Minutes June 2019

Minutes of the committee meeting held in The Mullions breakfast room.

Wednesday 26th June 2019. The meeting started at 7.50 pm.

 

  1. Welcome, introductions and apologies for absence:

 

PRESENT: David Brunt (chairman) DB, Tom Winn (vice chairman) TW,  Marina Richards (treasurer) MR, Jacqui Knight (secretary) JK, Francis Knight FK, Paul Badman PB, Catherine Atkins Ca.A, Kay Strain KS, David Atkins DA, Rebecca Wells RW

 

APOLOGIES: Claire Axten, Barbara Fry, Peter Fry, Sally Wood, Trevor Skinner, Gabbie Butler, Katrina Dumontroty, Barbara Cowell.

 

  1. Minutes of the May meeting: DB checked that everyone had read the minutes from the previous meeting and signed them as a true record.

 

  1. Matters Arising: Everyone agreed The Mullions breakfast room is suitable and will be the venue for future committee meetings. JK will book the room for the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm; apart from in December when there is no committee meeting.

 

  1. Treasurers Report:    Current account balance £3,685.48

    Deposit account balance £8,042.13

 

MR reported that it has been clarified that the £1000 paid by BACS into the Street Twinning bank account was the grant from the Street Parish Council. DB will send a thank you to the Street Parish Council.

 

a)    Bric a brac market stall – Thursday 23rd May. Joint stall with Meriman Park community group and proceeds were split in half giving Street Twinning a total of £55.35.

b)    Parish Council grant applicationMR has put in the application for 2020.

c)    Elmhurst School donation – Back in Nov 2018 Street Twinning had been asked by Elmhurst School and the Gravenchon Twinning Association if it would be possible for us to help by paying for the French children’s meals when they visited Elmhurst School this year. It was agreed by a majority of committee members, through email, that Street Twinning would donate £150. The French children have recently been staying in Street and the £150 cheque has been paid to Elmhurst School.

MR informed the committee that in the Parish Council application it states we support local schools. In 2018 we donated £100 to Elmhurst School which helped fund a BBQ for the French children. On that occasion we attended the BBQ to promote Street Twinning and we hope to do this for other local schools in the future.

 

  1. Visit to Gravenchon 2020: Please find attached a spreadsheet from KD which shows various ferry crossing options. The committee discussed this and DB stated that overnight travel with an early arrival time is not favoured by our Gravenchon hosts. The Euro tunnel was ruled out due to the long coach trip. DA and Ca.A will check out the DFDS crossing and report back at the next committee meeting. DA also suggested that we could do one way and then travel back on a different service if it offered better options. It was stated that previously the twinning had travelled by coach to the port and then travelled as foot passengers on the ferry, there is no financial saving in doing this and so thought not a good idea.

MR has asked for new quotes from coach companies to compare with the ferry options. DB said that after a recent trip he felt that Aston coaches are not preferable. KS suggested Bakers in Yeovil (different from Baker Dolphin) and MR will contact them. MR stated that some coach companies offer package deals that include the ferry crossing and she will enquire.

 

DB has not yet approached the U3A reference joining us on the exchange to play a boule match. It was decided to wait until we had more of an idea on how many members are interested in next year’s trip to Gravenchon. Please remember to contact JK if you maybe interested in travelling to Gravenchon next year. She is compiling a show of interest list of members. Provisional dates are Wed 15th April to Sun 19th April 2020. This coincides with school holidays both in England and France.

 

  1. Visit to Isny 2019: Nothing more to report at this stage

 

  1. Publicity / recruitment of new members:

 

a)    Mendip TimesJK sent an article about the visit from Gravenchon to Mendip Times and it was published in the June edition.

b)    Letter to schools - JK, DA, FK and Ca.A had got together to discuss a membership drive at local schools. It would be best to wait until the autumn to contact the schools as they are now nearing the end of term. A letter to each school will be prepared with a view to arranging a meeting with the head.

c)    Elmfest – Saturday 13th July at Elmhurst School. 2pm til 6pm, setting up at 1pm. It was agreed that having a stall at Elmfest would be a great opportunity for local parents to find out about twinning. It was agreed to have one stall with a few games for children to play and win prizes. On the stall will also be the usual photos and information plus the twinning flyers and forms for people to fill in if they are interested.

DB has a table and gazebo with weights that we can use. DA will lend us a couple games from The Lions. FK asked if the twinning would consider buying some tables to use on the various stalls. They need to be strong enough to hold the water and wine bottles. It was agreed that MR, FK and KS would source some. JK will contact members and arrange a rota of helpers on the day.

d)    Updating flyerRW is happy to source the printing of a new flyer.

e)    Greeting cardKS showed the committee a sample of the twinning greeting card. Kay will print 50 and it can also be adapted to a Christmas card.

f)     Updated membership packJK has updated this and sent to the new family. It consists of the twinning document, membership form and lottery information. At the AGM it was proposed that the membership fee should increase to £15 per adult effective from the 2019 AGM. This had received unanimous support at the time and in light of this it was agreed that no membership fees will be collected from new members until the AGM this year so as everyone pays the same yearly fee.

 

  1. Fundraising for 2019:

 

a)    Baltonsborough ShowDB stated that the twinning used to have a stall at this event and it takes place in August. It was thought by all a good idea but to perhaps do this next year. A human fruit machine was a popular idea where twinning members would hold up a piece of fruit in a partitioned gap, or window, like a slot machine and people would win a prize for 3 in a row or a certain sequence.

b)    Bric a brac stall – We have more stock and DA has contacted Val Appleby and a stall will be arranged in August.  

c)    Merriman Park Fun DaySaturday 7th September. The pitch fee has been paid. DB asked if we could source some plastic boxes to store the wine. We need to be able to store and transport them easily as normal cardboard boxes aren’t strong enough and if a lot of bottles are in them they become very heavy. JK will email all members when sending out the minutes to start collecting the following items; wine boxes which are free from Supermarkets and screw top wine bottles, please fill with water. Donations of bottles of wine will be gratefully received. Please hold onto these items for now. DA is happy to bring back 48 bottles of wine from France. The twinning have 15 bottles is storage.

d)    Choir – Nothing further to report.

e)    Quiz – Fri 8th Nov at the Victoria Club. All booked and more details will follow nearer the time.

f)     KS suggested a pizza fund raising evening. She knew of one that had taken place which was a good fundraiser. Carried forward to the next meeting.

 

  1. Website / Facebook  / Twitter: All being kept up to date

 

  1. Lottery winners this month:

 

1st  no.66  Trevor skinner

2nd no.73  Bobbie Lockyer

3rd  no.7    David Mozley

 

11. AOB: JK has compiled a supporters email list and will forward an updated members list to MR.

 

