Cricklade Twinning  August 2018 Newsletter

Importance of Fund Raising

The recent visit by the French was a success, but we have to remember that to provide such a visit cost us nearly £4,000. To fund that level of expenditure we have to raise money from our events. 

In the last few years, we have achieved success in this area, but we need to sustain or improve this effort, if we are to make events free both to guests and hosts and to maintain the quality of the visit.

The Wine Tasting and Bottle Stall contributed some £600 to our funds, The BBQ is largely a social event for folks already associated with Twinning, but the money raised from attendance and the raffle helps to make a contribution.

BBQ – Saturday 28th July 5pm

Start time will be 5.00pm at Chris & Cathy Atkins Home at 45 High Street, Cricklade.

 Tickets are £8.50 a head. Non-adults go free.

Remember to bring own chairs, drinks and glasses.

Please phone Jane Whinfrey on 750048 to let us know you are coming, so we can make sure we provide enough food. Please also let us know of any special dietary requirements.

If you would like to provide a pudding, please feel free.

Raffle prizes as ever would be greatly appreciated.

Other Scheduled events for 2018

  • Beetle Drive – Saturday 6th October at Jenner Hall
  • Barn Dance – Saturday 3rd November at Town Hall

Previous Events

Twinning Visit - 5th to 7th July 2018

A glorious weekend weather wise with sun throughout. Ideal when you are welcoming some 40 guests.

Thursday's flight to Bristol was slightly delayed, our guests were in Cricklade by 6.30pm. Everyone dispersed to spend the evening with their host families or even to have a go at rounders at the Leisure Centre.

Friday a 9am start and then off to Lacock, with its abbey, museums and quaint streets. Lunch at the Garden Centre or elsewhere depending on one's preference. On the way back to Cricklade we followed France's progress to  the semi-finals of the World Cup. Back to Cricklade for the 4.30pm Civic reception at the Town Hall, kindly laid on by the Town Council. Chair of Cricklade Town Council, Cllr Mark Clarke, welcomed the French and exchanged gifts with Jean-Louis Roger, the mayor of Sucé. Evening with families although quite a few of us visited the Jicsaw Thai Restaurant.

Saturday another early start as we set off for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Cheltenham Station. Travelled in our own reserved carriages through the Cotswolds to Broadway behind a restored steam locomotive. Lunch in Broadway and then back on the train to Cheltenham either directly or via the intermediate stations - Toddington, Winchcombe, Gotherington. Some of us were eagerly following England's triumph in the quarter finals. Back to Cricklade in time for the Barn Dance with Lamb roast at the Town Hall, which went on to 11pm. Thanks again to Mr Tickles for his excellent management of the evening and to Robert Collis for the excellent food.

Sunday, a day with families, with the option of croquet. Those who took advantage of Swindon Croquet Club's extremely kind offer to show us the rudiments of the game. Many were sceptical at the start - "how hard can that be", but soon found how much it depends on skill and strategy. A lot of fun was had by all. Thanks to Clive Smith for organising it for us.

Monday another early start for our French guests as they set out to Cheddar on the way to Bristol Airport. But not until we had taken a few group shots for the memory.

Group photo before departure

Call My Bluff Wine Tasting - 9th June – Jenner Hall

An amazing success with nearly 50 tasters. Our expert for the night was Simon Griffiths of Appellation Nation. We tasted one sparkling wine (a full glass) then 2 whites and 3 reds in tasting quantities (some had a little more).

Thanks to our Call My Bluff panel of Celia Binfield, Chris Atkins and Chris Hodgson. A big thank you to Jane Whinfrey for organising the excellent food. Thanks to everyone who provided raffle prizes, ran the raffle or helped set up and clear the hall.

Bottle Tombola at Cricklade Festival – Sunday 17th June

A very successful day at the Cricklade Festival, takings were a bit down on last year due to not having as many bottles, so we sold out early. Thanks to all who helped organise and man the stall and who spent money at the stall. 

Committee Meetings

The next Committee meetings: Date and location will be agreed at the BBQ