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  Verwood & 3X - December 2010  

 

In this issue:

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Chairmanís musings

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Membersí meetings inc Christmas Celebration

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Membership card - amendment

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Subscriptions

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Skittles evening

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2011 Visit to Champtoceaux

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elcome to the December newsletter.  Where has the year gone to? Of course, the Twinning has been its usual busy self and they do say that time flies faster the busier you are. Highlight of the year was the 25th anniversary of our twinning with Champtoceaux. We welcomed a record number  of friends (70) from the Pays de Loire and enjoyed a busy long weekend with them. They invited us for a return visit next year, so that will be the big event of 2011.

Our winter/spring season of membersí meetings is now nearly half over. The December meeting will be our usual Christmas celebration with free admission to members. Why not come to the function room at Club31 on 8th December and meet all your friends in the Twinning.

Following the requests for social meetings during the summer, a discussion at the AGM resulted in a plan to trial monthly informal afternoon teas at Club 31, on the second THURSDAY of each month, which would be followed by our usual boules practice session. You donít have to come to boules; although you might fancy giving it a try, but the idea provides an excellent opportunity to meet up during the summer. Further details in the March newsletter.

Finally from me, my best wishes to all of you for a very happy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year.

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he next Membersí Meeting will be our Christmas celebration. As mentioned in my introduction, this will be held at 7.30pm on 8th December in the function room at Club31 in Moorlands Road. On this occasion, admission will be free. A light finger buffet will be provided but drinks should be purchased over the bar. Our usual concessionary rate on teas and coffees will of course apply.

Regular meetings will resume on 12th January when I have some interesting pictures of France to share with you.

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lready there is are amendments to make to your new 2010-2011 blue membership card. The date shown for the start of the boules season should read 5th May. Also, instead of the coffee morning on 11 May, we will be holding our first afternoon tea meeting on Thursday 12th May - also the date of our second practice evening for boules.

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y now you should have paid your 2010-2011 subscriptions. This will mean that you will have your blue 2010-2011 membership card - complete with the required amendments details above! If you havenít paid yet would you please get in touch with John Pettitt or Sandra Grove (details below or on your 2009-10 pink card) and let them have your £5 as soon as possible.

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ur first skittles evening was held on 18th November in Horton Village Hall. The event was a sell-out and over 40 of us enjoyed a sociable evening playing skittles and enjoying a delicious supper organised by Sandra and a team of our lady committee members. An event to bear in mind again for future event evenings.

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A final opportunity to enjoy our 25 year logo:

 

reminder that the dates for our visit to Champtoceaux have been set for 2nd to 6th June 2011, crossing the channel overnight on the 1st June and leaving Champtoceaux very early on the 6th. 

The cost will be £100 per person, plus cabin. A deposit of £30 will be needed by 28 January, with the balance payable by 15 April. Would everyone who wishes to go (whether youíve already registered your interest with Joyce or not) please complete the form below and send it to her at 78 Dewlands Road with your deposit by the closing date. Further details on timings etc will be sent as soon as they are available.

Select here for a word copy of the 2011 Champtoceaux Booking Form.

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our Officers are:


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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel  01202 822959 

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Vice-Chair: 

John Blackwell - 01202 868763

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Secretary: 

Julie Blackwell-West - 01202 868763

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Treasurer:

Sandra Groves - 01202 826449

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Minute secretary:

Barbara Bowey - 01202 822299

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Membership:

John Pettitt - 01202 825951

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Champtoceaux Liason:

Joyce Timpson - 01202 824469

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org   

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Contact email

 
The next newsletter will be the March 2011 edition.

 

 

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  Verwood & 3X - October 2010  

In this issue:

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Chairmanís musings

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Notice of AGM

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Membersí meetings

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November event

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Boules report

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Coffee Mornings report

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Summer Outing report

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Brussels Christmas Markets

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2011 Visit to Champtoceaux

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elcome to the October newsletter, the first after an extended summer break.

First, the formal part.  This issue contains the official notification of this yearís AGM. Once again, by kind permission of the Town Council, we get the opportunity to visit the Council chamber and see the various Twinning artefacts on display there.

October also sees the start of our winter programme of membersí meetings. Once again, we have a new (and now we hope a permanent!) home in Club31 (known to many still as the Legion). Itís great to be able to support this brave new venue for the town. It also has the advantage of relieving our volunteers of their coffee making duties as this, together with other refreshments, will be available over the Bar, at preferential prices. To help offset the additional cost we have reduced the admission charge to £1.50 and with the help of Anjieís raffles we hope to break even overall. Full details of this seasonís programme will be shown on your new (light blue) membership card.

