Reaffirmation of Hungerford and Ligueil Twinning Association

Hungerford and Ligueil (south of the Loire, near Loches and Tours) have been twinned for over 40 years and representatives of Hungerford Twinning Association led by Penny Brookman, Chair of Hungerford Twinning Association, visited Ligueil in France in May 2023 to reaffirm the twinning link between the two towns.

The pandemic had interrupted visits between the towns and, during this difficult time, the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the link had occurred. This is recognised by a plaque in Hungerford which was unveiled in 2022 see our video here. Unfortunately, representatives from Ligueil were unable to attend the unveiling.

This visit to Ligueil provided an opportunity to recognise that anniversary. Penny Brookman presented the Mayor of Ligueil, Michel Guignaudeau with a replica of the commemorative plaque. Michel, together with Jack Williams from Hungerford, was one of the original signatories of the link between Hungerford and Ligueil.

 

The event was also attended by other towns twinned with Ligueil. These were Nentershausen in Germany and Cantalejo in Spain. A small group of Ukrainians who live in Ligueil also attended.

The occasion provided opportunities for those present to recognise that the communities in all the countries had experienced good times and tragedies throughout the time of the associations, but also to remember the loss of members who had been involved in twinning since its commencement.

The Hungerford Twinning Association looks forward to the continuing and developing links between our communities in this changing and evolving world.

Our AGM is being held at The Hub (Library), Church Street, Hungerford on Thursday 8 June at 19.30. All are welcome. Please come along to learn more about this amazing relationship.

About Hungerford Twinning Association

The Twinning Association organises annual exchange visits, so why not get involved? You don’t have to speak fluent French to take part; in fact you would be surprised how many twinners communicate without the benefit of a shared language, but of course a smattering of French does help. And you don’t have to like French wine or cheese but you will still be given a lot by your guests!

If you have a spare bedroom you can host a French family, just a couple or an individual to suit your circumstances. But if you don’t have room to accommodate guests you can still be involved with helping to entertain our visitors.

You can join in as many of the organised events as you wish, including for example half day tours of local breweries or vineyards, or full day trips away in a coach to tourist attractions or shows like CountryFile Live. You are welcome to organise separate outings too and even when there are no scheduled events, you will easily find another host family happy to join forces and share their events with newcomers.

Families and individuals from both countries enjoy a rich cultural experience each year as we alternate playing host to twinning exchanges and many close friendships have been established between Hungerford and Ligueil families.

We also hold a monthly conversation morning at Hungerford Library to socialise and improve our spoken French (all abilities are welcome) and to share our love of French culture.

To find out more, please contact Penny Brookman on 01488 683314 pab3udc@gmail.com

Support us through West Berkshire Lottery

We need your help so we can offer a Bursary to a young person and accompanying adult to take part in a Twinning visit to enable our association with Ligueil to reach a younger generation. Please buy some West Berkshire Lottery tickets under our name and we receive 50p of every £1 you spend!

Memories of a recent Twinning visit to Hungerford

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Ligueil cocktails

 

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