1993 signing the charter
Twinning aims to foster a better understanding of other countries and their customs through individual and group exchanges. We have been twinned with Sourdeval since 1993. We have attracted members from a wide spectrum of age, occupation, background and interests and we have forged new friendships, not only within our French twin town, but also within our own community. We have reached the stage where we want to encourage, in particular, young families who will keep the friendship going for the next 20+ years.

Sourdeval is a close knit rural community with a population ofaround 3,200 and can be found 50 miles south of Caen and 40 miles to the east of Mont St Michel. They have an enthusiastic and ambitious town council who, like us, see twinning as a way of developing links with the outside world for the good of the whole community. Sourdeval is also twinned with Uchte in Germany.

jumelageSet in the attractively undulating Normandy countryside and close to the valley of the River Sée, Sourdeval has been linked over the centuries with the production of stainless steel and still retains its name ‘Cite d’Inox’. Recent production included Guy Degrenne cutlery.

Sourdeval is surrounded by small dairy and beef farms – many of the cattle are sold locally in the weekly market. An abundance of apples are grown in the area for the production of the local speciality, Pommeau. Goats cheese, foie gras, rillettes, pear or apple cider and Calvados can be purchased directly from many of the farms

Sourdeval offers a wide range of sporting and cultural activities to both residents and visitors ~ petanque, gymnastics, football, athletics, music, drama and language groups to name a few. The tranquility of the scenic Brouains Valley is ideal for camping, sightseeing, fishing, walking, horse riding and cycling.

There is a great sense of civic pride and the town is a regular winner in the Department’s ‘Ville Fleurie’ competition. There are annual festivals in July and August and a Christmas market.

We are a friendly group who meet several times during the year for social events to raise funds as all aspects of the Twinning Association are entirely self-funded.

Membership of the Twinning Association is open to anyone from our area who is interested in international friendship.

New members are always made welcome. £10 a year. Knowledge of French is not essential.

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