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Newsletter December 2016

Dear Member,

It is not too long ago that you received the Autumn Newsletter and here I go again. Time seem to be flying by, Christmas will be here in 3 weeks’ time and then the new year will be in front of us with new challenges & events ahead.

One of the events will be the exchange visit from Rustington to Künzell.  An official invitation has been received from Künzell for the 19th to the 23rd June, 2017. This is an open invitation to members of the Twinning Association. I would like to point out that it is NOT a requirement to  speak the language, as nearly all of our German hosts are near fluent English speakers, so don’t let that stop you from joining the group.

The travel costs cannot be determined as yet, but first enquiries show prices around £165.00.  We would need to have your replies during this month because we intend to book the flights in January, as prices will increase as the date gets closer. Additional details will be forthcoming as soon as they are available.  If you are interested in taking part in the visit, please contact Gina Ali on 01903 782185 as soon as possible.

The Advent Celebrations on the 27th November in the Woodlands Memorial Hall was one of the best events I have experienced with the Association.  As people entered the hall, they were greeted by Father Christmas handing out a small package to everyone.  We had a U3A choir, The Songbirds, with 26 Ladies, as well as a children’s choir from our Corporate Member, the Rustington Community Primary School. The original estimate on the number of children was about 20 and it took us by surprise when we were told that the choir consisted of 64 children.  The hall was packed full and the audience enjoyed all the well-known Christmas carols.  It was amazing to listen to both choirs singing two carols in the German language. It was spellbinding.  When the choirs had finished there was mulled wine, juices and mince pies for everyone before the raffle was drawn.

It was hard work for the committee members and their spouses but certainly worthwhile, judging by the comments we received.  So, watch this space! We certainly intend to repeat this next year. Make sure you will be there.

The next event will be the AGM on Tuesday, 14th March, 2017 at 19.30 hours, in the John de Bohun Room in the Woodlands Centre.

I would like to step down as chairman and we are looking for someone to take over.  I have enjoyed my 3 years at the helm of the group but have the very strong conviction that the leadership should not rest in the hands of a German person, being twinned with Germany. When I took on this position I only wanted it to be in a caretaker role until a new leader was found. After 3 years, I feel that the time has come to pass this honour on to one of you. You will have the opportunity to meet interesting people, make lots of friends and enjoy yourself by doing so.  Organisational skills would be good.  Please contact me or Andy McLachlan our hon. Secretary if you like some more information.  Again, language is not a problem.

In my last newsletter I asked for 2 or 3 of your favourite recipes. So far, I have received 4.

Please let me have some as soon as you can, perhaps after the Christmas rush is over, when you have a little more time.  Please state weights and measures in metric. I do need time to translate these and to compile a book out of it. Please help me to achieve this.

Finally just a quick reminder that we need your support and we would ask you not to forget that membership renewal looms ahead in January.  The fees have been slightly increased, the 1st increase for some years.

From £6.00 per person to £ 7.00

From £10.00 per family to £ 12.00

From £12.00 Corporate Membership to £ 15.00

Payment can be made direct by BACS transfer, by cheque to the membership secretary, or by cash to any committee member. Please see the website www.rustingtontwinning.org for additional details.

We are going to put an events calendar together during December and will email or post the details to you before the New Year.

I found the following quotation from Neil Gaiman inspirational:

I hope that in this year to come you make mistakes.

Because, if you make mistakes, then you are making new things, learning, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.

You’re doing things you’ve never done before and more importantly, you’re doing something.

Everybody on the committee wishes you a peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Gina Ali

Recipe contributions please to:  gisela.ali@sky.com