The Newsletter of the

Fareham-Vannes Twinning Association

Spring 2014


In this edition

 * Vannes visit - let’s give our French visitors a warm welcome

* News and notes

 * Events round-up - Medical Society and Young Footballersvisits to Vannes, and more

 * Your diary dates


Visit from Vannes - how you can join in!


From 28th May till 1st June we’ll be hosting a group of visitors from Vannes.


All FVTA members are invited to a number of the events happening during the Visit. Let’s give our French visitors a warm welcome and lots of good memories of Fareham!


If you’d like to join in with one or more, or all of the events, then please mark them in your diary.

Nearer the time the organisers will email all members a booking form with further details of the events, and ticket prices when applicable.

Wednesday 28th May morning Southsea D-Day museum  
Thursday 29th May morning Mayor-making ceremony, Fareham  
  lunch Golden Lion, Fareham  
  afternoon Fareham walk and quiz
Friday 30th May morning Demonstration of historic bicycles, Warsash Sailing Club A fun event featuring fascinating machines, some of which we may be able to ride!  
  evening Bring and share supper, Fareham  
Saturday 31st May morning The New Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Don’t miss this much-lauded new museum!
  afternoon Harbour boat trip - see all the ships up-close and view the city from a new perspective
Sunday 1st June lunch Lauro’s Fareham. A good lunch to give our visitors a hearty send-off  

There are some other events which due to lack of space are only open to our French visitors and their hosts. This programme will be emailed to the hosts separately.

News and notes

In memory of Roger Page

FVTA member and a former secretary of the association, Roger Page, has passed away. Twelve members attended the funeral at the Wessex Vale Crematorium in West End.

Roger was an avid Francophile and computer buff that meant he was not only well suited for his role as secretary but also an invaluable asset to the FVTA.

He was also a passionate walker and seemed to have spent walking holidays in many countries around the world, although his favourite was of course, France.

Roger leaves a wife Eve and a son David and will be greatly missed by many.

Don Lucas


French Table Tennis players and Medics to visit Fareham

Two of our affiliated groups are welcoming visitors from Vannes this year.

Generation II Table Tennis Club is hosting a team from Vannes for some hot competition in June, and the Fareham Medical Society will welcome French medics here in October.

Conversation Group flourishing

Attendance has been much higher lately at the Tuesday conversation groups, with new

members who found out about the FVTA through the Beginners’ French Course. A French lady now attends, adding joie de vivre to the evenings! Do come and join in - all welcome.

Basic French Course was a success

Ann Mellor ran two groups over six weeks and 11 new people have joined the FVTA as a result. At a recent meeting the committee passed a unanimous vote of thanks to Ann for her hard work setting up and running the course.

 Praise from the Mayor and Councillors

It’s good to know that the FVTA’s work is recognised. The recent visit by Stubbington Youth Football Club under 13 team to Vannes came in for particular praise. You can find out how the team got on in the report at the end of this newsletter, in the meantime here are some of the comments we received.

“I was delighted to see that the Stubbington Youth Football Club had such a successful visit to Vannes!  As you may know, I visited Vannes in my role as Mayor last September and fully

appreciate the importance of twinning exchanges. It is particularly pleasing that young people from our Borough had the opportunity to visit the lovely town of Vannes and experience their civic

hospitality.  The Fareham - Vannes Twinning Association is to be congratulated for the support that they provided to enable the visit to take place.”

Councillor Mrs Susan Bayford, Mayor

“Congratulations to the Stubbington Youth Football Club on their successful visit to Vannes with the support of the Vannes-Fareham Twinning Association. May there be many more such occasions to celebrate in the future.”

David Norris Cllr, Deputy Mayor

“What a wonderful experience for the young people who were involved and I am sure they came home with many stories to tell their friends and family. I can assure you that you have our full support and I hope that these exchanges between twinned cities continue for years to come.”

Councillor Mrs. Connie Hockley, Executive Member for Leisure and Community

 “It looks like a great time was had by all. Thank you for flying the flag for Fareham and Stubbington in Vannes. We certainly support what you are doing.”

Councillor Seán D T Woodward, Executive Leader

Events round-up

October 2013 - Medical Families Visit Vannes   

In the 22nd year of medical twinning the Fareham Medical Society’s trip to Vannes in

October put the emphasis on family involvement. Thank you to the event organiser Bill Cutter for sending this report.