Minutes May 2019

Minutes of the committee meeting held in the Victoria Club Skittle Alley.
Wednesday 22nd May 2019.
The meeting started at 7.30 pm.
  1. Welcome, introductions and apologies for absence
    PRESENT: David Brunt (chairman) DB, Marina Richards MR, Jacqui Knight JK, Tom Winn TW, Peter Fry PF, Barbara Fry BF, Trevor Skinner TS, Francis Knight FK, Kay Strain KS, Gabbie Butler GB, Catherine Atkins Ca.A, David Atkins DA, Barbara Cowell BC, Rebecca Wells RW, Sally Wood SW, Paul Badman PB
    APOLOGIES: Claire Axten Cl.A, Katrina Dumontrotty KD
  2. Minutes of the April meeting:
    DB checked that everyone had read the minutes from the previous meeting and signed them as a true record
  3. Matters Arising:
    a) New venue for meetings as from June: Upstairs Parish room £8.50per hour but no lift. Strode Theatre £30per hour and not suitable during holidays as extra cost. Members houses discussed but not favoured. United Reform Church £15 for 3hrs and 10% off if 5 sessions booked. Mullions Hotel breakfast room is free if some bought drinks. It was agreed that TS would book the Mullions for the 4th Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm.
    b) Investiture: A very enjoyable evening and Nina Swift mentioned how wonderful Street Twinning is in her speech.
    c) Twinning Greeting Card: KS showed a draft A5 size folded card with the possibility of Street Twinning and logo on the front and blank inside costing 10-15p per copy. JK was keen for the email, website and Facebook address to be included and SW suggested a collage of 3 photos. KS agreed to get some quotes for different designs.
  4. Treasurers Report: Current account £3,389.11. Reserve account £8,040.76
    MR stated that a BACS payment of £1000 had been paid into the account but she does not know who it is from.
    Cheese and Wine Report: Please see attached report. Profit £373.67
    A well-attended event with lots of wine and food including many different cheeses. Thank you to Tina and Tony for their great hospitality and also to Gabbie and Martyn Butler for providing the games. TW said what a lovely evening it had been and was very happy to see Hazel and Ivor Russel at the event. It was agreed that JK will keep a Supporters email list so as non-members can be informed of any future fundraising events. If anyone knows of any non-members who would like to support such events please contact Jacqui with their email address so as they can be added to the list.
  5. Record of wine:
    DB has stock of 12 red and 3 white wine for future events
  6. Visit to Gravenchon: Wed 15th April to Sun 19th April 2020 (provisional until booked)
    KD contacted Brittany Ferries reference sailing from Portsmouth to Caen. They don’t have pricing yet and we can’t book until late Aug/Sept. A discussion followed about other possible crossings. Key points were time of travel and availability of day time cabins. An overnight crossing and a Dover to Calais crossing was not favoured. Other possible options of New Haven to Dieppe and Portsmouth to Le Harve were discussed and so JK will contact KD to see if she would be happy to look into these other options. MR had contacted some coach companies for quotes:
    Taylors Coaches 55 seater executive coach £3,450.00 (£3,300.00 last year), Bakers Coaches £2,250.00, SMC coach hire £3,000.00 Coach and Ferry travel carried over to the next meeting.
  7. Visit to Isny:
    Mon 28th Oct to Fri 1st Nov 2019 (booked) nothing further to report.
    Since the meeting it has been confirmed that the new family travelling to Isny now have a host family.
  8. Publicity / recruitment of new members:
    FK said it is important to follow up with people who show interest in the twinning. He mentioned a parish councillor who had attended a previous meeting as a potential new member. DA offered to contact him.
    Since the meeting we are in the June edition of Local Reach.
  9. Fundraising for 2019:
    a) Quiz: Fri 8TH Nov at the Victoria Club. More details will follow nearer the time.
    b) Bric a brac market stall: Val Appleby asked if we would help do a stall on Thurs 23rd May and split the profit 50/50. JK, FK, DB, GB volunteered.
    c) Strawberry Tea: Sunday 23rd June from 3pm at Avril and William Berry’s in Street. Cake and raffle prize donations please but no strawberry and cream cakes. Tickets are available from any committee member £7 adult £4 child (aged 5-14) Raffle and possibly a game of boule. Please take own chairs and picnic table if needed. Payments by BACS or cash/cheque to DB.
    d) Choir: DA is working on this idea. Carried over.
  10. Website / Facebook /Twitter:
    All being kept up to date
  11. Congratulations to the May lottery winners
    1st no. 56 Sandy Baird £20
    2nd no. 8 Tina Della Valle £10
    3rd no.14 Martyn Butler £5
  12. AOB
    RW asked if there could be a thank you letter sent to Millfield Security for allowing us to park the French Coach at Millfield during their stay. DB is happy to do this along with sending a thank you to Tina and Tony for hosting the Cheese and Wine.
Date of next meeting: Wednesday 26th June at 7.30 pm
Venue: The Mullions Hotel breakfast room.
51 High Street, Street.

