jollies for the boys?
||All members of this Association must pay for their own
18 years or over. Families welcomed.
there own rights, as unaccompanied children would pose problems during
visits. Children are expected to be part of a family group.
disabled join and take part in activities?
provided they have a stable condition, can use normal passenger
transportation (e.g. a coach), and can use at least a wheelchair for
association politically biased?
Association is apolitical and has no political views or aims.
events does the association hold?
normally 5 or more social events per year plus the twinning visit. These
are AGM and Reception, a Quiz Night, Annual Garden Party, an Autumn
Dinner and a Galette Afternoon. In addition Ad hoc events such as Petanque Evenings
may be held and
participation in local events also take place.
||What is the
Purpose of the association?
promote and foster friendship and understanding between the twinned
2. To encourage visits by individuals and groups between the twinned
communities and the development of personal contacts and by so doing to
broaden their mutual understanding of the cultural, recreational,
educational and commercial activities.
3. To organize fund-raising events to foster the aims of the
the Parish Council or District Council come in?
not part of the initiative, take no active role in running the
Association, have donated no money towards setting up or running, but
support the aims of the Twinning Association.
Bourne End have a Twinning Association when you can join Marlow’s?
join Marlows Twinning Association if you want or you could try to
do something for Bourne End to show our civic pride and bring the
benefits of twinning to this community.
||To be able
to join the Association is speaking French a prerequisite?
||No, all Twinning Associations in the UK have many members that only speak
English and their twins have members who do not speak English. There are
normally no problems caused by this situation.
||How can this
be proper twinning when Bourne End
isnt a town?
||It is not
necessary to be designated a town to participate in twinning. Villages
such as Chalfont St. Giles are twinned and like us they dont have
the word town in their Association title.
Wooburn or Flackwell being part of the Association?
||There is no
problem, anyone from Wooburn, Flackwell or anywhere locally can join the
||What is the
name of our twin or where is our twin located?
||Our twin is
Octeville sur Mer situated just north of Le Havre. See the Octeville
||What are the
annual membership fees?
family, and £5 per single adult (18 years or over), plus £5 to
cover distribution costs, if you don't use email.
||How do I
join the association?
||If you are
over 18, just
complete the application form and pay the annual fee and you are a
member. Click here
for an application form.
will visits to our twin take place and for how long?
||One year we
will go to Octeville sur Mer, the next year they will come to Bourne
End. To fit in with most peoples working life visits will normally be
over a weekend and of 4/5 days. Special arrangements can be made to
make it easy for hosts that
work. There will also be Ad Hoc visits which will normally be for
will it cost to go to visit our twin?
depends on how you travel to Octeville sur Mer. The Association
organizes travel by coach and the cost depends on how many people will
be travelling and the visit duration.
we stay (where will they stay)?
normal to stay in the homes of the twins' members. (They stay with
members when they visit etc.).
||Will we stay
with the same people each time or do we have to meet strangers each
||This is up
to the individuals concerned. Many long term friendships are formed and
so normally you can request to be with the same people and every attempt
will be made to meet your wishes.
||As a member
do I have to go on a visit or put someone up?
||It is not
mandatory, and there will always be personal reasons why a visit is not
convenient to everyone. Obviously to get the most out of the Association
this would be best.