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2011 Newsletters

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The Verwood & 3 Legged Cross 
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  Verwood & 3X - December 2011  

 

In this issue:

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Chairmanís musings

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Subscriptions

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Antiques evening

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AGM

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Autumn Weekend

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Skittles

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Variety Dance evening

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Membersí meetings

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Caravan/Motorhome rally

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Club31

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lthough the calendar says itís autumn and the clocks have gone back, at the time of writing the mild weather is certainly hanging on - as are the leaves on many of the trees around Verwood! This mild weather was very welcome for our champagne autumn break, when we were able to sit in shirtsleeves outside bars and restaurants in Reims. The winter woollies were certainly needed in the champagne cellars though!

One sign of autumnís approach is the resumption of our membersí meetings in Club31. Remember, itís the second Wednesday of each month in the function room of Club31 in Moorlands Road, starting at 7.30. A good chance to meet up with old (and new) friends, enjoy a chat and listen to an interesting talk on local or travel-related topics. Another sign of the year drawing to a close is when subscriptions

become due again. For the 5th year running this has been held at £5 per household, so if you havenít renewed please get in touch soon.

Finally, the AGM went extremely well again this year. With the exception of Cyril White, who is moving away from the area, all of the officers and committee were re-elected so stability reigns! Thanks to Cyril for his help in the past.

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ubscriptions for 2011/12 are now due. If you havenít had your new green membership card itís probable that you

havenít paid yet. As mentioned above, it only costs £5 per household so please get in touch with your newsletter deliverer or, if you get this by email, John Pettitt number overleaf) to renew.

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ur antiques evening on 7th October was another successful venture for us, with over 40 people turning up to have items valued by our expert from Dukes of Dorchester. Sadly, no new Verwood millionnaires were made, but a good time was had by all. This is an event we will be repeating at some time in the future.

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his yearís AGM once again saw an increase in attendance.  The official business only took about 20 minutes to complete, so we were soon enjoying the coffee and biscuits provided by the committee ladies. After that it was eyes down for the quizgo - a cross between a quiz and bingo reminiscent of the 1970s TV series ďBlockbustersĒ. The AGM also provides an opportunity to see the inside of the Town Council chamber, which houses some interesting and historic Twinning memorabilia. In return for the use of the chamber, we donate the proceeds of the AGM raffle to the Mayorís charity; this year I was able to present £40.

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he day after the AGM, 39 of us had an early start from Morrisonsí Car Park for a busy but enjoyable Champagne weekend, staying in the heart of Reims and having an excursion to the House Milan Champagne house in Oger. The weather was very kind to us and the autumn colours in that part of France were at their peak. Set off against the clear blue skies it made the weekend that little bit more enjoyable.

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ollowing the success of last yearís event, we will be holding another Skittles evening in Horton Village hall on 19th January. As last year, tickets will include a hot potato supper and of course entry into the eveningís knock-out skittles competition. Bring your own drinks. Tickets at £8 each are available from Joyce Timpson, so give her a ring on 824469 to register your interest.

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lso coming up in the new year is another new venture - a Variety Dance evening to be held in the Memorial Hall.Make a note of the date now - 17th March (St Patrickís Day). Ticket prices are still being finalised but a good eveningís entertainment is guaranteed.

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eíve already had the first two membersí meetings of the season. The first, at which we collected items for the Rotary Club Shoe Box appeal, was moderately well attended. The November meeting was a very interesting talk given by John Levesley on Pioneering Aviation in the New Forest Airfields 1910-1939. This had a much larger attendance, even attracting visitors from as far afield as Bournemouth with an interest in the topic.

The December meeting on the 14th will be our Christmas celebration. Admission will be free to members, £2 to others - so itís worth making sure you have renewed your membership by then! The usual evening of seasonal fare, seasonal music, a raffle and a quiz will get you in the mood for the forthcoming festivities.

The January meeting (11th) will see a talk on the Jubillee Sailing Trust and  Februaryís meeting (8th) weíll hear about the work of Juliaís House. I hope to see many of you there.

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t has been suggested that, as so many of our members have caravans or motor homes, we should have a long-weekend rally for them in the spring. A venue in the Purbecks has been suggested. If you would be interested in joining in, please let Joyce know on 824469.

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s you know, many of our events are hosted by Club31. The club has taken on the former British Legion premises and has made many improvements, both to the surroundings and to the food. They need more members to enable them to continue the work they are doing in providing Verwood with a firstclass club and venue for events such as ours. Membership costs £15 per year but there is currently a special offer of a 5-year membership for £30 - so no tedious renewals for 5 years! Or for just £50 you can take out life membership. Please consider becoming a member because Verwood needs top-quality facilities like Club31.

