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.

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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Annecy 2016

CanalIn a recent visit to Annecy in France a group of 50 residents from Cheltenham and the surrounding area joined members of Cheltenham Twinning Association to celebrate the 60th anniversary of twinning between Cheltenham and Annecy.

A warm welcome was extended by the Mayor of Annecy, Jean-Luc Rigaut, at a reception at the Hôtel de Ville which was attended by the Mayor of Cheltenham, Cllr Chris Ryder, and the group from Cheltenham, as well as visitors from Annecy’s twin towns of Bayreuth, Germany and Vicenza, Italy at which the importance of friendship was expressed.

Existing friendships were renewed and new links were made. Links were also extended between educational establishments to support the exchange of vocational students.

A highlight of the visit was the Fête du Lac: a spectacular fireworks and laser show set against the backdrop of Annecy lake which this year took the theme of film music.

LakeA guided tour of Annecy, a boat trip on Annecy lake and tours of the local area including visits to neighbouring Aix-les-Bains and the high mountain pass of Aravis enabled visitors to explore spectacular scenery. Visitors also enjoyed an evening in the Semnoz mountains with a delicious al fresco meal and singing led by a lively and accomplished accordion player. Semnoz

With an overnight stop in Reims en route to Annecy and a stop in Paris with a guided tour of the city on the return journey the group had wonderful opportunities to enjoy many aspects of the rich culture, cuisine and heritage France has to offer.

If you wish to find out more about Cheltenham’s active twinning links, please contact Annette Wight. À bientôt!