Category Archives: Annecy News

International Visitors

One of the first twinning events for 2018 took place during the third week of January with a Mayor’s Reception in the Council Chamber for further education students from Japan, and from Cheltenham’s twin towns of Annecy in France and Göttingen in Germany.
The ten students from Annecy were on the return leg on an exchange visit between the CFA (Centre de Formation des Apprentis) based at Groisy near Annecy and the hospitality department of Gloucestershire College, who visited Annecy in the autumn. We are delighted this link has been established.

The Japanese group were from Carriere College in Kyoto, Japan, in Cheltenham from 14 January until 10 March before heading onto Bournmouth.  They are all studying hospitality in Japan and are at Gloucestershire College improving their English, learning about the UK hospitality industry and studying with GlosCol’s hospitality department.

Two students from Göttingen are currently enjoying 2-month work experience placements at a primary school in Cheltenham assisting teachers with young pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Cheltenham Twinning Association is proud to promote and foster friendship and understanding between the people of Cheltenham, its twin and friendship towns and overseas visitors. Cheltenham’s Mayor, Cllr Klara Sudbury, highlighted the importance of welcoming visitors from around the world to the beautiful Spa town of Cheltenham as part of her mayoral role.

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Summer work in Annecy 2018

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Two summer work placement jobs are available in Cheltenham’s beautiful twin town of Annecy this summer from 2 July to 2 August 2018.  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.

Twinning Chairmanship Relinquished after 15 years

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.

Top Twinning

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.

Summer Work Placements in Annecy

Two summer work placement jobs are available in Cheltenham’s beautiful twin town of Annecy this summer from 2 July to 2 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.

 

Photo competition 3rd prize winner

photo-comp-3rd-winnerThe 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.  fb_img_1461855762256

Work placements a success

work-placement-students-2016Two 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.