard life was under the stairs, we felt the need for sustenance and had a really good lunch at the main restaurant.

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By the time we finished lunch the weather had brightened up and so we decided to go in search of the local wild life in the park. As well as the deer, which the park is well known for there were all manner of wildfowl. After a very leisurely stroll around the grounds we set off home.

CICADA Annual General Meeting 2013

10This year’s AGM was held at the Stockport Training for Business centre on March 16th. There were two speakers in the morning’s session, Mr Kevin Green and Ms Rohini Aggarwal, his associate from the Manchester Implant Centre. We saw a presentation on a recent study that had been carried out examining the effects and benefits of having two Cochlear implants as opposed to one. Several Members of CICADA took part in the trial so it was a particularly relevant study.

After this presentation Mr Green took the floor and talked about some of the new developments in implant technology and took questions from the floor. Following a buffet lunch we held the AGM, full details of which will be published in the next issue of Resound. The meeting was well attended and gave everyone a chance to catch up with old friends in the relaxed atmosphere of the lounge area.


The Queen Hotel , Chester. Saturday 1st December 2012. A three course lunch was served in the Victoria Suite which has been reserved for the CICADA club.The event was well attended and was a good chance for members to catch up on the years events and celebrate! After a delicious meal we had the annual prize draw at which most attendees won something. There were good comments about the food and the facilities and we are considering returning there this year.

 Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre
We visited this well regarded centre on Saturday 27th October 2012 .

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We met on a cold but bright day and after a warming coffee in the cafe strolled around the centre looking at the wide variety of animals that were there.cicadaEvents 021

A full report was in the Winter edition of Resound.

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