Category Archives: Annecy News

Cheltenham Remembers Servicemen in Annecy

From 14-16 September a delegation from Cheltenham was invited to Annecy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the crashing of a British bomber on the Pont de Tasset, near Annecy.
The delegation was led by the chair of Twinning and a former Mayor, together with representatives from the Cheltenham Branch of the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Force Association, who all laid wreaths on behalf of Cheltenham and its people in honour of the airmen of the RAF who lost their lives, and also in acknowledgement of the citizens of Annecy who died as a result of the crash.    The resistance cemetery and memorials at the plateau des Glieres, where 125 members of the Resistance were killed by invading German forces,  were also visited, as well as the Necropolis and resistance museum at Morette and the sites are a poignant reminder of some dark days in the shared history of Annecy and Cheltenham.   At the commemoration ceremonies young children participated in the laying of wreaths which was particularly moving and gives hope for the future.


Annecy, Cheltenham, Bayreuth and Vicenza – Europeans Together

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.


Students benefit from exchange

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.

Overseas Students come to Cheltenham

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.

Local Students Judge Prize Winners




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.


Glos Farmers explore Annecy

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.

Pates School fun in Annecy

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