The other thing the October brings is, of course, membership renewal time. Even if you get this newsletter by email, your committee rep will be calling on you shortly to collect your subscription, which has been held at £5 for the 5th year running.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Please note the change of venue

This yearís AGM will be held at 8pm on Thursday 28th October in the Town Council Chamber, Vicarage Road.

Please let me have your nominations for anyone willing to join us as a committee member, by 20th October.

 

 

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s mentioned in my introduction, the new season of membersí meetings starts this month in our new home, the function room at Club31 in Moorlands Road.

The first meeting is on 13 October, starting at 7.30pm, when we will have an update from one of our original speakers, Mick McMath on progress in the school in The Gambia. You will of course also have the opportunity to renew your membership at the meeting if you havenít already done so.

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his yearís November event is a new venture for us. Weíre holding a skittles evening on 18th November and we will be using the new Horton and Charlbury Village Hall. Kick-off is 7pm for 7.30 and the cost is £7.50 per head, which includes supper with tea or coffee. If you want anything stronger, youíre welcome to bring your own bottle. Places are strictly limited, so itís first come, first served. Tickets are available from Joyce Timpson on 824469.

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his yearís boules season ended with two losses, so it has been a bit disappointing for us. Nevertheless, still managed to avoid finishing bottom of the table. Our practices will continue (we need it!) until the end of the month.

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ur experiment with summer coffee mornings started very well with 41 people coming to the Hub for the pilot event. Encouraged by this, Brian and Barbara kindly volunteered to host a second one in their home and garden where they laid on a real feast of bacon baps, coffee and cakes, with a lot of help from their fellow committee members. There was also a secondhand book stall. Turn-out for this was a little disappointing after the initial enthusiasm. Your committee will be considering what to do for these events next summer.

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rianís summer outing on 15th August was very successful with over 60 members and friends enjoying a wonderfully warm evening cruise to Wareham, complete with fish and chip supper on the return leg. I donít know how he does it but even the weather performed to order!

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t the time of writing, there are just 2 rooms still available on this yearís long weekend trip to Brussels and Bruges Christmas Markets. If you are interested it please call Terry on 822959 urgently. The date is 10th to 12th December and the cost is £165. Full details were published in the June newsletter.

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ur Cafť Renť at this yearís Rustic Fayre had undergone a bit of a facelift. In place of the traditional filled baguettes, we served ďFrench PlattersĒ, Cheddar and Brie served with an individual baguette roll, pickle and coleslaw. In addition, we served cream teas, tea and cake and of course wine and soft drinks. As with any change of this nature, some fine tuning has been identified but overall the refreshed format was a great success and we were able to make a larger than anticipated donation to Rotaryís good causes as well as keeping a useful share to top up our recently depleted reserves. Thanks go to our sub-committee who masterminded the re-vamped format; and to all the committee members, their non-committee partners and our members who worked so hard to make the day a success.

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 can announce that the dates for our visit to Champtoceaux have now been agreed. We will be there from 2nd to 6th June, probably crossing the channel overnight on the 1st June. We do not have any information on costs yet, but if you want to join in please book the dates in your next yearís diary now and drop Joyce a note. Further details should be available for the December newsletter.

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our Officers are:

 

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel  01202 822959 

 

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Vice-Chair: 

John Blackwell - 01202 868763

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Secretary: 

Julie Blackwell-West 

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Treasurer:

Sandra Groves - 01202 826449

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Minute secretary:

Barbara Bowey - 01202 822299

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Membership:

John Pettitt - 01202 825951

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org 

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Contact email

 

The next newsletter will be the December 2010 edition

 

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  Verwood & 3X - June 2010  

In this issue:

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Chairmanís musings

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25th anniversary visit report

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Dog Show report

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Membersí meetings

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Boules

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*NEW* Summer Coffee Mornings

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*NEW* Summer Outing

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*NEW* Brussels Christmas Markets

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elcome to the June 2010 newsletter. This is the first newsletter we have tried with a circulation by email. If you have received your copy by the old-fashioned paper method but you have an email address, please let me know your address and you will receive the next newsletter electronically - and earlier!

This is a very busy edition, so thereís not much room for my ramblings this time. Just read on for an update on all that has been and will be happening in your Twinning Association.

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ur 25th anniversary celebrations with our friends from Champtoceaux were memorable. Proof of the popularity of our twinning was that 70 guests arrived from France on Thursday afternoon, including a large number of ďnewĒ visitors.

They were received by the Mayor in full regalia and me. After old friends were reunited and new friends were introduced there was a short ceremony to unveil a plaque on the magnolia tree presented to us on their last visit, which is planted in the garden at the Hub, followed by a group photo shoot and a traditional Dorset cream tea.

