HAYWARDS HEATH TWINNING NEWS August 2005 Roger’s Rumblings I’m writing this in July, and the four French students from Bondues have finished the first week of their work experience and are all enjoying themselves. One evening, Margaret and I, Peter and Hazel Parr, Judith and Fred Bone, and Tony Willcox, their hosts, took them down to Brighton Marina for Ten Pin Bowling and a Pizza. Somebody thought it was 'Twin Pin Bowling' - not a bad idea. If anyone is interested in a game of Tenpin Bowling followed by a meal at the Marina, please give me a call and we’ll put it together. My thanks to the Hosts, and those providing employment for making the Work experience the success it is, but especially to Peter Parr who has so ably organised it. I must also thank John Keating for the way that he organised the Bondues visit at the beginning of June. I understand that it was a resounding success: unfortunately Margaret and I were in Lyon visiting Haywards Heath Lions Club's twin club for the 35th anniversary of their twinning, and a visit that I had personally organised Coming up during the coming months is a visit by Bondues over Bonfire Night weekend, a resumption of the Quiz Nights and other events, including the Annual Dinner on January 20th, 2006, at Haywards Heath Golf Club, and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Having got into the 'year' after the first 3 months, the Management Committee is settling down to the bi- monthly meeting cycle, and I would thank all the members of the committee for their support. The way the committee is working has improved, and the association, as a whole, will benefit. Have a happy summer holiday!!!! Roger Stevens Chairman Thanks to French Joinery for their assistance in reproducing this newsletter What We’ve Been Doing…. TWIGS Blazes on….. Yet again TWIGS have enjoyed several golfing fixtures in warm sunshine! At th the beginning of June the 5 meeting with Bondues took place at Hassocks and we welcomed 7 golfers and 1 guest from Bondues and had a most enjoyable Texas scramble. The winning team was Dave Bridger, Christina Barratt & Didier Descamps who received their trophies from Vice President Sue French, who also presented medals to all the participating golfers as a memento. Nearest the pin was won by Pat Weir and the longest drive by Pierre de Visme. Everyone then enjoyed a typically English meal following which Vice Chairman, Julia Vokes, welcomed everyone and then secretary of Twigs thanked all but especially the hosts for providing overnight accommodation for the French guests. Later in June the annual 9 hole competition was held at Cuckfield Golf Centre. In a closely fought event the eventual winner was Colin White with 22 points and the runner up was Brian Austin on countback from Bob Awcock. Nearest the pin was Richard Riley and the longest drive was Keith Fisher. After an evening meal at the Wheatsheaf Vice Chairman, Julia Vokes presented the prizes and the Secretary of Twigs welcomed Yolande Battrum as a new member. As Secretary of Twigs I have yet to find another golfing society that welcomes spouses and partners to the evening meals and this helps to give Twigs its unique flavour. If you would like to be part of this please contact me on 412757. Colin White. L’Entente Cordiale The exchange of visits between the Haywards Heath & Bondues has been an integral part of twinning and earlier this summer we were delighted to welcome a group from Bondues for a weekend in Sussex. Their visit commenced with an al fresco lunch at ‘The Eight Bells’ at Bolney before travelling to Arundel Castle for a most informative tour of the Castle and some free time in the town. After spending the evening with their host families everyone set off the following morning for Portsmouth where they explored Gunwharf Quays and enjoyed a trip round the harbour. In the evening a skittles contest was held at ‘The Royal Oak’ Barcombe. The visit concluded with a short tour of Haywards Heath followed by lunch before our friends departured for a visit to Leeds Castle and the shuttle home. Thanks are due to John Keating for all his work in co-ordinating the weekend to ensure that it was a notable success. Dates for your diary….. Wednesday 17th August – Twigs Golf. For this outing Twigs will be playing at Mid Sussex Golf Club where the format will be a team stableford followed by a 2 course dinner to which partners and members are welcome. The cost for those playing is £30 and £12 for the meal. If you are interested in participating please contact Colin White on 412757 as soon as possible. Wednesday 7th September – Twigs Golf. This time Twigs are playing at Haywards Heath, again in a team stableford followed by dinner for partners and members in the clubhouse. Tee off time is 2.00pm. For more details and to reserve your place please contact Colin White on 412757. Friday 30th September – Quiz Night at Age Concern. This will be our first quiz after the summer break so come along to test the brain cells and enjoy a fish & chip supper. The cost is £7 and bring your own drink. Contact Julia on 452826 or by email to book your place. 30th September – 9th October – Truna in Traunstein. This is the regional biannual trade fair (a bit like the South of England show, without animals) and we will have a stall there to promote Haywards Heath. Traunstein’s 3 other twin towns will also be represented, so there will be quite an international flavour to events. If you are interested in attending, even if only for a few days, please contact David Turner on 452217 Future events include the Annual Dinner at Haywards Heath Golf Club in January 2006 and the return of Shamrock in Spring 2006……..watch this space!! Julia Vokes can be contacted on 452826, by email at email@example.com, or by letter at 7 Blunts Wood Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1ND. The next newsletter will be published in early October, so if you have anything you would like included please let Julia know before 25th September 2005.