Knighton has been twinned with Varades in the Loire valley since August 2009. Varades is the chief town of a district of six towns: Belligné, La Chapelle Saint Sauveur, Le Fresne sur Loire, Montrelais, La Rouxière and Varades. It is situated approximately half way between Nantes and Angers.
Visitors from France have travelled to Knighton, and we have been guests in France. In June last year a group of 37 people, adults and teenagers, set off to France by coach to spend a wonderful weekend with host families. Activities ranged from a fishing competition which was won by members of the visiting party to evening parties where everyone enjoyed sampling the local foods and wines in a relaxing atmosphere.
This year on Friday 24th August, a party of French guests will be arriving in Knighton for the weekend. On the Friday evening there will be a welcome reception at The Offa’s Dyke Centre when a new marker will be unveiled “Varades Way”. Saturday 25th August is Knighton Show and Carnival. Our French guests have expressed interest in visiting the show and seeing the processions through town. A buffet lunch for our guests and hosts will be held at Knighton Church in Wales Primary School. Sunday has been left open for hosts to choose what they wish to do during the day, in the evening there is a farewell party for guests and their hosts at The Knighton Hotel. Monday morning before our visitors will begin their journey back to France.
The association would like to involve more local families, both as guests in France and as hosts to French visitors here.
Our visitors are really looking forward to meeting with people who live in the area. There is no need to be a fluent French speaker; most of our visitors can speak English, usually better than I speak French.
Linda Martin (Secretary to Knighton & District Twinning Association)
If you would like to find out more about Knighton & District Twinning Association and hosting please contact Pauline Terry (01588 640754).
This autumn we are planning a quiz night at The Church Hall in Knighton with bar and snacks, date to be finalised.
There will also be a raffle with prizes including a cheque for £50, a case of wine and a family portrait, and an AGM at The Plough Hotel in Knighton when we also plan to have a wine tasting and the draw for the raffle.
Currently our officers are:
Chairman: Fran Kilby Tel: 01547 560197 Email: email@example.com
Vice Chairman: Laura Higgins
Treasurer: Roy Williams Tel: 01547 529993 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Linda Martin Tel:01547 528083 Email: email@example.com
Committee member: Pauline Terry Email: Pauline.firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee meets on the third Thursday of the month at The Plough Hotel in Knighton.