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  Verwood & 3X - Dec 2008 / Jan 2009  

 

In this issue:

Chairman’s musings

AGM Report

Ghent report

Christmas Party

Membership card - corrections

Invitation from Ferndown

Subscriptions reminder

 

Well, another year draws to a close but the twinning year is just starting after the AGM and life is just as busy as ever. At the time of writing we are looking forward to our Race Night at the Legion on November 28th - more about this next issue.

Don’t forget the Christmas Party on the 10th December at St Michael’s Parish Rooms, Manor Road. Be there at 6.30pm for 7.00 so as not to miss a minute of the programme we have lined up for you (please note these are the correct details - the date and time shown on some membership cards is wrong). Anyone needing transport to and from St Michael’s Parish Rooms should call Lin on 824297 and we will try to organise a lift for them.

Then after a chance to catch our breath over Christmas and the New Year our Members’ meetings at the Band Hall start again on 14 January with Ian Lucking showing us a video. The February meeting (11th) promises to be especially entertaining with a talk on “The Human Side of Being a Traffic Warden”. Do join us at these meetings -they are becoming more and more popular and they’re a great way to keep in touch with your Twinning friends.

 

AGM 2008.There were not many changes to the Committee at this year’s AGM. Although she resigned as Minute Secretary at the AGM, in the absence of anyone new volunteering to do the job, Barbara Bowey has offered to continue for the time being. Thank you Barbara for coming to the rescue. Our vice-Chairlady, Carol Aisthorpe-Buckley, stood down at the AGM. She remains on the committee as a member without portfolio and John Blackwell has agreed be my new vice-Chairman. We also welcome Cyril White onto the committee, I’m sure he’ll have fun with us. Thanks to them for volunteering to do their bit.

I was also pleased to welcome 6 new members at the AGM. Phillip and Sue Starmer and John and Janet Wilson joined us after coming on the Ghent trip and seeing how much fun we have. Denis and Linda Secretan are new to Verwood as well as the Twinning. A very warm welcome to them all.


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Our long weekend to Ghent was another success. 41 of us boarded a brand new coach for a drive in bright, clear and crisp weather to Dover and the 1pm ferry to Calais. Once across La Manche it was only 90 minutes drive to our hotel, slap bang in the middle of Ghent next to the Cathedral (but not disturbed by the bells!). No time was wasted before initial forays to explore local bars, restaurants and cultural sights were underway. Saturday dawned overcast but dry and we enjoyed an informative 45-minute cruise around the canals of Ghent. The rest of Saturday and Sunday morning were free to explore the town and its castle. Then on Sunday afternoon we were back on the coach for the run back to Calais, pausing at a chocolate factory and wine warehouse en route. A smooth crossing saw us back in Dover by 6.30pm and home in Verwood by 10.00

 

 

We have received an invitation from our friends in Liederbach to visit them next year. Dates are 18th - 22nd June. Exact details of travel arrangements and costs are still being worked out but put these dates in your brand new 2009 diary and watch this space for further news.

 

 

There are some misprints on your new membership card. Firstly, as already noted, that date of the Christmas Party is December 10th. Secondly, the date of the October 2009 Members’ meeting should be 14th, not the 7th as shown.

You may also wish to note on the front cover that our new vice-Chairman is John Blackwell, tel 868763.

Finally, Peter Aisthorpe-Buckley’s telephone number is 824313, not as printed. You will need to have this corrected in order to book in for June’s trip to Liederbach.

 

 

If you would like to join Ferndown Twinning Association on their visit to Segré in July next year would you please let their chairman, Douglas Lock, know. His number is 896984. Segré is only 40 miles from Champtoceaux, so if your friends there are willing to collect you, this is an ideal opportunity to visit them at a reasonable cost.

 

 

Subscriptions. 2008-9 subs are now overdue. If you haven’t yet paid your £5 and your newsletter deliverer has been unable to collect it, please drop in a note of your name and address together with a cheque (payable to Verwood & 3LX Twinning Association) to Sandra at 14 Aggis Farm. In exchange, you will get a new 2008-9 events card, complete with misprints (see above) telling you exactly what is on and when, which will enable you to get the most from your membership.

