A group from Stroud French Connections marked the anniversary with a trip to St Ismier.
“We had a wonderful time and, as always, we were treated with the most incredible hospitality,” said Carole Oosthuysen, Chair of Stroud French Connections.
The group visited Saint-Antoine-L’Abbaye, a beautiful village and famous abbey, a walnut processing museum and participated in the local Fete des Nationalites.
St Ismier’s new mayor Henri Baile welcomed the English visitors and gifts were exchanged. A group from St Ismier hope to visit Stroud next year.
“It’s wonderful to see this connection between the two towns continue to flourish,” said Stroud mayor Kevin Cranston. “Any activity which encourages the understanding and tolerance of cultures should be encouraged and celebrated.”
The Town Council launched the twinning project in 2003. The link between the two towns was formed after Christiane Milesi, a town councillor, spent a holiday in the Stroud area and fell in love with it.
The Stroud Rambling Club has made a successful link with a rambling club in St Ismier and made a couple of exchange visits.
For more information about Stroud French Connections contact Jane Bodkin, club secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07905 030852. Membership costs £7pa for an individual and £10 for a couple to join.