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!
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
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
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.
hope to be able to include some pictures from the visit in the next edition.
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
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.
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!
the practice we adjourn to the Verwood 31 Club for refreshments. So do come
along and make a mid-week social event of it.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Bright tel 01202 822959
Blackwell - 01202 868763
- 01202 868763
Groves - 01202 826449
Bowey - 01202 822299
Pettitt - 01202 825951
The next newsletter will be the October 2010 edition