The Verwood & 3
| Verwood &
3X - December 2007
In this issue:
Introducing your new chairman
Flag of Honour report
Members’ meetings update
November event report
Meet your new committee
ello and welcome to the new-look Twinning
Association newsletter. Firstly,
thank you for affording me the honour of being your
Chairman. My thanks go the Catharina for all her hard work
over the past five years. She will definitely be a difficult
act to follow. A little bit about me. I moved to Verwood
nearly 3 years ago with my wife Anjie and almost immediately
became involved with the Twinning. At Catharina’s request,
in 2006 I put my 38 years’ experience in the Civil Service
to use and drew up the submission that went to the Council
of Europe and eventually secured the Flag of Honour award
for Verwood and Three-Legged Cross.
forward to an exciting time as chairman of the Association.
Everyone has their own style of course and you may notice
some changes - this newsletter is the first and I am
indebted to Julie for arranging for our new colour printing.
However, this is evolution not revolution and I hope the end
result will be the same - a successful and active Twinning
Association with regular contact with our members and our
this is YOUR newsletter. If there is anything you would like
included (or excluded) please let me know. Above all, please
read it for information about what is going on in your
lagfest. What a
remarkable couple of days! On the 19th your committee
along with former chairmen were at the Hub as guests of the
Mayor, along with civic dignitaries from around the county,
for the presentation of the Flag of Honour to our Hon
President, the Mayor of Verwood, by Mrs K Eckman, a
representative from the Council of Europe in Strasburg.
After a fly-past by two Chinook helicopters, we gathered for
the usual speeches then children from local schools sang the
European and UK Anthems. Saturday 20th saw our Flagfest
celebrations for the whole town, and it seems like pretty
well everybody turned out to see us during the course of the
day. The amazing Indian Summer weather helped, of course.
Highlight was the cherry-picker lifts kindly provided by
Manitou giving passengers a 25m high bird’s-eye view over
Verwood. This raised a lot of money towards the Mayor’s
charity appeal. Members celebrated with a glass of wine and
a piece of the cake we had specially made. As well as a
magnificent response from local businesses and traders, the
small and very hard-working working group of your committee
were rewarded with much praise and thanks for their efforts.
On the day, every available member of your committee worked
very hard, more than ably assisted by non-committee members
Viv C, Julie L, Ed W, Olivia B, Joyce S, Dave T, Wilf S,
Clive G, Anjie B, Alan W, Mike D, Sheila W, Jane L, Dave P,
Janet C and Hughie on his new buggy! Many, many thanks to
you all. If I’ve forgotten anyone, I apologise - there
were so many of you it was overwhelming!
embers’ meetings. We have now
had two members’ meetings in the Concert Brass Band Hall.
At the first, a record number of us were entertained by a
talk by Herr Peter Ritzer from the German Embassy on tourism
in Germany and picked up many useful brochures. The second
meeting, in November, had us all transported to India by bus
in a talk by David Cornes. The December meeting on the 12th
will be our usual Members’ Christmas Party. Do come along
at 7.30pm and join in the fun. Among the other attractions,
we will again be entertained by the jubilate singers.
(NOTE changed venue of the
Christmas Party. It is now at the St Michael's Parish
January meeting will give you a chance to meet your new
chairman (that’s me) in the flesh and share my experiences
visiting French oddities.
along and give it a try. We have a sociable cuppa (something
stronger on special occasions) and a very entertaining talk.
The hall is warm and we’ve even had the road tarmaced as
far as the hall for your comfort!
eet your new committee. With my
taking the Chair, a vacancy has arisen for a minute
secretary. Janet Coates has also left the committee, leaving
us looking for a Treasurer. I am pleased to say that Sandra
Grove has kindly agreed to take over as Treasurer and
Barbara Bowey will be our minute secretary. Thanks to them
for taking on these essential tasks. We also have new
committee members “without portfolio” following the AGM.
