Nineteen members old and new gathered on Saturday 5 January at the Penmorvah Manor Hotel in Budock Water to enjoy a fabulous feast, ringing in a new year full of promise for the association. Festive spirit flowed with drinks kindly provided thanks to a generous contribution from our friends in Landkreis Rotenburg.
Chairman Peter Downie paid heartfelt tribute to those members sadly no longer with us, but also reflected on 2018’s successes for the association, with increased dialogue between officials in Falmouth and our twinned towns helping to further build relationships and the impetus behind our initiatives.
2019 is set to be an exciting year, with plans well under way for a group of 20 Douarnenez primary school children accompanied by four teachers to visit us for three days in June in an exchange set up with St Francis C of E Primary School. Meanwhile, many of us are looking forward to returning to Rotenburg in May. A friendly reminder also circulated that subs are indeed due – please contact our Treasurer Fran with your contributions!
Our Christmas Fancy Dress Party was held at the home of Nigel and Fran on Friday 21st December.
An hilarious evening included carol singing and a lot of laughter.
The buffet was provided by the members attending and the spread would have graced a king's table.
The highlight of the costumes was Fran's interpretation of Frosty the Snowman. She rightly won first prize for her costume.
The prize, a well stocked Christmas hamper, was donated by our secretary, Helene. Helene even came dressed as a judge to add some gravitas to the proceedings
Mike and Nigel entertained with their modified version of the 12 days of Christmas. - and the reggae version of Mary's Boy Child has to be heard to be believed!
The evening was lubricated by donated wine and beer and supplemented by prosecco left over from the Rotenburg visit. Altogether a fabulous evening and thank you to everyone who participated and contributed.
On Saturday morning 12th May, the Association held a coffee morning at Peter and Iris' house. A small but select few of our stalwarts attended. We were very lucky with the weather and the whole morning was held, raffle and all, sitting in glorious sunshine. iris provided a sumptuous assortment of cake and biscuits that was complimented by the welcome additions from some attendees. A small fee was charged and, along with the proceeds of the raffle and a book sale, the morning made a creditable sum of £48 for the FTA funds. It was really nice to see Harold was fit enough to be there with Sheila.
The Association's AGM was held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at the town council chamber. The Mayor, Councillor Grenville Chappel presided and the meeting was chaired by Peter Downie. The meeting was very successful and four new members signed up on the night. The committee was re-elected 'en-bloc' and will be meeting next week to arrange another year of socials and twinning visits. There was coffee and biscuits available during the meeting and afterwards there was wine, a lovely buffet and the obligatory raffle. A very satisfactory evening and a very warm welcome to our new members, especially to Barry & Linda.
4th November saw a Fireworks BBQ at Peter and Iris' house. 18 members gathered for the fireworks extravaganza managed by Nigel and Viv. Luckily the weather broke kindly for us and the display was only briefly interrupted by rain.
People attending brought food and drink to supplement the BBQ of pork steaks, bratwurst and various kinds of chicken. There was more food than we could possibly eat and Peter had some of Pat's sausage rolls for breakfast the next morning. The buffet also fed the wildlife at Pulla Cross for the following week at least!
After the fireworks and BBQ, we practised a few sea shanties to entertain the Germans when they come over, and Viv led a sing-sing, playing his guitar with Pete trying valiantly to follow on his! Overall it was a fabulously enjoyable night. Brilliant!
A small delegation from Douarnenez visited Falmouth between 29th October and 1st November. It comprised of two teachers, one council official with responsibilities for tourism, the new head of the Jumelage, Francoise and her husband John and two teenage daughters.
Their mission was to set up or improve contacts between Falmouth and Douarnenez with emphasis on schools and tourism.
Having arrived on the Sunday, the party spent the day hosted but Mark Jones at Falmouth School. After a welcome by the Head, there was a tour of the school, a visit to a primary school and after lunch, they sat in and helped with a French lesson.
The Tuesday started with a reception in the Mayor's parlour hosted by our mayor, Grenville Chappel. after that they visited the tourist office and exchanged information and a plethora of posters, etc. The day finished with a visit to SourceFM where they were interviewed by Phil Shepherd. The also started to set up links between their local radio station and ours.
Overall, the visit was very successful and a way forward for the twinning between our towns was agreed. The school pupil exchanges should start at Easter and the Twinning Association has been invited to visit Douarnenez in September 2018.