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March 2019


Stop press: Coach trip 27th April – read on.

Our AGM on March 2nd brought together over 40 members of BEBTA, among them Dominic Grieve, always a staunch supporter of local twinning groups. Reports on the year showed healthy finances, which will enable us to plan lots of treats for our Octevillais friends when they visit in 2020.  BEBTA runs a good range of events and recently enrolled 8 new members.  Committee & officers were elected, while David (Committee) and Wendy Langford (Chairman) stood down, receiving thanks and gifts. Wendy told members how much she had learned in the role, which she found unexpectedly enjoyable. During the next few months, she will hand over to Wilma Johnston Ball.  Wendy read out a humorous speech from Wilma, who was unable to be present in person but has excellent credentials, having chaired Marlow Town Twinning for five years.

The formalities over, BEBTA’s excellent catering team provided a lovely buffet supper, crowned by Estelle’s stunning range of desserts; and members enjoyed Pearl Hill’s display of photos and documents from the earliest years of BEBTA (2003).

So what’s ahead? On Saturday 27th April a coach trip will take 40 members to Olney (see to visit the Cowper & Newton Museum and explore this charming little town, famous for its Shrove Tuesday pancake race and for the writing of Amazing Grace. Members are expected to fill the 40 coach seats (£20 pp.) but any spare seats will be available after Friday 12th April. For information call Mike Hill on 01628 527142 or Wendy Langford on 01628 520065.

Our popular Quiz with supper follows on 15th June, then another social event (to be decided) in August. The highlight of the year will be a long weekend staying with families in Octeville, 12th – 16th September. We are promised an excursion, restaurant, the 75th Anniversary Fête de la Libération and of course Octeville’s inimitable great welcome.

For all enquiries about membership (£5 single, £10 family) or events, call Wendy Langford on 01628 520065 or email