An association that has held close links with a town in France for 25 years has folded.
Members of Bourne’s French Twinning Association made the decision to fold, with it’s twinned town Doudeville’s equivalent association.
The group said that at its inception, the idea of forming a partnership with a town across the channel was a novel idea and in the organisation’s heyday, more than 80 of Bourne’s residents formed links with families in Doudeville, France.
No-one driving into Bourne can have failed to notice the road signs stating that Bourne is linked with this town in Normandy and over the years, the Doudeville people have visited Bourne on a regular basis and stayed with families here. Likewise, Bourne’s “twinners” have boarded coaches and been welcomed into the family lives of their French friends.
But chairman of the Bourne French Twinning Association Chris Petz said: “Nowadays, though, in this time of accessible global transport, with a click of a few buttons and the movement of the mouse, it is so easy to visit virtually anywhere in the world and the idea of having a partner family in another country has lost a lot of its appeal.
“Also, Doudeville is a much smaller town than Bourne and people there are finding the pressures of the last recession much harder to cope with so, both Bourne’s and Doudeville’s twinning organisations have agreed that there is little to be gained from promoting the current arrangements.”
He said many people in Bourne had formed close friendships with their counterparts in Doudeville and will continue to visit each other.
The town will continue to be twinned with Doudeville but on a more informal basis.
As part of it’s closing process, Bourne’s French Twinning Association had to dispose of its funds by making donations to local charities.
All current members were asked to nominate charities for the committee to consider.
A short presentation evening was held on Tuesday last week and recipient charities were: Friends of Butterfield Centre; Bourne Gateway; Bourne Civic Society; Bourne Outdoor Pool; Toolbar; Bourne Band; Bourne Youth Choir; Bourne Abbey and Bourne Westfield.