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The French Connection Wrington Twinning Association July 2021
Bonjour Wrington! Celebrating 10 Years Of Twinning Flying the Flag!……. On 10 Oct 2010 Echo Irving for Wrington Parish Council and J.P. Galonnier for Villeneuve-Lès-Béziers (VLB) signed the formal Charter of Twinning, which is on display in the Memorial Hall. So ten years later, on Saturday l0 Oct 2020 a group of Wringtonians and Villeneuvois joined on Zoom to raise a glass in celebration. The French drank mid- day champagne and a few of us raised an 11am glass of wine - no names mentioned! Jill Rawlings, the Chair of Wrington Parish Council said, “Congratulations for 10 years of successful twinning, and I toast everyone for the next ten years of entente cordiale – with a cup of tea!” Fabrice Solans , the new Mayor of VlB, together with Jérôme Fabre and Céline Dubois who are numbers two and three in the heirarchy , are strongly supportive of the twinning relationship. They recently won a hotly contested mayoral election in decisive fashion and as part of their election campaign came to visit Wrington! They are keen to deepen the relationship and broaden participation and involvement - and we agree. In-between sips of champagne they proposed cultural and sporting exchanges for children and seasonal work exchanges for young people. Coronavirus permitting we hope for some “adult” exchanges, perhaps involving food and wine, culminating in a group visit of Villeneuvois for the Wrington Fair in May 2022 They are also planning to hold a commemoration to upgrade the plaque honouring Lt Rodgers, a Royal Navy pilot who gave his life near VLB during WW11. Please contact John Urquhart for more details There was a tangible vibrancy and sense of fun from the new team in France and this bodes well for the future of our twinning. If you would like to know more about any of this please contact John Adams Shail Patel Chair, The French Connection, Wrington *************************************************************************************** LATEST NEWS The relationship between our two communities grows stronger. Jane Finn received a small parcel from Céline which contained a copy of the VLB magazine entitled Aqui es Vilanòva! and a French face mask! Céline’s message was Hi Wrington! We just wanted to show you what we have distributed in the village. Kiss to all!
See Villeneuve! See Villeneuve!
& inside a message in French saying “In spite of BREXIT and the pandemic twinning continues to prosper”
ZOOM! The FC has acquired a Zoom licence. Click on the button for more information
Aqui es Vilanòva! Aqui es Vilanòva!
friends in Villeneuve took place on 7 JUNE. See the latest Newsleter for a report on that meeting. The next meeting will be taking place on 20 SEPTEMBER and the discussion subject will be COOKING TIPS. If you would like to take part please email Jane@wringtontwinning.co.uk The 2 hosts will translate if required. Of course you may just attend as an observer!
john.urquhart54@gmail.com
NORMALITY - Is it finally returning?! 12 April, 17 May, 21 June. Think of Schools, Pubs, Picnics, Parties & Sport! How about The Plough, The Golden Lion and others. How about Boules at The Plough (press the Boules button) or Croquet at the REC (email John Rhodes ..
hylsbroke@tiscali.co.uk ) and all the other numerous and exciting pastimes that can be enjoyed once again. Let us begin to hope!
ZOOM MEETINGS WITH Villeneuve Our first ZOOM meeting with our