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Arrangements are well under way for the visit of our friends from Laon and we now have more details.

The party from Laon will arrive in Winchester on the afternoon of Friday 22nd May and will leave on the morning of Monday 25th May. We are expecting 46 people plus, possibly, some members of La Villanelle Choir. We may struggle to accommodate that number of people so if any of you could help by taking in one or two extra people, or know of anyone else who could help, please let us know. Thanks to those of you who have already told us you will be able to host but Iím still waiting to hear from some people. If you havenít told me you can (or cannot) host and know the names of your guests it would be a great help if you could reply to this email and let me know right now. We do have a list of those people coming from France, and I hope to be sending you all a final list soon, but I canít do it until Iíve heard from all of you!.

On the Saturday we propose to visit London, by coach, for a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. We will arrive in London late morning and after lunch (either a picnic or in a pub or restaurant of your choice Ė more details to follow) we will have a guided tour of Parliament. There will be both French- and English-speaking guides. A number of people have expressed concern over the likely cost of providing lunch for any extra guests during the London trip. One option is, of course, to take a picnic, but we are looking at ways in which we can subsidise meals for extra guests. Obviously we will have to set a limit.

On Sunday evening we have booked Otterbourne Village Hall for a Barn Dance. We have booked an excellent band, the Woodsiders, with their caller Charles Haskell, who speaks some French. Food will consist of a Bring & Share supper and drinks will be provided. If members of La Villanelle choir come, we will organise some kind of recital earlier on the Sunday. The new Mayor, Councillor Angela Cleare, and her Escort, have accepted our invitation to join us for the evening. Unfortunately, as itís a Bank Holiday, the Mayor is unable to invite us to visit Abbey House on this occasion.


Following an enjoyable meal last year at La Place, we have booked a table for 20 people at La Parisienne in Romsey on the evening of Wednesday 1st April. A 2-course meal will cost £20 although drinks, and probably coffee, will be extra. I should have added in my last email that we intended to add a service charge of £2 to the cost of the meal. As many of you have already paid, we will now collect a voluntary tip of £2 from those that wish to contribute to it, at the end of the meal. I received feedback this week that some people had decided not to come as they had assumed we had already reached a ceiling of 20 people who had booked the meal. That is certainly not the case, so please join us. If there is demand for more than 20 places we will try to book them; otherwise unfortunately places will have to be filled on a Ďfirst come, first servedí basis.

We do hope youíll be able to come. If you would like to join us, please let me know, by return if possible, and send a cheque for £20 payable to Winchester-Laon Twinning Association to our Treasurer, Elspeth Brown as soon as you can since, as stated above, places will be allocated in order of booking.

Tim Foster is running the Paris Marathon on Sunday 12th April 2015 for the Winchester Ė Laon Twinning Association

I have a place to run the Paris Marathon on the 12th of April. Rather like the London Marathon this is a mass event with thousands of runners getting round the 26.2 mile course that starts and ends in the centre of Paris. I wanted to use the run to raise funds for Winchesterís Twinning Association with our French companions from the town of Laon in Picardy. My wife Gill and I joined the Twinning Association shortly after we moved to Winchester some 10 years ago and we have loved the sense of community that the association offers and especially the link to the French members from Laon. It feels very important, and especially relevant to our present times, that the Twinning Associations around Europe arose as a response to the horrors of the Second World War, and in the belief that links of friendship between countries promote and protect peace.
Although the Laon partner of our Twinning Association is generously supported by the French civic authorities, our Winchester branch is a small body with no regular support from the council, and so is always short of funds. Any sponsorship for my run would really help the Twinning Association to continue. Contributions can be made by cheque made out to the Winchester-Laon Twinning Association and sent to our treasurer Elspeth Brown (details below). Please add a note to say it is for marathon sponsorship or write it on the back of the cheque. As the Twinning Association is not a registered charity we cannot claim gift-aid on any contributions, so there is no need to complete a gift-aid declaration. I hope that any publicity about the run will also help to make more people be aware of Winchesterís own French Twinning Association and encourage more people to join. New members are assured of a warm welcome and information about the association can be found on this web-site.

I am hoping for a sunny, dry day in Paris on the 12th of April and my aim is to complete the 26.2 miles within four and a half hours. Please do sponsor me and support the Twinning Association if you are able to and encourage your friends to do so as well!




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