Bill writes: It was our turn to take the ferry over to Brittany this year. Nine families crossed the Channel. As always, we were all given an extremely hospitable welcome by our respective familles d'accueil. The larger group formed when we met to go around the fascinating Musée de la Compagnie des Indes et de la Citadelle at Lorient, where we learned of all the terrible things that the British and French did during the days of the East Indies company.

This is a great museum for adults and children alike if you're ever in Lorient, which has the advantage of being able to go around the ramparts of the Citadelle afterwards.

In the evening we were taken to a fantastic fish restaurant that bravely hosted our large party despite the roof having caved in the night before in the heavy rain!  Unusually, we did not regroup on the Sunday for medical talks and lunch, as the majority of Brits had to head off early.

Those of us lucky enough to be staying on stayed with our families and some met up on the beach of a tidal island, where it is a local sport to crowd on the promenade to laugh and cheer at all the people forced to wade back to shore, when trapped by the incoming tide.

In 2014 we are the hosts for Vannes visitors in Fareham. The first weekend in October has been confirmed as the date and the new Mary Rose exhibition seems like an opportunity too good to be missed.

November 2013 - Annual Dinner

In late November 56 people enjoyed the FVTA Annual Dinner at Wallington Hall. The Mayor of Fareham Councillor Susan Bayford and her consort were guests of honour. A wine competition and raffle added to the festive atmosphere.

January 2014 - AGM

The Mayor of Fareham also attended the FVTA AGM in January. After the main business of the evening members dined on fish and chips then battled for victory in an excellent quiz. 

March 2014 - Stubbington Youth Football Club under 13 team flies the flag in France!

Ann Mellor reports

Stubbington Youth Football Club under-13 team the instigation of the Fareham-Vannes Twinning Association, to take part in the 28th Annual Vannes Mini Bercy tournament – the first non-French team ever to do so. 

The young footballers – Oliver Wilkinson, Jamie Bale, Robbie Ball, Matthew Barley, Joseph Tonkin, Tom Knibbs and Aran Agrawal - were accompanied by parents and by coach Charlie Barley and assistant coach James Finnie.

The party flew from Southampton, where they were photographed, together with the pilot, as they boarded their Flybe flight to Nantes.  (The photos are now on the Southampton Airport website.)

In Brittany the squad was met by the chairman of the Vannes-Fareham Twinning Association, who, with his wife as co-host and translator, accompanied them for much of the weekend, including arranging a mayoral reception at the Town Hall and generously hosting a farewell meal for them. 

At the reception the Deputy Mayor, who is also in charge of sports, welcomed the party and presented them with gifts from the town of Vannes.

Participants in the tournament, who played in two age groups, came from all over Brittany and in total 80 matches were played over the weekend. With such strong competition Stubbington unsurprisingly did not win, but they played well and their games were watched by up to 300 spectators in Vannes’s impressive stadium.

At the end of their visit the Stubbington team were presented with medals and souvenirs by the Vannes Olympique Club. They enjoyed the experience of meeting up with their counterparts in Fareham’s twin town and came away with unforgettable memories of the generosity their hosts had shown them.The FVTA provided some financial assistance to enable the boys to make the trip (along with sponsors UKDOCKS, You Boat, Endeavour Quay, South Coast Appliances).

March 2014 -  Wine and Cheese

Thanks to all who came along, the event raised a healthy sum for the Association’s funds. The speaker Nigel Hosier from Fort Nelson gave an interesting talk on the Palmerston Forts. Three new members and two Pulheim Twinning members were among the 40 people present.

More diary dates

You should have received your 2014 membership card and social programme by now. Here’s just a reminder.

First and third Tuesdays Every month French Conversation Group
Titchfield Community Centre 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Saturday  5th July Skittles evening at The Crofton pub.
Sunday 7th September Lunchtime Hog Roast in Burridge
Monday 13 October Wine & cheese evening at the Grove Room St John's Church, Locks Heath
Saturday 22nd November Annual Dinner - Wallington Village Hall


This is YOUR newsletter so please email me any articles, photos, suggestions or questions to me, 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