Minutes April 2019

  1. Welcome, introductions and apologies for absence
  2. PRESENT: David Brunt (chairman) DB, Marina Richards MR, Jacqui Knight JK, Tom Winn TW, Peter Fry PF, Barbara Fry BF, Claire Axten Cl.A, Francis Knight FK, Kay Strain KS, Catherine Atkins Ca.A, David Atkins DA, Paul Badman PB, Sally Wood SW, Katrina Dumontroty KD
    APOLOGIES: Gabbie Butler, Barbara Cowell and Trevor Skinner. Since the meeting Rebecca has sent her apologies
  3. Minutes of the January meeting
    DB checked that everyone had read the minutes from the previous meeting and signed them as a true record
  4. Matters Arising
    a) Numbers for the Investiture: David and Veronica Brunt, Jacqui and Francis Knight, Barbara and Martin Cowell, Tom Winn, Gabbie and Martyn Butler. Since the meeting the numbers have been confirmed with the Street Parish Council.
    b) New Venue for meeting as from May: DA reported that The Bear charge £100. TW reported that there would be no charge for The Victoria Club. It is not available on a Wed but we could use the skittle alley short term. DB reported that the community centre charge £12 an hour and it is available every Wed. KD suggested Brookside School and will enquire. The Legion may charge but are booked every Wed. Ca.A asked if we could meet on a different night, the committee would be happy but not on Tues. TW will book the Victoria Club skittle alley for our May meeting.
    Since the meeting TW has booked the skittle alley for Wed 22nd May but the function room is now booked every night and so The Victoria Club is not an option for future meetings.
  5. Treasurers Report See attachment.
    Current account balance £1,283.25
    Reserve account balance £8,039.35
    DB questioned the refunds. A few hosts due to unforeseen circumstances either couldn’t host at the last minute or couldn’t attend the trip. As the visit had come in under budget it was felt by the subcommittee that it was possible to refund moneys paid by these members.
    DA pointed out that this year for various reasons the visit had been very good value for money but in the future the costs could be higher.
    TW formally thanked Cl.A and her team for such a great meal and service at the Dinner Dance. Cl.A replied saying she had enjoyed the event and that it had ran very smoothly.
  6. Visit from Gravenchon 2019
    JK read out the report for the Visit from Gravenchon. See attachment.
    Along with the agenda JK had asked hosts for any constructive feedback. William and Avril Berry had sent DB an email thanking everyone for their hard work and especially thanking Claire and her team. Sharon had sent an email from France, which DB had forwarded onto all members thanking everyone and said how much the French had enjoyed this year’s visit.
    JK reported that she has sent great reviews to Sally Vinyl, the Hairy Dog, West Somerset Railway, Dunster Castle and Taylors Coaches on behalf of Street Twinning.
    JK has sent a report along with a couple of photos to Local Reach and Central Somerset Gazette. Since the meeting JK has sent a report to the Mendip Times. We hope all of these reports will be printed soon.
    TW asked if a letter of thanks will be sent to the Parish Council for their event and it was agreed that DB will do this.
  7. Visit to Gravenchon 2020: Wed 15th April to Sun 19th April
    The dates which would suit the French are from Wed 15th April to Sunday 19th April 2020. Both French and English children are on school holidays during these dates which will enable hosts and guests to spend time together. Last year many families couldn’t travel to Paris as their children were at school.
    The dates were agreed by the committee with no objections.
    KD offered to look at ferry dates and prices with Brittany Ferries including the possibility of sailing to Le Harve. MR offered to contact Taylors coaches.
    Sharon has suggested a friendly boule match when we visit Gravenchon. DB suggested we could invite the U3A boule team. The committee then discussed the idea. Some concerns were raised i.e. extra travel arrangements and extra costs plus finding accommodation. DA said that this could attract more members and with carful budgeting it shouldn’t affect the overall cost to members. DB said that Sharon was keen for this to happen and would arrange accommodation and if possible find hosts. It was agreed that it would be a fun activity that all ages would enjoy and there is plenty of time to make arrangements before the next visit. DB will write to Peter Lander of the U3A boule team with an idea of cost and what the trip would involve. It would be nice if the team joined us for the whole exchange including the Dinner and Dance and any trips.
  8. Visit to Isny 2019: Mon 28th October to Fri 1st November
    BF reported that all members travelling to Isny have been contacted by email. Flights have been booked with Easy Jet from Bristol on Mon 28th Oct to Basel with a return flight on Fri 1st Nov 2019. The group of 30 people include a couple of new twinners and their two daughters. BF has received a lovely email from Isny stating that the town of Isny support the twinning which makes it possible to pick the group up from any airport no matter the distance. This made it easier to book the most convenient flights at a good price.
  9. Publicity / recruitment of new members
    With the new family travelling to Isny we are slowly gaining more members but there still needs to be a drive for new members as for various reasons quite a few members have left in recent years.
    JK asked DA for his assistance in coordinating a membership drive at local schools, as discussed at a previous meeting. It was agreed they would meet and formulate a plan.
  10. Fundraising for 2019
    a) Quiz: CHANGE OF DATE TO FRI 8TH NOV at the Victoria Club. More details will follow nearer the time.
    b) Bric a Brac market stall: BF and PF stated they were misquoted and would be happy to do the stall again. DA had checked with the Merriman Park Committee group and they have said yes to a joint event and for the proceeds to be split down the middle. PB asked for best sellers so as we can start collecting items, BF stated that children’s items and china sells well.
    c) Cheese and Wine: Fri 17th May at Tina and Tony Della Valle’s house from 7pm. Tickets £8.50 under 18’s £4.00. DA has 20 red and 6 white bottles of wine from France. Tina will organise food and put in expenses. The twinning glasses can be used. DB will liaise with Tina to see what is needed and will check if she needs raffle donations. Tickets are available from any committee member and payments should be sent to DB or paid by BACS.
    d) Strawberry TEA: Sunday 23rd June at Avril and William Berry’s house. MR will liaise with Avril to see what is needed. Ticket prices to follow shortly.
    (For both the above events JK will check with hosts before posting on FB. The twinning has enough raffle tickets in stock for both events.)
    e) Choir No update.
  11. Website / Facebook /Twitter
    JK reported that the Gravenchon posts have been very popular with lots of likes and shares. We have 118 followers including people in Isny and Gravenchon. The #sallyvinyl post reached 3500 people.
  12. Lottery winners this month
    1st prize no.25 Yvonne Jones
    2nd prize no.13 Tony Della Valle
    3rd prize no.21 Catherine Atkins
  13. AOB
    a) Notre Dame Cathedral: DB had received a suggestion from a member that the Association should give a cash donation to the fund for repairs to the Cathedral. He stated that having looked into the matter our constitution doesn’t allow us to make such donations. He suggested that those members who wish to donate can go online. There is a donation website don.fondation-patrimoine.org or members can google Notre Dame Cathedral for more details.
    b) JK and FK suggested a greeting card for Street Twinning which can be sent to say thank you or for condolences etc. There could be photos on the front with the Street Twinning logo and our contact details and it could be signed by the Chairman. This was agreed by the committee and JK and KS will work together to design one and get a quote for printing.
Date of next meeting: Wednesday 22nd May at 7.30 pm
in the Victoria Club skittle alley.

Visit from Notre Dame de Gravenchon 2019

6th April – 10TH April 2019

44 friends from Gravenchon travelled to Street and there were some new visitors, including children which is fantastic for the continuation of twinning. There were a few hiccups along the way in organising this visit but with great team work by the subcommittee and communication with Sharon in France everything ran smoothly during their stay.

They travelled by Ferry from Calais to Dover and arrived slightly earlier than expected. Each member of the subcommittee had been given a group of hosts and those hosts were made aware of their contact in case of emergencies. This system worked well and enabled hosts to be informed quickly of the new arrival time.

During the day on Sunday and Monday there was time to relax, catch up and time for new hosts and guests to get to know each other. The Dinner and Dance was held at Meadway Hall in Compton Dundon on the Sunday evening. A team of volunteers, including a few French guests, decorated the hall with the theme of a train trip to the beach. There were props of a train, photo frame and accessories that many people enjoyed taking photos with. Everyone was greeted with a glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival. We enjoyed excellent catering by Claire and team and danced to the lovely singing of Sally Vinyl.

evening the Street Parish Council hosted a reception in Crispin Hall. Tasty non-alcoholic beverages and a wonderful ploughman’s supper went down well with both English and French. We enjoyed music by Dylan Thomas and John and Ann Diment. Gifts were exchanged and a plaque celebrating 50 years of twinning was presented by Marie-Francoise Loison, deputy Mayoress of Gravenchon to the Street Parish Council and received by the Chair, Nina Swift. Stars displayed on the plaque were decorated during last year’s visit to Gravenchon and also by local school children during their visit to France. One plaque will be displayed in Street and the other in Gravenchon.

Tuesday was the trip day and a large group of 96 people travelled by coach to Bishops Lydeard and then onto Watchet by Steam train. The Subcommittee were informed with not much time to spare that maintence to the line from Watchet to Minehead had overrun and so would be closed. With quick adjustments made the trip still ran smoothly. West Somerset Railway provided a great service with two train carriages reserved for the twinning and we had a chance to take photos up front with the train driver.

Once in Minehead we walked to the Hairy Dog where we were all seated together and promptly served fish, chips and peas. Some then enjoyed deserts, drinks or a walk along the sea front before catching the coach to Dunster Castle. The drizzly rain didn’t spoil our enjoyment. Many went into the castle, some wandered around the gardens and tried their hand at archery or shooting whilst others ventured into Dunster village. We had a good journey home with a friendly coach driver and a great service provided by Taylors coaches.

Wednesday morning was an early start and time to say goodbye. With long lasting friendships reinforced and new friendships made, twinning is still going strong. We look forward to visiting our friends over in Gravenchon in 2020.

Minutes March 2019

Minutes of the committee meeting held in the John Webster room. Wednesday 27th March 2019. The meeting started at 7.30 pm.

  1. Welcome, introductions and apologies for absence
    PRESENT: David Brunt (chairman) DB, Marina Richards MR, Jacqui Knight JK, Tom Winn TW, Claire Axten Cl.A, Francis Knight FK, Gabbie Butler GB, Catherine Atkins, David Atkins DA, Rebecca Wells, Paul Badman, Barbara Cowell, Avril Berry, William Berry, Simon Carswell SC.
    APOLOGIES: Peter Fry, Barbara Fry, Trevor Skinner, Kay Strain, Katrina Dumontroty and Sally Wood who passed on her apologies to the secretary after the meeting.

  2. Minutes of the January meeting
    DB checked that everyone had read the minutes from the previous meeting and signed them as a true record.

  3. Matters Arising
    No matters arising

  4. Treasurers Report
    Current account balance £4,622.95
    Reserve account balance £8,038.07
    MR presented the Treasurers Report. This showed fundraising has totalled £2904.69 so far this year and incurred expenditure of £500.85. MR thanked FK for his input into updating the structure of the financial report. FK stated that based on recent accounts and costs of visits to us from Gravenchon and Isny that to breakeven we need to raise funds of about £6800 over a two year period, so £3400 per year.

