25 Years Of HMWS!


Harrogate Medical Wine Society reached the ripe old age of twenty five on the first of September this year


“Congratulations on 25 years of wonderful tours – super wine tastings – together with good friends – you have excelled in the organisation of every tour and tastings and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I Thank you very much for the amazing amount of time you have spent in making HMWS such a wonderful Society – it is a privilege to be a Member. Here’s to year 26!”

“Many congratulations Bernard, it is a privilege to be a member. Your hard work and commitment is appreciated. Best wishes.”

“Happy Birthday! A testament to how good it is that it has a healthy pulse!  Really looking forward to fridays celebrations.”

“Congratulations Bernard for setting up, running and managing a rather fabulous club. I’m sure all members are exceptionally greatful for their enhanced wine knowledge and social life. A wonderful club. Enjoy tonight.”

“HAPPY BITHDAY H.M.W.S. Here’s to the next 25 years. CHEERS!”

“Congratulations Bernard on the 25th Anniversary of the HMWS.  Looking forward to the celebrations tomorrow, to the tastings and tours planned for the next year and hopefully the following years. Best Wishes”

The next day, the occasion was marked with a dinner dance at the Masonic Hall in Harrogate



They mingled, chatted and sipped Pierre-Gimonnet’s Fleuron Brut 2006 en magnum while The Sinatra Three played soft jazz in the background. The champagne was selected for the occasion by Didier Gimonnet himself last autumn in Cuis, brought back home and lovingly cellared. A Hamon Serano was expertly carved and piled high on a large plate. Flutes were refilled.



Dinner was served at eight. The room were neatly decorated and there were fresh flowers and candles on the tables. Pretty girls in black brought in plates of smoked salmon Caesar salad with pancetta and baskets of fresh bread. Iona Chardonnay 2014 was poured. Then there were the racks of lamb with sauté herb potatoes, thyme and madeira jus. Magnums of La Rioja Alta’s Vina Ardanza 2007 and Warwick Estate Trilogy 2012 were uncorked. Cheese & crackers with Graham’s 20 year old Tawny came after the assiette of puddings – raspberry and hazelnut pavlova, Baileys creme brûlée, dark chocolate and brandy mousse.






Speeches were made, glasses raised and the girls in black, thanked.


The band raised the tempo and the dance floor became a crowded place. They quick-stepped, jived and fox-trotted. “Who needs coffee!” somebody saidMore wine was poured – Asti Spumante 2013 this time, and joy and laughter filled the room. The band played on. Again, things were as they used to be – many years ago!

And The Morning After…

“Sylvia and I would like to add our thanks for what was a wonderful evening, and also for the many occasions when we have enjoyed the delights of fine wine in very fine company. Thanks to you both for your efforts over the years in making the Society the resounding success that it has become. We look forward to many more years of the same. Very best wishes to you both.” – Dr David Scullion, Harrogate

“Many thanks again for a wondertful  evening celebrating 25 years of HMWS. You are a marvel in all you do to ensure everything is just how all your members would expect it to be ad we are never let down.” – Tony Stanier

“We all enjoyed the party on Friday. It was a very jolly night! Everyone was happy, the food was good and of course the wines were par excellence! I’m sure all the guests had a wonderful time; all my family and friends said it had been a most enjoyable event. I was pleased the decorations stayed in place. I was afraid they might have fallen down before our arrival.” – Gwynneth Owen, Leeds

“We had a fine time. Thank you again for enhancing our lives through wine!” – Dr. Tony Coral, London

“Hasn’t HMWS come a long way since that first meeting on the top floor of Station Parade Surgery, with the wines in the basement? We have enjoyed 25 years of excellent tastings and superbly organised trips that have considerably enhanced our  knowledge of Wine.   It has been such fun and many friendships have been forged over these years. Last evening’s Anniversary Dinner Dance was truly a fitting celebration. Congratulations, Bernard, for all the hard work and many hours you spend in running such a great Society, ably supported by Ramani, your wonderful wife. Have a wonderful trip to Georgia and have a happy Celebration on your Wedding Anniversary on Saturday. Bon voyage.
Elma and Alisdair (Stewart), Harrogate

“We wish to express our thanks for being part of such a wonderful celebration last evening; the welcoming sparkling drin k, the musicians; the authentic slicing of the ham and the terrific party atmosphere.  We had a thoroughly enjoyable time as we have always done with HMWS excursions, tastings and holidays.” – Tony Stanier and Jackie Lyles

“An excellent evening with superb food, excellent wines and port. So many people celebrating 25 years of a remarkable wine society that has given so much knowledge and pleasure to so many. Bernard it is a testament to your knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm and Ramani for her continuing support and friendship. Long may the society continue and thrive. Thank you both for all you do – it is appreciated. – Pat & John Shore, Harrogate
“Thank you for creating such a fun and festive evening – a fitting celebration for HMWS’s 25th! You were, as always, the consummate host. The band, too, was a perfect choice for dancing the evening away. We look forward to the 30th anniversary party! Gail & John, Harrogate
  • “The party’s over. The balloons have popped. The feet are throbbing, (to say nothing about the back!). But what a night. Another golden memory to add to all the others. Those I have enjoyed with HMWS. May the Society long continue. And as I said before ‘Here’s to the next 25 !!! ‘Thank you one and all.”- Jane Greenwood, Leeds

  • “What a lovely evening celebrating 25 years of HMWS! Everything contributed to the enjoyment and of the event and we owe you so many thanks for the planning and the attention to details. The music added to the atmosphere and a real sense of occasion and it was good to celebrate with friends in such a convivial manner. You deserve all the plaudits as usual for your inspiration and hard work over such a long time! – Pat and David Morris, Harrogate
  • “Now that, looks like one helluva party Bernard! Fabulous!” – Richard Fox, Harrogate
  • “Thank you Bernard but we are thanking you for a fantastic party. You have put such a lot of thought and work into the preparation to ensure it’s success. The result was a fabulous time had by all. Lots of laughter and hugs and kisses too. We all had a ball. The band that Helen organised was just right. Not too loud and the music fitted in with the age range. Also all those beautiful flower arrangements on the tables. As usual Adam gave us a well presented tasty meal, complimented by your delicious choice of wines.It was lovely for Ramani to be recognised for all the support she gives you so modestly which Helen endorsed with a pretty flower arrangement.Wow what a celebration an occasion the members will never forget. Many thanks and lots of love Ann and Charles (Joslin), Harrogate.

  • “It was a really super party, thank you so much for organising such a splendid do, and thank you to everyone who helped, and to the Masonic Hall staff. Best wishes. – Jane (Trewhella), Otley





2 thoughts on “25 Years Of HMWS!

  1. Dear Bernard

    We cannot add anything more to the comments already made by others, suffice to say we had a delightful evening, good food and superb wines. Once again it was all down to your hard work, depth of wine knowledge and contacts.

    Many many thanks.

    Regards Tony

    Sent from my iPad


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