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Car park in Bourne End gets new name for French twin visit

MORE than 50 Gallic 'twins' visited Bourne End over the weekend as a car park was renamed in honour of French town Octeville-sur-Mer.

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Calne twin town guests get big welcome

Calne Twinning Association has thanked all supporters, host families and sponsors for their work during the town’s visit from its three ‘twins’.

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Baylins Barn ballerinas are a hit in Langres

NINE school girls from Beaconsfield made the front page of a French regional newspaper when they travelled to the north west of the country to perform in the town's annual Fete de la Musique.

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Little Italy comes to Christleton

The Ring O’ Bells in Christleton village centre became ‘Little Italy’ when it was twinned with the Blu Bar in Marzocca, Italy.

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Lifelong friends in twin towns

IT IS a tremendous achievement for both towns that Knaresborough and Bebra's town twinning partnership is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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Bebrans arrive for twinning celebrations

MORE than 80 visitors from Knaresborough's twin town of Bebra in Germany arrived this week to help celebrate the 40th twinning anniversary.

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Teddy bear comes back home

Calne Twinning Association won the much coveted Teddy Bear’s Cup back after a landslide victory in the town’s archery competition.

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Worcester twins with Ukmerge, Lithuania

A WORCESTER councillor has said she hopes links with the city’s newest twin will help combat negative assumptions about eastern Europeans.

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The kids are alright

YOUNG people are very much on the agenda in Forres this week, for events happening around the town.

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Greystones Town council in Ireland contact Holyhead Town council to start twinning discussions.

HOLYHEAD Town Council are considering twinning with a town in Ireland after interest has cooled from Malta.

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BROMLEY: Town celebrates links with German twin

CUCUMBER sandwiches, honey coated sausages and strawberries were just some of the delicious cuisine on offer at a garden party.

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Waltham Abbey Town Twinning Race Night

Waltham Abbey Town Twinning Association offer an extensive programme that includes both adult, social and cultural exchange visits

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Archive for the ‘Heacham Twinning Committee’ Category

Didn’t we have a lovely time when we went to Heacham.

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Ampthill Town Twinning Ceremony - Part Two - Nissan-Lez-Enserune Mayor's Speech

On Friday 25th June 2010 a ceremony took place at the Old Courthouse, Church ...

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Kidwelly welcomes twin town visitors

A Carmarthenshire town is to be showcased to scores of French visitors. Kidwelly is preparing to welcome a delegation from its twin town of St Jacut de la Mer in Brittany.

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Waltham Abbey Town Twinning Race Night - Sat 17th July 2010

Waltham Abbey Town Twinning Association offer an extensive programme that includes both adult, social and cultural exchange visits, school exchange visits, a young person's work exchange programme,...etc

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French visit for town twinning group

A SMALL group of members visited Burnham's French twin town to attend the celebrations their French friends were enjoying with their German twin town – Trendelberg. They were celebrating the 20th anniversary of their twinning.

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Chelmsford Celebrates 20 Years of Town Twinning

Continental banners adorned Chelmsford High Street between 11 and 14 June in celebration of Chelmsford’s continuing links with its European neighbours – Backnang in South Germany and Annonay in Southern France.

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£16,000 Spent On Twinning Visits

A Lib Dem Councillor's claiming money spent on entertaining French and German guests wasn't well spent...

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World Cup fans show support for England by decorating houses, cars and gardens

HERE we go again, it’s England versus Germany – and the whole country is praying that it doesn’t go to penalties!

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US cop tastes life in Blighty at Calne

A police sergeant from Caln in America was given a taste of policing in Wiltshire last week – and even got to sample a traditional English bacon butty.

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Summer party for twinned town friends

SOME 50 members of the Bromley Town Twinning Association attended the group’s annual garden party which took place in West Wickham last Saturday.

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Runners' epic effort

A GRUELLING 1, 130 km (780 miles) relay run from Ettlingen to Clevedon finished at the Salthouse Field last Saturday morning.

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Campaign to boost links with twin town in Poland

WHALEY Bridge-Tymbark Twinning Association is launching 'Twinning 2010' to help promote and extend the twinning links and friendships that exist between the two towns

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Blackburn with Darwen town twinning trips 'should go on'

THE MAYOR of one of Blackburn with Darwen’s twin towns has insisted taxpayer-funded visits between the venues should continue.

