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2018

 

There will be a Wine Tasting led by our friend Tony Suter on Friday 16th March. We await details from Tony of the wines he will be presenting.


The Tasting will take place at the Council Chamber
at the Town Hall and the entrance price will be £12.

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 13th April at 8pm at the Church Hall at the side of the Catholic Church. After the business there will be the usual glass of wine, chatting with friends and discussion of the plans for the forthcoming visit from Chassieu. 

Click here to see the up to date list of committee members.

For the 2018 visit from Chassieu, our guests will be arriving on Wednesday 6th June and returning on Sunday 10th June

Barbecue

8th July
 
from 12:30 pm


We shall once again no doubt be enjoying the balmy weather* of July eating our barbecued chicken, beefburgers and sausages accompanied by some delicious salads and followed, of course, by strawberries and cream. 

*Weather not guaranteed

 

 

Friday, September 21st at 8.00 pm    

A further talk by Hugh Sharp - this time on the poet and author Laurie Lee. Laurie Lee's most famous work is the autobiographical trilogy Cider with Rosie (1959), As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969), and A Moment of War (1991).

We shall be at the Parish rooms at the side of the Catholic Church.

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Friday, 2nd November at 8.00 pm


Tonight we shall be showing the BAFTA winning film - Etre et Avoir

This is a charming and intimate portrait of a single-class primary school in rural France and its inspirational teacher.  Ranging in age from 4 to 10, the small handful of pupils are taught by the remarkable Georges Lopez whose patient and enlightened methods highlight a genuine affection for his young charges.  This film, a surprise cinema hit, was warmly received by critics and won numerous awards including a BAFTA and a European Film Award.

We hope to see you at the Parish rooms at the side of the Catholic Church.

 

The 36th traditional Christmas Concert with our guests, the AD Concert Band, will take place in the Town Hall on Saturday 8th December at 7:30.

There will be lots of audience participation and of course the traditional punch and mince pies to help things along in the second part !



2017

On 13th February, we shall get together for a meal at the Indian Lounge on Coleshill High Street

The price for the evening will be £13 excluding drinks. Details of the menu will be circulated in advance so that you can make your choices.

 

There will be a Wine Tasting led by our friend Tony Suter on Friday 24th March. On this occasion, we're going a bit more up-market with the wines we're proposing to taste.


It will take place at the Council Chamber
at the Town Hall and the entrance price will be £12.

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 28th April at 8pm at the Church Hall at the side of the Catholic Church. After the business there will be the usual glass of wine, chatting with friends and discussion of the plans for the forthcoming visit to Chassieu. 

Click here to see the up to date list of committee members.

For our 2017 visit to Chassieu, we will be arriving on Wednesday 24th May and returning on Sunday 28th May




 


Cheese & wine evening at
the Church Hall at the side of the Catholic Church
 



Friday, June 16

Barbecue

9th July
 
from 12:30 pm


We shall once again no doubt be enjoying the balmy weather* of July eating our barbecued chicken, beefburgers and sausages accompanied by some delicious salads and followed, of course, by strawberries and cream. 

Location to be confirmed

*Weather not guaranteed

 


Friday, September 15th

A further talk by Hugh Sharp - this time on his exploration of Macchu Picchu


Friday, 10th November

This year's film stars the brilliant actor who played the companion in the film 'Intouchables' and also that icon of French film, Charlotte Gainsbourg. 

The plot -

Samba Cissé (Omar Sy), a migrant from Senegal to France, works as a dish washer in a hotel. After a bureaucratic slip-up lands him in a detention, he is ordered to leave France. With the help of a businesswoman (Charlotte Gainsbourg), he fights to stay in France.
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The 35th traditional Christmas Concert with our guests, the AD Concert Band, will take place in the Town Hall on Saturday 2nd December at 7:30.

There will be lots of audience participation and of course the traditional punch and mince pies to help things along in the second part !


2016
Association Evening - Friday, 22nd January 2016 at 8pm
 
The Tolpuddle Martyrs - a talk to be given by Hugh Sharp
 
Hugh’s talk will tell us about this important event in the long history of trade unionism.  Included in the talk are three other stories. The first is very much connected to the Martyrs. The second takes its theme from a tree in the village of Tolpuddle and the third has very little in common with the main story.
 
Please note that the meeting will be at the Church Hall at the side of the Catholic Church

 

 There will be a Wine Tasting led by our friend Tony Suter on Friday 11th March 2016.

