ARTISTS, cyclists and table tennis players from Neyland enjoyed a visit to the south of France last week.

Eighteen members of Neyland U3A visited Neyland's twin town of Sanguinet, where they took part in tournaments and displays at Biscarrosse and Sanguinet.

They also paid a return visit to the local petanque club, and had an enjoyable afternoon learning how to play the game - similar to boules - properly.

The cyclists took advantage of the tracks that follow the lake and meander through the pine forest, on bicycles kindly loaned by members of Sanguinet Twinning Committee

Neyland Art Group have been involved in an exchange of paintings with Sanguinet Art Group.

Members attended the opening of the Neyland display at Sanguinet Library, with town mayor le maire Fabain Laine opening the event.

Muriel Davies spoke on behalf of the Neyland Art Group.

Sanguinet art work is also now on display at Neyland Library.

This event was also attended by local press and was reported in most of the region's newspapers.

Next week, Neyland welcome 19 members of Sanguinet Judo Club, who will be training with the local club.

In July, schoolchildren and teachers from Sanguinet will visiting Sir Thomas Picton School, Pennar Community School, and Neyland School.

They will also be taking part in activities with Neyland Youth Club.

This all follows a visit from the French town's choir in April, when they joined Neyland Ladies Choir for a superb evening of music.

Supported by Neyland Town Council, the twinning programme is very vibrant, with further exchange visits planned for next year.

If any individuals or organisations would like to take part in an exchange, contact William McGarvie on or Margaret Brace at