The practice of Town Twinning started in the year 836. However, its growth occurred largely after the Second World War as a way of bringing European people into a closer understanding of each other and to promote cross-border projects of mutual benefit.
Since 1982 we have received a warm welcome on our regular visits to Cosne our twin town in France.
Our visits to Cosne are arranged every four years. The visiting Harpenden residents stay with French families for a weekend and experience their way of life. The last visit to Cosne was this year, from 8th to 11th June 2018, and involved a guided visit to Moulins, a Mediaeval city with a cathedral and many ancient buildings, followed by a visit to a Costume Museum with a special display of costumes worn by Rudolph Nureyev and lunch at the museum.
Sunday was spent with the host families, beginning for most visitors with a trip round the market in Cosne or to one of the wine growing towns such as Sancerre. On Sunday evening there was a civic reception and dinner and dance.
Visits from The Friends of Harpenden
Just as Harpenden ‘Friends’ visit Cosne so the Cosne ‘Friends’ visit Harpenden. The last such visit was in 2015 from 22nd to 25th May when the programme was:
Friday evening – settling in with host families
Saturday – free with host families during the day, and in the evening a Civic Reception by Harpenden Town Council followed by a Dinner Dance at Park Hall
Sunday – an outing to Woburn with a tour of the house, lunch in the restaurant followed by a drive through the Safari Park, and in the evening, dinner with host families
Monday – visiting French ‘Friends’ leave Harpenden for their return to Cosne