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Next Monday (July 17) will see the annual meeting of the March Twinning Association at the town Hall from 7.30pm when anyone interested in learning more about the organisation is welcome to attend.

The association has been running for at least 20 years between March and the French town of St Jean de Braye.

In May a coach carrying 24 members set out for a weekend visit to the French town where they met up with 10 members who had made their own way across the Channel.

The members were greeted by their host families and enjoyed Saturday evening and the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend with them.

On the Monday the members and their hosts met up for a day in Chartres with a visit tothe cathedral with its world famous stained glass windows, followed by a trip on the tourist “train” around the old city and a lunch of savoury and sweet pancakes and an interesting visit to a stained glass workshop.

On Tuesday (May 28) the rain failed to dampen spirits as the group visited Cheverny castle, with its park and pack of hunting dogs and its Tintin exhibition. The evening gave the March visitors to show off their talent during a buffet supper as Sally Rose, Nick Cann, Mike Thomas, Doug Westbrook and Philip Christie provided the entertainment.

More information about St Jean de Braye is available at www.stjeandebraye.fr. Membership of the Twinning Association is £5 per year.