  5. Financial Procedures Working Group (Marina, Tom and Catherine)
    TW reported that the group had made a start and will be looking at updating the financial procedures in the constitution. The constitution does mention property and TW asked DB if the Twinning items in the Parish Rooms are property of the Twinning or of the Parish Council. It was clarified that they were gifts presented to the Parish Council and so their property.

  6. Membership update and renewals
    DB welcomed Simon Carswell to the meeting. SC is a Parish Councillor who has shown interest in possibly joining Street Twinning.
    JK Reported that we have 74 members to date. 57 twin with Gravenchon and 25 twin with Isny. There are 8 members who twin with both.

  7. New venue for meetings as from May
    Cl.A explained that in May there will be preparations to move the library into the Parish Rooms and this is why we will need to find a new meeting place. The upstairs of the Parish Rooms is not big enough for large meetings. We do not pay to use the Parish Rooms. SC suggested the back room of The Bear, DA said that this is usually free of charge and offered to make enquiries. MR suggested the Victoria Club, TW stated that there is only the large function room and offered to make enquiries.
    Other suggestions were the Methodist Hall, United Reform Church, and British Legion.
    DA and TW will report back in April and it was agreed to try and stick to the fourth Wednesday of the month.

  8. Plaque from Gravenchon
    Cl.A said that the Parish Council has discussed the plaque and it could possibly be placed on an outside wall of the Parish Rooms. The plaque will be presented by Gravenchon to the Parish Council at the Parish Council event.

  9. Visit from Gravenchon 2019
    West Somerset Railway contacted MR stating that due to overrunning track maintenance at Blue Anchor the train will now stop at Watchet and not travel to Minehead. All hosts have been made aware of this change. Taylors coaches have confirmed that they will now pick up from Watchet Station and we will then travel by coach to Minehead. WSR have confirmed that we will still have sole use of two carriages.
    JK informed the committee that the Walton road will be closed on the day of the trip and so there will be a diversion for the coaches. It was agreed that the departure time would stay the same but please could everyone going on the trip make sure they arrive by 8.15am at the latest as the coaches must depart by 8.30am.
    GB showed the committee a photo of the finished train prop which looks fantastic and DB thanked all involved. Committee members suggested that this photo prop could be used at future events as a fun addition to our fundraisers.
    Sharon from France has informed JK that the Gravenchon guests will not be stopping for food in England and so they will probably all arrive hungry!

  10. Visit to Isny 2019
    Cl.A reported that the Isny organising group has looked at flights but they have not been released yet. Isny are happy to pick everyone up from any airport and so the group are looking at possibly flying to Basel again with EasyJet as this is likely to be the cheapest.

  11. Publicity / recruitment of new members
    FK reiterated how important it is to find new members for the twinning to thrive. There have been quite a few of our older members who have sadly left twinning recently. There are families, couples and individuals in both Gravenchon and Isny waiting for English Twinners.
    DB suggested that once the upcoming visit from Gravenchon has taken place then there should be a concerted effort to attract new members.

  12. Fundraising for 2019
    a) Quiz. Trevor Skinner had provisionally booked the Victoria Club for Friday 15th November. This is the same night as Wells Carnival. The committee suggested a change of date to Friday 8th November. TW will contact Trevor.
    b) Bric a Brac market stall. Trevor had sent a request to enquire about another stall as the previous one had been so successful. Cl.A said that Barbara and Peter Fry who had organised this in the past had found storage a problem and did not feel able to organise a future stall. There is no Bric a Brac left in storage. DA suggested that if we could find the people to man a stall then Merriman Park Community Group may have bric a brac to sell and we could possibly join forces and split the profits. It was agreed for DA to contact the Merriman Park group.
    c) Cheese and Wine. DB stated that Tina is happy for a maximum of 40 people to attend the event on Fri 17th May at her home. DB will print tickets. The first glass on wine will be free and then donations for subsequent glasses. DA will source the wine from France for the event.
    d) Strawberry Tea. Avril and William Berry have kindly offered to host this event again. It will take place at their home on Sunday 23rd June. DB will print tickets.
    e) Choir. DA and Tina have discussed this event and the idea is for 5 or 6 local groups to sing, play instruments for 15-20mins each at a local venue. Mix of music with a raffle, tea and biscuits and entry by donation. FK pointed out that there is a very similar event taking place in Crispin Hall soon and so it will be interesting to see if this is a popular event. DA asked if anyone has any suggestions of musicians, choirs, schools, soloists etc. to contact him. This event will hopefully take place in the autumn and maybe in a local church.

  13. Website / Facebook /Twitter
    All being kept up to date.

  14. Congratulation to the March lottery winners
    1st Kay Strain
    2nd Ed Rawlings
    3rd Tony Della valle

  15. AOB
    DB read out an email from the Parish Council which invites Street Twinning to attend this year’s investiture of the new chairman of the Street Parish Council. This will take place on Thursday 16th May 2019 at 6.30pm in Strode Theatre followed by light refreshments. Some of the committee members had been previously and said what a lovely event it is and how interesting it is to hear about activities that happen in Street.
    They need to know numbers by Friday 3rd May and so if any member would like to attend please contact Jacqui Knight our secretary before our next committee meeting jacqui1308@btinternet.com or 01458 840471. Six members have so far shown interest.
    Date of next meeting: Wednesday 24th April at 7.30 pm
    in the John Webster Parish Rooms

Minutes February 2019

Minutes of the committee meeting held in the John Webster room.

Wednesday 27th February 2019. The meeting started at 7.30 pm.

Welcome, introductions and apologies for absence
PRESENT: David Brunt (chairman) DB, Tom Winn TW, Jacqui Knight JK, Peter Fry PF, Barbara Fry BF, Claire Axten Cl.A, Trevor Skinner TS, Francis Knight FK, Kay Strain KS, Gabbie Butler, Catherine Atkins Ca.A, David Atkins DA, Rebecca Wells RW and Sheila Urwin
APOLOGIES: Marina Richards, Katrina Dumontroty, Paul Badman
  1. Minutes of the January meeting

    DB checked that everyone had read the minutes from the previous meeting and signed them as a true record

  2. Matters Arising

    No matters arising

  3. Treasurers Report

    Marina, the treasurer, was not present at the meeting. Carried over (After the meeting the secretary received the following figures from the treasurer)

    Current account balance £4694.43

    Reserve account balance £8036.84

  4. Financial Procedures Working Group (Marina, Tom and Catherine)

    Carried over

  5. Membership update and renewals

    JK reported that all membership fees have been received.

  6. Visit from Gravenchon 2019

    JK reported that all replies had been received

    Food update: The Dinner/Dance meal is 3 courses; cold platter to start, Roast pork with all the trimmings and for dessert Pavlova or trifle. There will be a vegetarian option but please inform JK ASAP of any dietary requirements so as the caterer can be informed of numbers. The meal in Minehead is battered fish, chips and peas. If you have not already done so please contact JK if this is not suitable due to dietary requirements

    Spare seats to Minehead: Please contact JK ASAP on 01458 840471 or email jacqui1308@btinternet.com on a first come first serve basis.
    Extra seats are £35 per adult and £15 for under 18’s. (If you are a National Trust Member you do not need to pay to get into Dunster Castle reducing the adult price to £23.50, no reduction for children as £15 is a reduced price as a donation towards travel and food)

    DA asked about the possibility of mixing French and English on the coaches. JK stated that due to the French Coach insurance this is unfortunately not possible.

    Cl.A presented two options to the committee for the Street Parish Council reception on Monday 8th April in Crispin Hall. A cream tea from 4pm - 6pm or Food and Drink from 6pm - 8pm. The decision was made by the committee to have the event at the later time of 6pm - 8pm so as it does not cut into the free day too much. Cl.A will report back to the Parish Council.

