Newton Stewart prepares for twinning agreement

With the formal ceremony for the twinning of Newton Stewart and the French town of Marcoussis just over a month away, an appeal is going out to find hosts for the visitors in Newton Stewart.

Cree Valley Community Council and Newton Stewart and District Town Twinning Association are putting the finishing touches to the programme of activities to celebrate the event and welcome a group of 19 from Marcoussis, headed by the mayor of the town and his family along with representatives of their own twinning organisation, who will arrive in Galloway on Thursday, October 31.

Local school children will take the lead on Friday, November 1, with a morning visit to Wigtown School before an afternoon concert in Penninghame School which will showcase the talents of pupils from there and the Douglas Ewart. In the evening Dumfries and Galloway Council will host a civic reception and buffet in the McMillan Hall where the Mayor of Marcoussis and John McNaught, the chairman of Cree Valley Community Council, will sign the formal twinning agreement.

Saturday will start with a visit to Creetown Gem Rock Museum. In the afternoon, thanks to funding from the Burns Trust, the visitors will travel by coach to Dumfries to see the Robert Burns Centre.

Chairman of the Newton Stewart Twinning Association, Meta Maltman, said: “We already have a number of volunteers keen to host visitors from Marcoussis – most of whom are married couples. But it just so happens that the majority of our aspiring local hosts live outside Newton Stewart itself. Since the twinning will be between Marcoussis and Newton Stewart, it would be even better if we could find more hosts within the town. All of us who have hosted ‘twins’ in the past have thoroughly enjoyed their company and have made new friends. In addition to its own primary and secondary schools, Marcoussis has a music school and is the centre for the French national rugby team, as well as being an attractive town in its own right and conveniently placed for trips to Paris or Versailles. We feel there are lots of opportunities for forging closer links that will benefit both out communities.”

If you can offer space, contact Meta Maltman on 01671 840266.