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Newhaven Twinning Association members on their trip to France.
Newhaven Twinning Association members on their trip to France.
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Visiting castles, kayaking and speaking French were just some of the activities on offer during Newhaven Twinning Association’s visit to France last weekend (May 16-19).

A grand total of 50 members of the society visited Newhaven’s twin town La Chapelle St Mesmin for a long weekend.

The trip included 11 children, one of whom said the French pupils treated them like ‘pop stars.’

Chairman of Newhaven Twinning Association, Norman Hopson said: “Once again we had a brilliant weekend in France with our French hosts.

“We have great fun, most of our hosts speak English so there are no language difficulties and the members are from all walks of life and all ages.”

They were visiting their fellow twinning group at La Chapelle St Mesmin, which is near Orleans, made famous by Joan of Arc.

The children from Harbour Primary School, in Newhaven, along with teachers Emma and Tony Chaplin, were invited to the La Vallees School in La Chapelle and met pupils and teachers.

In addition to the normal school activities, the French children entertained the Newhaven pupils with French songs and the Harbour Primary School pupils taught the French children English songs and even a line dance.

Newhaven pupil Talisha Furminger said: “The children from the La Vallees School were very interested in our visit.

“They were very kind to us and made us feel very welcome, we were treated like pop stars.”

The Newhaven group stayed with French families and enjoyed a range of activities including boating and kayaking, visiting castles and shopping.

The twinning associations on both sides of the channel visit each other’s country once a year with the visit to Newhaven taking place this October.

Anyone interested in joining the Association, hosting a family or requiring information can contact Norman on 01273 588193 or 07814 035053 or

The Newhaven Twinning Association’s next fundraising activity is a car boot sale at Paradise Park, Avis Road, Newhaven, on Saturday May 31 May from 9am-1pm.

La Chapelle St Mesmin is located in the Loire Valley and is about 120 kilometres south of Paris.

A charter twinning the two towns was signed in 2011 by Newhaven mayor Steve Saunders and French mayor Nicolas Bonneau at a ceremony in Newhaven.To keep updated with the group’s activities visit its website