They are John Blackwell and Avril Pettitt. Welcome to them,
I hope they have fun with us on the committee. We can also
co-opt extra committee members so if anyone feels they have
something to offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch
ubscriptions. 2007-8 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
Road. 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.
ew 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. It even
has a membership form for them to send in! We’d be happy
to let you and your friends have copies of the leaflet, so
just ask your nearest committee member (details on your
o are ideas! If you have any ideas for new events we could put on to help us
raise funds towards our next visits to our European friends, don’t hesitate to
let any committee member know. If you’re prepared to help with organising it,
that would be an extra bonus!
winning quiz - just for fun
What are the French and German words for “twinning”?
is the name of the Loire passenger launch based in
What is the literal translation of “Liederbach”?
many stars are on the European flag?
piece of music has been adopted as the European Anthem?
all there’s room for this time, with so much going on last month we’ve had
to hold over our report on the AGM and Race Night until the next issue. Until
next time, a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a safe and prosperous New
Year to you all.
Bright tel 822959
Aisthorpe-Buckley - 824313
Blackwell-West - 868763
Groves - 826449
Bowey - 822299
ggleston - 824066
2. La Luce;
5. “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (The
| Verwood &
3X - October 2007
ADIEU, FAREWELL, AUF WIEDERSEHN,
The RUSTIC FAYRE The weather plays
a very important part in getting people to the event. Cafe
Renee was very well attended. Great fun was had with the
darts and the raffle. We signed up 5 new couples, so welcome
to you all. Thank you especially to the non committee
members who put in so much time. I think of Anjie, Alan,
Audrey and David, Barbara, Joyce's Dave, Hughie, Jeannette
and Ernie Hamp, John Blackwell and John Newman. That was
help on the day by 12 non committee members. Thank you all
very much, your help was greatly appreciated. Bread pud was
lovely Barbara, thank you.
DATES FOR YOUR
DIARY (See the 'What's
Members' Meetings will be held
again at the Band Hall every 2nd Wednesday of the month at
7.30 pm. The first one will be on Wednesday, 10 October, Mr
Rftzer from the German Embassy will speak about Tourism in
Germany. He is coming all the way from London, so please
come along and support us. Tickets £2.00. at the door on
arrival. Coffee or tea and a biscuit included an price,
also renew your membership there. Bring a friend.
- PLEASE NOTE:
The AGM will be on Thursday 18
October. The AGM will take place this year the St Michael's
Parish Rooms. You will be able to renew your membership
there. Please come along. You will learn what has been
achieved and what the plans are tor next year.
THE EUROPEAN FLAG OF HONOUR
As you all know by now THE EUROPEAN
FLAG OF HONOUR, has been awarded to Verwood and Three Legged
Cross by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg for our work
promoting the Twinning Ideal to as many people in Verwood
and Three Legged Cross as possible.!!! We are the only Town
in the UK to be awarded this Honour this year.
Civic Day, the official handing over of the Flag of Honour
to the Town Council by a member of the European Council will
take place in the Hub on Friday 19 October. This event is by
Celebrations will take place on Saturday 20 October with
hopefully a Market (unfortunately there will now not be a
market). The Celebrations will be centred round Ferrett
Green, the Memorial Hall the Recreation Ground, the Hub,
Police Station and Fire Brigade.
Event will run from 10.00 to 5.00. There will be happenings
on the Recreation Ground, and surrounding area. A Jumble
Sale in the Memorial Hall was already booked, but from 1
o-dock we will move in there We'll be selling mulled wine on
Ferrett Green earlier on. At 2 we would like all twinning
members in the Memorial Hall for the official cutting of the
Celebration Cake by the Representative of the Council of
Europe. Cake and a glass of wine will be free for all our
members on producing your new membership card. Come a little
early and renew your membership there. The Heritage Centre
and the British Legion will be open during the day as well.
groups and sports clubs have been invited to join in. Police
and Fire Brigade will be involved. Manetou will come with a
cycle display team, performing their 20 minute display every
90 minutes. Band and Choral Society will perform in between.
