Peter's Party Lymm Golf Club, Friday 1st February, 7:00 p.m.
Last year Peter Birchall retired as the long-standing Chairman of the Lymm Twin Town Society. He took over the chairmanship in 2000 and its continued success has been largely due to his leadership. Last year 63 people (including 10 children) from Lymm and the surrounding area travelled to France for the exchange and were hosted by French families.
The Society couldn’t let Peter stand down without thanking him. So, we arranged a meal at the Lymm Golf Club. The photo was taken during the speeches where Peter was thanked by the Society for “his energy, his willingness to put the welfare of the Twin Town Society above his own personal needs, his initiatives on our behalf, his incorrigible optimism, his spirit and above all his personal friendship that so many of us enjoy”. The evening was a happy and fun evening for us all and the Lymm Golf Club played their part by providing us with an excellent venue and meal. Peter now is looking forward to being a member of the Society without the responsibility of running the club.
There was a slideshow of photographs running throughout the evening. Most of these were taken from our Website. However there were several old photos donated from the membership. These have been added to out website and can be found here if you are interested.
Film Night : Friday 26th April : 7 p.m.
About 16 people turned up for "Le placard". A french farce. A very enjoyable evening. The film was fun and afterwards we had three home made cakes to go with the teas and coffees. Perhaps an event to be repeated in a few months.
Royal Exchange - Thursday, 16th May 2019
Many thanks to Peter for organising this. This production was sold out well in advance and Peter gave
us the opportunity to go see this wonderful production. Rumour has it that this production will be back next year.
Boules Afternoon - Sunday 19th May 15:00
An excellent afternoon of "Boules and Natter". Twelve of us turned up for the Boules. This is less than previous years but we all had fun and three more turned up for the homemade cakes and tea/coffee that were served up afterwards.
Congratulations to Richard and Malcolm , who beat everyone to be crowned Lymm Twin Town champions of 2019.
The French Visit - Enjoyed by All
Don't just take my word for this. We had four new families who hosted a French family for the first time. They were all delighted with how much fun it turned out to be. Here are three examples…..
Jenna Lombardi-Brown commented “The Twin Town Society offers the unique opportunity to not only experience another culture but to learn a new language while making lifelong friendships. Our family really enjoyed the group activities designed for all ages.”
Claire Whitworth adds "So sad to say au revoir to our lovely French family. Thank you to everyone in the group for a wonderful few days, both James and I, and Tom and Anna have developed new friendships with our family that will hopefully last many years to come".
Lynn Bryant also adds “This is my first year in the Lymm Twinning Society and first year hosting. I have to admit I had my doubts about joining. Why have twin towns, after all, I can travel around France in my little camper van and it is not a problem. Yes my French may have improved a little, hopefully, but what I found out was that town twinning is really about building relationships and it's a long-term commitment. It has introduced me to new experiences and friends across all age groups in both Lymm and Meung. We met, mixed and got along and shared some really great times together. The events that were organised for the visit were fantastic… enjoyable, entertaining and educational…”.
Summer Barbecue - Sunday 21st July 12:30
We were 32 this afternoon. This proved to be a good sociable number as it proved very easy to mingle between the tables. It may also have helped that the weather was fine, if a little breezy. Will and David , pictured on the right, did most of the cooking and served up some excellent food. However everybody else helped out at some point with setting up, extra food or clearing away.
Two prospective members with 2 young children attended and wrote afterwards "Thanks to you all for making us all feel so welcome. We intend to join and hopefully we will see you all again in due course." So a very enjoyable day.
High Legh Teas - Sunday 25th August
As usual a big team effort by the Twin Town Society. All the required cakes were baked and a full set of sandwich makers, servers, tea and coffee makers, washers up and table clearers turned up.
Ian and Ann ran the Tombola and Bob ran the Bookstall.
In all we found that we could all go home "tired but happy" in the knowledge that we had raised a good sum for the Twin Town Society and kept the fine tradition of the High Legh teas going.
There were many compliments about the food and several comments that it was too cheap!
Many thanks to Pat Gaster and her team of Maggie Bennett and Pat Swindlehurst for doing the organisation.
Annual General Meeting 7 p.m. Monday 4th November
Our 51st Annual General Meeting took place on Monday, 4th November, upstairs at the Spread Eagle in the Village centre. Councillor John Bamforth ran the meeting with the officers of the Society (Paul, Caroline and Neil)
We have had a successful year. This years Exchange is widely regarded as one of the best we have ever had. Two new families have joined the Society. We hope they will enjoy their time with us.
The Society exists to foster relationships between our village and Meung-Sur-Loire but it also provides something that people can get involved in and therefore meet and get to know people within the village.