The Newsletter of the

Fareham-Vannes Twinning Association

To encourage exchanges between cultural, educational, professional and sporting

organisations, and individual members of the communities of Fareham and Vannes.”


Newsletter - Summer / Autumn 2014

In this edition

 *  Your diary dates

 *  Events round-up - were you there? Or what did you miss? Vannes visitors in Fareham, Hog Roast, and more

 *  News and notes

Your diary dates

Saturday October 4th

Invitation to join the French medics’ visit to the Mary Rose

The Fareham Medical Society will host a party of French medics and their families in October on what promises to be a lively weekend. The highlight of the visitors’ time here will be on Saturday 4th October - a visit to the new Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth Dockyard just beside the Victory.  

ALL Twinning Association members are welcome to join the group, the more the merrier.

If you missed the Twinning visit to the Mary Rose in May or would like to go again, this is your chance!

Please contact Chris Gorham tel 01489 572594  or email  fareham.vannes@googlemail.com

Monday 13th October

Cheese and Wine evening

A talk on Louis Pasteur followed by cheese and wine.

Everyone welcome. It’s at the Grove Room, St John’s Church Hall, Locks Heath, at 7.30pm. Tickets available on the door, £6 each.

Those who have heard Dr Mason’s talk on Louis Pasteur say it’s fascinating. Not only did Pasteur invent the process for pasteurisation of milk, and for preventing wine from going off; he also developed rabies vaccine (among other things).  The talk is illustrated with pictures (some historical, some Dr Mason's own scientific and medical photos) of Pasteur, his house and laboratory (still open to visitors in Arbois); his patients and their treatment. This talk will appeal to anyone with an interest in France, wine, public health, history or just listening to a good speaker presenting in an entertaining way a subject he is very well qualified to talk about. 

Saturday 22nd November

Annual Dinner

Wallington Village Hall.

More details will be sent to members in due course

17th January 2015 - new date!

AGM and French supper

Holy Trinity Church Hall, Fareham, at 7.00pm.

Do come to this important meeting, followed by a cassoulet supper and French-themed quiz.

Bring your own wine!

More details will be sent to members in due course. Please note the date has been changed to 17th January.

1st and 3rd Tuesday every month

French Conversation Group

A big thank you is due to Val Brown, our Chairman for the past four years, for all that she has done to to organise and encourage the group so effectively.

The group’s new leaders, Jill Pickburn and Anne Hall, are producing a programme  of topics for the winter months. Why not join in and polish up your French in time for next year’s summer holiday?

Our aim is to encourage confidence in speaking French, whilst having fun! Each session starts with a warm up such as sharing news, a brief translation session or playing a word game, before moving on to the evening's topic.

The topics for the next three sessions are:-


16 Septembre Scotland….  yes or no?
  Ecosse…….oui ou non?
7 Octobre  How did you spend your summer holidays?
  Comment avez-vous passé vos vacances d’été?
21 Octobre  The news, on either side of the Channel
  Les actualités, soit d'un ou de l'autre côté de la Manche

Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, from 7.30 to 9.00pm at the Titchfield Community Centre.

If you would like to join or to find out more about the group, then please contact either:-

Jill Pickburn  Anne Hall
Chairman Vice Chairman
Tel :-        01489 574178. Tel :-         01489 809781
Email :-    jill@pikestream.plus.com.   Email :-     a.l.hall@talktalk.net

Events round-up

Vannes visitors to Fareham

From 28th May till 1st June, in wonderful summer weather, a group of visitors from Vannes were made welcome in Fareham by FVTA members. The visit was a great success, and our Vice-Chairman Katrina Trott extended a big thank you to the Social Events Team who put on an excellent three days of fun and fraternisation. Events included the Mayor Making ceremony, riding historical bicyles, visits to the Mary Rose Museum, a boat trip on Portsmouth Harbour, and meals at Lauro’s, the Golden Lion, and a bring-and-share supper at the house of our Vice-Chairman.

“Triumphant” table tennis twinning visit

In June the Vannes table tennis club came to compete and socialise with the Fareham club, Generation II. It was a ‘triumphant twinning event’ that included attendance by the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham. Activities included a grand barbeque and joining in the D Day celebrations in Southsea, a pic nic at Portchester Castle and the prize-giving at Fareham snooker club.


Photos from Generation II Table Tennis Club’s hosting of Vannes players. There was competition but time as well for friendly chats in French, English and no doubt a fair bit of Franglais.

Hog Roast and garden games

On September 7th more than 60 members and friends enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon at the annual FVTA Hog Roast at the home of Councillor Mrs Marian and Mr Peter Ellerton. Besides the expected feast of pork, salads and puddings there were games on the Ellertons’ lovely lawn including croquet, and, appropriately, boules, while the less energetic had the chance to exercise their skills at table skittles.

The afternoon added a profit of almost £400 to the Association’s funds. The Vice-Chairman extends thanks to everyone who helped make the event such a success.

Photos from the Hog Roast and garden games

Notes and News

 Fareham sailors to visit Vannes in 2015

A meeting on 12th June at Warsash Sailing Club to kick off arrangements for the trip to Vannes by members of the sailing clubs of Fareham in 2015 was well attended. Provisional dates are 30th June - 7th July 2015.

Warsash Band plans

The Warsash Band hopes to visit Vannes next year, and the FVTA committee is assisting with liaison with our French counterparts to help make arrangements


Dear members - please email any articles, photos, suggestions or questions to sarahnorbury@yahoo.co.uk


For up to date news, and contact info for the FVTA committee, please see the website http://www.farvantwin.hampshire.org.uk

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