Julia Burgoyne writes:
We are looking forward to welcoming our friends from Neumunster in July and linking with Cambrai to see how we can mark the 30 years of twinning with them this Spring.
We had 18 teans at ur popular Quiz at St George's Church Hall, Church Street, Gravesend, on the evening of Saturday 30 March and raised funds towards or transport and hospitality for our twinning visitors. Our next main date is Friday, 17 May, which will be our Annual General Meeting at the Civic Centre, Gravesend.
More events are being planned. Come and join in.
We want to grow twinning now in new ways and will be looking at the wide world of the web as well as keeping up personal contact.
Gravesham Town Twinning Association needs more members But we also realise that to attract, get involved and keep them we must provide activity and interest.
We are now arranging pub lunches, day visits and interesting locations as well as our very poopular quiz and Christmas social.
Some are part of visits from our twinning friends so that everyone can meet them. Others just to have an enjoyable time and build up our membership numbers so we have plenty of hosts and good size visiting groups for the links.
Gravesham Town Twinning Association needs more members and thanks to a CAN grant from Gravesham Borough Council you will be hearing and seeing more about us.
We will be going out and about at events throughout the Borough with an information stand as well as offering speakers for local organisations and aiming to get our message into the media and social media.
We now getting more active on a Facebook page and are looking for lots of Likes. We also have our wider role of bringing groups and organisations together. There are already requests from our twinning partners for links to schools, churches and sporting groups.
Most importantly we will be asking our members for ideas on social events and visits both for our twinning partners and also for ourselves as having fun is very much part of twinning.
Please let The Secretary know your ideas -- and come and join us.
Part of town twinning is hosting. You visit one of our twin towns and are hosted by a family there -- so to return the hospitality you host them or others of the visitors when they return.
If you do not have the accomodation for overnight hosting then we also have members who day host -- look after our friends for the excursions or organise visits while their hosts are at work.
The Association arranges a programme of excursions and events for each visit that both visitors and hosts can take part in. This usually includes a farewell dinner event.
Language is usually not a problem. There is often enough English - French- German around for understanding and achieving the translations can be very entertaining. Hosting can be very enjoyable.
Our next meeting for members formally will be our Annual General Meeting in May. But we do have our monthly gathering at Spotlites at The Woodville. Our annual quiz is set for March -- see our Chairman's words above.