 

Language learning. Catharina Green is still offering the opportunity for French or German conversation sessions. Call her on 813564 for details.

 

Also, if there is sufficient demand, one of our friends from Champtoceaux (well, Oudon actually) is offering to come to Verwood to run courses, either during daytimes or evenings, to teach beginners or improvers sufficient to “get by” for tourism, leisure and daily life in France. The cost would depend on numbers. If you would be interested in this please let me know on 822959 as soon as possible and by Christmas at the latest.

 

 

That’s all there’s room for this time. All that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.


 

Your Officers are:

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel 822959 

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Vice-Chair: 

John Blackwell - 868763

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Secretary: 

Julie Blackwell-West - 868763

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Treasurer:

Sandra Groves - 826449

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Minute secretary:

Barbara Bowey - 822299

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Membership:

Bill E ggleston - 824066

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org 
 - (the one your looking at.) 

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Contact email

 

  Verwood & 3X - Oct / Nov 2008  

 

In this issue:

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Chairman’s musings

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Offer of transport

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Subscriptions reminder and special offer

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Notice of AGM

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Outings

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Rustic Fayre

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Racenight 2008

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Invitation from Ferndown Twinning Association

How time flies. This is my sixth newsletter and marks the end of my first year as your Chairman. What a busy year it has been, starting with the Flagfest celebrations, then Racenight in the Legion and our trip to the Valkenburg Christmas Markets. Then we had our own Christmas party night and of course throughout the winter our Members’ evenings in the Band Hall were well attended.

 In May we had a memorable visit to Champtoceaux, the Companion Dog Show and the unveiling of our fingerpost on Ferrett Green. In June some of your committee visited Liederbach to represent us at their Polish twinning celebrations.

 Throughout the summer we had great fun competing in the Dorset Petanque league and we even fared a little better than in previous years. Our Thursday evening practices have become something of a social event and I recommend that you put a note in next year’s diary to come and give it a try.

 Unfortunately the Summer Outing this year had to be cancelled due to the weather conditions but Cafe Rene at the Rustic Fare went ahead as normal and we were able to meet many friendly people while dispensing our wine and baguettes.

 Next year promises to be just as busy with Springtime members’ meetings, the Companion Dog Show and an invitation to Liederbach already in the diary.

If anyone needs transport to and from this year’s AGM on 23rd October, or to the Christmas Party on 10th December would they please call Lin on 824297 and we will try to organise a lift for them.

 

It’s subscription time again. Unlike seemingly everything else this year, we have held it unchanged at £5 per household. Please be prepared to pay your newsletter distributor, or come to the AGM and pay there.

Even better news, we have a special offer for you. If you introduce a friend or neighbour who takes out a new subscription, you will get your 2008-9 membership absolutely free.

As I mentioned earlier, the Summer Outing had to be cancelled this year at short notice. The boatman said he would have been unble to get alongside Swanage Pier with the weather conditions as they were. Thanks go to Brian for his work organising and selling this trip, and his even harder work phoning round everyone to cancel it!

Notice of Annual General Meeting This year’s AGM will be held at 8pm on Thursday 23rd October in SSt Michael’s Church Centre, Manor Road. We will have vacancies on the Committee for a minute secretary and a vice-chair. Please let me have your nominations for anyone willing to join us in one of these roles or even as an “ordinary” committee member.

The weekend in Ghent is fully booked (or was fully booked, depending on when you are reading this). A report will appear in the next Newsletter. If you wanted to go but left it too late to book, make a note now to contact Peter on 824313 after the AGM in order to reserve your place on the visit to Liederbach.

Café Réné proved a popular attraction again at this year’s Rotary Club Rustic Fayre. Once again we served up our choice of Cheddar or Brie filled baguettes, this time with an option of Branston pickle or Cranberry Sauce. Wine or soft drinks were available to wash then down. In addition, we had a very successful wine tombola and for the first time this year we tried a French Treasure Hunt, with players trying to guess where on a map of France our “treasure” was buried. Nobody guessed the exact location (which was Valence) but one lucky winner with the nearest guess of Montelimar won £10.

