Verwood and Three Legged Cross Twinning Association - UK

2009 Newsletters

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The Verwood & 3 Legged Cross 
Twinning Association. 

 

 For the December 2009 newsletter then select here.
 For the October 2009 newsletter then select here.
 For the August 2009 newsletter then select here.
 For the May 2009 newsletter then select here.
 For the Feb / Mar 2009 newsletter then select here.

 

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  Verwood & 3X - December 2009  

In this issue:

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Chairman’s musings

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Christmas celebrations

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Boules report

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AGM report

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Members’ meetings

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Champtoceaux anniversary

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Lille weekend report

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Reminders

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he very warmest of seasonal greetings to you all. The last couple of months have seen a very successful long weekend visit to Lille and Ypres, our Annual General Meeting, our first two members’ meetings of the season in our new “home” in the Methodist Church Hall and continuing work planning for our big anniversary year next year.

Before we all start indulging in the excesses of the Festive Season we have our own Christmas celebration to look forward to. This is at a different venue to that advised on your membership card - we have moved to the Memorial Hall. The date (9th December) and time (7.30pm) remain unchanged. We have a full evening of entertainment lined up for you, including the return of our friends from Jubilate who sing traditional carols a capella so brilliantly.
We re-commence our members’ evenings in January with Stuart Timbrell entertaining us with the next in his “Discovering Dorset” series of talks. I hope to see you all at one of these fine events - remember it’s YOUR twinning so come along, experience what we do and we’re open to any suggestions for new or improved things we can do. Finally, a reminder that 2009/10 subscriptions are now due. Details of how to pay are in this newsletter. Finally finally, my very best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

 

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Change of Venue

 

Please note that this year’s Christmas celebration will be held in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm on Weds 9th December.

 Admission free but there will be a raffle.

 

We will be providing the usual festive refreshments, including soft drinks and mulled wine, but if you would like beer or wine please bring your own bottles. That will keep us from falling foul of the new licensing laws

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ace night update. Due to the difficulties in finding sufficient sponsors in these straitened times, we have had to cancel our race night planned for 5th December. We will try again for this highly entertaining event next year.

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oules. The final league table saw us finishing 6th in the Dorset Twinning league - our best result for a few years now. In September’s cup tournament played at Manston, Barbara and Brian Bowey finished as losing semi-finalists in the cup competition and Ieuan and Janice Davies were runners-up in the Plate contest. Well done to both couples for a very creditable performance.

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his year’s AGM was very well attended, despite a last-minute change of venue due to double-booking of the Methodist Hall. We were moved into the Council Chamber at the Council Offices next door to the Methodist Church, which gave us the opportunity to see some Twinning memorabilia not normally available to us. The formal business of the evening provided some lively discussion on some of the proposed changes to the constitution and afterwards we played Quizgo - a variation on a quiz which means the quickest thinkers aren’t always the ones to win! This proved so popular we will probably have a game or two at the Christmas party.

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his year’s season of Members’ Meetings is now well under way. The October meeting saw us settling into our new home and hearing Kate Greenaway tell us about her many (too many for me to count!) occupations. In November, John Smith gave a fascinating talk about the work of the Special Operations Executive.

After the Christmas Party we return to the Methodist Hall on the second Wednesday of each month. January’s speaker is the ever popular (and amusing) Stuart Timbrell who will be continuing his series of “Discovering Dorset” presentations. Why not make a note of 13th January in your brand new diary and join us for coffee and biscuits, meet friends old and new and hear an interesting speaker.

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 celebrations with Champtoceaux. A reminder that the dates for the celebration visit from our friends in Champtoceaux are Thursday 13th May to Sunday 16th. Plans for the programme of events are progressing well so watch this space for full information as things firm up.

In the meantime, don’t risk missing out on the opportunity to join in the fun. All the events will be free of charge to hosting members so, 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.

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ur weekend in Lille and Ypres was a great success. 43 people took advantage of the opportunity to visit this fine city in northern France, birthplace of Charles De Gaulle; and an evening excursion over the border into Belgium to Ypres for dinner and the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. The evening we visited saw a large contingent of UK visitors, with 2 pipe bands in addition to the local Fire Brigade, who sound the Last Post there every night. So we returned home on Sunday evening after a memorable weekend.

