It’s been yet another successful summer for Lymm’s Twin Town Society. Almost 60 Twin Towners visited Meung-sur-Loire in June, the small village near Orleans that Lymm has been twinned with for over 40 years. The visit by both long-term and recent new members was hailed a wonderful success on both sides of the channel. Friendships spanning decades were reinforced and new links were forged between young families new to the society. The visit combined fantastic weather, outstanding hospitality, a well organised itinerary in the Loire Valley involving vineyards, wine cellars, restaurants, chateaux and parks; and culminated with an official reception lunch and entertainment.
Then, later that month, numbers almost tripled at the annual summer BBQ with the welcome participation of over 25 new young families. The sun shone down on Moss Brow Farm in Warburton as an astounding 198 people were welcomed into superb grounds to enjoy a plentiful BBQ spread, an afternoon full of fun for the kids and relaxation for parents as they looked upon a field of kids games, obstacle races and a rather competitive Dad’s ‘Tir à la Corde’ (Tug of War).
Since their Noel Arrive Christmas event, the society has been working hard to extend the profile of its membership by organising events appealing to young families including a Treasure Hunt, a French evening at a local French restaurant and the summer BBQ. In just six months, several new young families have already been welcomed as members, paving the way for further word-of-mouth interest.
With further social events planned this year to include two further dinners (23 Sept and 13 Nov), a Beaujolais Nouveau evening (18 Nov) and Noel Arrive (19 Dec), the society seems set to be undergoing a veritable renaissance. All great news since the planning is already underway to welcome many more French families June 1-5 next year.
If you are interested in France, French culture or language, please email Lymm Twin Town to obtain more details about the society, membership and events, or visit Lymm Twin Town Website. For those interested in hosting a visiting French family in June, registrations are now being taken so that a match family can be sought in time so download and return a membership form.