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.
On the 5th January, eighteen members and guests of the Association gathered at the Penmorvah Manor hotel for our Festive |Dinner. For the second year running, the hotel did us proud and laid on a sumptuous meal with all the usual Christmas trimmings and an opulently decorated table.
Evening dress was optional but everyone turned out in their finery and enjoyed a fantastic evening amongst friends. it was lovely to see some new faces and the presence of family members and friends contributed further to making it a memorable evening.
we enjoyed pre-dinner drinks and congregated around the warming fire in the lounge after the meal and managed to keep the bar staff up well past their bedtime!
Eight of us stayed over for the night and enjoyed a hearty Penmorvah Manor breakfast before winding our weary way homeward.
A very enjoyable evening and thanks to our Secretary, Helene, for organising it.
Even Peter's speech wasn't too boring!
What an evening to finish our social events for 2017! Our motley crew got together at the home of Nigel and Fran, on Friday, for a festive evening of ‘Carols and Mince Pies’ -washed down with lashings of wine!
It was the evening of December 8th that we gathered together in their dining room to exercise our vocal chords on some of the best loved carols and Christmas songs. The room was full of Christmas cheer, including several Santas, an angel and a wise man that turned up to help. The standard of the fancy dress this year was so high that the judge, Helene, donned a very convincing. wig and gown to do the judging. Much to the elf’s chagrin, the prize of a litre of Baileys, donated by the judge, was given to a penguin with a split personality! The angel is still not talking to the penguin!
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.
On Friday 13th October (unlucky for some!) the Association had a get together in lieu of the French twinning visit that normally takes place around this time of year. Fifteen members and guests met at the Upper Deck Restaurant at Falmouth Marina and enjoyed a lovely meal in very pleasant surroundings. The whole evening was very enjoyable and everyone present remarked that we should do it more often! - Watch this space!
Monday 25th September, members of the Association met with Andrea and Ronan in the Harbour Lights restaurant for a very enjoyable fish and chips supper. Ronan and Andrea were both paying a private visit to Falmouth and stayed with Pamela and Angela respectively. Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to attend. I know our guests both enjoyed it. Hopefully, the rest of their stays go just as well.
Coffee, juice and a variety of delicious cakes were laid on by the Mayor and served with a friendly smile by Val Rogers, the Mayor’s secretary. There was also the obligatory raffle to raise extra funds. The main raffle prize was a litre of very good gin donated by Pamela Wentzell. This was waltzed off by Councillor Marcella Martin. Marcella is the newly appointed Councillor with responsibility for town twinning.
During the morning, the Mayor presented a Falmouth tie to Herr Rolf Wille and a town lapel badge to his wife Gudrun. Rolf and Gudrun are members of the Rotenburg twinning who are on a private visit to Cornwall.
Thanks to the Mayor and his wife June, Mark Williams the town clerk, Val and everyone who attended, it was a very enjoyable and successful morning. All the proceeds will help towards making next summer’s visit of our twin Rotenburg Wümme go with a swing. It will be a very special visit indeed as it will commemorate the 50th anniversary of our friendship.
At 7.30 on the evening of 22nd July, eleven members gathered at Peter and Iris' house to show their photos and videos. There were contributions of photos from Reinhard, Peter, Helene, Angela, Nigel & Fran, June & Harold and Sheila & Harold.
The evening went down very well. Everyone enjoyed re-living the lovely time we had in Rotenburg.
A couple of videos, produced from the stills and videos taken, were very much the centrepiece of the evening. Copies of these videos have been sent to Rotenburg.
Members attending supplied the buffet and the drink. no one went home hungry or thirsty! ..... nor early!!
A very enjoyable evening!
On Friday 30th July, a good crowd gathered at Fran and Nigel's for Strawberries washed down with Cava and prosecco. The event started at 4 p.m. to take in the early evening sunshine in the garden but, the weather being unkind to us, we were confined to the parlour.
However, the evening was very good with about twenty people attending, quite profitable.
with the entrance fee and the obligatory raffle, the evening made in excess of £70 for the FTA.
Thanks to everyone who contributed food and drink. It was a great evening.
It was nice to see some new faces.
Everyone was singing with great gusto at the German Evening on Friday 12th May at peter and Iris' home. After bratwurst, sauerkraut, apfelstrudel and various other Germanic 'delicacies', Everyone attempted to sing in German accompanied by Peter and Viv on Guitars.
The evening also included attempting to learn some phrases that could be useful on our forth-coming trip to Rotenburg. There was a further attempt at singing on 26th May at Fran and Nigel's.