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School strengthens link with Germany

LAKE District students have been strengthening Winder-mere’s links with its twin town by setting up a new student exchange.

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Could you entertain crowds at Skegness twinning gala?

AN appeal has been made for entertainers for Skegness Twinning Association's annual gala.

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Visit of the National Memorial Arboretum with the Ashby-Pithiviers Twinning Association

It is thanks to the twinning that I came over in England on a long stay in 1988. I've been living in Pithiviers between 1984-88.

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Rushmoor Town Twinning Visit

They sang a variety of solos, duets and group numbers including pop, show and folk songs at the festival (pictured below).

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Lakeland Voice hosts successful choir weekend at Sedbergh

MORE than 150 singers descended on Sedbergh from across the world for pub and street performances before joining local singers in a packed People's Hall for a massed choir concert.

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May looks back at twinning peaks

AS OXFORD’S twinning officer and latterly international officer, May Wylie’s role has been to organise civic exchanges, support the city’s five twinning groups and make sure council grant money is spent wisely.

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Visitors from England

Ten years after signing a “twinning’’ agreement, Andover officials and local residents will once again be visited by representatives of Andover in Hampshire,

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Cricket events in La Roche sur Yon

LA ROCHE sur Yon cricket club will be giving a demonstration of the sport to residents in the town at a special twinning celebration on July 26.

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Knockout day!

BALLYMONEY Borough Twinning Association is staging It's a Knockout and Fun Day this Saturday at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre.

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Langton import travels to Belgium

A BARREL of beer was the guest of honour at a gala function attended by members of a Harborough fundraising group in Belgium earlier this month.

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Learning from our friends overseas

TWINNING: What a lot of rot. A self-serving junket abroad, probably paid for by council taxpayers’ money, which does little to enhance the lives of those back home. So say the harsh critics.

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Blackburn with Darwen town twinning trip under fire

A COUNCIL sent a party of six people to France on a twin town visit — the day after having £4million slashed from its budget.

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North Walsham's Twinning with Friesenried

So we've seen the sign when we've entered North Walsham that says "twinned with Friesenried, Bavaria". But have you ever wondered what the place is? Or how we became twinned?

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BEAMINSTER: Twinners say bon voyage

NEW and old friends met for a cultural weekend as Beaminster’s twinning association visited their Gallic counterparts.

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Let young Scots learn Mandarin, Confucius says

A strong and long-lasting relationship between Scotland and China is being forged through an initiative to teach the country’s language and culture in Scottish secondary schools.

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Twinning association celebrates 21st birthday

SHEPSHED played host to 37 French visitors over the first weekend in June to celebrate the town’s 21 years of partnership with Domont.

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Basingstoke win their twinning tournament

BASINGSTOKE Table Tennis welcomed the Alencon Table tennis Club L’Etoile Alenconaisse for the 42nd year of a sporting twinning with the club representing Basingstoke’s French twin town.

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Yate & District Twinning Association

Yate’s twin town of Bad Salzdetfurth is an attractive spa town with many half timbered buildings surrounded by beautiful countryside and built either side of the River Lein

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Bromley Group Visit German Twinned Town

Over the early May bank holiday weekend a group of almost 50 members of Bromley Town Twinning Association visited Neuwied, Bromley's twinned town in Rhineland, Germany. Most went by coach but a few made the journey of some 380 miles by car.

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Twinners celebrate 45 years of Town Twinning in Bishop's Stortford in style.

From Friday 28 May 2010 to Monday 31 May 2010 Twinners from Villiers-sur-Marne, Friedberg and Bishop's Stortford celebrated 45 years of Twinning...attachment linked

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4th July 2010: Leicester Masaya Link “2 Peaks” bike ride

Leicester Masaya Link works on a variety of projects with people from Leicester’s twin city Masaya in Nicaragua, including lots of projects that promote sustainable living in both cities. To help raise funds they’re organising a sponsored bike ride in July in the Peak District, in collaboration with the Sheffield-Esteli project. Read below for more info…

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Dancers from Beaconsfield to perform at French festival

Those about to embark on their annual French holiday are in for a treat, as the country prepares for the Fête de la Musique.

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Bromyard rediscovers French connection

A GROUP of Bromyard residents have celebrated a milestone in northern France.

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French visitors celebrate ten years of twinning in Lane End

FRENCH visitors joined Lane End residents in celebrating ten years of twinning.

