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The Newsletter of the

Fareham-Vannes Twinning Association

Autumn 2013

November 2013

 

Don’t delay! Book your Annual Dinner tickets today!

 

Annual Dinner Saturday 23rd November

7.30pm Wallington Community Hall

 

Dear Members

F.V.T.A.   ANNUAL DINNER 2013

This year’s Annual Dinner will be held, once again, at the Wallington Community Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 23rd November.  The Mayor, Councillor Susan Bayford, has accepted our invitation to attend and will be coming with her husband, Brian.

The  wine ‘True or False’ competition will be held again, although we think it may be time for a change in 2014, so if you have any suggestions for next year, please let me know.

An application form is below, together with a copy of the menu.  When returning the application form, please indicated the choices of you and your partner/guests.    The cost is £25 per head (including wine) and a cheque for the appropriate amount, payable to Fareham Vannes Twinning Association, should be enclosed with your form.

Please send your applications to the Social Secretary,  Avril Ward,  2, Grovebury, Locks Heath, Southampton SO31 6PL.   Applications will be acknowledged by e-mail or phone, but if you want a written receipt, please send a stamped, addressed envelope.   Owing to holidays, acknowledgements will not be sent until after November 7th – sorry!

We look forward to a good turn-out and a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Yours,

Avril Ward

                             

F.V.T.A.  ANNUAL DINNER

23rd November 2013

 

 MENU

 

 (A) Home-made French Onion Soup

Or

(B) Prawn Cocktail

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 (A) Chicken Peperonatta

(Chicken cooked with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and sweet peppers)

Or

(B) Roast Loin of Pork

Or

(C) Garden Vegetable Tart  (Vegetarian)

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(A) Mixed Fruit Crumble with Custard or Cream

Or

(B) Home-made Sherry Trifle

 

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Coffee or Tea with Mints

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F.V.T.A.  Annual Dinner Application Form

23rd November 2013

I would like……..tickets at £25.00 a head for the Annual Dinner on Saturday 23rd November at Wallington Village Hall PO16 8ST

 

I enclose a cheque for ……made payable to Fareham Vannes Twinning Association.

 

Name……………………………………………………………………………..

Address…………………………………………………………………………………

…………………………………………………………………………………………

e-mail………………………………                        Telephone………….

 

Please will you put the names of those attending and your choices from the menu:

 

Name ………………………………….. Name …………………………….. ………………………………………… ……………………………………….

 

Menu choice                                               Menu choice

Starter………… A or B                             Starter ………...A or B

Main Course …. A or B or C                     Main Course ….A or B or C

Dessert ………...A or B                             Dessert ……..…A or B

 

If possible, I would like to sit with……………………………………………….

 

Applications please by the 15th November at the latest, to

Avril Ward,  2, Grovebury, Locks Heath, Southampton SO31 6PL

 

Applications will be acknowledged by e-mail or phone - if you wish to receive written acknowledgement, please would you send an S.A.E

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Dates for Your Diary

Saturday 11th January  Annual General Meeting  7:30 pm at Holy Trinity Church Hall, West Street, Fareham. Quiz & supper to follow.

Watch the FVTA website and your email inbox for more information soon.

Through the winter, the friendly Conversation Evenings are a great way to keep up your French. Every first and third Tuesday of the month at Titchfield Community Centre, 7.30pm.

Beginners’ French Classes, starting January 22nd in Titchfield with member Ann Mellor, for all the details see the end of this newsletter

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French sailors visit - five days of fun

 

Event organizer Richard Aitken writes

In July, 47 stalwart matelots on 14 boats from Vannes descended on our shores to spend five days of fun and frolic. First stop in England after their epic sea-journey from Brittany was Lymington Town Sailing Club who did our visitors proud with a fine meal.

Saturday saw the arrival of our guests at the Warsash Sailing Club, where they were greeted by members of all the four sailing clubs of the Fareham borough and by members of the Fareham Vannes Twinning Association.

Music was provided by sailing club band Gentlemen of Jazz. Wine and nibbles were served and after a couple of speeches the French returned to their boats to get ready for the evening visit to Portchester for a meal and entertainment.

On Sunday, a fine body of men and women descended on Ray Gustar’s garden to erect gazebos and get the garden ready for the guests to arrive for a Hog Roast. Many bottles of wine were drunk on that hot afternoon to the sounds of the jazz band playing on Ray’s verandah.

On Monday morning a mixed fleet of French and British boats sailed across to the Isle of Wight and up the River Medina to the Folly Inn for lunch. In the evening, an informal soiree was held in the sailing club, where we were entertained by the French and local musicians.

On Tuesday morning, the visitors were hosted by individual families from all of the sailing clubs who took them to various venues in the locality and to lunch in their homes. In the evening, it was the turn of the Fareham and Hill Head sailing clubs to host the visitors.

