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Twinning group tea party (Photo)

Contributed by editor on Aug 25, 2008 - 09:23 PM

Swingfield Twinning Association

By Leo Lyons

Swingfield Twinning Association held a successful Afternoon Tea Party on Sunday 17th August at Field Cottage in Swingfield Street village.

Swingfield Twinning Association members Sally White, Marianne Ancel and Jill Fennell (L to R) with a tempting spread of home made cakes

The rain held off and guests enjoyed sandwiches, tea and home made cakes. A round of golf on the nine hole putting course created by Graham White especially for the occasion helped visitors counteract the extra calories provided by the cakes.

Swingfield is twinned with Aviron in Normandy and the Association organises regular exchange visits. Selsted School pupils also take part in exchange visits every year.

 Later this month the Swingfield members will visit their friends in Normandy and in November a party of French will visit to attend Remembrance Sunday services at local churches.

Anyone interested in joining the Association should ring secretary Leo Lyons on 01303 844672.



 


Anniverary visitent par l'association twinning française - (photo)

Contributed by editor on May 19, 2008 - 08:22 PM
By Colin Tearle

On the 10th anniversary of Swingfield`s twinning with Aviron, Normandy, members of the Twinning Association gathered in the Black Horse to welcome 37 friends from France.

Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Colin Tearle and the Deputy Mayor of Aviron Jean-Pierre Follin exchange gifts

A 3 day visit had been organized to celebrate this occasion, with everyone going to London by coach, enjoying a coach tour of the capital before the party split into smaller groups spending the rest of the day visiting various places on foot.

The last day was mostly spent `en-famile` before departing late in the afternoon after a well attended BBQ at Selsted School.

During the afternoon an oak tree, the symbol of Selsted School was planted in the school grounds. The oak tree was donated by the White Cliffs Countryside Project.

Commemorative gifts were also exchanged between the Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Colin Tearle and the Deputy Mayor of Aviron Jean-Pierre Follin, who both looked forward to the visit to the school in the near future by 17 pupils from Aviron Primary School.

 

 


Twinners annual visit to Swingfield

Contributed by editor on Oct 03, 2007 - 07:40 PM

Swingfield Twinning Association

NEWSLETTER  October 2007

Colin Tearle (Chairman) 01303 892621

David Bateman (Vice-chairman)

Leo Lyons(Secretary) 01303 844672

Paul Tatt (Treasurer)

Harry O`Grady  Andrew Barchi Yvonne Parry  Heather Bateman - Peter Brocklebank Linda Tearle  Graham Truss

Dear Member,

On Friday September 7th members of the Swingfield Twinning Association greeted twenty four of their French friends from the Normandy village of Aviron at the Black Horse in Densole for the start of the annual exchange visit. Many of the visitors were pleased to see the France versus Argentina rugby match playing out on the pub’s television screen – but not so pleased by the result. After welcoming drinks and fond greetings the visitors were driven off to their hosts’ homes for a reasonably early night ready for the weekend’s busy schedule.

The visitors and friends met early next day on a fine late summer morning to being taken by minibus to Maidstone to board the Allington Belle pleasure boat on the river Medway. The stately paddleboat made its way downstream to the Museum of Kent Life. Alongside many interesting permanent exhibits depicting aspects of Kent life through the centuries, the museum was celebrating Hop day with staff and friends in hop-pickers costumes and pearly kings and queens in attendance. There was Morris dancing and the chance to try your hand at hop picking, see demonstrations of bee-keeping and other country pursuits or just listen to live music and admire the vegetable and fruit gardens. Many friends and visitors took advantage of the on-site beer festival as a good place to have a picnic as the weather stayed fine.

In the evening the Swingfield Twinning Association teamed up with Selsted School PTA for a race night at the school hall. Races were sponsored by local firms and much excitement followed as the eight horse and dog races were played out on the big screen. A fish supper was provided mid evening – a traditional British meal much enjoyed by French and English alike. A considerable sum was raised by the event which was split between the two organizations.