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Nepalese ambassador attends Tang Ting Twinning Association dinner

A SELL-OUT charity dinner received a major boost with the presence of the Nepalese ambassador.

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Ballinrobe Lithuanian links strengthened by Town Twinning ceremony

The strong links between Ballinrobe and Lithuania will be boosted still more this month, when a delegation from the south Mayo town and Mayo County Council visits the Baltic country to initiate a Town Twinning partnership.

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Town twinning in Whitney

Witney has been twinned with Le Touquet in France for 30 years and with Unterhaching in Germany for 20 years. French and German guests join the Town Twinning Association at Langdale Hall to celebrate the event.

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Celebrating 45 Years of Town Twinning in Bishop’s Stortford.

During the weekend of Friday 28 to Monday 31 May some 100 people enjoyed a wonderful celebration of 45 years of Twinning in Stortford.

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Woking Town Twinning

The Woking Town Twinning association is an independant organisation responsible for Town Twinning in Woking.

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Twin town trip cements relations

A TRIP to France for members of a twin town association was “a complete success” cementing the relations between the two towns.

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Town twinning weekend

More than 100 people from Crawley’s twin town of Dorsten in Germany will be in the town later this month for 48 hours of sport and music.

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Droitwich people to be consulted on twinning possibility

DROITWICH Spa has been selected to become a twin town of Voiron, near Grenoble in France

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Tree-planting signifies twinning group’s firm roots

A tree-planting ceremony marked the 20th anniversary of the twinning of St Neots with Faches-Thumesnil, a small town on the outskirts of Lille in northern France.

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Twinning event at Bemerton

CHILDREN from Bemerton Heath Youth Club enjoyed a BBQ and sports games with youngsters from Germany as part of Salisbury’s twinning association with the German town of Xanten.

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Scarecrow twin appeal for Belbroughton festival

SCARECROW lovers down under are making an ex-straw-dinary appeal to twin with a summer festival in Belbroughton.

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Lane End has been twinned with St Pierre d'Oleron for ten years

LANE End is gearing up to welcome their French counterparts to the village this weekend celebrating ten years of the twinning with St Pierre d'Oleron

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Residents invited to twinning celebration party

Members of the local community are invited to a cheese and wine party being held on Friday evening (11th June) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the twinning of Bradley Stoke and Champs-sur-Marne (France).

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TWINNING ASSOCIATION

It is some time since the Ruddington Twinning Association was active in the village and links with Grenay in France have long since been lost.

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Villagers make friends on visit to French twin town

MORE than 80 residents of Goring took a trip to the village’s twin town in France.

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Entente not cordiale in French link-up

A PROPOSED marriage between a rustic French village and Reedham appears to have hit a rocky patch after the Gallic village failed to return any calls from its Norfolk Broads counterpart.

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Dunmow Twinners Celebrate 20 Years Of History

DUNMOW Twinning Association celebrated an important milestone in its history with a highly productive visit to Dourdan.

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Town twinning association celebrates 25th anniversary

MEMBERS of the Sandwell Town Twinning Association are celebrating the 25th anniversary of its link with the French town of Blanc Mesnil this weekend.

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Funding climbs for twinning

Thirty UJIA supporters went on a climbing expedition in the Scottish Highlands on Sunday in support of a bar- and barmitzvah twinning project with Ethiopian Jews.

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Calls for Bournemouth to cut Israel twinning links

CALLS for Bournemouth’s historic twinning links with Israel to be severed in the wake of the Gaza aid flotilla raid have failed to win favour with civic leaders.

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RAIFA and the Radlett Festival 2010

RAIFA is closely involved with this year's Radlett Festival on this coming weekend, 12th and 13th June.

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Making a French connection

BROMYARD celebrates 30 years of European friendship this week. A delegation from the market town travelled to France on Wednesday (Jun 2) to re-affirm their twinning with the Normandy town of Athis.

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Towns link up to mark 50 years of French ties

‘LONG live France, long live England and long live the twinning association.’ That was the heart-warming salute given at an event to mark more than 50 years of twinning links.

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Chorlton to be twinned ... with Wythenshawe?

Chorlton could soon have a new twin town under plans being discussed by civic leaders ... Wythenshawe.

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Double date for twin town

CHELMSFORD is hosting a double twinning celebration. It is 20 years ago this year that the county town twinned with Backnang in southern Germany, and ten years since joining with Annonay in southern France.

