|Edenbridge and District Twinning
23rd November 2016 - Combined AGM & Social Evening of EDTA
The committee invite you to the Annual General Meeting & Social
Evening of the Edenbridge & District Twinning Association on
Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 8.15pm start at Bridges, High Street,
Following the meeting we hope you will stay for the social part
of the evening to partake of some nibbles and wine, see the reviews
of 2016 and hear news of the twinning activities planned to enjoy
together and with our French friends next year. It's also a chance
to meet up with new and old friends and acquaintances made through
twinning as well as give some views to the new committee.
We welcome anyone who would like to join the committee for the coming
season; hopefully it’s not too onerous but rewarding helping
to arrange the various activities. If you have any questions on
this, please phone Peter Stevens on 01732 865634 or myself on the
number above for a chat.
The Agenda will be available at the AGM and any amendments to the
constitution, a copy of which is obtainable from the Hon. Sec. on
request, need to be proposed and seconded, and submitted in writing
not less than 28 days prior to the A. G. M. We look forward to seeing
you at there.
Yours sincerely, Jean Cust (Honorary Secretary - EDTA) Oct. 2016
NOTICE OF 2017 DATES:
3rd February 2017 - The New Season Supper
• In Rickards Hall with outside caterers again to provide
a tasty meal, and a raffle which is a useful fundraiser for EDTA.
• An invitation with menu choices will be sent out to you
all in good time before the end of the year.
annual Joint Committee Meeting has just taken place and the following
joint exchanges were agreed as:
March to Sunday 2nd April – Walking Weekend in Mont St.
Visit by car for 2 night stay and Saturday walk and more.
to Sunday 14th May – Main visit by French to Edenbridge
Visit by coach for 2 night stay and Saturday outing and more.
Sept. to Sunday 1st October – Visit to Mont St. Aignan
Visit by car for 2 night stay and outing.
try to have the odd fund-raiser in between which are usually enjoyable
socially as well as useful and the committee members are very
grateful for those who have managed to support any of the activities
this year and hope it will continue in 2017. No point without
And don’t forget the French Market is coming back to Edenbridge
after its first successful visit last year and EDTA have been
invited to have a stall there.
We plan to have our promotional information as well as run a Tombola
which proved an enjoyable and useful fundraiser last year. So,
hope to see you on Sunday 27th November in Edenbridge High Street,
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Edenbridge & District Twinning Association – June 2015
Following the enjoyable ‘Walking Weekend’ at the end
of March in Mont St. Aignan, France, with our French twinning friends,
it was our turn to host recently when a group of 32 arrived in June
late Friday evening by coach, ready to spend a short but enjoyable
weekend with their English counterparts.
The Saturday outing for all visitors, their hosts and other ‘Twinners’
was to Arundel Castle and town which began with a guided tour of
the Howard family home, followed by a picnic in the pleasant grounds
and then time to wander freely around the town till meeting the
coach to return to Edenbridge and homes.
The Castle was a maze of rooms and history, and the town an interesting
collection of old buildings, shops and the dominant Catholic Church.
There was the chance to visit the only divided church in the country
with the catholic part in the Castle grounds and the entrance to
the Protestant side from the Town’s street. For me, the icing
on the cake, was to see the Castle gardens which were looking absolutely
magnificent with such interesting planting, whether in the formal
area, the small ‘rooms’ full of flowers, the water features,
the grottoes, the vegetable patches, the greenhouses or even the
A short lay-in was allowed for the French guests on the Sunday morning
but was soon followed by visits to local church services, to Waitrose,
to stock up on favourite English provisions, or for the few first-timers’
to take a quick wander along the historic High Street of Edenbridge.
All met together again at Rickards Hall for a midday Brunch before
then waving goodbye to the French who headed back to MSA.
Another enjoyable visit and we now look forward to the 25-27 September
when a group from the Edenbridge and District have a chance to see
Villarceaux Chateau and the new Jeanne d’Arc museum in Rouen,
near to Mont St. Aignan, during the next weekend exchange between
the two twin towns and their districts.
