Bassetlaw Twinning Association are looking for new members — to engage with and promote friendships with the area’s European and American twin towns. Their AGM is on 20th January 2020 at 7.00pm at Worksop Town Hall.
The Association is a self-funding organisation that arranges links with the twin towns. Primarily they link with Garbsen and Pfungstadt in Germany and Aurillac in France. They additionally have links with Farmers Branch in Texas USA.
The group is not political, in fact they are proud that they have members from all political backgrounds. They do, however, have a united common view that they want to continue to promote friendships with our area’s European and American friends.
They welcome the twin town partnerships to Bassetlaw on a rotational basis, usually hosting guests in their own homes. They enjoy reciprocal hospitality when they make return visits. Staying in homes gives them the opportunity to develop more meaningful friendships. Many within the group have friends going back over 20 years, and have continued their friendships though private visits. Not all members are able to host, but they support in other ways, maybe sharing meals, sharing the driving, etc.
During the visits to Bassetlaw the group are able to take their visitors out on trips, they are fortunate to have so many beautiful places to visit within a 50 mile radius. Very often though their visits have been to local venues, enjoying all that Bassetlaw has to offer. When they have been away they have visited numerous places in Germany, France and Texas in the USA. One of the nicest things is that they are frequently taken to places that are not always on the tourist agenda, as well as well-known places in the area they are visiting.
In 2018 they hosted a group from Garbsen in Germany and made a return visit to Aurillac in France. In May 2019 they welcomed a large group from Pfungstadt, Germany and they returned in September 2019. In 2020 they will be hosting a group from Aurillac. This group is made up primarily of families and will take place in the school holidays. They are also hopeful that some American guests may visit due to the Mayflower celebrations.
2019’s fundraising events have included musical concerts and a strawberry tea which were enjoyed by the membership, promoting their friendships as well as supporting the association. So, if you would like to join a group of people interested in furthering European and American friendships, please contact Pat Durrant on 01909 486499 (chair) or Sue Dawson on 01909 486821 (vice chair).
Visit their website, www.bassetlawtwinning.co.uk.