It will take place at the Council Chamber at the Town Hall

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 15th April 2016 at 8pm at the Church Hall at the side of the Catholic Church. After the business there will be the usual glass of wine, chatting with friends and discussion of the plans for the forthcoming visit by our friends from Chassieu. 

Click here to see the up to date list of committee members.

The visit by our friends from Chassieu will be from Wednesday, 25th to Sunday 29th May

Barbecue

3rd July 2016
 
from 12:30 pm

We shall once again no doubt be enjoying the balmy weather* of July at Peter and Rita's, eating our barbecued chicken, beefburgers and sausages accompanied by some delicious salads and followed, of course, by strawberries and cream.

*Weather not guaranteed

 

Association Evening - Friday, 16th September 2016 at 8pm
 
Finding Richard III - a talk to be given by Hugh Sharp.
 
Please note that the meeting will be at the Church Hall at the side of the Catholic Church.

 

There will be a Wine Tasting - a follow on to the March tasting - led by our expert Tony Suter on Friday 14th October 2016.

 

It will take place at the Council Chamber at the Town Hall.



Our 3rd French Film Evening takes place on Friday 11th November at the Church Hall at the side of the Catholic Church.

We shall be showing another French hit comedy - yes, with subtitles!  The film is 'Intouchables', based on a real life friendship between a multimillionaire and his carer in the 90's.  It became the second most watched film in France - second only to Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, the first film we put on for you.

 

The 34th traditional Christmas Concert with our guests, the AD Concert Band, will take place in the Town Hall on Saturday 3rd December at 7:30.

There will be lots of audience participation and of course the traditional punch and mince pies to help things along in the second part !

2015

Our second Film Night was on Friday 13th November at 8pm.  

Our first film night featured the comedy 'Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis' whcih left us all in stitches. It was also a brilliant example of the sub-titlers' art. Somehow, they managed to convey an impenetrable regional French accent to an English audience.

The follow up was Le Placard, another comedy, but one with a slightly more serious undertone. As before, we had a glass of wine before the showing and a break part way through for some refreshments.

The upper room in the church hall at the Catholic church provided us with some very comfortable seats.

 

The Quiz Night was in the Town Hall on Saturday 10th October 2015 at 7:30 pm.  

As well as the fiendish questions, there was the usual jacket potato supper with a range of toppings included in the price and, of course, the bar serving beer from Church End Brewery, wine and various soft drinks.

We were very much down on numbers this year and will have to see what can be done to improve things for next year.

 
Visit to Chassieu 2015
 
 
The visit to Chassieu took place from Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th June.

Barbecue

5th July 2015
 
from 12:30 pm

We once again enjoyed the wondrous weather of July, this time at Peter and Rita Wheeler's house - 2 Claremont Villas, Furnace End, Over Whitacre B46 2LG

We were provided with the usual menu of barbecued chicken, pork and sausages accompanied by some delicious salads followed, of course, by strawberries and cream.

 

The Annual General Meeting took place on Friday 17th April 2015 at 8pm at the Church Hall at the side of the Catholic Church.

 

 

There was a Wine Tasting led by our friend Tony Suter on Friday 6th March 2015.

 

We enjoyed an excellent range of wines under the guidance of Tony's expert nose .

Association Evening - Friday, 13th February 2015 at 8pm
 
The Life and Poems of Lord Byron - a talk given by Hugh Sharp
 
Hugh’s talk concentrated mainly on the life of Lord Byron - from his birth in London in 1788 through his early schooling in Aberdeen to his death in Greece in 1824 and burial in Hucknall Nottinghamshire.  Some of his poems describe events in his life and places he visited and a few of these will be quoted with relevant pictures.

 
2014
 

 

The 32nd traditional Christmas Concert with our guests, the AD Concert Band, took place at 8:00 pm on Friday 12th December 2014.

 

There was lots of audience participation - singing - and of course the traditional punch and mince pies to help things along in the second part !

Our very popular Quiz Night was on Saturday 18th October at 7:30 pm.  

As well as the fiendish questions, there were the usual jacket potato supper with a range of toppings included in the price and, of course, a bar.

We shall be serving beer from Church End Brewery, wine and various soft drinks.

 

Barbecue -

6th July
 
from 12:30 pm

 

We shall once again no doubt be enjoying the balmy weather* of July at Malcolm and Anita's, eating our barbecued chicken, pork and sausages accompanied by some delicious salads followed, of course, by strawberries and cream.

