Saturday, 11 June 2016

Bordeaux Wine Festival

As you know, this weekend we were scheduled to be taking a trip to cause as much mayhem as possible sample the local produce and culture at the Bordeaux Wine Festival. Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances, the trip has had to be postponed. 

NipClub's great strength lies in its teamwork. We have a large number of dedicated and vastly talented pals who work incredibly hard behind the scenes to bring you as much fun and laughter as possible, as well as raising much-needed funds for small rescues and shelters which need every dollar they can get - for example, your generous donations very literally proved to be a lifeline for one of our recent charities, which at the time when it was chosen didn't have the money to feed the animals in its care. We are, of course, all volunteers, and most of us have full-time work and/or family duties to take care of, too, which means it takes a much larger team than you might think to make the whole thing work. 

Unfortunately the team is currently missing quite a number of its members. Several have had to withdraw at least temporarily because of ill-health, while others have found themselves with extra responsibilities at work or at home which have taken up the spare time they were relying on for #NipClub. We have been struggling for some months now to keep the show on the road, and this week we have reached the point where we just can't do it.    

I'm very sorry indeed for the disappointment this will cause, and especially for the short notice. It was only late last night that I discovered that we couldn't go ahead with the pawty as we'd planned it, and in the meantime I've tried hard to find a way that we could bring you some kind of a pawty, even if it wasn't quite the one that we'd intended. However, it's become clear that we can't this month put on the kind of event that you're entitled to expect from us, and rather than settle for a sub-standard effort that would leave pals disappointed and perhaps not keen on coming back next time, I've very reluctantly taken the decision that we need to postpone our trip for now. 

We have some great things planned for the occasion, and a pawesome Menu from Nip Chef @WinstonTabby ready to prepare for you, so we're determined that our visit to Bordeaux will go ahead at a later date. 

In the meantime, if you want to come along and hang out on the #NC24H hashtag you will of course be very welcome, although there won't be an organised event going on.

I can't tell you how disappointed I am to have to do this, but I can promise you that every effort's being made behind the scenes to make sure that it doesn't happen again! 

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