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our Officers are:

 

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel  01202 822959 

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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:

John Pettitt - 01202 825951

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Champtoceaux Liason:

Joyce Timpson - 01202 824469

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Liederbach liaison:

John Blackwell - 01202 868763

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org   

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 Contact email

 

The next newsletter will be the March 2012 edition. 

 

  

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  Verwood & 3X - September / October 2011  

In this issue:  

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ē Chairmanís musings

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ē Summer Outing

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ē Autumn Weekend

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ē Shoe Box Scheme

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ē Rustic Fayre

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ē Notice of AGM

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ē Antiques evening

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ē New season of Membersí meetings

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Well, itís not quite the end of summer, but the traditional English weather weíve been having of late makes it seem like it!This newsletter isnít really due to be published until October, but weíve got such a lot going on as we go into the autumn Iíve had to bring publication forward by a few weeks.

One bit of disappointing news to start with. The afternoon teas at Club31 started well but attendances have been dropping off recently, so the last one of the summer - 15th September - will indeed be the last one and your committee has decided not to continue with them next year.

October 1st will see the start of the new membership year, so subscriptions will become due on that date. Thereís more about that below, including a concession to recently-joined members. New membership cards should be available by then too. Thatís enough from me - thereís lots to tell you about so I wonít waste space with any more of my witterings. I suggest you get out your diaries ready to make a note of forthcoming events and read on....

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Once again Brian laid on a first-class SUMMER OUTING for us on 6th August. Our coach took us from Morrisonís to Poole Quay where we eventually found our boat which took us for a cruise along the Jurassic coast to Swanage Bay, enjoying a fish and chip supper on the way. Despite the choppy waters around Old Harry Rocks, the sea was calm in Swanage Bay where we drifted and watched the fireworks before returning to Poole.

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This is your last chance to book a place on this yearís autumn weekend break. Only 6 places are left so book now! To remind you, it will be 28th - 30th October, going to Reims, capital of the Champagne region. We are staying in the Grand Hotel Continental, set in a former mansion in the centre of Reims. Included in the trip is a visit to a champagne house with 3 tastings. There will also be leisure time in Reims to explore its 4 UNESCO Heritage sites and numerous other sights, historic buildings and museums. The trip is open to all, so if you have any friends who would like to come along, they would be welcome too. Cost of the trip, including 2 nights bed and buffet breakfast, all coach and ferry travel and gratuities is £175 per head. If you want more information or a booking form please call Terry on 822959.

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As I mentioned last time, it has been suggested that the Twinning may wish to participate in the shoe box scheme organised by Verwood Rotary Club to provide Christmas presents for underprivileged children. We recognise that to fill a box individually can be expensive but if we can collect just a few items each and pool them to fill boxes for, say, a girl and a boy each aged 8-11the cost would be less onerous. Suitable personal gifts are items such as small toys, small items of clothing, toiletries and especially educational items. The boxes will be collected and then distributed to children in Albania, Montenegro and Tanzania in time for Christmas.

We have arranged for someone from Rotary to come to our October meeting to tell us more about the scheme, so could you all please start collecting suitable items to bring to the meeting on 12th October.

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A reminder for those of you who receive this newsletter by email that we will as usual be running Cafť Renť at the Rustic Fayre on August Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August. Why not come along to this traditional Verwood event and drop in to see us and enjoy a glass of wine and a french platter - or a cup of tea and a slice of delicious home-made cake.

If you have some time to spare, you could even help sell some tombola tickets for us. We also have a new attraction for younger family members, so bring them along too.

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Notice of 30th Annual General Meeting

This yearís AGM will be held at 7.30pm 

on Thursday 27th October

in the Town Council Chamber, Vicarage Road.

Please let the secretary have your nominations for anyone
 willing to join the committee by 20
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October.

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We have another new attraction for you to join in with. On 7th October we will be holding an Antiques Evening in the function room at Club31. An expert from Dukeís of Dorchester will be coming along to chat about antiques and give valuations on items you bring along. This should prove to be a fascinating evening. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £5 each, which includes the valuation of one item. Places are restricted to 50, so book early with Ian on 821280 to avoid disappointment.

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We have now completed the arrangements for the new seasonís programme of membersí meetings. I wonít go into any details here but we have a brand new set of speakers for you covering topics of interest from local history to local charities. The full programme will be published in next yearís membership cards, which you will be receiving on receipt of your 2011-2012 subscriptions, which will become due on 1st October.

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Membership has again been held at £5 per household per year, so this represents excellent value for money (in my opinion!). Those who joined during the last 3 months of the current membership year will not need to renew until 2012-13 but should give me a nudge at the next event they come to in order to get their new cards.
Renewing is also an opportunity for you to register your email address with us and so get your newsletters before those still relying on hard copy.

