The Twinning Committee hosted a stall at the Ruddington Christmas Fayre to help promote our village’s friendship with Grenay. We spoke to lots of people, whose knowledge of Twinning varied from those who had no idea where Grenay is, to those who’ve already visited several times.
We enjoyed showing people Grenay’s location on the map and sharing what we know about the area. We also notes some of the interesting ideas put forward by residents. For example, after looking at the map, one chap suggested organising a cycle ride from Calais to Grenay (about 100km).
Previously, the brass band from Grenay has visited Ruddington and our choir has gone over there. A young lady, a musician and newcomer to the village, seemed interested in joining with others to form a band. With Ruddington growing all the time, perhaps there’s enough interest to form a cycling club and brass band of our own?
Some of the younger ones attending the stall took the opportunity to demonstrate their linguistic skills. Very impressive! Several of them entered our quiz. The winner was Jack Weightman who told us he thinks “Twinning is a good idea because it teaches you about different countries and other cultures”.
We agree with Jack and hope Ruddington’s friendship with Grenay will strengthen and endure. We also want to encourage more villagers to get involved in Twinning. So if you’re interested, please contact the Twinning Committee through the Parish Council office.
Councillor Jill Reedman