Guests from Ringwood’s twinning town Pont-Audemer, in France, recently made a visit to Ringwood and were entertained in the town.

This is an annual event which is organised by the Ringwood Twinning Association.

A  reception was held at the Town Council’s Offices in the Gateway building on the evening of their arrival.

This gave our visitors an opportunity to relax after their long journey and meet Councillors and other guests, whilst enjoying a delightful buffet, catered by Tracy Sims, who runs the café at The Place at Carvers Recreation Ground.

A selection of wine was also served, generously donated by Sainsbury’s and Waitrose supermarkets in Ringwood.

During the evening the Town Mayor, Councillor Tim Ward, welcomed everyone and exchanged gifts with our Pont-Audumer guests.

The following morning a visit to Kingston Lacey took place from Ringwood, led by a procession of vintage cars from the Austin 7 Club.

The Meeting House opened its doors, where refreshments were provided and a photograph exhibition of Pont-Audemer was displayed for viewing before their departure.

A perfect start to the day.

The Honorary Secretary of the Ringwood Twinning Association, Colin Nye, said “Our guests from Pont-Audemer had a wonderful time visiting Ringwood and we are extremely grateful to the Town Council for its support and also to everyone involved in making the visit such a success.

I hope we can attract new members to our Association to ensure that we can continue to host the increasing numbers of residents from Pont-Audemer who wish to visit our town”.

Anyone wanting more details about Twinning can contact Ringwood Twinning directly at ringwoodtwinning@yahoo.co.uk or via their website www.ringwood-twinning.weebly.com/