Promoting Friendship and Co-operation since 2003
The idea of twinning grew out of a long standing close friendship between a family in North Ferriby and one in Le Pellerin in Loire Atlantique, France. Together they recognised that their two communities, similar in size, shared other features in common – one on the banks of the Humber and close to the city of Hull, the other on the banks of the Loire and similarly close to the city of Nantes. Both villages are within reach of the coast, Le Pellerin being just 30 minutes from picturesque Pornic with its marina, beach and superb fish restaurants.
So in 2003 both villages established their own Twinning Associations with the aim of fostering friendship and mutual understanding between the residents of North Ferriby and those of Le Pellerin.
The Association’s activities include:
The Association helps to link its members with like-minded individuals or families in Le Pellerin so that they can be hosted in Le Pellerin during the biennnial group visit and in turn, play host to visitors from Le Pellerin when they come here. The welcome and warm hospitality provided by people of all ages in Le Pellerin shows that language need never be a barrier to friendship. The sharing of each other’s cultures is enjoyable and rewarding in itself and over the last ten years, many friendships have developed between families and individuals of all ages across our two communities.
Twinning is also a good way to make new friends locally at the regular social events organised by the Association such as: wine tasting, gourmet meals, barbecues, quizzes and ceilidhs. These also raise the funds necessary to host our visitors from France every couple of years.
In recognition of the strong ties which had developed over a number of years, North Ferriby and Le Pellerin became formally twinned in 2011 when an agreement between the Parish Council and the Mairie was signed. The North Ferriby Parish Council has delegated to the Association responsibility for the day to day management of the twinning relationship.
The agreement acknowledges the bonds of friendship which now run through our communities and seeks to encourage more people to enjoy the opportunities this provides, to experience more of French life through linking with a family in Le Pellerin and equally to give them the opportunity to learn more about life in North Ferriby.
The Association is actively looking at new and interesting ways to broaden and strengthen our links with Le Pellerin and welcomes new ideas and proposals from individuals and associations to develop wider contacts and joint activities.
The Twinning Association welcomes new members of all ages – be they young families, pensioners or people on their own
You don’t need to speak French – half the fun is finding out how easy it is to communicate.