2022 Latest News / 2022 Les Nouvelles les plus récents

Official visit by Box Twinning Committee to Sorigny

The new head of the Box Twinning Committee Jane Cox and some of the members were welcomed by the President and members of the Sorigny Twinning Committee during the 9th – 14th November 2022. Thus the visitors were settled in to the homes of Corinne & Yves Burgain-Bertoia & Stephen & Martine Helms-Leger followed by an excellent dinner for 9 people chez Corinne.

10/11/2022 A visit to Tours and the Cathedral, a lunch and participation in the English language course managed by Marie-Anne Mairesse and followed by a grand buffet for 30+ visitors and members of the Sorigny CDJ (Comité de Jumelage). See the PDF document of the event and who’s who in 20221110 Sorigny Dinatoire.


11/11/2022 The visitors and hosts were kindly invited by the Mayor of Sorigny, Alain Esnault, to visit the Town Hall with its impressively renovated older section together with the new meeting rooms, wedding hall and facilities. This was followed by a brief visit to the new park with the children’s’ play area and the popular goats behind the L’espace Gilbert TROTTIER (salle des fêtes).

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is, of course, the Day of Remembrance (Jour de Souvenir) for those who died in major conflicts : the World Wars, Algeria and Indo-China. We gathered with the citizens of Sorigny at the Place de la Mairie & walked to cemetery visiting two locations with appropriate respectful silence. We all returned to the Monument de Morts in the Place de la Mairie. Wreaths were placed by two representatives of Box and the Mayor and Antoine Robin. A respectful two minute silence, the reading of the names of the lost and the National Anthems of France and the United Kingdom completed the ceremony.

The Mayor of Sorigny had organised a marvellous aperitif for the town’s people, the CDJ and our important visitors. This was followed by an optional excellent lunch at the Grillon, considered very good value, especially by the CDJ for its modest cost. Naturally though our visitors from the UK were very welcome guests !

We have a collection of photographs which has been compiled into a short video and is in place  with the other videos of 2022 (see 2022 Videos on YouTube).

12/11/2022 Some voluntary members of the CDJ met with our UK visitors in the Place de a Mairie to take them to visit the Abbaye de Fontevraud. The convoy of four cars arrived at the restaurant reserved by Céline Lhuissier-Tudoce (Sorigny CDJ Présidente) within an hour : Les Délices. Our English guests were again very pleased with food and considerate service as well as the value, compared to the now inflated prices of restaurant meals in the UK.

Having patiently waited to buy the tickets to enter the Abbaye de Fontevraud, those who had not visited before were duly very impressed with the sheer size and quality of the architecture, its grandeur and its history. It had been converted into a prison in 1813 and remained so until 1963 : 150 years later.

Another photo collection yet to be compiled into a video !

13/11/2022  The Annual General (AG) Meeting of the Sorigny CDJ had been scheduled for the morning of 13th November, so those attending were able to meet the English visitors before the AG, since they had planned a short visit to the new Halle (market hall) before leaving by car to the port of Caen for the English Channel crossing to their homeland.

The AG took place as planned with the usual reporting on the year, activity still being affected by the Covid pandemic and the inevitable energy issues linked to the current Russian-Ukraine war. The meeting comprised the following :

  • Approval of the minutes of the GM of 09/19/2021
  • Reading and approval of the activity report
  • Reading and approval of the financial report and allocation of results
  • Renewal of the outgoing third party
  • Contribution 2023 / 2024
  • Projects and prospects 2022/2023
  • Election of officers (see updates to the Committees below)


Farewell dinner Jane Cox and Sheila Parker were the guests of honneur at dinner, hosted by Stephen & Martine. The other guests were Christine & Nicolas Colin-Desbourdes, Yves & Corinne Burgain-Bertoia.

14/11/2022 Yves & Corinne Burgain-Bertoia kindly provided the transport to return Jane Cox to Nantes Airport for her onward journey to England.

Updates to the Twinning Committees

Following the Annual General Meeting the Sorigny & Box Twinning Committees have been re-elected with a few changes of personnel and renewed energy to  continuing our excellent borough links and friendship:

See: The Sorigny Twinning Committee , renewed following the changes to the bureau and the Administration Advisors, and

The Box Twinning Committee , renewed following the changes to the bureau and the Administration Advisors.

Guy Fawkes 5 novembre 2022 Sorigny / 5th November 2022

Une soiree de succès !

Samedi 5 novembre le comité de jumelage (CDJ) organise la soirée Guy Fawkes. Sur réservation uniquement !
Téléphonez maintenant à Corinne au +33 7 81 93 52 36
Nous vous y attendons nombreux !

Saturday, November 5, the twinning committee has organized the Guy Fawkes evening. By reservation only !
Call Corinne now on +33 7 81 93 52 36
We are expecting many of you there!


8th September2022 : The Queen has died…God Save the King

To listen to Kathryn Jenkins version of 09/09/2022 click God Save the King

To see the lyrics and music, see this PDF document: Lyrics of God Save the King


Other updates:

Updated Box People & Places 2022
Box Twinning Committee (+FR description)
Box Twinning Committee Photo Gallery


Other News
Alas, as you know, we have lost them both within a very short time and not long after the loss of another founder.
RIP (Rest in Peace) Carole & Michael Williams & Barry Sims. A very sad period for us all.

Funerals were held:
Barry Sims:               1st November 2021
Michael Williams:    25th November 2021
Carole Williams:       7th February 2022

See other news: 

Box People & Places 2021
Obituary Barry Sims
Obituary Michael Williams
2021 Guy Fawkes
Jour de Souvenir / Day of Remembrance
2021 November – Art of Sorigny – 10 Fingers
2021 Late September – Correspondence
2021 Mid-September – Committees / Les Comités
2021 Box Twinning article for the press 
Box Twinning Zoom on Sorigny ! / Box Jumelage Zoom sur Sorigny ! 
2021 New Developments
Progrès des éoliennes / Progress of the wind turbines 1866 – 2025 ?
For earlier news of last year, see 2020 Sorigny & Box News
For links to all video playlists by year, see the Media page.