The FRENCH CONNECTION / Wrington Twinning Association
is an organisation open to individuals, couples and families (£5 per annum
for individuals, £10 for couples and families) with the aims of:
1 fostering and supporting interest in France and things French:
2 promoting and encouraging relations between Wrington and Villeneuve;
3 maintaining communication links with the twinning committee of Villeneuve-lès-Béziers;
4 facilitating the exploration and development of mutual interests between individuals, businesses, organisations
and other groups of the two communities;
5 attracting funding to help defray costs incurred in so doing. See the full
For further information:
There will be regular updates published here on the village website. Members of the Committee will be happy to give a short talk and
presentation to groups who would like to think about ways of extending their interests and contacts with France through the Villeneuve links.
Please contact John Adams in the first instance via
Membership of the French Connection
Membership of the Association is open to individuals
at an annual fee of £5.
Download a membership application form
and return toThe John Locke Room, Silver St.,Wrington,
Bristol. BS40 5QE. Payment by cash, cheque or bank
Benefits of joining the FRENCH CONNECTION / Wrington Twinning Association
Now anybody is free to visit Villeneuve or any other French town, and generate their own links - so why join the Association?
Well, the main reason for the existence of the Association is to support any initiative that anyone wishes to develop in an Anglo-French
context and where our partner village would provide an appropriate focus.
Another reason is that the twinning gives access to a developing network of contacts both in Villeneuve and in Wrington. We can provide
information about Villeneuvians willing to provide accommodation (on a paid or like-for-like basis), help plan visits in the region, or simply
meet for a coffee or a meal to make some initial contact. Back here we are running a list of Wringtonians who have visited Villeneuve and
who are willing to share their experiences on a one-to-one basis with those thinking of including Villeneuve in their plans.
The Association also organises activities in the village on a French theme, such as the cheese and wine tastings and the recent franglais
evening. You can attend these events for a reduced cost - in itself saving more than the cost of membership! Membership ensures you are
kept aware of events through membership postings.
Through the Association, you can input ideas of what could or should be done and thereby help shape the direction of the twinning and
the potential benefits it brings to the village which should grow over time to enrich many different aspects of the life of the community
culturally, educationally, socially and recreationally.
So, given that nothing can exist on thin air alone, £5 (current membership fee) is a small price to pay. Income from membership fees and
profits from events are used solely to support development activities in Wrington. The association does not contribute to the costs of travel
or subsistence in Villeneuve or elsewhere.
Membership information from the panel above.
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Background to the formation of the French Connection / WringtonTwinning Association
Villeneuve-lès-Béziers, in the Herault Languedoc region of France, were looking for a compatible English community with whom to set up
a twinning relationship. As there are several flights a week between Béziers and Bristol airports, they naturally searched this area of the
country. They discovered the Wrington website and apparently liked what they saw of the village and its activities. A message from Yves
Blérard Léglise, Assistant Secretary in charge of General Administration at City Hall, to the website inviting Wrington parish council to
consider a twinning arrangement was duly passed on.
On Wrington’s acceptance, Villeneuve proposed a symbolic signing of a simple Declaration of Friendship to be carried out in both
communities. Wrington invited 4 representatives from Villeneuve, including Yves, to come for the weekend of 9th - 11th October, 2010.
It is felt the twinning arrangement will work best ‘from the ground up’, with members of the two communities finding interests in common,
each wanting to find out more about the other, and making their own decisions about how best to develop their relationships. Particular
importance is placed on the contact made by Wrington School, whose International Administrator, Annabel Scott, has already received a
warm response from the Head of Villeneuve primary school.
Following the huge success of the Twinning Weekend, the twinning working group was formally constituted as the Wrington / Villeneuve-
lès-Béziers Twinning Association.
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It is important to work within the framework for twinning established by the European Commission since this opens up funding possibilities
in the longer term. We have currently identified 5 themes within which the range of interests evident at the signing ceremony can be
Sport, Culture, Education, Tourism, and Volunteering
These categories will be broadly interpreted, providing the basis for our development strategy. We are also planning to run occasional
events across the year that will combine fund-raising potential with social interest around a French theme. Also in the early stages of
planning is a 'Citizens Meeting' (to use the EC jargon) in 2012 that would provide an opportunity for a larger group from each village to get
together for 2-3 days of social activity and planned events, subject to a successful EC grant application.
We will continue updates through the Journal and on the twinning page of this website, and offer a warm welcome to new members (£5
annual membership). A member of the Committee will be happy to give a short presentation to groups who would like to think about ways
of extending their interests and contacts with France through the Villeneuve link.
French Connection Newsletter
The French Connection
Wrington Twinning Association