I try not to single people out for thanks in the newsletter in case it turns into an open “thank you” letter, but I must take this opportunity to thank all the committee members and their partners, and also those non-committee members who turned up to lend a hand. You all worked so hard both on the day and in the days leading up to the Rustic Fayre. Thank you.

We will be holding another RACENIGHT at the Legion this year, on Friday 28th November, starting at 7.30pm. Racenights are great fun and enable you to have a bit of a “flutter” in the comfort of the refurbished Legion club. As well as a full evening of races the bar will of course be open for drinks at very reasonable Legion prices. Come and join in the fun - tickets cost just £3 each and are available from Brian Bowey on 822299, or just ask any committee member to reserve some for you.

have had an invitation from Ferndown Twinning Association for our members to join them on their coach when they visit their French twin, Segré, at the beginning of July next year. Segré is only 40 miles from Champtoceaux, so if your friends there are willing to collect you, this is an opportunity to visit them at a reasonable cost. Exact details of dates, times and cost are still to be decided but if you are interested in joining them please let me know as soon as possible.

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Your Officers are:

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel 822959  

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Vice-Chair: 

Carole Aisthorpe-Buckley - 824313

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Secretary: 

Julie Blackwell-West - 868763

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Treasurer:

Sandra Groves - 826449

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Minute secretary:

Barbara Bowey - 822299

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Membership:

Bill E ggleston - 824066

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org  
- (the one your looking at.) 

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 Contact email

 

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  Verwood & 3X - Aug / Sept 2008  

In this issue:

From the Chairman’s chair

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·         Autumn weekend break

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·         Fingerpost

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·         Date for your diary - Germany 2009

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·         Good Neighbour Scheme

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·         France Magazine

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·         Boules

 

I have to start this newsletter with an apology. I have been on holiday for a month, touring France, so the newsletter may be a little later than usual getting to you. The holiday included a visit to our friends in Champtoceaux to take them some samples of local “typical” foodstuffs. They needed these for an event in September when they will be handing out samples to unsuspecting passers-by. I’m sure the Hall & Woodhouse beer, English biscuits and sweeties will go down well but I wonder what they’ll make of the Dandelion and Burdock!

Also on our holiday we started collecting material for a second “French oddities” talk, which I hope to start work on this autumn, so a possible treat in store for one of next winter’s members’ meetings.

While I was away a number of your committee visited Liederbach to help celebrate their new Polish twinning and were able to establish a date for us to visit next year. For details of this and other Twinning news read on.

 

So far only one person has contacted Bill to let him know they are willing and able to host our visitors when they visit us from France or Germany. Please can all members let Bill Eggleston know whether or not you are willing and able to host. His contact details are at the end of this newsletter.

 

Date for your 2009 diary. We have been invited to visit Liederbach from 19th to 22nd June next year. This is likely to be their International Street Market weekend so there should be plenty to interest everyone. Full details will follow, but pencil the dates in now to avoid disappointment.  

There are still places available for the autumn trip to Ghent. The trip is from 17th to 19th October, staying in a central hotel. A boat trip on the canals on Saturday morning is included in the price.

Ghent is less than two hours drive from Calais so coach travel will be kept to a minimum. The return journey will include the customary visit to a chocolate factory outlet and a Calais wine warehouse. Cost is £150 per person, with supplements for a single room or insurance if required. Contact Terry (details overleaf) for further information and a booking form.  

 

 

Some of you will have seen the press coverage of the unveiling of our Twinning fingerpost in May. Others will have spotted it on Ferrett Green and wondered what it was. Well, the power of advertising cannot be underestimated and I have already had an email from the Milestone Society enquiring about the finial, which shows on one side that it belongs to Bakers Corner, north-west of Dorchester. The story behind this is that Dorset Works Department has had trouble casting our special Twinning finial and they “mocked-up” this one with a temporary face plate on one side so that our unveiling ceremony would not be delayed. A permanent finial will be fitted once it has been successfully cast.

