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Possible Partnership with Broadlands Academy

We are very aware of our increasingly elderly membership age profile, and have been exploring for some time possible links with schools and families to bring in a younger membership.

We have developed a good relationship with Broadlands Academy, a secondary school in Keynsham, who allowed us use of the school free of charge for our last quiz (see below). Broadlands are keen to introduce an after-school French Club, and we have discussed with the Principal whether we could assist in establishing it. We have decided to make a joint application for a grant from Keynsham Town Council, based on the potential benefits to students and their families and with the objective for us of bringing students and their families into our Association.

More news on this will follow once we know whether of not our funding application, which will be considered by the Council in June, has been accepted.

Quiz raises £460

Our first event of the year was a very enjoyable Quiz evening at Broadlands Academy on 22 March. This was a successful evening despite being planned rather quickly (too quickly to advertise it on this website), with almost 70 participants who enjoyed the questions, games, bar and – a first for us – delicious fish and chips delivered from a local chippie at the break. A further quiz is being planned for the autumn.

Jazz Evening

A jazz evening for members has been arranged for Wednesday 3 July, 7pm. Featuring the “Blue Notes” the evening will be held at the Undercroft Jazz and Supper Club, St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. Entry costs £5. A home-made meal will also be available – cost £5 plus £2.50 for dessert/cheese. Travel from Keynsham and Saltford via bus X39. Contact Pete asap to reserve a place.

Plans for 2019

The following are being planned for 2019

- Quarterly social gathering with wine and food
- Talk/Workshop on Cooking Skills
- Twinning Quiz<
- Various themed talks – some with links with France
- Jazz evening in Bristol with a meal
- Dance/Barn Dance

Events in November/December 2018

There are a number of social events before Christmas. This includes the AGM on Monday 3rd December – whilst this is a formal meeting it is followed by a social evening of buffet food, wine etc and we will be showing photographs of the 2018 visit to Libourne.

Full details and future plans are included in the Social Events section

Spring/Summer 2018

After all the celebrations of 2017, the first part of 2018 has not seen much activity in the Twinning group. We held a couple of table top sales and attended a quiz at Broadlands School. The latter arose because the school have expressed interest in becoming involved in twinning, which is good to hear, as it is on young people that the future of twinning depends. We will work closely with the school to develop how best to get them involved.

The main activity of 2018 has been the visit to Libourne. See the “Exchanges” section for a report on what was an extremely enjoyable visit.

Sadly, shortly before our visit, we lost our vice-president, Viv Seward, after a long illness. Viv had been involved with our Twinning Association since its inception, and had done so much for twinning over the years including organising much of the 2017 visit. Viv was a passionate believer in twinning and she will be hugely missed.

The Committee will be meeting shortly to arrange some social events for 2019, which is a year with no exchange visits.

Christmas Events

We ran a stall at the Saltford Christmas Market which attracted a lot of interest and we also decorated a Twinning christmas tree in St John's Keynsham. Happy Christmas to all our members and their families.

Twinning Events in December...

We have a stall at Saltford Christmas Market on Saturday 2nd December between 10am and 2pm at Saltford Hall. There will be a raffle of French wines, French cheese tasting , photo displays and plenty of early Christmas cheer.

There are always really lovely craft stalls at this market, so it's a good opportunity to buy a few stocking fillers. Please show your support by popping by.

Secondly there will be a decorated “French theme” Twinning tree at the Christmas Tree Festival at St John's Church in Keynsham between the 8th and 10th December, so please come and have a look. Children usually love this, so either bring your children, grandchildren or borrow some from a friend!

Surprise Visitor Honoured By Libourne

AGM 2017

The annual meeting was held on 9 November 2017, attended by 17 members and prospective members. Carole Duckett, President, opened the meeting with a review of the year, primarily the 40th anniversary visit in June. This had been widely viewed as successful, and we had received very positive feedback from the French visitors. Carole also referred to some comments she had received in emails from Keynsham members expressing how much they had enjoyed the events.

The Committee thanked Carole and Viv in particular for their hard work in putting together such a successful programme, and Pete for producing the information board on Market Walk.

Pete tabled the annual accounts and reported on a successful financial outcome to the June visit. Last year’s AGM had agreed a budget of £3000, and the actual cost was finalised at £1867.25, less than two-thirds of the budget. The expenditure was also contained within the current account, with our savings account remaining untouched. Fundraising during the year included a coffee morning, a quiz and a crepes stall at Saltford Festival, which together raised £440.

The meeting then discussed the timing and duration of the 2018 visit to Libourne, based on an invite received from the Libourne committee. The visit will be in September, although concern was expressed that visits outside school holidays precluded younger families from participating. This issue will be discussed further with the Libourne Committee with regard to future exchanges but is unlikely to change the planned 2018 dates. After much debate it was also concluded that the visit should be 7 days, but with an option for a shorter 5 day visit for some members for whom 7 days is too long.

At the end of the meeting those attending enjoyed a buffet meal accompanied by some of the wine gifted by the Libourne visitors, making for a convivial evening, and it was pleasing that most of the prospective members attending subsequently decided to join.

40th Anniversary Visit Programme - 2017

A full programme of events has been arranged for the visit of the people and officials of Libourne who will be in Keynsham from 29th June 2017 to 6th July 2017 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Association

The programme is as follows:

Thursday 29thArrival of guests from Libourne at 18.00
Optional evening with Somerset Morris at the Bird in Hand, Saltford
Friday 30thBoat trip with “Bristol Packet” up the River Avon
Lunch at Beeses Tea Gardens
Dance Evening at Keynsham Music Festival with live band in our own marquee
Saturday 1stCivic Ceremony 12.00-14.00 including:
- Naming of Libourne Lounge and unveiling of plaque by the Mayor of Libourne and Keynsham Town Clerk
- Buffet Luncheon
- Midsomer Norton & Radstock Silver Band
- Unveiling of the Twinning Association Information Board, outside wall of Keynsham Library
Rest of Day Free
Sunday 2ndKeynsham Music Festival
Evening Meal at Grasmere Hotel, Keynsham
Monday 3rdCoach trip to Great Chalfield Manor, Melksham
Picnic Lunch
Visit to Bradford-on-Avon
Tuesday 4thFree Day with hosts
Wednesday 5thAfternoon visit to Botanical Gardens, Bristol
Evening Skittle Match
Thursday 6thDeparture of guests from Libourne 11.00

Quiz Night

A successful and fun Quiz Night was held in March 2017. Over 80 people attended, forming 17 teams, and almost £400 was raised for the Association.

News 2016

With no exchange visits during the year and with the 40th anniversary celebrations in 2017 in mind, the main activity during the year was fundraising.
Three very successful events were held – a coffee morning at the Fear Hall, Keynsham, a Barn Dance at Saltford Hall, and a Quiz Night at British Legion Keynsham, with Honorary Treasurer Peter May as quizmaster.
For all the events the Committee worked hard in selling tickets, promoting the event and preparing food. In all we made a profit of over £1000 from these events – a valuable contribution to the financing of the visit of the people of Libourne in 2017.

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