Verwood and Three Legged Cross Twinning Association - UK

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Christmas seems a long time ago and we can now look forward to the warmer, longer spring
days. We have had four members’ meetings already plus a trip to Antwerp, Belgium; carry on
reading to see what we have arranged for the months ahead. We have ideas for further events
which we hope to publish soon. Please contact Julie if you receive a printed version of this
newsletter and would prefer it in a larger print as this can be arranged.

Forthcoming Events

Thursday Members’ meetings at the Heritage Centre commencing at 7.30pm

8 June – to use up the wine brought over by our Champtoceaux guests we are having a French themed cheese and wine evening instead of a speaker. The entrance fee will be the same as usual to cover the cost of the cheese, crackers and hall.

13 July – Richard Backwell MBE is the speaker, a retired teacher and expedition leader who set up The Okhle Village Trust in 2003 to provide funding to assist local communities in Nepal.

Please note:
 - there are not any members’ meetings in August and September

12 October – we will learn from Howard Nichols about the mysterious life of Walter Henry Nichols, a steward and survivor of the sinking of the Titanic survivor. Walter was a past resident of West Moors living in Station Road and is buried at Priory Road cemetery.

26 Octoberour AGM will be at the Town Council Office.

Visit to our Twinned Town Liederbach in June - we have one group flying plus another group driving and extending their holiday. We are due to receive the formal itinerary shortly and this will be forwarded to everyone attending together with all other relevant information. We will be taking Dorset produce to sell at the fete in Oberliederbach. A guided tour of Heppenheim and a train tour up to the hills is included in their programme.

Rustic Fayre Monday 28th August - you will receive further information from Clive in due course but in the meantime please put the date in your diary. Volunteers to help on the day will be much appreciated – give your details to Clive. Let your family and friends know about Café Rene so they may support us by buying lunch including scrumptious home-made cakes.

Visit to our Twinned Town Champtoceaux in September – arrangements are currently being made by our French liaison team. Please contact Clive urgently if you wish to be included. Some members will be driving and having an extended holiday. It is proposed that the rest of the group will fly as there are not sufficient numbers to make a coach trip cost effective.

Previous Events

Members’ Meetings - we enjoyed the antics of a retired police officer; a very interesting talk about the late Donald Campbell who died trying to set a new water speed record; an informative evening learning about Ian Fleming the author of the 007 James Bonds novels; our last talk was about smugglers in Dorset and it was surprising to learn it was so widespread.


Trip to Antwerp, Belgium – the reports back from participants all state it was a successful trip with a very good hotel. There were plenty of interesting sites to see including the Gothic Cathedral of our Lady which is on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Those that visited Antwerp Central Station, constructed between 1895-1905, report that it is an awe-inspiring building. In 2014 a British-American magazine awarded it first place for being the most beautiful railway station in the world.

Europe Day 9th May we were asked by our friends in Liederbach, along with their other twinned towns, to commemorate Europe Day by each town sending postcards to the other twinned towns. Your committee members sent postcards to the various towns and we received some in return; they are available to see at the Town Council Office in Verwood.

The British-German Association Conference on 12th May – Clive, Sandra and Julie, as delegates for theTwinning Association, attended the conference at Bristol City Hall. We listened to speakers from Bristol and Hannover as well as some members of local twinning associations. There were over 100 delegates from all over the country who shared their experiences in workshops running during the morning and afternoon sessions. We gained some valuable fund raising information as well as ways to try and encourage younger members to join. We will be discussing the ideas at our next committee meeting and hope to implement some of them.

Your Committee Members - contact ( ) :-


Clive Grove 

01202 826449
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Vice Chair

Julie Blackwell-West

01202 900867


Carol Geary


Sandra Grove

Minute Secretary

Sheila Hollingworth

Membership Secretary

John Pettitt

Speaker Organiser

- Currently vacant   


Stuart Clifton

Newsletter Editor

Julie Blackwell West 

01202 900867


Sheila Burgess, Pat Danes, Avril Pettitt, Debbie Scott and  Joyce Timpson

Council Representative
 & Honorary President

Susan Shaw



Normally the Committee meets on the 1st Monday of each month
in the Town Council Offices.


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