A NEW committee has been launched to reinvigorate relations between Ringwood and its French sister city after an apparent decline in interest.
At a plenary meeting of Ringwood City Council on Wednesday, February 23, the acting president of the twinning association pleaded for improved relations between the town and the French commune of Pont Audemer.
Ringwood and Pont Audemer, a commune in the Normandy region of northern France, were twinned in 1986 and enjoyed a successful partnership for several years. However, as discussed at the meeting, “interest had waned” in recent years.
To help ‘regenerate’ interest, a new self-funded committee has been formed with a clear set of guidelines to rekindle the relationship. These are:
- A visit to Pont Audemer in March, with a reciprocal visit the following year
- Organization of a bi-annual civic event
- Use of a meeting room in the Gateway building for committee meetings
- Assistance when French visitors are in Ringwood, possibly funding a coach every two years to enable attendance at an out-of-town event
It was agreed that the council would continue to help organize a semi-annual civic meeting. The town mayor said he would further discuss the requests with the town clerk and report back.