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Calendar of Events 2020


This post will be regularly updated with news about forthcoming events in general for the Portsmouth European Cities Twinning Committee where there may be something of interest for the general public and anyone wishing to get more involved with twinning in Duisburg and Caen, or indeed people who wish to hone their language skills in French or German. (There is a group for Italian too - here or e-mail them at this address...)

An easier to remember link to this page is tinyurl.com/caenduisevents

For any further information on venues or joining us at any of these events please e-mail:

Caen Committee or Duisburg Committee (both addresses go to the chair of the ECTC)

Planned ECTC events and committee meetings

If you are a member of Friends of Portsmouth Twinning, then you will have your own website with upcoming events on it. If you are not a member then why not go along to tinyurl.com/foptstart to join.

The French, German and Italian language social groups are taking place on various weekday evenings and weekend day times in the city - why not email the chair of twinning for further details on office@ajstarrtranslation.co.uk to ask about the specific websites or it is easier join the various Facebook groups at:

tinyurl.com/portsfre for French Speakers

tinyurl.com/portge for German Speakers

tinyurl.com/portital for Italian Speakers



2020

All year - 70th Anniversary of Twinning Portsmouth-Duisburg 1950-2020

We aim to organise at least one twinning event per month in this year.




Unfortunately due to travel restrictions and the lockdown, the planned visits from Caen in June and Duisburg in August are now cancelled.

As pubs, clubs, cafés and other meeting venues are also closed all ECTC and FOPT are cancelled or postponed until further notice. We are holding online socials from time to time.



May 2020

For events in May we will follow whatever governmental advice is in situ at the time. - cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

Friday May 8th - VE Day Celebrations - we should aim to have some sort of minor involvement here at least for Caen. - cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions


The Lord Mayor's Rural and Seaside Show 2020 - May Day Bank Holiday Weekend / VE Day weekend?. - cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

May 17 2020 - planning for a concert/event in Portsmouth to mark the 70th anniversary year of twinning featuring local acts, attended by the Oberbürgermeister of Duisburg (if the climate allows). - cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

May 24 2020 - planning for a concert in Duisburg to mark the 70th anniversary year of twinning featuring acts from Portsmouth & Duisburg. Due to travel restrictions in Germany and regulations around mass gatherings, the venue is no longer available so this concert is postponed until the Autumn or early 2021

June 2020


Thursday June 18th - Portsmouth Grammar School hosting a debate in German for schools. They are inviting other schools to send representatives to this debate.

This is part of Portsmouth Festivities. - cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions


A visit from 'les amis de Portsmouth' Caen 19th to 22nd June - cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

The Duisburg Philharmonic Choir is here on Saturday June 20th as part of the Portsmouth Festivities - cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

July 2020


Committee meeting number 3 is on Wednesday July 8th.

A picnic is planned - Watch this space....

We would hope to hold a picnic on the common, with a back up plan of a Cream Tea at the Cream Tea Rooms in Albert Road.

For Duisburg 70, the offering could go to the members of FoPT - A free guided walk.


August 2020

Regarding internships:


Hello Andrew. I just wanted to tell you that we have decided to cancel all our internship this summer due to the COVID crisis. Unfortunately, we won't recruit anyone and we won't be able to welcome someone from Portsmouth.


We will be sending an intern to Caen this year to Le Musée de Normandie. - cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions


We are hoping that the one we have here will be hosted by the Spinnaker Tower. - cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions


We will have a stand at the International Kite Festival on Southsea Common Sat 8 and Sun 9.


A visit from Duisburg's Portsmouth Freunde. From August 15th to 22nd. At least one evening meal opportunity for you to meet and mingle with them. - cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions


The final Friday of August could well have a return visit from the France at Home French Market.


September 2020

A mini Oktoberfest event is planned German sausage & beer theme - Watch this space....

October 2020

Social Event and Fundraiser

October 3rd - Tag der deutschen Einheit 30th Anniversary -

An event planned around Germany's reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall 31 years ago. Most likely on Friday October 2nd

November 2020

November 9th will be 31 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Informal Pre-Christmas Skittles Night

The Victorian Festival of Christmas - A visit from Caen. (Duisburg too if they wish) Either 27 to 29 November or 4-6 December dates to be confirmed by the Dockyard.

December 2020

Twixmas event between Christmas and New Year ... Watch this space...

