The committee usually meets on the first Wednesday of every alternate month at 7.30 pm
at 72 Embleton Way on the Mount Pleasant Estate in Buckingham (Sue's home). Anyone is welcome to attend
but it is helpful to know beforehand so that we can welcome you.
The next meeting is on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 7.30 pm.
If you wish to raise a specific matter contact Jane Mordue
Officers for the Association
The following appointments are current as of today's date:
- President - Christine Strain-Clark
- Chairman - Sue Watkins
- Secretary - Jane Mordue
- Membership Secretary - Geoff Shaw
- German link - Sue Watkins
- Newsletter - Geoff Shaw
- Advertiser Club Voice - Ruth Newell
- Website Manager - Geoff Shaw
- Face Book Administrator - Stephanie Lepelletier
29 March – 7 April – Mouvaux Salon des Peintres et Sculpteurs.
We have been invited to submit paintings by local artists for this annual exhibition and suitable items have been collected
from Buckingham Art for All Sue Watkins will travel with them to Mouvaux.
17 June - Klompenball in Neukirchen-Vluyn.
I was given a website for this www.vluyner klompenfreude.de This just shows lots of happy Germans in some sort of fest with them all wearing different sorts of clogs.
Friday 12 July – Annual Bastille Day Boules Competition.
Bastille Day falls this year on a Sunday so it is planned that this annual event will take place in the Old Cattle Pens area in the centre of Buckingham on the evening of Friday 12 July. Registration is from 6.30 pm for a prompt start at 7.00 pm. A knock-out format of two ends will be used for the main competition. As it has been apparent over the last two years that some quite expert players have come to take part, after the first round one of the three rinks will be used for a plate competition for first round losers. There will be a barbecue and wine/soft drink available
13-14 September - Erntedankfest (Harvest Festival Fayre) in Neukirchen-Vluyn.
We will be attending with a suitable stall selling Buckingham wares. Those interested should contact Sue.
October - Closing date for delivery of Tepee squares to Neukirchen-Vluyn.
We have agreed to participate in the Tepee Project where squares will be knitted by many groups both in the UK and in Germany. These are to be finished by October for an exhibition in Neukirchen-Vluyn early in 2020. Details are being sought by Sue Watkins (01280 816266)
11-13 October - Europa Konzert in Neukirchen-Vluyn.
We are looking for volunteers to attend this weekend. For more information please contact Sue.
9-10 November - Martinsmarkt in Neukirchen-Vluyn.
We plan to go there this year. Details and format are still to be discussed.
Thursday 21 November (provisional) - Twinning AGM.
This will take place at the University. Both the date and details are still to be discussed.
7-8 December (provisional) - Mouvaux Marche Noel.
Date is to be confirmed. We plan to send a small group to this event to run a stall selling British Christmas goodies. Discussions are now taking place Those interested in being involved should contact Jane.
Saturday 14 December - Buckingham Christmas Parade and Community Fair
We plan to take part in the Fair which takes place after the Parade in the Community Centre. Ideas are welcome.
Future plans and other ideas under consideration
Three Pen Friend exchanges between adults have already been arranged (some are well established in some of our schools. It is hoped that more will be added (please contact Stephanie on 07711 551127).
Ideas under consideration are: Participation in the Photography Exhibition in Mouvaux this coming Autumn. Small group visits going either way. Musical event based in Neukirchen Vluyn. Barn dance in Buckingham. Quiz with a strong continental flavour in Buckingham. Civic Visit from NV to Buckingham (October suggested as a possible time). A review of all our local school/college exchanges in the hope that this will increase public awareness of twinning. Visit to Lille or Buckingham on either of the respective heritage weekends. A rival "crepe race" on Shrove Tuesday.
Nordic walking with a German group from Neukirchen-Vluyn is being investigated. Visits to Jazz festivals are being
considered (Tourcoing has an annual one in October each year). We are looking at some ideas involving exchanges on
rural crafts. Small group visits (involving one or two cars) from and to Neukirchen-Vluyn and Mouvaux
will continue: one involving our respective walkers is being considered. We are looking into the possibility of a
French visit to Silverstone Race Circuit. An idea about book exchanges between libraries is now being planned.
Winslow Lions are seriously looking at a link with Lions in Neukirchen-Vluyn. Links between Rotary Clubs in each town
are being considered.
If any of these ideas appeal to you or you have your own suggestions to an extent that you would be willing to be part of a team to investigate further, please let me or Sue know and I will pass your name on.
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