1067 – 2017 A CELEBRATION OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE CASTLE, PRIORY, TOWN AND (maybe) THE OLDEST TWINNING ASSOCIATION IN THE WORLD!!!!!!

One of Europe’s oldest town links – started 1067 and twinned in 1975. Others include: Rome/Paris (45BC and 1956); Le Mans/Paderborn (836; 1967); St Valery/Battle (1066;1966)

It all started with the invitations:
  

To mark this special link , we organised on Friday 7th July LE GRAND PIQUE-NIQUE in the heart of Chepstow Castle.

VIP present were The Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, The High Sheriff of Gwent, Dale Rooke Mayor of Chepstow, Pascal Cauche Mayor of Cormeilles, Nathalie Lebreton Presidente of the Cormeilles Twinning Association accompanied by Régine Legay treasurer of the Cormeilles Twinning Association and Moi….and of course all the volunteers and members who gave their time to insure the safety of all our guests.

The most important guests were the 250 children from local schools (The Dell, St.Mary’s RC, Pembroke, Thornwell, Shirenewton, Tutshill CofE Primary Schools along with St.John’s on the Hill, Offa’s Mead Academy and Chepstow School). 
They ate their picnic during the falconry display, then there were  re-enactments from knights, interactif circus and old fashion stocks to the delight of the children a  perfect way to cool down. They all enjoyed themselves tremendously.

A very big THANK YOU to our sponsors who wish to remain anonymous.
Let the photos speak for themselves:


On behalf of the Twinning Association I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Mike and his A team for organising such  a fantastic day.

Rendez-vous dans 50 ans…….

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Coming Soon…….Duck Race

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Ducks will be under starter’s orders at 12:00 Noon

Starting from the bridge by the church at Mounton Crossing,the Finish Line in the field opposite the New Inn at Pwllmeyric.

More details to follow….

Coming soon…French Film Night

FRENCH FILM  NIGHT showing “LA FAMILLE BÉLIER” – Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 7:30pm – Chepstow Drill Hall

“For the Béliers their sixteen-year-old daughter Paula is a vital member of their eccentric clan. As the only non-deaf member of the family she acts as their ears and mouth.
Family life is thrown into disarray however when Paula discovers an untapped gift for singing and with the encouragement of her music teacher decides to audition for the prestigious Maîtrise de Radio France music collège in Paris.

A charming and hilarious tale full of great songs and a wonderful joie de vivre, La Famille Bélier is the award-winning film that was No.1 at the French Box Office and took the country by storm.

Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 7:30pm – Chepstow Drill Hall

Tickets : £4 per adult and £3 for concessions.

Bar (wine and non alcoholic beverages ) and nibbles will be on sale.

Christmas Dinner 2016

On the Friday 9th December 2016 at the Tredegar Arms in Shirenewton, we had our Christmas dinner, thirty members and four guests enjoyed the excellent and festive atmosphere. The room was nicely decorated. The food was very tasty and served with a smile.All in all a great evening enjoyed by all.

We might have to look for a bigger venue next year!!!!!!!!

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QUIZ NIGHT

This will take place on Friday 13th May, in Mathern Village Hall, starting at 7.30. The cost is £10 per person, to include a fish and chip supper; bring your own drinks. Teams of four: guests are welcome. Please email chepstowtwinning@gmail.com

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Duck Race on Sunday 24th April 2016

The Duck Race will take place at Mounton Rapids, Pwllmeyric, at 12 noon on Sunday 24th April 2016. Come along and enjoy a cup of homemade soup. Our grateful thanks to SARA (Severn Area Rescue Association) http://www.sara-rescue.org.uk/ for the hire of the ducks.

August 2015: 40th anniversary visit to Cormeilles

Picnic at St Pierre de Cormeilles

Picnic at St Pierre de Cormeilles

Enjoying the sunshine

Enjoying the sunshine

At the château

At the château de Martainville

Déjeuner Guinguette

Déjeuner Guinguette

Once again we left Chepstow at 4 am in the pouring rain and, unusually, it didn’t brighten up much for our arrival and en route stop at St Pierre sur Dives. But we managed to see the ancient market hall and abbey without getting too wet, and then were on our way to Cormeilles and the warm welcome of our hosts.

The next day, Thursday, was also dull and drizzly but our host families took our minds off the weather with various activities culminating in the customary Vin d’Honneur, this time in the evening. Being the 40th anniversary this was an extra-special occasion marked by the exchange of plaques (see photo). There followed an enjoyable evening of revelry accompanied by live music and dancing.

The following morning the sun shone and the temperature rose as we all gathered at Avenue de Chepstow for the unveiling of our plaque. This was hung next to the one, also made by Ned, commemorating the 20th anniversary in 1995. We then moved on to the nearby village of St Pierre de Cormeilles for a typically French style picnic and a very interesting talk in the church which has ancient links with our St Mary’s Priory church. On display was a model of our own church, painstakingly created by someone from our community some years ago… but who? If anyone can shed light on this, please do contact us, we would love to know.

On Saturday we rose early to board the coaches for the visit to the Château de Martainville where we were given a guided tour of the fascinating museum of art and Norman tradition. Sadly there was not time to linger in the lovely gardens as the next stop was for a ‘déjeuner Guinguette’ by a canal next to the river Seine near Rouen. Even some of our French hosts were not quite sure what this would entail, and it proved to be an interesting mix of eating, drinking and dancing between courses, accompanied by an indefatigable accordeoniste and singer. By now many of us were flagging from the heat and chose to walk by the canal or cross the bridge and watch the unbelievably huge barges make their way through the lock. Definitely experiences we would not have at home, which are, after all, part of the fascination of travel to foreign parts.

After spending a sultry Sunday (31°) with our hosts, we bade them farewell on Monday morning, by which time the weather was already turning more British, and boarded the coach for home . Our stop in Caen was distinctly damp. We were very thankful to have reserved seats on the ferry which was absolutely packed, being Bank Holiday Monday… Brittany Ferries’ policy of letting coaches off last was not appreciated by any of us, least of all poor Phil. But we are very grateful to him for getting us safely back to Chepstow, albeit in the same pouring rain with which we had left.

We are all very grateful to our French friends, especially the ‘bureau’, for the great effort they put into making the 40th anniversary visit so memorable for us.

Halle, St Pierre sur Dives

Halle, St Pierre sur Dives

Isabelle, Tracey, Nathalie with plaques

Isabelle, Tracey, Nathalie with plaques

Avenue de Chepstow

Avenue de Chepstow

Model of St Mary's Priory Church, Chepstow

Model of St Mary’s Priory Church, Chepstow