Bravo for Clanfield Twinning Association as it marks 20th birthday

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A GLASS of French wine was raised to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Clanfield Twinning Association.

The association was formed in 1992 and by 1996 a twinning charter was agreed with Val d’Oison, a community of rural villages and hamlets, southwest of Rouen in Normandy, famous for its cider, cheese, cream and the apple spirit calvados.

Over the years people from Clanfield have enjoyed trips to Paris, Versailles and Monet’s Garden, while they have entertained their French visitors with outings to the New Forest and Hampton Court. This year it was the Clanfield twinners’ turn to cross the Channel for three days.

Association member Roger Hutchinson said: ‘The association exists to promote friendship and neighbourliness between our two villages, but also within Clanfield and its surrounding parishes. It’s no exaggeration to claim many enduring friendships have come about as a result of our social and fundraising activities.’

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