Troon Town Twinning Association - News

Gourmet Dinner With Jacques Troquet Friday 27th October 2017

Our fourth annual French Gourmet Dinner with Jacques Troquet was held in Ivy Cottage on Friday 27th October. A fine night was had by all with a capacity attendance. We were pleased to welcome guests from Ayr Town Twinning Association. Congratulations to Jacques and his team for another outstanding gourmet experience.

September 2017 Visit To Villeneuve-Sur-Lot To Celebrate 30 Years Of Twinning

From Thursday 14th to Monday 18th September 2017 a group from Troon visited Villeneuve to celebrate 30 years of the Twinning. On Saturday 16th there was a parade through the town centre ably led by three members of the Blackrock Band from Troon, followed by a re-signing of the charters in the Town Hall.

There were delegations from each of Villeneuve's other Twin Towns: Neustadt in Germany, San Dona di Piave in Italy, and Boaké in The Ivory Coast

Participants wore their national costume! The charters were renewed for Troon by Provost Helen Moonie at a ceremony in the town hall

On the Friday before the ceremony the group from Troon visited Penne d'Agenais

On Sunday 17th the Troon Group visited the world's last functioning James Watt Steam Engine at Fumel and on Monday there was a visit to Airbus in Toulouse (pictures above)

On Monday evening there was a farewell supper in La Maison De La Vie Associative. A plaque commemorating the 30th anniversary of our twinning was presented by the Villeneuve Comité de Jumelage to the Troon TTA. Our visit was an outstanding success. Many thanks to our Villeneuve hosts and their Comité de Jumelage for their fantastic welcome!

Pétanque Night Friday 2nd June 2017

On Friday 2nd June at 6pm, TPC and TTTA held their annual joint event of a pétanque match. After a hotly disputed competition between mixed teams (photos 1 & 2), the winners were Grahame and Stuart (photo 3), 2nd Paul and Claire Louise (photo 4), 3rd Rosemary and John. The friendly event was helped by glorious sunshine and followed by a delicious supper at the Swan Restaurant in Troon. A good time was had by all! -

Ten Pin Bowling Night Ayr 21st April 2017

A good night was had by all with members from Ayr, Prestwick and Troon participating.

Grahame Trantor retained his title from last year:

Jackie Duff from Ayr came a close second

French Gourmet Dinner, Ivy Cottage, 23rd September 2016

Troon TTA held its 3rd Annual Gourmet Dinner with Jacques Troquet as chef on Friday 23rd September

Guests with a wide variety of different associations with France or Villeneuve enjoyed exquisite French Cuisine and the convivial company.

Visit by TTA to Châtelherault, Hamilton - 10th August 2016

An intrepid group from the Troon Town Twinning Association visited Châtelherault, Hamilton with its French Connection and history as the Hunting Lodge of The Dukes of Hamilton

The group in front of the Duke of Hamilton's Hunting Lodge:

Troon TTA Crêpe Stall at Troon Gala 23rd July 2016

Troon TTA once again enlivened the Troon Gala with their highly popular Crêpe Stall

Visit By Group From Villeneuve To Troon 1st to 6th June 2016

A group of 22 people from Villeneuve-Sur-Lot Jumelage visited Troon as guests of the members of the Troon Town Twinning Association from Wednesday 1st June to Monday 6th June 2016

The group on return to Troon from the Girvan Lowland Gathering:

Their visit started on Thursday 2nd with a morning visit to the Troon Lifeboat:

Then they had an afternooon Historical Tour of Troon with Nan McFarlane, followed by an evening meal prepared by members of Troon TTA at Ivy Cottage:

On Friday 3rd June there was a morning visit to Bannockburn followed by an afternoon visit to Stirling Castle and an evening meal in Stirling before return to Troon:

On the evening of Saturday 4th a dinner was held in the South Beach Hotel with provost Helen Moonie as guest of honour and musical entertainment by the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra:

On Sunday 5th there was a visit to the Girvan Lowland Gathering - fish and chips at Girvan before an early start to return home on Monday 6th June.:

Talk By Patrick Landri on The Auld Alliance, Friday 22nd April 2016

Troon Town Twinning Association's 2016 programme started on April 22nd with a talk by Patrick Landri of The Alliance Française de Glasgow on the Auld Alliance.

This was the third occasion that Patrick has spoken to our association.

Once again this event was an outstanding success with around 40 people attending

Ten Pin Bowling Night Ayr in Memory of Dorothy Brown Wednesday 20th April 2016

Troon Town Twinning Association were guests of Ayr TTA for a Ten Pin bowling night on 20th April.

