Where did it go? A quick résumé of last year’s Twinning events…  An enjoyable Pie & Punch brightened the start of the year at Cliff’s , attended by almost 40 people. In February we showed the film “Coco before Chanel” at the Drill Hall to an audience of 80. Our contribution to the Chepstow Festival in July was a highly successful Café René held in Cormeilles Square by the Town Arch. The coffee and croissants were enhanced by the music of Dave Berry and his accordion and the event was blessed by good weather which thankfully continued for the Bastille BBQ a week later, at Mathern.

This year in August we hosted our Cormeilles friends and it was good to see a number of new faces, both British and French. The fun included a reception at the Drill Hall followed in the evening by a ceilidh at Earlswood where Sheila did sterling work calling the dances in the absence of Rig-a-Jig’s main man. The day out to St Fagans was a great success, again largely due to the weather; and the Hog Roast with musical entertainment was also very enjoyable. As usual, many people voted the visit the best ever!

November saw the AGM, courtesy of the Beaufort Hotel; we also participated in another very popular Apple Day at the Drill Hall, where shots of Calvados and Viki’s French apple cake drew praise from all who sampled them! The year was rounded off by the excellent Christmas party with a Mamma Mia theme at Dewstow.

Sadly, Cliff our Treasurer, who had been battling illness for a while now, died in July. He had been an active and enthusiastic member of the Twinning for many years and his many and varied contributions will be sorely missed.

So 2011 is already well underway and the Twinning year started with the Munch & Punch at Carole and Ash’s. We are showing “Au Revoir les Enfants” at the Drill Hall this month and have plans for a quiz night, a wine-tasting evening and a BBQ before this summer’s visit to Cormeilles.

If you are not yet one of us but think you might like to join, do get in touch! We always welcome new members.


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