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I have lived in the area since 1990 and have lived in Pangbourne since 1997. My wife and I have been members of the Twinning Association for 6 years and are enthusiasts for France, having taken holidays there every year for the last 12 years at least. We feel that receiving visitors from Houdan and visiting The Houdannais has given us a greater insight into our neighbours across the Channel and we have benefitted from the friendships that have been created. The Twinning Association is also a great way of getting to know people in our home area, and its activities are great fun.
Having taught French and German for most of my career, and been a translator and interpreter since, it seemed natural, when my wife and I moved into Pangbourne in 2010, to join the Twinning Association. The Association has proved a very pleasant way of making friends, both in Pangbourne and Houdan. I have particularly enjoyed being able to contribute my language skills, even if on occasion they have been pushed to the limit, as when interpreting at an agricultural show for a discussion on the relative merits of different breeds of steers and heifers. As we go to Houdan, and our friends from there come to Pangbourne, there is a real feeling that we are all so much more than just tourists.
Rosie & I moved to Pangbourne from Fulham in 1984 and we have lived at 1 Thames Avenue ever since. For a number of years I ran my wine importing company from an office in the Village and then when we were taken over I commuted into London every day. After retirement I started giving wine courses at The Henley College, Newbury College and in Pangbourne. I also took my courses on to cruise liners working with Noble Caledonia, SAGA, Fred Olsen and Silversea.
I joined Pangbourne Twinning Association in 1990 and joined the Committee in 1991. For a number of years I was Vice Chairman and when Amana Winchester stood down as Chairman in 2015 I took over from her.
I have worked in Pangbourne for many years at the primary school .When I found myself teaching french to the children I decided to join the Pangbourne Twinning association to learn more about french culture and more about the language.. My partner and I have travelled to Houdan many times and we have become good friends with our french counterparts and now see them about twice a year.
The association is a great way to meet new people, refresh your French, have fun and travel to new places.. I joined the committee to help with the fundraising events and social activities. I presently try to keep the website and our Facebook page up to date . Look us up at Pangbourne Twinning.
Hi. I’m Antonia and now secretary of the Association. I’ve been a member of the Pangbourne Twinning Association for nearly 30 years and for 6 years was chairman up to 2013. I’ve always believed in Twinning as a concept and as a means of encouraging friendship and understanding between our 2 towns . Despite changing times I think it is more important than ever not to isolate ourselves from our nearest neighbours as we have so much to learn from each other. As a teacher of languages, especially French, I am of course keen to promote an exchange of language learning and hence an appreciation of each other’s cultures. Most of us visit France but do we take the trouble to try and understand The French and of equal importance, do they understand us ? By joining the Twinning Association you are making a start!
Alison Hill (and George Freeman) joined the Twinning Association after they moved to Pangbourne from Reading in 2013. They love french food ( especially cheese) and wine and the way of life. They have had a residence secondaire in deepest Burgundy for a number of years and wanted to meet people from a different part of France . We have found the Houdanais a delightful, friendly, if slightly zany bunch (even for the French).