Thame and District Twinning Association. Do you have a spare bedroom and are you free the weekend of 10th - 12th May? If so and you want to have a very enjoyable weekend, please read on. Thame has been twinned with Montesson near Paris since 2001. We are an independent and self financing organisation with active members in Thame and the surrounding villages. Our aim is to facilitate visits and exchanges between the people and associations of Thame and Montesson. Every year in May we welcome a group of around 35 visitors from Montesson to Thame and although many of our guests stay with the same people who have become their friends, there are always new people whom we need to accommodate and we hope that some of you will want to give it a go! Most of us make the return trip in September and are hosted in turn by our new friends, but this is by no means obligatory. You may fear that hosting requires lots of cooking, entertaining, expense and a big house. I would like to reassure you to the contrary. The French are very happy to "muck in" as it were. Children are used to having to share a bed with siblings and/or sharing a room with their parents. They don't need their own en suite facilities and there is a full programme, so there isn't much time for you to have to entertain and moreover, half of the meals are communal and provided. There are usually a few people who come alone, so even if you only have room for one, that will be a great help. If your French is a bit rusty or non-existent, most of our friends speak English and it's amazing how much you can communicate with just a few actions and pointing. One of the greatest friendships of twinning was between 2 widowed men, neither of whom spoke the other's language! You will need to provide supper on the Friday evening, bed and breakfast for 2 nights and lunch/ brunch before departure at around 2pm on the Sunday. There will be a full day excursion on the Saturday and, subject to space on the bus, you are welcome to join your guests for the day. Most people don't, but if you choose to, a picnic lunch is provided for you and your guests. We have a fully catered evening meal and music in the barn at Towersey Manor on the Saturday evening. Guests and their host family are invited to attend free of charge. You can find out more about the association by looking at our website: thametwinning.co.uk We would love to hear from you. Contact details: Linda Emery (chairwoman): firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 07805229556 or Sue Motteram (secretary) : email@example.com tel: 07763816013Thame and District Twinning Association.
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