Great visit to France for Newhaven Twinning Association

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A visit to France organised by Newhaven Twinning Association was a huge success, according to the group’s chairman Norman Hopson.

A party of 63 people, including 16 families with children, who attend Meeching Valley, Harbour and Tideway schools, headed for Newhaven’s twin town of La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin for a few days during Easter.

Twinning association members will enjoy a return visit on the August Bank Holiday when their French counterparts come to stay.

Norman said: “The trip was a tremendous success with many new friendships made.

“All the visitors from Newhaven had a brilliant time experiencing the French way of life.

“We have invited the twinning association from La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin to visit Newhaven over the August Bank Holiday weekend.”

In La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin they received a short welcome reception hosted by the mayor, Nicolas Bonneau, and then they all dispersed to the homes of their host families.

Amongst the activities were trips to the local market, the cave of St Mesmin and Orleans, as well as an Easter Egg Hunt and karaoke in French and English.

Several youngsters tried out the BMX track and swimming pool. There was also a visit to a castle.

Newhaven Twinning Association is looking to connect like minded groups and organisations in the Newhaven area with those in La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin.

Contact Norman Hopson on 01273 588193 or the secretary Jackie Cole 01273 516100.