The theme of traditional English food continued for Sunday’s activities with a delicious lunch at the new and much admired Wootton Village hall. Local chef and Twinning Association member Graham White, volunteered to lay on an excellent three course meal followed by English cheese and coffee. Our French visitors were much impressed by the smoked mackerel pate followed by Steak and Ale pies with potatoes and vegetables. Murmurs of delight which needed no translation greeted the dessert – a proper English sherry trifle. Excellent English cheeses laid to rest once and for all the oft quoted belief that English cooking runs a poor second to French cuisine.

Sadly the time for departure came round all too soon and Wootton main street reverberated to shouts of ‘Au revoir’ and ‘A bientot’ as our visitors departed for boats and trains back to la belle France.

Colin Tearle
 


Swingfield Twinning Association - Newsletter 6 September 2006

Contributed by editor on Sep 20, 2006 - 12:20 AM

Swingfield Twinning Association


NEWSLETTER No
6 September 2006


Colin Tearle (Chairman) 01303 892621

David Bateman (Vice-chairman)

Karen Tatt (Secretary) 01303 893724

Paul Tatt (Treasurer)

Harry O`Grady 
Andrew Barchi

Yvonne Parry  Heather Bateman - Peter Brocklebank

Linda Tearle 
Graham Truss

Dear Member,

Friday 1st September saw members of Swingfield Twinning Association gather at Smersole Farm to greet friends from Aviron for the annual weekend visit.. The inclement weather meant that the welcome was warm but brief, and our French visitors were soon whisked off to their host’s homes for refreshments and a comfortable billet, ready for an early start in the morning.



Saturday’s main activity was a visit to Faversham for the Hop weekend festivities starting with a tour of the Shepherd Neame brewery and complimentary beer
tasting. The vintage delivery vehicles and old steam beer engines were a particular attraction. The visitors and their hosts spent the rest of the day wandering the streets of Faversham enjoying the traditional dancing and folk music – including at least one rendition of La Marsellaise. - and partaking of the delights of Faversham’s many hostelries. It was rewarding for the English hosts to be able to present the French visitors so many of their country’s traditions in one place – real ales, pub food, morris dancing, pearly Kings and Queens and folk tunes – and of course a spot of good old English rain. In the late afternoon the windswept but happy group returned to there family homes to freshen up before the evening’s activities.



A three course meal was provided on Saturday evening, washed down with French wines and English real ale. Musical entertainment was provided by French and English members of the Associations and speeches in both languages were given by Mr Colin Tearle and M. Pascal Clement, the respective Chairmen.



Sunday morning was spent en famille prior to meeting at Selsted School for a farewell barbeque. Changeable weather did mean that the group had to dine indoors, but excellent food prepared by the English hosts and barbequed chicken and sausages set our French friends up ready for the long drive back to Normandy. Shortly after 3pm the visitors were given a fond farewell and with much Gallic cheek kissing and English backslapping, all promised to meet again soon, but this time on the other side of the channel.


Swingfield Twinning Association newsletter 6 July 2006

Contributed by editor on Jul 16, 2006 - 12:15 AM

Swingfield Twinning Association

NEWSLETTER No 6 July 2006

Colin Tearle (Chairman) 01303 892621

David Bateman (Vice-chairman)

Karen Tatt (Secretary) 01303 893724

Paul Tatt (Treasurer)

Harry O`Grady

  Andrew Barchi

Yvonne Parry

  Heather Bateman

Peter Brocklebank

Linda Tearle

  Graham Truss

Dear Member, 

The last two weeks have seen a lot of activity.

 

Firstly, with the visit to Aviron during the last weekend of June arriving on the Friday evening, which saw us visiting the Marais Vernier, a wild marsh area near the Seine estuary, going over the Pont du Normandy followed by a visit to a calvados distillery. A barbeque followed in the evening outside the village hall in the warm evening air. 

Sunday was spent at leisure with people doing their own thing with the host family, meeting at lunchtime for a meal before departing for home about 5pm.

Secondly, playing our part in the annual Selsted school exchange with their opposite numbers in Aviron. A three-day programme was organized by Linda Wilcox, a teacher at the school, which finished with a BBQ on the Friday evening organized by the Twinning Association, attended by approximately 90 people. 

The first weekend in September sees us playing host to our friends from Aviron, arriving on the Friday evening. Saturday sees us visiting the Faversham Festival all day, with a trip around the Shepherd Neame Brewery in the itinerary. In the evening a meal is planned for everyone, whilst Sunday will be spent taking it easy finishing with a BBQ at Selsted School. 

