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HALSTEAD TWINNING ASSOCIATION


The market town of Halstead in Essex, is twinned with the French town of Haubourdin in northern France, close to the city of Lille. Haubourdin is conveniently situated just over one hour drive from the port of Calais.

The association is an independent organisation formed in 1983 to foster links and relationships with Haubourdin.

The aims of twinning are to promote and encourage international understanding. Twice yearly visits are arranged between Halstead and Haubourdin so that members of the association can get to recognise the similarities in their ways of life, appreciate the differences, and get to know their continental neighbours better.

Twinning enables people to make friends and enjoy the very best of French hospitality and to enjoy new and different experiences.

Association members are from Halstead and the surrounding areas.

The association was formed in 1983 when representatives of the two towns signed the twinning agreement. This agreement is currently on display in the town library.

We have an elected committee to manage visits, events, communication and fund raising activities. The association is a self financing organisation raising funds from membership fees, 100 club and social events.

Exchange Visits

The association organises two exchange visits with Haubourdin in May and October each year.

These visits follow the pattern of two consecutive visits to each town. For example a visit by Haubourdin to Halstead in October will be followed by a further visit by Haubourdin to Halstead in May the following year. This will be followed by visits to Haubourdin in October and May the following year. This enables visits to each town at different times of the year.

The visits to Hauboudin are by coach leaving during Friday and returning on Sunday evening. Our friends from Haubourdin also travel by coach arriving on Friday evening and leaving on Sunday afternoon.
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On all exchanges accommodation is provided in family houses on a friendly “member of the family” basis so you don’t feel you need to offer a guest suite to take in visitors.

The visits usually consist of a combination of collective and individual events during the weekend. We always have very warm welcome by the people of Haubourdin and enjoyable time is had by all.

M. Bernard Delaby, Mayor of Haubourdin presents a tree for the new Twinning Garden to representatives of Halstead in Bloom and the Twinning Association, in October 2010

In 2008 the 25th anniversary of twinning was celebrated; in May members visited Haubourdin and in October French visitors came to Halstead.

Membership

We welcome all applications from Halstead and the surrounding area. Membership covers all age groups including single people, couples and family groups.

It is not necessary to speak French. Conversation, which is usually a mixture of English and French, is helped along by sign language, gestures and a lot of laughter.

If you would like to make friends with a French family and take part in the exchange visits then please feel free to join us.

You can contact any member of the committee to arrange a visit to discuss membership

President Michael Gage    
Chairman Mick Radley 01787 475145 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Treasurer Polly Ingerson 01787 476543  
Secretary Carol Morris 01787 479882  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Membership Secretary Christine Sycamore 01787 474356  
     

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2nd  Band in the Park – Long Melford Silver Band FREE EVENT BY HALSTEAD TOWN COUNCIL - Public Gardens, Trinity St 2.00pm

5th  Halstead Flower Club  Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill  7.00pm - 9.30pm

8th  Music in the Park – GIMME ABBA   Halstead Public Gardens 7.00pm tickets £10 in  advance or £12.00 on the gate – call 07778 025490 for details (between 12.00noon and 10.00pm)

12th Halstead Wine & Social Club  Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill  7.30pm – 10.30pm

15th  Into the Woods JR - Matinee & Evening Show The Empire Theatre, Butler Road, 2.30pm for 3.00pm start & 6.30pm for 7.00pm start, tickets £10.00, Children under 12 and OAP’s  £8.00

16th  Empire Family Fun Day   Courtaulds Sports Ground, Colchester Road 11.00am - 4.00pm Entry 50p

17th  Full Council Meeting  Halstead Town Council, Mill House, The Causeway 7.15pm

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20th  Senior’s Tea Dance  Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill 2.00pm Tel: 07834 467136 for details

22nd  EMMA -by Dot Productions The Empire Theatre, Butler Road, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start, tickets £12.00

29th  Halstead Town Council’s ‘FREE’ Summer Fun Children’s Event  Outside Solar at Weavers Court  from 10.00am - 2.00pm  for children aged up to 11

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Ring Jim Davis. 07765 406254 for details

WEEKLY   EVENTS   

Monday            Halstead Road Runners  - Courtaulds Sports Ground 6.45pm-7.45pm

Monday            Halstead Art Group - British Legion Hall, The Causeway 7.00pm-9.00pm

Tuesday           Work Club  -  Halstead Library, Bridge Street 10.00am to 12 noon  

Tuesday           Gentle Yoga United Reformed Church, Kings Rd  10.30am -11.45am – Tel: 07941 351689  

Tuesday           Weightwatchers Queen’s Hall  5.30pm -7.00pm – Tel: 08457 123000 for details

Wednesday    Halstead Road Runners  -  Courtaulds Sports Ground 7.30pm -8.30pm

Thursday         Halstead Healing Group Mill House . 1.30pm – 3.30pm Tel: 01787 269482 for details

Friday                Weightwatchers - Queen’s Hall 9.00am -10.30am  – Tel: 08457 123000 for details

Saturday          Over 50’s Walking FootballHalstead Leisure Centre 9.30am Tel: 01787 273696

Please note:  To have your event in Halstead included in the above please contact Halstead Town Council on 01787 476480

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