Thriving links with French town

It was good to read in your interesting Thirty Years Ago column about the origins of Horsham district’s twinning with St Maixent l’Ecole in France.

I am writing to let you know that the link is still well alive. This October the Comite de Jumelage of St Maixent are coming to Horsham to introduce their newer members to our town and to have talks with sporting organisations with a view to arranging visits to and from the French town.

In October 2013 a large party(50 or so) from Horsham, including Dianne Walters’ great ‘Pleasure Singers’, will be on a four day visit to St Maixent.

Horsham RUFC (partners in the original twinning!) are hoping to visit St Maixent with youth teams early next year.

On this side of the Channel this liaison work is being done by the Horsham District Twinning Association, which is in constant contact with St Maixent(and with our German twin town, Lage).

Our work is well supported by the district council, its chairmen always being encouraging and supportive, and by quite a large membership of the association(just under a hundred members at present).

We have an active committee, a good social programme, and are quite proud of the language competitions (in French and German) which we have been running, with the support of all the secondary schools in the district, for the past 12 years.

Readers who may be interested in joing the association please contact us via: 228 St Leonards Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6AU

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Chairman, Horsham District Twinning Association, St Leonards Road, Horsham