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Exchange Visits with St Martin. The main object of our association is to promote and foster friendship and understanding between the two communities by encouraging visits of groups and individuals within the respective communities. To this end, our main activity is the annual alternating 'Exchange Visit' organised with St Martin. i.e. One year, we organise a coach trip for our members to travel across to France for a weekend during the summer and be hosted and entertained by our friends in St Martin. The following year, they come over to Sussex and are hosted by us. These visits are the 'full' weekends - ie. we travel over by coach on the Friday and come back on Monday, giving a clear 2-day stay.

Mini Weekends. More recently, at different times of the year, we have arranged additional, shorter visits for smaller groups, with the travelling usually being done on a car-share basis. These 'mini-weekends' are usually arranged around a walking/ cycling activity taking place on the Saturday, and travelling back on the Sunday.

Over the years, of course, established friendships have built up with our French counterparts, and several of our members make additional, privately arranged visits to one another.

Local Functions. Throughout the year, apart from the French visits, we organise various functions in the local area. These are done with the aim of providing a social calendar for our members to meet up for a range of interesting and social activities. These functions are, at the same time, a means of fund-raising. This is an essential part of our operation, as we have to be able to cover the cost of entertaining our French guests for their visits to us. Also, as non-members are very welcome to join us for most of these functions it is an ideal way for them to 'sample' us, and our activities, without any commitment to join.

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