    The Sub Committee are meeting again on Monday 4th March

  7. Visit to Isny 2019

    BF reported that the Isny organising committee now have the list of hosts and there will be some new twinners travelling to Isny in October. They hope to book the flights within the next few weeks.

  8. Publicity / recruitment of new members

    JK asked if the letter to schools discussed at the January meeting could be postponed until after the visit from Gravenchon. This was agreed.

  9. Plaque outside Grinter’s pet shop

    DB spoke about the Street Twinning plaque which was originally on the side of Living Homes. When the building was renovated it was moved to the side wall of Grinter’s pet shop in the High Street. Martyn Butler noticed it was in disrepair and offered to restore it. GB reported that he has started the restoration and DB asked GB to thank him on behalf of the Twinning.

  10. Fundraising for 2019

    Quiz report:
    Tickets sold £125
    Raffle £82
    Total takings £207
    TS kindly donated the prizes and TW booked the hall at no cost to the twinning

    The Street Twinning Winter Quiz was held at The Victroria Club on 8th February. It was a very successful and enjoyable evening. DB and the committee thanked TS for organising and hosting the event. It was well publicised and attended by both members and non-members. DB would also like to thank everyone who donated raffle prizes and helped set up and pack away on the night. TS made a special mention to Jean Howard who kindly allowed use of the bridge tables which made a big difference as the Victoria club tables would have been too big for teams of four.
    TS agreed to do another quiz in November

    Cheese and Wine
    Tina Della Valle has kindly offered to host this event again at her home in Street. The date is set for Friday 17th May. Ticket price and further details to follow shortly. GB offered to follow up with Tina for the finer details

    Strawberry Tea
    Avril and William Berry will be contacted to ask if they would like to host this event again

    Choir
    DB had received an email from Tina with the idea of holding a choir event in a local church. A mixture of choirs in 20min slots which could include musicians. DA commented that this could be a very good fundraiser but would take a lot of organising. Carried over

  11. Website / Facebook /Twitter

    All being kept up to date

  12. Lottery winners this month
    1st no. 55 Bernard Squire
    2nd no. 19 Trevor Skinner
    3rd no. 45 David Mozley
    DB will contact Marina reference cheques for the winners

  13. AOB

    GB stated that Martyn has a large piece of wood that he would be happy to cut into a photo prop for the Dinner Dance. It was agreed that as we will be travelling by train to Minehead that it would be lovely to have a cut out of a train for putting heads through to take photos.
    (After the meeting TS mentioned having another Bric a Brac stall at the Street Market. Carried over to next meeting)

Date of next meeting: Wednesday 27th March at 7.30 pm in the John Webster Parish Rooms

Minutes January 2019

1. Welcome, introductions and apologies for absence

PRESENT: David Brunt DB, Tom Winn TW, Jacqui Knight JK, Marina Richards MR, Katrina Dumontroty KD, Peter Fry PF, Barbara Fry BF, Claire Axten Cl.A, Trevor Skinner TS, Francis Knight FK, Paul Badman PB, Kay Strain KS, Catherine Atkins Ca.A, David Atkins DA, Rebecca Wells and Helen Phillips.

APOLOGIES: Barbara Cowell, Gabbie Butler and Sally Wood.

2. Minutes of November meeting

David checked that everyone had read the minutes from the previous meeting and signed them as a true record.

3. Matters Arising

No matters arising

4. Follow up points from November minutes

Update from Claire reference checking if the Street Parish Council need our accounts to be audited: Cl.A reported that the Parish Council stated this wasn’t intended and the wording will be changed.

Record keeper of Street Twinning wine: DB reported that we do not have any wine in stock at the moment. Matter carried forward.

Working group (Marina, Tom and Catherine) reference reviewing financial procedures: Matter carried forward.

5. Change of committee meeting date from May 22nd.

The May meeting will be changed to Wednesday 15th May. Cl.A to inform the Parish Council.

6. Treasurers Report

Current Account total £3871.43

Reserve Account total £8035.48

Financial report for Christmas Cracker

Please see the attached Christmas Cracker financial report

7. Christmas Cracker Report

DB would like to thank everyone who had helped with this event. The stalls attracted a lot of people. The Water or Wine sold out. BF said it had worked very well having a water or wine stall and a bric a brac stall.

DB stated that there should be a laminate stating “Do Not Drink the water” displayed on future Water or Wine stalls. In future bottles of water will have a label stating this and will incorporate the usual sad face. MR and KS offered to print 250 sticky labels each when needed.

8. Membership update and renewals

JK presented an up-to –date membership list of paid and unpaid subscriptions. There are a few members’ payments outstanding. These members will be contacted in the coming week as payments are overdue.

9. Visit from Gravenchon 2019

Update from Subcommittee: Ca.A reported back to the committee with arrangements so far.

Saturday 6th April. Arrival in Street late afternoon/tea time. Meeting time and place to be confirmed. Guests to eat with their hosts.

Sunday 7th April. Free day. Dinner/Dance 6.30pm for 7pm. Meadway Hall, Compton Dundon.

The subcommittee will need help to set up and will call for helpers nearer the time.

Monday 8th April. Free Day. Street Parish Council reception early evening at Crispin hall for food and drink. Times to be confirmed.

Tuesday 9th April. Day trip. Departure time from Street to be confirmed. Coach to Bishops Lydeard. Catch the 10.15am Steam train to Minehead which arrives at 11.35am. Free time then lunch all together. Coach to Dunster Castle, time to be confirmed. Coach home, we hope to arrive back in Street by 6.30pm. Evening meal with hosts.

KD to ask Strode theatre if cars can be left in Strode carpark.

Wednesday 10th April. Guests leave for Gravenchon early morning. Time to be confirmed.

We need to find a place for the French coach to park whilst it is not being used. KD will contact the Victoria Club and JK will contact Elmhurst school. Other sites that we have used in the past are now unavailable. If any member has any ideas of a suitable parking place please contact a committee member asap.

The subcommittee meet again on Monday 4th February. After this meeting an email will go to all hosts with further details and costings. There are likely to be spare seats on the coach and train and members will be informed once numbers are confirmed.

Update on hosts: We would still like to find a host for the coach driver Francois, and the gardener Denis. Sharon needs to know by 30th Jan at the latest. If anyone knows of someone who can host or if any Isny members would like to host, even if it’s a one off, please let a committee member know asap.

Update from Sharon ref travel plans: The ferry has been booked and they will be travelling from Calais to Dover.

10. Stars from Gravenchon

The stars which people decorated at the Dinner/Dance in Gravenchon last year are being glazed. Half the stars will stay in Gravenchon and will be displayed. The other half will be brought over to England in April and presented as a plaque to commemorate the 50th anniversary.

DB will ask Sharon to send a picture of the plaque when it is completed so this can be sent with a formal letter to the Street Parish Council asking for the possibility of displaying this somewhere in Street. PB suggested Merriman park near our tree.

11. Visit to Isny 2019

BF reported that 29 members are hoping to travel to Isny this year. Flights are being looked at but the cheaper flights have not been released yet. The exchange will take place during the October half term for five days within the week from the 26th October and Saturday 2nd November.

We now have a Debit card but this is not suitable to use when booking flights. It was agreed that Cl.A will use her personal credit card to book flights. There will be another committee member present at this transaction and Cl.A will be reimbursed.

12. Publicity / recruitment of new members

The importance of attracting new members was raised especially as we have recently had quite a few leave the twinning for various reasons. As well as couples and individuals we do need new families to twin with those waiting in both Gravenchon and Isny.

