May 2018

Dear Members & Friends

First of all, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018, effective from 25th May:Redcar & Cleveland Twinning Association will store and use your personal data (including e-mail address, home address, phone numbers and in some cases age, although not your date of birth) only for our Association purposes and not for any other.

Please therefore reply to this letter with a YES, loud and clear, by immediate return to our Secretary,secretary@redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk to confirm that you wish to continue to receive our communications by e-mail / letter as appropriate.  Thank you.

In future years, our GDPR statement will be included on your membership renewal forms, along with our commitment never to share your personal data outside of the Redcar & Cleveland Twinning Association’s purposes and, when appropriate, that of our Troisdorf counterpart, their Städtepartnerschaftsverein.

We are advised that whilst we are not required to register, the GDPR rules apply to not-for-profit organisations such as ours, in particular in relation to publicity and fund-raising activities.

 

Now for the good news!  To date we have 26 members, old and new, planning to travel to Troisdorf on 28th October.  The immediate impact of this is that the cost per person is now reduced to £300, to include coach hire plus overnight ferry in a shared double cabin with evening-meal and breakfast.  For single cabins there is the additional £20 each-way supplement, therefore £340 in total due.  This means that all those travelling and who have allready paid their £100 deposit should now please pay £100 per person to the Treasurer by 30th June and a final instalment of £100 or £140 for single cabins by 31st August.

Heidi is busy putting together our programme for the week; we will let you know as soon as possible how much the extra cost in Euros will be as a contribution towards the day-trips in and around Troisdorf.

Of course, there is still time for more bookings if any other members and friends wish to join us on the visit.  If so, please contact our Secretary immediately with your booking-form and deposit.

Finally, a reminder that our next fund-raising coffee morning with tombola will be at Sunnyfield House in Guisborough on Saturday 29th September 9.30am – 12noon.

Best wishes, from Pamela Stenson

April 2018

Dear members and friends,

This year’s AGM took place on Thursday 15th March at the Redcar Community Heart, where we were welcomed by the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland, Councillor Karen King. There were 13 members present and several apologies noted.  As there were no nominations for Chairman again this year, I have agreed to continue in the role of Vice-Chair, as proposed at the AGM.  The following Committee members were elected / re-elected unopposed:

 

Chairman

VACANCY

Vice- Chairman Pamela Stenson
Treasurer Alison Dodds
Secretary Emma Stephenson
Assistant Secretary Judith Larkin
Committee – website Philip Howson
Committee Linda Howson
Committee Julie Baggott
Committee Ruth Bryan
2 R&C BC representatives Councillor Margaret Wilson + 1

 

Following the Treasurer’s Annual Report and a suggestion that we should consider a small increase in our membership fees, there was a proposal at the AGM to increase the annual membership fee to £10 for an individual, to £15 for household and to £20 for corporate; this was carried unanimously and will take effect from the next calendar year 2019.  The additional income will assist with funding our future programmes for members and our visitors from Troisdorf.

 

If anyone would like to be more actively involved with the Association during the coming year, please do not hesitate to get in touch with either myself or any of the Officers.  The first meeting of the new Committee will be at 7pm on Thursday 17th May.

 

A reminder that we are now taking bookings and deposits for the visit to Troisdorf later this year, leaving Redcar & Cleveland on Sunday 28th October and returning home on the morning of Saturday 3rd November; we will be staying four nights with our German hosts, Monday – Thursday. Please be in touch with Emma, our Secretary, by the end of March if you and your family and friends are interested in joining us for what promises to be another great trip.

 

Finally, a date for your diary:  our next fund-raising coffee morning with tombola will be at Sunnyfield House in Guisborough on Saturday 29th September 9.30am – 12noon.

 

Best wishes, from Pamela Stenson

January 2018

Dear Members & Friends of Redcar & Cleveland Twinning Association

Happy New Year 2018

 

We are very much looking forward now to our next visit to Troisdorf later this year, which will once more be during the October school half-term holiday.  All being well, we shall be leaving here on Sunday 28th October and returning home on Saturday 3rd November.  As we are still in the process of obtaining travel quotes and liaising with Troisdorf about the exact details of our trip, please make a note of the dates now and let us know if you might be interested in joining us once we have full cost information etc.

Meanwhile, a reminder of our forthcoming social evening that will be an opportunity for all members and friends to get together informally to chat and share memories of previous visits or to make plans for the next:

Thursday 8th February 7pm at Saltburn Golf Club, Hob Hill, Saltburn TS12 1NJ  

we look forward to seeing you there.  Please return your menu-choice (see below) and payment to our Treasurer Alison asap and no later than Thurs 1st February. Thanks.

 

Our next committee meeting will be on the evening of Thursday 1st March;

if you have any issues for discussion, please let us know in advance of that date.

