The newly appointed Chairman of the Templeuuve en Peveule Twinning with Hollingbourne Association visited Hollingbourne today and met with member of the Holllingbourne Twinning Association. Fabien Denoueux succeeds James Tosh who has been Chairman of the Templeeve Twinning Association since Hollingbourne was twinned with Templeuve in 2013.
He was accompanied by Patrick Robert from France who has developed a number of twinning arrangements between communities in Kent with those in the Department du Nord. The meeting was held in the Dirty Habit in Upper Street.
Possible events for 2019 were discussed including a Golf Tournament so that Hollingbourne can win back the Dirty Habit Claret Jug Trophy that has been held by Templeuve since 2017, an exchange between Hollingbourne and Templeuve Primary Schools, as well as visits to Templeuve, near Lille for the Paris to Roubaix Bicycle Race on 14th April, the Summer Music and Arts Festival on 22nd June, Bastille Day on 14th July, and Armistice Day on 11th November.
Hollingbourne attractions for the French visitors may include the Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show on 8th June, the Leeds Castle Open Air Concert on 13th July, Remembrance Sunday on 10th November, as well as visits to local Christmas Markets including those at Leeds Castle and Rochester.
Although the arrangement between Hollingbourne and Templeuve has resulted in a number of enjoyable visits in both directions over the last five years it was noted that both the Hollingbourne and Templeuve Committees would like new members in order to develop the relationship. Anybody interested in joining the Hollingbourne Committee is invited to contact John Cobbett (Tel. 880543).
Pictured below is Derek Davison from Hollingbourne, Fabien Denouex from Templeuve, and Patrick Robert from the Department du Nord toasting the future of the Hollingbourne and Templeuve twinning arrangement in the Dirty Habit PH in Upper Street.