Twinning has been part of Europe’s life since the early 1950’s, bringing people together across frontiers. Stowmarket has been twinned with Verneuil-sur-Avre since 1979 so this relationship will be 40 years old in 2019.
The Stowmarket Town Twinning Association exists to foster and extend the links between people of Stowmarket and its twin town of Verneuil-sur-Avre. It is run on a voluntary basis by annually elected committee members, supported by subscriptions, fund raising & social events.
Membership is £10 per family or £5 for individuals, and £15 for organisations.
The committee consists of Marilyn Finbow – Chair, Jon Pattle – Vice Chair, Heather Salmon – Secretary, Jan Rooks – Treasurer, Sue Smith – Membership Secretary and Keith Scarff – Bonjour Secretary.
We have an exchange visit with Verneuil every year over the Easter weekend, swapping between travelling to France and hosting French visitors here in Stowmarket. We usually travel as a group and stay as guests in the homes of French families. The same happens when the French families come to Stowmarket. The weekends include organised group trips, visiting places or attractions in the host country, and spending time with your twinned family.
Anyone living in the Stowmarket area is very welcome to join the association. They are also invited to attend open meetings and social events. Our current age range is 10 to 75+.
We are family orientated and knowledge of the French language is certainly not necessary although it makes a difference to your overall visit experience if you can speak even a little of it. This is a good way to seek to improve your French language skills.
The Twinning Association is also pleased to assist other groups in the towns who may wish to visit or link with each other. There have been sporting, professional and recreational tie-ups in the past. The Association is delighted to help create a link for any group, be it a social or sporting club, a group of hobbyists or a youth organisation. For every organised activity in Stowmarket, there is almost certainly an equivalent in the Verneuil area.