The following meeting will be our AGM later in March, at which officers and committee members will be appointed for the coming year.  If you would like to be more involved in the running of the Association, please contact one of us or come along to talk it over during our social evening on 8th Feb.    We will confirm the date and venue of the AGM asap.

Finally, please note that annual subscriptions for 2018 are now due to our Treasurer by the end of January; see the attached membership form for more information.

 

Best wishes, from Pamela Stenson

                                                            Acting Chairman

www.redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk

 

 

Thurs 8th Feb 7pm at Saltburn Golf Club – please tick your choices and return asap

 

Steak pie, chips & peas                     Cost: £12.50 per person

Fish dish

Vegetarian option                              Total amount enclosed:

 

Hot dessert                                        Name(s)        

Ice-cream

 

Tea or coffee

 

 

November 2017

Dear members and friends

Once again, I’d like to record our thanks to everyone who helped in any way at all to make September’s visit here such a great time for our German friends and also for our hosts and other members who took part in the daily outings and activities.  We’re now looking forward to our visit to Troisdorf in 2018 – watch this space for further details!

Meanwhile the Committee has been busy planning for Christmas & the New Year.  Please make a note in your diaries about these forthcoming events and support us if you’re able – many thanks.

Sat 2nd to Sat 16th December Christmas Tree Festival at Saltburn’s Emmanuel Church  Saltburn WI is organising this event and we shall be decorating a Christmas tree in German / British colours;  please come along to the Church to see our tree which we hope will help raise our profile locally.  If you would like to help with the decorating of the tree on the morning of Wed 29th November or if you have any spare baubles, ribbons or tinsel in the relevant colours, please be in touch asap.  Details of opening times for viewing will be published by the WI soon.

Tues 5th December 5pm-7pm Guisborough Christmas Festival at Guisborough Methodist Church, Westgate  Once again we shall be hosting a table at the Christmas Festival and would appreciate donations of any Christmas crafts or unwanted, good quality gift items to sell;  children’s toys and ladies / mens toiletries are always popular, as well as good books “as new”.  We shall be there setting up from 4pm on the day, or please contact any Committee member in advance if you have anything for us.  We can arrange to collect your items, if necessary.  Thank you.

Our New Year meal will be on Thursday 8th February 7pm at Saltburn Golf Club Everyone is welcome to attend this annual social evening; more details to follow, please keep the date free, if possible.  As it would be helpful to have an idea of numbers, please let Emma know by the end of December if you intend to join us.  Firm bookings (with a deposit) will be taken in January when we have further information.

Last, but by no means least, may I take this opportunity to remind you that your annual subscriptions for 2018 are due in January.  Please send subscriptions direct to Alison Dodds, our Treasurer.

Herzliche Weihnachtsgrüße!

Best wishes, from Pamela Stenson Acting Chair

September 2017

Now that our German visitors have left us with a fond “farewell & Auf Wiedersehen” from Saltburn House this morning, I just want to say a huge “thank you” to everyone who helped make their trip such an excellent one for everyone involved.  This includes all Committee members, hosts and others who assisted in any way at all Friday – Tuesday, as well as in all of the many preparations beforehand.

All of our German friends commented on the relaxed and friendly atmosphere this time.  They enjoyed all of the day-trips and especially yesterday’s Social Evening at Guisborough Cricket Club.  The buffet supper was wonderful, as well as plentiful, and the entertainment by the New Day Singers was much appreciated by everyone there.  The “sing for your supper” element was fun!

So it’s now time to sit back and relax and reflect on their visit.  And also to begin to look forward to our next trip to Troisdorf in 2018.  More about that in due course.

Letter from our German freinds.

Dear Pamela, Emma and all members of the Twinning,

A heartly greeting flies from Troisdorf to Redcar.

I would like to thank you very much on behalf of the Board and our members
who stayed in Redcar. Thank you to you as organizers, to the representatives of the city, to your board, to            the people of Redcar, who were hosts and to all your members! We had a couple of wonderful days and we could gain new  impressions about England and its inhabitants.

We will be happy to see you next year in Troisdorf

xxxx
Heidi

June 2017

Dear members and friends

We are all looking forward to our visitors from Troisdorf who will be here with us from the afternoon of Friday 8th until the morning of Tuesday 12th September. Most of our guests will be staying with member host families, with four staying at Saltburn House.  At present we are expecting 18 German friends.  We have now finalised their programme, as attached, and hope that many of you will be able to join in with the various trips and events.  We are expecting to meet & greet our visitors on the afternoon of Friday 8th September at the Redcar Community Heart with an informal reception by the Mayor.

Please respond to our Secretary Emma asap and no later than Tuesday 1st August if you would like to take part in any of the day trips and / or the Social Evening on Monday 11th September, to which you’re all invited.  In order to cover our costs, we do need to ask for a financial contribution from members for these events.

