Firm friendships are forged in Heathfield

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Boules versus skittles; a cycle trip from Paris to London; welcoming gourmet friends to the Heathfield French Market; informal French soirees - all part of an action-packed year enjoyed by members of the Heathfield Twinning Association.

Everyone in the town - members or not - are invited to the AGM of the Association to be held from 7.30pm in the Ian Price Room, Heathfield Community Centre on March 27.

Chair Gill Temple will describe the highlights of the association’s year. She said: “A highlight was the visit of the combined choral societies from the Pays de Bray, organised by the Heathfield Choral Society. Association members provided accommodation and many attended the enjoyable concert on the Saturday evening followed by a cold and windy visit to Bodiam Castle on the Sunday.

The second highlight was the skittles evening which members enjoyed at The Royal Oak, in Barcombe, when the group from Forges visited Heathfield in September. I don’t think that our visitors had ever played before but they quickly learnt and a riotous evening ensued!”

Other visits included Hever Castle and a visit by Heathfield members to twin town Forges les Eaux in June.

At the beginning of June a group of students came along the Avenue Verte and the Cuckoo Trail as part of a cycle trip from Paris to London. The day coincided with the Food Fair in Waldron so members guided them to the village, gave them lunch and then time to enjoy the stalls and amusements on offer. The quiz in October once again was an occasion to raise funds and have fun at the same time. Gill passed on her thanks to Sheila Drennan and team for a delicious supper. “Sheila is responsible, with helpers, for all our catering requirements during the year so she is worthy of a special mention.”

She explained that stallholder Francine Duponchel is a loyal supporter of Le Marché and sold her Normandy cheeses, melons, peaches and artichokes. And she went on: “Don’t forget our occasional Soirées Françaises – about four a year. This is an opportunity to speak French in an informal atmosphere with refreshments to lubricate the thought process. There is a hard core of regulars but all members, whatever their fluency (or otherwise) in French are welcome.”