Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, situated approximately 9 miles south-east of Paris, was the first town to form links with Bognor Regis. Established in 1980, the link continues to be very successful. Saint-Maur now boasts a small area of land named "Square Bognor Regis", in addition to a "Promenade des Anglais" along the River Marne. In return, Bognor Regis has a "Place St. Maur des Fosses" to remind us of our French twin town.
Weil am Rhein
Bognor's initial twinning with Germany took place in 1987 with the south-western town of Weil am Rhein. The town is situated on the Rhine in the so-called "Dreilandereck" ("three country corner") where the Rhine forms the border between Germany, France and Switzerland. The German town sought twinning links with an English seaside resort and the excellent climate, and pleasant coastline, of Bognor Regis is very popular with German visitors.
Weil am Rhein already had twinning links with the town of Trebbin in the former East Germany, so it seemed a natural development for Bognor Regis to adopt this link as well. In 1996 official twinning charters were signed with Trebbin which is situated approximately 16 miles south of Berlin. The German town has seen major changes since re-unification in 1990.
Twinning offers many opportunities: it promotes friendship between people in the home town and twin towns as well as the chance to visit one or more of the twin towns. Exchanges between the French twin town of Saint-Maur and Bognor Regis take place annually, with visits alternating between towns. Visitors from the German towns come to Bognor Regis every third year, while Bognor Regis members visit either Weil am Rhein or Trebbin in the two intervening years, where they are joined by friends from Trebbin in Weil am Rhein or vice-versa.
Throughout the year a number of Twinning Association social events take place in, and around, Bognor Regis including Quiz Nights, Boules Competition, Skittles Evening and Beaujolais Bistro. On the second Monday of most months a Foreign Film Evening is held at the Picturedrome Cinema in Bognor Regis.
Bognor Regis Twinning Association is an independent, self-funding, organisation run by a committee of volunteers elected each year at the Annual General Meeting open to Members and the public. Membership fees for 2017 are £8.00 for an individual or £15.00 for a couple.
For further information about the Association, email firstname.lastname@example.org