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Willingham by Stow has taken the opportunity to broaden its cultural, linguistic and educational assets by forming twinning links with two other European villages. The first village to form a link with us was Moyenneville in France. Chosen for its many similarities which included its population and rural situation this relationship has slowly developed since its inauguration in 2000. The second community to become part of what is now a tri-partnership is the small town of Postrelmov in the Czech Republic. Following a number of visitations and trial visits the official agreement was signed in July 2011. Already, after several exchanges of hospitality, friendships have been made which strengthens the already deepening long term relationships we have with our French friends.

Twinning pictures 2007 Fundraising at the Gameshow Night
Twinning pictures 2008 Moyenneville website
Twinning pictures 2009 Postrelmov 2010
Moyenneville 2010 Postrelmov 2011
Twinning pictures 2012 Postrelmov 2014
Willingham 2015 Moyenneville 2016
Postrelmov 2017 Halloween 2012
Bonjour Bonjour Where are our twinning links ? - maps here
Forties night "Trouble at Willingham Abbey"
The Willingham Bell Ringers 2009
The speeches 2009
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A small committee in each country maintains the continuity and organisational planning of the partnerships. All three countries are members of their respective national twinning organisations who give guidance and information as well as providing assistance in making applications for financial grant aid for visits.

Twinning visit 2007
The idea of hosting a French or Czech family or staying in the home of someone you have never met can be daunting, but those who have taken part have invariably enjoyed the experience and gained a mutual understanding of what twinning is about.

In April 2008 a party of 46 villagers travelled to Moyenneville for a weekend and enjoyed a number of educational and historical visits along with some wonderful French dining experiences.

In July 2009 we welcomed 50 visitors to Willingham. This included a small party from the Czech Republic and preliminary discussions took place to explore the possibilities of forming a three way relationship. The weekend was a great success and enjoyed good weather and plans continued to develop this idea.

In July 2010 the first full three way visit was hosted in Moyenneville France. All three countries mingled, talked, partied and enjoyed the experience of being together. An excellent programme of events and cultural opportunities was planned by our Moyenneville hosts.

In July 2011 following our first exploratory trip the previous Autumn, a much larger group visited Postrelmov along with our French friends. The Czech people were welcoming to all our families and showed themselves to be excellent hosts. The formal signing agreement took place over the weekend along with visits to local amenities and attractions.

In July 2012 Willingham hosted approximately 50 people from Moyenneville and Postrelmov..There were visits to Lincoln castle, cathedral and the historic council chamber. On Saturday night a very lively hog roast and disco was held utilising the village hall and Half Moon pub where all three nationalities joined in and thoroughly enjoyed the dancing and refreshments. The weekend was enjoyed by all and considered a great success.   

In 2013 we will, together with a party from Postrelmov visit Moyenneville. The French always give us a great weekend with interesting visits  and the excellent food has always been a particular highlight of our visits. Our other focus for 2013 is to raise money for when we will be the host village again in 2015 and several fund raising events are planned. 

Secretary Barbara Bussey 01427 788425 Email