 The fingerpost is a permanent reminder of our active friendships with the people of our twin towns and is the result of a lot of hard work by our Treasurer, Sandra, in raising the money in the run-up to last year’s Flagfest weekend.

 

Boules The season continues and we are meeting with mixed fortunes in our results. But we are having some good days out! Don’t forget you will be welcome to come and give it a try any dry Thursday evening from 6pm. We practice at the Boules pitch on the Recreation Ground from 6pm.  

Do you subscribe to France magazine? If so, you may have noticed that we got a mention in the August edition. It’s not quite the “feature” I was given to understand we’d get, rather just a reprint of my initial email to them - but interesting to get a mention in  a national magazine nonetheless. If anyone would like to see a copy (there are lots of other interesting articles too) we do have some copies supplied by the publishers available to borrow. Just give me a ring and I’ll drop a copy round to you when one becomes available.  

 

Dorset Partnership for Older People Project (POPP) and the Neighbourhood Watch are launching a Good Neighbours scheme, offering the possibility of safe transport within 5 miles of the town centre. They have a core of volunteer drivers already but they need at least 4 more. They also need volunteers for behind the scenes. Drivers’ fuel costs will be refunded at 40p per mile. If you or anyone you know would be interested in offering your help, contact Val Stillwell on 824615 for full details.  

 

Your Officers are:

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel 822959  

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Vice-Chair: 

Carole Aisthorpe-Buckley - 824313

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Secretary: 

Julie Blackwell-West - 868763

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Treasurer:

Sandra Groves - 826449

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Minute secretary:

Barbara Bowey - 822299

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Membership:

Bill E ggleston - 824066

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Champtoceaux Liaison:   

Ian Lucking - 821280 

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org  
- (the one your looking at.) 

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 Contact email

 

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  Verwood & 3X - June 2008  

 

In this issue:

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From the Chairman’s chair

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Hosting visitors

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Autumn weekend break

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Grant Aid

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Summer Outing information

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Reports:

Visit to Champtoceaux

Companion Dog Show

Boules season

Well, what a fantastic long weekend our friends in Champtoceaux laid on for us. Then there was barely time to recover before the Companion Dog Show so brilliantly organised once again by Audrey and Dave. This event really does do credit to both the Twinning and to Verwood. Well done and thank you to Audrey and Dave and all their willing helpers. With summer upon us our thoughts are turning to holidays and the boules season. Brian needs to field a team most weeks throughout the holiday season so if you are able to help out please let anyone on the committee know - better still, come along to the Recreation Ground any fine Thursday evening and join us for a practice. Then, just when you might think summer is drawing to a close we have our long weekend trip to Ghent to look forward to.

 

You can read all about these events below.

A reminder that we need to update our records of who is willing and able to host our visitors when they visit us from France or Germany. This is of course a reciprocal arrangement and when we visit Champtoceaux or Liederbach you will receive superb hospitality in return. Many firm friendships have been made over the years so please let Bill Eggleston know whether or not you are willing and able to host.

  

 

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Places on the weekend break to Ghent are going fast, so to avoid disappointment, don’t delay your booking. The trip is from 17th to 19th October, staying in a central hotel. A canal trip on Saturday morning is included in the price.

Ghent is less than two hours drive from Calais so coach travel will be kept to a minimum. The return journey will include the customary visit to a chocolate factory outlet and a Calais wine warehouse. Cost is £150 per person, with supplements for a single room or insurance if required. Contact Terry (details overleaf) for further information and a booking form.

 

At the end of April I had the privilege of attending the Town Council meeting and accepting a cheque for £250 in grant aid on behalf of the Association. This grant was to cover our cost of the presentation to Champtoceaux. We are grateful to the Council for this help, which enables us to be a little more imaginitive in our choice of gifts.

 

A total of 42 of us took advantage of the invitation to visit Champtoceaux. Our friends laid on a very full programme for us, with visits to the park and chateau at St. Sauveur de Landemont, a trip down an old slate mine, the audio-visual spectacle at the Tower of Oudon and a trip on the Loire aboard La Luce. Of course there was also the soiree and generally too much to eat and drink!

