To celebrate over 30 years of friendship with our Chinese twin town of Weihai and 20 years since the two towns were officially ‘twinned’, 23 residents of Cheltenham will be visiting Weihai for 4 days in October 2018.
The visit will be led by the Mayor of Cheltenham and talks will take place on future co-operation between the two towns in the fields of education, sport, trade and promoting Cheltenham and the Cotswolds as a tourism destination to the Chinese market.
The group will spend 3 full days in Weihai visiting a vocational school, an international language school, the Sino-Japanese museum on Lugong Island which was a former British Naval base and visits to local attractions.
Anyone interested in forming a link with Weihai please contact the Twinning Officer.
From Weihai the group will take the bullet train to Beijing and spend 2 days visiting the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and other attractions in Weihai.
Picture of last visit to Weihai in 2012
The work of Cheltenham Twinning Association and local charities was celebrated during a successful fundraising supper hosted by Spice Lodge in Cheltenham, attended by the Mayor of Cheltenham, Cllr Bernard Fisher, together with many guests.
Set in the charming former Old Mansion House, guests enjoyed a drinks and canapé reception followed by a delicious two-course pan-Asian dinner. Entertainment was provided by magician, Andy Field, who captivated guests with his magical card illusions.
Speaking at the event, Cllr Diggory Seacome, Chairman of Cheltenham Twinning Association, emphasised the importance of the links with Cheltenham’s twin towns, and in particular the support provided for local young people to participate in European youth activities, such as the annual Peace Camp.
Valuable funds were raised for Cheltenham Twinning Association as well as Cheltenham Mayor’s chosen charities, the Pied Piper Appeal, which supports sick and disabled children across Gloucestershire, and Cheltenham Animal Shelter, which re-homes unwanted and abandoned stray cats, dogs and small animals.
Ten students from Göttingen are experiencing working life in Cheltenham as they embark on either a 4 or 6 week placement with local companies, such as UK Naric, Abercrombie and Kent, local charities such as Sue Ryder and Oxfam and Cheltenham Borough Council. All are staying with families and enjoying being part of English family life as well. The photo is of the group on their first day during a guided walking tour of Cheltenham. They have also been on a trip through the Cotswolds and a visit to Oxford including Exeter College, Christ Church College, Oxford Castle, and for one of the students, entry to the beautifully curated JRR Tolkien exhibition. Lots more is planned!
With the support of Cheltenham Twinning Association and some determined fund-raising, six young people from Cheltenham together with two youth leaders from CMAS (Community Mentoring and Support CiC) had a wonderful opportunity to participate in the annual Peace Camp along with young people from France, Germany and Poland, in the historic city of Torún (Poland).
The group participated in a series of educational scientific research activities in the science labs of the Mill of Knowledge Modernity Centre in Torún, the birthplace of the famous astronomer Copernicus, and also enjoyed exploring the historic town including a visit to the Gingerbread Museum to taste delicious gingerbread cakes, a famous local delicacy!
The idea of organising international youth meetings originated from the authorities in Göttingen, who wanted young people from partner cities to join in activities to promote peaceful coexistence between people of different nationalities. We are delighted the summer holiday peace camps have been taking place for twenty years, each year, alternating between Cheltenham (UK), Göttingen and Wittenberg (Germany), Pau (France) and Torún (Poland).
On Tuesday 18 September, 7pm, a fund raising dinner will be held at the Spice Lodge in Cheltenham. Tickets are £25 per person and the proceeds will go towards the Twinning Association to support young people taking part in twinning activities and the Mayor’s Charities which are the Pied Piper Appeal and the Cheltenham Animal Shelter. Entertainment will be provided by a magician and there will be a raffle with great prizes. Do come along, meet fellow twinners and support the Association.
Tickets are available from Annette Wight on 01242 264311 or by email.
From 3-6 August 2018 a small delegation of 3 people accompanied the mayor to Annecy, when Annecy invited representatives from all of their twin towns for their annual Fete du Lac spectacle. Interesting talks, networking and forging new links were all hot on the agenda as the future of Europe and the importance of maintaining and further developing links with our European friends were all passionately discussed between Annecy, Bayreuth Germany, Vicenza Italy and Cheltenham.