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Twinning call
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

February 2, 2010: Okehampton and District Twinning Association is looking for new members. We understand that Hatherleigh once had its own twinning association and today some former members still take part in Okehampton's efforts, so we were asked to mention it here to see if anyone else would like to join in.

Okehampton was twinned with Craon in the Mayenne region of France in 1977 and the shared vision of international understanding between the two towns and their surrounding areas is as strong today as it was then. People of all ages from this area – singles, couples and families – take part in the alternate August Bank Holiday visit or hosting, as well as fund-raising and social events through the year. There is no better way of getting to know the real culture of a nation than by staying in people's homes and lifelong friends are often made. It's also an ideal opportunity for both primary and secondary school pupils to experience French culture.

There are never any barriers. For those who speak French or are learning it, it is an ideal way to practise in real, everyday situations. Fundraising activities happen throughout the year and the twinning weekends themselves are packed with fun and entertainment. If you would like to get involved ring Nike Westman 0183752246 for a chat, or email her on nikehariades@hotmail.com for further information.


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