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AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2015
http://twinning.verwood.org 
email:-
twinning @ verwood.org (remove spaces)

We are facing wet, cold days but do not despair as we have some great events organised to cheer you up! Please read on and put the dates in your diary. Subs are now due and will be remaining at just £5 per year per household. Please give your subs to our membership secretary John Pettitt at the AGM.

Forthcoming Events

Thursday Members’ meetings at the Heritage Centre commencing at 7.30

8 October

 – Mike Cranshaw talking about his experiences kayaking 
    along the Stour River to Mudeford

12 November

 – Phil Holt on Concorde

AGM at the Council offices on Thursday 29 October commencing at 7.30

Please do come along and if you are interested in joining the committee please put your name forward to Clive or any committee member. We will have some used books and DVDs on sale for a low sum to raise funds for the Twinning Association. Please bring with you any books or DVDs that you are happy to donate.

Members’ Christmas Party on Friday 11 December at St Michael Parish Church commencing at 7.30

We are imposing a small charge of £3 this year as fund raising has been adversely affected by the weather. The good news is it is still a bargain as it includes festive entertainment, nibbles and fun.

27-29 November – Bruges Christmas Markets

Staying at a 4* hotel which is a former 17th century monastery in the heart of Bruges. The cost is £180 for 2-nights for accommodation, including breakfast plus coach travel via the Eurotunnel. This trip is almost fully booked so if you do not want to miss out contact Terry Bright by no later than 11 October on 01202 822959 or 07967 833586.

May 2016 – hosting guests from Champtoceaux

Our guests will be arriving on Thursday 5 May 2016 (usually late afternoon) and returning on Sunday 8 May 2016 (usually early morning). Please contact Joyce Timpson on 01202 824469 if you would like to host. A coach day trip will be organised for Friday so your guests will be catered for if you have to work or rest. The guests will spend the day with hosts on Saturday and all will be able to attend a soiree in the evening. There is a lot of fun to be had and friends to be made so do not delay.

Previous Events

Members’ Meetings

We were treated to some very interesting and informative speakers. A couple attended a wedding in Australia and decided to get married themselves in secret. A friendship developed with their wedding official and they were asked to house sit for him. He recommended them to friends who recommended them to friends and so on for many years.

A former resident of South Africa showed us some beautiful scenic photographs on screen. She had participated in a photographic wilderness trip and shared her experiences with us. She now lives in the UK and when asked “Why” she replied that it is due to the lack of employment for white middle aged women plus of course the violent crimes in some areas.

Bush Farm Bison Centre, Wiltshire set in acres of woodland is worth a visit; it boasts red deer, elk and other animals as well as bison. These impressive creatures are steeped in North American history from roaming in abundance to being almost extinct in the late 1800’s. There is a display of North American art at the farm as well as an organic meat shop.

Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day

This day at the races proved to be most successful; the weather was warm and sunny which helped make it a very enjoyable experience for all. Hats were the order of the day for the ladies who entered into the fun and spirit of the occasion. Many members requested a repeat trip and it was suggested that “Glorious Goodwood” was an idea for a future outing. Summary kindly provided by Lesley Nicholls.

Café Rene at the Rustic Fayre

Unfortunately we had rain in the morning which resulted in many people delaying their arrival until after lunch which affected our takings. The sun showed its face in the afternoon and the day was overall enjoyable and successful. Thanks to all who helped to erect the marquees, serve the food, sell the tombola tickets, organise the tile mosaics for children and carry out all the other many necessary tasks. Please keep the date free in your diary for next August bank Holiday.

Trip to Kew Gardens

Sadly this had to be cancelled due to lack of firm bookings. Deposits have been returned to all those who paid.

Your Committee Members:-

Chairman

Clive Grove 

01202 826449
twinning @ verwood.org

Vice Chair

Alec Nicholls

Secretary

Carol Geary

Treasurer

Sandra Grove

Minute Secretary / Publicity

Sheila Hollingworth

Membership Secretary

John Pettitt

Speaker Organiser

Ian Lucking

Website.

Stuart Clifton, 

webmaster @ verwood.org

Newsletter Editor

Julie Blackwell West 

01202 900867

Committee:-

Lyn Newman, John Blackwell, Avril Pettitt, Joyce Timpson, Peter Richardson.

Council Representative

Susan Shaw

Honorary President

Mayor of Verwood - Cllr Sandra Grove

 

 

Normally the Committee meets on the 1st Monday of each month.in the Town Council Offices.

Please contact the Editor - Julie Blackwell-West - if you have any comments.

 

  

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SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2015
http://twinning.verwood.org 
email:-
twinning @ verwood.org (remove spaces)

We have benefitted from some enjoyable events and hope that some, if not all of the forthcoming events, will appeal to you. Everyone will be made very welcome so please do not feel apprehensive about attending alone.