By then we will have news of the attempt at cycling the second half
of the Avenue Verte (Green Way) from Paris to London by a small
joint group of ‘Twinners’, starting at Newhaven and
reaching the London Eye end point after last year’s successful
French stage . After the great V. E. Tea Room fundraising event
in May there is Garden Party planned for July and watch out for
the information on display during July at Edenbridge Town Rail Station.
And for anyone who would like to improve their French language skills
or even begin from scratch, some ‘Twinners’ have been
taking lessons from a French lady, Sylvie Bee, living in Edenbridge,
who having worked translating and teaching English, has begun offering
these to EDTA. Working in small groups and reasonably priced these
classes are proving fun but more numbers are needed so why not phone
01732 863983 or email for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more general information on these events or about what’s
involved in ‘Town Twinning’ visit the EDTA website:
www.edta.org.uk or phone Jean Cust 01342 850249 or Peter Stevens
On behalf of the Chairman and Committee I wish to thank you for
your invaluable support during the previous year, whether you
have been able to help by acting as hosts to our French visitors,
coming along to an event or joining in a visit to MSA. I hope
that all enjoyed those activities of 2010........ Click
- A Town Rebuilt
visit to MSA by Edenbridge & District Twinning Association.
was another full weekend during a recent visit made by a group
from the Edenbridge & District Twinning Association to our
twin town of Mont Saint Aignan (MSA) in Normandy and we were pleased
to welcome along some first-time visitors who had decided to try
the delights of ‘twinning’ having been reassured that
non-French speakers can stay with English speaking hosts.
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people from the Edenbridge and District Twinning Association (EDTA)
attended a social event in the mountains of Alsace last week.
It was organised by our twin town Mount St Aignan, in France,
who are twinned with Edenbridge and also Barsinghausen in Germany,
Brzeg Dolny in Poland and Osica de Sus in Romania..... Click
Edenbridge Town Twinning
What is the Edenbridge and District Twinning Association?
It is an agency of the Edenbridge Town Council. The Association was formed over 30 years ago “to promote friendship and understanding” between the people of Edenbridge, Kent and its surrounding villages and the people of Mont Saint Aignan in Normandy, France.
Chairman Peter Stevens - 01732 865634
Secretary is : Jean Cust 01342 850249
Email the Secretary via the www.edta.org.uk website
was twinned with Mont St Aignan in 1973. A small town 5 KM North
of Rouen in the Seine Maritime Region of Normandy.
have two exchanges throughout the year in May and September. Our
French friends visit Edenbridge and we in turn visit Mont st Aignan.
TOWN AND COUNTRYSIDE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS COME AND VISIT......
911 Rouen became the capital of the Norman Duchy, some of
who's tombs can be found in the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
The near by City of Rouen on the banks of the River Seine
has many ties with the English going back to the middle
ages, probably its most famous connection is the murder
of Jeanne d'arc (Joan of Arc France's Patron Saint) at the
stake in 1431
the forth largest port in France only 1hr30min from Paris
is a curtural and artistic beautiful city with important
historical links. Once an ancient city and old capital of
Normandy. Founded at the lowest point where the Seine could
be bridged and used as a trading post, Roman Garrison and
dazzling modern church and monument dedicated to France's
Patron Saint Joan of Arc in the Place du Vieux - Marche, the
ancient market place where she met her death compliment old
and new in this modern city the stylish new buildings will
leave a lasting effect as has the architectural memorials
from previous centuries. Everywhere you see the contrast of
old and new, the concrete and glass conferance center beside
the gothic cathedral, the traditional Theatre des Arts and
the ultra modern Espace Duchamp-Villon, set in the windows
of the brand new Joan of Arc church are the beautiful 16th-Century
stained glass panels remove from a nearby church before it
was destroyed in the Summer of 1944.
Going to Europe soon....?
Have a look at the Euro
Notes and Coins and Government Leaflet explaining it all..!
Rouen-Mont St Aignan
(4km north of Rouen.)
Rue Francis Poulenc
76130 Mont St Aignan
Tel : (02) 35 76 3865
Fax : (02) 35 75 1386