The Twinning Charter between Wimborne and Valognes was signed in 1968, making WVTA one of the oldest twinning associations in the country.
The charter is displayed in Wimborne Minster Town Hall.
We try to help families and individual members to make friends in our twin town. Once contact has been made, English and French friends often continue their link on their own. Please see Exchanges for our policy on educational visits and work experience.
Organised group visits
These take place in each direction every other year, and any member is entitled to take part. We are invariably given a mayoral reception and an interesting time by our hosts and we endeavour to reciprocate. Members interested in these should contact the secretary.
Sports and cultural groups
We can try and help sports and cultural groups to contact their opposite numbers with a view to taking part in events together. Once contact has been made, clubs usually continue their link on their own but we are here to help with interpretation and translation etc if needed.
Our local social events
We arrange a social programme in Wimborne throughout the year..
WVTA is run entirely by volunteers, independently of local government.
Committee members are elected at our annual general meeting.
We maintain close contact with our Town Council and enjoy their support, including a small grant most years.
Our income is derived from members’ subscriptions , advertising, and the Town Council grants mentioned above. Our Treasurer makes a full report to the annual general meeting.
Keeping in touch
We e-mail a regular Newsletter to tell members about our activities and forthcoming events and send it to our friends in Valognes and our advertisers. Members can also download it from this website.
We receive newsletters from the Valognes-Wimborne Twinning Association and our secretary sends it on to our members.