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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.

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.

Members of the Twinning Association travelled to Haubourdin in June 2018

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Photograpn of the presentation of a woodern sculpture depicting the hands of friendship, to mark 35 years of Twinning with Haubourdin 

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Halstead Twinning Association 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 Helen Catley 01787 473935  
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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What's on in Halstead November 2018

What's on in Halstead November 2018

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3rd  Halstead Horticultural Society Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill  - 2.00pm

3rd  Richard de Clare Fireworks Display Halstead Football Club, Rosemary Lane – gates open 5.30pm

4th   Guys in the Park  - FREE EVENT Halstead Public Gardens, Trinity St 10.00am – 3.00pm

5th  Halstead U3A  Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill   10.00am – 12.00pm

7th Halstead Flower Club  Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill  7.00pm - 9.30pm

8th Halstead Townswomen’s Guild Soup Lunch United Reformed Church  12.00pm        

11th Remembrance Sunday Service poppy Halstead Public Gardens - 2.15pm and then procced up to St Andrew’s Church for a service at 3.00pm

12th Full Council Meeting – Public Welcome to attend  , Queen’s Hall Chipping Hill 7.15pm

15th Halstead Social & Tea Dance  - All Ages Welcome Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill 2.00pm - Telephone Hayley for details : 07834 467136

15th  Halstead & District Photographic Society  Halstead Methodist Church, New Street 7.30pm

15th Halstead & District History Society ‘The Vikings’ talk by David Austin - Baptist Church, Hedingham Rd, 7.30pm £5.00 for Visitors

21st Halstead Townswomen’s Guild St  Andrews Large Hall, Parsonage St,  2.00pm

Halstead Heritage Museum - open Wednesday  & Sunday 1.30pm - 4.00pm

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 -12.00 noon – Tel: 0345 6037628

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         Slimming WorldHalstead Town Football Ground, Rosemary Lane 9.30am – 11.00am

Thursday         Slimming World Holy Trinity School, Beridge Rd 5.30pm & 7.30pm

Thursday         Vinyasa Yoga - Queen’s Hall 7.00pm-8.00pm  – Tel: 07546 223341 for details

Friday                Weightwatchers - Queen’s Hall 9.00am -10.00am  – Tel: 08457 123000 for details

Saturday          Slimming World Holy Trinity School, Beridge Rd 9.00am – 10.30am

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

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


 

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