Author: Emma Eabry

Rest in peace Your Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Condolences received from Epernay:

Dear Friends

In the eyes of the world, certain characters embody not only a country, a people, but also an entire era. Queen Elizabeth II imperceptibly connected each of us to vast swaths of British and universal history, from the post-war period which saw her ascend to the throne, to the Covid-19 years when her message of resilience has left its mark, from decolonization to the Thatcher, Blair, and Brexit decades, to Beatles madness and the tragedies of the “year horribilis”.

Head of the British state, endowed with symbolic power but widely respected, she will have witnessed a century of hopes and trials with an inflexible will to accomplish her duty.
Historians will say if the seven decades of the reign of Elizabeth II can be described as the “second Elizabethan era”, by reference to that of the first Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603), marked by artistic revival, prosperity and English power. But the queen who has just disappeared will have achieved a feat: to make people forget the anachronism of the monarchy, to prolong her popularity by adapting it while maintaining the illusion that she is immutable, to rub shoulders with all the prime ministers while maintaining a popularity at piss off the politicians. The ultimate trace of this remarkable strength of character can be read in the reception by the Queen, two days before her death, of the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss.

The shock of Elizabeth II’s disappearance is felt all over the world, especially in the fifteen states of which she was the sovereign, as an additional sign of the end of an era.

With the Queen, the United Kingdom loses an essential and powerful instrument. Elizabeth II addressed political messages through her postures, outfits, dignity or the choice of a word. Above the scrum, it personified their link with the long time of history and the unity of a composite country.

Many French people had a deep respect and admiration for her. The president and members of the Epernay-Jumelages association join me in presenting their sincere condolences.
Warmest Regards
Patricia Janvier

Newsletters from Middelkerke 2020 to 2022

Our lovely friends in Middelkerke have been keeping us informed of activities going on in Middelkerke over the past year or so.  These newsletters give us a great insight into what goes on in their town and may interest some of you enough to visit Middelkerke for yourself, one day.  It certainly seems to be a vibrant, lively town with lots going on.  I hope you like what you see.  I’ll keep adding these newsletters to this website when they come in so that it keeps everyone informed and up to date.

2022 has ended well for Middelkerke

2022-03-4 Really a lot to do!

2021-03 A breath of fresh air in Middelkerke!

2022-01-4 Middelkerke looks ahead!

2022-02 What will 2022 bring

2020 Feb – What’s on in Middelkerke!

We welcomed visitors from Middlekerke in April 2022

Maggie Wilkinson and Marc Lysens from Middlekerke visited Clevedon in April.  We had a couple of warm days, showing them around the best bits of Clevedon.  Here are a few Facebook pictures to show you what a wonderful time we had together.  We look forward to welcoming more twinning friends in the future.

May 2022 newsletter

Clevedon Twinning Association



Social Committee

Thanks to Emma and Danie, our new Social Committee, who hasNEWSLETTER FOR MAY 2022 prepared an interesting programme of events throughout the year. We hope that Members will do their best to support their efforts. Details of forthcoming events are:-



A croquet evening has been arranged for Tuesday, 24th May to take place at the Nailsea Croquet Cub, off Avening Close, Nailsea. This is a fun evening and if you have never played before, don’t worry as Club Members are on hand to give some tuition. Play starts at 6:00 p.m. Cost is £7.50 per person including coffee/tea and biscuits. Contact Danie to book. See details below



In order to celebrate Bastille Day with our French friends, we are holding a boules afternoon on Saturday, 16th July, from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ring of Bells in Nailsea. Cost, to include a cold meat buffet will be £9.00 for members and £10 for guests who would be welcome. Contact Danie to book. See details below


Brewery visit.

Arrangements have been made to visit Clevedon Brewery on Sunday, 24th July at 2:00 p.m. There will be a chance to be shown round the brewery, sample their wares and live music will be available from 3:00 p.m. This event is to celebrate Belgium National Day together with our Friends from Middelkerke. Contact Danie to book. See details below


Coffee Mornings


Our next coffee morning will be held as usual at the Old Inn, Walton Road this Saturday, 7th May from 10:30 to 12:00 midday. Please bring any memorabilia you have which relates to twinning events such as visits, festivals etc. Also, who knows, you might get some goodies from Emma following the visit last week from Maggie and Marc from Middelkerke. No doubt Emma will explain. No need to book for this one – just turn up and enjoy the coffee and chat.


There are other events in the pipeline including plans to revive our Zoom meeting with the intention to include our friends from our Twin Towns. More of this and other plans later.



For more information or to book any event contact Danie on 07980693670 or email

The first Coffee Morning of 2022

The date for our next regular coffee morning should be the 1st January 2022. However, as this is New Year’s day and The Old Inn is closed it has been decided to delay this for one week so it will be held on the following Saturday, the 8th January at our usual time, 10:30 a.m. to midday. Hopefully, we shall not be affected by the coronavirus and look forward to seeing you all on this revised date.

December 2021 newsletter


Clevedon Twinning Association


Annual Subscription

No doubt Members are aware that last year, bearing in mind that there was likely to be a lack of activity due to the effects of the corona virus, it was decided not to impose a subscription charge. However, in a spirit of optimism, the committee have decided to reinstate the annual subscription for this current year. It will remain at a modest £5. and will enable us to pay our annual Liability Insurance Premium without dipping into our reserves. It will also allow us to update our Membership List always accepting that, sadly, some may not wish to continue their membership. Those New Members who joined us last year and paid an initial membership fee will not be expected to pay a further subscription for this current year. Subscriptions can be sent to Treasurer John Merritt at 10 Shelley Avenue, Clevedon, BS216EZ or alternatively those using Online Banking. account details are Lloyds Bank; Sort Code30-18-88; account number 35368460. Please ensure you insert your name(s) in the reference section.

Coffee Morning Change

The date for our next regular coffee morning should be the 1st January 2022. However as this is New Year’s day and the Old Inn is closed it has been decided to delay this for one week so it will be held on the following Saturday, the 8th January at our usual time, 10:30 a.m. to midday. Hopefully we shall not be affected by the corona virus and look forward to seeing you on this revised date.

Finally can I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a covid free New Year.

Stay safe.

Dennis Summers

(C T A Secretary)

Coffee mornings resumed at The Old Inn

We have now resumed our Monthly Saturday Coffee Mornings which are now held at The Old Inn, Walton Road, Clevedon. These take place on the 1st Saturday of every month from 10.30 a.m. until noon. The next one is due to be held on Saturday, 6th November. No need to book just come along at any time for a chat and a coffee. Plenty of parking at The Old Inn who have made us very welcome.

2021 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Clevedon Twinning Association will be held on Thursday, 25th November 2021 at the Clevedon Consti Club, Kenn Road. Coffee will be served from 7:00 p.m. with the meeting starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. If any Member wishes to nominate a fellow Member for office and/or committee please let Dennis know as soon as possible. Please do your best to attend so that we have a good representation of the Members.

Christmas Dinner

Due to Covid restrictions over the past 18 months, other than our regular monthly coffee mornings which have now restarted, we have not had the opportunity to meet socially for a long time. We have therefore arranged to hold a Christmas Dinner at the Clevedon Golf Club on Thursday, 2nd December, 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. Cost for a 3 course meal will be £19.95. There is an excellent menu choice.  Those interested must email Dennis (or telephone 01275543587) to book your place and give your menu selection.  Menu is attached.Golf Club Christmas menu 2021