Chairman's MessageAs winter approaches we can look back on a summer not just of below average weather but of national celebration and sporting prowess. On a rather more modest level, EVTA members can enjoy memories of another Plonk & Pétanque in August, an excellent weekend as guests of our French twins in September, another of Robin's carefully planned Treasure Hunts in October and more recently an enjoyable Film Evening in November. Now we look forward to the annual Christmas lunch, to be held this time at the Rose & Crown, Elham and traditionally the best supported event of the year.
When I became chairman at the AGM in April 2011, just a month before the French arrived for their biennial visit, it was decided to hold future AGMs in September so that a new chairman was not "thrown in at the deep end". At the same time, it was decided to make all annual subscriptions payable on 1st January and to match our financial year to the calendar year. This simplification has however thrown up an unforeseen problem in that there is now a delay of more than nine months in formally presenting the annual accounts and it is questionable whether a committee should be operating for this long without having done so. To remedy this situation, henceforth the AGM will be held in late January. So there will be a brief AGM on 22nd January, preceding the second Film Evening when we will be showing Manon des Sources, the sequel to Jean de Florette.
Finally, just a reminder to let Pauline have your £10 subscription in January - no need to visit any price comparison website, we are definitely the cheapest Twinning Association in the Elham Valley!
EditorialOur friends at BNM were asked if they would like to make a contribution to Le Jumelage. Hervé responded with a poem with this message:
"En Septembre nous avons fait un petit voyage au pays de "Lamartine." Nous avons été heureux de vous faire connaître notre poète qui a été aussi un grand homme politique. Mais en voyant les feuilles tomber nous avons très envie de vous dédier ces quelques vers sur l'automne prés d'un thé bien chaud. Savourez ces vers et vous aimerez l'automne."
(The translation for those who need it ...)
"In September we made a short visit to region of Lamartine. We were pleased to acquaint you with our poet, who was also a major political figure. But seeing the falling leaves we wished to dedicate to you these few verses, to be taken with hot tea! Savour these verses and you will enjoy Autumn."
Greetings, forests crowned with remaining green!
Plonque et Pétanque Encore
So here we were again at the good old "Duke of Cumberland" for our annual contest. However what a difference it was from last year when the heavens opened up on us and it poured down. Thank goodness for the marquee.
Treasure Hunt - Robin's Ride
On Sunday, 7th October, 5 cars met at the Black Robin, Kingston to take part in another car treasure hunt. The clues were again provided by Robin and his partner, Lesley, and once again they tested our (shrinking) brain power. It was a pleasant afternoon and once again we travelled through some beautiful countryside and pretty villages. We all went a little awry in Wye, met up and gave way to several horses, found some very narrow roads, sorted out our clues and finally arrived at the Five Bells in Brabourne.
FILM NIGHT IN KINGSTON
What is it about French films that make one suspend belief and convince oneself that life is so much better across the Channel?
Visit to BNM
Thanks to faultless planning and hard work our weekend in Villefranche and its environs was a triumph of entente cordiale. For this new-kid-on-the-block it was a thrilling adventure which I will remember with affection and great pleasure. It was astonishing to realise that just a few hours travel away there exists a country so close but so different to our own - and how different!
Editor: Pauline Davis, 24 Hog Green, Elham, Canterbury CT4 6TU. Tel: 01303 840367 e-mail: paulinedavis42[at]yahoo.co.uk