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Fundraising events have always been an important part of the BTA’s activities. The aim of these events is to give BTA members an opportunity to meet up, have an entertaining evening and of course also raise some money to help fund our activities. We have recently also found it a good way of bringing in new members to the BTA. In addition to our annual Tagine and Quiz evening we held a a remarkably successful “60s & 70s Revival Party”. This is the sort of event that we expect to hold on an occasional rather than annual basis.
A VISIT TO HAUTVILLERS
At the end of November 2019, 15 members of the BTA visited Hautvillers. It was a full weekend, including a visit to the cathedral and Marche de Noël in Reims with lunch in a typical French restaurant.
In the evening, we visited the vast cellars of the Hautvillers Champagne Cooperative building, where we were schooled in the fine art of Champagne making and tasted the different “vins clairs” of the 2019 harvest before they become champagne. We enjoyed a typical supper usually eaten at the end of the grape harvest.
On Sunday, before departing for home, we took a walk through the village with a superb guide who explained the history of Hautvillers, its beautiful signs, the church and other interesting buildings, culminating in a farewell brunch in the newly opened Chapelle Pierre Chevalier.
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