You can go and have a bird's eye view of Verwood in one of
Maretou's Cherry Pickers. Societies and Clubs will have
stalls on the Recreation Field. We really hope that most of
you will be able to partake in the Celebrations some time
during the day but look forward to seeing you in the
Memorial Hall at 2.00. pm.
be sellng tea, coffee and home made cake in the Memorial
Hall during the afternoon and wine as well.
The NOVEMBER EVENT
This will take place again this
year In the British Legion Hall on the 3rd of November at
7.30 pm. It is a great evening. We would love to see more
people supporting us this year. Tickets £3-00 from Brian
Christmas Markets and
Shopping Weekend 30 Nov - 2 Dec
No places left but If anyone is
interested they should let me know as soon as possible and I’ll
try to get more rooms allocated. We will be going to the
Christmas markets in Valkenburg, Holland.
For further details contact Terry
This will be my last Newsletter. I
am stepping down as your Chairlady and from the Committee. I
take this opportunity to thank all members of the Committee,
past and present for their invaluable help and support to me
over the years. I trust you will all stand behind the new
Chairman and Committee who all have the best interest of our
Association at heart. Look forward to seeing you all around
the different functions.
Milk Bottle tops to Hughie please,
Kids at the Youth Club do use them.
Twinning Website - http://twinning.verwood.org
| Verwood &
3X - August 2007
still have practice matches on Wednesday evenings
after 6pm, weather permitting. Do come along. Matches:- 23rd August home against Sturminster
Newton at 6 pm.
For details call Brian on
Pettitt and I spent a good hour de-weeding our roundabout
close to Trinity School. Thank you John, it looks very cared
SUMMER OUTING on
trip was very successful. Fully booked.. Thank you to
those members who supported us and enjoyed the cruise! .
Clifton has created our own Website. Thank you very much
Stuart.. Do have a look on: http://twinning,verwood.org
. (If you've got this far your already looking at it!)
Christmas Markets and
Shopping Weekend 30 Nov - 2 Dec
39 People have now booked for the
trip to Valkenburg in Holland. There are 2 more
rooms available. These markets are unusual in that they are
held in the local caves, which makes them both atmospheric
and immune to the prevailing weather conditions. Those
of you who put your name down for the trip have by now
received your booking form. If by any chance you have
not yet received this form please contact Terry on: 822959
or (email email@example.com
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY (See the 'What's On' Page)
Bank Holiday Monday 27 August
Rustic Fayre at Potterne Park.
Please do come along and support us, we will be once again
serving wine and cheese rolls at Café Renée.
Members’ Meetings will be held again at the Band
Hall every 2nd Wednesday of the
month at 7.30 pm. The first one
will be on 10 October. Mr Ritzer from the German Embassy
will speak about Tourism in Germany.. Please come along and
support us. Tickets £2.00, at the door on arrival. Coffee
or tea and a biscuit included in price.
The AGM will be held Thursday
18 October 7.30 pm at St Michael’s Church Hall. Would love to see as many of you there as
FLAG OF HONOUR. has been awarded to Verwood and Three Legged Cross
by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg!!! The only one in
the united Kingdom his year.
The official handing over of
the Flag of Honour to the Town by a member of the European
Council will take place in the Hub
on Friday 19 October. That
happening is by invitation only.
The Town Celebrations will take
place on Saturday 20 October with a French or Continental
Market. Performances by Verwood Brass Band. The
Celebrations will be centred round Ferret Green, the
Memorial Hall and the Recreation Ground.
Local groups have been invited to
join in. We will also be asking sport clubs to be
involved so that as many young people as possible can take
All this to promote the Twinning
Idea to as many people in Verwood and Three Legged Cross as
We would hope that most of you will
be able to put in an appearance at some time during that
NOVEMBER, RACE NIGHT. This popular event will once again take place at
the British Legion starting at 7.30 pm. If you have never
been to this event do come and join us, it is great fun.
Tickets are £3.00. Food and drink can be purchased at
reasonable prices. For tickets please ring Brian Bowey on
2nd Members’ Meeting will be on 14 November 7.30 pm.