JK suggested contacting local schools to talk to children and parents about twinning. A discussion then followed and it was suggested by DA that we book appointments to meet with Head teachers. We plan to discuss the possibility of attending parent evenings, summer fetes and assemblies with parents present. JK will draft a letter to local primary and senior schools and will make follow up telephone calls.

FK stated that last year Brookside school charged between £300 and £350 per child to travel to Gravenchon on an exchange with the school. A family of four travelled to Gravenchon with the twinning last year all-inclusive for £340. This is a very good selling point for families to join Street Twinning.

KD suggested contacting parents directly through Facebook. JK will look into posting on the “Parents of BA16” Facebook page and other pages to reach a wider audience.

13. Fundraising for 2019

Quiz Friday 8th February: TS is organising this event. It has been well advertised in the local area including Crispin Hall, Supermarkets, last week’s Central Somerset Gazette and February’s addition of Local Reach.

TS reported that some tables have been pre booked but we need more. If any member is available on the 8th February we would love your support at this event.

There will be a raffle, if members would like to donate prizes they would be gratefully received. BF offered to collect entrance money and JK offered to organise the raffle. JK and FK will organise a side table to promote Street Twinning. TS will organise prizes.

Cheese and Wine evening: Provisional date Friday 17th May. Matter carried forward.

Choir and Folk songs evening: No date set. Matter carried forward.

14. Website / Facebook /Twitter

All being kept up to date.

15. Lottery

TW reported that this year 74 numbers have been sold. People can still join. To join February’s draw it will cost £11 per number as you only pay for the months left in the year.

January Lottery Winners:

1st no.39 Gill Davey £20

2nd no.52 Emily Rowden £10

3rd no. 28 kay strain £5

16. AOB

We now have promotional pens with Street Twinning Association printed on the side. Cl.A stated that we have a stock of Street shopping bags. It was suggested that each family from Gravenchon could have a bag with pens and leaflets about the trip to Minehead. JK will source the leaflets.

Pens will also be given to BF to take to Isny in October.

JK received a reply from Mendip District Council in response to naming a road in Street after Isny to commemorate 25years of twinning. In the correspondence Mendip advised that we should approach Street Parish Council in the first instance. JK passed the email to Cl.A the council rep for the Twinning.

Date of next meeting: Wednesday 27th February at 7.30 pm in the John Webster Parish Rooms.

Minutes November 2018

Minutes of the committee meeting held in the John Webster room Wednesday 7th November 2018
The meeting started at 7.30 pm.
1. Welcome, introductions and apologies for absence

PRESENT: David Brunt (chairman) DB, Tom Winn TW, Jacqui Knight JK, Marina Richards MR, Katrina Dumontroty KD, Peter Fry PF, Barbara Fry BF, Claire Axten Cl.A, Trevor Skinner TS, Francis Knight FK, Mark Lewis, Paul Badman, Kay Strain KS, Gabbie Butler, Catherine Atkins Ca.A

APOLOGIES: Barbara Cowell, Sally Wood.

2. Minutes of previous meeting

• David checked that everyone had read the minutes from the previous meeting and signed them as a true record.

• It was brought to the attention of the committee that at an AGM the minutes from the previous year’s AGM should be checked and not the September minutes. At the November meeting the minutes from the September meeting should be checked and not the AGM minutes. This was agreed and will happen in the future.

3. Matters Arising

• The Committee thanked Cl.A for the drink and nibbles that she provided for the AGM.

• BF and PF had sent their apologies for the AGM but this had not been minuted.

• There followed a lengthy discussion about the financial procedures and end of year statement that had been discussed at the AGM.

a) TW questioned why Street Twinning pays £50 for an account to check the accounts. MR stated that this had been raised at the AGM and that the members present at the AGM had voted for this procedure to remain.

b) DB produced a document previously received from the Parish Council which requests that accounts are audited. Cl.A will check if this is correct.

c) BF and PF referred back to the January meeting where David Atkins talked about budgeting. MR has now set up files of expenditure and there will be an expenditure report for each event which will be reported back to the committee. This will help with budgeting in the future.

d) Cl.A checked with MR that there will also be an expenditure report for each fund raising event as this would give a true picture of how successful each fundraising event is. The water or wine stall at Merriman Park had been a great fundraiser but the accounts were misleading. All the wine expenditure had been allocated to Merriman Park when not all the wine had been used for this one event. This was agreed. MR to action.

e) PF suggested that there should be a record of wine kept. Donations of wine have dropped in recent times and to make fundraisers more successful more donations are needed. It was agreed that a more precise record will be kept of how many bottles of wine there are, where they are stored and how many bottles are used at each event. It was not discussed who would keep this record. Carry over to the January meeting.

f) TW asked if the constitution could be looked at with reference to finance and procedures. Ca.A suggested adding some Rules of Audit instead of changing the constitution. The lay out and the headings for the financial report need to be looked at as it was agreed that the current financial report is confusing. It was decided that a working group would look at the financial procedures and the lay out and report back to the committee at the January meeting. Working Group MR, TW, Ca.A

4. Treasurers Report

• The amount in the Street Twinning current account is £2549.51. The amount in the reserve account is £8032.80.

• Public Liability insurance: It was decided not to renew using our usual broker, Higos, who quoted £316 but to instead insure with Event Insurance at £266 following enquiries made by Marina. MR to action.

• Future Budgeting: There is an aim towards long term budgeting. This will give the sub committees an idea of expectations when planning events. Budgeting will vary for each event i.e. recently we had our 50th anniversary and so costs were more than usual when hosting Gravenchon in 2017.

5. Committee members who does what

• JK was asked if she is happy to continue keeping Facebook up to date alongside her new secretarial role. She is happy to continue with this.

• JK stated that she would like to stand down from updating the Street Twinning Twitter page. It was agreed that FK will take on this role. FK to action.

• DB is happy to continue to write letters for grants.

• TW stated that he would like to stand down from his Lottery role but will continue for the time being until someone volunteers to take over this role.

• PF is happy to continue with keeping the Website up to date.

6. Booking parish room for meetings

• DB informed the committee that the renewal is due for booking the parish room for the meetings. DB asked if anyone would prefer a different date. It was agreed that the new date for the meetings will be on the fourth Wednesday of every month. A full list of the meeting dates for 2019 will be sent to all members. JK to action.

• Claire will book the parish room for next year. Cl.A to action.

• It was agreed that there would be no committee meeting in December.

7. Discover Your Community stall report

• FK and JK were thanked for setting up a fantastic looking stall.

• JK would like to thank everyone that helped on the day. There had been a great response from members. A lot of people asked about twinning at the event and looked at all the information about both Gravenchon and Isny that had been kindly supplied by members. She reported that three forms of interest had been filled in and many flyers had been given out.

8. Bric a brac market stall (8th November)

Unfortunately this was cancelled due to the weather forecast.

9. Christmas Cracker (1st December)

• Bottle wrapping for the Water or Wine stall will take place at Claire’s 7pm Tues 27thNovember. Cl.A will get some more wrapping paper for the bottles. Cl.A to action.

• KD will email all members to ask for donations of wine to be dropped off at Claire’s house and will organise the rota for the stall. We have enough empty bottles for the water. KD to action.

• It was suggested that some of the new items donated for the bric a brac stall could be used as tombola prizes instead of doing the raffle board this year. This was agreed. KD, MR, KS to action.

• Ca.A maybe able to obtain the use of a tombola. Ca.A to action.

• BF suggested that on the tombola stall they could also sell bric a brac. This was agreed. BF, PF to action.

• The children’s card game with prizes will be on the water or wine stall. There are enough prizes left over from previous events.

