Dear SHTA Friends,
This week marks ‘La Rentrée’ in France which translates to re-entry or return after the summer break. While often referencing the return to school it has a much wider meaning covering a general return to work and the re-opening of many government services and local community activity. While many of us on this side of the channel think most French people take all of August off, this is far from the truth. The public holiday on 15th August marks the finish or start of a usual two week break.
La Rentrée is also relevant to us here at SHTA with the launch of our Autumn programme and our re-connection with members who may have let their subscription lapse during the pandemic.
While we are pausing our popular Cinema night in September, the next film is on Wednesday 13th October and will be “Prête-moi ta main” (I do, in English??!!) which is a comedy. A full synopsis will be on our web site soon, but contact Jan Cooper to reserve as usual – email@example.com Before this, our next members event is on Tuesday 28th September with a convivial “Curry & Chilli” (veggie food will also be served) evening at Sandwich Bowls Club, starting 6.00pm. Price is just £5 per person to include all food, with a cash bar. There will also be a fun prize quiz on the night. Sure to be a popular evening, please reserve your place as soon as possible by emailing Jan Cooper firstname.lastname@example.org payment is on the evening.
While talking quizzes, the long-awaited SHTA Prize Quiz Night is on Thursday 21st October again at Sandwich Bowls Club. Our in-house quiz guru, Richard Ratcliffe, will be quizmaster on the night. £7.50 pp to include cheese, biscuits and nibbles. Teams are a maximum of 6 people. Contact Chris Ratcliffe at Christine.email@example.com to reserve and why not link up with SHTA friends to form your team of 6. Oh, as an added incentive first prize is a bottle of fizz!! Let battle commence!
November’s film is on Wednesday 17th November and the very popular SHTA Christmas (have I really written that word in August!) Dinner will be at The King’s Arms on Saturday 11th December. And we’ll be preparing our delicious recipe for Vin Chaud at the Sandwich Christmas lights switch-on which is Saturday 4th December.
We want to hear your ideas for future films as we map out the 2022 programme, so please email Jan Cooper or Christine Ratcliffe with any suggestions. Looking ahead, film nights for 2022 – all Wednesdays – are 19th January, 16th February, 16th March, 13th April, 18th May and 15th June.
So please add these dates to your diary. While talking dates, our friends from Honfleur are scheduled to visit Sandwich from 3rd to 6th June 2022. More details in next newsletter and on our web site soon.
Have you an idea for a members event? If so, please contact David Hammond at Davidbbty@gmail.com. We want your ideas!
September is also the time when we collect the annual subscriptions. The AGM agreed to keep the subs at £12.50 for the next 12 months. If you have yet to pay please can you pay either by bank transfer or by cheque – details: Cheque payable to SHTA, handed to a committee member or posted to Steve Laslett, 104 St George’s Road, Sandwich, CT13 9LE. Please write your name(s) on reverse of cheque and SHTA subs! Or, better still why not pay direct online to: Sort code 30 90 09 Account number 42027168
Payment please by 30th September.
All of us on the committee look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 28th September for the curry & chilli evening.
With very best wishes
September Newsletter written by vice-chairman, David, with great input from the Committee.