Twinning Association group visits Champs-sur-Marne

Champs-sur-Marne twinning visit - Champs Chateau

A group from Bradley Stoke has visited Champs-sur-Marne (France) to mark the tenth anniversary of the signing of the twinning agreement between the two towns.

The French trip follows the visit of a party from Champs to Bradley Stoke over the Community Festival weekend in June.

The 15 British visitors were welcomed with a informal ‘soirée’ at a local dance hall on Friday 1st October.

On Saturday, the group was given a tour of the town and surrounding area of Marne-la-Vallée, including a walk around the park of Champs Chateau (the chateau itself being closed for refurbishment).

Champs-sur-Marne twinning visit - cyclists

In the afternoon, representatives of The Stokes Cycling Club and the Black and Blues Netball Club took part in sporting activities with their reciprocal local groups.

Sheriban Fekaj, a teacher of modern languages at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS), was welcomed by Priscilla from the Champs Lycée with the intention of strengthening inter-school links.

Saturday evening’s entertainment included a Celtic dance group and storytelling.

On Sunday, the group was treated to a display of “very athletic” Brazilian street dancing.

Julie Gobert, President of the Champs Comité de Jumelage, said:

“It was a great opportunity to present different faces of Champs-sur-Marne and to strengthen the links between our two cities.”

Christopher Lee of the Bradley Stoke Twinning Association added:

“We all had a great time – the sporting and cultural contacts were very positive and we look forward to reciprocating the hospitality shown to us in Champs.”

For more information on Bradley Stoke Twinning Association, please contact Christopher on 07818 005970.

Related link: Bradley Stoke Twinning Association (The Journal)

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