Our gift jointly with the Town Council was a mosaic representing friendship.

 

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So, with friendships made or renewed, we look forward to returning the complement in a couple of years’ time.

The weekend following our return saw  the companion Dog Show at the Memorial Hall. Registrations started at 10.30am and we had over 100 entries in the 18 classes.

We dispensed refreshments throughout the day and by 5.30pm everyone went home tired but happy. Thanks go to the committee members and their partners and to other Twinners who helped us out, but especially to Audrey, Dave, Sue and Lyn for all their hard work before and during the show.

This year’s summer outing has been been moved to 16 August. It will be a boat trip from Bournemouth Pier to Swanage, with 3 hours in Swanage and a view of the fireworks display from the pier or boat. The coach will leave Morrisons Car Park at 5pm to catch the boat from Bournemouth at 6.15. The return boat will leave Swanage at 10.45pm.

 

No food will be provided on the trip but a full bar service will be available on the boat, so no carry-on bottles, please. The cost will be £20 per person; bookings to Brian on 822299 please.

Boules The season has started and our campaign in the league got off to a challenging start with a 3-1loss against Poole.  New blood is always welcome in the team; the standard is not high but we enjoy the game and meeting other twinners from around the county. As you will see from your membership card, we have moved practice to Thursday evenings for this season, so if you fancy trying your hand (beginners are always welcome) come along to the Boules pitch on the Recreation Ground from 6pm any Thursda y weather permitting.

That’s about it for this time. No room to include photos of the unveiling of our new fingerpost on Ferret Green or our boules results to date, so I’m holding those over until next time. Until then, look after yourselves.

Your Officers are:

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel 822959  

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Vice-Chair: 

Carole Aisthorpe-Buckley - 824313

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Secretary: 

Julie Blackwell-West - 868763

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Treasurer:

Sandra Groves - 826449

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Minute secretary:

Barbara Bowey - 822299

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Membership:

Bill E ggleston - 824066

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Champtoceaux Liaison:   

Ian Lucking - 821280 

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org 
 - (the one your looking at.) 

bullet Contact email

 

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  Verwood & 3X - April 2008  

 

In this issue:

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From the Chairman’s chair

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Members’ meetings update

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Hosting visitors

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Autumn weekend break

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Visit to Champtoceaux

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Boules season

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Companion Dog Show

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Exchange student wanted

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Forest FM

 

Hello again. I don’t know about you, but it seems that the newsletter comes around quicker every time. Probably more so when you have to write them! Not that it’s a chore - there’s so much going on they almost write themselves.

 

If you haven’t been to one of our evening meetings yet, you are missing a treat. Attendance seems to vary but generally 2 - 3 dozen of us gather in the Band Hall for coffee, chats, an update on what’s going on in your Twinning Association and a talk on something of local or twinning interest. A report on the last 2 meetings appears in this issue. We don’t meet during the summer months so meetings will restart on the second Wednesday of October - that’s the 8th this year. Why not make a note in your diary to come and give it a try? In the meantime, we are looking forward to visiting our friends in Champtoceaux and as soon as we get back boules practice will be starting. Whatever the season there’s no shortage of new things to try.

At the February Members’ meeting we were treated to a superb presentation by Anne King describing the history of the Piddle Valley and some anecdotes and beautiful photos along the way. Her “Paddle Along the Piddle” held everyone spellbound.

In March the Rev Stewart Timbrell kept us rolling in the aisles with the first in his “Discovering Dorset” series of talks. As well as a facinating talk we were treated to a stand-up comedy act into the bargain. Stewart will definitely be back next season for part 2.

We need to update our records of who is willing and able to host our visitors when they visit us from France or Germany. For the benefit of new members, can I explain that this is of course a reciprocal arrangement and when we visit Champtoceaux or Liederbach you will receive superb hospitality in return. Many firm friendships have been made over the years so please let Bill Eggleston know whether or not you are able to host.

