Bumper year for Newhaven Twinning Association

Cllrs Pat and Judith Ost, with mayor Nicolas Bonneau
Cllrs Pat and Judith Ost, with mayor Nicolas Bonneau

A record number of visitors from Newhaven’s twin town in France were this side of the Channel to experience just some of what East Sussex has to offer.

In total 62 members of La Chapelle St Mesmin visited Newhaven for the weekend, where trips included Firle Bonfire, Pevensey Castle and Battle Abbey.

They were joined by the French mayor Nicholas Bonneau and his family and were hosted by members of the Newhaven Twinning Association.

La Chapelle St Mesmin was twinned with Newhaven three years ago and members of each twinning association visit each other’s country every year.

Newhaven Twinning Association chairman Norman Hopson said: “Our Twinning Associations are going from strength to strength with ever increasing membership.

“It was good to be reunited with old friends from La Chapelle but also to meet new members and show them the beauty of our Sussex countryside.”

The Mayor of La Chapelle St Mesmin was hosted by former mayor cllr Graham Amy and they visited sites from the Norman Conquest, including Pevensey Castle and Battle Abbey.

Monsieur Bonneau is also a great student of Sir Winston Churchill and one of the highlights of his visit was a trip to Chartwell, Churchill’s family home.

Sunday evening saw the mayor of Newhaven Judith Ost and her husband cllr Pat Ost join the French and their hosts for a splendid dinner at the East Brighton Masonic Hall at Peacehaven.

At the end of the visit Monsieur Bonneau said: “We are very grateful to Norman, the Twinning Association and the people of Newhaven for their wonderful hospitality and continuing friendship.

“I look forward to welcoming as many members from the Newhaven Twinning Association as possible to La Chapelle St Mesmin during the Easter holidays next year.”