A village in Hertfordshire has put out a 'singles ad' in newspapers across Europe in the hunt for a village willing to twin with them. "All the villages around us are twinned," said Graham Huntsdon, head of Stuffing Grotwick Parish Council. "After a while it starts to get to you, you know? They all talk about their trip to France or wherever to meet the mayor of the village they are twinned with - 'mayor' I say, but what does that even mean in France? Everyone's a mayor."
None of the villagers of Stuffing Grotwick admit to being ashamed of the ad. "Why should we be?" said Sarah Kent, a telesales consultant. "I know some people think it looks a bit desperate, but screw them. You don't want to spend your whole life alone do you? We've got a lot to offer."
"We can hold our heads high," agrees Ben Stokesby, a farmer and caravan park owner who lives within the parish boundaries. "Sure, the other villages can be a bit cruel sometimes. They act like there's something inherent to Stuffing Grotwick which makes it difficult for us to get twinned. That's nonsense. We've just had a run of bad luck. Some town in Belgium nearly twinned with us last year, but then the mayor - who couldn't speak English - got an interpreter and we're pretty sure he sabotaged us. People get so jealous, but it'll turn out okay for us eventually, you'll see."
As yet there have been no responses to the dozens of ads put out across Europe, but the residents of Stuffing Grotwick live in hope.