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Dear Members,

Your chance to own a genuine French oil-painting!

As a follow-up to our Anglo-French art exhibition held at the Art Van Go Gallery in Knebworth last year, we will be displaying a painting by

Annette Chapron. 
"Dans le Marais du Roy"

It depicts a countryside scene in the Poitou-Charentes area near Châtelaillon-Plage. Annette has kindly donated it for KTA funds. It will be for sale by sealed bid auction from 3rd July until the August Bank Holiday.

"Dans le Marais du Roy"
Do come along to the Art Van Go Gallery to view the painting. In case you don't know, Art Van Go is a fascinating place beside the Doctor's surgery on Stevenage Road, Knebworth, where they sell a terrific range of materials for all sorts of arts and craft uses and organise exciting courses and exhibitions in their gallery to the rear. It's well worth having a "nose" around if you are interested in creating or buying a piece of art for yourself - and while you're there you can make your bid for Annette's painting - in a sealed envelope. Provided that the reserve price is reached, the painting will go to the highest bidder - to be announced in early September.

Visit to Chatelaillon-Plage
 July 1st - 5th

31 of us, including Lord and Lady Cobbold, have just returned from a wonderful long weekend in Châtel. The Lord Mayor and the Comité de Jumelage held a reception at the Town Hall on Thursday.

Next day, a coach took us to Royan to catch the luxury ferry across the Gironde estuary and on to the Médoc wine area. At the Château Aney we were each invited to bottle our own wine and then awarded certificates proving that we were now "Maîtres Embouteilleurs." Someone was heard to comment that it was the first time he had ever put a cork IN TO a bottle! A tour of the cellars, a dégustation of wine and a four course lunch with liberal quantities of kir and wine completed the visit. A quick siesta on the coach and then we were in Bordeaux admiring the architecture and shops in brilliant sunshine.

Saturday dawned and over seventy of us met up by the Office de Tourisme. Our tour took us to the area in Annette's painting with a peaceful ride along the Canal de la Brodoire. This took us to a fascinating and highly ornate dovecote, originally built in the 16th century to house 2,959 pairs of pigeons. Whatever for? You may well ask. For the excrement, of course, to use as fertiliser! Tours of a restored priory and abbey, crossing the Charente on a suspended transporter bridge (the only working example in France), a picnic under the walnut trees… Many happy memories. That evening some of us strolled down to the harbour in Châtel to see the moonlight reflected in the sea while others went admire to La Rochelle by night.

On Sunday people chose their own activities - rumour has it that the younger members of the group had a mud fight out near the oyster beds. More sedate ones paddled in the sea or sipped their coffees in front of the Casino. Four members of Knebworth Golf Club were challenged by Châtel golfers to a match in La Rochelle. The result was an honourable draw! A farewell garden party was held that evening - we were sad to say Au revoir and are now looking forward to a return visit here in 2005.

One new member commented that she had always thought that Twinning was "junkets for the Council" and she was amazed and delighted to see that it was such fun - local people from both countries enjoying each others' company.

A big thank you to Raymonde and her Committee for such a splendid weekend!

Santé! Cheers!

Tennis Club Visit

Châtelaillon Tennis Club enjoyed an excellent weekend here in May, as guests of Knebworth Tennis Club. On the Saturday they had a tour of the Wimbledon grounds and Tennis Museum before challenging their hosts to a tournament next day. I must say we were impressed with the efforts of our guests to join in the dancing at the Square Dance, led by Pete Skiffins. Imagine not knowing how to do the dances as well as not speaking the language to follow instructions! In spite of this complication they all had a great time! Many thanks to Alison Howse, John Hunt and the Members of the Tennis Club and Twinning who worked hard to make the weekend such a success.

Two great events for the Autumn

Who wants to be a Millionaire? Quiz

Saturday, October 2nd 2004.

7.30 for 8.00, in Knebworth Village Hall. Ticket price: £7.50 for paid-up members and £8.50 for non members. This includes nibbles, a supper of Jacket Potato and filling followed by chocolates. 

You can make up your own team of 8 beforehand or join one on arrival. Please bring your own drinks and glasses.

Ken Follett.

A marvellous opportunity to hear a world famous author talk about the history of the thriller and why we love these stories so much. Ken Follett will include a PowerPoint presentation and take questions at the end.

Friday November 5th, arrive at 8.00 for the talk at 8.30. 
(this should allow fireworks enthusiasts to get back in time for the talk!)
in Knebworth Village Hall, Park Lane, Knebworth.

Ticket price, £5 (paid-up-members) and £7.00 (non members) includes a drink and a chance to meet socially afterwards. Ticket numbers are limited - apply early to be sure!

Best wishes, 

Joy Hall, Chairman.

Download Application Form 
(for Who wants to be a Millionaire and talk by Ken Follett)

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