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News November 2021


Could 2022 be the year you find new friends in our village’s Twinning with Octeville sur Mer? You will make new acquaintances in a village you thought you knew; and in May (25th-29th) you can help us welcome the folks from Octeville for a lively long weekend. If you are already a member, do bring a friend along to share the fun!

Anyone from our area can join BEBTA, which fosters links and friendships between the Bourne End area and Octeville-sur-Mer (near Le Havre, Normandy). We run our own events and also organise visits to and from France in alternate years. You don’t have to speak or write French. We shall need lots of hosts in May this year – phone or email for a chat about this, it’s very enjoyable! In 2023 it will be our turn to go to Octeville again.

There was plenty of entente cordiale at our Autumn Dinner on 23rd October. A splendid spread, provided by Richard Chalmers and his team, was much appreciated by over thirty members.

Online meetings set up by Liz Yeeles (25th  October) and Margaret Emery (9th November) helped keep us in touch. We enjoyed the “break-out rooms” that gave a chance to chat with one or two friends before rejoining the whole group.

Margaret Emery attended the Ceremony of Remembrance at Wooburn and laid a wreath on BEBTA’s behalf.

Our next event will be the beloved Galette Afternoon on Saturday, 8th January, celebrating the Fête des Rois with frangipane pies in the French manner. Remember to book a place so that the cooks know how many “galettes” to bake!

The AGM on Saturday 5th March 2022 (free) will as usual be followed by a shared meal (charge to be announced) for those who wish.

If you think you might host, or want any other BEBTA information, contact Chairman Wilma Johnston Ball on 01628 473872, or Wendy Langford 01628 520065. Our website is and Octeville’s is