In 2017 the choir is planning to combine its trip to Feignies with the Keyworth Twinning Association. The dates are 19-22 May 2017 – book them in your diary and be assured of a warm welcome!
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION AND WHAT TO EXPECT
- We have had a link with the Chorale de Feignies for over 30 years and have given many concerts together. Feignies is the official twin town of Keyworth.
- It is situated in Northern France, very near the Belgian border, south of Mons. It is a small town of just over 7,000 inhabitants, a mixture of industrial (bread, cars, steel and ceramics) and rural occupations.
- The Feignies choir members are a very friendly group indeed, keen to nurture the link. Their hospitality is second to none!
- The trip is not just for choir members but also for partners, family and friends – the more the merrier!
- We take an executive coach from Keyworth on the Friday morning, leaving around 8.00 am. After a ferry crossing in the early afternoon, we arrive in Feignies early evening.
- The return journey is on the Monday, usually arriving back in Keyworth 8.00-8.30 pm. We aim to stop off at a large hypermarket in Calais to stock up with French produce before catching the ferry.
- We are all hosted by choir members and their friends in and around Feignies. Those who have been before will probably know who their hosts are to be but if you have no previous contact in Feignies, we will get some basic information from you – French language competence/any special requirements, etc – and pass those on to the Feignies choir to match you up with a suitable family. There is a whole range of language skills on both sides, so do not be put off if your French is basic, rusty or even non-existent. It is amazing what sign language can achieve!
- On Friday evening, on arrival, there is a ‘greeting ceremony’ with champagne and nibbles. Lots of hugs, introductions and bonhomie!
- On Saturday, the morning will be free and families often take their guests on a little trip somewhere (depending on whether they know the area or not), then have a typical French lunch before the afternoon rehearsals (there is a separate one for us alone, then a joint one).
- There is a joint concert on Saturday evening.
- There is then be a repas dansant, i.e. a slap-up meal with dancing – after the concert on Saturday evening – possibly late into the night, knowing their love of partying!
- Sunday is free and there may well be a trip organised centrally – for example, we have been to Waterloo only recently. Hosts may also take guests to other interesting historical/cultural/scenic places nearby, either in France or Belgium. (If you are interested in beer, the amazing Trappist monastery of Chimay is not far!).
The cost of the weekend is usually about £100 each depending on the number of participants. A splendid weekend and an unforgettable experience are guaranteed!