2023 AGM – Chair’s Report

Annual General Meeting – 23 November 2023

Welcome to everyone this evening and my apologies for not being in attendance.

We have had a very busy year mainly preparing for and entertaining a group of 13 friends from Villedomer.

Myself and Tony Smith met them at Stansted Airport where we had arranged for a coach to bring them to the Pavilion for a welcome drink and a fish and chip supper which was very successful and enjoyed by everyone.

On the Saturday we arranged an outing to the Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens which proved a good choice by us and it was interesting to see everyone’s “inner child” come out on the Carousel. The steam trains were also great fun. We also arranged for a Ploughman’s Lunch which was excellent both in quality and service. After Lunch we explored the beautiful gardens.

On the Sunday we had a Progressive Lunch around the village which although involved a lot of work was much enjoyed by our visitors.

It was an early departure for them at 4.30 am on the Monday morning to Stansted Airport. We again arranged for a coach and they were accompanied by Jill and Geoff Gardner.

I am pleased to report that a return visit by us to Villedomer is scheduled to take place on the first weekend in May. Ryanair have now published their flights for this month. We can fly to Tours on the Friday but will have to come back from Poitiers on the Monday. We are waiting to hear back from Villedomer if this works for them. This arrangement is for the whole of May. We will keep you updated.

We have one retiring committee member this year, Kathleen Foreman. Can I thank her for looking after the membership and 100 Club lists and for producing the Newsletters? She has been a great supporter of the Twinning Association over the years and we wish her well for the future.

Can I finish by thanking the Committee for their support during the past year?

Thank you.

Tony Hore