2017 Chairman’s Report

Every year seems to be pretty busy for Twinning or perhaps it’s just that time seems to pass at an ever-increasing rate.
This year members have enjoyed a number of social events including a film evening where we watched the film ’La Famille Bélier’ and enjoyed a bring- and- share supper organised by Chris and Mary Cooper. I can recommend the film if you weren’t able to join us then.
In March we had an afternoon tea event entitled ‘Let them eat cake’, where we ate a wonderful selection of French patisserie and learnt about the origins of these delicious morsels. Thanks to Kathleen for this original event and to all the ‘bakers’ for their contributions,
This year it was our turn to travel to Villedômer for the Twinning Weekend, so there was less work for the Stapleford Committee. A small group of us was thoroughly spoilt during the May Bank Holiday weekend. We were welcomed at the well-appointed Villedômer Sports Pavilion where we enjoyed the customary apéritifs and were then whisked off to various dinner parties arranged by our hosts. The following day was a day en famille during which a variety of places were visited including an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by local artists; the sun shone and we were able to eat lunch outside. That evening we were treated to dinner at an unusual location, namely an industrial area. The restaurant was superb and specialised in desserts: we were treated to no less than 4, which were delicious but even the most sweet-toothed amongst us were almost beaten. Sunday saw us visiting the Museum of Magic and the castle at Blois followed by a bring-and share supper.
We had very enjoyable Progressive Lunch in May. Twenty three people participated. Thanks very much to Tony Hore and also to Tony Smith for all their hard work.
In June we ran a bottle stall at the Village Weekend and raised some much needed cash for the Association. Thanks are due to the 2 Tonys and to all those who donated items for the stall.
A small team of croupiers ran a casino for the Sawston Village College Leavers’ ball again this summer and a jolly good time was had by all. Some Twinners ran a casino for a birthday celebration last weekend. Thank you very much to the croupiers and to Tony for his management of the casinos.
Tony Smith hosted a bbq in September, which unfortunately I had to miss, but as always reports were excellent!
This coming weekend some of the committee will attend the Shelford Feast disbursement Evening having made an application for funds towards the Youth Visit which we hope will take place in 2018.
Thoughts are being given to the Twinning Weekend which will take place 4-7 May 2018. This will be our 39th year of Twinning, when we will be hosting the weekend. The French are already thinking about the 40th anniversary to be celebrated in Villedômer. We hope to know soon which weekend they favour and soon as we do we will let you know. It would be great if we could a good sized group for the special ‘Golden ‘anniversary.
May I extend my thanks to all the member of the small but extremely hardworking committee for all that has been achieved this year.
And of course, Vive le Jumelage!

Jackie Bow

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