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Haddington Twinning Ceildh in Town Hall – Haddington. Last night before the group from Aubigny return home – August 2019

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, April 04, 2020 14:34:16
Fraser Wilkinson – takes charge.
Ready to go…………
Bravo Haddington Pipe Band…….
Piper David Leckie …..
Buffet before the Dancing begins……..
Monsieur le President – Gilles Charbonnier.

All photos – Mr. Christian Couture – with grateful thanks – August 2019

Lovely photo of Wee India &; Damsel the Shetland ponies in field near Haddington.

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, March 28, 2020 09:50:29

Photo – with thanks Elaine Wilson.

Some happier times in August 2019 – French visit to Haddington.

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, March 24, 2020 16:54:49

Visit to Berwick – Paxton House.

Paxton House – Home of John Hume Robertson. Politician

Visitors from Aubigny enjoying the moment.

Kitchen Paxton House

Paxton House from rear.

Paxton House Garden …

Arrival in Berwick –


To be continued – more photos of the visit coming soon.

Photographs – with thanks – Christian Couture. August 2019.

This year’s International Women’s Day – Musselburgh Twinning Association [ M.T.A.]

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, March 14, 2020 13:31:11

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Musselburgh Twinning Association
(MTA) organised a programme of activities over the weekend of 5-8 March. Four representatives of Musselburgh’s French partner Champigny sur Marne were invited to join MTA members during the three day event. Haddington Twinning‘s Secretary Elaine Mitchell-Wilson attended, accompanied by Martine Destenave from Haddington’s twin town Aubigny sur Nère.
The programme began on Thursday 5 March with a welcome dinner at Ravelston House Hotel in Musselburgh hosted by Provost John McMillan. As always, rousing renditions of La Marseillaise and Auld Lang Syne set the weekend off.
On Friday 6 March the group took part in a visit and tour of the Scottish Parliament. They also met with the local MSP Colin Beattie.
In the afternoon, the group had a guided tour of Newhailes House in Musselburgh. Mark McLean from the National Trust of Scotland gave an insightful talk about the history of the house and the life of its occupants over the years.
The main focus of the event was a Women’s conference at the Brunton Hall on Saturday 7 March which celebrated the achievements of women both locally and in France. The group was joined by pupils from Musselburgh Grammar, members of the French Institute and the French Consul, Laurence Païs.
In the morning, the group were treated to a screening of a fantastic film about the fishwives of Fisherrow followed by a fascinating presentation by Séverine Genieys- Kirk, a lecturer in French at Edinburgh University, about several women who are important in the journey and struggle for women’s rights in France. Before lunch , Mark from Newhailes House delivered an exciting talk on Châtelaines-Women as Guardians of Scottish Heritage including Lady Antonia Dalrymple, the last
guardian of Newhailes.
The afternoon kicked off with a presentation by Margaret Elgin on the Fishwives of Fisherrow. Dressed stylishly in her fishwives’ regalia, Margaret gave a detailed account of the amazing life of the fishwives. Tales given to her by her mother who had been a true Fisherrow fishwife!
The group from Champigny sur Marne, Nicole, Josette, Catherine and Geneviève continued the theme of influential women with presentations about historical women who fought for social justice and equality and engaged in feminist activism in France.
All of the presentations were very interesting and truly inspirational.
The day ended with a thank you by Provost McMillan and the French Consul to the members of Musselburgh Twinning Association for organising an extremely successful event that celebrated the achievements of women-both past and present, both local and from further afield.
Vive les femmes, vive les Jumelages et vive la Vielle Alliance!

Provost John MacMillan at Welcome Dinner – Ravelston House Hotel – Musselburgh.

Auld Lang Syne in full flow.
In debating chamber at the Scottish Parliment.
Visit to the Scottish Parliment – Meeting with Colin Beattie MSP for Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency.

At the gates of Newhailes House in Musselburgh.
Elaine, Martine, Laurence Pais, the Consul General of France, Margaret Elgin & Severine.
The group outside the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh on day of departure.

Article by Elaine Wilson, Haddington Twinning. 14th March 2020

Due to the Coronavirus – Haddington Twinning QUIZ NIGHT has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience caused – but it will be held at later date.

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, March 12, 2020 12:25:33

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Scotland vs France 6 Nations – today – 8th March 2020

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, March 08, 2020 18:03:29
Scotland 28 – 17 France

Several Haddington Twinning Members joined Haddington Rugby Club today for a pre match Lunch – ably prepared by Stewart Cunningham & Keith Wallace & delicious as usual.
2 Chefs –

Great excitement as Scotland won on the day…….. 28 – 17

A very big thank you to Haddington Rugby Club for a fantastic day.

Photos – Irene Higgenbotham. 2020

Visit to Nunraw Abbey – Garvald. August 2019

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, February 29, 2020 13:34:50
stunning views over Haddington.

With photos by Christian Couture – Aubigny.

Barbecue with Elaine & Andrew – Letham – Haddington- with French guests.

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, February 29, 2020 13:30:55

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