NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2017
Petersfield Twinning Association
Designed by Phil Chapman.
Promoting goodwill and friendship with Barentin in France & Warendorf in Germany
Warendorf 2017 was, I think, a fitting commemoration of our ten years of Twinning with the “Freundeskreis Warendorf Petersfield”, both officially (at the “Rathaus”) and personally (with the family exchanges).
We were delighted to have our Mayor, Jamie Matthews, and his family with us for the civic ceremony. Throughout the week, we were blessed with fine, dry weather. As for the organised activities, they were as varied and enjoyable as always: our skills in Pretzelmaking were tested to the full at the Diepenbrock bakery; the open-air sculpture exhibition in Muenster allowed us to see a new angle on the city; Detmold was a novel experience for us and allowed us to learn the history of this thriving community (about one and a half times the size of Winchester); the massive Hermannsdenkmal was impressive; and the research nursery at the Hof Strotmeier gave us the opportunity to ask questions about the cultivation of flowers and vegetables with which some of us were familiar.
Between all these events, there was the usual offering of fine dining, scrumptious coffee and cakes breaks and time with our hosts for family gatherings, cycle tourism and general meandering through Warendorf town and the surrounding countryside. We must also remember the hard work put in by our driver, Kay, who shared some of our activities with us and seemed keen to immerse herself completely in the German way of life.
Here is our programme for the next three months:
EVERY FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH:
Meet at the Half Moon in Sheet, 7.00 to 9.00pm.
Get-together for all, newcomers welcome.
WEDNESDAY 4th OCTOBER
BEETLE DRIVE at The Half Moon, Sheet.
Baked potato with fillings. (£13 per head).
Please pay Peter Lesniak by 26th September if you are coming, as the Half Moon need to know our numbers in advance. We are inviting other local - including Twinning - groups. There will be a raffle too - so please offer a prize if you can!
MONDAY 23rd OCTOBERTO SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER
Two work experience students from Warendorf, Isabella (17) and Simon (17), will be hosted by Bob and Dinah Duffy and David and Irene Jeffery respectively. Isabella will be employed at the Petersfield Post, Simon will be helping at T.P.S., the Library and One Tree Books.
If you can offer either (or both) some hospitality, a meal, an outing etc. during their stay, please get in touch with David Jeffery (01730 263889). Thank you!
WEDNESDAY 15th NOVEMBER
GRAND QUIZ at the Half Moon, 7.00 for 7.30pm, to be run by Jenny and Philip Brenchley.
Food: Baked potato with fillings (£13 per head).
A raffle will be held during the evening and other groups from the town and elsewhere are invited.
Please book your place with Peter Lesniak (01730 261837) by 8th November.
The dates for our visit to Barentin and the Warendorfers' visit to Petersfield are still to be confirmed, but we can expect that they will be timed, as usual, for late May and late August respectively. We will send you an email as soon as we know the details.