There will be a pre-visit meeting for all hosts at 7pm on Thursday 31st August in the Lecture Theatre at the Pursglove Centre, Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough TS14 6BU.  Please note that all hosts will not have to pay for the Social Evening and supper, as our small way of saying “thank you” for everything you do for our German guests.

The visit will end at 11am on Tuesday 12th September after a get-together Farewell Breakfast in Saltburn House for all hosts, guests, members and friends. Again, we shall need to know in advance how many people to expect.

 

Finally, another date for your diary:  our next fund-raising coffee morning will be at Sunnyfield House in Guisborough on Saturday 5th August 9.30am – 12noon.  We hope to see many of you there.  Any donations of cakes and scones or savouries, e.g. sausage rolls and pies etc, would be very much appreciated for sale on the day.  As well as any Tombola Stall prizes for adults and children that can be donated to any Committee member in advance of the coffee morning so that we can set up the Tombola in good time.  Please contact either myself on 01287 638178 or our Treasurer Alison or Secretary Emma for further information or offers of assistance.  Many thanks.

Best wishes, from Pamela Stenson Acting Chair

 

 

Visit outline:

 Sat 9th Sept

Day trip to York, including Jorvik Viking Centre.

Sun 10th Sept

Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge & MIMA followed by afternoon tea- tasting with cream scones at

Daisy Mae’s in Redcar, opposite the Redcar Beacon.

Mon 11th Sept

Day trip to the Black Sheep Brewery, Masham

7pm Social Evening at Guisborough Cricket Club with the New Day Singers

Tues 12th Sept

9.30am Farewell Breakfast at Saltburn House.

March 2017.

Dear members and friends,
This year’s AGM took place at the Redcar Community Heart on Thursday 16th March. Although we are pleased that there were 15 people in
attendance,including the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland,Councillor Barry Hunt,and Councillors Carl Quartermain and Margaret Wilson,there were more apologies (18) than members present (13).We also have to report that because there were no nominations for Chairman this year, I have agreed to continue in the role of Vice-Chair,as proposed at the AGM.

The following Committee members were elected:
Chairman VACANCY
Vice-Chairman Pamela Stenson
Treasurer Alison Dodds
Secretary Emma Stephenson
Assistant Secretary Judith Larkin
Committee-website Philip Howson
Committee Linda Howson
Committee Richard Rudland
Committee Ruth Bryan
Committee Julie Baggott
Hon Vice-President Denis Bell
2 R&CBC representatives To be confirmed
Please do get in touch with a member of the Committee if you feel that you could assist us in anyway until we are in a position to elect a new Chairman.This is your opportunity to be involved with the running of the Association.All members are welcome to our Committee meetings which are notified in advance on our website.
Our next Committee meeting will be on Thursday 27th April,when we shall be continuing to make plans for our visitors from Troisdorf in September;they will be with us from the evening of Friday 8th until the morning of Tuesday 12th.Please let our Secretary Emma
know as soon as possible if you are able to host anyone;we also need to know if you have already agreed to host visitors who are planning to travel.Thanks.
A request from Middlesbrough-OberhausenTown Twinning:They are short of a host for two people for the week beginning 7th August and have asked whether anyone from our Association can help please. If you can offer accommodation, please contact Tom Williams asap for further details Many thanks.
Finally, a date for your diary :Our next fund-raising coffee morning will be at Sunnyfield House in Guisborough on Saturday 5th August 9.30am–12noon. We hope to see many of you there.
Best wishes ,from Pamela Stenson.

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Thursday 16th March 2017

FOR ALL MEMBERS TO REPLY PLEASE BY 9TH MARCH

Dear Members

Please see the attached Notice of the Association’s AGM and let our Secretary Emma know as soon as possible whether or not you are able to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there.  There will be a photo presentation of our October 2016 visit to Troisdorf on completion of the business meeting, as well as the opportunity to chat with other members as we begin to make plans for our visitors from Troisdorf later this year.

The time has now come to elect a new Vice-Chair and Chair in accordance with our constitution as Linda and I have been in post for three years in our respective roles.  We hope that you will give this serious consideration and let us know if you’re able to join the Committee, maybe in one of these key roles, to help take the Association forward.  Please ring me or any of our current Officers / Committee members to discuss, if necessary.  The future of our Association depends on you and your response; without your proactive participation we cannot function effectively and grow to strengthen the links with Troisdorf that began in 1990.

Best wishes, and thank you in anticipation of your ongoing support, Pamela

 

Dear Member,

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Thursday 16th March 2017

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Redcar Community Heart on Thursday 16th March 2017.  Members are invited to meet from 6.30pm for a prompt start at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available.

