Town Twinning Association


For the second time we elected to spend an extra day in France en route to Pithiviers and, this time, we stayed over night in Reims. On Thursday morning we were free to explore and most decided to visit the cathedral, famous as the site for the coronation of French kings. Then the choice was an open-top bus tour, museums or just a lazy wander around the historic town and its charming cafes. Mid afternoon we set off for Pithiviers, were we were greeted enthusiastically by our French families.

On Friday we were taken to an impressive mushroom farm sited in the remains of an old limestone quarry down by the Loire, where we were able to see the propagation of an extraordinary number of different varieties. Lunch, not surprisingly, enabled us to taste of some of these before returning to our host families.

Saturday marked the “official” meetings and we started with the “Vin d’Honneur” in the morning. Our mayor, Cllr. Jim Hoult and town clerk, Mr. Jack Fargher represented the Town Council and gifts were exchanged, as usual. Cllr. Hoult took the opportunity to announce the inauguration of the scheme of mutual awards at schools in both towns for achievements in French or English each year and the Mayor of Pithiviers made a presentation of an eponymous cake to our mayor.

In the afternoon we went out of town to enjoy the Caribbean-style twinning lunch and, although the extreme hot weather appeared to prevent the planned games taking place, some members were taken off to a local goat farm.

Our Monday visit was not far from Versailles to the theme park “France Miniature”. This involved a fascinating walk effectively around France to see miniature versions of famous or typical buildings from all regions and well-known cities. Lunch was had on site.

We left Pithiviers on Tuesday morning at the remarkably civilised hour of 7:30 and enjoyed a mercifully uneventful trip home.

The weather throughout our stay was superb although some might argue a trifle too hot but it was pleasant to bask in the warm sun. As always we were made very welcome and enjoyed both the visits and hospitality offered to us by our good French friends.

Click here to see a video of the visit: 2017 Visit to Pithiviers.


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