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BEAMINSTER: Twinners say bon voyage to Beaminster!

MEMBERS of the Beaminster Twinning Association say bon voyage this weekend when they take a trip to twin town St James.

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WEYMOUTH: French twinners in Weymouth...

THREE mayors honoured Weymouth’s twinning links with Louviers at a dinner held in the Cygnets restaurant at Weymouth College

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Bridge of Earn's Dunbarney Rovers lift twinning cup

YOUNG footballers from Bridge of Earn’s Dunbarney Rovers U15s defeated a team from Aschaffenburg at the weekend to lift the Perth 800 Twin Cities Cup.

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Anniversary of Gosport - Royan twinning marked

The 50th anniversary of Gosport's first twinning with Royan has been marked in the French town.

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Yarm Town Council celebrates a 25 years twinning event with France.

Yarm Town Twinning Association and Yarm Town Council welcomes The Mayor of Vernouillet, Marie-Helen Lopez Jollivet, who will be visiting Yarm on Friday the 4th of June 2010, along with fourteen visitors to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the twinning of Yarm with Vernouillet France

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U.S. Muslim-Jewish engagement growing

Muslim-Jewish engagement is growing in the United States, with the greatest expansion during the past two years, a new report found.......This is s a report on the growing idea of twinning and mutual engagement that has been developing in America - a promising move that could help eventually to remove so much of the mistrust between the two communities.

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Twinning trip success

TWENTY-ONE Francophiles from Petersfield have returned home after a three-day visit to Normandy.

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Signs amended after twinning link omission

THREE new 'twinning' signs on the approaches to Taunton have been amended after the town's link with Konigslutter in Germany was omitted.

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The Dunkirk Spirit lives on

Seventy years ago Britain suffered a catastrophic defeat at the hands of the German Army and Luftwaffe. However, even at the time and ever since, in true British fashion the events at Dunkirk in May and June 1940 have become a story of heroics and a national legend. Even now we still talk about the 'Dunkirk spirit' don't we? And as Teessiders we have more than one reason to remember what went on seventy years ago at Dunkirk.

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Harlow Town Twinning Association

The HTTA is an independent association of people interested in Town Twinning who live in or around Harlow. Our membership range extends across single people and families to interest groups and professions, such as Bridge Players and Firemen.

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Palestinian university twinning

This week, plans got underway that would see Oxford University twinned with the Palestinian University Al-Quds in East Jerusalem.

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Cambridge student union votes against twinning with Gaza uni

Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) Council voted 37 to 19 against twinning itself with the Students’ Union of the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) on May 5.

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Limited interest in twinning committee

IT’S been controversial, it’s admitted it’s cash-strapped, but now there’s a new issue for Bridgend’s twinning committee to deal with – councillors do not want to join.

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Twinning's a shining example of partnership

Over the last weeks I have been touched by the celebration of certain milestones in Gainsborough.

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Charity cycle ride to twin town

A CHARITY cycle ride will see a group of eight people pedal from Darlington to its twin town in France.

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Spaniards rekindle Logrono's twinning link with Dunfermline

Dunfermline's twinning links with the Spanish town of Logrono have been rekindled.

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The Tang Ting Twinning Association

The newsletter of the Debden & Wimbush (UK) twinned with Tang Ting, Nepal

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Epping - Eppingen Town Twinning

This is the latest newsletter from the Eppingham town Twinning Association (pdf file, may take some some in downloading)

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Former asylum seeker is elected mayor of Cheshire village... then slams immigrants who refuse to integrate into British society

HE arrived in Britain as a penniless asylum seeker with only a small bag of possessions to his name. But more than 30 years after fleeing Communist-run Hungary, Gabor Bartos has been given the honour of being named mayor of his adopted home village.

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New mayor of Newbury sworn in

...He also hosted the Twin Town Association’s reunion during which he said “many friends for life” were made....

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From around the world! Ottery is multi-cultural hub

OTTERY St Mary became a multi-cultural hub at the weekend as Rotary Club, church, and Twinning Association members welcomed guests from five countries and three continents.

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Chelmsford's town twinning celebrations planned for June

Between Friday 11 – Monday 14 June, Chelmsford is celebrating its 20 years of European twinning links with Backnang in south Germany and Annonay in southern France.

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Budding travel writer wins trip to twin town Aachen

A FOREIGN languages undergraduate can mix work with pleasure after winning a travel writing competition.

