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Oct 6, 2016

Great night, 25 teams attended The Community Centre Quiz.

Oct 6, 2016
On Sunday 18th September 22 people met Vince Dean at The Maypole car park on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
Jun 26, 2016
Our friends from Gorron duly arrived on Saturday 25th June to participate in the '999' day on Sunday 26th June. A truly excellent day for all concerned, and a great addition to our twinning activities.
Jun 19, 2016
Grand Reception in Gorron for Hayling Island Cyclists by Sue Loveridge

History

About 20 years ago Averil & Ian Pollicott purchased a house in the town of Gorron , in the department of Mayenne, in France, about 80 miles south of Caen . They spent their summers there and made many friends. Whenever they arrived in Gorron there would be invitations to dinner and barbeques with townspeople of Gorron. One particular friend was Catherine Duchemin. Catherine was a primary schoolteacher in Gorron and her husband Michel was the local blacksmith (actually an artist in metalwork). They had four children who became friends with Ashley and Faye, the Pollicott's children. Over the years the Pollicotts and their friends in Gorron discussed the differences between Hayling Island and Gorron. The Gorronnais had a long trek to the sea and were fascinated that Averil & Ian could walk in 15 minutes.

Gorron was already twinned with Schweikheim in Germany . This had come about 20 years after World War 2, when prisoners-of-war, who had been sent to Gorron to work on the land at the end of the war, wanted to return to visit because they had been treated so well. Cathy & Averil talked long into the night about the prospect of Gorron and Hayling Island becoming twinned. Gorron & Schweikheim Twinning is a civil Twinning. Cathy & Averil wanted their twinning to be a social twinning. Although the Gorron council is involved with finance and Havant Borough Council mayors are invited guests, some councillors on both sides being Twinning members, the association has remained a social twinning The Hayling Island Gorron Twinning Association has now been in existence for 12 years.

We had our 10 th Anniversary in 2008 and Gorron will have theirs in 2010. We are proud that the Island 's friendship with Gorron is permanently commemorated on the Welcome to Hayling signs at the bridge and the ferry, as well as by the Gorron Roundabout at Beachlands.   You may also see the original charters for both communities on the wall at the library, as well as a glass cabinet containing memorabilia collected over the years. Outside is the Twinning Calvados apple tree, donated by the French town of Cormeilles, planted in 1998, beneath which is the 10 th Anniversary plaque, unveiled in 2008. We planted its counterpart, a column oak, donated by the Friends of Hayling Trees, in Place Hayling Island in Gorron and we are pleased to say that it is also flourishing.

 We visit each other every other year, that is, one year Hayling and one year Gorron. We, now, have a membership on Hayling of some 80 people. We try to have a social event at least once a month and we travel to Gorron, as mentioned, every other year, but also visit for the Christmas Fair in December and La Fete de Musique in June. Many groups from the Island have also visited Gorron over the past few years, including the Junior Operatic Society, young and veterans' football teams, the Hayling Island Wine Society, the Paris to Hayling Charity Cycle Ride and Island Dance Fusion (formally Island Tap School). 

As we are a social Twinning, we have to raise funds to enable us to visit Gorron and to host the Gorronais when they come over. To this end we have two main fund raising events – the Annual Quiz and the Ale-ing Fest (Hayling's Annual Beer Festival).  

If you would like to become a member it is not expensive - £6 per year for a single membership and £10 per year for a couple or family, payable by standing order, where possible. We send newsletters three or four times a year by e-mail and post (if you don't have e-mail).