We were very sad to have to cancel fixtures and also to postpone the visit planned for our friends from Corné this May. We have decided to wait a full year and plan that they will now visit us from May 13th to 16th 2021. We will make it a very special visit so please mark the dates ready for next year’s diary.
Headley Twinning Association started thirty-two years ago when we were twinned with Corné in the Loire Valley. Since then we have exchanged visits every year, with the exception of 2001 when Foot & Mouth in the UK made visitors from these shores rather unwelcome in France.
We arrange accommodation for people from Headley to stay as guests with host families in Corné and the following year we host our friends from Corné. Host families supply free accommodation, food and visits out, although in recent years our visitors have arranged for a coach trip to London and we have used our coach to visit chateaux along the Loire Valley, art galleries and places of interest over there.
It is a wonderful way to make new friends, visit new places and see France as it really is. Staying en famille one is able to pick up the French way of life, cookery tips, and also brush up on French conversation, though many of our hosts speak excellent English and it’s often difficult to practise speaking French as they all love to speak English!
Throughout the year we run fund-raising events which subsidise our travel to Corné and entertainments for our French friends when they visit us. We have held Skittles Evenings, Wine tasting, Quizzes, and in past years a very popular Burns Night. We have also received very generous grants from Headley Parish Council and East Hants District Council to promote international friendships. These subsidise our travel, so our visits to Corné are amazing value.
The French are very friendly and enthusiastic. We try to arrange for people to stay with a different couple each time they visit Corné so that they get to know other host families, and then host the couple that we stayed with when they come over here – so that there is a change every two years.
I have made close friendships with my host families. I exchange letters, cards, emails and have been invited to stay at times other than Twinning exchange times. Corné is a delightful country town and nearby Angers has a castle dating from the 9th century and extended to its current size in the 13th Century. The Loire Valley is a beautiful part of France and well worth a visit.
Once the Covid-19 pandemic is over why not join us at one of our social and fund-raising events? We would be happy to tell you more about Twinning.