The event was held in memory of Dorothy Brown who was a an enthusiastic member of Ayr, Prestwick and Troon Town Twinning Associations. Members of all three associations took part.

The Dorothy Brown Trophy donated by Mary Devlin was won by Grahame Trantor from Troon Town Twinning Association.

Villeneuve Burns Supper Saturday January 23rd 2016

Villeneuve Jumelage continue to prosper.Their Burns Supper on Saturday 23rd January 2016 attracted more than 150 participants!

Above is a report from the local press in Villeneuve.

Gourmet Dinner With Jacques Troquet 25th September 2015

The Twinning Association held a gourmet dinner with Jacques Troquet at Ivy Cottage on Friday 25th September 2015

Once again this event proved a great success.

Members old and new and their guests were in attendance.

Villeneuve Comité de Jumelage Burns Night 25th January 2014

The Villeneuve-Sur-Lot Comité de Jumelage held their annual Burns Supper on Saturday 25th January 2014.

Every year this event attracts a capacity crowd with more than 100 guests. This year's event was held in the Maison de La Vie Associative and presided over by Ken Napier, President of the Villeneuve Comité de Jumelage. Special guests included Monsieur Patrick Cassagny, Maire of Villeneuve, and the Sous Préfet of the Lot et Garonne Département.

Many of our French friends who had visited Troon last summer were present. Jenifer and Niall MacPherson attended from Troon.

Talk By Miles Gaythwaite on Patents at the South Beach Hotel Friday 17th January 2014

Troon Town Twinning Association's 2014 season started on January 17th with a talk by Miles Gaythwaite on "Patents."

Miles spent many years as an Intellectual Property Lawyer.

Miles' talk commenced with an account of the Tetrapak patent and continued with a wealth of anecdotes from his experience.

Visit To Villeneuve For The 15K du Villeuvois Road Race 28th September 2013

A Group from the Troon Tortoises and the Town Twinning visited Villeneuve in the last week of September for the Villeneuve 15K road race

Ewen Walker won the prize for the first runner from one Villeneuve's Twin Towns

Ewen is seen here receving his trophy from the Maire de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot - Patrick Cassany and Annie Saisset

The day before the race a reception was held for us by the Town Council and the Comité De Jumelage where we were welcomed by Annie Saisset.

In her speech she recalled with pleasure the French Twinning Visit to Troon and the Visit by the Pupils of the Institution Ste Catherine to Edinburgh and Troon this summer

Those present were invited to attend the Comité de Jumelage Burns night this coming year 2014



Gordon Dobbie was our second runner in the 15K.Two of us were unable to run because of injury and instead enjoyed participating in the 7K Randonneé

We entered a combined Franco-Scottish girls team for both events

The randonneé sets off:




Lunch in the tent afer the race

We are grateful to Pierre Lassignardie and all his team from the Stade Villeneuvois for making us so welcome. Also to Max and Danielle Barland and Yves and Béatrice Pomié for hosting us so generously, as well as all from the Villeneuve Town Twinning Association who lent their support


Jenifer and I were invited to the Institution Ste Catherine by Monsieur Jolivet the Head Teacher in thanks for the help the visit receved from us in Edinburgh and from the Twinning, Marr College, and Provost in Troon.

We were presented with DVD recordings of their visit to present to the Provost and Marr College on our return home

We were given a tour of the school which has been extensively modernised. We were most impressed both by the new facilities and the commitment of staff and pupils

Lunch with the group of teachers from the Institution Ste Catherine that visited Edinburgh and Troon in June this year

Report by Niall MacPherson


Twinning Crêpe Stall at The Troon Mini Fair Sunday 23rd June 2013


A dynamic team from the Troon Town Twinning Association ran a Crêpe Stall at the Troon Mini Fair on Sunday 23rd June 2013

..where they were visited by the Gala Queen and Princess

The stall was kept busy as Crêpes proved popular with the crowd.

The team were ably assisted by pupils from the Modern Languages Department at Marr College

Visit To Troon By Villeneuve School Group 19th June 2013

A school group of 14 to 16 year olds from the Institution St Catherine in Villeneuve visited Troon during their week in Scotland:

The Group in Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh:

Their visit started with a putting competition and lunch at the Municipal golf course.Then in the afternoon -

They joined the crowds watching the Glasgow taxis

They had a paddle in the sea

Then they were received by Provost Helen Moonie and Councillors McFarlane and Toner in the Town Hall

Finally they were shown round Marr College by pupils and welcomed by the Head Teacher and Suzie Gall Principal Teacher of modern languages

Here they are taking part in an impromptu sing-song in the Hall


Visit By Twinning Group From Villeneuve to Troon May 30th to 4th June 2013

A party from Villeneuve-Sur-Lot visited Troon from Thursday 30th May to Tuesday 4th June 2013. Here are pictures of just some of the activities.