On Friday morning, two coaches left The Hub for a day visit to Lacock village, Abbey and the Fox-Talbot museum. Lunch was provided in local hostelries and on the return trip we diverted in order to drive past Stonehenge and through Salisbury.

Saturday was spent with host families and climaxed with our soiree in The Hub. An excellent buffet dinner, with wine provided by our twins, was accompanied by live piano music. During the usual short speeches we were presented with a beautiful statuette which can be seen on display in the Town Council office Help Centre. We were also invited to a return visit to Champtoceaux next year - the precise date is to agreed. Afterwards we were   entertained by superb renditions of 1960s and 70s songs by the group Smack. Everyone present received a commemorative gift - a pen or a bag for life.

On Sunday, we waved au revoir to our friends after a successful weekend which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

I hope to be able to include some pictures from the visit in the next edition.

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n 1st May we held our Companion Dog Show in and around the Memorial Hall. This is proving to be a very popular and valuable annual event, which is organised entirely by a couple of our members who put in a lot of hard work on our behalf. The weather was not as kind to us as it has been in previous years but we still had a good and varied number of entrants. Especial thanks go to Audrey and Dave for taking on this mammoth task for our benefit.

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embersí meetings have of course finished for the Summer and I have started trying to put together a programme for next autumn/winter. Before I could start on this we had to find a new ďhomeĒ. Increasing numbers have made the Methodist halls a little too snug for us and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a hall that is reliably available on Wednesday evenings. Luckily, a few words in appropriate ears has secured us a regular booking in the function room of the Verwood 31 Club. For those who do not recognise this, it is the re-incarnation of the New Legion Club in Moorlands Road. The cost to us will be slightly higher than previously, but we will be able to reduce our door price to you as we will not have to provide tea or coffee. These will be available over the bar, as will stronger refreshments if required, at regular club prices. It is good to be able to support this brave new initiative which will provide a valuable resource for Verwood.

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oules practices have now started, every fine Thursday evening at the boules piste on the Recreation Ground from 6pm. Matches in the Dorset Twinning League usually take place at weekends, so if youíre any good at the game, prepare to be selected for the team!

After the practice we adjourn to the Verwood 31 Club for refreshments. So do come along and make a mid-week social event of it.

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e are also going to try out a new social event for members during the summer. Starting on 14 July with an informal gathering, we will be meeting for coffee and chats on the second Wednesday of the summer months. For the initial meeting we will be gathering in the Bistro at The Hub at 10.30, so come along and have a say on how we develop this new initiative.

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he Summer Outing this year will be a full dayís excursion to Portsmouth on Saturday 17th July. We will be taking in all the attractions at the Historic Dockyard, a boat tour of the harbour and a visit up the Spinnaker Tower.

Cost for the trip is £31.50 per person and our coach will leave at 10am, returning at 5.30pm. For full details or to reserve your place please call Brian or Barbara on 822299.

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his yearís long weekend away is once again something special - the opportunity to visit the extensive Christmas markets in the European capital of Brussels. To make the trip even more special, we will be staying in the 4* Sheraton Hotel & Towers, just 10 minutes walk from the Grandí Place. The hotel boasts a pool, sauna, gym, bars and restaurant, so take the opportunity to pamper yourself.

Included in the £165 cost of the trip is all coach and ferry travel, bed and American (hot buffet) breakfast. There is a £50 supplement for single room occupancy. We recommend that you arrange your own travel insurance.

On Friday the coach will leave Morrisonís Car Park in Verwood at 7.30 am to catch the Calais ferry, arriving at our hotel in the afternoon.

Saturday is free to explore the city, especially the Christmas markets in the Bourse (stock exchange), Marchť aux Poissons (fish market) and Place Sainte Catherine. They offer over 200 stalls from all over Europe. There is also an open air skating rink. When you tire of shopping, you can explore the rest of the city, perhaps seek out the famous Mannequin Pis statuette, or relax in one or more of the bars, cafťs and restaurants.

On Sunday morning we will leave for the return journey, pausing for a quick look around Bruges en route before catching an evening ferry back to Dover. Return to Verwood is envisaged at about 10.00 pm.

Places are already half filled, so if you are interested call Terry as soon as possible for a provisional reservation and a booking form.