Wednesday, the final day of the visit, saw the crews taken by coach to visit Fort Nelson followed by a trip to Portchester Castle for tea and sandwiches. The final dinner in the Warsash Sailing Club was attended by the deputy Mayor Councillor David Norris and his wife Pamela. Later, after some short speeches, I presented George Legris, the organiser of the French side of the Fareham Vannes Voile with a memento of their visit and after some dancing the party drew to a close and the visitors returned to their boats to depart on the tide the following morning.

I want to say thank you to the FVTA members who helped host this event, the Hamble Harbour Master’s office, my committee from Portchester, Fareham and Hill Head sailing clubs and particularly John Edwards and Colin Brookes from Warsash SC, without whom I would not have been able to organize the event.

Fareham sailors will make the voyage to Vannes in 2015.

 

Wine, cheese and French property tales

 

The Wine and Cheese evening on Monday 14th October at the Grove Room, Locks Heath was enlivened by three entertaining talks by FVTA members on the ups and downs of owning a holiday home in France.

Robin and Julie Bradley told  how they bought an old cottage and restored it with the help of an English-French DIY dictionary, local tradesmen and the encouragement of their new French neighbours.

New FVTA members Paul Griseri and Lyn Thompson found ‘une ruine’ on the internet costing just £9,000. It was, said Lyn, “just four walls and a roof. There was no water, no electricity, no toilet, and an earth floor. But it was in Charente Maritime, second-sunniest area in France, with plenty of cognac and local rose, beaches and vineyards.” They bought it and over the next ten years transformed it into a charming two-bedroom house. “Now it’s all finished”, said Lyn, “we must be mad…because we have decided to start all over again… we’ve seen another ruin locally, with a much bigger garden and lovely views, and with even more potential!”

We’ll look forward to hearing about Paul and Lyn’s new restoration in another 10 years’ time!

Rather than buying an entire property, Geoff Smith has co-owned two Norman holiday homes. Both were steeped in history, one of them from the 14th Century built by English soldiers in the 100 years war. Alarming tales of septic tank disasters and dodgy electrics are amusing in retrospect; Geoff’s was a talk of real ‘ups and downs’.

After the talks members chatted over a glass or two of wine and a tempting selection of cheeses. I wonder how many people who were there that evening are now scanning the internet looking for their own ‘ruine’ to restore.

 

A Night at the Theatre

Thanks to Ann Mellor’s email invitation to members, a group of six enjoyed Moliere’s The Miser at Titchfield Festival Theatre one evening in September. Ann says, “It was very well acted and laugh-out-loud entertaining. I think it would be nice to broaden the scope of the Association to include other things with a French flavour”.

If you hear of any events - cultural, sporting, social - that you think FVTA members would enjoy attending as a group, please let Ann know  ann.m.mellor@btinternet.com.  

 

Terrific twinning for table-tennis teams

 

Janice Childs reports

Fifteen members of Generation 2 Table Tennis Club recently travelled to France for a thrilling series of matches against the youth team AJK from Vannes. But it wasn't all table-tennis: they were welcomed with a Hog Roast to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the French club and were entertained and hosted by the French players.  They were even invited to a reception at the town hall by the mayor of Vannes. 

During their stay they played both Davis Cup and team events, which the Vannes team, with the strong support of the National Ladies Team, were able to win. But there was an excellent individual performance from Sarah McMullan, who received the title Player of the Weekend for winning all her matches. 

The youngsters, too, were on good form, especially Letitia and Jonathan McMullan, who accompanied their parents to Vannes.  After a short but enjoyable stay the Fareham team thanked their Vannes hosts by presenting them with an appropriate gift - a clock in the shape of a tennis racquet. 

Generation 2 are looking forward to welcoming the Vannes table-tennis team to Fareham next year.

New committee member

Richard Aitken is handing over the Sailing organisation post to George Pickburn. The Committee would like to thank Richard for his sterling work in the last 13 years.

“Bonjour” from your new Tκte-ΰ-Tκte  contact

Hello, my name is Sarah Norbury and I have just taken on the (rather daunting!) role of producing Tκte-ΰ-Tκte .  Please send me your contributions, photos and suggestions. I’d love to hear from you.  Email sarahnorbury@yahoo.co.uk

 

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Basic French Course

 Starting Wednesday 22nd January 2014 from 7.30 to 9.00, for 6 weeks.

at

Titchfield Community Centre

 

Cost: £12 plus purchase of BBC book and CDs (about £8)

 

For course details, please ring

01329 232580

or email:ann.m.mellor@btinternet.com

 

For membership information, visit:

www.farvantwin.hampshire.org.uk