|OUR TWINNED TOWN
Great Waltham has been twinned with Ceyrat since 1979. Ceyrat
is a small town near the city of Clermont Ferrand in the Auvergne
region in the centre of France. It is a region of impressive extinct
volcanoes, mountains, lakes, wooded countryside and pretty villages.
We have all sorts of members - primary school children with their
families, teenagers, couples, single people and retired people
We visit France and stay with French families for one week every
other year, usually in the last week of July. In between, the
French come to us and stay with us in our homes in Great Waltham
and surrounding area (we have members in Springfield, Broomfield,
Chelmsford and Great Baddow as well as Great Waltham). Typically
about 50 to 60 people take part in each visit.
We travel to Ceyrat by coach and ferry from Great Waltham. It's
a long journey but we can relax and let someone else do all the
hard work. Our only cost is the coach/ferry. Once we are there,
all the trips and activities are paid for by the French twinning
When the French visit us, our Twinning Association organises
and pays for trips for the French people. Any English people wishing
to go on the same trips (they are not compulsory) have to pay
for themselves. Trips leave by coach from Great Waltham village
hall at around 9am and return at about 5pm. This means that it
is convenient for English hosts who have to go to work during
WHAT HAPPENS ON A VISIT?
There is always a variety of excursions and activities. In France,
we have been to museums, castles and towns, but also kayaking,
rock climbing, a maze and boules tournament. There is a chance
to spend time with your hosts, enjoying French wine and food with
them in the evenings.
In England, the Twinning Association has taken our French visitors
to such places as Hever Castle, Walton, Ely, Southwold and Camden
market. We try and organise something that everyone will like,
or perhaps something specifically for the children and the young
people while the adults go off and visit something more sedate!
The English hosts have to provide packed lunches and evening
meals for their French guests (other than when there is an organised
communal meal) and entertain them during free time, usually the
weekends, so that can cost a little bit for those who are hosting.
But it is possible to find things to do which cost very little.
In the evenings, hosts often invite other hosts and their guests
round for dinners, which lightens the load and makes for a jolly
|OUR NEXT VISIT - JULY 2017
In 2017, it will be our turn to welcome the visitors to Great
Waltham and surrounding area (exact date to be arranged). The
twinning committee is currently working on arranging a variety
of visits and two organised meals - a welcome meal and a farewell
|SOME GOOD REASONS TO JOIN US
For us English, staying with French people in their homes is
a great way to really experience their culture - a warm welcome,
good weather, beautiful countryside, eating outdoors, good food,
cheese and wine! And we can practise our French. But you do not
need to speak French - lots of our members don't! Some of the
French members don't speak English either! Somehow we all muddle
through and we can try and match you up with hosts who speak English.
For those of you with children learning French, it's a great
way for them to soak up the language while they are young.
And we also have fun!
If you are at all interested in getting involved, either as a
host in 2017, visiting France in 2018, helping with events or
attending events, or if you would just like further information,
please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone
There is a membership fee of £10 per year for an individual,
or £20 a year for a family.