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our Officers are:


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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel  01202 822959 

 

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Vice-Chair: 

John Blackwell - 01202 868763

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Secretary: 

Julie Blackwell-West

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Treasurer:

Sandra Groves - 01202 826449

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Minute secretary:

Barbara Bowey - 01202 822299

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Membership:

John Pettitt - 01202 825951

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org  

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Contact email

 

The next newsletter will be the October 2010 edition

 

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  Verwood & 3X - March 2010  

In this issue:

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Chairmanís musings

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email proposals

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2010 celebrations with Champtoceaux

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Final call for subscriptions

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Membersí meetings

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Forthcoming events

 

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elcome to the first newsletter of 2010. It seems ages ago now but the Christmas celebration went extremely well with the Memorial Hall providing the right atmosphere for our evening. Phil Collins played piano for us while refreshments were taken and Jubilate performing their wonderful traditional Christmas songs and carols for us. The evening was rounded off by my Quizgo quiz which everyone seems to enjoy - probably because knowing the answers does not guarantee you will win!

 In the past couple of months we have had two very interesting membersí meetings; Stuart Timbrell entertaining us with the third in his series of ďDiscovering DorsetĒ talks in January and Les Deux Cyclistes taking us on a ride along the Loire from source to sea in February. To show you how incestuous these things are, the Friday afterwards I gave my talk on French Oddities to the group Les cyclistes come from (Circle Amicale in Ringwood). March will see the last of our winter seasonís meetings - details are below as is news of other forthcoming attractions.

 One new idea we are floating is to send this newsletter to as many people as we can by email. This will cut down on our costs and mean that you get your copy earlier than at present. So, if I donít have your email address (and if I have, you will be receiving regular reminders about membersí meetings from me). please drop me an email to let me know it.

 Finally, a last call for 2010 subscriptions. We only have 8 outstanding now, so please let either John Pettitt or Sandra Grove have your £5 subscription for the year - or at least let us know whether you wish to renew.

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elebrations with Champtoceaux in 2010. A reminder that the dates for the celebration visit from our friends in Champtoceaux are Thursday 13th May to Sunday 16th. They plan to bring over 60 people this year, so itís all hands to the pump for hosting - if you havenít yet told Joyce of your ability and willingness to host please do so urgently. In return for hosting, youíll not only get a reciprocal stay next time we visit Champtoceaux but youíll qualify for free inclusion in our programme for the visit. This will include a visit to a local National Trust property with lunch included, attractive ďfreebiesĒ we are having specially produced, and of course you will be our guest at the Saturday soiree, with dinner and entertainment. I promise that speeches will be kept to a minimum!

 If you are willing and able to host some guests please talk to Joyce on 824469 NOW - it is first come first served so ring today.

 This is the last general newsletter before the visit so PLEASE donít delay.

 As part of these celebrations, John has had a commemorative logo produced. This very attractive logo, which represents the Loire and Verwoodís pottery heritage, is reproduced at the end of this newsletter and we will be using it throughout the year.

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ubscriptions are now overdue for 2009-2010, as mentioned in the Chairmanís musings. Rates have been held at £5 per household for the 4th year running. If you are one of the 8 members who have not received their new pretty pink membership card please contact Sandra or John urgently.

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he final membersí meeting of the season will be held on 10th March, when we will be hearing from Anne King all about ďCliffs, Caves and ContrabandĒ. Make a note in your diary for 7.30 at the Methodist Church Hall.

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he next big event in our calendar will be the Companion Dog Show on 1st May. This is a big local attraction that Audrey and Dave organise for us in the Memorial Hall - or more accurately if we are blessed with decent weather on the recreation ground behind the Memorial Hall. We can pretty well guarantee there will be some laughs and a few ďaaahĒ moments. Judging starts at 2pm - do try to look in. Admission is free to members.

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nother date to note is 6th May, when our boules season starts. Every fine Thursday evening we will be at the boules piste on the Recreation Ground from 6pm, getting some practice in. New players with any level of experience will be warmly welcomed. The only unknown is whether we will still be able to adjourn to the Legion (or any reincarnation of it) after we have worked up sufficient thirst.

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n addition to the planning work going into the May celebrations with Champtoceaux, your committee is also involved in planning for a number of other events and activities:

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*      this yearís summer outing

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*      a re-vamp of Cafe Rene for this yearís Rustic Fayre

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*      An autumn weekend break coach trip somewhere in Europe.

Remember, if you want to be among the first to hear about developments in these projects or any other breaking news in the Twinning, you should make sure that I have your email address. I promise not to spam you with all sorts of irrelevant rubbish!

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our Officers are:

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel  01202 822959 

 

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Vice-Chair: 

John Blackwell - 01202 868763

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Secretary: 

Julie Blackwell-West 
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01202 868763

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Treasurer:

Sandra Groves

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Minute secretary:

Barbara Bowey 
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01202 822299

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Membership:

Bill Eggleston - 01202 824066

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org  

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Contact email

 

 

 

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