On Friday 31st May during the day they visited the Burns Museum in Ayr before attending a reception in Ayr hosted by the Provost

On Monday 3rd June they visited The Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House in Falkirk

On Sunday 2nd June they visited the Girvan Lowland Gathering.


Updated Town Twinning Logo - By Bill Taylor



It's now 25 years since I first designed the logo for Troon Town Twinning Association. As a committee member on the first Troon visit to Villeneuve-sur-Lot, I became aware just how much it meant to the many Villeneuvois we met, that Troon was a coastal town. Its proximity to the sea was a huge attraction since their own town is situated 100 miles from the coast.

So, when I discovered that an important part of the original Troon coat of arms featured a little sailing ship, I chose to adopt it as the central motif for our twinning logo. I felt it symbolised the adventurous, outgoing spirit of Troon's early twinners, and at the same time, recalled the voyage undertaken by the early claret smugglers who plied their trade between Bordeaux and Troon and other seaports on the west coast of Scotland. One of the tangible benefits of the Auld Alliance, as they frequently returned to France with whisky!

The earliest versions of the logo adorned dram glasses, twinning 'pins', ceramic mugs, letterheadings and various other gifts which were offered to visitors from Villeneuve-sur-Lot during these early years. And now that 25 fruitful years of social and cultural exchange has passed between our two towns, it seems a good time to bring the twinning logo up to date.

Modern technology allows cheap and easy colour printing processes, and this, in turn, allows us to picture a new dawn in our relationship with our French friends. Accordingly, our little sailing ship now sails into a glorious technicolour sunrise. To add a sense of majesty and maturity befitting so enduring an organisation, a crown now embellishes the masthead. My hope is that the new logo conveys a sense of buoyancy, confidence and purpose as Troon Town Twinning Association faces the years ahead.


Visits to Villeneuve - September 2012

September 2012 was an eventful month for Troon Town Twinning.

Three groups made visits to Villeneuve in three consecutive weeks.

At our reunion night on Friday 2nd November members saw a projection of pictures of these three events:

1)Visit By Provost Helen Moonie For The Re-Signing of the Twinning Charters On The Weekend of 15th-16th September 2012

Provost Helen Moonie (centre) with Maire Patrick Cassany (left) Ken Napier (President of the Villeneuve Town Twinning Associaton on the right) and Lynne Young.

Provost Helen Moonie has recently marked the silver anniversary of town twinning between Troon and Villeneuve-sur-Lot in France, at a special ceremony held in the French town. It was one of the first town twinning functions for Provost Moonie and Villeneuve's newly elected Mayor Patrick Cassany, as both civic leaders renewed the charter between the towns for a further five years.The town twinning charters linking both towns were first signed in Villeneuve in 1987 and in Troon in 1988 and Provost Moonie commented: "I am immensely proud to be part of this very special silver anniversary celebration, marking 25 years of partnership between Villeneuve and Troon." "Since our citizens made that commitment to each other, it seems that every passing year has seen the links between our two towns strengthen and mature." "Many contacts have been established and lasting bonds of friendship have been built. Some of these now cross generations as the sons and daughters (and even the grandchildren) of the original town twinners develop friendships of their own."

2)Visit By Troon Town Twinning Association Thursday 20th September-Tuesday 25th September 2012

In Mid-September a group from Troon Town Twinning visited Villeneuve to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the twinning between the two towns.There was an eventful programme organised by the Villeneuve Twinning Committee On the first day a visit was arranged to Couthures - a small town on the River Garonne, near Marmande, which periodically floods to depth of several metres. Fortunately this disaster occurs only occasionally Following lunch there was a visit to a prune museum, which showed the old machinery and processes used for their production.

Twinning Group September 2012

The Troon Town Twinning Group with their hosts from Villeneuve-Sur-Lot

Seen at Couthures - a replica of a 19th Century vessel on the Garonne known as "une miolle."

After a day of individual activities there was a visit to the Bastide town of Issigeac which included a market, sight-seeing around the village, and lunch.

Market Issigeac

The Market at Issigeac

Lunch at the Relais de l'ancienne gare - Issigeac.

Chateau de Biron

The final day a visit was made to the Chateau de Biron, a medieval castle surrounded by woodland.

Following lunch there was a visit to the Bastide of Monpazier.

3)15K du Villeneuvois - Sunday 30th September 2012

Jenifer and Niall MacPherson were in Villeneuve on Sunday 30th September to participate in the 15k du Villeneuvois Road Race. Here are some of their pictures of the event:

Yves Pomié who has accompanied school and rugby exchange groups to Troon, with Jenifer, Niall, and Béatrice Pomié, before the 15K race

Villeneuve brass band entertaining race participants, with official first-aiders in uniform

Niall Approaches the finish - only 200 metres to go!