Many of the things we do require small amounts of funding to help publicise them and do some hosting. The Great South Run here in Portsmouth in October and les Courants de la Liberté in Caen in June, The Westlake Brothers visit in March from Caen, the laying of a wreath on the D-Day memorial in Southsea each June 6th...

We can get some funding from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Foundation, this is mainly used to support the internship programme, to which Caen City Council makes a generous donation each paying (entirely covering the cost of the person we send there). we pay for the Caen intern here using funding from the HIWCF. The rest of the HIWCF funding pays towards hosting Westlake Brothers and the runners for the Great South Run here in Portsmouth and Les Courants de la Liberté in Caen or any other twinning event, which helps bring people together.

Brittany Ferries are often very generous in supporting what we do, with generous discounts on travel to and from Caen.

Past Events


2020

April 2020

Committee meeting number 2 is on Wednesday April 1st.

Calvados Police coming for rematch here in Portsmouth date to be confirmed.

Social Event and Fundraiser

French and German themed 'Easter Egg' hunt - looking for hidden clues and quizzes - not necessarily chocolate eggs. Around the Easter Holidays. As this event was due in early April it is unlikely that this will now happen.

March 2020

The Westlake Brothers Memorial trust from Caen will be here to commemorate the sacrifice of those fallen in D-Day and the subsequent battles for Caen and Normandy which led to VE Day 1945 - Their day is Saturday March 7th they are gathering at the cenotaph next to the Guildhall for a service at 11am. From there they will be hosting a reading of all the fallen of WWII.


Wednesday March 18th pm - We will have a stand at the University of Portsmouth's International Festival of Cultures- There will be a multi group social after this event. The University cancelled this event due to concerns over surrent health and safety protocols (COVID-19)


February 2020

We will hold an event that celebrates the diversity in the West of Germany (so Duisburg) and France (Mardi Gras) fancy dress, tie cutting etc... rather than just making pancakes!

Shrove Tuesday is February 25th so the event is on Saturday February 22nd from 2pm to 5pm. The Poster below gives details --- Please book your place via the Eventbrite Link



January 2020

Weds 8th January Committee Meeting

Friday January 24th - Duisburg 70 and Friends of Twinning Association launch at Portsmouth Guildhall hosted by Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr. David Fuller. Tickets were sold on Eventbrite.



2019

December 2019

Friday December 6th

There will be a French Market in Palmerston Road, Southsea. An ideal place to maybe find a few unusual Christmas gifts. Why not try some of the freshly made French food and bakery products that are likely to be there.

You may even find our twinning stand there with our calendars for sale among other informational leaflets about twinning in Portsmouth. Why not come and say hello...

You can see all about their previous visit in August here.

Twixmas event between Christmas and New Year ... Saturday afternoon December 28th... Why not e-mail our chair for further information

November 2019

The Berlin Wall fell on November 9th 1989...

Wednesday, Nov 13th - Committee Meeting

Saturday November 30th - We will have a visit from Caen on this day to visit the Festival of Christmas in the Dockyard. They will be having dinner in a pub in the city, why not come along for a drink with them? E-mail our chair for further information or join our Facebook group to receive invitations to our events.


October 2019

Saturday 19th October and Sunday 20th October - The Great South Run - a group of runners from Caen will represent their city here in Portsmouth's major annual running event.

A meal is organised for the runners from Caen and their twin city of Würzburg in Germany.

September 2019

Weds September 10th Committee Meeting

Saturday September 21st - It is likely we will have a visit from Caen on this day. They will be having dinner in a pub in the city, why not come along for a drink with them?

August 2019

All month - Intern to and from Caen (Spinnaker Tower/Abbaye aux Hommes) tbc

August 10th and 11thPortsmouth International Kite Festival

We hope to have a presence and will invite Portsmouth Ambassadors to support and promote their work too

Visit to Portsmouth of Portsmouth Freunde Duisburg 10th to 17th August

They have a very packed itinerary normally, but we will arrange for them to have dinner in the city somewhere and invite interested parties to dine with the German visitors. (This will be created as an event in the ECTC Facebook Group and German Speakers in Portsmouth)

People will be able to come and eat or just have drinks later on Wednesday in the evening. - Contact us for further details

They will have a reception with the Lord Mayor at Portsmouth Guildhall on the Friday morning.

Are the people interested in perhaps hosting individuals, couples or families from Duisburg and exchanging with them? Contact us

Thursday August 29th - It is likely we will have a visit from Caen on this day. They will be having dinner in a pub in the city, why not come along for a drink with them?