David Cornes, a member of Sturminster Newton Twinning
Association will talk to us about 2 trips to India by coach
in the 70ties. He will be showing slides as well.
3rd Members’ Meeting will be on
12 December at 7.30 pm. We have been able to book the
Jubilate Choir again this year. This will be our Christmas
The trip to the Eden Project and
Heligan Gardens on 21/22 Apia 2007 was a great success.
Terry, and of course Angie, thank you for all the work
involved in providing us with a fantastic weekend. Terry
cleverly arranged very good weather for us. The journey was
uneventful and we arrived at the appointed time at The Eden
Project. I was surprised at the size of the place.
Everything looked bright and cheerful. I loved the tropical
gardens, showing plants from the tropics all around the
world and the same applied to the subtropical globe. There was a choice of
food to be had. Cornish
pasty was one of the favorites. The visit lasted about 4
hours. From there we went to Newquay.
The next day we left early for our
visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The morning had
started with a bit of drizzle, but that soon cleared and we
were in full sunshine once more. We had a very good guide,
who gave us a detailed and interesting explanation on how
and why the project was started The restored gardens and
greenhouses were really good to see. After the guided tour
we had time to roam on our own. John and Pam Bainbridge and
Wendy and Harold Sibley became members on this trip. Welcome
to our Association. We arrived home tired, having had a
great weekend away. Thank you again Terry!!!
Thank you Brian, Barbara, Terry,
and Angie for the sterling work
tidying up the petanque pitch which
began in May. We will now be practicing on Wednesday
evenings after 6pm, weather permitting. Do come
16 June home against Poole.
23 June at Stirminster Newton.
For details call Brian on 822299.
The 4th Companion Dog Show
This was again organised by Audrey
and David, took place on 12th May. We were lucky with the
weather; many dogs came with their owners. Thank you Audrey
and Dave, the organisation of this event starts a year ahead
and is all done by Audrey and Dave. Also thank you Joyce
Stainer and Hughie. Neither of them are on the committee any
more but they still gave us a full day of their time. Thank
you to those members who did come and help for the day or
part of it.
VISIT FROM CHAMPTOCEAUX 17th to
20th May 2007.
Our friends from Champtoceaux
arrived on 17 May for an Ascension weekend visitt. Their
coach arrived only 30 minutes late at the Hub (their coach
was at the back of the ferry and last off!) where we
welcomed them with tea or coffee and biscuits before they
dispersed with their hosts. Friday was a very busy day,
starting with a guided tour of the Cranborne Ancient
Technology Centre, then on to Southampton for a fish and
chip lunch before boarding a Blue Funnel boat for the
three-rivers cruise. The highlight of the cruise was seeing
the Queen Mary 2 set sail Friday evening. Saturday was spent
with the hosts before our soiree at the Hub with a typically
English meal (accompanied by fine French wine supplied by
our guests'). This was followed by some brief speeches when
we were presented with a fine Magnolia tree. Finally, some
energetic Barn Dancing directed and accompanied by
"Pass the Buck" who discovered that bi-lingual
Barn Dance calling is no easy matter! However, everyone
enjoyed themselves and went home happy just before midnight.
After a relaxing morning on Sunday, we returned to the Hub
at 1.30 pm to wave a fond farewell to our visitors with many
old friendships renewed and several new ones made. Stuart
Clfton has put pictures on http://twinning.verwood.org/2007_champtoceaux.htm
This is on the 21st July. We will
leave Verwood at 6pm going to Poole. From there we will
board the boat to Swanage via Old Harry Rocks. We will have
fish and chips on board. We'll have one hour at Swanage,
then back to Poole. Arriving back in Verwood toward 11pm.
Price £18.00 pp. To book contact Brian on 822299.
Christmas Markets and
Shopping Weekend 30 Nov - 2 Dec.
We are in the process of
organising a weekend trip to the Christmas markets in
Valkenburg, Holland. These markets are unusual in that they
are held in the local caves, which makes them both
atmospheric and immune to the prevailing weather conditions.