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our Officers are:

 

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel  01202 822959 

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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:

John Pettitt - 01202 825951

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Champtoceaux Liason:

Joyce Timpson - 01202 824469

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Liederbach liaison:

John Blackwell - 01202 868763

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org   

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 Contact email

 

The next newsletter will be the December 2011 edition. 

 

  

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  Verwood & 3X - June 2011  

In this issue:

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         Chairmanís musings

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         Companion Dog Show

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         Summer Outing

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         Autumn Weekend

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         Shoe Box Scheme

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         Dates for next yearís visit from our German friends

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         Boules

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ello, itís me again! Summer is traditionally a bit quieter on the Twinning front because of the holiday season, but this year we seem to have more going on than ever before.

First of all, donít forget our afternoon tea meetings at Club 31, at 3.30 pm on the second Thursday of each month. Thatíll be 9 June, 14 July (when we might celebrate Bastille day!), 11 August and 15 September.

At the time of writing, it is too early to report on our visit to Champtoceaux but everyone is very much looking forward to it and we just know that there will be an exhaustive (and exhausting) programme laid on for us.

In this newsletter you will find details of this yearís summer outing, our autumn weekend break and - believe it or not - the dates for NEXT YEARís visit from the Liederbachers, I wonít pre-empt them in this column so please read on.

Finally, letís hope that we get a decent summer this year (who said ďfor a changeĒ?) and I wish you all a happy summer season.

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his yearís Companion Dog Show was held on 21st May. As usual, all the hard work making preparations for the show and making sure the classes were where they should have been for judging was done by our long-term supporters Dave and Audrey Palmer.

The weather was kind to us and the event was again well supported, with 263 entries involving 116 dogs on the day. The BLT sandwiches and lovely home-made cakes provided by our catering team went down extremely well, as did the tombola and trade stands. I think everyone who came  - dog owners or not - enjoyed themselves.

Once again, my thanks to Dave and Audrey for this valuable event.

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nce again Brian has organised a first-class SUMMER OUTING for us on 6th August. The programme is to take the coach from Morrisonís to Poole Quay where we embark for a cruise along the Jurassic coast to Swanage Bay, where we pause to watch the weekly firework display from offshore before returning to Poole. As is customary, a fish & chip supper will be served on the outward journey. Cost of the trip is £25 per person. To book please give Brian a ring on 822299.

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his yearís autumn weekend break will be 28th - 30th October. We will be going to Reims, capital of the Champagne region. After the comfort of last yearís hotel we are again going for the luxury end of the market and are staying in the Grand Hotel Continental, set in a former mansion in the centre of Reims. Included in the trip is a visit to a champagne house with 3 tastings. There will also be leisure time in Reims to explore its 4 UNESCO Heritage sites and numerous other sights, historic buildings and museums.

 Cost of the trip, including 2 nights bed and buffet breakfast, all coach and ferry travel and gratuities is £175 per head. If you want more information or a booking form please call Terry on 822959. This trip is already over half-full, so if you want to join us donít wait too long before booking.

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t has been suggested that the Twinning may wish to participate in the shoe box scheme organised by Verwood Rotary Club to provide Christmas presents for underprivileged children. We are currently working on a format to involve this at our October membersí meeting. We recognise that to fill a box individually can be expensive but if we can collect just a few items each and pool them to fill, boxes for a girl and a boy each aged 8-11the cost would be less onerous. Suitable personal gifts such as small toys, small items of clothing, toiletries and especially educational items. The boxes will be collected and then distributed to children in Albania, Montenegro and Tanzania in time for Christmas.

So could you all please start collecting suitable items to bring to the October meeting.

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es, we are booking dates for 2012 already!

Please note in your advance diary that we will be entertaining our friends from Liederbach from 24th to 28 August next year. That is the August Bank Holiday, so they will have the opportunity to visit the Rustic Fayre on Bank Holiday Monday.

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he Boules season is already under way and we are practising hard every fine Thursday evening at the Boules pitch on the Recreation Ground. On the second Thursday this of course co-incides with our tea afternoon in Club 31, so why not join us for a cuppa and a cake, then come and gently work off those calories on the boules pitch?

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till looking for last-minute ideas for a gift for your hosts in Champtoceaux? How about a set of coasters that allow you to insert your own photographs? Here are some photos you could use: the originals are available from me at no charge, but youíll have to work out how to print them 63mm square! Email me at my personal address or through the web site for copies.

 

             

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our Officers are:

 

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel  01202 822959 

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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:

John Pettitt - 01202 825951

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Champtoceaux Liason:

Joyce Timpson - 01202 824469

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org   

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Contact email

 

The next newsletter will be the October 2011 edition. 

