Bienvenue à March! French exchange visitors enjoy a trip to the Fens

French twinning exchange - visitors from St Jean de Braye enjoy a tript to March

French twinning exchange - visitors from St Jean de Braye enjoy a tript to March - Credit: Archant

March Twinning Association welcomed visitors from St Jean de Braye in France.

French twinning exchange - visitors from St Jean de Braye enjoy a tript to March

French twinning exchange - visitors from St Jean de Braye enjoy a tript to March - Credit: Archant

A group of 27 people aged from four to 70 made the trip from the town, near Orleans at the end of October.

After an overnight stay and a morning visit to see the Mary Rose they travelled to March.

They were welcomed to the Fens by the Mayor, Councillor Andrew Donnelly, at St Mary’s Church Hall.

They spent Sunday with host families and on Monday visited Flag Fen, had lunch at Parcs restaurant at Peterborough Regional College and then made their way to Thorney.

French twinning exchange - visitors from St Jean de Braye enjoy a tript to March

French twinning exchange - visitors from St Jean de Braye enjoy a tript to March - Credit: Archant


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The Thorney Society opened the museum at Bedford Hall and gave a tour of the Abbey.

The visitors were interested by the fact that Thorney had provided a home and livelihood to Huguenots, fleeing religious persecution in the latter part of the 16th century.

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The day closed with a buffet supper at FACT when they enjoyed the singing of Lee Enstone.

The visit to France by members from March is likely to be sometime in September 2017.

• Further details of activities and membership can be found on the twinning website at www.mta.btck.co.uk.

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