Finally, new members and ideas are always most welcome - we are generally surprised at how relaxed our twice-yearly visits with the people from Aviron really are and just how many private friendships and subsequent visits are now a feature of twinning. For further details please contact the chairman on 01303 892621.


Swingfield Twinning Association newsletter 4

Contributed by editor on Oct 30, 2005 - 07:30 PM

Swingfield Twinning Association


NEWSLETTER No 4 October 2005


Colin Tearle (Chairman) 01303 892621

David Bateman (Vice-chairman)

Karen Tatt (Secretary) 01303 893724

Paul Tatt (Treasurer)

Harry O`Grady  Andrew Barchi

Yvonne Parry  Heather Bateman - Peter Brocklebank

Linda Tearle  Graham Truss

Dear Member,

As part of an ongoing educational and cultural exchange, thirteen pupils from Selsted School with three staff and parents were guests at Aviron Primary School.

The visit in June proved to be one of the most popular events to date, and at a re-union held at the school, guest of honour Colin Tearle heard first hand from enthusiastic parents and pupils how successful the trip had been.<P align=left>Next year pupils from the Aviron Primary School will be visiting Selsted School.

On a sunny weekend in September 20 local members of the Swingfield and Aviron Twinning Association paid a three-day visit to the twinned Norman village.

Arriving on Friday, they were immediately whisked off by the various French host families where they would stay for the long weekend.

Needless to say, the fine weather always adds to the warmth of the Norman hospitality and the following day a coach party of English and French twinners spent the day by the River Loire in the pretty town of Amblois, which is known for its remarkable castle and the Leonardo Da Vinci museum.

Initially Sunday was spent relaxing with the various host families, lunch being a barbeque. During the afternoon Aviron had its annual village fete, with the main attraction being a light hearted cricket match between teams of mixed nationality and gender played in front of the mairie.

Early in the New Year the committee will be meeting their French counterparts in Swingfield, to arrange the year's programme of events.

On 11 November, the Chairman of Swingfield Parish council Cllr. Roger Curd will be a guest of the Mayor of Aviron M. Langlios and will be laying a wreath at the Aviron War Memorial. Also attending will be Twinning Association Chairman Colin Tearle.


Twinners French cricket treat

Contributed by editor on Oct 28, 2005 - 11:07 AM

 

TWINNERS  FRENCH CRICKET TREAT

By Colin Tearle

On a sunny weekend in September 20 local members of the Swingfield and Aviron Twinning Association paid a three-day visit to the twinned Norman village.

Arriving on Friday, they were immediately whisked off by the various French host families where they would stay for the long weekend.

Needless to say, the fine weather always adds to the warmth of the Norman hospitality and the following day a coach party of English and French twinners spent the day by the River Loire in the pretty town of Amblois, which is known for its remarkable castle and the Leonardo Da Vinci museum.

Initially Sunday was spent relaxing with the various host families, lunch being a barbeque. During the afternoon Aviron had its annual village fete, with the main attraction being a light hearted cricket match between teams of mixed nationality and gender played in front of the mairie.

For further information on how to become a member, call Colin Tearle on 01303 892621.


How did a little girl's dream come true?

Contributed by editor on Jun 01, 2005 - 01:23 AM


HOW DID A LITTLE GIRL'S DREAM COME TRUE?

by Jacqueline Cachelou

"One day, when I grow up, I want to speak English."

Why did I say that when I was only a little girl of eight years old?

Maybe because I was there on the 25th August 1944 when Evreux in Normandy was liberated by the British soldiers. I was impressed by them who, standing in their lorries, throwing soap, chocolate and sweets by the handful to the jubilant crowd.

Some years later, at secondary school, I was learning English with interest and imagined practicing with English people.

But destiny was different.

I married Henri and had to wait until I retired before this longing to learn English returned. That was six years ago. I now take English lessons for pleasure at the St Michel Association in Evreux.

At the same time, when taking a walk to the village fete in Aviron, I saw a stall where tee shirts with the Franco English logo were for sale. They were for the new Twinning Association created between Swingfield and Aviron, by two dynamic teams wanting to share their culture.

