North Ferriby-Le Pellerin Twinning Association

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It is with regret that it is necessary to CANCEL the following events.

Sunday 29th March 2020

The Tom Clague Memorial Walk 

Saturday 25th April 2020


Wednesday 20th May to Sunday 24th May 2020

Twinning Visit


2020 PROGRAMME (subject to change)

Saturday 1st August 2020

Summer Garden Party from 5pm at the home of Ann and Michael Welbourne.

Saturday 14th November 2020

Event to be confirmed

Full details of the above events will be published in due course.

*****Twinning Association News*****

Guess the Gadget  with Derek Clarke

7.30 pm on 9 November 2019

This fun evening will take place on Saturday November 9th, at North Ferriby Parish Hall, and promises to be entertaining as well as informative. 

Tickets from Hilary Brocklehurst, call or text 07984877274

Members £10, Non-members £11 and children aged under 14 years £5


French Breakfast held at North Ferriby School

On Wednesday June 26th the Association provided a traditional French breakfast to the Year 2 children at North Ferriby Primary School. We also  introduced the children to some French words and sang some French songs. The children seemed to really enjoy the occasion and we hope to repeat it in the future.



Annual Garden Party and BBQ

The Annual Twinning Association Garden Party and BBQ was held on Saturday 13 July, at the home of Michael and Ann Welbourne. As usual it was very well attended and everyone enjoyed the occasion and the weather was very kind to us.


The Tom Clague Spring Walk 

Since its inception in 2014, our annual Spring Walk has become firmly established in our calendar. Participation has increased year on year and members seem to enjoy the chance to get some fresh air and socialise. This year our walk was held on Sunday 24 March 2019. We enjoyed a warm fine day at Allerthorpe and shared lunch at the Plough Inn, Allerthorpe afterwards.


Another Successful Quiz Night and Supper

This was another successful event held in the Parish Hall on the 6th April. Our quizmaster was Graham Elliot and the questions were varied and interesting. Everyone enjoyed the evening.  

Thanks to Graham and the Committee for selling the tickets and providing a lovely supper.


A Wonderful Visit to Le Pellerin, 29 May to 2 June

On Wednesday 29 June 2019 twenty four of us arrived in Le Pellerin for our biennial visit. 

After settling in with our families we all met at the Château overlooking the Loire for the Mayor’s reception. I thanked the Mayor, Monsieur Patrick Gavouyère for the official welcome and Alain Broussard, Chair of the Le Pellerin Twinning Association for his welcome and the hosts for their generosity. 

Jane read a speech from Belinda Hookem, Chair of the Parish Council which sent goodwill messages to our twin town. 

We then celebrated our arrival with an apéritif provided by the Town Hall. 

The next day we met at the Canal de la Martinière for a picnic. The setting was perfect and we were lucky enough to see herons and storks as well as the ducks and geese inhabiting these picturesque banks. The weather was perfect and later we played traditional games, palet, Molky, pétanque as well as throwing the beret and tug of war to compete for the Pilgrim Cup.  

The following day we set off on a day trip by coach to Drain, a town about 50 km from Le Pellerin. Here we were shown the vineyards which produce the famous Malvoisie wine and also a Muscadet, rose and sparkling wine which they also make in this family business.  

We were lucky enough, not only to be able to taste these delicious wines but they were generous enough to provide us with limitless bottles to consume with the picnics we had brought. We reciprocated by buying many cases of wine, some of which will no doubt be enjoyed in North Ferriby in due course.   

 We then continued on our journey to Clisson and the Villa Garenne-Lemot, a house rebuilt in the Italian style with gardens and classical statues. It is a beautiful place overlooking the Loire. After seeing the house and gardens we strolled along the river bank into Clisson where most of us enjoyed an ice cream at la Fraiserie and a stroll around the artisan shops selling mainly jewellery, art and clothes. A lovely day out in glorious sunshine was thoroughly enjoyed by us all. 

On Saturday the committees met for a friendly and informal appraisal of the visit, to thank our hosts for their hospitality and to invite the French to North Ferriby next year. They would like to come between May 20th and May 24h as they have a Bank Holiday. 

On Saturday evening we met in the Espace Rene Cassin for a buffet and dancing to two members of a Romance orchestra. The music they played was a lively mix of traditional and modern music and everyone danced late into the night. We were presented with the Cup mainly on account of our prowess in the tug of war and the beret throwing!  

We set off for home on Sunday morning, tired but very pleased with our stay in this charming town. 

My thanks go to all our hosts for their generosity but also to everyone who went to Le Pellerin this time. You all participated so well and were enthusiastic and gracious guests. 

I was especially pleased that Kate and Amy from North Ferriby, who have visited many times and Sophie, Nathaniel and Beatrice from Wolfreton who were with us for the first time, were such excellent ambassadors for our country and hope that they benefitted from the experience. 

Comments received included:

“A great confidence boost for our language skills.” 

“We were overwhelmed by how friendly and welcoming everyone was”                                                 

“We really enjoyed making new friends and benefited from hearing so much French and experiencing the French way of life"

Janet Aitken - Chair



On Wednesday May 9th we welcomed our largest ever party of French visitors to North Ferriby.

Thirty eight people, including ten youngsters aged between 5 and 17 came to stay in members’ homes for four days. Many are old friends but we also welcomed one new family and one new couple, as well as initiating two new host families into the joys of twinning.

They began their time with us at an evening apéritif reception in the garden of John and Rosemarie Halmshaw.  This was a chance to greet our visitors, renew old friendships and introduce our new families. Janet Aitken welcomed our visitors with a short speech and Alain Broussard responded. We were so pleased that Belinda Hookem, Chair of the Parish Council came to meet everyone and also gave a welcome speech which was much appreciated, especially as she wore a lovely dress with French tricolore cuffs and hem!

The following morning we set off from North Ferriby for a full day out at Bempton Cliffs and Sewerby Hall. The French were delighted to be travelling in the double decker bus, a novelty for them.

Our first stop at Bempton was a revelation as we were lucky to see so many nesting birds on the cliffs. The RSPB volunteers were enthusiastic and directed their telescopes for us to see the birds’ activity at close quarters. It was quite cool and breezy but this did not mar our enjoyment and fascination with the place.

We continued on the short journey to Sewerby where we picnicked next to the play area which pleased the younger children. Just as it began to rain we went inside the orangery for a talk about the restoration of the house. The sun came out and for the rest of the afternoon it was glorious. We went with our families around the house, furnished authentically and with many hands on displays, the magnificent gardens, the sea front and the zoo not to mention a visit to the café.

We went home tired but pleased with everything we had seen during the day and spent the evening at home with our guests or joined other hosts for a communal meal.

On Friday the adults were free and many took advantage to take their guests on visits to various places in the area or further afield. Jane Knight and Janet Aitken took the five teenagers to Wolfreton School. This was most impressive, not only because of the magnificent new buildings but also because Hilary Hogan, the French teacher had put so much thought into our visit. We went into a Japanese lesson and a French lesson, followed by a tour of the school and sports facilities. We then had a buffet lunch where we were joined by students from the school who were interested in French so that they could chat with their guests and exchange email addresses. This was a most successful visit and we hope that this partnership will thrive.

An equally successful visit was made to North Ferriby Primary school by the younger children. They were made most welcome by Lisa Chappelow and the other teachers and thoroughly enjoyed their experience of an English school.

In the afternoon many of us went on a guided tour of the Old Town with Paul Schofield, the City guide. This was very interesting and many of us saw places which we hadn’t visited before. We rounded off the visit very nicely in the pubs or the bars in the Fruit market.

 On Saturday we held a joint committee meeting to appraise the visit where we had very positive feedback from the visitors and received an invitation to visit them next year. We usually visit at the end of May but please inform the committee of any preferred dates. Obviously it is very early and flight times are not yet published but keep abreast of any information to avoid clashes of dates.

Later in the morning John Holt led a walk along the foreshore to the Humber Bridge with the lovely views over the river. We had a very welcome drink at the Country Park Inn as it was a warm day and then walked home.

 On Saturday afternoon we held our annual France versus England challenge for the magnificent silver cup! This year Diane Porter organised a sports day with running races, relays, hurdles, egg and spoon, sack race and culminating in a tug of war. There was fierce completion and good natured jostling and a fun afternoon was enjoyed by all, with even the more mature amongst us catching the competitive bug.

 In the evening Dr Jive entertained us with live music and the dance floor was full with French and English dancing together with true entente cordiale. A splendid buffet was provided by Ann and Michael Welbourne and the hosts and a great night was had by all.

 On Sunday we said a reluctant goodbye to our visitors as they set off for Birmingham airport at seven thirty in the morning. We were all very tired but also very happy with the visit. Our French friends are so charming and appreciative it is a pleasure to host them.

Finally I would like to congratulate all the committee and the hosts who worked so hard before and during the visit. You were so friendly and welcoming to our guests and are great ambassadors for our association and possibly our country too, in these difficult times. 

Janet Aitken - Chair



More than 30 members enjoyed our annual walk in South Ferriby in warm sunshine. This was followed by lunch at the White Swan in Barton-upon-Humber



More than 60 people enjoyed a competitive but friendly quiz night at the Parish Hall. 
Phil Walker was our quizmaster again and set everyone a fine challenge.
Well done everybody!


 can be found on the Documents page. 


Chairman's Annual Report 2018

Janet Aitken's Annual Report for 2018 as presented to the AGM can be found on the Documents page. 


Secretary's Annual Report 2018

 Jane Knight's report, including details of what has been happening in Le Pellerin, can be found on the Documents page. 


What's happening?

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The aim of twinning
is to foster friendship and understanding 
between our two communities and above all 

Why join?
    • it's a great way to meet people in North Ferriby
    • you can take part in our regular social events 
    • you can visit Le Pellerin every couple of years
    • you can host a French family when they visit us  
    • you can learn French by joining a 'Chat' group

You don't need to speak French and you are not obliged to go to France or host a French family.

See the visits FAQ page for an idea of what 'visits' entail.

Any feedback on this website should be directed to Mike Wilsea