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Biggleswade celebrates ten years of twinning with Erlensee

I cannot place the normal "taster" or excerpt here as it is a local television link. However, as I have been personally involved in the setting up of this link, advising and sitting on the steering committee up to the point where the link was formalised I have personal pleasure in noting that they have reached the 10 years anniversary. My congratulations to you, just sorry I missed it.

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German friends in Polegate

A WELCOME reception was held at the offices of Polegate Town Council for guests from Appen in Germany – Polegate's twin town.

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Mitch Benn - Disneyland's Twin Town

This is a somewhat irreverent but amusing song about Swindon twinninbg with Disneyland

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Twin role for town's mayor

Councillor Pauline Webster visited Wassenberg to sign a special charter to twin the two towns.

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Three Mayors Will Honour Weymouth's Twinning Celebrations

In 1958 to great celebration, Weymouth was twinned with the town of Louviers in Normandy. Every Whitsun since then, a delegation headed by the Mayor of Louviers- or his first deputy- visits the borough to celebrate and mark the treaty of perpetual friendship.

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Bromsgrove's twinning association enjoy visit to twin town

MEMBERS of Bromsgrove’s twinning association have visited the town’s twin in France to strengthen the link between the towns.

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Visitors from Voiron heading to Droitwich

PEOPLE from the French town of Voiron will be visiting Droitwich Spa to look into the possibility of building a twinning partnership.

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Congregation of Witton Gilbert Methodist Church sponsored the building of Burundi toilet

A TOILET in a North-East church has been twinned with one in a remote village in Africa

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Beaconsfield urged to reciprocate French twin's hospitality

BEACONSFIELD has been urged to “reciprocate” the hospitality offered by its French 'twin'.

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Mayors sign agreement to seal twinning charter

ON Saturday, January 23, Mayor of Sleaford, Coun Gordon Blythe, and his counterpart in Fredersdorf-Vogelsdorf, Herr Doktor Uwe Klett, sealed the German version of the twinning agreement between the two towns.

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Erpingham to twin with Agincourt to commemorate legendary battle

One is a famous French battlefield, where an against-all-odds English triumph was immortalised in a Shakespeare play.

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Elite funding scoop for twinning groups

AMMANFORD and Llandybie Twinning Associations are among only 10 projects in the UK to receive funding from an elite EU programme.

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Disney's legacy may include a grand parad

AN ANNUAL Disney themed parade is just one of the ideas the council is toying with as discussion of “lasting twinning legacies” for the town begin.

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West Wilts MP to help improve nation's links to Morocco

West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison is to head up a Parliamentary group on links with Morocco.

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Over 50s can get involved in EU decisionmaking

THE OVER 50s can now discuss the state of the world, not over coffee in Cockfosters, but croissants in Corbevoie.

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Problems related to the handling of an application for a town-twinning grant

Results of the EU Obudsmans review of a rdfused grant application.

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Twinning group calls for your memories

Dalkeith residents who remember the launch of the ground-breaking twinning arrangement with Jarnac in 1960 are being urged to come forward with their memories.

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Italian twinning idea for Bosbury

VILLAGERS near Ledbury are looking at creating links with Italy. Plans to twin Bosbury with an Italian commune have been formally discussed by parish councillors.

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War storm fails to halt Japanese twinning bid

TWINNING bosses say they hope to push ahead with a friendship with a town in Japan despite a heated row.

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Happy memories of our visit to Bebra

THIS was an excellent trip which started with being met at the airport by Frau Ilse Koch, member of the Bebra council.

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Burnham-On-Sea nominated to become Disney World's UK twin town!

It might be thousands of miles away across the Big Pond, but Walt Disney World in Florida could soon be twinned with Burnham-On-Sea.

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Great Dunmow twinning group in cash crisis

A TWINNING association has issued a plea for help as cash flow problems threaten its existence heading into its 20th anniversary year.

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Curry and clothes night for Hay2Timbuktu at Llanigon Village Hall

ORGANISERS behind Hay-on-Wye’s twinning initiative with Timbuktu are asking local women to spice up their life for the cause.

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Sample flavours of Germany at market

Christmas market-goers will this year be able to get a decidedly German take on their favourite Lincolnshire foods.

