Hythe Twinning Association

Hythe Twinning Association is a lively organisation of like-minded local people.

 

We share a bond of friendship with our twin towns of Berck sur Mer, Northern France and Poperinge in Belgium, spanning over 40 years. Now standing at over 100 members, we meet several times a year both in the UK and across the channel. Run by a dedicated committee of volunteers, Hythe Twinning Associtation are self-funding.

Our home activities include coffee mornings, winter warmer suppers, fish and chip nights with musical entertainment or quiz, crazy golf.

Venetian Fete is always a big event for us. We submit a float and the competition is fierce! A working group is set up to agree the theme, materials, build then the work begins in earnest. In the past we’ve won several awards. The big one alludes us. Look out for us this year on the canal procession August 21st. Poperinge’s Hop Queen will be joining us this year.

Our big fundraising event is the yearly boot sale. See us on Sunday September 15th.

Berck sur Mer is a seaside resort an hour from Calais. It is renowned for its amazing white sands, seals, art nouveau architecture and of course delicious food, especially seafood which is their specialty. Their yearly Kitefest in April, is an amazing event. Kite flyers come from all over the world to compete, as well as enormous static displays of giant kite sculptures.

Poperinge in Belgium, chiefly known for its World War connection has much more to offer and explore. Talbot House, Toc H organisation, was set up by funding from Lord Wakefield of Hythe, the Castrol founder. A gem of a place for a visit. Hops and brewing feature heavily with these visits to excellent breweries.

Hop fest is a magnificent event happening every 3 years. The whole town is involved and takes part in a procession of hundreds of horses, floats and hop making machinery. Several of the region’s town bands parade, adding to this amazing spectacle.

Remembrance is another key event in our Twinning year. Members attend Armistice ceremonies in both France and Belgium and representatives attend our Remembrance parade. Twinning hosts a lunch following this, usually with around 50 folks attending.

Twinning’s function, as well as the social aspect, is to foster connections between our twin towns. This especially includes youth groups, sports teams and clubs. In the past we have had school group visits, the past mayor did a RBL cycle challenge through Hythe including Poperinge and ending in Ypres.

We are happy to assist in making connections with possible backing.

Crossing the channel has become more problematic, in that we have to allow more time for check in procedures via the ferry and Le Shuttle slots are harder to secure. Despite this, the appetite to visit our Twin towns is as popular as ever and the warm welcome forever enduring.

 

To find out more see our Facebook page @hythetwinning or contact Stan Wallace for membership details on 07484 135190 or email [email protected]

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