THIS YEAR sees the 20th anniversary of the friendship between Bromsgrove and its twin town, writes Charlotte Mitchell.
At the end of May, 46 guests from France will come over to take part in a variety of activities, including visits to Warwick Castle and the national arboretum at Alrewas.
There will also be an anniversary dinner on September 22, along with a boules match in Redditch town centre in August.
Members of Bromsgrove International Link, formerly the town twinning association, last week elected Judith Stephenson as their new chair.
In her annual report outgoing chair Janet King spoke of the importance of bringing international countries together in friendship.
Judith is planning to strengthen the ties with the European towns.
In the past year members have visited St Sauveur-Lendeline in Normandy where they enjoyed trips to different restaurants and tried local delicacies.
They also explored the Normandy, visiting Gouville sur Mer, one of the biggest farms in France.
In Bromsgrove, a variety of fund-raisers have been held, including skittles and boules, a traditional English garden party, a dinner with an African theme, a cinema night at Bromsgrove Sporting, showing French film ‘Untouchable’.
And there was a bluebell walk followed by lunch at the Potting Shed.