Chairperson: Peter Milsted
The aim of our Association is to forge social and cultural links between Wroxham, Hoveton and Belaugh and other local villages with Montjean-sur-Loire and La Pommeraye on the Loire, near Angers. The twinning Association covers all of the local areas.
Members of WHB Twinning Association go to France biennially to stay with French families, with a reciprocal visit by the French the following year. The Association was formed in 1994, when the French first visited us and arose from an exchange programme between Broadland School in Hoveton and the secondary school in la Pommeraye. In 2013 we celebrated, in France, our 20th visit when we presented our friends there with a typical Norfolk signpost, showing the distance between our two bridges and, the following year, in England we were given a plaque to show the geography of our French and English villages, which can be found on Granary Staithe. For our tenth anniversary we received a willow tree which is in the Riverside Gardens in Hoveton.
Visits to France are arranged for the whole group so no one need feel isolated. The trips are varied but could include a local château, museums, vineyards, boat trips and picnics on the banks of the Loire.
The French are fantastic hosts and make us feel very welcome, as we do them on their return visit. Hosts and visitors are matched to interests and preferences where possible and many of our members have made friends for life and visit each other often.
Our catchment area includes not only Wroxham, Hoveton and Belaugh, we also attract members from Coltishall, Ashmanhaugh, Tunstead, South Walsham, Stalham, Horning, Sutton and Salhouse.
We have a wide spread membership, but the Association is run by a chairperson and committee of up to 12 members, elected every second year at the AGM.
Currently the main office bearers are
Chairperson: Peter Milsted (01603 782733)
Secretary: Peter Runagall
Treasurer: Robert Collingwood