THE future of the Midhurst Twinning Association (MTA) is under threat with membership down to just a dozen.
In a report to Midhurst Town Council, chairman Judy Fowler said the town had been twinned with Nogent in France and Baiersbronn in Germany since 1985 and for 20 years links had been strong.
“However in the last few years several things have changed. The first is simply the ageing process. Understandably many ‘old’ twinners are now no longer wanting to, or able to make the journeys to France and Germany and I believe this is the case with our partners too.” She said the association had been unable to recruit new and younger members.
Now Midhurst Rother College has informed the association although they would be happy for students to go abroad under MTA’s umbrella the school would not be able to run exchanges.
“MTA is committed to the idea of young people having the opportunity to experience family life in another country,” said Judy, “but it is not our prime remit and has in fact proved quite difficult to arrange.
She said there had been no take up for the last two offers of a visit to Nogent.
Now, she said, there was an invitation to celebrate 50 years of twinning between Nogent and Baiersbronn in Nogent in May 2114.
Colin Hughes reminded town councillors the French and German towns were twinned with the town council and MTA ran events on its behalf.
“What I suggest we do is get behind the Nogent even and try to get a group to rejuvenate the association. What we need to do is to start to sell it and do it quickly.
“If it disbanded the town council would have to look to take the responsibility back.