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The Hartley Wintney Twinning Association (HWTA) has been in existence since 1977, when the village, along with the parishes of Winchfield, Mattingley, Rotherwick and Heckfield, entered into an agreement with St Savin, near Poitiers, France to encourage and facilitate closer relations in the interests of international harmony.
In 1999 Hartley Wintney extended its European twinning connections to Malle, near Antwerp, Belgium, who were already twinned with St Savin.
|St Savin, also known as Saint-Savin sur Gartempe, is situated approximately 45km east of Poitiers. It is the home of a Romanesque Abbey Church, the construction of which began in the mid 11th century. The Abbey contains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. St Savin has a population of approximately 1000.
St Savin is also twinned with Malle and Heusenstamm (Germany).
|Malle is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp and situated approximately 30km northeast of Antwerp. Malle is the home of the world famous Westmalle Trappist brewery, the fayre from which can be sampled every year at the HWTA beer tent at the annual Hartley Wintney village festival.
Malle is also twinned with St Savin, Heusenstamm (Germany) and Zakrzowek (Poland).
You can catch up on their twinning blog here (you may need to use the translator in your browser depending on your Flemish fluency!)
|For over 200 years, the monks of Westmalle have been choosing to live a life of prayer and work. True to the Rule of Saint Benedict, they ensure their own means of sustenance.
For this reason, there is a farm, a cheese dairy and a brewery inside the walls of the Trappist abbey. These three things are deliberately kept to a small scale, and particular care is taken of people and the environment. The brewerys income is used to make the necessary investments in this respect, to make changes in line with developments in brewing technology, to support Trappist communities and to carry out charity work.
|Westmalle Tripel is a clear, golden yellow Trappist beer that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle (9.5% alcohol). It is a complex beer with a fruity aroma and a nice nuanced hop scent. It is soft and creamy in the mouth, with a bitter touch carried by the fruity aroma. An exceptional beer, with a great deal of finesse and elegance. And with a splendid long aftertaste.
The Westmalle Tripel is indeed called the mother of all tripels. This type of beer was first brewed in Westmalle abbey in 1934 when the new brewing hall came into use. The current formula has stayed practically unchanged since 1956, thus more than 50 years.
|Westmalle Dubbel is a dark, reddish-brown Trappist beer with a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The creamy head has the fragrance of special malt and leaves an attractive lace pattern in the glass. The flavour is rich and complex, herby and fruity with a fresh-bitter finish. It is a balanced quality beer with a soft feel in the mouth and a long, dry aftertaste. The Dubbel contains 7% alcohol.
Since 1856 the monks have also been brewing a dark Trappist beer along with their table beer. Since the recipe was modified in 1926, they have been brewing slightly heavier beer. This is the foundation of todays Dubbel.