Planned Visits & News Snippets
have cancelled their visit to planned for the 2nd to the 5th September 2016.
have invited Verwood on a twinning visit from the16th to the 19th
have invited Vewood to visit them in 2018 - details later
Telephone box - This gift from our friends in
Liederbach which has been at the rear of the Town Hall for many years
went to the Verwood HUB but has now returned to the rear of the Town
See the "What's
On" page for details of our regular meeting at the Heritage
you would like to to be involved in any of the above or future exchanges
then why not join
Verwood Twinning Association.
Clive Grove on +44
(0)1202 826449 or email:
note the following administrative change in France
political landscape in France is changeing as M. Holland attempts to
reduce the cost of local administration. Verwood was peviously twinned
with the 9 towns and villages of Champtoceaux and its Canton. It had 9
elected Mayors, one for each community. Under the re-organisation Champtoceaux
and its canton of 9 communities have been merged for administrative
purposes and it is now called "d'Orée-d'Anjou"
. d'Orée-d'Anjou is
now linked to it's neighburning communities as shown below
a twinning point of View there is little change as Verwood is still
twinned with Chamtoceaux
but the Canton is now Orée-d'Anjou. Future entries on this website will
normally refer to
Champtoceaux and d'Orée-d'Anjou
Further information can be found on
Wikipedia etc, Use linkr "d'Orée-d'Anjou".
Twinning Association coach trip to Brugge
on the 27th to the 29th November 2015.
06:00 hrs on Friday the 27th July a group of Twinners including
friends left Pennine Way near Morrisons in Verwood on a visit to
Brugge in Belgium. They were due to catch the 09:50 Eurotunnel shuttle
but this had been re-scheduled to 10:20 for "Operational
Reasons" according to Euroshuttle.
arrival in Coquelles a lunch and shopping stop was made at Cite Europe
followed by a visit to a Chocolate factory.
to the current issues in France (Nov/Dec 2015) delays on the motorway
when crossing the French / Belgium border amounted to 45 minutes each
way. A warning to anybody else who might be travelling this
Party arrived at the NH Hotel in Brugge some time after 1600 hrs. For
the rest of the free time in Brugge members of the party went their
own way visiting the main square having Carriage Rides trips on the
canals and shopping. The Christmas Market was in full swing and so was
the Ice Skating in the main square but it is not thought that anybody
took advantage of this.
some time during the visit most people went to the "Snow and
Ice" Sculpture Festival in Brugge. Ice Magic takes you into the
Belgium Cartoon world of Wanagogo Characters.
the walls are ice and all the characters are carved out of ice.
Although probably not well known in the UK the characters consist of
Maya and Willy, Vic the Viking and all their friends. It is
definitiely a different and enjoyable experience but it is necessary
to wrap up warm as of necessity it is extremely cold. (see http://www.icemagic.eu
an excellent breakfast members went on to discover more of Brugge and
have some lunch before departing from the hotel at 15:30. After the
border delay we sailed through the Eurotunnel checks and though having
a crossing of "Q", we were ushered onto the
"O" crossing which was 1/2 an hour earlier, arriving back in
Verwood at about 21:30 time.
last chairman organises these trips so why not look out for future
trips. Join the association and they will be included in the
newsletter or on this site.
This is a
basic review of the 2014-2015 year of the Verwood & Three Legged
Cross Town Twinning Association (given at the 2015 AGM). Included in
this report are the activities, successes, disappointments and
highlights of the year.Social Evenings
I believe each
of them to have been a success. Attendance has been acceptable and
steadily growing. Each evening has contributed a net profit into the
Twinning accounts. I would like to thank our Speaker Secretary, Ian
Lucking, for the quality and variety of our speakers this past year. To
give you an indication of the variety, they have been as follows:-
tour of Dorset" - "Working in Harrods" - "The Art of
Illusion and Magic" - "Beekeeping" - "Fauna &
wildlife in Costa Rica" - "Antiques & Valuations" -
"House sitting in Australia" - "A tour of South
Africa" - "The Bison Centre in Wiltshire" and "A
kayak journey down the River Stour"
remain at £3.00 per Member. &£3.50 for Non-Members - Admission
includes refreshments & free door raffle.
Dance" - "Excursion to the Keuckenhof Bulbfields in
Holland" - "Christmas Party for Members" - "Royal
Ascot Ladies Day" - "Committee Member Sheila Holingworth -
interviewed again on Forest FM" - "Rustic Fayre" -
"Dorset Twinning Quiz Night".
The trip to
Kew Gardens had to be cancelled due to lack of attendees.
NB… An event
which proved not possible to organise once again was an excursion to
Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey). Group access fully booked for 18
Bowey and Bill Eggleston sadly passed away.
Football Club tournament and exchange visit request.
student (15yrs) request to visit.
student (11yrs) request for pen pal
First School request for electronic cultural Exchange
Life Magazine editorial
Newsletter now edited & published by Julie Blackwell-West
Vase presented to Barbara Bowey for in excess of 30 years
Day Sunday 8th November
Market excursion to Bruges 27th November to 29th
Christmas Party Friday 11th December
Champtoceaux 5th May to 8th May, 2016
Liederbach September, 2016
Association information can be found on our Website kindly managed by
I would like
to thank the committee for all their hard work and support over this
past year. They have had a ‘Can Do’ attitude to all the projects,
events and excursions and I commend them to the Members.
