The Shipston Twinning Association send our thoughts and condolences to the people of France subjected to the horrific and tragic attacks in Paris, and especially to Nicole and Michel Mauduit, members of Torigni sur Vire Twinning Association, whose son Cedric was killed at the Bataclan Theatre. We share their grief.
Shipston on Stour is twinned with Torigni sur Vire in Normandy, France and visits are arranged regularly with alternate years in England and France. The twinning has been taking place since 1985.
This year a party of 36 visited Torigni and stayed with French host families. All involved say how long lasting friendships have been established during visits and many of the members stay with the same families each time they visit. You can be assured of a very warm welcome both in Shipston on Stour and most certainly when visiting Torigni.
Next year, 2017, the french are visiting Shipston and around 50 people are expected to travel. If you think you can get involved and host a family then please get in touch. Speaking French is helpful but certainly not essential as many of the visitors speak enough English to get by.
The main purpose of twinning is to widen horizons and promote international friendships. It is a conscious attempt to understand another country through a place that represents a cross-section of the citizens of that country, and through relationship contribute to peace and goodwill between all countries of the world.
Twinning encourages different nationalities to meet and exchange ideas freely and seek common interests and experiences. It also provides insight into the interests and way of life of other nationalities.
We are always looking for more host families as the French always seem to have a greater number of people eager to participate. It is a thoroughly fulfilling experience even for those with little or no French. The organisers try to ‘partner’ people with some affinity and there are a number of French Families who enjoy practicing their English and it’s amazing how far you can get with even the most basic of knowledge of the French Language. If you think you might be interested then contact Keith McCarthy who will happily explain everything and put you in touch with others who will be equally happy to share their experiences. If you’d like to get to know us more informally then why not come to one of our fund raising events – we’d be very happy to see you!
New Hosts Needed for July 2017.
Next visit will be the French in England at dates to be arranged in July.