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.
Two students from Annecy have been experiencing English working life and culture, whilst improving their language skills and being immersed in family life. For four weeks, Alexandra Carrez helped out in the Gardens Gallery in Montpellier Gardens, carried out a survey for the gallery and visited other galleries in and around Cheltenham; Lea Grondin was with the Community Investment team of Cheltenham Borough Homes and assisted with many community events and activities for local families. The girls also visited the Mayor’s Parlour for tea with the Mayor.
Every summer Cheltenham sees an influx of students from its twin towns. In July this year the Mayor welcomed 48 students from Annecyand 20 from Weihai.
The students were all attending the international summer school run by Gloucestershire College, where they take part in language lessons, sporting and sightseeing activities and all stay with local host families.
A group of 10 young people from Gottingen were also in Cheltenham from 26 July to 6 August on a sport and language visit. These visits give the young people a brilliant opportunity to experience family life with a British family and to gain confidence in speaking English.
26 under-graduate students from the University of Gloucestershire’s animated film degree course visited Annecy from 11-15 June to coincide with the International Animated Film Festival held in Annecy every year. This is an invaluable learning opportunity for the students and 3 of the students were judges for a special prize awarded by the town of Annecy to young film directors from emerging countries. Very proud of our local young people being involved in this internationally acclaimed film festival.
A group of 26 farmers and their partners from the Gloucestershire Farmers Diners association visited Annecy from 12-17 May. This community group were assisted in their organisation by the Twinning
Officers of both Cheltenham and Annecy and enjoyed a reception, boat tour on the lake and a tour of the town, courtesy of Annecy. They also visited Mont Blanc, Aix-les-Bains and the pretty little town of Chanaz, as well as seeing the resistance museum. The group were thoroughly impressed with Annecy and the welcome received and had a fab trip.
For the third time running, we were delighted to be able to take a group of 20 pupils from Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham to exchange with a school in the heart of our twin town Annecy – this time the Collège Raoul Blanchard. The lucky young people were in Annecy from 21-27 May and were treated to a jam-packed programme of excursions to complement time spent in some lessons and settled with their kind and generous hosting families. Pupils undoubtedly benefited not only culturally but also linguistically from the exchange, with many feeling more confident when speaking French and having gained much appreciation of Savoyard culture, especially with the alpine cheese tasting! For one of our pupils it was in fact a very memorable first time ever away from home in a foreign country, and a life-changing experience! Many thanks to the Twinning Association for kindly offering a guided tour of Cheltenham when we hosted French pupils in March. We look forward to a continued fruitful partnership with Annecy and are already looking forward to organising next year’s exchange programme.
Mr S Guichonnet – French Teacher Pate’s School
Read about the visit by 4 pupils from Pates.
Pictures of beautiful Annecy