July 2019

Wednesday, July 3rd Committee Meeting & AGM

Tuesday July 9th - It is likely we will have a visit from Caen on this day. They will be having dinner in a pub in the city, why not come along for a drink with them?

75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Caen.

Events in Caen especially on 9th to 19th July (dates of the liberation of Caen's left and right banks).

Sunday July 14th - We will be organising a Bastille Day celebration. Check out the Facebook Group or email us for further details, why not come along for a drink with them to celebrate Bastille Day?

June 2019

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June

To commemorate the D-Day 75th anniversary, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will be hosting a World War II themed weekend on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2019.

Join the dockyard and get into the spirit with 1940’s music and wartime characters, re-enactment groups, military vehicles displayed throughout the site and get hands on with our family wartime games/activities.

Event highlights include an amazing display of a dozen Dunkirk boats joining us, that will be moored at our pontoons for visitors to wander down and view, along with the opportunity to step on board and view MGB81, a genuine WWII motorboat Launch, HSL 102 and Medusa. We will have a selection of vintage market stalls for you to grab that special piece of memorabilia for the day and while you are enjoying the day, why not stop for something to eat at one of our 1940’s themed food outlets, or a refreshing drink at the Gin Bar?

This event is FREE… You only require Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ticket when entering the Historic Ships or Museums. Great fun day out for all the family!

The committee itself is involved in its own commemoration of D-Day 75 with 75th Anniversary of D-Day events in Caen and in Portsmouth. See tinyurl.com/caendday75 for further details.

June 5th - Major events in Portsmouth and Southsea to mark D-Day 75 - further details when they are known - some are here

The city council has provided detailed plans of all events including our evening concerts and shows this link takes you to their detailed list.

June 6th - Further events in Portsmouth, including a wreath laying ceremony at the D-Day Memorial - ECTC will be laying a wreath on behalf of the city of Caen.

June 6th - The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth is likely to be in Caen for the D-Day commemorations there. These commemorations are likely to be broadcast on screens on Southsea Common.

June 6th - Chris Chang Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships) with a delegation from the University of Portsmouth travel to Caen to sign an agreement to work together closely in providing opportunities for people to study together via both cities' institutions. This follows the visit from Caen last July and a further more recent visit from Portsmouth to Caen in January.

June 7th to 10th - Visit of Caen Legacy Group to Caen - A small group from Portsmouth going to stay with their friends in Caen... Something they have been doing for over 30 years...

Would you like to do something like this? The group from Caen are coming back here in June 2020, would you like to be involved? - Let us know...

Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th - D-Day Weekend Celebrations:

Visit of Veni, Vidi, Canti a capella choir to Portsmouth from Caen - See their website here

You can see them in and around the Hotwalls on Saturday morning, welcoming in the veteran's returning on the cruise ship Boudicca.

Portsmouth European Cities Twinning Committee and St Mary's Church Parish of Portsea have the pleasure in announcing:

An evening concert of Thanks for 75 years Peace in Western Europe since D-Day... Featuring the a capella choir from Caen: Veni, Vidi, Canto; Miss Becki Short and friends; The Fine Voice Academy, The Haven Community Choir, The St Mary's Church Choir and many more acts...

...for an evening of thanks for nearly 75 years of peace in Europe since D-Day... Refreshments will be on sale and donations to the church fund would be greatly appreciated. Further details soon...

Free tickets now available on Eventbrite...

Saturday June 8th - It is also likely we will have a visit from Caen on this day. Some will want to meet some locals to show them around... Interested contact us...

Sunday June 9th - from 10am at the Spinnaker Tower, we hope to have the Veni, Vidi Canto choir sing and have photo shoots atop the Spinnnaker Tower. Possibly also in front of the Spinnaker Tower that morning (weather dependent)

D-DAY 75 A CELEBRATORY CONCERT - One of the Theatre events currently on at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth.

Tickets and further information here

Join us for a very special celebratory evening.

Celebrating the sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen and diverse communities of people who’s breath-taking bravery and ingenuity contributed to the D-Day campaign, paving the way for the liberation of Europe 75 years ago.

Packed with incredible stories of bravery, moving performances and shared moments of entertainment, we look forward to welcoming you to this special event.

Veterans can attend for free...

