Twin Towns

We have been twinned with Bouchain [France] since 1982 and Eitorf [Germany]. Each year both countries are represented at the Thoroughfare Food Drink and Craft Fair to promote and sell their national produce. The Halesworth contingent reciprocates and travels to Bouchain for their Christmas Market.

Over the years many friendships have been formed facilitating formal and informal exchanges, with previous members from all three towns still hosting.

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Twinning Events 2019

The Twinning Society have a number events planned for 2019 – if you are interested in being part of any of them please contact Dean Price (Chairman of the Twinning Society) on 01986 87328.

25 Year Twinning Celebration – 15/16th June – Halesworth – both towns have been invited to celebrate 25 years of twinning with Eitorf.  French and German guests arrive for the weekend to be hosted by local families.  Argenteins restuarant has been booked for the Saturday night (15th) at 7.30.  £13 for 2 courses.

Triple Celebration – 7th/8th September  – Eitorf – The society has been invited to celebrate 850 years of Eitorf, 40 years of twining with Bouchain and 25 years of twinning with Halesworth.  This will be a great event in the beautiful Rhine Valley with our German hosts, a mystery tour has been arranged.  Attendees stay with a German host family.

Christmas Market – 6th December – Bouchain – The Society have a stall as the March Noel – selling food and drinks and staying with host families.

It will be lovely to see some new faces at these events.

Halesworth Honoured with a Street Name in Eitorf

On the 27th April, Dean and Linda from Halesworth travelled to Eitorf for the inauguration of the path.  Also in the photo are Andrea from Bouchain, Marianne, Wolfgang & Elke, Walther from Eitorf.  The main committee in Eitorf decided at their meeting on 27th March 2017 , to name a new path “Halesworth Path.” The path is used by pedestrians and cyclists as a shortcut from the station, over the new Eipbach Bridge to the Siegbalkon, and is intersected by the street “Am Eichelkamp.” This will indicate the connections between Eitorf and Halesworth. Bouchain is honoured by the “Bouchainer Platz”.

Halesworth & District Twinning Society – forthcoming events

23rd and 24th June
Our turn to host…..
Visit from French twinning town families for the Halesworth Midsummer Fair, Walpole village barbecue and Halesworth Open Gardens on the 24th.
Helpers and host families needed.

9th and 10th September
Eitorf Surprise Tour to Bouchain (France)….. such a surprise that we don’t even know what it is yet!

8th and 9th December
Visit to Bouchain to attend their Marché de Noel.
This is our main fundraising activity of the year, where we have a stall selling Christmas cakes, marmalade, hot toddies and whisky mac.  A real opportunity to meet the locals and be part of the community.
Stay en-famille with a group meal on the Saturday evening and enjoy a traditional Christmas market on the Sunday.
Minibus travel for this weekend may be available subject to interest levels.
Help with the stall always appreciated (and its great for your French trying to explain what a Whiskey Mac is!)

Halesworth 3rd Day of Dance

There was a visit from a dance troupe from Eitorf with their dance teacher Mary Kollack.  The girls performed outside the Swan pub with a Can-Can and Charleston.  The visit also included bell ringing at Wenhaston and a day at a beach hut at Southwold.

Dance troupe3

Visitors from Bouchain and Eitorf  – Summer 2016

A recent visit to Halesworth of delegations from Bouchain and Eitorf saw a total of 18 French and Germans visitors stay with host families in and around Halesworth. On Saturday evening the Halesworth and District Twinning Society held a party in Holton village hall, with a BBQ and buffet of home made salads and desserts. The U3A ukulele band provided some musical entertainment. On Sunday visitors spent the day with their hosts, and the delegation returned home on Monday morning.  The next event is the visit to the Christmas market in Bouchain, where the English delegation will sell marmalades, Christmas puddings and hot toddies!

Eitorf Spring Trade Fair Trip – April 2016

Six people recently went to the Eitorf Spring Trade Fair in Germany – the Eitorfer Frühling. This took place over the weekend of 23rd and 24th April 2016. Bouchain and Halesworth had stands next to each other in the middle of the pavilion. Visitors were hosted by local families and there was a lovely evening get-together and dinner with the French visitors and German hosts on Saturday night.