• It was agreed that two stalls will be booked and it will be requested that they are next to each other. MR to action.

• We will need two gazebos with weights. Since the meeting Claire has secured the use of two gazebos with weights.

10. Visit from Gravenchon 2019

• We have been notified by Sharon in Gravenchon that they plan to visit from Saturday 6th April and leave on Wednesday 10th April. The Ferry hasn’t been booked yet and so we do not know what time they will arrive or leave at this point but we will update members as soon as we hear.

• The Parish Council had been approached to see if they would like to lay on a reception for our guests. They are keen and so as soon as we know arrival times they will be contacted again to see when this will be feasible.

• Members will be contacted to ask if they are hosting next year and who they are expecting to host. JK to action.

• The Gravenchon subcommittee recently met. They reported back to the committee and are starting to formulate ideas for next year’s visit. Subcommittee MR, KS, Ca.A, TW, KD, JK.

11. Visit to Isny 2019

Flights can’t be booked until March but BF reported that they hope to arrange the visit for during the last week of October to coincide with half term here and a holiday in Germany.

12. Membership update and renewals

A reminder to members that payments for membership renewals are due by the end of November.

13. Publicity / recruitment of new members

• The three people who filled in forms of interest at the Discover Your Community event have been contacted by JK.

• JK was thanked for writing the articles about Street Twinning in the 18TH October edition of the Central Somerset Gazette and in the November edition of The Local Reach. An editorial has also been sent to The Basis.

14. Fundraising for 2019

• A possible fundraising event with Tina Della Valle and a small choir and also Trevor and Sheila singing folk songs was briefly discussed. Carry over to the January meeting.

• TS would like to organise a quiz to take place early next year. This was agreed. TS to action.

15. Website / Facebook /Twitter

• Both the Website and Facebook are being kept up to date.

• Twitter needs more followers to make it a success. It could be used for updates on events or if there are any delays with coaches etc. Street Twinning follows the Gravenchon twitter page (there is a translate tweet option) so it is a good way of keeping up with news abroad as well.

16. Lottery winners this month:

1st Prize no. 62 Hazel Russel

2nd Prize no. 23 Bobbie Lockyer

3rd Prize no. 72 Gillian Davey

17. AOB

TW gave DB two hockey trophies that were passed to him by the Victoria Club. They were from trips that took place between Gravenchon and Street. One dated 1981 and the other 1965-1985.

18. Date of next meeting – Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Minutes of the 2018 AGM

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held in the United Reform Church Hall on Wednesday 3rd October 2018.

The meeting started at 7.30 pm.

PRESENT:
Veronica and David Brunt, Claire Axten, Marina Richards, Tom Winn, Barbara and Martin Cowell, Gabbie and Martyn Butler, Jacqui and Francis Knight, Reg Alford, Helen Phillips, Shirley Gunter, Maureen and John Parfitt,Catherine Atkins, Gill Davey, Brian Read,Yvonne and Denys Jones, Trevor Skinner, Sally Wood, Mark Lewis, Viv Squires Tina Della Valle and Fiona White.

APOLOGIES:
Kay Strain, Paul Badman, Kay Winn, Avril and William Berry, David and Hilary Mozley, Jenny Lewis, Rebecca and Stuart Wells.

David welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Minutes of the September Committee Meeting
David checked that everyone had read the minutes and he signed them as a true record.

Matters arising
There were no matters arising.

Chairman’s Report
David began by thanking members of the committee for their support and hard work throughout the past year. Special mention was for Claire, who is standing down as vice chair, but will remain a committee member and for Dianne, Reg, Grace and Bernard, who are leaving the committee but will remain members of the association.
He continued with a review of events of the past year, the Christmas Cracker, Christmas Party, assisting with the Barbeque at Elmhurst School, the Strawberry Tea at Avril and William Berry’s house, Merriman Park Fun Day and the recent Bric a Brac stall in Street Market. All were successful as fundraising events, as well as social gatherings.
He suggested highlights of the year were the day trip to Paris, during our visit to Gravenchon and the trips to Bristol for the SS Great Britain and to Lyme Regis with our friends from Isny.

Treasurers Report
Marina presented the accounts for the financial year to 31st August, as checked by the accountant.
There were a number of complaints from the floor with regard to lack of dates and clarity and there seemed to be inaccuracies, especially in the case of expenditure for the visit from Isny. This was listed as £905, when the true figure was £2434.90.
Marina presented an income/expenditure sheet, prepared for this meeting, showing the true costs. She explained that the confusion is due to the accounts being closed on 31st August, when some bills for the visit had not yet been processed. Unfortunately this situation may always occur for events which take place close to the year end.
Specific questions were:
Q: Why was the cost of the Merriman Park stall so high.
A: Included in this figure was the wine purchased for a number of events, not only that particular Water/Wine stall. Q: Why were insurance costs so high this year and what was being insured.
A: This was a result of the change in the accounting year and this figure represented insurance for the years 2017 and 2018

Election of officers for 2018/19
The following nominations were received by the deadline of 19th September:
David Brunt for Chairman
Jacqui Knight for Secretary
Marina Richards for Treasurer
Tom Winn for Vice Chairman
As there was only one nominee for each position, candidates were asked to leave the room and the vote taken by a show of hands. All were elected. There had been no votes by e-mail.

Review of Financial Procedures and end of year statement.
It was queried why, in view of the confusion expressed earlier, did we employ an accountant at a cost of £50? Marina explained that this was a nominal fee to check the accounts as they were at the year end date. She said an audit by the same firm, would cost in the region of £1000.
She was asked why it was necessary and could they not be checked by any independent person. The answer was that it was necessary in order to apply for the annual grant from Street Parish Council.
It was agreed that an itemised income/expenditure sheet would be produced for each event. This could be circulated to members together with the minutes of that month’s committee meeting.
It was noted that the accountant recommended that the committee should recommend a policy on cash payments for inclusion in the constitution.

The future of Street Twinning Association
David pointed out that, should the full Isny costs have been included in the accounts, they would have shown a deficit of approximately £1000 and this reflects similar losses over the last 4 or 5 years. Our current bank balance is approximately £10000, but if these losses are sustained, the association will soon cease to function. This is hardly the legacy we would wish to leave to future twinners.
The solution is to raise more funds or spend less, or possibly even both. Our fund raising events are not as well supported as they used to be and support does not mean just attending, but encouraging friends and family to come too. Some members always give their full and generous support whenever they are able. Sad to say, there are some we seldom see.
Our membership fees are quite modest and may have to increase
Would members please give us their views with regard to raising funds or saving money. This can be done by mail or via any committee member.

Management committee
Members volunteering to serve on the committee for the coming year are:
Claire Axten, Barbara Cowell, Sally Wood, Trevor Skinner, Catherine Atkins, Gabbie Butler, Barbara and Peter Fry, Francis Knight, Kay Strain, Katrina Dumontroty and Paul Badman.
The next meeting will be at 7.30 on Wednesday 7th November in the Parish Rooms

Lottery
Invitation letters will be sent at the end of October. Lucky winners in the October draw are:
£20 No 52 Catherine Atkins
£10 No 32 Grace Squire
£5 No 10 Catherine Atkins

A.O.B.
“Discovering Your Community” is an event promoted by Street Parish Council, to be held in the Crispin Hall on Saturday 27th October, to which local organisations have been invited to take part. This is an ideal opportunity to showcase our association and possibly recruit new members. Jacqui and Francis Knight have volunteered to organise our input and Jacqui will be asking members to help during the day. The event will be from 9.30 to 4.00.
The Bric a Brac stall in the market was considered to be successful and will be repeated on Thursday 8th November. Once again, help will be requested.
The twinners from both Gravenchon and Isny have new members who would like to host/visit. If you know anyone prepared to accommodate them, please contact a committee member.
It was proposed that the membership fee should increase to £15, effective from the next AGM. This received unanimous support.
Street Twinning flyers have been sent to local schools and Strode theatre.