Egglestone passed away on the 19th May 2015.
Bill served on the committee and was our
Membership Secretary for many years until he moved to Fordingbridge. He 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
Henry Bowey - 20th Nov 1937 to 12th
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 his wife Barbara became members many years ago
and were both active and hard working committee members. They remained
on the committee until the meeting on the 2nd February 2015
when they both resigned due to Brian’s ill-health.
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 his family.
- 100 Years On
Sunday November the 9th 2014
to those who recently wished to play Boules on the Recreation Ground.
Though the Boules practices started in May and there have been some
games, there is no
Boules League this year due to reduced interest, though some members
have cleaned the pitch of weeds and occasionally used it.
If anybody, whether in Twinning or not, wishes to play, then please feel
free to use the facility - It was provided by the Town Council to be
used. If there is a desire by enough people to have friendly games then
please contact Twinning with their details. Some twinners
should be able to play from September 2014, and if there is enough
interest next year then Verwood could possibly rejoin the league. Boules
can be borrowed if required.
Clive Grove (Chairman) on 01202 826449
Trip to Rouen plus Monet’s house and
garden on 2nd to 5th May, 2014 was blessed with excellent weather and
enjoyed by all.
of the Verwood Twinning Associations
Companion Dog Show held in May 2011
Stalls including Tombola offered further entertainment and
refreshments were served continuously throughout the day by the
dogs were exhibited, making up a total of 263 entries. There were 6
Pedigree Classes judged by Mrs. Jenny Livy. Best in Sow was a Hungarian
Vizsla owned by Mrs.Denise Cummins of Blandford, Reserve Best in Show
was a Border Collie owned by Mr. & Mrs.Scott of Winton, and Best
Puppy in show was a Tibetan Spaniel owned by Mrs.Pauline Bovis of
Broadstones. This was followed by 2 Crossbreed and 10 Novelty Classes
judged by Mr.Alan Watkinson. Best Crossbreed was a Lurcher owned by
Mrs.H.Boutell of Eastleigh.
Show was well attended, exhibitors and visitors enjoying sunshine in
2010 Verwood Celebrates 25 years of twinning with Champtoceaux in
Our friends from Champtoceaux arrived and have now departed after having
as wonderful time. The
picture below shows all the visitors and guests in the sensory
garden of The Hub where they were welcomed by the Mayor of
Verwood. They brought over 70 people this year who stayed with their friends in and around Verwood and Three
Why not join the Verwood Twinning Association.
Contact Clive Grove on +44 (0)1202 826449
twins with the polish town of
On Sunday the 15th of June 2008 a small group of 8 people representing
Verwood attended the Twinning Ceremony for 100 Poles from Pietowice
Wielkie with Liederbach in he Liederbachhalle.
It was also attended by representatives from "Villebon sur
Yvette / France" & "Saldus / Latvia".
finger post on Ferrett Green.
On Monday the 19th of May 2008 the "The Twinning Association"
presented a new finger post to Verwood town council. The sign situated
near "Costa Coffee" shows the distance and direction of
Verwood's Twin Towns of Chmptoceaux (246 miles) and Liederbach (485
It was presented by Mr Terry Bright, the chairman of the Verwood
and 3LX Twinning Association (centre) to The Town Council represented by
Verwood's incoming Mayor Cllr. Lucy Clark (left) and its outgoing mayor
Cllr. Alec Nicholls (right).
the 5th of May 2008 members of the Verwood Twinning Association returned
from a successful visit to our friends in our
twin town of Champtoceaux on the Loire Valley in France.
Verwood Twinning Association is open to
Young and Old and is able to facilitate twinning visits between other
groups and our French and German friends.
Bright on +44
(0)1202 822959 or email:
here for the report the Civic celebrations
the FLAGFEST celebrations in October 2007.
Friday the 19th of October at "The HUB",
Verwood and 3LX was presented with the
of Honour by the Hon. Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe
Kerstin Eckman. The picture shows the dignitaries
present at the event.
here for the report on the visit in May 2007
of our friends from Champtoceaux!
Note the new web address
for this Twinning Website is now "twinning.verwood.org".
The Association organises various
social events and a summer outing for members and
friends. At the 20th Anniversary of twinning with
our French Town in 2004 Champtoceaux Avenue was officially
named. There is also a Liederbach Drive and a
Members visit our twin towns and
receive French and German visitors every two to three years.
You can also visit the sites of the
two towns that Verwood is currently twinned with,
Champtoceaux and Liederbach. The "Comite Cantonal de
Jumelage de Champtoceaux" also has a site which you can
visit. (see Links Page).
The Tapestry given to Verwood by
its twinned French Town of Champtoceaux during the visit in
May 2005 is now framed and on display in the Verwood
Heathland Heritage Centre, along with the large pot (see
below), gifted by Liederbach in Germany to Verwood in 2003.
Other gifts received in the past reside in the Verwood
Library and the Council Offices.
select the links below for the
Verwood and Three Legged Cross Chronological History,
newsletters, reports, or History of Twinning.
For further information,
or to join the "Verwood and Three Legged Cross Twinning
Association" please contact: -
Clive Grove (Chairman) on 01202 826449