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CHAIRMAN'S LETTER - AUGUST 2021
Petersfield Twinning Association
Designed by Phil Chapman.
Promoting goodwill and friendship with Barentin in France & Warendorf in Germany
Dear Members and Friends,
‘To be Free, or Not to be Free’. Since the recent PM
announcement of the ‘Freedom Day’, it is clearly time to consider a return to
‘normality’ and this naturally poses the question for the Twinning Association.
Having been one of the million and a half people that the government chose to
shield for health reasons, I confess to being somewhat cautious. That said,I
do believe that we can reasonably begin to make optimistic plans for next year
and also tentatively experiment with some activities over the remaining months
of this year.
We have now made detailed bookings for travel to Barentin, which are – Outward journey 28th April
depart Petersfield 09.00 for a 12.45 Dover/Calais Ferry (time for lunch on
board) arriving in Barentin circa 19.00 Fr Time
Returning on Monday 2nd May. We shall shortly be contacting those
members who were on the original list and at this point, I would like to
encourage other Members to consider joining the party for our four day visit
and to put their names forward.
You will recall that our friends from Warendorf
are due to visit us in August of next year (date shortly to be established)and
I would encourage you to begin to consider the hosting opportunities, either
for specific friends with whom you have been in previous contact or to offer a
welcome to potential new contacts.
We were well served during ‘down time’ by both the quiz
initiative from Phillip Brenchley and the vocal
contribution from Ray Vogt and for the remaining months of the year I would
encourage more suggestions. Meanwhile, I would welcome your level of interest
in the following suggestion. With my ‘cautious hat’ on for the months of this
year, I now propose just one event date for your diary - Saturday the 18th
September (5pm), a ‘Pétanque and Cod’
evening - in essence a ‘Fish & Chips Supper’ located at the Pavilion
Sports Ground in The Avenue Petersfield with a very informal ‘Pétanque intro competition’ which might also be good
preparation in case we have to compete with the French in Barentin
or when we next welcome them here. We hope you will be tempted to attend and to
return the attached booking form as soon as possible.
I would also wish to encourage you all to consider
occasionally attending the ‘meet at the bar’ gathering which will restart at
the Half Moon on Thursday 2nd September at 7pm and will continue
regularly on the first Thursday of every month thereafter. It has been a
constant feature for a limited number of our members for many ‘moons gone b
and would be the better for more attendees, even if only occasional ones.
Now, a brief update on the Twinning garden, which has
been a constant concern to me from the moment that I discovered that it’s state was an embarrassment and not a point of pride.
With no appropriate knowledge to resolve the matter, I have now achieved, at no
cost, some guidance notes from staff at the Blue Diamond Garden Centre in Rake.
It now needs to be converted into a simple development plan, which means
planting up later in the year and then ongoing ‘limited’ maintenance. I shall
meanwhile order a new Twinning indication plaque for later installation in he
garden. There have already been a few offers of garden help from members, for
which I am very grateful. More would be very welcome for the future, in order
that it is not a burden to a few.
Some of you will appreciate that my period of tenure ends
in March and in anticipation, I have agreed with our Committee that there
should be an improved structure of responsibilities. Although all Committee
Members will continue to be involved in all matters of the Association and
actively support each other, they will have specific coordinating responsibilities.
The details will be explained at the next ‘participating AGM’. I would also
like to take this opportunity to encourage more of you to contemplate a spell
on the Committee to ensure the continued vitality of the
With best wishes to you all,
Neil Dobinson (Chairman)