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Spring News February 2010

We'll start with the bad news first

Up till now, (that is for the past 16 years), the committee have managed to hold enough events to fund celebratory long weekends when visitors come from Fléac.  We have been extremely fortunate to have the services of Fiona Jurk, our Chairperson. Her expertise in successfully obtaining European funding has enabled us to have enough funds to supplement inward and outward visits, for example, enabling many people from the Inchture Area to join in the celebrations of the15th Anniversary in Fléac in 2008.
Money in Europe is now as tight as elsewhere, and the ground rules for funding ‘town twinning’ have changed.  Just before Christmas, after all Fiona's hard work, our grant application was refused. There is just not enough money to go round since the EU was enlarged. It seems that our Twinning arrangement with Fléac does not meet the new criteria.
So if we hold a fundraiser do please come.  We are carefully re-planning the proposed visit in August of the children and young families who came over last May for the very successful Schools visit.
It's only 3 years until we will mark 20 years of twinning with Fléac!
This is quite an achievement considering we are all volunteers!  In Fléac and other towns in Europe, there is usually secretarial and financial aid available to help promote the aims of Twinning and to help fund visits and celebrations in  their communities. We have to do it ourselves. However, without extra grants being available now, we will certainly have to scale down our planned programme for this year and think hard about the future.
So to the good news!
Our first fundraiser and social event is a Quiz Night in Rait at the Annat hall on Saturday, 27th March. at 7.30pm .Tickets available from the committee £5 each. There will be a bar and food available. Tell you friends and make up a table of 4.
Jane Woodford
For further information on Twinning contact one of the committee members:
Rait:      Fiona Jurk (Chairperson)    01821 670228
Inchture:    Christine Allan  686430,
Abernyte:   Suki Stobbs      686444
Kinnaird:    Jane Woodford   686371,     Trefor Woodford  686371
Ballindean: Louise Klaassen     686711