2009-2010

subscriptions are now due. Rates have been held at £5 per household for the 4th year running. Many of you have already paid at the Rustic Fayre, at the AGM or to your newsletter distributor, but if you haven’t please get in touch with your distributor or Sandra Groves and let them have your subs. In exchange you will get a pretty pink membership and “fixture” card for the year.

June 2009: your Chairman presenting Eva Söllner, Bürgermeisterin of Liederbach, with one of the 3 limited edition prints of houses from the novels of Hardy

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our Officers are:

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel 01202 822959 or email twinning@verwood.org 

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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 Sec.

 John Pettitt - 01202 825951

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org  

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 Contact email

 

 

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  Verwood & 3X - October 2009  

In this issue:

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Chairman’s musings

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Boules Report

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AGM Notice

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Summer Outing report

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Members’ meetings

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Silver Anniversary celebrations - update

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Appeal for Birthday cards

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elcome to the October newsletter.

It has been a busy time recently (so what’s new?), with the Summer Outing and Cafe Rene at the Rustic Fayre both being enormous successes again. We have also been preparing for the two big events coming up in October - the AGM and the restart of our winter season Members’ meetings - both in our new venue of the Methodist Church Hall. A formal notice about the AGM, together with some proposals we are making for changing our constitution are included in this newsletter. Our Members’ meetings have also moved to the Methodist Church Hall as we have rather outgrown our original venue at the Band Hall. Also coming up in October is the long weekend break to Lille and Ypres which promises to be a weekend to remember for all those booked.

I hope to see you all at one of these fine events - remember it’s YOUR twinning so come along, experience what we do and we’re open to any suggestions for new or improved things we can do.

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t the time of writing we are still awaiting news of our final position in the Boules league. In fact some teams have not yet completed their fixtures. So it looks as if we will have to wait a little longer to see how we got on, but it does look like our efforts this year should earn us a finish in mid-table respectability.

 

 Notice of Annual General Meeting 
This year’s AGM will be held at 8pm on Thursday 22nd October 
in the Methodist Church Hall, Vicarage Road
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(Please note the change of venue).

 Please let me have your nominations for anyone willing to join us as a committee member.

 

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 Notice of Resolutions to be discussed at the AGM

At the AGM we will be proposing some changes to our constitution. These changes will require a 2/3rds majority to be carried and are as follows:

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Amendment 1: Section 2, title. Amend from “Objects” to “Objectives”. Change all other references to “objects” to read “objectives”.

Reason: To use the more up-to-date terminology to avoid any confusion.

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Amendment 2: Section 2: change “the countries of Europe” to “other countries” and in Section 3 b) change “To encourage...” to “To organise and encourage...”

Reason: This amendment is aimed at allowing us to investigate the possibilities of a partnership with a non-European town and more closely reflecting how we go about our objectives.

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Amendment 3 : Section 8 - New para i) to read as follows:

“8 i) Members of the General Committee shall conduct themselves in an acceptable and respectful manner to other members at all times. A breach of this code of conduct shall result in suspension of the offending member by the Chair of the meeting. A decision on whether this should be followed by dismissal from the General Committee shall be made by secret ballot of the other members of the General Committee present.”

Reason: Committee meetings are generally informal and light-hearted occasions, but all official business conducted should be through the Chair. This amendment is aimed at the unlikely eventuality of informal comments being made which could cause offence to any other member(s) present.

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Amendment 4: Section 8 - New para j) to read as follows:

“8 j) No member is authorised to commit the Association to any expenditure without the agreement of the General Committee as recorded in the minutes. A single expenditure not exceeding £50 may be authorised by the Chairman. In the event of an unauthorised debt, the person incurring such debt will be personally and solely liable. Members of the Management Committee shall be jointly liable in the event of an authorised debt in excess of the Association’s assets being incurred.”

Reason:  This clause is aimed at formalising the arrangements in the event of an unauthorised debt being incurred. In the event of an authorised expenditure in excess of our assets, it makes all committee members jointly responsible rather than the burden falling on a single individual.

