Events and News in 2016
Wednesday, January 20th – this should have been our Annual Dinner. Unfortunately, due to the fact that staff at the Muse seemed incapable of producing a suitable menu in time, the Committee reluctantly took the decision to cancel the event.
Friday, March 4th – Quiz Night which was well attended and increased our funds. Quiz Mistress, Barbara Harpham did her usual excellent job, the meat pies from Wilkinsons Butchers were excellent as usual, as were the mushy peas kindly donated by Dougie’s Fish & Chips in Harrogate.
Monday, March 21st – AGM held at 7.30 pm. Our Honorary President and Officers were all re-elected for another year with Kazia Knight, Lila Roots and Mary-Jane Archer forming the committee. Cindy Bentley, Neil O’Byrne and Kazia Knight are directors of the Community Interest Company with Neville Bentley as Company Secretary. Following the formal proceedings, John Butterwick gave another his fascinating insights into the world of wine, an event much enjoyed by those present.
Thursday, June 23rd- Monday, June 27th
A party of 18 (2 people were unable to travel due to illness) arrived at York Station on the day of our referendum. They were met and accompanied back to Wetherby where their respective host families picked them up and whisked them off.
On Friday 24th, the day started off with a guided walk round the town, led by two guides from the Civic Society for some of our visitors. Others paid a visit to Crossley Street School and St. Joseph’s where they were given a warm welcome by both staff and children. The Mayor, Councillor Norma Harrington, then hosted a Civic Reception at Wetherby Town Hall. Everyone was rather shell-shocked following the announcement of the referendum result, but our guests were reassured that we will be continuing with our twinning link – indeed it will become more important. As well as speeches, we had children from both Crossley Street and St. Joseph’s singing in French and the Crossley Street group entertained us with songs from their new musical.
Following a picnic lunch in the Town Hall, everyone walked down to Sandringham Park for a boules competition. It was a new experience for our French friends to play on grass, but they agreed that it was actually very pleasant. The competition lasted a couple of hours, with one of the Wetherby teams coming out on top – much to the chagrin of some of our visitors.
In the evening, we all arrived at the Wetherby Social Club for supper and a darts tournament – which again, was won by one of the Wetherby teams. It was a lively evening and enabled everyone to chat at their leisure.
On Saturday 25th, we were all up bright and early for a trip to Skipton. An hour or so wandering round the town and the market and then a very pleasant barge trip up the canal, followed by a very Yorkshire lunch at the Craven Heifer. The afternoon was taken up by a very interesting visit to Skipton Castle, with 2 groups led by 2 extremely entertaining guides.
Sunday 26th was a day with host families who had planned a host of different activities. In the evening, it was a farewell barbecue at the Bridge Hotel. Unfortunately, the rain started well before the start of the evening and continued until well after we had finished. In spite of that, we had a super evening with first-class food and wine. The McGill Trophy was presented to the winning Boules team by Elaine and her daughter Karen, with consolation prizes going to the losing French team. A trophy went to the Wetherby darts team.
Monday 27th was an early start from the coach pick-up point at the Cluster of Nuts car park, arriving in York well in time for the train to London and then on to Eurostar.
Everyone agreed that it had been an excellent visit and cemented yet more friendships between the residents of Wetherby and Privas.
Our annual Call My Wine Bluff was held in October and, although we sold fewer tickets than normal, the event was a big success. Compered as always by our President, Bernard Atha, with our 3 ‘experts’ Alan Lamb, Eric Ovenden and, new for this year, Bill Baker, teams were presented with 6 wines and had to decide which of the 3 ‘experts’ was telling the truth. All 3 managed to lie very successfully.
On December 9th, we held a Christmas Social Evening at the Social Club on Sandbeck Way. 20 members brought along a wonderful variety of food and we ate French-style at a long trestle table. Christmas music added to the atmosphere and a few games of darts were played by the more active members.