Another of our popular quiz nights will take place on Friday 8th May, in Mathern Village Hall, starting at 7.30. The cost is £9 per person, to include a fish and chip supper; bring your own drinks. Teams of four: guests are welcome. Please email chepstowtwinning@gmail.com to book your place.

August 2014, Chepstow

August Bank Holiday weekend 2014 saw the 39th exchange visit of the CCTA and by a happy coincidence 39 French friends arrived exactly on time on the Saturday evening.

After relaxing with their host families on Sunday morning, they were welcomed by the Chairman, Tracey Kinsey, and the Mayor of Chepstow, Ned Heywood MBE, at a Pimms reception with delicious nibbles held in the Drill Hall. This was followed by a rousing ceilidh, led once again by local band Rig-a-Jig, and a copious Ploughman’s Supper – nobody went home hungry!

Monday was a free day for families to entertain their guests: some got together for meals, others visited local places of interest, and hopefully the traditional British Bank Holiday torrential rain did not dampen spirits too much.

On Tuesday, 75 of us boarded two coaches and headed to Brecon where some chose to visit the military museum and had an interesting talk and weapons demonstration, and others explored the town with its shops, covered market and cathedral. We then travelled a few miles further to the Mountain Railway at Pant where we ate our picnics in the shelter of the waiting room. It may have been a little cramped but we certainly got to know each other better! We then piled into the observation carriages of the steam train, to the bemusement of the other passengers, and enjoyed the scenic views of the Brecon Beacons as it ascended to Torpantau, stopping on the way down for people to visit the little steam museum or get an ice cream.

Finally, on Wednesday we held a superb Hog Roast lunch in Mathern Village Hall, followed by energetic indoor team games for those who wanted to speed up their digestion – personally I counted myself lucky to have retained the contents of my stomach after Steve’s forceful attempts at the Heimlich Manoeuvre during the tug of war. The French may have won, but we didn’t cheat…

Our friends departed on their homeward journey early Thursday morning, leaving their hosts exhausted but happy, vowing to start their diets tomorrow, and looking forward to the return visit to Cormeilles next year, the 40th anniversary of the Twinning.

Chepstow August 2014












Duck Race 2014

Many thanks to all who helped with this year’s Duck Race by buying and selling tickets, helping and supporting us on the day. Despite the grim weather forecast it stayed dry and almost all the numbers were sold. An excellent effort from all who contributed: thank you.

Here are the results:

Position Prize Duck number Sold by Winner
1st £50 378 Christine Lovett Sue Carter
2nd £40 399 Christine Lovett Christine Lovett
3rd £30 610 Tom Boyd-Meaney Kath Sves
4th £20 755 Maria Hudson Alan Hudson
5th £10 733 Christine Green Christine Green
Last Chocolate duck 122 Mike Drake Jamie Pike

Our French friends also held a Course des Canards this year and for a change here are some photos of theirs.Course des canards2014a

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Cormeilles 2013 photos

Yvonne and oyster Georgia and Nataley Clos de Chanchore Benedictine Abbey IMG_0717 IMG_0707 IMG_0691 IMG_0690 Epaignes Cambremer

Visit to Cormeilles 2013

After an inauspicious start, leaving Chepstow in the pouring rain, the weather improved dramatically and several of us enjoyed basking in the sun on the ferry. It was really hot by the time we arrived in France, and our stop in the delightful little town of Cambremer was a welcome chance to cool down with a drink or an ice cream. We reached Cormeilles at the appointed time and went our separate ways with our host families.

The new “bureau” welcomed us warmly at the Vin d’Honneur in the Town Hall on Friday. Saturday was much cooler and we had an early start for the journey to Fécamp, where we had an interesting tour of the Benedictine Abbey and sampled the liqueur. This was followed by a convivial lunch in a local restaurant (preceded by an inadvertent walking tour of the town!) We then went on to the seaside resort of Etretat but it was a bit cold and windy to sit on the beach so we enjoyed a bracing stroll instead.

On Sunday afternoon there was a rather wet walk round the beautiful garden at Le Clos de Chanchore, and in the evening a barbecue at Auberge de la Houssaye in Epaignes, followed  by spectacular fireworks.

Monday was a free day with our hosts, after which we all met up again in the evening for a farewell buffet, where Nataley entertained us all with her singing. All too soon it was Tuesday and we were on our way home. The weather improved again and we had a lovely sunny stop in Caen where there was something for everyone, from art to oysters! Another opportunity to sunbathe on the ferry preceded a rather arduous exit, with British immigration at their most thorough… Many thanks go to Phil from Grindles for driving us there and back safely, and to the new French committee for their efforts and enthusiasm in making our visit such a success.

Duck Race 2013

April’s Duck Race was a quacking success; the weather was reasonable, the soup was hot, the course was clear and the new, improved quality ducks hired from SARA seemed to enjoy their swim. Many thanks to all those who helped on the day, especially those who got wet (some more so than others…) A lot of organisation and hard work go into running this event, and we value everyone’s support, not least in the selling of tickets, which is not easy particularly in today’s economic climate. The winning duck completed the course in about half an hour but many arrived a lot later than that! Here are the results:

1st Prize     £50   no 349   Peter Ellis            from sheet 14 sold by Viki Ellis

2nd Prize   £40  no 116    Sarah Brady        from sheet 5 sold by Martin Brady

3rd Prize   £30   no 409   Anne Lewis          from sheet 17 sold by Eileen Grassby

4th Prize   £20   no 381    Barie Evans         from sheet 16 sold by Hazel Evans

5th Prize   £10   no 676     B Robinson          from sheet 28 sold by Brian Robinson

6th Prize   £10   no 344    Rebecca Procak  from sheet 14 sold by Viki Ellis

Last duck home  no 325   Viki Ellis                from sheet 13 sold by Viki Ellis

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