25 Years Celebration 

19th - 23rd September 2019

At the same time as la Fete de Loire 

Thursday 19th

 Flight to Tours and then arrival at St Jean de Braye for a welcome drink and a commemoration of 25 years of twinning.

(The charter was signed in 1993)

 

Photo thanks to "Republique du centre", On the left and right 2 councillors from St Jean de Braye then Andrew, the Chair, Mme Slimani, the Mayor of St Jean de Braye and Gerard Cottingy, the President of twinning Associations in St Jean de Braye 

Une délégation d'une quinzaine de personnes de la Twinning association a été accueillie, jeudi, à Saint-Jean-de-Braye. Lors de cette rencontre, organisée par l'association Abraysiens Sans Frontières, le maire Vanessa Slimani a proposé une visite de quatre jours autour du Festival de Loire, dans le cadre du jumelage avec la ville de March, en Angleterre. L'élue n'a pas manqué de saluer l'amitié qui unit les deux communes depuis 25 ans. 
Lors de cette rencontre, organisée par l'association Abraysiens Sans Frontières, le maire Vanessa Slimani a proposé une visite de quatre jours autour du Festival de Loire, dans le cadre du jumelage avec la ville de March, en Angleterre. L'élue n'a pas manqué de saluer l'amitié qui unit les deux communes depuis 25 ans. 

St Jean de Baye gave all of the 15 English guests a facsimile copy of the original charter and a framed copy for March Town Council.

Andrew gave the Mayor of St Jean de Braye a picture by a local East Anglian artist: Entitled "Hanging Out with Buster"

Some thoughts about the picture by Andrew, the Chair of March Twinning Association:

Hanging out with buster  Or a boxer in a mini.

Firstly the colours red, white and blue recall those of the flags of our two nations.

Secondly the Mini was an iconic British car and thirdly the boxer recalls the British Bull dog.

The March Twinning Association chose this work because we wanted a work of art by a local artist.

Michelle has exhibited a number of times at March Town hall.

You are free to interpret in any way you like. Is the dog resting, is it about to jump, is it guarding the car whilst its owner is away?

Why is one eye surrounded by a black patch whilst the dog is white?  Is the dog happy or disgruntled?

Perhaps like the owner it remains an enigma full of potential. An observer about to travel or enriched with experience reflecting
on a journey. The choice is yours.

 
Friday 20th September.  In the morning the March visitors were taken to Combleux, a picturesque village near to St Jean de Braye.



Image on Mairie de Combleux website

For lunch we went to            http://saveurs-talents.fr/



Then in the afternoon we went to visit the Fete de Loire in Orleans. The theme was the river Thames but Friday was also the day for schoolchildren to visit. There was even a boat connected with Swan Upping and a group from the Leeds -Liverpool canal.

Here is a video by La Republique du centre. 

Saturday 21st was a full day outing to the Troglodyte Wine cellars in Bourre and then a boat trip from Chisseau to Chenonceaux castle on the River Cher.

Troglo Degusto.

Then in the evening there were the fireworks that are a major highlight of the Orleans festival. Have a look at a video of Saturday's events prepared by la mairie d'Orleans.

Sunday was a more restful day with host families and then a closing get together at the end with a cake to celebrate the 25+

years of twinning. The magnificent cake and icing: yum yum! or " miam miam"

Un grand merci a nos amis de St de Braye !