Twinning

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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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News and Events

Annual Torchlight Procession and Carol Service

Annual Torchlight Procession and Carol Service

The Town Council would like to thank the many hundreds of people who turned out to the Annual Torchlight Procession and Carol Service last night. Special thanks to Halstead Fire Service, the Salvation Army band who played the music, and Halstead Choral who accompanied with singing and all the volunteers who gave their time to make the event a success.

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INVITATION TO TENDER - Refurbishment of Kings Road Toilets, Halstead

INVITATION TO TENDER - Refurbishment of Kings Road Toilets, Halstead

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Halstead Town Council

Queen's Hall, Chipping Hill

Halstead, Essex, CO9 2BY

Tel: 01787 476480         

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INVITATION TO TENDER

Tenders to be sent to the Town Clerk either by post or by email by Monday 17 December 2018.

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Valentines Dance featuring The Beavers

Halstead Social & Tea Dance Monthly Meetings

What's on in Halstead December 2018

What's on in Halstead December 2018

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1st  Halstead Christmas Fayre -  Activities and Entertainment all day  9.00am – 4.00pm

1st  Halstead Town Council’s Christmas Lights Switch on Halstead Public Gardens,  4.30pm

1st & 2nd  St Andrew’s Church Christmas Tree Festival St Andrews Church, Parsonage Street Sat 10.00am-5.00pm &  Sun- 12.00pm-4.00pm

5th   Halstead Town Council FREE Torchlight Procession & Carol Service  in the Public Gardens Gather at  the top of the High Street at Market Hill, and Then proceed down to the Public Gardens - Torches and Glow Sticks handed out from 6.15pm, for 7.00pm Start

6th  Halstead History Society - A Slideshow and Talk by Malcolm Root- Followed by Christmas Nibbles Baptist Church, Hedingham Road - 7.30pm - £5 for non members

12th  Halstead Wine & Social Club  Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill  8.00pm – 10.00pm

17th  Full Council Meeting – Public welcome to attend  Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill 7.15pm

19th Halstead Townswomen’s Guild  St  Andrews Large Hall, Parsonage St, Halstead 2.00pm

20th  Halstead Christmas Social & Tea Dance - All ages Welcome Queen’s Hall, Chipping HilL 2.00pm for further information, Tel Hayley on : 07834 467136

Halstead Heritage Museum, will be closed from 2 December 2018 until 3 February 2019

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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:  The office’s normal opening hours are 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday

The Council Office will be closed from 1.00pm Friday 21  December and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019

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


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