 

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  Verwood & 3X - February 2011  

 

In this issue:

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         Chairmanís musings

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         Brussels Christmas Markets report

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         Amendments to 2010-2011 Membership cards

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         Final call for subscriptions

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         Membersí meeting report

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         Visit to Champtoceaux

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         Future Plans

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Welcome to the first newsletter of 2011.  I hope your year has started well.

We are deep into our programme of membersí meetings and the last of the season will be on 9th March in the Function Room at Club31 in Moorlands Road. As well as speakers from the Verwood Fairtrade committee, we will also be holding a Bring and Buy sale, so why not bring along that unwanted (by you) gift and see if it is of interest to anyone else.

Just because this is the last Membersí meeting of the season doesnít mean weíre neglecting you. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, from May to September we will be holding monthly informal afternoon teas at Club 31, on the second THURSDAY of each month. We aim to start at 3.30pm. We wonít be hiring a room, so there will be no admission charge. Just bring enough money to buy your tea and cakes and perhaps a raffle ticket.

Also fast approaching is our visit to Champtoceaux. Our French friends are still working on the programme for us, but we do know already that we will be received in the Parc du Champtolud in Champtoceaux and the soiree will be held in Drain. One thing is for sure, weíre in for a busy and exciting time.

Finally from me, you may have noticed our new logo and letterhead, which features at the top of this newsletter. I am grateful to Alison Bartlett (John & Avril Pettittís daughter) for designing this for us.

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ow lucky we were with the weather for our visit to the Brussels Christmas markets. The weekend was the only one in December when we had a break in the snowy and freezing weather. So we had a very pleasant drive to Dover where we arrived in time for a leisurely coffee before embarkation onto our P&O ferry to Calais. It was obvious from the snow lying in the fields that northern France had been suffering similar weather to us in the run-up to the weekend, but an event-free journey found us in Brussels by late afternoon and checked into our very luxurious hotel - the Sheraton. Friday evening and Saturday were spent exploring the many Christmas attractions in Brussels - markets, son et lumiere, street decorations, chocolate shops and Christmas beers. On Sunday morning we left Brussels and drove the hourís journey to Bruges, where in addition to yet more Christmas markets there was a magnificent display of ice sculptures (see photos). The only disadvantage was that these, of course, were kept in a marquee with a constant temperature of -5oC! The show was well worth it, though. And so on to Calais and our ferry home, arriving in Verwood by about 10pm after a memorable weekend.

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 reminder that there are amendments to make to your 2010-2011 (blue) membership card. The date shown for the start of the boules season should read 5th May. Also, instead of the coffee morning on 11 May, we will be holding our first afternoon tea meeting on Thursday 12th May - also the date of our second practice evening for boules.

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here are still a few members who have not paid their 2010-2011 subscription. If this is you, your membership will lapse and this is the last newsletter you will receive. To avoid this disappointment all you need to do is to get in touch with John Pettitt or Sandra Grove (details below or on your 2009-10 pink card) and let them have your £5 as soon as possible. Better still, make it £10 and youíll have paid for next year as well!

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his yearís membersí meetings started with me showing some pictures of Normandy in 1944, taken during the allied invasion, with views of the same scenes today. It was surprising how little some of the roads have changed - equally some views were unrecognisable having been completely rebuilt after the ravages of June 1944. This show was held in the restaurant at Club31, as they had double booked our usual room. As compensation we got free tea and coffee and the alternative accommodation was generally acceptable. Februaryís talk saw the return of Damien and Penny Buckley, alias Les Deux Cyclistes, this time regaling us with the story of their north-south journey through France. Once again, a very interesting and fascinating adventure.

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ookings for the French visit are going well, at the time of writing all but 4 seats on the coach have been filled. If youíre coming, please remember that the balance of your fare is payable by 15th April, so please get your money to Joyce in good time.

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ou may be interested to know that we have the following events still at the planning stage:

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Our companion Dog Show, scheduled for 21st May this year;  
(Select Here for full Details)

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A summer outing;

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A new season of Membersí meetings, starting on Wednesday 12th October;

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Another long weekend in Europe in the autumn, probably late October. 
This is likely to be a real Champagne event, so watch this space;  
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 A repeat of our successful skittles evening in November; not forgetting of course

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Cafť Renť at the Rustic Fayre.  


There will be a"Visit to Reims" from the 28th to 30th of October  
We are happy to be able to offer members and friends a champagne weekend based in the historic 
city of Reims. Staying in the luxurious Grand Hotel Continental,  on the pedestrian Place de Drouet díErlon 
in the centre of Reims
Select the "information button" for full details and booking form.

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our Officers are:

 

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Chairman:

Terry Bright tel  01202 822959 

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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:

John Pettitt - 01202 825951

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Champtoceaux Liason:

Joyce Timpson - 01202 824469

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Website:

http://twinning.verwood.org   

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Contact email

 

The next newsletter will be the May 2011 edition.  

 

 

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