We would like to congratulate 2 of our committee members Sandra Grove and Susan Shaw. In May Sandra was made Mayor of Verwood and Susan Deputy Mayor. Sandra has chosen 2 worthwhile charities to support during her term. One is the Heritage Centre and the other is Dorset Search Dogs. Sandra has organised some events, the proceeds of which will go to the charities. Please contact Sandra for further details. 

The Twinning Association, although independent, benefits from support from Verwood Town Council.

A Tribute to Bill Egglestone

The committee has some very sad news to pass on. Bill Egglestone a former long term member passed away on 19 May 2015 which we understand was a great shock for his family. 

Bill served on the committee and was our Membership Secretary for many years until he moved to Fordingbridge. 

Bill is  remembered for holding some fun quiz evenings for the members with his classical music questions being rather taxing if that genre of music was not familiar to you! 

A private family funeral at the crematorium was held for Bill with a celebration of life service at The Hub on Wednesday 3 June. We offer his family and friends our sincere condolences at this very difficult time.

Forthcoming Events

Members’ meetings at the Heritage Centre commencing at 7.30pm:

There has been a change of order for the speakers:

11 June.      - the fun of house sitting in Australia
   (previously scheduled for July)
9 July.      - the speaker’s experiences of living in South Africa  
   (previously scheduled for June)

Note that there is no meeting in August

10 Sep.      – a representative from Bush Farm Bison Centre, Wiltshire talking about the running of the farm – a farm with lakes, woodlands & many animals including chipmunks, elk, raccoons and prairie dogs

Thursday 18 June – Royal Ascot Ladies Day:

Please contact Joyce Timpson on 01202 824469.

Monday 31 August – Café Rene @ Rustic Fayre

Please come along for lunch or afternoon tea to support us. Volunteers will be much appreciated; please contact Clive with your contact details.

Monday 14 September – Kew Gardens Day Trip

Cost £35pp with a non-refundable deposit of £15 to include coach, entrance fee & land train tour. Clive is organising this trip & collecting deposits.

27-29 November – Bruges Christmas Markets

Staying at a 4* hotel which is a former 17th century monastery in the heart of Bruges. £180 for 2-nights for accommodation, including breakfast plus coach travel via the Eurotunnel. Only 2 single rooms are available at a supplement of £60. For more information and to book contact Terry Bright on 01202 822959 or 07967 833586.

May 2016 – hosting guests from Champtoceaux

Further details to follow in due course but our French guests will be coming on Ascension Day weekend which is from Thursday 5 May. The musicians who welcomed Verwood Concert Brass in 2014 are expected to visit too.

Members’ Meetings

We were given a very informative talk by “Totty” in March on bee keeping. Totty started keeping bees after reading about the significant decline in the bee population. Bee pollination of crops and plants is essential so the main message is to please try and plant some flowers favoured by bees - look around locally too see the plants that attract bees.

The April speaker provided an extremely knowledgeable insight into the fauna and flora of Costa Rica. This was accompanied by some spectacular photographs and details of the speakers interesting and varied life.

The theme for the May meeting was antiques which was an interesting evening with the speaker providing insight into how she became an auctioneer followed by valuations in spite of the unprecedented power cut at the Heritage Centre.

Disco at the Memorial Hall in April

We had an enjoyable evening with much dancing. Thanks to Carol Geary for organising it.

Weekend trip to Keukenhof Gardens in April

We stayed at the 4* Innhotel, Rotterdam overlooking the canals and city, with plenty of restaurants, coffee shops and bars nearby. 

We enjoyed a full buffet breakfast with champagne. The attractions included Harbour boat trips, the Euromast Tower, museums & shopping. Some of our party took the coach to enjoy the day in Amsterdam. 

The highlight of the trip was the beautiful Keukenhof Gardens with over 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths plus plant shows and the opportunity to take a boat trip to enjoy the bulb fields surrounding the park. The weather was cold but the rain held off. Before dinner that evening we joined Terry and Anjie in the bar to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. 

On the return journey we stopped at Citi Europe for lunch and some last minute shopping. Our thanks to Terry for yet again organising a wonderful weekend.

Summary kindly provided by John Pettitt

Your Committee Members:-

Chairman

Clive Grove 

01202 826449
twinning @ verwood.org

Vice Chair

Alec Nicholls

Secretary

Carol Geary

Treasurer

Sandra Grove

Minute Secretary / Publicity

Sheila Hollingworth

Membership

John Pettitt

Champtoceaux

A Group of 5 committee members.

Liederbach

A Group of 5 committee members.

Website.

