Cheltenham welcomed 48 pupils and 4 leaders from Annecy from 6-27 July who were attending the international summer school at Gloucestershire College for three weeks and stayed with local families, as well as 34 pupils and 3 leaders from Weihai, also at GlosCol’s summer school for two weeks from 13-27 July. Both groups were welcomed by the Mayor at receptions on 9 and 23 July, and the Weihai group were invited to a garden party arranged by the Weihai Link.
The Mayor, Cllr Wendy Flynn, welcomed a small delegation of four visitors from Weihai Municipal Archives Bureau to the Parlour on Tuesday 5 November. The group presented the Mayor with a Chinese tea set, met members of the Twinning Association and Weihai Link and were handed a collection of slides by the sons of the founder of the Weihai Link, former Honorary Alderman Jim Pennington. The visitors from our Chinese twin town had a brief tour around The Wilson, our newly refurbished Art Gallery and Museum, before heading back to London.
From 7-28 July, a group of 48 Annecy students attended the summer language school at Gloucestershire College and a group of 20 students from Weihai were there from 15-27 July. The mayor hosted receptions for both groups. The students all stayed with host families where they gained confidence with their spoken English.
Cheltenham has welcomed nearly 60 young people from our twin towns of Annecy and Weihai in July as they attend the international summer school at Gloucestershire College. The 44 students from France and the 15 from China all aged between 14 and 16 years, study english in the mornings and undertake a variety of sporting, cultural and sightseeing activities in the afternoons. Both groups have been into the Council chamber to meet the Mayor and have a reception with members of the Twinning Association. The youngsters stay with local host families and are truly immersed into english life and culture.
Over 75 twinning visitors from our five twin towns came to Cheltenham to join in celebrating the Olympic torch coming to Cheltenham. The delegation included 20 officials from across our 5 twin towns and 13 members of the Lubo dance ensemble from Sochi, Russia.
Other visitors here for the torch relay on 23 May included 32 guests from our German twin town on a tourist trip, nine students from the Heinrich Boll School in Göttingen visiting Bettridge school, as well as two leaders from the Göttingen youth sport exchange.
Various events were organised during the four day visit from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 May, including a guided tour of the town, a reception with the Mayor, a coach tour around the Cotswolds and a trip on the steam train. A workshop was also arranged for the morning of Thursday 24 May to give delegates the opportunity to promote themselves and their business and tourism links to local businesses. However, the highlight of the trip was to see the torch passing through Cheltenham and arrive at the racecourse carried by the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips. The Lubo dance ensemble presented a special dance performance as part of the celebrations at the racecourse as well.
It was an unique occasion having representatives from all of our twin towns here at the same time and demonstrates just how strong our international links are and it was wonderful to be able to share this once-in-a-life-time event with them.
See our picture gallery for photos of the event.
Fourteen local residents and business leaders had a very successful trip to Weihai, Cheltenham’s Chinese twin town at the beginning of April. Their aim was to promote Cheltenham from a business and educational point of view. It is hoped the self funded trip will have created excellent business, educational and tourism relationships.
The trip included visits to:
- The Weihai campus of the Harbin Institute of Technology
- Wego Group – a large manufacturer and direct supplier of medical equipment
- Weihai Jiguan Kindergarten and Huancui International Middle School
- The Sunshine Centre, training adults with learning difficulties to achieve employment and return to their families
- Liugong Island, with a trip to see the pandas.
The Mayor of Cheltenham said that the visit gave a great insight into the wonderful cultural differences between Cheltenham and Weihai which would help develop the twinning link and the Chief Executive said that despite the vast difference in population of the two towns, the visit enabled the group to build good relations in person and to set the agenda for working together in the future. Representatives from Gloucestershire College and Cheltenham Ladies College also took part in the visit and made valuable links.
Look in the Weihai photo gallery for pictures of the visit.
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