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HTA Annual General Meeting 2013

Calendar Posted on Mon, October 28, 2013 21:09:31

The Annual General Meeting of Haddington Twinning Association will be held in the Buffet Room of the Town House, Haddington, on Tuesday 26 November 2013 at 7.30 pm.

As in previous years, the Twinning Association will invite a speaker to come along to entertain the group following the business of the AGM. The name of the speaker will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks.

There will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles to follow.

We are always very happy to welcome new members on to the committee. Anyone who is interested in joining should contact

Student from Aubigny in Haddington

News Posted on Mon, October 28, 2013 20:58:55

Hélène de Pommereau, this year’s student from Aubigny sur Nère spent 3 weeks in Haddington during July. She undertook placements in several departments within East Lothian Council including the library in the John Gray Centre, Facilities Management Services and Landscape & Countryside. Hélène sampled a little taste of France when Haddington Twinning Association held a small garden party at which a few bottles of Sancerre were opened. The wine was a gift from our friends from Aubigny who visited Haddington in April this year.

HTA Ceilidh 2013

News Posted on Wed, March 13, 2013 22:28:16

Haddington Twinning Association held its annual fund raising ceilidh on Saturday 2 March 2013. It was a very enjoyable event with the ceilidh band Clappy Doo providing top notch music for the dancing. The contribution to the Association’s funds was approximately GBP1000, well up on previous years. The ceilidh was a great success all round, so a big thank you to everyone who supported it.

HTA Newsletter October 2012

News Posted on Wed, November 14, 2012 20:25:46

Read about Haddington Twinning Association’s recent activities in the October Newsletter.

Haddington Twinning Association AGM 2012

News Posted on Wed, November 14, 2012 20:18:07

The Annual General Meeting of the Haddington Twinning Association will be held in the Buffet Room of the Town House, Haddington, on Wednesday 21 November 2012 at 7.30 pm.

After the business part of the AGM, Mr Peter Hutchinson of the Modern Languages Department at Knox Academy will speak on his experiences of taking groups of pupils on trips to France.

There will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles to follow.

We are always very happy to welcome new members on to the committee. Anyone who is interested in joining should contact

Twinning Scholarship-Sara In Aubigny 2012

General Posted on Mon, October 29, 2012 10:25:41

Knox Academy pupil Sara Muir who won this year’s Twinning scholarship details her experiences during a month spent in Aubigny.

This summer I was lucky enough to win the
Alice Burnett Twinning scholarship. This meant that I was able to spend a month
living with local families and working the tourist information office of
Haddington’s twin town: Aubigny sur Nère, in the Centre region of France. After
six years of studying French in school I was really excited to go to Aubigny
and be properly immersed in the culture for the first time!

I arrived on the Thursday before the Fêtes
Franco-Ecossaises, where I realised I’d travelled for three hours only to end
up in ‘Little Scotland’ where the locals (embarrassingly) seemed to know a lot
more about Scottish history than I did! The Fêtes are a weekend of festivities
that celebrate the shared history of Scotland and France as a result of the
Auld Alliance. There were re-enactments, fireworks, parades and pipe bands from
across Europe. It was a great social event, and I only briefly lost my novelty
‘Scottish person’ status for a couple of hours when I helped out at the omelette
stall, where I got to chat to locals and tourists.

Working from ten until five, five days a
week isn’t everyone’s idea of a summer holiday, but it was a fantastic
experience, and so much better than sitting about at home in Haddington. My
thick Scottish accent and bad grammar didn’t always go down well, but being
able to help the tourists enjoy their holiday was a wonderful feeling. The
girls at the tourist office were always on hand with a cup of black coffee and
some advice about the various attractions and things to do in the region. I
also did a lot of translation work for the website, and now when you call up
the Sauldre and Sologne Tourist Office it’s my voice on the English answer
machine message!

I’ve got so many great memories of my time
away, not just of the festivals and day trips, but also of the more day-to-day
things: helping out with a ‘history of Aubigny’ treasure hunt, dancing
around to French pop music, teaching some of the girls I stayed with how to do
a Highland Fling, getting a ride on a combine harvester and learning to make
proper crepes (and then being given a crêpe pan with typical Aubigny

The scholarship gave me a fantastic month;
some fantastic stories and now my appetite’s been whetted I can’t wait to
return to France!

Please see the Gallery for Sara’s photos

Haddington Festival 2012- Twinning Association Petanque Evening

News Posted on Thu, June 07, 2012 23:03:01

Haddington Twinning Association held its annual petanque evening during the Haddington Festival 2012. This year members were joined by enthusiasts from several pentanque clubs including Tweed Valley, Inverleith and Penicuik. Members benefited form the expertise of regular players and playing alongsid two Scottish coaches-Colin & Mags Montgomery from the Inverleith Petanque club. The weather was kind and a grand time was had by everyone taking part. Thanks goes to Tommy Quinn for his great photographs of the evening.These can be viewed in the most recent photo gallery.

HTA Newsletter May 2012

News Posted on Tue, May 22, 2012 22:25:37

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