Full details are still being finalised but an early morning
departure from Verwood will enable us to catch a lunchtime
ferry from Dover, with arrival at our 3* hotel dose to
Valkenburg in late afternoon. Saturday gives us time for
visits to the markets in Valkenburg and Maastricht. The
return journey on Sunday will include stops at a Belgian
chocolate and tobacco outlet and a Calais Wine and Beer
warehouse. Return to Verwood would be late on Sunday
evening- Cost will be in the region of £130, with
supplements for single rooms and insurance (if required).
Places will be limited, so it is important to book early.
Full details and booking forms will be available in late
July, but to register your interest before then, contact
Terry Bright (email terryandanjie.bright @ virgin.net).
THE EUROPEAN FLAG OF HONOUR has
been awarded to Verwood and Three Legged Cross!'' Only 1 in
UK this year?
| Verwood &
3X - April 2007
Our 5th members' meeting
took place Wednesday, 12th February. Francis and Gwen are
fundraisers for the Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth. Francis
gave a very interesting talk. Pity that the 'old' slide
projector decided to stop working!
Gwen set up shop; cards,
posters, key rings and other trinkets. The aims and objects
of the Donkey Sanctuary charity are the provision
of care, protection and/or
permanent security anywhere in the world for donkeys and
mules which are in need of attention by reason of
sickness, maltreatment, poor
circumstances, ill-usage or other like causes, and the
prevention of cruelty and suffering amongst donkeys and
A few different members
attended this time. It would be so nice to see more support
from members. We tried out these evenings for your benefit
and to encourage social contact amongst members during the
long dark writer evenings.
Wednesday, 14th March
was our 6th members' meeting- Bob Green, from Sturminster
Newton Twinning. spoke about the liberation of Montebourg,
their Twin Town. It was a very interesting talk,
informative and amazing to hear after all the bombardments
how many people survived sn their cellars. The town had been
virtually flattened but is now back to its old original
vitality. It was our last members' evening until
We hope to see many more
of you when we start again in October this year.
If you have not yet paid
your subscription of £5.00 for the year 2006 - 2007, please
send a cheque, made payable to Verwood and Three Legged
Cross Twinning Association, to Bill Eggleston, 19 Sleepbrook
Close, Verwood, BH31 6QE. Thank you.
trip to the Eden Project and Heligan Gardens on 21/22 April
2007 is very dose now. Those of you coming on this trip will
have received the information by now.
If you have any
questions, please contact Terry on 822959 or 'firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject Twinning weekends".
Poole has taken on the
organisation of the matches between Twin Towns this year. We
plan to continue our practice games on Wednesday evenings
from 6pm, weather permitting. Please contact Brian Bowey on
822299 if you want to come and join us.
The 4th Companion Dog Show
Once again organised by
Audrey and Dave Palmer, will take place on 12th May this
year. Tell your 'doggy* friends about IL If you can help on
the day please contact Audrey on 822160. Schedules have been
sent out far and wide. Even if you do not have dog, come and
have a look. Enjoy a tea or coffee and try one of Hughie's
now famous bacon butties and support us that way.
VISIT FROM CHAMPTOCEAUX 17th
to 20th May 2007.
Our friends from
Champtoceaux will be arriving around 2.45 pm at the Hub.
More information for host families to follow from Joyce.
Friday 9.00 am a visit
to the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranbome has been
arranged. You can join us there. From there, visitors wfll
go to Southampton for a boat trip. Please contact Brian
822299 if you wish to join that outing, you will have to
make your own way there. Price £13.50 includes a fish and
chips lunch. Guests arrive back in Verwood at 7pm.
Saturday to be spent
with families. In the evening the soiree will take place at
the Hub this year commencing 6.30pm for 7pm. If you are not
hosting and would like to join us for dinner, the cost will
be £15.00 pp. please contact Joyce on 824469. Hosts are
asked to pay £5.00 towards the cost to Janet at the Hub.
Visitors wiO be leaving Sunday after lunch at 13.30 pm..
On 21st July we'll be taking you on our
Summer Outing. Destination not known at this point.
