The following activities are currently being planned, so here are dates for your diary for 2023. Further details will be provided nearer the time.
We will have our summer get-together again this year - Details to follow.
CAFE BONSTEIN - TOWN DAY
We will be setting out our cake stall again at Town Day in Victoria Park and will welcome your help with this.
We are planning to have another walk in Horsted Keynes, followed by lunch at The Crown Inn.
We had sunshine and bluebells on our walk and a lovely lunch at The Sloop Inn afterwards.
31 MARCH - 2 APRIL
BONDUES JUMELAGE VISIT TO HAYWARDS HEATH
An enjoyable weekend was had by all.
The highlights included:
on Saturday, a visit to Charleston Farmhouse, the home of the radical artists, writers and thinkers collectively known as the Bloomsbury Group and a tour of the nearby Berwick Church to see the famous interior paintings there. On the way home the group dropped in to the Middle Farm Shop and Cider Barn.
on the Sunday morning, a guided walking tour of Lindfield followed by a farewell lunch at The Bent Arms.
Old friendships were renewed and news ones made ...
Northlands Wood School
22 children from Les Obeaux primary school in Bondues visited Northlands Wood and had a fun-packed day with their partner school. Kathryn Turrell from the HHTA went along to assist Jean-Christophe, Les Obeaux Headteacher, and Mme Bodeau, the French teacher at Northlands Wood. Activities for the French pupils included attending a maths lesson and an enjoyable session at “Forest Schools” where they toasted marshmallows and made wooden pendants. The day was rounded off by a lovely musical performance by the French pupils, attended by representatives of the HHTA and the Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society.
Our Annual General Meeting was held on 22nd March, starting at 19:00. The Mayor, Howard Mundin, was in attendance, and the formal business was followed by an enjoyable cheese and wine social evening.
2022 - Highlights of the year in pictures ...
It was a beautiful summer's day with a light breeze which occasionally blew crisps and lettuce from our plates! The lunch was well supported with delicious food and wine, particularly the desserts, and great company.
We were an excited group of 9 who set off around 11am on Friday 6 May. After such a long break it seemed almost unbelievable that we were actually going back to Bondues again. On the Friday evening, the whole group gathered together at Pascale and Guy-Claude’s home. We were treated to al fresco Aperol spritz in the sunshine and wonderful food prepared by Pascale and all the hosts. In French when everyone brings a dish like this it's called a ‘buffet espagnol’. On the Saturday we were taken to Bruges for the day. This is a most beautiful city, also known as the Venice of the North. Sunday morning left us time for an interesting visit to a local exhibition by François Houtin, a well-known French printmaker. It was a fabulous trip and we are very grateful to our hosts who made such a wonderful effort on our behalf and made us feel so welcome. We look forward to reciprocating and welcoming our Bondues friends on a visit to us in Haywards Heath next time.
Cafe Bonstein at Haywards Heath Town Day
The Twinning Assocation once again hosted the successful Café Bonstein at the Haywards Heath Town Day. With glorious weather and a mouth-watering array of home-made cakes baked by our Members, it was a hugely enjoyable event for everyone who attended.
Interview on BBC Radio Sussex!
Haywards Heath Twinning Association was featured on Mark Carter's Saturday Breakfast show on BBC Radio Sussex on 1 February. Mark interviewed the Deputy Mayor of our French twin town Bondues Alain Fauvarque and the Association's very own Chairperson Irene Balls. You can listen to the interview on BBC Sounds by following the below link (available until 25 February 2020). The interview starts around 2 hours 47 minutes:
You can also see the photos that Mark took of Bondues on BBC Sussex's Facebook page:
Musical Evening with Support of Haywards Heath Town Council
This was a truly international musical evening with the support of Haywards Heath Town Council. The Anything Goes duo provided fabulous entertainment with a mix of English, French and German popular songs. It was wonderful that so many of our friends from Bondues and Traunstein came over to Haywards Heath and shared the evening with us.
Traunstein's Twinning Anniversary
A large group travelled from Haywards Heath to Traunstein and were looked after exceptionally well by our friends. A spectacular event!
Bondues Jumelage (Twinning) AGM
Members of Haywards Heath Twinning experienced the customary warm welcome from our friends in Bondues during their AGM weekend at the start of February. An interesting programme of activities was enjoyed. This photo was taken during the visit to the Carrière Wellington
in Arras, which is a network of tunnels dug under the city by New Zealand troops during the First World War.
Twinning Celebration in Bondues
Twinning members enjoyed a marvellous weekend of festivities in Bondues, celebrating 20 years of close twinning friendships including the inauguration of of the Square d'Haywards Heath. Our friends in Bondues were fabulous hosts and as usual provided superb food and entertainment.
Haywards Heath Town Day
What a fantastic day we had at Town Day in Victoria Park. Café Bonstein, HHTA's pop up continental style Café, was a great hit with the public. There was scarcely a crumb of Apfelstrudel or solitary coffee bean left behind at the end of the day. Customers were impressed by the delicious home baked cakes and thanked the young student linguists from Oathall College who had served them with charm and smiles.
Celebrating out Twinning Anniversaries
HHTA celebrated 25 and 20 years respectively of twinning with Traunstein in Germany and Bondues in France. Celebrations included a gala dinner with the mayors of all three twinning towns in Borde Hill.
To mark these anniversaries we set up a community project to create three textile wall hangings, one for each Town Hall; the theme was ‘Friendship’. Several schools in Haywards Heath contributed to the project and created their own 'friendship' designs celebrating connections with Traunstein and Bondues.