News from 2012

19th November 2012

Committee Meeting and Social

Our next twinning committee meeting will be held in the Gallery Room at the Whitworth Centre at 7.30 pm for half an hour on Wednesday 12th December 2012 followed by a social for members to have a glass of wine and a mince pie or something to welcome the festive season.

All members are invited to join in the committee meeting but if you can't make it, please come along for the social at 8pm.

Could you please e-mail Bill Jameson to let him know if you will be going to the social by Monday 10th December.

3rd August 2012

Social /fundraising night

We are planning a social/fundraising evening on Saturday 17th November 2012 so please keep this date free in your diaries. For those of us of a certain age who remember and enjoyed the music of The Beatles, we are planning a live music evening with The Classix Duo from Leeds who have agreed to waive their normal fee to play at this fundraising event for the Twinning Association. Further details will be issued as planning progresses but please keep this date free and support the band and the Association at this event.

Onzain visit to Darley Dale, 3rd to 6th May 2013 (Early Spring Bank Holiday Weekend)

Onzain has accepted our invitation to visit Darley Dale over the early spring bank holiday weekend next year. We have invited our French friends to do some walking in the Derbyshire Dales, so walking in our lovely countryside will be the main theme of the weekend. Please make a note in your diaries and watch out for further details. We will of course be needing host families and will discuss this further with members when we have some idea of numbers travelling from Onzain.

Subscriptions 2012-13, standing order

14 out of 60 members paid their subscriptions by standing order on 1st July 2012.

26th June 2012

AGM 2012

We had a successful AGM last night attended by 13 members and Cllr Dave Oakley from Darley Dale Town Council. The newly elected twinning committee for 2012-13 consists of:

Kevin Senior - Chair

Sandy Doyles- Vice Chair

Bill Jameson- Secretary

Ruth Shooter - Treasurer

Mags Robinson - Committee member

Rob Annable- Committee member 

Tracey Annable - Committee member

Jane Mounsey - Committee member

Thanks go to Rachel Pearce, last year's treasurer who stepped down from the committee last night and also to Ruth Shooter who takes over as Treasurer. A warm welcome to Jane Mounsey who joins the committee after being a keen supporter of twinning for the last year.

There are still a couple of places on the committee so please get in touch with Kevin if you would like to get involved.

Teacher visit from Onzain

Kevin has recently sent an e-mail to members asking for help in accommodating 4 teachers who will be visiting our local primary schools from 10th to 14th July 2012. More details are on the e-mail . This is an initiative by Onzain to get to know our primary schools better. Please get in touch with Kevin if you can help, especially if you have a child at a primary school.

Subscriptions 2012-13, standing order

Please remember to set up your standing order effective from 1st July 2012

27th May 2012

Boules Evening

The boules evening will now be on Thursday 7th June 2012 at The Grouse Inn, Darley Dale at 7pm for boules followed by a light sandwich buffet. Cost for members is £5 and non-members £6. 

Please let Sandy Doyles know by email if you will be going by Monday 4th June so we can give numbers to The Grouse. Money will be collected on the night.

Please arrive on-time or slightly early so that Mike can organise the boules teams.

29th April 2012

 AGM 2012

 This year's Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 25th June at 8pm in the Whitworth Centre's Gallery room. The preliminary notice will be sent to all members on 23rd May.

Boules Evening - change of date

 The boules evening previously advised as being on 21st June has now been moved to Thursday 7th June. Please see Events calendar and wait for further details nearer the time.

Subscriptions 2012-13

At a recent committee meeting it was agreed that the Twinning Association's annual subscriptions will be held at the current rates for next year 2012-13. It was also agreed that members are asked to pay this by bank standing order on 1st July each year. Details will be sent to members by e-mail.

4th April 2012

Twinning visit to Onzain 4th to 7th May 2012

We now have about 28 people signed up to visit Onzain over the weekend and remaining hosts are currently being sorted out. Everybody will be making their own way there as there was not enough support for hiring a coach on this ocassion. We will be having a committee meeting in the Whitworth on Monday 16th April at 8pm to discuss any outstanding issues and anybody who is travelling is welcome to attend.

One important point is that will anybody who is travelling to Onzain for the weekend and has not yet paid their membership subscriptions this year please get in touch with Bill Jameson and pay their subs before they go.

24 February 2012

Matlock Twinning Association has invited any of our members to join them on the next visit to their twin town, Eaubonne, near Paris. A coach will leave Slack's yard at Lumsdale, Matlock (adj to Highfields School) at 7.30p.m. Friday 1st June and arrive back between 6-7 p.m. Monday 4th June. They operate the same arrangements for hosting as we do, so that will be taken care of for you. Max. cost £100 per person (accompanied children 50% of adult price) - reducing as the coach fills up. If you would like to go, please contact direct Peter Vincent Tel. 01246 590256 or e-mail

Sculptures by Patrick Meriguet in Onzain

 25th January 2012

Details of the new Onzain town website are now available via a hyperlink from our "Home" page

The "Events" calendar has been updated to include the Boules evening in June

16th January 2012

Happy New Year to all our readers!

"Allo Allo" 2012

Tickets are now available for "Allo Allo - encore!". Cafe Rene will once again be open on Saturday 25th February 2012 at 7pm in the Whitworth Terrace Room for an evening of food, wine and entertainment. This year Rene will be serving a chicken curry and apple crumble so please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.

We are pleased to announce that the entertainment will be the same as last year with Tom & Bill on guitar and accordion and La Di Dah  (The Resistance Girls) performing some of their versions of classic songs.

Ticket prices are £10 each for members and £12 each for non-members. The evening is not suitable for young folk under the age of 18 years. There will be a raffle to raise funds for twinning and any contribution of raffle prizes will be much appreciated.

Please get your Allo Allo fancy dress costumes together and make this another memorable night.

Tickets are available from Rob & Tracy Annable or any committee member