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Amendment 5: Section 8 - New para k) to read as follows:

“8 k) The Association’s policy is never to discriminate against anyone on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or age.”

 Reason: This clause is commonly found in such documents in this day and age and keeps us correct politically. Of course, being reasonable people we wouldn’t do this anyway, but this binds future committees to the same policy.

 

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his year’s Summer Outing was another great success. 67 of us boarded the coaches at Morrison’s Car Park for the short drive to Poole Quay, where our boat was waiting for us. An interesting cruise around (and very close to) Old Harry Rocks, with fish and chips laid on for us, found us in Swanage Bay in time to watch the splendid firework display from a different angle. After the display, with the night air chilling down noticeably, it was full speed ahead back to Poole, entertained by a 50s and 60s disco in the boat’s saloon.

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his year’s season of Members’ Meetings starts this month, again in our new venue of the Methodist Church Hall. The October meeting will be on the 14th, starting at 7.30pm. Join us for coffee and biscuits, meet friends old and new, and hear our guest speaker Kate Greenaway talk on “My Many Occupations”. For the November meeting, on the 11th, we will have a new speaker, Mr John Smith, telling us about the Special Operations Executive.

The December meeting on the 9th will of course be our pre-Christmas celebration and will be at St Michaels Parish Room as in previous years.

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 celebrations with Champtoceaux. The dates for our 25th anniversary celebration visit from our friends in Champtoceaux have now been finalised. They will be arriving on Thursday 13th May and leaving on Sunday 16th. We have a full programme of celebrations being planned, including a big day out on the Friday for guests and hosts together, and a rather special “soirée” on the Saturday afternoon and evening - so make a note for your 2010 diary now!

A reminder that Catharina needs your old Birthday Cards to make new ones from. She sells these cards in support of the Twinning so if you have any to offer, please let her have them or call her on 813564.

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our Officers are:

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel 01202 822959 or email Twinning@verwood.org 

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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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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org  

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Contact email

 

 

 

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  Verwood & 3X - August 2009  

In this issue:

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Chairman’s musings

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Boules Report

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Liederbach visit

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Summer Outing

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Autumn Weekend Break

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Appeal for Birthday cards

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elcome to the August newsletter.

I have been thinking about how to get the best out of the four-times per year newsletters and I have decided that issues in March, June, October and December would be the best timed to give you all news of forthcoming attractions and reports of our activities. So this August edition is a bit of a one-off. It is also being written a bit in advance as I shall be off on holiday shortly and need to get it to the printers’ before I go.

The BIG event has, of course, been our visit to Liederbach and a full report follows. There is also a progress report on plans for this year’s Summer Outing and a report on our performance in the boules league.

The other event of note is that Bill Eggleston, our Membership Secretary, moved out of Verwood in June and surrendered his duties. I would like to record our sincere thanks to him for all his work in the past. For the future, Sandra will be combining Membership records with her Treasurer’s post, which will make it much simpler to reconcile accounts at renewal time.

On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone for their good wishes during my recent illness - it was a great comfort to Anjie and myself to know we have such good friends in the Twinning.

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ur Boules results this season have been a bit varied. At the half-way stage of the season we have won 2 games, drawn 2 and lost 3. We do not yet have an official league table but I reckon that should put us about half-way. Don’t forget that everyone is welcome to come along to the boules pitch on the Memorial Recreation Ground any dry Thursday evening from about 6pm for a friendly practice or instruction for newcomers. If you show any sort of promise you could well be in the team for the following Saturday!

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t the time of writing we are just back from our visit to Liederbach. Our German friends pulled out all the stops as usual and laid on an interesting and exhausting programme for us. We arrived at the Liederbachhalle at 7.30pm on Thursday evening to be greeted with goody bags and a glass of cold beer. United or re-united with our hosts everyone then adjourned to renew old friendships or to forge new ones. On Friday morning a coach had been arranged to take us for a day in the ancient University city of Heidelberg. A morning walking tour was followed by lunch arranged for us in a local brewhouse. The afternoon was at leisure and opinion was split as to what to do. Some decided to climb (by funicular in most cases) to the castle overlooking the town, others opted for a boat trip along the River Neckar, with the chance of coffee and cake being a major attraction.