The above events can also be viewed on the Music in Portsmouth Website also here

Sunday 16th June - Les Courants de la Liberté in Caen - a group of Portsmouth runners will represent our city in Caen on their annual run event.

Sunday June 30th - Our chair will be in Caen and its surrounding towns with Portsmouth's very own Miss Becki Short and a local professional photographer all made possible with the generous help of Brittany Ferries. (See future blog post for further information)

May 2019

Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th, Monday 6th

The Lord Mayor's Rural and Seaside Show. 10 am to 5 pm, Castle Field, Southsea.

The Twinning Committee along with Portsmouth Ambassadors and representatives from other link cities will have a stand at this show... Come along, say hello and have a go at some of our activities.

Saturday May 11th - A cross group social event for Twinning, French Speakers, German Speakers, Italian Speakers, Russian Speakers, South Central Translators and Solent Netfriending for Small businesses and Entrepreneurs. To find out more email the chair

Sunday, 12th May - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their fifth afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen get together of 2019. To find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Tuesday, May 14th - Mayor Making Ceremony - Visitors and dignitaries from Caen and Duisburg.

A group of other visitors from Caen are likely to be attending as well, so may be in need of meeting a few Portsmouth people to help show them around...

Would you like to attend the ceremony or help us out showing possible visitors around? Contact our chair here

Wednesday 15th May - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their sixth soirée of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Sunday 19th May - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their fifth journée mensuelle of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Wednesday 22nd May - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their fifth evening Stammtisch of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Saturday May 25th - A second cross group social event for Twinning, French Speakers, German Speakers, Italian Speakers, Russian Speakers, South Central Translators and Solent Netfriending for Small businesses and Entrepreneurs. To find out more email the chair

Thursday 30th May - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their seventh soirée of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

April 2019

Thursday 11th April - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their fourth soirée mensuelle of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Sunday, 14th April - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their fourth afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen get together of 2019. To find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Thursday 18th April - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their fourth evening Stammtisch of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee)

Tuesday 23rd April - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their fifth soirée mensuelle of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Wednesday, 24th April - A group from Caen's comité de jumelage Caen-Portsmouth are coming to visit the Palace of Westminster, taking the National Express coach from the ferry port and returning in time to catch the ferry back that evening. They were invited to do this by Stephen Morgan MP for Portsmouth South, as he was in Caen to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Caen-Portsmouth twinning in November 2017.

Thursday, 25th April at 2pm - Police Football Match between Hampshire and Caen/Calvados at Gosport FC. Spectators/supporters welcome...

Sunday 28th April - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their fourth journée mensuelle of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Tuesday, April 30th - May's Committee Meeting (changed from Tuesday May, 2nd due to Council Elections)

March 2019

Tuesday, March 5th Committee Meeting 5pm (Social from 7pm in a pub near Guildhall Walk).

Saturday 9th March - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their third journée mensuelle of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Sunday, 17th March - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their third afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen get together of 2019. To find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Saturday, 23rd March - Westlake Brothers WW1 and WW2 Anniversary Ceremony , Portsmouth Guildhall from approx 10am to 4pm - Some students from a Caen Lycée will be in Portsmouth paying tribute to the fallen of D-Day. this is part of their D-Day 75 programme. You can come along and listen to a few of their tributes if you are around on that Saturday.

Wednesday 20th March - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their third soirée mensuelle of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Wednesday 27th March - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their third evening Stammtisch of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

February 2019

Saturday 9th February - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their second journée mensuelle of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Saturday, 16th February - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their second afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen get together of 2019. To find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Wednesday 20th February - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their second soirée mensuelle of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Wednesday 27th February - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their second evening Stammtisch of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

January 2019

Thursday, January 10th 2019 5pm (Social from 7pm in a pub near Guildhall Walk).

Sunday, 13th January - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their first afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen get together of 2019. To find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Saturday 19th January - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their first journée mensuelle of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Wednesday 23rd January - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their first evening Stammtisch of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Friday, January 25th - Gala Quiz Night & Fundraiser from 19:00 - The Lord Mayor's Banqueting Suite - Portsmouth Guildhall. Tickets available on Eventbrite now. From January from committee members.

Further details and information will be posted here once known

Wednesday 30th January - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their first soirée mensuelle of 2019 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

December 2018

Saturday 1st December - Members of the Caen-Portsmouth committee in Caen plus other people from Caen and Calvados will be visiting Portsmouth for the Victorian Festival of Christmas in the Historic Dockyard. There are over 60 coming. They will be having dinner all over Portsmouth, but one group will be in The Sovereigns pub from around 7:30pm (right opposite the International Port.

