About Us

Cheltenham was at the forefront of the twinning movement from its beginning. In 1951 it forged one of the first formal twinning links with its partner town in Germany. It now has twinning links with Göttingen in Germany, Annecy in France, Sochi in Russia, Cheltenham, Pennsylvania in the USA and Weihai in China. It also supports friendship links with Stampersgat in The Netherlands and Kisumu in Kenya.

In 1988, Cheltenham was awarded the European Flag of Honour for its achievements in promoting international friendship.

Cheltenham's Imperial Gardens

Cheltenham Twinning Association was formed in 2003 to help enable more of the local community to take part in twinning events and activities.

The association organises regular exchange visits, social events and fundraising activities. It has a friendship following of over 100 individuals and is always welcoming new people to become involved with twinning events and activities.

The association’s executive committee are:

Cllr Diggory Seacome,  Chairman
Carol Stephens, Vice Chair
Cllr Garth Barnes
Cllr Angie Boyes
Alexis Cassin
Martin Kimber
John Rawson
Dominique Leonard
Annette Wight, Secretary

The executive committee meets every 6-8 weeks and organises meetings and social events for the Association approximately 3 times a year, plus the Annual General Meeting.

If you’d like to become a friend and receive information, contact the Cheltenham Twinning Officer at twinning@cheltenham.gov.uk