Saturday, 7 September 2013
To help mark this, I'd like to organise our first slow smoking competition. This will be organised under CIPC rules but it will still be fun! Everyone will have the same pipe and 3g of the same tobacco. Depending on the weather, we might need to move inside for the preparation and packing stages. Unfortunately, we will have to go back outside for the lighting and actual smoking.
Everyone who enters will keep their competition pipe and there will be prizes! :-)
Monday, 12 August 2013
Thursday, 8 August 2013
Monday, 29 July 2013
If you would like further details, let me know and I will pass on Brian's details.
The date for next year's British Pipe Smoking Championship has been set: Sunday 13th July 2014.
The venue will be Newark Showground again...a bit of a trek for us but a central location.
There will be an informal get-together at the pub on the Saturday (12th) for anyone staying overnight, with a full day of activity on the Sunday.
By the time we get the Festival out of the way, we will be heading into Autumn when I guess that The Beehive will be closing up their beer garden. Hopefully the weather won't get too bad, too quickly, so the awning and heaters at Henrick's should keep us comfortable (please note, the "share the heaters" rule will start to be enforced again!).
The club is very fortunate again; we are having a large collection of pipes donated to us by a former piper who has given up for family/health reasons.
I should be collecting them at the end of this week and will update on numbers and condition.
The only condition of this donation is that we promise to give the pipes a good home and to make an appropriate donation to a local children's hospice. To that end, depending on condition, I will be asking for the equivalent of the price they would be as "estates" on eBay. All funds raised will be donated to CHAS (Children's Hospice Association Scotland) and Edinburgh Sick Kid's hospital.
Update: There's literally a (big) box of pipes...and a couple of wall-mounted racks...a pretty mixed lot and they will all need cleaned.
I'll bring a selection along on Saturday.
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Friday, 28 June 2013
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Jim has very kindly donated a VERY generous selection of tobacco and pipes to the club. I will type up a list and bring it to the next meeting so you can chose what you want :-)
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
We will now be meeting in the beer garden (at the rear) of The Beehive Inn in The Grassmarket.
We tried them last summer and it was a nice spot; unfortunately they close their beer garden for the winter so we only went a couple of times.
Sunday, 19 May 2013
The tobacco will be Gawith Hoggarth & Co's. "Rum and Maple Ready Rubbed". This blend is not currently commercially available so unfortunately we won't be able to practice with it beforehand. However, the description is "a traditional English type blending and non-aromatic". Personally, I find GH's blends to be based on great tobacco so it should be a good smoke.
The pipe will be a Peterson's Aran 15. This is a classic billiard shape so it will make a handsome addition to your collection.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Saturday, 20 April 2013
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
We were recently joined by a couple of gents from the Kearvaig Pipe Club. Steve and Terry were very pleasant company and will be welcome again anytime!
Thanks to Steve for introducing me to Holger Danske Royal Navy Flake...a very nice, light Virginia based flake. Personally, I would put it between Peterson's University Flake and MacBaren's Navy Flake.
Have a look at their website for some great pipesmoking photos...and some beautiful scenery.
Monday, 25 February 2013
Does anyone have any preferences, such as: bent/straight, smooth/rustic?
If we can order about a dozen, Peter Ellam of Invicta Briars has quoted me a very reasonable price on something from his Classic Briar range, let me know if you have any preferences. He will be able to stamp the pipe with "EPC 2013" (giving us the potential to get a new club pipe every year lol).
DATE:- Sunday July 21st.
VENUE: Newark and Nottingham Showground.
12.00hrs. Exhibition opens. Registration table opens. 14.00hrs. Registration closes. 15.00hrs. Start of competition. Prize giving shortly after termination of contest.
Cost of entry:- �40.00. ( Entry to exhibition:- Free )
Licensed bar close by: tba
Catering facilities:- to be announced later.
It would be great if we could have a team representing EPC this year, so please contact me asap to register your interest. Numbers for the competition are being limited to 45 so don't leave it too late.
Further details can be found here.
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Four of us marked IPSD at Henrick's on Wednesday; Scottish, Polish and English pipe smokers enjoyed baccy from Ireland, Denmark, USA and England in pipes from Guernsey, Italy, France, Ireland and UK...I think that definitely qualifies as "International"!
Thursday, 7 February 2013
Friday, 25 January 2013
BPSC '13 will be on Sunday July 21st at Newark Showground again.
I would like us to have a couple of competitors in the slow smoking competition this time.
N.B. Thanks to Ad David, of the Nottingham Pipe Club, for the above image.