Plans are in hand for an autumn weekend break from 17th to 19th October, visiting the beautiful and historic Flanders town of Ghent (pictured above). We will be staying in a central hotel and a canal trip on Saturday morning is included in the price.

Ghent is less than two hours drive from Calais so coach travel will be kept to a minimum. The return trip will include the customary visit to a chocolate factory outlet and a Calais wine warehouse. Cost will be £150 per person, with supplements for a single room or insurance if required. Contact Terry (details overleaf) for further information and a booking form.

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The coach for the visit to Champtoceaux is selling very quickly. We shall be leaving Verwood early evening on Friday 2nd May and taking the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo. A 2-berth cabin for the outward crossing is included in the price of  £90. Return to Verwood will be on Tuesday 6th May. This is the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, so those of you still working will only have to take 1 day’s holiday. If you haven’t yet booked, give Ian and Carole Lucking a call or email them - you may be lucky. Their details are at the end of this newsletter.

 

We have decided that our gift, jointly with the Town Council, will be a mosaic plaque denoting twinning and friendship specially commissioned from Julie Blackwell-West’s cousin. A photograph of the plaque will appear in a future newsletter.

Boules. The new season is almost upon us and regular practice evenings will be starting as soon as we get home from Champtoceaux. We understand that some new teams have entered this year’s competition so we need some extra players to share the increased fixture list.

As you will see from your membership card, we have moved practice to Thursday evenings for this season, so if you fancy trying your hand (beginners are always welcome) come along to the Boules pitch on the Recreation Ground from 6pm any Thursday weather permitting.

Don’t forget the companion Dog Show on 10th May, that’s the weekend after we get home from Champtoceaux. As usual Audrey and Dave have put a lot of hard work into organising the event, so let’s get as many supporters as we can to the Memorial Hall.

We have been asked by one of our friends in Liederbach if there is a  15 year-old schoolgirl in Verwood who would like to be an exchange student with his daughter. I have raised the idea with the local schools but if anyone knows of a suitable student please let me know.

Did you hear me on Forest FM on 27th February? If so, was there anything I forgot to say that might encourage new twinners? No doubt they’ll ask me on again sometime, so I’m happy to take any suggestions on board.

That’s about it for this time. The next newsletter will be out in early June when we should have a report on the visit to Champtoceaux and an update on the Ghent weekend. Perhaps some early Boules results too. Until then, look after yourselves.

Your Officers are:

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel 822959  

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Vice-Chair: 

Carole Aisthorpe-Buckley - 824313

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Secretary: 

Julie Blackwell-West - 868763

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Treasurer:

Sandra Groves - 826449

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Minute secretary:

Barbara Bowey - 822299

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Membership:

Bill E ggleston - 824066

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Champtoceaux Liaison:   

Ian Lucking - 821280 

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org  - (the one your looking at.) 

bullet Contact email

 

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  Verwood & 3X - February 2008  

In this issue:

Chairman’s musings

AGM Report

Members’ meetings update

Race Night Report

Christmas Markets

Invitation from Champtoceaux

Subscriptions reminder

Welcome to the second of the new-look Twinning newsletters. I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year and are now re-charged for whatever 2008 brings. At the Twinning we have some interesting events to help get you through the long winter evenings. Our members’ meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month in the Concert Brass Band Hall in Moorlands Road. £2 buys you light refreshments, an interesting talk and the chance to chat with other members. Details are below. With Easter falling early and an invitation to visit Champtoceaux in May it’s going to be a short winter.

 

I wish you health and happiness for the New Year and I hope to see you at one of our events soon. Remember, they’re all listed on your new green membership card.

The AGM on 18th October was very successful. I reported last time on the new Committee members we recruited and the new officers who were elected to replace those retiring. What I didn’t say was that after the formal business of the evening, Joyce provided some excellent wine and nibbles and those present were able to have a private preview of the European Flag of Honour that was to be presented to the Mayor the following day. To round off the evening, I inflicted one of my “fun” quizzes on those present, who included some guests from Champtoceaux who were visiting for the following day’s ceremonials. Those I have spoken to have said how much they enjoyed the evening (you don’t often hear THAT about an AGM!) so it’s a formula we may well repeat.

