THIS is the 41st year of twinning between Colden Common and St Vigor le Grand in Normandy, one of the longest surviving active twinnings in the country.

Sixty twinners, French and their hosts from the village, dined in the community centre on Saturday evening. Many had spent the day at Selborne visiting naturalist Gilbert White’s house.

On Sunday, following a service at Holy Trinity Church in the village, everybody enjoyed a “safari lunch” visiting different homes in the village for each course.

The day ended with a very convivial get-together over several bottles of wine as guests of one of the hosts.

At the dinner on Saturday evening a presentation of a framed commemorative certificate was made to the chairman of Colden Common Twinning, Janet Quantick, by Janine van Elsue, president of St Vigor Twinning organisation.