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News August 2021

Did you make it to our Zoom meeting on July 23? We do hope so. The previous one, in June, was very enjoyable and for the first time included some French friends — lovely to see them at last.

Great news. The CJO (Comité de Jumelage d'Octeville sur Mer) has agreed to visit us from Wednesday May 25 to Sunday May 29 in 2022.

We foster links and friendship between the Bourne End area and Octeville-sur-Mer (near Le Havre in Normandy). Membership is open to anyone from our area (which is fairly elastic), so why not join us? Or book to attend one of our events and see if it's for you.

On the visits (alternate years) you don't have to speak or write French; some of the French members speak little English and it's never been a problem.

The famous 'Octeville welcome', due again in 2023, has to be experienced to be believed.

We keep in touch, and members of the CJO appreciate our contacts by email, card, or phone.

The CJO have invite us to join their Facebook page, - you can write in English or French.

In May 2022 you will be able to join in with the Octevillais' most-long-awaited visit ever.

We shall need hosts to welcome French guests into their homes and share the enjoyable trips and events organised by our commmittee. You could even share the hosting with a friend - contact Wilma, Wendy or any member of committee to find out more (see below). You do not have to 'host' to take part, but it makes it much more fun.

Meanwhile our 'live' events are starting up again with a Gathering of Friends (free of charge, but members only) on Saturday August 7, 2pm to 4pm at St Dunstan's Church Hall. Cups of tea or coffee and cakes will be served.

At last we can include those we have missed because they are not online, and catch up on so much.

The Autumn Dinner will take place on Saturday October 23, something to lift everyone's spirits as the nights begin to draw in - more details later. The AGM is expected to take place on the first Saturday in March 2022.

So why not widen your horizons and give it a whirl? For information contact chairman Wilma Johnston Ball on 0162873872, or Wendy Langford 01628 520065,

Our £5 pa membership (£10 for a family) covers information on all events. Our website is and our 'twin' is Octeville-sur-Mer, Normandy, at (see earlier for Facebook page).