    AGENDA

Welcome by the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland Cllr Barry Hunt

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of previous A.G.M. 17th March 2016
  3. Matters arising
  4. A few words from our President Beatrice Lythgoe
  5. Chairman’s report – Pamela Stenson
  6. Treasurer’s report  – Alison Dodds
  7. Election of Officers – Chairman
  8. Election of Officers – Vice Chairman
  9. Election of Officers – Treasurer
  10. Election of Officers  – Secretary
  11. Election of Officers – Committee Members
  12. Appointment of President on the nomination of the Committe
  13. Visitors from Troisdorf 8-12 September 2017
  14. A.O.B. Please notify the Secretary in advance if at all possible – many thanks.

Nomination for Committee 2017 – 2018  

                               Nominee                                              Proposer                                                            Seconder

Chairman
Vice- Chairman
Treasurer
Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Press and PR Officer
Committee
Committee
Committee
Committee
2 R&C BC representatives

If you wish to attend the AGM and/or nominate anybody for the committee please complete and return this part to the Secretary Emma Stephenson no later than 9th March 2017

 Please reply to:  secretary@redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk

Or by post to:    Secretary Emma Stephenson 6 Alfred Street Redcar TS10 3HY

I/We will be attending the AGM (Name) …………………………………………………………………  

 

NB  Please remember that membership subscriptions for this calendar year are now due and that only paid-up members are entitled to vote at the AGM.  Thanks.  Hope to see you all there on the 16th March.  

 

                                                                                www.redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 17th MARCH 2016 at the HEART, REDCAR.

 

Present:  Beatrice Lythgoe, Brenda Forster, Pam Stenson, Alison Dodds, Margaret Jackson, Linda Howson, Phil Howson, Gerard Tompkinson, Emma Stephenson, Denis Bell, Ruth Bryan, Mike Bryan, Judith Larkin, Tom Williams, Margaret Wilson, Paul Stenson, Doreen Rudland, Richard Rudland, Ann Stephenson, Judy Grainger, Stewart Grainger, Eric Whitham, Myra Stanton, Brij Zutshi.

Apologies:  Mayor of Loftus, Father Adam, Steve Arnold, Kim Arnold, Ann Traynor, David Dodds, Mrs Dobson.

Welcome:  by Councillor Brenda Forster, Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council   The Mayor said  she was pleased to host the AGM  and that the Council hoped to continue its involvement with the Association andTroisdorf.

The Chair:  Pam Stenson thanked the Mayor and R&C BC for the use of the room for the AGM.

The minutes of last year’s AGM have been distributed for approval

Proposed: Eric Whitham      Seconded: Linda Howson

Matters Arising:

Gerard Tompkinson asked if there had been any problems with the constitution –

Pam Stenson replied that there had not been anything during the year.

Tom Williams queried the future cost of maintaining the website –

Phil Howson explained that it is an Open Source website therefore the Association, or its representative (which will be Phil),  will be inputing our own up-dates and documents, photos etc.

President Beatrice Lythgoe:

Madam Mayor and members, it is lovely to see so many here. The Web site is very good and I am pleased to see how well it looks.Thank you to the Council for use of the room, it is good to be officially recognised – it would be even better to have more councillors involved.  Language is not a barrier as most people in Troisdorf speak some English and we have experienced translators in the Association. Thank you to the Committee for all the work last year – the background work and preparation for the celebrations and the visit.  It is good to see some old friends here, especially Myra, who has been in the  association since the the beginning. My appreciation to all .

Chair’s Report by Pam Stenson:

Welcome, everyone, thank you all for making the time to come here this evening.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for the use of these wonderful meeting facilities here in the Heart again, for their kind hospitality and also for their ongoing support for the Association during a difficult year in the Borough.  We very much appreciate the time and commitment the Council was able to give to our 25th anniversary celebration last September in the context of the closure of the Redcar Steel works.  We’re grateful for the personal involvement of the Mayor and others during that period.

We hosted a group of 21 German visitors from Troidorf plus their bus-driver from 22-26 September last year and put together a varied programme for them that was very much appreciated.  One of the highlights was, of course, the fantastic Celebration Dinner that took place here in the Council Chamber on the Wednesday evening, with entertainment from the Normanby Topline Choir as well as local singer Abi Alton and the Marske Fishermen’s Choir.

Every day was different as we took our visitors around the local area to Preston Park Museum, Ampleforth Abbey and to Kirkleatham Museum and Loftus Town Hall, where we were hosted by Loftus Town Council, and the Parish Church.  The week ended on Friday evening with a wonderful concert by the Teesside Apollo Male Voice Choir.  Before the bus left Saltburn House on the Saturday morning for their journey home many of us enjoyed a somewhat “chaotic” English breakfast with our guests!  However, all’s well that ends well, as we heard from our German friends later that this was one of their best visits ever to Redcar and Cleveland.  Thanks to everyone who helped make it so successful.