Old Phones for Radio
Hughie is still collecting old phones for recycling
for carers via Radio Solent.
EMAIL - If you have an e-mail address could you please send
me a mail, (subject Twinning) so I can send you a message
should the need arise. My address is below.
TWINNING. - The Femdown
Twinning visit to Segre on 13, 14, 15,16 July is now fully
3X - February 2007
Happy New Year - Love, Peace and Plenty to you all.
Our 3rd members meeting took place Wednesday, 13th
of December. 40 people were present, it was a very informal
evening- Pam Reeks kindly played the piano for us and we
sang 5 Carols with her. Mulled wine was served by Terry and
Anjie and committee members made mince pies, all well
received- Terry and Anjie had organised the Raffle.
Christmas poems were read out and then the Jubilate Choir
arrived dressed in Victorian outfits. They looked splendid
and sang even better. A few times we, the audience, were
invited to sing with them. It was a lovely old fashioned
On that evening Karin Hepp offered to serve on the
Committee, welcome Karin.
Our 4th members meeting took place Wednesday, 10th
of January. Mrs Pam Smith talked to us about her treks for
MacMillan. We saw slides about 2 trips to Iceland, China and
the Wall, Peru, the Pyrenees, and Greenland, The evening was
enjoyed by all those members present One lady remarked it
was a wonderful way of keeping in contact with others during
the dark winter evenings,
Your subscriptions of £5.00 for the year 2006 -
2007 are now due. If you have missed your representative,
can you please send a cheque, made out to Verwood and Three
Legged Cross Twinning Association to Bill Eggleston, 19
Sleepbrook Close, Verwood, BH31 6QE. Thank you.
NOTES FOR YOUR
on the "Verwood Heritage Website" and
printed in the monthly "Roundabout Verwood".
REGULAR MEMBERS MEETINGS
14 Feb Mrs Francis
Rawlings, - on the Donkey
Sanctuary in Sidmouth.
14 March Bob Green, - on liberation of Montebourg.
WEEKEND AWAY - 21/22
April 2007 (Bookings
Terry Bright is taking your booking for the
visit to the
on 21/22 April 2007. The one night stay in Newquay.
Esplanade Hotel, including coach, half board. entrance
Project and Heligan gardens will cost £99.00 for
members. £109.00 for non members. Places are still
available so please contact Terry on 822959 or email@example.com,
subject "Twinning weekends". If you have
friends who would like to come, please give Terry a ring
to book. So far 30 people have booked.
BOULES - 2nd May 2007
2nd May the Boules season starts- Contact Brian
Bowey on 822299 if you want to have a go.
THE DOG SHOW -
12th May 2007.
This is again organised by Audrey and Dave
Palmer, and will take place on the 12th of May this year.
Tell your 'doggy" friends about it. We have already
started going round the shops for Sponsorship, If you
would like to sponsor one of the categories for
£10-00 please contact Audrey on 822160.
VISIT FROM CHAMPTOCEAUX - 17th to
the 20th May 2007.
Our friends from Champtoceaux will be visiting us
from the 17th to
the 20th May 2007
. Please contact Joyce on 824469 if you are willing to
host and please put the dates in your diaries. A visit to
the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranbome is on the
programme, a good opportunity for you to visit and worth
it The visitors will also go on the boat trip through
Southampton harbour, you can join if you wish, but will
have to go there in your car.
- 21st July 2007
If you would like to advertise your business
please contact Janet Coates on 827096. (Printed
Please call Catharina 813564 for information.
unwanted Christmas gifts.
We will be most grateful to receive any unwanted
and unused Christmas gifts, which we can use in our raffles.
If you are on e-mail, would you please send me an
email (subject Twinning). My address is below. When you
change addresses please send me your new address.
Old Phones for Radio Solent
Hughie is still collecting old phones for
recycling, to send to Radio Solent.
On 13, 14, 15. 16 July it is Bastile Day and Jazz
Festival weekend in
. The cost for the weekend is £100.00, which includes
travel, accommodation and full board. For further
information or to book a place, contact Douglas Lock on