You would be welcome to pop in for a drink with them from around 8pm until they leave for their ferry at 9:30. For further information please e-mail Caen Twinning.

Sunday 9th December - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their final afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen get together of 2018. To find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Wednesday December 12th - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their final evening Stammtisch of 2018 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Saturday 15th December - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their final journée mensuelle of 2018 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Tuesday December 18th - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their final soirée mensuelle of 2018 - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

An evening and an afternoon Twixmas Event is planned for members of Portsmouth ECTC Facebook Group, French; German; Russian & Italian Speakers in Portsmouth and South Central Translators Network... A chance to meet a lot of different people and do something if you are in Portsmouth in the quieter periods of Christmas and New Year.

The members of these groups are completing a poll and the most popular dates will be organised. Sometime either on December 28, 29 or 30 or on Jan 2 or 3.

November 2018

Tuesday 6th November - A social event will take place after the ECTC's meeting some of the committee will be in attendance. An ideal opportunity to find out more about twinning in Portsmouth.

Sunday November 11th - The Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and the Deputy Lady Mayoress to attend a special ceremony in Caen marking 100 years since the end of World War One.

Monday November 11th - Our chair will give a talk about Portsmouth's International links at Portsmouth Ambassadors' Forum in Portsmouth Guildhall.

Tuesday November 13th - (entered after the event) Our chair gave an impromptu talk about Portsmouth Ambassadors and was introduced the attendees as chair of Twinning in Portsmouth. This took place at the Lord Mayor's Coffee morning in Portsmouth Guildhall.

Wednesday November 14th - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their evening Stammtisch - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Sunday November 18th - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their journée mensuelle - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Wednesday November 28th - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their soirée mensuelle - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

October 2018

Wednesday 3rd October - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their evening Stammtisch it is German Reunification Day (the day on which East and West Germany were no more after years of separation during the cold war) - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Saturday 6th October - The Portsmouth ECTC (Caen and Duisburg Twinning) are holding a Cheese and Wine Evening at Milton Village Community Hall. Further Details can be seen on Eventbrite and tickets purchased there. Committee members will also have tickets for sale from mid September.

Saturday 13th October - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their journée mensuelle - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Sunday 21st October - The Great South Run. The runners from Caen will be having a social evening somewhere in Southsea on this evening. Venue and times are now confirmed.

Please e-mail Caen Twinning for more details.

Wednesday 24th October - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their soirée mensuelle - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

26-27th October - Oktoberfest in Portsmouth.... The Chair of ECTC will be there on Friday 26th October.

Sunday 28th October - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their morning Kaffee und Kuchen get together. To find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

September 2018

Saturday 8th September - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their morning Kaffee und Kuchen get together. To find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Tuesday 11th September - A social event will take place after the ECTC's meeting some of the committee will be in attendance. An ideal opportunity to find out more about twinning in Portsmouth.

Wednesday 12th September - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their evening Stammtisch this time guests from Portsmouthfreunde are invited as they will be visiting Portsmouth this week - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Saturday 15th September - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their matinée mensuelle - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Wednesday 26th September - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their soirée mensuelle - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

August 2018

We will have an intern from Caen working at the Spinnaker Tower all month (normal shift hours). In Caen someone from Portsmouth will be working at the Abbaye aux Hommes and the Hôtel de Ville.

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August - we will have a stand at the Southsea International Kite Show, joined by Portsmouth Ambassadors. Look out for us and come along for a chat to find out more about opportunities with our twin cities.

Saturday 18th August - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their journée mensuelle - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

Wednesday 22nd August - German Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their evening Stammtisch this time guests from Portsmouthfreunde are invited as they will be visiting Portsmouth this week - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken German welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

August 18th to 25th - Visit from Portsmouth Freunde Duisburg. We have organised an event to meet them on the Wednesday evening of this week (see above).

Friday 24th Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August - we will have a presence at the Victorious Festival, hosted by Portsmouth Ambassadors. Look out for them and come along for a chat to find out more about our International Links.

Wednesday 29th August - French Speakers in Portsmouth meet for their soirée mensuelle - to find out more visit their Facebook page or e-mail our chair to find out where and when. All levels of spoken French welcome (a chance to meet our chair and maybe one or two other members of the committee).

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