These relationships are not just something written on a sign or filed in official documents at the Town Hall; they are true bonds of friendship stretching across the Channel encouraging an understanding of each other’s culture and history. Bognor Regis Twinning Association, a small but active voluntary organisation, welcomes about 50 visitors from our two German twin towns every 3 years. By supporting with a grant this year, Bognor Regis Town Council made it possible for the Twinning Association to continue their student programme, whereby free places are offered on these trips to two or three young people. An affiliated group runs an exchange to our French twin town every two years, with a return visit in the interim year. From time to time the Twinning Association also runs sporting, rambling and musical exchanges.
The Twinning Association hold social events to not only raise much-needed funds, but also provide great opportunities for members to meet together and have a good time. The most successful annual event is the Beaujolais Bistro, a French style luncheon when the season’s Beaujolais Nouveau is sampled along with a tasty meal.
If you want to get involved in twinning links, or would just like to be a social member, the Twinning Association would love to hear from you. Please look at their website, www.bognortwinning.co.uk for further details of what they do, and who to contact for membership information.
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 2018 are £8.00 for an individual or £15.00 for a couple.
For further information about the Association, email firstname.lastname@example.org