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The French Connection Wrington Twinning Association
About THE FRENCH CONNECTION/Wrington Twinning Association Our aims 1 - fostering and supporting interest in France and things French 2 - promoting and encouraging relations between Wrington and Villeneuve 3 - maintaining communication links with the twinning committee of Villeneuve-lès-Béziers 4 - facilitating the exploration and development of mutual interests between individuals, businesses, organisations and other groups 5 - attracting funding to help defray costs incurred in so doing Membership Membership is open to individuals for an annual fee of £5 and to couples and families for an annual fee of £10 Do you want to learn more? There will be regular updates published here on the village website. Members of the Committee will be happy to give a short talk and presentation to groups who would like to think about ways of extending their interests and contacts with France through the Villeneuve links Please contact Shail Patel in the first instance via shail@wringtontwinning.co.uk Benefits of joining Anyone is free to visit Villeneuve or any other French town, and generate their own links - so why join the French Connection ? Well, the main reason for the existence of the French Connection is to support any initiative that anyone wishes to develop in an Anglo-French context and where our partner village might provide an appropriate focus. Another reason is that the French Connection can give advice to those thinking of including Villeneuve or France in their plans from members who are willing to share their experiences on a one-to-one basis with you.The French Connection also organises activities in the village on a French theme, such as the cheese and wine tastings. You can attend these events for a reduced cost saving more than the cost of membership! Membership ensures you are kept aware of events through membership postings. Through the French Connection you can input ideas of what could or should be done and thereby help shape the direction of the relationships and the potential benefits it brings to the village which can grow over time to enrich many different aspects of the life of the community culturally, educationally, socially and recreationally. Income from membership fees and profits from events are used to support projects in Wrington. Unfortunately, the organisation does not contribute to the costs of travel or subsistence in Villeneuve or elsewhere How did the FC originate? Villeneuve-lès-Béziers, in the Herault, Languedoc Roussillon region of France, were looking for a compatible English community with whom to set up a twinning relationship. As there are several flights a week between Béziers and Bristol airports, they naturally searched this area of the country. They discovered the Wrington website and apparently liked what they saw of the village and its activities. A message from Yves Blérard Léglise, Assistant Secretary in charge of General Administration at City Hall, to the website inviting Wrington parish council to consider a twinning arrangement was duly passed on.On Wrington’s acceptance, Villeneuve proposed a symbolic signing of a simple Declaration of Friendship to be carried out in both communities. Wrington invited 4 representatives from Villeneuve, including Yves, to come for the weekend of 9th - 11th October, 2010. The signing was carried out!.