Saturday was the International Street Festival in Liederbach and we took the opportunity to have a stall in the market offering such English delights as Marmite and Daddies Sauce. This proved to be very popular and by 6pm we were virtually sold out, so we shut up shop and spent the rest of the evening enjoying the entertainment and refreshments that were on offer.

On Sunday we were treated to lunch at the official reception, where I was honoured to present the new Bürgermeisterin with three beautiful framed limited-edition watercolours of houses featuring in Thomas Hardy’s novels. On Monday we had more free time with our hosts before leaving for the flight home.

 

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his year’s Summer Outing will be another attempt to see the Swanage fireworks - let’s hope August this year brings us better weather than last year. The date is 15th August with our coach leaving Morrison’s car park at 6.45pm. We drive to Poole where our boat, complete with fish and chip supper, will take us to Swanage for the fireworks which we will watch from the boat, then returning to Poole and back in Verwood at approx 11.45pm. The cost will be £21 per head including the fish and chip supper. Bookings and full details are available from Brian on 822299.

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here is now a face-lifted version of our “introduction to twinning” leaflet. They are available from the Heritage Centre and at the Council Offices but if anyone would like a copy to entice a friend or neighbour to join us, you could also please give me a call.

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few places are left on the autumn weekend break. This is staying in Lille with a Saturday evening trip to the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

When? 9th - 11th October 2009

How much? Just £140 per person. Supplements apply for single room occupancy and insurance.

How do I book or find out more? Email or speak to Terry - details below. Or download a booking form from our website.  (For a booking form select Lille booking form .doc)

Catharina needs your old Birthday Cards to make new ones from. She sells these cards in support of the Twinning so if you have any to offer, please let her have them or call her on 813564.

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hat’s it for this issue. The next newsletter will be the October edition with news of the AGM and our new season of monthly meetings.

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our Officers are:

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel 822959 or email twinning@verwood.org 

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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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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org  

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Contact email

 

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  Verwood & 3X - May 2009  

In this issue:

Chairman’s musings
Boules
Liederbach visit
Autumn Weekend Break
Our silver anniversary

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elcome to the May newsletter.

This is the first of the now quarterly newsletters. In the current financial climate, our friends at Xadon Ltd, who have been doing such a wonderful job producing the glossy colour newsletter have found it necessary to charge us cost price to continue. As it is unlikely we would find anyone else who would do such a professional job for us, your committee has decided to continue with Xadon on a cost price basis but to make the Newsletters quarterly rather than 2-monthly. Our thanks go to Xadon for their help.

Since the last newsletter, we have had our last 2 members’ meetings of the winter season, with a very entertaining talk by Kate Greenaway about her time as a traffic warden in Bournemouth and in March Stewart Timbrell continued his hilarious voyage of discovery around Dorset. Plans for the next season, starting on 14th October, are already in hand; including a change of venue to the Methodist Church Hall in Vicarage Road.

As a result of the change to quarterly newsletters, the Companion Dog Show on 2nd May and our contribution to the Memorial Hall Golden Anniversary celebrations may have gone unnoted. Thanks are due to Audrey, David and all the helpers who make the dog show such a success. For the Memorial Hall celebrations, we facilitated a boules taster session for visitors which was very well received.

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he boules season is upon us again. All members are welcome to come along to the boules pitch on the Memorial Recreation Ground any dry Thursday evening from about 6pm for a friendly practice or instruction for newcomers. After the practice it is not unknown for us to re-hydrate in the Legion.

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y the time you read this, plans for our visit to Liederbach will have been finalised. In order to minimise costs, we have offered the trip to members of other local Twinning Associations and prospective members.

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utumn weekend break. We have been able to secure a very reasonably-priced long weekend break to Lille in October. Our coach from Verwood will take us to Dover for the ferry to Calais, then onward to Lille, about an hour’s drive. We will be staying in a two star hotel, similar to the Ibis chain, for two nights bed and buffet breakfast. If you are not too exhausted from exploring Lille, with its Grand’ Place, Citadelle, Old Bourse etc, on the Saturday afternoon/evening the coach will take us to Ypres, just across the border in Belgium, where there are numerous good restaurants. At eight o’clock every evening, the local fire brigade play “Last Post” at the Menin Gate in honour of those who died in the area during the world wars. They have done this every evening since 11 November 1929, except during the Nazi occupation of the town from 20 May 1940 to 6 September 1944. During the occupation the bugles were buried to hide them from the occupying forces. On the day the town was liberated, the bugles were dug up and the tradition resumed. This is a very poignant ceremony and should not be missed.