 

Members’ meetings. Our Christmas Party in December went very well with a record number of 64 members joining in the fun. The Jubilate singers got proceedings off to a festive start and once again did us proud in their Victorian costumes and a capella singing. Then Phil Collins played piano for us while Joyce and her helpers provided gluhwein and seasonal snacks. To finish off, there was a Christmas quiz with (chocolate) cash prizes!

At our meeting on 9th January I croaked my way through some of our experiences visiting French oddities over the last 25 years. I’m sorry my voice wasn’t up to a more detailed narrative. In February Anne King will be telling us about “A Paddle along the Piddle” in aid of MacMillan Cancer Trust. To end the season, on 12th March the Rev Stuart Timbrell, who I have heard speak before and is very entertaining, will present to us the first in his series “Discovering Dorset”. Do come along and give us a try.

Race night on 3rd November was another enormous success. Thanks go to Brian and Barbara for organising the event once again. 96 members and friends gathered at the British Legion prepared to lose their shirts in a good cause. I don’t think anybody won enough to buy that luxury yacht (I certainly didn’t!) but a good time was had by all.

 

Christmas Markets trip. At six o’clock on the morning of Friday 30th November, 42 intrepid members and friends gathered in Morrisons’ Car Park to catch the coach. A fast run to Dover saw us on the 10:05 ferry and taking advantage of the first retail opportunity of the weekend or taking a late breakfast in one of the on-board restaurants. The onward journey saw us arrive at our hotel about 5pm. Next morning there was time to explore the town of Heerlen and have a light lunch before climbing on board the coach again for the 15 minute journey to Valkenburg. The Christmas Markets in Valkenburg are held in the local caves (under the only hill in Holland) so they are immune from the vagaries of weather, with a constant temperature in the caves of about 10º.

On Sunday, we clambered back onto the coach and headed for home. Included on the return journey was an opportunity to buy Belgian chocolates at bargain prices, and a pause at a wine and beer warehouse in Calais to stock up the drinks cupboard for Christmas. The weather was not kind to us though and a force 10 wind meant our crossing was delayed by 3 hours but we made it home and 42 tired shoppers unloaded all their bargains in Morrisons’ car park just before midnight on Sunday.

 

Subscriptions. 2007-8 subs are now overdue. If you haven’t yet paid your £5 and your newsletter deliverer has been unable to collect it, this is your last chance! Please drop in a note of your name and address together with a cheque (payable to Verwood & 3LX Twinning Association) to Sandra at 14 Aggis Farm. In exchange, you will get a shiny new 2007-8 events card telling you exactly what is on and when, which will enable you to get the most from your membership. If you don’t this could be the last newsletter you get.

 

New members are always welcomed. If you have friends and neighbours who might be interested in joining us, please let us know. We have a new, updated information leaflet that tells them exactly what we can offer. Just ask your nearest committee member (details on your membership card)

 

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A full set of my photographs from the Civic Day and/or the Flagfest pictures taken by Ringwood Camera Club are available on a CD ROM. For a small contribution I can make a DVD slideshow if you’d prefer. Just give me a call. (Note that the webmsters FlagFest pictures can also be viewsed on this website - Select here)

 

Invitation from Champtoceaux. We have been invited to visit Champtoceaux this spring from 3rd to 6th May. Travel details are still being sorted out but costs should be well under £100 per person, including a berth in a cabin on the outbound ferry crossing. Places will be limited, so if you are interested in joining in please let either Ian Lucking (821280) or myself (822959) know or email me as soon as possible.

 

 

Your Officers are:

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel 822959  

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Vice-Chair: 

Carole Aisthorpe-Buckley - 824313

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Secretary: 

Julie Blackwell-West - 868763

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Treasurer:

Sandra Groves - 826449

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Minute secretary:

Barbara Bowey - 822299

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Membership:

Bill E ggleston - 824066

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Champtoceaux Liaison:   

Ian Lucking - 821280 

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org  
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