Our Twin Town in France is Pont Audemer  in Normandy. It has a population of approximately 9,000.  Like Ringwood with the river Avon, a distinctive feature of the town is its river, the Risle. The town has a medieval core of half-timbered houses adjacent to a small network of canals which is a charming and interesting backdrop to the more modern parts of the town.

When did the Twinning begin?

  • The two Town Councils signed the formal Twinning Charter in April 1986
  • The first Twinning visit to Pont-Audemer was by Ringwood Parish Church Choir in October 1987
  • Many years later after the demise of the organising committee a fresh start was made in 2009 with the first visit to Pont-Audemer taking place in March 2011

What are our aims?

  • To encourage Ringwood & District residents to develop friendships and understanding with the people of Pont-Audemer
  • To learn about the history, life style and culture of another country
  • To organise a Twinning visit to Pont-Audemer every two years

What do we do?

  • We invite Pont-Audemer residents to visit Ringwood every two years, the next visit is in 2019
  • Recruit people to host these visitors
  • Organise a welcome reception, if possible on the day of arrival, which is usually hosted and funded by Ringwood Town Council.
  • Organise an outing for them to a local attraction
  • Organise a group meal at a local restaurant
  • Ask that you entertain your guests and organise an outing for them on the other full day
  • Organise a reciprocal visit to Pont-Audemer in the alternate years, the next visit is in 2018. Most of us stay with families but some Twinners' prefer to arrange their own accommodation. 
  • Support some casual visits between people of the two towns
  • Help organisations develop their own Twinning visits

How do we fund Twinning events

  • Charge an annual membership of £12 per person or £24 for an organisation.....now reduced to £6 and £12 for the rest of the year
  • Organise fund-raising social events,
  • We try to obtain grants for our activities
  • Invite sponsorship from local companies
  • Pay our own travel costs

What have we done so far?

  • Visited Pont-Audemer in 2012, 2014 and 2016
  • Linked sporting and cultural groups in Ringwood with their counterparts in Pont-Audemer
  • Hosted a visit by Pont-Audemer here in 2013, 2015 and 2017
  • Hosted a Pont-Audemer Camera club visit to Ringwood
  • Hosted a visit by their choir Cantarisle Chorale
  • Hosted two visits by their folk dancing group La Morelle to take part in Fanfare for Spring
  • Supported a Ringwood Camera Club visit to Pont-Audemer
  • Supported two RMDS concert visits to Pont-Audemer
  • Organised many fund raising events in Ringwood
  • Advertised our events on the Town web site, in local newspapers, on Facebook
  • Created our own web site
  • Organised a joint event with an Austin 7 club
  • Hosted a concert by Musique a Trois
  • Organised a photographic display of Pont-Audemer in The Meeting House in September 2016 and May 2017

I don’t speak the language, how do I cope?

  • We will try to ensure that your visitors speak some English, almost all of them do
  • Sign language and humour usually works, so does a glass of wine!
  • We will arrange an English speaking host if you prefer that option

How do I do get involved?

We welcome new members and are actively seeking extra new hosts for 2019. We are also seeking Ringwood residents who would like to visit Pont-Audemer in 2018.

You can contact us by any of the methods below. You can join us at any time of the year.

  • E-mail the Honorary Secretary at  ringwoodtwinning@yahoo.co.uk
  • Telephone the membership secretary,  Colin Nye on 0770 8558 909
  • Take part in one of our fund-raising events open to the public and introduce yourself
  • Visit our website  www.ringwood-twinning.weebly.com and complete the form on the CONTACT page

 

Officers:
Chair John Legg ringwoodtwinning@yahoo.co.uk
Honorary Secretary Colin Nye ringwoodtwinning@yahoo.co.uk
Membership Secretary Colin Nye  0770 8558 909

 

Our annual membership fees are:

Individual: £12
Family or Group: £24 (2 votes entitlement per group)
Minors in full time education are entitled to free membership.

 

 

 

Please contact Colin Nye on  0770 8558 909 for further information and a membership form.

Come & join us – we need your support to make your Association thrive.

AGM of Ringwood & District Twinning Association was held on Wednesday June 14th 2017  - Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)

AGM 2016 - Minutes (PDF)

Report of our visit to Pont Audemer in June 2014 (PDF)