Alison will no doubt be reflecting on our social fund-raising events in her Treasurers Report;  it was good to see members old and new attend the strawberry afternoon tea in New Marske, the coffee morning in Sunnyfield House and the Christmas Evening in Guisborough.

We’re now looking forward to our next visit to Troisdorf later this year in October, so please let us know as soon as possible if you’re interested.  Our German friends are already making plans and are looking forward to showing us more of Troisdorf and the surrounding area.

Finally, I’m delighted to report that we have enough volunteers to form a new Committee moving forward.  We should all be grateful that there are people willing and able to continue the excellent work of the Association into the future.  Our thanks go to Tom Williams who is resigning from the Committee for personal reasons.  And our best wishes go to Colin & Cam Nertney and to Joyce Bell.

To close, a special mention of the new Association website and Facebook page, that are being maintained and kept up-to-date by a couple of our Committee members, Philip and Emma respectively – many thanks for this.  Hopefully the use of new technology, alongside more traditional means of communication, will enable the Association to reach out to most of the population of Redcar & Cleveland.

Here’s to the next 25 years!

 

November 2016

Dear members and friends

I’m writing this on the return journey home after a wonderful stay with our German host families in Troisdorf at the end of October.  23 members, including seven new members travelling to our twin town for the first time, enjoyed five days of excellent Troisdorf hospitality that began with a Civic Reception at the Rathaus on our arrival and ended with a 2-hour breakfast for everyone on the last day with our German friends.

We had a full programme of events and visits including a sight-seeing tour of all of the twelve Districts of Troisdorf.  The Städtepartnerschaftsverein hosted a fantastic 4-course evening dinner with music from the Blue and White Carnival Band for all English guests with their German hosts.  There were interesting and informative guided tours of Konrad Adenauer’s House in Rhöndorf on the Rhine and in the footsteps of earlier British visitors around the centre of Bonn, former capital of West Germany.  In Cologne we visited the Chocolate Museum and had lunch together in a typical German Brau Haus.

Everyone agrees that this has been another very successful trip to our twin town and we’re already looking forward to their visit to us in Redcar and Cleveland next year from Thursday 7th to Monday 11th September.

A reminder that our next fund-raising event will be at the Guisborough Town Christmas Festival on Tuesday 6th December from 5pm where we’ll be having a crafts and gift stall in the Methodist Church Hall on Westgate; any donations of items to sell will be much appreciated.

There will be a Social Evening for all members and friends at the Fox & Hounds, Slapewath on Thursday 26th January 2017 6.30pm for 7pm meal (of your own choice from the carvery or full menu) at which we can share memories of our trip and start to think about next year’s plans.

Please let our Secretary Emma know by email (secretary@redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk) asap and no later than Friday 20th if you intend to join us on this evening.  Many thanks.”

Please also remember that annual membership subscriptions are due to our Treasurer Alison by the end of January 2017.

Meanwhile, herzliche Weihnachtsgrüße!

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, from Pamela Stenson

chairman@redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk

NB  if you have on-line access you can always keep up-to-date via our website:  www.redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk or our Facebook page which has regular up-dates and photos.

Treasurer’s Report by Alison Dodds:

Income and Expenditure year ended December 31st 2015.

The accounts have been audited by Mrs Fitzhugh on 17/2/2016.

The compensation payment was for the delay in transferring accounts.

Further detailed records are available for inspection .

Mrs Fitzhugh is retiring as Auditor and we would like to record our official thanks to her as she has been auditing our accounts since 1993.  It was agreed to send flowers.

 

Next year’s Auditor: Brian Stephenson.

Proposed: Alison Dodds.  Seconded: Denis Bell

 

Also a thank you to Denis Bell for all his help with the financial aspects and especially the end of year accounts. Denis also thanked Alison as Treasurer.

A reminder that the next coffee morning is on Sat 30th July 2016 at Sunnyfield House in Guisborough. Tombola prizes and  cakes will be welcome,

Membership Fees : It was agreed to continue at £5 (individual) / £7 (joint family) as the Association’s financial status is good.

Proposed : Alison Dodds.  Seconded: Margaret Jackson.

Prior Pursglove College has been a Corporate Member previously and hopefully will continue to be so.  Tom thought perhaps the Co-op may be worth persuing as well as Elring Klinger (a German company at the Kirkleatham Business Park).

Election of Officers:

Chairman:                     Pamela Stenson

Vice-Chairman              Linda Howson

Treasurer                      Alison Dodds

Secretary                       Emma Stephenson

Assistant Secretary       Judith Larkin

Committee – Website    Philip Howson

Committee                     Margaret Jackson

Committee                     Ruth Bryan

Committee                     Judy Grainger

Committee                     Richard Rudland

Committee (co-opted)    Denis Bell

2 R&C BC representatives

 

Beatrice Lythgoe proposed that Pamela Stenson continues as Chair for the AGM to continue.

