Erasmus project : Feb-March 2018

We are pleased to work with the Maison Familles Rurales colleges in the Vendee to arrange work placements for 4-5 Business students from Les Herbiers.

They will be working in small businesses within Newtown Town centre.  As business students they have an opportunity to learn about UK business through their own practical experiences and the local business should benefit from having an additional staff member, keen to support and help the business.  Newtown Twinning Association will also make arrangements for the visiting students to meet Local students and to discover more about the culture and life in Wales and Newtown.  The scheme is fully funded by Erasmus, and the students will not be paid by the Newtown businesses.  .


Newtown Twinning Association have arranging a two week work placement for business students from our Twin Town Les Herbiers.  Comité de Jumelage du Pays des Herbiers

We would like to thank all the local small businesses in Newtown who have very kindly agreed to support the forthcoming Erasmus project Erasmus Student Network

from the 17th February 2018 to 3rd March 2018.

Newtown Twinning Association will be organising the business student hosting during their two week work experience and the students have now selected their preferred business .

Newtown Businesses involved in this Erasmus scheme are :



No.1 High Street

Highstreet Deli


Club sport

Mid Wales Music centre

We were very sorry to hear that a young musician from Les Herbiers is unfortunately not able to visit due to an accident.  He is very disappointed as he was hoping to spend the two weeks at Mid Wales Music Centre Newtown. Mid Wales Music Centre


Looking ahead we are actively working on arranging an experience for some of our local College Students from Newtown to also experience working in Les Herbiers through the Erasmus scheme in the near future. Erasmus+ UK

If you would like to find out more about this scheme please contact NTA:

Students visit to Aberdyfi 18th Feb 2018

Erasmus students in their work placements with business hosts

Our French Erasmus Students from our Twin Town enjoying their work placements in high street businesses in Newtown town centre.  They have one more week to experience working in Newtown.  However, it’s not all work, they are also enjoying their free time in Newtown!

Annual St David’s Day Twinning Dinner

Very many thanks to the Elephant and Castle Hotel Newtown for providing an excellent meal at our Annual St David’s Day Dinner on the 24th Feb and for the excellent service we received from all the staff.

Very many thanks also to Barrie Thomson of The High Street Delicatessen Newtown for agreeing to be our guest speaker and delivering a very entertaining and positive speech.

We would also like to thank Greg Jenkins at Newtown High School for organising an outstanding Sax Quartet performance at the start of our Annual Dinner.  Greg is currently working with other local musical organisations to prepare for our April French Music exchange.

Visit to Griffiths and the Newtown Bypass

Very many thanks to everybody at Griffiths Newtown: for a wonderful tour of the bypass construction in spite of the weather conditions.  Very many thanks to Gail for organising the event and to Ed our Engineer who impressed all our French Students with his French language skills.  We later found out that he had spent time in Toulouse University and even played rugby for the University of Toulouse!!  Very impressive, thanks Ed.  Hope to see you again in April with more French visitors from our Twin Town Les Herbiers!

Visit to NPTC Newtown and Themes Restaurant

Very many thanks to all at NPTC Newtown for organising a great afternoon.  We had a fantastic lunch at Themes which was very much appreciated, many thanks to the Themes Restaurant staff.  Many thanks to Steve Cass and Amanda Disley along with the two Health and Social Care students Amelia Critchley and Robyn Pryce who very kindly took us on a guided tour of the college.  The French students thoroughly enjoyed meeting our local college students and talking about the differences and similarities between France and Wales and exchanging numbers and facebook details for the future!

An Evening of Bowling and Laser shooting at U-Strike

Very many thanks to all at U-Strike 10 pin bowling and laser shooting for a great evening with our French Erasmus students.  We had lots of fun but we were well beaten by our French students!!

Evenings in the Black Boy with our French Students!  Fish n Chip supper & Burgers!!

Sledging and enjoying the snow days!

Our French Erasmus students were very sad first thing this morning when they were told that due to conditions they would not be able to return to Les Herbiers this Saturday!!! Their flight to Schiphol from Birmingham is cancelled and rescheduled for Monday afternoon and now to Paris!

They enjoyed the snow and sledging (Le luge) and a visit to Costa for a chocolat chaud to take their minds off the delay!

Walking in the snow tomorrow I think and a visit to Alicia and Nina staying with Kevin and Cheryl in Pentre that’s providing they both get home today walking from Costa!!!

Visit to The Dolau country Pub

Great evening in the Dolau country pub last night we all joined Cheryl, Kevin Alicia and Nina up in Mochdre.  Great food great atmosphere must visit more often!

The students had a great time together enjoying the food, meeting locals and playing pool!  For all their friends and family back in Les Herbiers the photos give you some idea of the conditions here in Newtown.

Goodbye to our Erasmus students

This morning Newtown Twinning Association and Hosts said a sad goodbye to their 6 Erasmus students from La Louisière Les Herbiers.

After two weeks of work and relaxing in Newtown with an extended two days due to heavy snow and disruption they finally left Newtown on the Train to Birmingham airport at 10.42 this morning.

We wish them all a very save journey, having sorted their boarding passes and baggage for Birmingham-Charles de Gaulle and Charles de Gaulle-Nantes.

Let us all know when you have arrived safely in the Vendee!

We also had a surprise as our students were joined by the ex Mayor of Newtown, Rina Clarke travelling on the same train.

Itinerary for Erasmus French Student visit 17th Feb to 3rd March 2018

Seren Hafren our local Welsh newspaper have an article about the success of our recent Student Erasmus exchange!

French Erasmus Students and our Local College Business Students find ways to communicate during a visit to NPTC Newtown. Its great to talk!

Many thanks to the County Times for covering the event!

Summary of Erasmus Review 2018.pdf