Göttingen Festival in Cheltenham

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!

Summer Work Placements in Annecy

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.

Göttingen Big Party Visit to Cheltenham 2017

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.

 

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.

Twinning youngsters united at peace camp

peace-camp-group-2016Youngsters 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.

 

Twinning Youngsters welcomed to Cheltenham

The Mayor of Cheltenham had a busy couple of weeks in the summer welcoming students from our twin towns of Annecy France and Weihai China.

annecy-students-1 annecy-students-2The group of 30 Annecy young people and 55 Weihai youngsters were in Cheltenham from 8-29 July attending Gloucestershire College’s international summer school.  The 3 week programme included English lessons, sport and sightseeing trips and all the young people stayed in local homes.  Both groups met the Mayor in the Council Chamber where gifts were exchanged and youngsters aspired to being the Mayor as they tried on the chain of office.

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