 

*Weather not exactly guaranteed

 

Visit from Chassieu 2014
 
 
The visit from Chassieu will take place from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th May.

 

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 25th April 2013 at 8pm at the Church Hall at the side of the Catholic Church.

 

After the business there will be the usual glass of wine, chatting with friends and discussion of the plans for the forthcoming visit from Chassieu. 

Click here to see the up to date list of committee members

 

 

There will be a Wine Tasting led by our old friend Tony Suter on Friday 7th March at 8pm.

 

It will take place at the Council Chamber at the Town Hall. Tickets will cost £8.00.

Association Evening - Friday, 7th February at 8pm
 
A talk about D H Lawrence to be given by Hugh Sharp.
 
Please note that the meeting will be at our new location, the Church Hall at the side of the Catholic Church

 
2013
 
The 31st traditional Christmas Concert with our guests, the AD Concert Band, took place on Friday 13th December 2013.
Association Evening - Friday, 22nd November 2013 at 8pm
 
A talk about Mother of Pearl
 
From a very entertaining speaker we heard all about mother of pearl, its origin, how it is used and incorporated into costume jewellery.

 

Our very popular Quiz Night was on Saturday 19th October.

 

Barbecue

7 July 2013

12:30

We enjoyed the balmy weather of July at Malcolm and Anita's and ate our barbecued chicken, pork and sausages accompanied by some delicious salads followed, of course, by strawberries and cream.

 

Visit to Chassieu 2013
 
 
The return visit to Chassieu to continue the 30th anniversary celebrations took place from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th May 2013.

 

The Annual General Meeting was on Friday 26th April 2013
Association Evening - Friday, 15th March 2013 at 8pm
 
A talk about Sir Ernest Shackleton given by Hugh Sharp
 
Hugh's very informative talk described Shackleton's early life, his four expeditions to Antarctica and his death on a remote island in the Southern Ocean. It touched on his relationship with Captain Scott and he spoke about several men and ladies who were important to Scott during his life. The talk included about 100 slides ranging from his pictures of his birthplace to his grave.

 

 

There was a Wine Tasting led by Tony Suter on Friday 22nd February at 8pm. The theme was wines which have won awards but which can be found locally

2012

The 30th traditional Christmas Concert with our guests, the AD Concert Band, took place at Coleshill Town Hall on Saturday 15 December 2012 at 7:30 pm. There was singing and of course the traditional punch and mince pies to help things along!

 

On Friday 16 November at 8 o'clock, we had an Association Evening featuring talk (with slides) about the City of Lichfield, given by one of the accredited guides. It was most interesting and of course there was also time for a drink and a chat.

This marked a change of venue. For reasons of cost, the first time we decided not to use the Town Halll, but the Church Hall at the side of the Catholic Church instead. Thosee attending thought it was very suitable and convenient with its on-site parking

Our very popular Quiz Night was on Saturday, 13 October. As usual, there were fiendish questions and a jacket potato supper with a range of toppings included in the price.

 

The Twinning Visit from Chassieu took place between 16 and 20 May 2012. For details of what happened, what we did to celebrate our 30th anniversary and of course and some accompanying pics click here 

 

 

The 2012 Annual General Meeting took place on Friday 20 April 2012 at the Town Hall. After the business there was the usual glass of wine, chatting with friends and the discussion of the plans for the forthcoming visit to Chassieu. 

 

Click here to see the up to date list of committee members

 

  
 
On Friday 3 February at 8.00 pm, we had a fascinating talk with slides about the Canal du Midi by Chris Lewis. That's the one that features in Rick Stein's last set of travels through France.

 

 

There was a Wine Tasting led by Tony Suter on Friday 9 March at 8.00 pm. this time we concentrated on wines which had won internationally recognised medals for their quality and which were available in the supermarkets.
2011
 
The 29th traditional Christmas Concert with our guests, the wonderful AD Concert Band, took place on 16 December 2011. There was lots of audience participation - singing - and of course the traditional punch and mince pies to help things along in the second part !
Our very popular Quiz Night was on Saturday, 29th October with an excellent attendance. As well as the questions, there was the usual jacket potato supper with a range of toppings included in the price.

 

Barbecue

July 2011

 

The rain held off until mid-afternoon, by which time we had eaten our barbecued chicken, pork and sausages accompanied by some delicious salads and, of course, followed by strawberries and cream.