For me this occasion came came just at the right time to speak with English people and I immediately joined the Association.

Some time later my husband and I received, in Binou (Mesnil Fuguet Hamlet), our first English friends, Gill and Colin with whom, we got on well with gestures and a good dictionary. 

It was during this weekend of September 1997 that the French ceremony of the Twinning Oath took place.

For the English people, this ceremony was held in Swingfield the following year, naturally in our presence and with the traditional cricket match.

For this first trip to England, Yvonne welcomed us.She is full of life, fond of dancing and tasting French wines.

After visiting her nice village of Elham (near Swingfield), she took us to a party with "grilled suckling pigs" and dancing in a barn amongst straw bales. What warm surroundings!

Eight years have passed and now we have many faithful English friends with whom we practice our English.

Every year, the English and French committees meet to establish cultural and entertaining programmes so that Aviron and Swingfield schools make very beneficial exchange visits for pupils who learn French or English in their early years.

The members of the French Twinning Association within the framework of the agreed programme receive and are received by the English in their homes.

We are glad that our two villages Aviron and Mesnil Fuguet and our two community schools are linked.

There you are! The little girl's dream has come true.

Who knows if later, in turn, other youngsters from our villages will dream about Franco English friendship without losing sight that we have a common heritage from William the Conqueror to the liberation of Normandy.


'Most successful' say group

Contributed by editor on May 27, 2005 - 12:34 AM


'MOST SUCCESSFUL'  SAY GROUP

Twenty eight French guests from Swingfield's twin village of Aviron were shown the wartime tunnels beneath the Castle at Dover and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the Castle grounds overlooking the English Channel on Saturday during their visit to England at the weekend.

In the evening in an informal relaxed atmosphere 80 people sat down to a  four course meal at Stelling Minnis Village Hall and enjoyed music by local and French performers.

With the weather continuing fine again on Sunday the visitors were shown Stelling Minnis Windmill before 100 people tucked in to a  lunchtime barbeque arranged by the Swingfield Twinning Association.

Association Chairman Colin Tearle said: "This was one of the most successful exchanges I have been associated with in the eight years we have been linked.

"The success  is due in no small way to a very dedicated hard working committee with enthusiastic host families without which, none of this could have happened."


Swingfield Twinning Association Newsletter May 2005

Contributed by editor on May 02, 2005 - 08:08 PM

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NEWSLETTER No 3 May 2005

Your Committee

Colin Tearle (Chairman) 01303 892621
David Bateman (Vice-chairman)
Heather Bateman (Secretary) 01303 873781 
Paul Tatt (Treasurer)
Harry O`Grady - Andrew Barchi
Yvonne Parry – Karen Tatt
Linda Tearle – Graham Truss
Peter Brocklebank

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Dear Member,

It was so nice to see many of you at the recent AGM when our Treasurer announced an increase in funds and the membership. D. Bateman, Y. Parry and L. Tearle were re-elected to serve a further 3-year term of office.

This year’s programme of events agreed last February by both the French and English Committee’s commences on Friday 20th May, finishing on Sunday 22nd May when 23 visitors from Aviron will be descending on us. They will arrive about 9.00pm to the house of Mr & Mrs Roberts at Smersole Farm. During Saturday an extensive tour of Dover Castle will take place accompanied by a picnic, followed in the evening by a 4-course dinner with wine at Stelling Minnis Village Hall. Price £15.00 per ticket. All most welcome.

On Sunday, proceedings will commence with a BBQ at Stelling Minnis Windmill at 12 noon followed by a tour of the Minnis and the Windmill finishing with a cream tea at 5.00pm after which our guests will depart.

In June 12 pupils from Selsted School with staff will spend 5 days in Aviron, guests of the Aviron Primary School. 

This year our visit to Aviron will take place on 9th, 10th and 11th September departing at approximately mid-day on the Friday. Saturday will see us visiting the wine-growing region of the Loire Valley, whilst Sunday will be spent relaxing en-famille and at their annual village fete.

This year’s programme is different from previous one’s whereas it has been extended by a day so that a more convivial and relaxing time can be had by all. We hope to see you all soon.

The Treasurer would like to remind everyone that the Annual Membership is now due. £5.00 per individual or £10.00 per family.

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