Stuart Clifton, 

webmaster @ verwood.org

Newsletter Editor

Julie Blackwell West 

01202 900867

Meeting Speakers

Ian Lucking,

Committee:-

Lyn Newman, John Blackwell, Avril Pettitt, Joyce Timpson, Peter Richardson.

Council Representative

Susan Shaw

Honorary President

Mayor of Verwood - Cllr Sandra Grove

   

Normally the Committee meets on the 1st Monday of each month.in the Town Council Offices.

Please contact the Editor - Julie Blackwell-West - if you have any comments.

 

  

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SPRING NEWSLETTER 2015
http://twinning.verwood.org 
email:-
twinning @ verwood.org (remove spaces)

Newsletter Update.

We have decided to produce the newsletter in a new format and will distribute it four times a year in March, June, September and December to keep members up to date with events. We will continue with the reminder emails but we do have members who do not use email.

We propose that each committee member will telephone an allocated number of members to remind them of events. Please contact Clive by telephone or email (details below) if you would prefer not to receive any telephone calls.

A tribute to Brian Henry Bowey - 20th Nov 1937 to 12th Feb 2015.


Most of you will be aware of and saddened by the passing away of Brian Bowey, a very popular and respected member of the Twinning Association. Brian and Barbara became members many years ago and were both active and hard working committee members. They remained on the committee until our last meeting on 2nd February when they both resigned due to Brian’s ill-health.

 

Brian was the chairman at one time plus he helped out at many events. He organised a variety of enjoyable trips over the years including his signature Wareham boat trip; the last trip being the visit to Windsor Castle in 2014. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with his widow Barbara and the rest of his family.

Forthcoming Events in 2015

Members’ meetings at the Heritage Centre commencing at 7.30pm:

 

12th March - talk on Bee Keeping
9th April - talk on Fauna & Flora of Costa Rica
14th May - talk on Antiques & a Valuation Session
11th June - speaker’s experiences in South Africa

Friday 10th April – Disco:

Music by Bernie’s Roadshow. He has a large repertoire and will be happy to play requests. The music will not be too loud so you will be able to have a chat whilst the music is playing and if you are not boogying the night away. Tickets are £6 – contact Carol Geary on 01202 825697 to reserve your tickets. Food will not be provided to keep the ticket price low but feel free to bring your own nibbles and drink. Tea and coffee will be available to purchase to help raise funds.

Thursday 18th June – Royal Ascot Ladies Day:

Tickets are very reasonable at £50 for the entrance fee and coach so are selling out fast. Please contact Joyce Timpson on 01202 824469 to secure your place with a £30 deposit. It is not just for ladies, come along whatever your gender.

Past Events


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Members’ meetings are organised by Ian Lucking and we are grateful to him for arranging some interesting and informative speakers.

 

The February meeting was entertaining with a magic show and talk by Paul Hyland, a member of the Magic Circle. At the end of the evening there were many mummers of “how did he do that”?

 

The January meeting was interesting with a talk by Robin Cook on his experiences working at Harrods in the late 50's, 60's and early 70's. We had some insight into purchases by famous customers. Robin confirmed it was just like “Are you being served?”.

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The visit to Champtoceaux in August was a great success. Twinning members were accompanied by members of Verwood Concert Brass as part of the 150th anniversary of the band.

There were various excursions plus lunch in Les Pieds Bleus restaurant with products from the nearby Cave aux Moines on the menu including snails and mushrooms. There was, of course, much musical entertainment. Full details of the trip are available on the website.

Organised Visits

In April a visit is being made to the Keukenhof in Holland to see the Bulb fields. It is understood that this is now fully booked.

It was hoped that our friends in Liederbach would have visited us in 2015 but unfortunately due their other committmments they had to decline. It is hoped though that both Liederbach and Champtoceaux may be able to visit us in 2016, but invites have yet to be issued.

 

Your Committee Members:-

Chairman

Clive Grove 

01202 826449
twinning @ verwood.org

Vice Chair

Alec Nicholls

Secretary

Carol Geary

Treasurer

Sandra Grove

Minute Secretary / Publicity

Sheila Hollingworth

Membership

John Pettitt

Champtoceaux

TBD

Liederbach

TBD

Website.

Stuart Clifton, 

webmaster @ verwood.org

Newsletter Editor

Julie Blackwell West 

01202 900867
juliebw @ uwclub.net

Meeting Speakers

Ian Lucking,

Committee:-

Lyn Newman, John Blackwell, Avril Pettitt, Joyce Timpson, Peter Richardson.

Council Representative

Leslie Nicholls or Susan Shaw

Honorary President

Mayor of Verwood - Cllr Patricia Morrow

   

Normally the Committee meets on the 1st Monday of each month.in the Town Council Offices.

Please contact the Editor - Julie Blackwell-West - if you have any comments.

 

 

 

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