Polegate Twinning Association was formed in 1981 following the East Sussex County Council’s decision to have links with the district of Kreis Pinneberg in Germany. The County Council encouraged towns and parishes within East Sussex to twin with towns and villages in the Kreis Pinneberg area. Polegate was the first to do so, twinning with Appen. Only 4 towns and villages did so, the other 3 being Seaford, Uckfield and Hurst Green.
The aims of The Association are to promote international friendship and understanding by strengthening by all possible means, the links formed by Polegate and such towns and areas as The Association may accept; stimulating and fostering the mutual exchanges at all levels between the peoples of the twinned municipalities and by organising activities to promote the aims of The Association.
Polegate did this again, when in 1991 they twinned with Saintry-sur-Seine, a small town in the Isle-de-France region of France close by Corbeil-Essonnes, South of Paris, on the Seine.
In alternate years members of the Association make a visit to Appen or Saintry and receive guests from Saintry or Appen; so we meet our friends on an annual basis, either at home or away.
The association puts on a variety of events to create funds to entertain our visitors whilst they are here and members pay for their own travel when going to Appen or Saintry.
The events are generally open to the public and include Burns Night Dinner and Dance, Quiz Night, Barn Dances, Coffeee Mornings etc.
The Association is run by an Executive Committee of up to 15 people, elected at the Annual General Meeting in November each year. The Committee is formed of 5 Officers; Chairman, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Officer; 8 other members and a representative from the Town Council and the Community Association.
The Association welcomes new members, and would encourage younger persons to take an interest.
The main contacts are:
Chair – Peter Saunders 482329
Vice Chair – Susan Saunders
Secretary – Hugh Lowries 488527
Treasurer – Rod Tice 849392
Committee Members – Brenda Haddon, Joan Hesling, Jim Thomas, Ann Thomas