At the Annual German Meeting of the Cheltenham Twinning Association on 23 November 2017, Cllr Garth Barnes stepped down as Chairman of Twinning after 15 years. He was presented with a picture as a token of appreciation for his devoted hard work and support over so many years. Garth has been involved with twinning for over 40 years and has also received the Göttingen Medal of Honour for his commitment and dedication towards developing the very strong link with our German twin town. He has been an excellent Ambassador for Cheltenham in all of our twin towns and everyone involved with twinning thanks him very much for all that he has done. Garth will remain on the committee and Cllr Diggory Seacome was elected as the new chairman.
Over 420 Cheltenham people have taken part in visits and exchanges during 2017 and this figure doesn’t include all the host families, members of local clubs and societies, Twinning Association members, local companies, volunteers and helpers who are all involved in some way or other to make it so successful. Please see the summary of all our 2017 twinning events with a big thank you to all who have supported Cheltenham town’s twinning links.
Two summer work placement jobs are available in Cheltenham’s beautiful twin town of Annecy this summer from 3 July to 1 August 2017. One is working with the Parks and Gardens team maintaining and keeping Annecy’s wonderful green spaces tidy. The other is working in the Youth Information Office giving advice and helping visiting students to Annecy. A high level of French is required for the office position. The posts are remunerated and accommodation is provided.
If you have A level French and see this as a great opportunity to improve your language skills, please send your CV and letter of motivation to the Twinning Officer. Further details of the positions can be viewed here.
POSTS now filled. Watch this space for details of next year’s work placements in Annecy.
The Mayor of Cheltenham presented Johanna Granville-Edmunds with a food hamper and book of Annecy recently, for her picture ‘Warm Hugs’ which won 3rd prize in the Cheltenham / Annecy 60th anniversary photo competition. The top ten images from each town had been on display earlier in the summer and the 3rd prize winner was chosen by a public vote.
Two students from Annecy experienced working life in Cheltenham for the month of August. Charlotte Taskiran worked with the Customer Services and Educational teams at the Wilson and Richard Moulin was busy with Cheltenham Borough Homes at the Hesters Way Resource Centre. The students stayed with local families, so were well immersed into the English way of life and the Mayor invited them to the Parlour for afternoon tea.
Meanwhile, Megan Tomlinson and George Jewell from Cheltenham spent the month of July on work placements in Annecy. Megan worked in the Youth Information Office and George as part of the parks and gardens team. All had a great time and gained much confidence in their foreign language ability.
In a recent visit to Annecy in France a group of 50 residents from Cheltenham and the surrounding area joined members of Cheltenham Twinning Association to celebrate the 60th anniversary of twinning between Cheltenham and Annecy.
A warm welcome was extended by the Mayor of Annecy, Jean-Luc Rigaut, at a reception at the Hôtel de Ville which was attended by the Mayor of Cheltenham, Cllr Chris Ryder, and the group from Cheltenham, as well as visitors from Annecy’s twin towns of Bayreuth, Germany and Vicenza, Italy at which the importance of friendship was expressed.
Existing friendships were renewed and new links were made. Links were also extended between educational establishments to support the exchange of vocational students.
A highlight of the visit was the Fête du Lac: a spectacular fireworks and laser show set against the backdrop of Annecy lake which this year took the theme of film music.
A guided tour of Annecy, a boat trip on Annecy lake and tours of the local area including visits to neighbouring Aix-les-Bains and the high mountain pass of Aravis enabled visitors to explore spectacular scenery. Visitors also enjoyed an evening in the Semnoz mountains with a delicious al fresco meal and singing led by a lively and accomplished accordion player.
With an overnight stop in Reims en route to Annecy and a stop in Paris with a guided tour of the city on the return journey the group had wonderful opportunities to enjoy many aspects of the rich culture, cuisine and heritage France has to offer.
If you wish to find out more about Cheltenham’s active twinning links, please contact Annette Wight. À bientôt!