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Mosques and synagogues in North America and Europe twin

A hundred mosques and synagogues throughout North America and Europe took part in the second edition of twinning........ “Not only do we share a common faith, but we share a common fate,”

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'Twins' in towns are now friends for life

THE annual general meeting of the Ammanford Twinning Association will be held on Tuesday (November 17) in the Pensioners Hall at 8pm

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Why Brian treasures Berlin Wall fragment

Twenty years after the Berlin Wall came down, Brian Alton stands clutching a fragment of history. This small lump of concrete was carved from a section of the 96-mile wall as it was torn down in 1989.

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Lonely town twins with itself

Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire has made the decision to become its own twin-town after over 20 years trying to find a sister town with no joy.

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Twinning trip marks French friendship

Tributes were paid to a Kings Langley war hero during a trip to the town twinned in his honour.

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Japan plan sparks twinning row

TWINNING Chiefs came under fire this week over plans to link Lytham St Annes with a town in Japan.

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Ghost Town

Leicestershire school, William Bradford Community College, visited their twin, Nanshan Middle School in Sichuan Province. Pupils toured the city of Beichuan which was terribly damaged by the earthquake on 12 May, 2008.

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Remembrance Sunday: 'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old'

Thousands stood silent for two minutes to remember those killed in conflicts going back to the First World War. ...The crowds were joined by a party from Leek's Italian twin town of Este. And, for the first time in the town's history, a German wreath was laid at the Nicholson War Memorial. It was laid by a group of students from Bad Windsheim, Leek's twin town in Germany.

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Twin town proposals take step forward

PROPOSALS for Droitwich Spa to be twinned with a French town have moved a step closer to reality.

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Veterans gather for commemorative lunch

THE red carpet was rolled out for Marlow's war heroes at the annual Veterans' Lunch held at Court Garden House today.

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Visiting editor is guest of PM

IT'S not every day you get to meet a Prime Minister, but Luitgard Heissenberg, editor of the Salzgitter Zeitung, caught up with Gordon Brown during a visit to the House of Commons

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FRENCH TOWN PROPOSED TWINNING WITH ARBROATH

At the September meeting in the Public Library, those present heard that a letter had been received from a councillor in Estaires who had put forward a twinning proposal.

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Big surprise for poetic One Show fan

The producers of BBC's The One Show had another surprise in store for Mandie Stone when she appeared on the programme last Friday.

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Bridlington School students to restore twin town link

FOUR Bridlington School Sixth Form students and their teacher will travel to Bridlington's twin town of Millau over half term to restart a twinning link between the school and two schools in Millau – the College Marcel Aymard and the Lycee Jean Vigo.

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Gift from Corsham is a piece of history

A stonemason's saw dating back more than 100 years and a large print of Corsham will be given to the town of Jargeau, in France during Corsham Twinning Association’s annual trip this weekend.

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Brass players of all ages blow in for workshop day

BUDDING brass players came together for the first time - and put on a concert eight hours later.

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Tourism internships on offer at Enfield Council

YOUNGSTERS interested in careers in tourism and international relations have been urged to apply for new work placement schemes at Enfield Council.

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Embracing our twin town

GÜTEN Tag from Vienenburg. I am currently visiting our twin town in Germany as part of a visit celebrating the 25th anniversary of the twinning link between our two towns.

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City of Hereford Twinning Association celebrates two decades of partnership with Dillenburg

A Hereford group with European connections has said “guten tag” to its German counterparts.

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Twinning may open gateway

A new gateway to the rapidly growing Chinese economy could be opened for smaller Sheffield firms by plans to officially twin Sheffield with Chengdu,

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Ludlow's Young chef stars at feast

LUDLOW’S young chef of the year in 2008 has been showing off his skills.

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Pope's Flag of Peace presented to twinning association

TWENTY-ONE members of the Yeovil Twining Association visited Yeovil’s Italian twin town of Samarate at the beginning of October.

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Calne carnival to return with twins

Councillors have agreed to increase the budget for next year’s twinning visit to Calne by £5,000 and re-instate the town’s carnival. The town will host representatives from all three twin towns –

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The Saffron Walden Reporter backs Christmas card campaign

A CHRISTMAS card campaign - launched to raise money for a twinned hereNepalese village - is being backed by the Saffron Walden Reporter.

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Sidmouth hosts twinning success

IT MAY have been a wet week, but such a rapport was built up during Le Locle's twinning visit that five host families are planning future trips to the Swiss town

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Exchange sports ideas

REPRESENTATIVES from sports groups across the district are invited to attend a sports conference.

