Category Archives: Kisumu News

AGM & Transforming Lives in African Schools

The recent Annual General Meeting of the Cheltenham Twinning Association held at the Municipal Offices presented an opportunity to highlight just some of the many positive twinning events and activities, which have taken place during the past year.

Over 400 people from Cheltenham and its twin towns have actively participated in events organised by the Twinning Association. Some of the benefits for the local community include the opportunities for young people to participate in school exchanges. For example, through student exchanges by Balcarras School, Belmont School and Pates Grammar School and educational visits, such as 37 University of Gloucestershire students attending the annual Annecy Animated Film Festival and 13 Gloucestershire College hospitality students visiting a catering College in Annecy.

We thank all those who have been involved with the many and varied successful activities of the Twinning Association and look forward to another successful year ahead.

An engaging talk at the AGM by Nigel Linacre, a Trustee of WellBoring, highlighted the valuable work of this charitable organisation in providing water solutions across Kenya. Based in schools, the simple water wells encourage better school attendance and performance, improve the health of children and enable food to be grown for school lunches, as well as benefiting the wider local communities.

We are pleased to support WellBoring’s tremendous work in Kisumu, which as the third largest town in Kenya, has been a friendship town of Cheltenham since 1985. For further details please visit


Twins invited to Olympic Torch Stopover

An invitation has been sent to our 5 twin and 2 friendship towns inviting them to come to Cheltenham to take part in the celebrations on Wednesday 23 May when the Olympic torch will come to town. Visitors will be taken to the racecourse to see the staged show and arrival of the Olympic flame. Young people from our twin towns are being encouraged to attend – to promote their city and to participate in a wide range of events with local youngsters, that will be taking place throughout the day.

Kisumu school link

A group of 12 senior students from Balcarras School spent their October half term experiencing life at their Kenyan partner school in Kisumu. This was the first pupil visit to the St Aloy Gem Secondary school where the students spent 5 days getting to know the pupils and staff in a truly life changing experience. Balcarras School hope a return visit to Cheltenham will take place in the spring next year. Photos of the visit can be seen on Balcarras School website.