History of Testbourne Parishes Twinning Association
The Association was formed in 1979 as an independent organisation primarily for individuals and families who live or work within the catchment area of Testbourne School to promote friendship with French families residing in or around the town of Neuvic-sur-l’Isle in the Dordogne district of France.
The Testbourne Parishes Twinning Association grew from successful exchange visits by Testbourne School which resulted in the Mayor of Neuvic contacting Whitchurch Town Council to propose twinning between the two towns. In view of established contacts that already existed through school exchanges, it was decided to invite parishes from the whole catchment area of Testbourne School to become involved. The parishes that accepted were Barton Stacey, Laverstoke, Overton, Whitchurch and Wonston. Twinning documents were formally signed at Neuvic and Whitchurch on the occasion of the first official visits in 1979. Since its inception many families from the Testbourne district have enjoyed valued friendships with families in this beautiful and historic part of France.
The Association is financed entirely by membership subscription and fundraising activities. Biennial visits to Neuvic and, in alternate years, French visits to the Testbourne area are arranged by the Association. Over the years soccer, rugby, tennis and basketball matches have been played.
In recent years the Association has extended its social activities and in addition to the events arranged during the twinning weekend, French Evenings, Coffee Mornings, Lunches and Dinners, Barbecues, Skittles, Quiz evenings and many open meetings form part of the calendar.
In May 2009 the 30th from the Testbourne area visited Neuvic-sur-l’Isle. Twin trees were planted in commemoration of 30 years of friendship, followed by a typically long and relaxed French lunch. Last year, the 34th place from Tuesday, 28th visiting but at present the dates are not available.
Membership is available to anyone who is interested in establishing a firm connection with a French family. At the present time the annual subscription is £10. Anyone who would like more information about the Association should contact us.