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Newhaven Twinning Association looking for new members

Newhaven is Twinned with La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin a town in north-central France, and Newhaven Twinning Association representing many of the clubs and societies in the town is looking for groups in Newhaven who may be interested in joining them.

Newhaven Twinning Association wishes to actively engage more young people and their families in the connection with La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin and can help arrange trips; including travel, accommodation, outings and funding for these visits, should there be enough interest.

‘French is Not Essential’, so please do not worry, everyone gets by with a smile and some sign language!

La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin is a town in the Loiret department on the River Loire, about 75 miles south of Paris, close to the city of Orléans. The Loire valley is one of France’s popular tourist destinations populated by many chateaux and vineyards.

In 2010 the mayor of La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin, Monsieur Nicolas Bonneau contacted Newhaven Town Council with a proposition to become twin-towns. He had researched towns in the United Kingdom that matched the criteria of similar size of population, local activities, clubs & societies, schools and opportunities for young people.

Newhaven Twinning Association was formed in October 2011, with members

representing many of the clubs and societies in the town. The official twinning of the 2 towns took place at a ceremony in November 2011 in Newhaven and January 2012 in La Chapelle St Mesmin. During the past 10 years many visits have taken place between the two towns and between some schools, members of the local tennis club, a walking group and the Maestro Players. Their membership stands at around 40 people.

So, if you are interested in visiting La Chapelle Saint Mesmin and would like more information for your group, or as an individual, please contact their Chairperson, Alison Thomas, on 01273 517369 ( or Secretary, Norman Hopson, on 01273 588193( for more information.


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