Twinning Association: Ferndown-Segré
Welcome to the Ferndown Twinning Association
Please click on thumbnail pictures to enlarge Since 1994 Ferndown has been twinned with the pretty little town of Segré , about 110 miles south of Caen and 20 miles north-west of Angers in the Haut-Anjou area of France. Though it has a long history and boasts its own castle (as well as a splendidly ornate Hôtel de Ville),
Signing the Twinning Charter at Segré Town Hall
Segré is proud of its modern facilities which include a sports stadium, an open-air swimming pool, a cultural centre and theatre, a race course and a river marina. Once famous for its slate mines, it now has a thriving economy based on light industry.
Every two years, as a rule, the Ferndowners spend a few days in the homes of Segrean families and in alternate years they return similar hospitality in Ferndown. We also try to assist local schools, sports clubs and cultural groups that wish to establish links with their counterparts in Segré. All this provides excellent opportunities to experience life in each other's countries and promotes mutual understanding and respect.
The Madeleine Church from the river
The Segreans gave us a beautiful slate clock
Many firm friendships have developed as a result, and several families now visit one another independently of the "official" exchanges. At home members enjoy a varied programme of talks by visiting speakers, trips to places of local interest, concerts, suppers and social evenings, and a range of other events.
A knowledge of French is not essential to enjoy the exchange visits! In fact we are usually surprised to find how polyglot the Segrean families are ...
If you would like to join us, or just want to know a bit more, refer to contact on info page. More information on Segré