 

As Malcolm was away in foreign parts, the event was relocated to Paul and Heather's garden. Some photos can be seen by clicking here.

Our thanks to all who worked so hard to make the day possible.

 

The Twinning Visit to Chassieu took place between 25 and 29 May 2011. For details of what happened and some accompanying pics click here 

 

 

A Wine Tasting Evening - Friday, February 23

 

An evening during which we tasted 6 different wines - 3 red and 3 white - led with his usual mixture of humour and information by our old friend Tony Souter, the oenologist.

 

The 2011 Annual General Meeting took place on Friday 15 April at the Town Hall. After the business there was the usual glass of wine, chatting with friends and the making of plans for the forthcoming visit to Chassieu. 

 

Click here to see the up to date list of committee members

  
 
2010
 
The 28th traditional Christmas Concert with our guests, the AD Concert Band was on Friday 10th December at 7:30 pm. There was singing and of course the traditional punch and mince pies to help things along!
Our very popular Quiz Night was on Saturday 16th October 2010 at 7:30 pm. With a good attendance, the evening went very well and, of course, the usual jacket potato supper with a range of toppings was included in the price.

 

On Friday 17th September, Peter Rafferty told us about the visit which he and Eileen paid to Iran. The tak was illustrated with the photos which they were able to take in that very controlled country

 

The Twinning Visit from Chassieu took place at the beginning of June. The volcanic ash did not after all prevent our guests from arriving and they flew home on Sunday 6th June after a most enjoyable visit.

 

Click here to see the photos and to read Brian's report.

 

The Annual General Meeting took place on Friday 30 April at the Town Hall. After the business there was the usual glass of wine, chatting with friends and the making of plans for the forthcoming visit from Chassieu.  If you would like to join the committee - we could do with two more members - please give Anita a ring on 01675 471443

 

Click here to see the up to date list of committee members

 
An Association Evening was held on Friday 19th March at the Town Hall. There was an excellent talk (with slides) on canals and canal walks by an obvious expert in the field, the usual glass of wine and an opportunity to catch up with our friends. We must have enjoyed ourselves - there were still people there at half past 10.
 
 

 

As part of our programme, we went to a Concert at the newly-refurbished Butterworth Hall at Warwick Arts Centre on Saturday, 30 January at 8pm.

 

The concert started with Elgar's Cocaigne Overture, which paints a picture of the bustling London scene of Elgar's day. It continued with Mendelssohn's beautiful violin concerto and finished with Elgar's wonderfully written and very British Enigma Variations, which of course include the famous Nimrod Variation.

Vladimir Ashkenazy (the world-famous pianist) was conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra and the violin soloist was the young Canadian, James Ehnes. He played superbly.

It was a great concert and the thirty of us who went were delighted with our night out.

2009
 
The traditional Christmas Concert, now in its 27th year, with our guests, the wonderful AD Concert Band was on Friday 11th December at 7:30 pm. The Town Hall was packed and a great time was had by all. The traditional punch and mince pies helped to warm things up even more during the second part!
Our very popular Quiz Night on Saturday 17th October at 7:30 pm. was sold out. A good time was had by all and we went to a tie-break in order to find the winners - a group of 4 illustrious and knowledgable persons consisting of Pam and Jim Thomson and their neighbours. Congratulations!

 

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A Wine Tasting Evening - Friday, September 11th 2009

 

This was an evening where, led by our old friend Tony Souter, the oenologist, we tasted seven 'celebrity wines'. That is to say, wines made by celebrities.

Now you'd think that with all the money they can pour into their wine production that they'd produce some outstanding stuff. Well, some of them do. But not all of them. If you're a Cliff fan, my recommendation is to stick with his songs!

For me the hot tip of the night was the 'Vin de Pays d'Oc' Viognier made by Gérard Bertrand, the former French rugby player. I think that almost everyone thought that it was delicious. It is obtainable from Majestic Wine Warehouses at £5.49 each for a purchase of 2 bottles.

Barbecue - July 2009

This time, there was no rain !  Instead, we had a wondeful sunny day with a turnout of almost 70 members and friends.

A big thank you to all who organised the event and to Malcolm and Anita for hosting the barbecue in their garden.

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These are a few photos from the 2005 Barbecue - which I think was the last time when it didn't rain !

 

 

 

 

 

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