Annual Report of the Bradford Peverell – Saint Sébastien de Raids Twinning Association

The year began last autumn with the annual Bradford Peverell/Piddlehinton skittles match at the Three Compasses, Charminster – they beat us, as usual, but we’re not proud, and we’ve even dared to challenge them again.  The County Twinning Association annual quiz was stimulating as ever (we managed to come 5th), and we particularly appreciated the clarity of the questioner.  We had a lively fund-raising concert in January, consisting of four Pianists and a Diva, and a rewarding Garden Party in August. 

When our friends from Saint Sébastien came over in May the ferry timetable was extremely inconvenient, they arrived very early on the Friday morning.  Because one of our members was also a member of the RNLI, we were able to take some of them for breakfast at the RNLI College at Poole, which was very useful.  We then went to Corfe Castle, which was a good preparation for our visit to Kingston Lacy on the Saturday.  The National Trust let us down, maintaining that nobody on duty that day had knowledge of our booked group visit, but other than that the day was a great success.

There was also the opportunity for a game of croquet on a beautifully green English lawn on the Friday afternoon, for those who felt more active.  In fact one of the best things that has happened this year is that we have been approached by the Youth Organiser in Périers to see if they could make a link with a similar organisation in our area, and we were able to put them in touch with the Youth Club in Stratton. If this works out, we would like to think that we had done something for younger people whose families are not likely to get involved with twinning, and to enhance our reputation locally.

When we went to Saint Sébastien in September we had a real treat, a trip to Mont Saint Michel.  It was a particularly happy weekend, as you can probably see from the smiling faces below: