Ringwood Twinning Visit 26-29 May 2023

Ringwood Twinning Visit 26-29 May 2023

  • By: Ringwood Town Council

As signage on the approach to the town indicates, Ringwood is twinned with the French town of Pont-Audemer in Normandy and it has been since 1986. Visits from one town to the other happen yearly and are organised by the respective twinning associations. This year it was the turn of Ringwood to host Pont-Audemer visitors between the 26th and 29th May.

The group which included the French Mayor, Alexis Darmois, and his wife Estelle were treated, on the Saturday, to a tour of Ringwood using the ‘Town Trail’ hosted by Ringwood Society, followed by a Civic Reception in the Unity Hall. On Sunday, the weather was splendid for a visit to the Beaulieu estate, which included a demonstration of falconry skills.

As is tradition for twinning, gifts were exchanged between the mayors of both towns. The Mayor of Ringwood, Cllr Gareth DeBoos, was thrilled and honoured to receive ‘La Médaille de la Ville de Pont-Audemer’ and a framed picture of scenes from the town, which will be hung in Ringwood Gateway.

The Ringwood Twinning Association holds various social functions including concerts, wine tasting, barbecues and quizzes and membership is just £20 per year. If you are interested in getting involved and discovering more about the culture and sights of Pont-Audemer you can contact June on 07779 997879.


Main photo - group enjoying the Town Trail (credit Derek Maidment)
Photo of the two Mayors at the Civic Reception (credit June Dewin)

Photo of Town Mayor receiving Medaille from French Deputy Mayor, Vanessa Duval (credit June Dewin)