Successful year connecting with La Roche!


Coleraine Twinning Association recently held its annual general meeting in the Peter Thompson Hall in Castlerock.

In his annual report the chairman reported on another year of varied activity involving contact with our twin town of La Roche sur Yon in the Vendée. These included a visit by a group of adults to la Roche where they enjoyed an interesting itinerary and great hospitality from members of the La Roche association.

In June, for the second year in succession,the Vendée football club sent a team to participate in the Milk Cup competition. They had a protracted journey, but this did not deter them from having a very successful run in the competition, beating some strong local and Russian opposition before narrowly losing to Manchester United in the final.

Local association members offered strong vocal support at several matches and provided some hospitality for the visitors. They also managed to squeeze in some tourism, despite the unseasonable weather. There have also been a number of individual exchanges of young people of school age.

A small delegation from the university business school in La Roche spent some time exploring the possibilities for links and exchanges with the University of Ulster. Other activities included a very successful quiz with a French element and a film evening.

The last major event of the year was a week-long visit by 20 pupils from the agricultural Lycée des Etablières and two staff.

The chairman also recorded the passing of a founder member of the Association, Mr. Eric Hayes and concluded by thanking the members and office-bearers for their

support for the work of the Association.

The treasurer reported on the use made of the funds available for the development of Coleraine’s links.

The meeting also elected the following office-bearers for 2015-2016: President: Mark Reavey; Chairman: Michael Wilson; Vice-chairman: Desmond Johnston; Treasurer: Ole Houmann; Secretary: Carol Kirkpatrick; Social media officer: Aimond Edgar; Website officer Chantal McIlveen-Wright; Press officer: Helen Harty.

The Association would welcome expressions of interest in the work of twinning with our twin town from Coleraine’s citizens.

People interested in finding out about the Association’s activities are invited to contact the secretary on 7035 6955.