The nominations were circulated to all present and it was agreed to Propose and

Second them all ‘en bloc’

Proposed:   Eric Whitham.    Seconded: Tom Williams.

Thank you to Ruth Bryan – for all her hard work as Secretary – she is no longer able to continue in this role.

The invitation for President will be at first new committee meeting.

It was suggested that the committee meeting dates go on the web site , with perhaps the dates for the next 3 or 4 meetings to be decided in advance.

Troisdorf Visit 2016

Members had been canvassed as to preferred travel dates; as a result the date for departure will be Sunday  23rd October returning on Saturday 29th October.

Most people are happy to travel by coach and ferry. It is anticipated that the cost will be no more than £300 per person (includes ferry with dinner and breakfast on board).

Margaret Jackson has approached various coach companies and the most reasonable cost has been via Hull.  However cost of leaving from Newcastle. Everyone who is going on the trip must be a fully paid up member of the Association and must have their own insurance and European Health card.

Emma Stephenson will be keeping a list of those travelling to Troisdorf.

Alison will be in touch with Outward Academy re possible student visitors.

Middlesbrough BC visitors from Oberhausen.

Tom Williams said that two visitors are in need of hosts, as their previous hosts are not available. Margaret Wilson has volunteered to accommodate them.

AOB

The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland BC, Councillor Brenda Forster, said she had enjoyed being present at the AGM.  Pam Stenson, Chair, thanked her for attending.  Gerard Tompkinson will be retiring from R&C BC later this month, his replacement will be Alison Pearson.  We all wished Gerard a happy retirement and thanked him for all of his practical support for the Association.

Trip to Troisdorf 2016.

October 2016.

Dear members and friends

October already and many of us are looking forward to our next visit to Troisdorf on the 23rd.  As previously notified, there will be a pre-trip meeting at 7pm on Thursday 13th October at 7pm in the Lecture Theatre at the Pursglove Centre, Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough TS14 6BU for all those who are booked to travel with us to Troisdorf later this month.  There will be light refreshments available from 6.45pm.  Anyone is welcome to attend if you’d like to find out more about our planned programme in Troisdorf;  however, we regret that we can not accept any further bookings at this late stage.

The agenda for the evening will be as follows:

  1. Welcome & introductions
  2. Travel arrangements, including pick-up points in Guisborough and Redcar
  3. Cabin-sharing on the ferry
  4. Troisdorf programme (cost will be 35 Euros per person – please try to have the correct amount in cash ready for collection by our Treasurer en route, thanks)
  5. Key information with mobile phone numbers
  6. Gifts for hosts
  7. Any questions?

We anticipate that this meeting will give us the opportunity to get to know one another better in advance of travel;  however, if you can’t make it that evening please let myself or our Secretary Emma know asap so that we can ensure that you have all of the relevant up-to-date information.  Many thanks.

We’re expecting to meet our coach-driver, Luke, on the 13th as well as Gary Walton, Managing Director of Delta Coaches who is over-seeing all of our travel arrangements.

Finally, more key dates for your diary: our next fund-raising event will be at the Guisborough Town Christmas Festival on Tuesday 6th December when we’ll be having a table in the Methodist Church Hall – more details to follow nearer the time;  and there will be a Social Evening at the Fox & Hounds, Slapewath on Thursday 27th January 2017 6.30pm for 7pm meal (of your own choice from the carvery or full menu) at which we can share memories of our trip and start to think about next year’s plans.

 

Best wishes, from Pamela Stenson

chairman@redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk

July 2016

Dear members and friends

There’s still time to book a place on our next visit to Troisdorf, Sunday 23rd to Saturday 29th October 2016, travelling by coach and ferry overnight, and four nights staying with our German host families in Troisdorf. The cost is £300 per person (based on two people sharing a cabin on the ferry crossings and including an evening meal and breakfast on board) plus an additional sum to be paid in Euros for the day-trips (last time this was 30 Euros). Children and young people aged 16 years and under in full-time education can travel with an adult family member at a reduced cost of £150.

Our German friends have planned a varied and interesting programme of visits for us in Troisdorf, Cologne and the surrounding area. If you want to join us in October, please contact either our Treasurer Alison or our Secretary Emma asap with a deposit of £200 per person or £150 for a child. See booking-form attached.

There will be a meeting on the evening of Thursday 13th October 7pm for everyone who is booked to go to Troisdorf, at which there will be more detailed information about the visit, including coach pick-up times and places. Venue for this meeting is the Lecture Theatre at the Pursglove Centre, Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough TS14 6BU.