Minutes September 2018

Minutes of the committee meeting held in the John Webster room, Wednesday 5th September 2018

The meeting started at 7.30 pm.
PRESENT: David Brunt (Chairman), Claire Axten, Tom Winn, Reg Alford, Marina Richards, Paul Badman, Gabbie Butler, Barbara Cowell, Sally Wood, Barbara Fry, Peter Fry, Katrina Dumontroty, Jenny Lewis, Jacqui Knight, Stuart Wells, Catherine Atkins, Kay Strain
APOLOGIES: Dianne Baker

1. David welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2. David checked that everyone had read the minutes from the August meeting ad signed them as a true record.

3. Matters Arising
No items were raised.

4. Treasurer’s Report
Marina reported that the bank accounts were favourable. However, fund raising is always very important and support from members of the association is very much needed.
Receipts – for accounting purposes please can it be noted that full receipts will now only be accepted and any other non detailed receipts must be agreed at the committee meetings before payments can be made. This refers to any purchases you may make on behalf of the association and need to claim the money back.

5. Visit from Isny
Barbara read out a comprehensive report on the recent visit of our guests from Isny.
(report can be found at the bottom of this page)

6. Planning for AGM
AGM is on Wednesday 3rd October, 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church, Street. Parking is available in the Cranhill Road car park. We would like as many members as possible to attend.
The calling notice has been sent out and some replies have been received.
At the moment David Brunt has been nominated as Chairman and Jacqui Knight as Secretary.

7. Merriman Park Fun Day
A very successful day. We raised just over £300 with the Water or Wine and the card game for children. A huge thank you to everyone who helped on the day, with special thanks to the Knight family!

8. Cheese & Wine Evening
Sadly, this event has been cancelled due to lack of numbers.

9. Street Christmas Cracker
Saturday 1st December. More details to follow.

10. Christmas Party
After much discussion it was decided to cancel this event. Unfortunately, due to lack of numbers.

11. Visit from Gravenchon Twinners 2019
Dates to be confirmed.
If anyone has any suggestions of places we could visit with our guests please let one of the committee members know.

12. Publicity/Recruitment of new members
Some new fliers have been produced and these have gone to some local schools, Strode Theatre – if any members would like some to hand out to friends and family they will be available at the AGM or we can post some to you.
Publicity is very important for the continuing success of the Twinning Association. Please encourage your friends and family to think about joining.

13. Website & Facebook
Both are being kept up to date.

14. Lottery
Winners this month:
1st Prize – Fiona White
2nd Prize – Gabbie Butler
3rd Prize – Shirley Gunter

15. AOB
We have applied to Street Parish Council for a grant of £1000.
Reg told everyone how much the Isny visitors had enjoyed their trip, saying it was the best they could remember and wanted to pass on their thanks to everyone involved.
It’s possible that the Twinning Association may have a market stall in Street on Thursday 27th September – to be confirmed. If you are in the area please check out our Bric a Brac stall!

16. Date of next meeting
Wednesday 3rd October, 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church, Street. Parking is available in the Cranhill Road car park

Report on the Twinning visit from Isny August 23rd to 29th 2018

This has been the longest Twinning visit to date, our visitors having arrived on Thursday 23rd August and departed on the following Wednesday the 29th.

Seventeen German guests made the trip. Sixteen of them were met at Heathrow and, to make the most of the coach hire and journey, we made a short stop at Windsor on the way home. There was time to walk around the town and to serve tea and cake in the park by the river before continuing to Street. The Seventeenth person flew to Bristol and was met by his hosts.

We have written to the Parish Council to thank them for the warm welcome and excellent lunch that they provided on the first day following a guided tour of points of interest in Street given by Cathy and Dave Atkins. We stopped at the Quaker meeting house where Sheila James showed us round and gave a short talk about the Friends and their impact on the development of our town. We hadn’t expected longstanding twinners to join this tour but it turned out that none of them had done it before and found it interesting.

After lunch in the council chamber decorated with flags and flowers, and to complete our local Somerset day, we drove ourselves to the Willows and Wetlands centre where our visitors were shown a short film about the growing of withies and given a guided tour of the workshops showing how the willow is stripped and dried and woven into baskets, fences, coffins etc. A low key but informative and enjoyable day following a day spent travelling.

The next day was a busy one spent in Bristol firstly visiting the SS Great Britain, a resounding success enjoyed by all ages (8 to 75) and followed by buffet style lunch at Za Za Bazaar which our visitors really enjoyed. The coach then picked us up and drove to the Clifton suspension bridge with time to walk across it for those who wanted. To finish the day we drove up onto the Downs and parked and served tea and cake before returning home.

The following two days were left to the hosts to decide how they spent them because it was a Bank Holiday weekend. Several groups went to Wells on the Monday where the Moat Race was taking place others visited various local National Trust properties. But we did organise evening events for these two days. On the Sunday evening we hired the United Reform Church and had an excellent buffet supper catered by Claire and team followed by a beetle drive and quiz organised by Dave, Cathy and Trevor suitable for all ages and with the express purpose of mixing people up. On the Monday evening we had a voluntary bring and share supper at Barbara and Peter’s house followed by a film of the Sea Dragon fossil discovery at Lyme Regis in preparation for the following day’s visit. Most people decided to come so we squeezed in 34 people for a ‘sit where you can find a space supper’. Both these low cost events had the desired effect of bringing people together and were enjoyed by our German visitors as we learnt that they didn’t all know each other well before the trip. We heard them discussing copying the idea when we go to Isny.

Our last day was spent at Lyme Regis, the sea being particularly attractive to our land bound visitors. We included visits to both the fossil and dinosaur museums, a fish and chip lunch and time to stroll along the Cobb, look for fossils or swim as one intrepid German lady did which inspired our youngest visitor also to plunge in.

The weather obviously makes some difference to the success of a day trip and we were lucky in having good conditions for both days out. The only really bad day was the Sunday family day when we had torrential rain in the morning.

It has been a bonus this year having younger people as part of the group. The enthusiasm of Thierno, the 8 year old German boy and his older sister Nina, rubbed off on us all. Seeing their reactions reminded us of the purpose of Twinning in broadening our minds by meeting new people, observing a different culture, listening to a different language and tasting some different food. It was great having a mix of ages and also important for the future of Twinning and I believe we have another family interested in joining the German exchange alongside some other new people.

Having put together a proposed itinerary and budget early this year we are very pleased to report that the cost of this visit has come in under budget and we have attached detailed accounts to this report for future reference. We used both Taylor’s and Aston’s coach companies, going for the cheapest quotes for each occasion and were happy with both. The cost of coach hire for 4 days was clearly a major part of the total cost and our other costs were very reasonable in relation to the amount of social activity offered because we provided and shared the catering ourselves. We said goodbye to an enthusiastic group of twinners all saying that they would be back.

We don’t have a date yet for our return visit to Isny next year. It is likely to be during the school summer holidays or the end of October holiday week. One challenge for the German Twinning is finding reasonably priced travel particularly if we want to encourage families to join. No one seems to want a long coach journey with overnight stop so we have to investigate all flight options.

We have also been asked about the possibility of finding extra accommodation if the Isny brass band comes to Street with the Twinning group in 2020.

Barbara Fry on behalf of the German exchange organising committee.
Sept 5th 2018