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January 2020


Our Group Members Keep in Touch

Bourne End is “twinned” with Octeville sur mer, a little town near Le Havre in Normandy. We chose one another, and signed our agreement to foster links and friendships between our communities in 2003. Anyone from our area can join and attend our local events. It’s a load of fun, and a great way to make friends both here and in France.

About forty people attended our popular Galette Afternoon on January 4th where excellent Galettes (frangipane pies) were devoured and the finders of the “fèves” (beans/tokens) duly crowned. We were delighted to welcome a new member and some visiting guests.

BEBTA’s AGM and supper will be on Saturday 7th March. Our valued Secretary, Margaret Emery, will be stepping down, so we shall need a new Minutes Secretary, and new Committee members are also welcome.

In May, the CJO (Comité de Jumelage d’ Octeville sur mer) will arrive in Bourne End for an action-packed weekend. The visit runs from 21st - 25th May (Thursday afternoon to Monday morning). Perhaps you have already offered to open your home to someone from Octeville. If you have doubts about hosting, do contact us now to find out more with no obligation. No French is required, just an open heart and a willingness to welcome and have fun together. You can join in even if you do not host, but we need plenty of offers now.

After the CJO visit, events in the year are likely to include the Quiz, Garden Party and Autumn Dinner. However, if you have other ideas, please let us know, or join our friendly Committee and help to make them happen!

Drawn from among our members, the BEBTA Choir meets fortnightly when preparing for a performance. New members are always welcome - no auditions, just a love of singing.

For any information about hosting, BEBTA events or membership, contact Chairman Wilma Johnston Ball on 01628 473872, or Wendy Langford 01628 520065, . Membership is still only £5 p.a. (£10 for a family), offering information on six events a year and lower charges for meals. Our website is  and our “twin” is Octeville sur Mer, Normandy, at