Meanwhile we ask that all participants ensure that their travel insurance is up-to-date and that they have a valid passport and EHIC form. Please note that following the results of the EU referendum, no changes have yet been announced to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) service.

Finally, another key date for your diary: our next fund-raising coffee morning will be at Sunnyfield House in Guisborough on Saturday 30th July 9.30am – 12noon. We hope to see many of you there. If you can provide home-baking to sell or gifts for a tombola stall etc please contact any of the Committee or bring it early on the day, from 8.45am. Many thanks.

Best wishes, from Pamela Stenson

chairman@redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk

NB Remember that if you have on-line access you can always keep up-to-date via our website: www.redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk

 

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN TO EMMA STEPHENSON (SECRETARY)

at 6 Alfred Street, Redcar TS10 3HY asap

 

 

 

Name: ………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Address: ……………………………………………………….

 

……………………………………………………………………

 

Number of places required: ……………

 

Single travellers: do you need someone (of the same sex) to share a cabin with on the ferry? YES / NO (if no, please state here who you will be sharing with)

…………………………………..

 

Host family required YES* / NO (if no, please make your own hotel arrangements and let us know where you’ll be staying)

 

 

 

 

 

Non-refundable deposit enclosed: £……

(Cheques payable to: Redcar and Cleveland Twinning Association)**

 

For more information please contact Pamela Stenson (Chairman) on 01287 638367

Alison Dodds (Treasurer) on 01287 637160 or

Emma Stephenson (Secretary) on 07429 718223

 

**Balance due: by 31st August 2016

Bookings made after 30th April are required to pay at least £200 deposit immediately.

Please note that as deposits are required to secure and fund the coach hire they are therefore non-refundable and you should ensure that you are covered by your own travel insurance arrangements for this trip.

The Association does have a discretionary hardship fund to which members can apply in exceptional circumstances for 50% contribution towards the travel cost, providing they are not in full-time work i.e. they are unemployed or are in full-time education at the time of booking and of the visit. Please contact the Chairman or Treasure for more details and an application.

Trip to Troisdorf 2016.

March 2016

Would you like to spend a few days during October half-term with a German family in our twin town of Troisdorf?

If so, please contact the Redcar & Cleveland Twinning Association for further information and a booking-form, either e-mail our Secretary Emma at mailto:secretary@redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.ukor via our website: http://www.redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk/

We will be setting off on Sunday 23rd October via the overnight ferry from Hull, arriving in Troisdorf on Monday 24th. We will stay there with our host families for four nights, with daily excursions around Troisdorf, Bonn and Cologne included, as well as a cabin and meals on board the return ferry crossings. We’ll leave Germany on Friday 28th and arrive back home on the morning of Saturday 29th. The total travel cost will not exceed £300 per person (£150 per child under 16 traveling with a full fare paying adult), plus a contribution in Euros to our German friends to cover some of the local excursion costs.

This is a great opportunity to get to know what life in modern-day Germany is like for ordinary families; don’t worry if you don’t speak German as most hosts will be able to speak English and there will always be German-speaking English travel companions from the Twinning Association available to help out as necessary.

Still interested? Please contact us as soon as possible as we need to confirm numbers by 30th June – a deposit of £100 will secure your place on the coach, with the maximum £200 balance payable in full by the end of August.

Pamela Stenson, Chair of the Redcar & Cleveland Twinning Association

e-mail: chairman@redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.u

Pre trip meeting.

Thursday 13 October @ 1900, Prior Pursglove college Guisborough.

This is to provide information regarding the trip to Troisdorf and the events that we will be doing whilst there ,everyone is welcome to attend.

 

 

March 2016

Dear members and friends

Following a very successful and well-attended AGM at the Redcar Community Heart on Thursday 17th March we are pleased to let you know that we now have a new Committee to take forward the work of Association into the future:

 

Chairman Pamela Stenson
Vice- Chairman Linda Howson
Treasurer Alison Dodds
Secretary Emma Stephenson
Assistant Secretary Judith Larkin
Committee – website Philip Howson
Committee Margaret Jackson
Committee Ruth Bryan
Committee Judy Grainger
Committee Richard Rudland
Committee (co-opted) Denis Bell
2 R&C BC representatives To be confirmed

 

Our first Committee meeting will be on Thursday 5th May, when we shall be continuing to make plans for our next visit to Troisdorf – this will take place from Sunday 23rd until Saturday 29th October 2016, travelling by coach and ferry overnight, and with four nights staying with our German host families in Troisdorf.

As usual, we know that our German friends will have a varied and interesting programme of visits for us in Troisdorf, Cologne and the surrounding area. We anticipate that the overall cost of the trip will be no more than £300 per person (based on two people sharing a cabin on the ferry crossings and including an evening meal and breakfast) plus an additional sum to be paid in Euros for the day-trips (last time this was 30 Euros).

