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May 16 2013.

Norman Hopson, the chairman  of Newhaven Twinning Association writes:

Following a very successful family visit to La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin at Easter, Newhaven Twinning Association has invited the twinning association in La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin to send over a small group to visit Newhaven over the August Bank Holiday weekend - 23rd  to the 26th of August.

We are looking for more families in Newhaven to open their homes for the weekend to host people from our twin town.

We can't offer any reward, but you will have a weekend to remember. We are working on a full programme for the weekend, including a meal on Saturday evening and a day out to showcase our local area.

If you can offer single or double beds, or have room for a family, please contact me, Norman Hopson, on 01273 588193 or by email -  

You don't need to be able to speak French, although a pocket dictionary may be helpful. Sign language and Franglais provides the source of much hilarity. If you can speak a few words in French, no matter how rusty it is, you will be praised by your French guests. A glass or two of wine also tends to help any inhibitions disappear, so have a go!

You will have free time to entertain your guests as you wish, or get-togethers with other hosts. The Twinning Association will also arrange joint activities, visits or meals for all.

We are always impressed by how well we are treated when we visit La Chapelle Saint Mesmin and our French friends feel likewise when they visit us, both as a group and as individuals. Each visitor wants to experience real life in the other country and be looked after like family or close friends. That's what they will become - maybe even after one visit!

Merci beaucoup

Norman Hopson
Newhaven Twinning Association
01273 588193 or 07814 035053