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Committee meeting June 2012

A newsletter will be produced to inform members of the social program being planned in the next few months

Tenth Anniversary Patchway-Gauting

Seventeen people set out for Gauting on the 16th May to celebrate the 10th anniversary since the signing of the charter.
We left in different groups, with different modes of transport so I will recount our journey by minibus.
Alex, although not travelling, volunteered to take time off work to drive us to Heathrow in the Patchway Minibus and pick us up on our return. We had chosen to travel by Lufthansa as they operate out of Terminal 1, just off the M4.
All went very smoothly and we arrived on schedule to take a leisurely stroll through the airport to our departure gate.

Anniversary Exchange with Gauting.

It is our tenth anniversary with Gauting and we have been invited to attend a celebration of this special year in Gauting, Bavaria, between the 17th and 21st of May.
We intend to travel as a group , where possible and the arrangements have been circulated in a previous communication.
In fact we intend to travel on the 16th May and return on the 22nd as the airfares are considerably more favorable on those dates, our host understand this and are always willing to host us for a few more hours.

Annual Dinner Date (Menu)

The Twinning Association will be holding its annual membership dinner on March 23rd at the Bristol Golf Club, Cribbs Causeway. The menu has already been circulated to the members but is also available on this website under History/Newsletters/Newsletter Number 61.Please get your requests to the Chairman soonest, ring or email whatever is the easiest.

Anniversary Year/ Your views on the BBC article circa Jan 5th 2012

This year we have an invitation to go to Gauting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Twinning Link.
Despite the adverse news articles with regard to Twinning on the BBC website we believe that our association, based on the friendship developed by the ordinary people of our towns, has blossomed over the last ten/sixteen years.

A Happy Christmas

The Chairman and members of the Association would like to wish all the members of the Patchway, Clermont and Gauting Twinning Associations a very Happy Christmas and we hope that the New Year of 2012 will be a good year for all.

Enquiries from our Twin Towns.

During the recent riots in a few of the major cities in the UK our Twin Towns both contacted us to find out if we were alright and that the events had not affected us badly.
I replied to both Renate and Andree that we were a long way from the potential trouble spots so we were not unduly affected by the images they were watching on their televisions. Obviously at the mention of Bristol they were very concerned.
They replied, saying that they would pass my comments on to their members and their respective Mayors.

Big Thank You

The committee would like to thank all those who attended the Beatles evening in July.
As well as providing a new event for Patchway Festival it proved to be a good fund raising activity for the Twinning Association.

We did not really know what to expect, but Steve turned up with a complete band, and they gave us a marvellous evening (night). Interspersed with the Beatles numbers were a few French and German specials which were presented with the humour and style we have come to expect from our lifelong member of the association.

Fund raiser for the association

The Twinning Association is putting on a fund raising event as part of the Patchway festival this year.
It will take place on Friday 22nd July at the Patchway Community Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, starting at 7:30pm.
It will feature the "Frog Bloggs" band who will be playing a mixture of Beatles numbers and some sing along numbers with a French and German flavour.
Please come along, the prices are £5 for "Twinners" and £6 for all others. A " Continental Buffet will be provided, but bring your own refreshment.(byob)

Annual General Meeting.

The Annual General Meeting took place on the 7th July 2011 at Stoke Lodge Primary School.
The meeting was preceded by a presentation on Bavaria, Gauting, and "Our School" by six students from the Realschule, Gauting.
As always their English was exceptionally good for 15 year old students and the presentations were very interesting.
Our President, Ian White, thanked them for their efforts and proceded on with the meeting.
The Chairman gave the annual report and then the President dissolved the committee who were then re-elected for 2011-2012.

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