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Waiter be careful with that water!

The Ringmer Twinning Association (RTA) visit to Belgentier May 2017


Every year in May the RTA meet with our twinning friends Geschwenda in the North of Germany and Belgentier in the South of France. This is done on a rotation and this year it was  the turn of France to be hosts and next year we will be hosting it in Ringmer.

Our party consisted of six and we drove down to the South of France, some with caravans and some stayed in our hosts houses. As always the food and activities were excellent.

This year celebrated the 10th anniversary of the twinning between Belgentier and Geschwenda, so presents and fraternal greetings were exchanged.

One of the high spots of the weekend was a race through the town holding a tray with a jug and glasses, all full with water. The winner was the one to have kept the most water. Sadly, Ringmer did not come first! Following the race the village organised an international market where we set up a stall selling marmalade and other “confitures de Sussex”.

Allan en forme

Allan en forme


Belgentier After the race

Belgentier - After the race

Port Grimaud Un tour en bateau

Port Grimaud - Un tour en bateau

Our hosts also organised a trip to a coastal resort of Port Grimaud near St Tropez. This was built in the 1960’s along the lines of Venice and offers excellent restaurants, cafes and moorings for all kinds of boats. It gave us English much to think about when we think of Newhaven and Brighton.

So if you want to get to know like-minded people in Germany and France, join our association!

William Alexander

July 2017



William Alexander

July 2017