On Sunday morning, a massive market is held in the Wazemmes area of the town, again a chance not to be missed to spend those last expensive Euros!

So, when is this? 9th - 11th October 2009

How much? Just £140 per person. Supplements apply for single room occupancy and insurance.

How do I book or find out more? Email or speak to Terry - details below.

 Views of Ypres:

     

Views of Lille:

     

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ext year will see a celebration for 25 years of twinning with Champtoceaux. We are already looking at different ways we can push the boat out when our friends come over to visit us. Precise dates have not yet been finalised but your input counts - if you have any ideas how we can make next year’s visit extra special please let me - or any other committee member - know.

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our 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  

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Contact email

 

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  Verwood & 3X - Feb 2009 / Mar 2009  

In this issue:

Chairman’s musings

Members’ meetings

Visit to Liederbach

Reminders

Christmas Party photos

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 in the company of those nearest and dearest to you. I had a very restful time - there was even a period of 2 days when I didn’t so much as think about checking my emails! Now it’s back to normal and as usual it’s all go with the Twinning. The Christmas Party went very well and a number of people have told me how much they enjoyed it. We certainly got a bit more atmosphere in the hall with our Christmas lights and decorations, and the festive food and drink seemed to go down well. There are some photos from the evening in this edition.

 Other members’ meetings continue to be well attended, although the experimental November meeting of slides and videos didn’t work out quite as we’d planned. - Still, that’s how we learn what we can do and what we can’t, so that’s a formula that won’t be repeated. Again in this Newsletter are details of forthcoming attractions at members’ meetings, giving a bit more information than your membership cards.

 The big news to start the year is that arrangements are now in hand for our visit to Liederbach in June. Read on for full details, but let’s hope the pound recovers a bit against the Euro before then!

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orthcoming Members’ Meetings. 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.  

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eter will probably have been in touch with you all by now with details of the arrangements that are in place for June’s visit to Liederbach. A coach will be leaving Verwood on the 18th in tim e for us to check-in for the 1535 FlyBe flight from Southampton to Frankfurt, arriving at 1820. The return flight will be the 1900 from Frankfurt, arriving in Southampton at 1955. A coach will bring us all back to Verwood, so allowing for bagage reclaim we should get home by about 2100 on the 22nd. Cost will be £150 per person for the complete trip, but only £50pp deposit is needed with your booking, with the balance payable by the end of April. So, if you haven’t got your name down yet, better do it now as places on the plane are limited.

 Whilst we are there, we have been invited to run a stall at Liederbach’s International Street Market, giving away some samples and selling a selection of typically English (and preferably local) goods. I am working on this and I will make arrangements for our goodies to find their way to Germany.

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EMINDERS:

 Firstly, there may be some misprints on your membership card. 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.

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

Secondly, if you would like to join Ferndown Twinning Association on their visit to Segré in July would you please let their chairman, Douglas Lock, know as soon as possible. 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.

Finally, there are two opportunities for you to brush up your French and/or German. I have had some positive response to the offer from one of our friends from Champtoceaux 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. But to make this viable we need more. Most likely dates would be in the autumn. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would be interested in joining in.

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

  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  

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Contact email

   

Pictures from the Christmas Party

 It is with great sadness that I learnt of the deaths of two long-term Twinners over the Christmas period.

 Margaret Davis, wife of Buster, died in mid-December. Buster, who was on Committee in the 80s, was instrumental with Margaret in getting our Three Legged Cross members enthused. Buster is still going strong in a nursing home.

James Chapman was found dead at home over the Christmas weekend. James, with his wife Freda, was part of our boules team and enjoyed joining in with our twinning visits and weekend breaks.

 Our thoughts and sympathies are with their families.

 

 

 

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