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   FriendsofPontoise.com





Welcome to our 
 website for the Twinning of Sevenoaks
in Kent with Pontoise in northern France
 




Sevenoaks UK 

twinned with

Pontoise France

Paintings of Sevenoaks by Graeme Lothian

Pontoise Market many years ago 





Formed 54 years ago in 1964, the Friends of Pontoise is an association based in Sevenoaks, Kent, whose membership comes from the town itself and the surrounding villages. Our purpose is to promote goodwill and understanding between ourselves and the citizens of the French town of Pontoise in the department of Val-d'Oise, with which Sevenoaks is twinned. In Pontoise, there is a sister organisation, Les Amis de Sevenoaks, representing those residents of Pontoise who foster the same ideals of cross-channel fellowship. Over the years we have had plenty of fun and some warm and lasting friendships have developed between the two communities

Membership qualifications are few. Fluency in French is an asset but not essential. All that is required of members is an interest in France and the French people. In fact we do have many activities that don't involve travel to France at all and acting as host to our French friends is by no means essential, we realise that in some cases it is just not practicable. The main thing is that members should feel free to join in with whichever activities they wish

Nevertheless, a key feature of this Anglo-French relationship is the long weekend spent together each Spring. Here, the two organisations take it in turn to act as host, with English families putting up their French counterparts one year, the reverse the next. As a group, visits are arranged to places of local interest and there is an official dinner, but the opportunity also exists for members to entertain on a more personal level 

However, there is more to "Friends of Pontoise" than an annual get-together. Events with a French theme are organised throughout the year, from boules to barbeques, wine-tasting to French films, providing plenty of opportunity to socialise with like-minded people. The point of this association / club is to have fun and support other activities such as school & sports exchange

 NB: Events are always being proposed and arranged, they will be posted on the Blog as and when arrangements are proposed or finalised. Your input is vital




























Programme  2019

 24 January  New Year Dinner to be held at the community centre

 08 March  - Spring Meeting Town Council Chambers 19.00 hrs 

 30 May - 2 June  - Visit to Pontoise

 14 June - Start of Boule at The White Rock, Underriver 

 21 July - Summer Tea Party

 04 October  - Autumn Meeting  - Town Council Chambers 

 01 November - AGM Town Council Chambers
  

  

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Boules evenings are organised fortnightly throughout the summer months at the White Rock pub   http://www.thewhiterockinn.co.uk

Friends of Pontoise is supported by Sevenoaks Town Council with a contribution of £250 each year, but all other funds are raised from subscriptions
(£15 annually) and money-raising activities

Donations are more than gratefully received

Contact
For membership details see "Contact" page or enquiries, please contact us by email at the address below: 

[email protected]




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