Ken Napier, President of Villeneuve Comité de Jumelage, presents the Fergie MacDonald trophy to Bettina Burgk, first woman from a twin town (Neustadt) to cross the line, in the presence of the Maire of Villeneuve, Patrick Cassany

The Troon team after the race: Niall and Jenifer representing the TTTA and Troon Tortoises. Niall completed the 15k run and Jenifer the 7k walk




Pierre Lassignardie (standing), Treasurer of the Comité di Jumelage of Villeneuve and Secretary of the Stade Villeneuvois Athlétisme, thanking volunteers at the open-air lunch after the race

Thérèse and Brian Ward and Jenifer and Niall MacPherson made long motor trips in France en-route to Villeneuve.
To see some of the places they visited on route click on the link: "En-Route to Villeneuve 2012"

Trantor Bursary 2012

Applications are invited for the Liz Trantor Memorial Bursary 2012.

Mr Grahame Trantor sponsors this bursary in memory of his wife Liz Trantor, who was principal teacher of modern languages at Marr College, Troon.

The applicant should normally be a resident of Troon, Loans or Dundonald, and be desirous of travelling abroad to further their educational, cultural, or work experience.

In accordance with the wishes of Mr Trantor, preference will be given to applicants who are studying French, but students of German or other European languages may also apply.

Applicants should be aged between 16 and 25 years.

To see reports by previous holders of the Trantor Bursary visit our Twinning Blog at: "Twinning Blog"

Please apply in writing to:

Malcolm McKinlay, President Troon Town Twinning Association
71 Fullarton Drive
Troon KA10 6LF


Visit By Party from Villeneuve For The Edinburgh Tattoo August 2011

A party from Villeneuve-Sur-Lot visited Troon from 21st - 24th August to attend the Tattoo in Edinburgh. Here are some pictures of the visit and our visitors:

Trantor Bursary 2011

Heather Donaldson was the 2011 holder of the Trantor Bursary. See her report on Working For Pueblo Inglés at Candeleda, Ávila, Spain, Summer 2011 at: -   "Twinning Blog"

Troon Town Twinning Association Visit To The Scottish Parliament Thursday 4th November 2010

A party from Troon Town Twinning Association visited the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 4th November 2010. We were hosted by John Scott our local MSP, thereby gaining a special insight into both the home of the Scottish Parliament and its work. Attendance in the Chamber for First Minister's Questions was followed by lunch in one of the Committee rooms, with the opportunity to ask our MSP questions about the work of Parliament. The visit concluded with a tour of the various parts of this very special building, which needs to be seen from the inside to appreciate its full merits. Thanks to John Scott for the time he gave to make our visit so successful.

Visit to Villeneuve-Sur-Lot 16th-20th September 2010

The Visit to Villeneuve has taken place. Thanks to all at Villeneuve for their hard work to make this a success. See Malcolm McKinlay's report at:   September 2010 Visit to Villeneuve

See also September 2010 Grahame Trantor's Pictures at:   September 2010 - Grahame Trantor's Pictures

See also September 2010 John Hart's Pictures at:   September 2010 - John Hart's Pictures:

Guy Capmas and Jean Dieudonné

The deaths of Guy Capmas Jean Dieudonné occurred in July last year in Villeneuve. Both were prominent members of the Villeneuve Comité de Jumelage. In our Archive, Bill Taylor has written an appreciation of their lives - see:
            Guy Capmas  and:  Jean Dieudonné

Crêpe Stall at Troon Mini-Fair Wednesday 23rd June 2010

The Twinning Crêpe Stall had a busy and successful evening selling hot filled pancakes to the crowds. One hundred and seventy two pancakes were sold. Many thanks to all those who made the pancakes, and to those who cooked and served at the stall.

Pétanque Club Evening Friday 28th May 2010

The pétanque evening took place on Friday 28th May:

The outcome of each match was carefully assessed.....

....Before the participants adjourned to the Tower Hotel for a bar supper.

Members' E-Mail Addresses

Communication would be greatly helped by having a list of members' e-mail addresses. Thanks to all those who have already provided us with their e-mail contact. Those who have not done so may forward it to:  info@troontta.org

Villeneuve 15K Road Race 26th September 2010

The Ville de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot invited runners from all five of its twin towns to participate in the 26th 15k du Villeneuvois on Sunday 27th September 2010. For a report on the 2009 race and further information visit -    Archive- 15K du Villeneuvois 2009

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