Welcome to the website that is dedicated to Desborough and its European partners. This is the home of the Desborough and District Twinning Association and its involvement in the Charter of European Rural Communities .
Desborough has been twinned with Neuville de Poitou since 1986. Visits between the two towns usually take place in late July/early August, but the friendships between the people continue throughout the year. In more recent years we have been twinned with Bievre in Belgium, a town that is also in the Charter group.
Desborough is the United Kingdom's representative in the Charter and was one of its founding 12 members. Through the Charter we now have links with all the other 26 EU members. The Charter of European Rural Communities began in 1989. A small rural community from each of the European Union member states formed a bond of friendship. The charter motto is, "People meet people." There are themed meetings throughout the year attended by delegates from member towns. The most important part of the meetings, however, is the contact with individuals 'round the kitchen table.'
Saturday, 29th June is this year's Carnival Day. Click here for more details.
2013 Twinning Visits
We will be visiting our friends in Bievre from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May. 2013. This is now fully booked
Neuville de Poitou, France
Our 2013 twinning visit to Neuville take place between Saturday, 27th July and Saturday, 4th August. If you plan to join us please call Janice Crick on 01536 760998 to register your interest.
The following 2013 Charter Meetings that Desborough has been invited to send representatives are:
Main meeting Thursday 25th July, sessions Friday 26th to Monday 29th July 2013. 6 adult and 4 youth representatives from each country.
Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th October 2013. 4 youth representatives from each country.
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th October 2013. 4 adult representatives from each of nine countries.
More information about Charter meetings can be found by clicking here.
After the Second World War Europe was shattered and unstable. European countries had almost destroyed each other in a dreadful conflict. In Paris on 9th May 1950 Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister, proposed the creation of a European Institution above national interests to manage the coal and steel industry on which all military power depended to make sure such a war could never happen again. He called on European countries to pool their coal and steel production. It was from this that today's European Union grew.
Today's ambition is to build a Europe which respects freedom and the identity of all of the people who live on this continent. But this ambition is only possible because of the foundations laid by Schuman's declaration.
At the Milan EU Summit in 1985 leaders decided that 9th May should be celebrated as 'Europe Day'. It is now an annual opportunity to celebrate the EU’s achievements and to reflect on its aims: peace, freedom, prosperity and working together.