We have had town twinning links with Bry sur Marne near Paris for the last 40 years, supported by the Town Council. Bry is also twinned with the German town of Moosburg an der Isar near Munich in Bavaria. It is an attractive commuter town on the River Isar, with a significant amount of industry but set in pleasant surrounding countryside and has about 18,000 inhabitants.
In March 2018 the Mayor of Moosburg and our then mayor, Cllr. Ruth Buckmaster, signed a formal twinning declaration in the Council Chamber to promote links and a partnership between our two towns. We already have music links through Leventhorpe with both towns.
Visits to and from Bry sur Marne and Moosburg are usually over a weekend (Friday-Sunday) in September (Bry) or October (Moosburg), alternating between Sawbridgeworth and Bry/Moosburg. We are hosting visits this year from Moosburg (5-7 April) and Bry (13-15 September); we will visit Moosburg from 25-27 October 2019.
The hosting programme usually includes a drinks reception/welcome in the Town Council chamber or elsewhere on the Friday, a visit and dinner on the Saturday evening in the Hailey Centre. Guests arrive on Friday evening and leave around lunchtime on Sunday. You don’t need to know a lot of French or German: many host families know quite a lot of English.
You do ideally need to be willing to host, usually a couple. Hosts bear their own costs for dinner, excursions, the Association aims to fund guests’ costs, with some support from the Town Council, but we also do our own fund raising.
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