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Barrow Twinning Association's French exchange

In May the Twinning Association travelled to Marans for our bi-annual visit. As usual our French hosts pulled out all of the stops to make our stay an interesting and happy one.

On the itinerary was a visit to a local dairy farm that produced its own cheese. The sampling of the cheeses went down very well. There was also a luxurious tasting session at an apiary on our route. Honey nougat, honey cake, hard boiled sweets and mead were all included and were quite delicious. We also went to an ostrich farm. After meeting the ostriches at close range, we had a meal of ostrich!! The starter was pate, sausage and black pudding, all produced from the big bird followed by the main course which was an extremely tasty and very French ostrich casserole. This was followed by a farm-made sweet that didn't have any ostrich in it!

Despite all this activity, we still had plenty of time to spend in the homes of our hosts but I am sure we all came home heavier than when we went.We are looking forward to the visit of our French friends to Barrow next June.

The Twinners are now trying to set up a new scheme whereby visits to France and return visits to England could be made without waiting for an official visit. Your name would go on a list of people who would welcome a family, a couple or indeed a single person into their home at any time of the year. Obviously arrangements would be made between the interested individuals to be mutually convenient. What the visit involved would be entirely up to the individuals to arrange. This could be just bed and breakfast or all meals. You might agree to take the visitors on a series of visits or they may prefer to be free to make their own arrangements.

This would also work in reverse with visits to Marans. If you prefer to arrange your own accommodation, or like camping or caravanning and want to visit the area, then we could always arrange a 'buddy' to show you sights, or it could be a straight forward house swop. If you are interested in joining this scheme please contact our secretary Kathryn Timmons on 01509 416168.

The Twinning Group has a varied programme of social events in Barrow, the latest one being a successful petanque tournament. Four teams took part with a break in between for an excellent Sunday lunch. The competition to win the trophy was a sight to behold!

Val Gillings