If you want to join us in October, please contact the Secretary Emma asap and before 30th April 2016 with a deposit of £100 per person. Thank you. This will secure your place on the coach. As we require a minimum of 25 travellers to be financially viable, please think about coming to Troisdorf and maybe asking friends and family if they’re interested too. Don’t worry about accommodation as we will be hosted by the Troisdorf Twinning Association’s members – and if you don’t speak German we will ensure that English translation is always available for you on our days out!   Alternatively you can opt to make hotel arrangements in Troisdorf at your own cost, while still joining us on the coach for the journey there and back and during our visit. Please make this clear on your booking form, thanks.

 

Finally, a date for your diary: our next fund-raising coffee morning will be at Sunnyfield House in Guisborough on Saturday 30th July 9.30am – 12noon. We hope to see many of you there.

Best wishes, from Pamela Stenson

 

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Thursday 17th March 2016

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Redcar Community Heart on Thursday 17th March 2016. Members are invited to meet from 6.30pm for a prompt start at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available.

     AGENDA

Welcome by the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland Cllr Brenda Forster

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of previous A.G.M. 19th March 2015
  3. Matters arising
  4. A few words from our President Beatrice Lythgoe
  5. Chairman’s report – Pamela Stenson
  6. Treasurer’s report – Alison Dodds
  7. Election of Officers
  8. a) Chairman
  9. b) Vice Chairman
  10. c) Treasurer
  11. d) Secretary
  12. e) Committee Members
  13.  g) Appointment of President on the nomination of the Committee.
  14. Visit to Troisdorf October 2016
  15. A.O.B. Please notify the Secretary in advance if at all possible – many thanks

 

January 2016

Dear Members & Friends of Redcar & Cleveland Twinning Association

Happy New Year 2016

 We are very much looking forward now to our next visit to Troisdorf later this year, which is likely to be in September or October – we will let you know the exact dates, of course, as soon as they are decided and agreed with our German hosts.

Meanwhile, a reminder of our next event here that will be an opportunity for all members and friends to get together informally to chat and share memories of previous visits or make plans for the next:

 Thursday 28th January 2016 Carvery meal at the Fox & Hounds, Slapewath TS14 6PX 6.30pm for 7pm from £7 per person – just turn up on the evening, we look forward to seeing you there.

Our next Committee meeting will be on the evening of Thursday 4th February;

if you have any issues for discussion, please let us know in advance of that date.

The following meeting will be our AGM, at which officers and committee members will be appointed for the coming year. If you would like to be more involved in the running of the Association, please contact one of us or come along to talk it over during our social evening on the 28th. We will confirm the date of the AGM asap, shortly after our February committee meeting.

 Finally, please note that annual subscriptions for 2016 are now due to our Treasurer by the end of January.

 

Best wishes, from Pamela Stenson

                                                           Chairman

 

 

 

Dear Members & Friends of Redcar & Cleveland Twinning Association

25 years 1990-2015

 

What a wonderful time of celebration we enjoyed with our visitors from Troisdorf in September – thanks to everyone who contributed to our special anniversary events which our German friends have said was their best trip ever to Redcar & Cleveland.

We’re grateful to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council for their support and also to Loftus Town Council for their contribution; we look forward to continuing to build up our relations with other organisations in the months ahead, so that the Association can grow and flourish during the next 25 years.

To do this, we need our members to participate too, of course. If you are on the current email list you should have received a questionnaire about the visit this year. Please let us know by 18 December, what you think made this year’s visit such a success and anything that we could have done differently to improve it for you, our members and hosts, and for our German friends.

If you have not received a copy but would like to participate please email secretary@redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk for a copy of the questionnaire

Moving on, we look forward to going to Troisdorf again in 2016 and need to know from you what time of year would be best; we have already been in touch with Troisdorf and they suggest mid-late September would be a suitable time for their hosts. However, we know that some members can only travel during school-holidays and others have childcare responsibilities during school holidays and therefore cannot take time off then. A simple e-mail reply or phone-call by mid December to: secretary@redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk will ensure that your preference is recorded for our information to assist with future planning. You might also want us to note your preferred mode of transport to Germany e.g. by coach and ferry or by air. Alternatively please ring one of the Committee members with your comments.

Dates for your diary:

Thursday 28th January 2016 Carvery meal at the Fox & Hounds, Slapewath TS14 6PX 6.30pm for 7pm from £7 per person Just turn up on the evening for an informal social get-together with other members and friends.

NB Annual subscriptions for 2016 now due please to our Treasurer by the end of January.

With very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to everyone!

www.redcarandclevelandtwinningassociation.org.uk