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.
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.
After four years of waiting, friends from our twin city of Göttingen, Germany, came back to Cheltenham to celebrate 66 years of twinning from 22-27 July 2017. A group of 13 students, 33 senior sports participants and 60 Göttingen residents, including the official delegation led by Rolf-Georg Köhler, Mayor of Göttingen, visited us for the ‘big party’!
After our German friends arrived on the Saturday evening, Cheltenham Mayor Klara Sudbury welcomed them at a reception at Chapel Arts on Sunday. Mr. Köhler presented a picture of the ‘Gänseliesel’ (goose girl), the most kissed woman in Göttingen, and gave it as a present to Cheltenham.
Many of our friends stayed with host families, friends saw each other again and new friendships were made. It was a happy and warm atmosphere which also seemed to influence the weather.
The visitors participated in fantastic day trips to Bath, Gloucester and Three Choirs Vineyard, saw the amazing Waterperry Gardens and took the steam train to Toddington to see the beautiful Cotswolds around the picturesque market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.
After a productive twinning meeting on Tuesday, our long partnership was celebrated with a twinning cake, English humour, interesting talks, entertainment by the Gloucestershire Morrismen and dancing at the Barbeque party.
Friends met again, new friendships were made and our twin cities got closer together. That’s what twinning stands for: bringing people from different countries together, having a cultural and linguistic exchange for a better understanding and standing side by side even in difficult and uncertain times.
We are glad to have this strong partnership with Göttingen and look forward to taking a large group of people from Cheltenham to celebrate the ‘big party’ in Göttingen in the summer of 2019!
Yes it’s that time again!!! Every four years Cheltenham welcomes a large number of visitors from our German twin town of Göttingen on a twinning exchange of citizens that started in 1976. The dates for the 2017 visit to Cheltenham are:
22-27 JULY 2017
The Twinning Association are looking for people to host our visitors in their homes and to take part in the programme of events that is being arranged.
Further details and an offer of accommodation form are available and if you can help or know of any events, concerts etc that will be happening at this time, please contact the Twinning Officer.
Youngsters from Cheltenham’s twin town of Gottingen Germany, together with young people from Gottingen’s twins of Pau in France and Torun in Poland, all came to Cheltenham from 22-29 July 2016 to join with Cheltenham young people in the international youth for peace camp, which was started in 1995 to commemorate the end of World War 2. The 30 young people all stayed together and enjoyed a programme based on this year’s theme of ‘young and enterprising’. This included a day of informal learning by marketing fish and chips in Hatherley and a day in Winchcombe learning about graphic design using the Cotswold town as an inspiration. The group also did raft building, produced a national meal from each country represented and were welcomed by the Mayor of Cheltenham in the Council Chamber.
To mark their 150th anniversary from 1865 to 2015, the Cheltenham Camera Club organised an interclub photo competition during 2015 between Cheltenham and the photo clubs of our twin towns of Annecy and Gottingen. The top three photos from each town, in the categories of Best Picture, Highly Commended and Commended can be viewed below.