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Son of Kings Langley war hero delighted by village twinning

The son of a war hero awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery has spoken of his “humble father” and expressed his delight at the formal twinning of Kings Langley and Achiet-le-Grand.

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Twinning under threat

ALNWICK'S town twinning arrangements have been left up in the air after the county council admitted it will not be funding such projects.

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Visit to twin town in France

A BALLYMONEY Council delegation, including representatives from the Twinning Association, visited the borough's twin town of Vanves in France from 11-14 September

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Twinning: A godsend or a gimmick?

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Leeds's twinning with the German city of Dortmund and we now have no fewer than eight sister cities dotted around the globe. But what's the point of twinning, asks Grant Woodward. And what's in it for us?

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Fakenham basks in French connection glory

It has been 58 years since Maryse Bane swapped the glamorous French resort of Biarritz for the subtle charms of a Norfolk market town.

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THE LAKE SINGERS

The Lake Singers, from Bath's Dutch twin town of Alkmaar, will be visiting the West Country and give a special concert

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Lemgo Fire Fighters in Beverley

A party from Beverley’s twin town of Lemgo, including five firefighters, has arrived in the area to further strengthen ties between the two towns.

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Twinning society members honoured

TWO long-serving members of the town and district's twinning associations were honoured with life memberships on Monday.

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Disney seeks UK twin

Twin towns - a rather strange phenomenon - but one that may be about to become far more popular with news that the ultimate fantasy factory - Walt Disney World in Florida - is on the look out for a town in the UK to twin with...

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Chance to twin town with Disney World

THE Walt Disney resort in Florida yesterday announced plans to establish its first official twin town in Britain.

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Whitehall sought to thwart Nablus link

TOP GOVERNMENT officials sought to thwart Dundee’s twinning with the Palestinian town of Nablus, newly declassified documents have shown

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Taxpayers' £1k bill for French 'twinning' trip

Taxpayers in Kings Langley will be forking out £1,000 to enable parish councillors to go on a trip to France to sign a 'friendship charter'.

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BROMLEY: Residents can attend German lecture

RESIDENTS can attend a lecture on the state of affairs in Germany.

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Sheffield set to twin with Chinese city

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Sidmouth and Le Locle twinners mark 25th birthday

ANNIVERSARY celebrations marking 25 years of Sidmouth twinning with Le Locle, Switzerland, have been a great success, prompting calls for more visits between both towns, writes Di Bowerman.

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Plans to save twin towns from the axe

A KEY man behind Doncaster's twin town links is bidding to save the borough's international relations.

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Basins painting presented to Stourport's twin

STOURPORT’S Mayor commissioned a special painting of the town’s basins to present to the twin town of Villeneuve-le-Roi.

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Nottingham & Karlsruhe celebrate 40th Anniversary

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the twinning of Nottinghrong>am and the German city Karlsruhe.

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Karavai: Wolvercote Village hall

‘Music needs no translation,” said Oleg Zgogurin of Russian quartet Karavai during their concert in Wolvercote. The virtuoso musicians from Oxford’s twin-town of Perm entranced the audience with an ecletic mixture of Russian folk tunes and modern classics.

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Invitation to celebrate town's twin with a French style dinner

THIRTEEN years of Beaconsfield being twinned with Langres in France will be celebrated with a French themed dinner.

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Chesham helps twin celebrate 25th anniversary

MEMBERS of Chesham's Town Twinning Association paid a visit to their German counterparts to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of their farmers' market.

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A Radlett resident has recently returned from the Fete des Fleurs in Louveciennes,

A young Radlett ambassador has returned from France where she recently represented Radlett and Aldenham.

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Harpenden delegates enjoy twin town visit

MORE than 30 ambassadors from Harpenden have returned from a visit to twin town Cosne-cours-sur-Loire in France.

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Making the French connection for Christmas

CRAFT workers and specialist food and drink producers in Clydesdale are being offered the chance to showcase their work in France.

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SLIDESHOW: Bedford's twin town of Bamberg

Two weeks ago Times & Citizen photographer Tracey Goodacre travelled to Germany for Sportfest, the four-yearly competition between sportsmen and women from Bedford and our teutonic twin town of Bamberg.

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Liverpool could twin with original home of the Kop

Liverpool could twin with original home of the Kop

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Mayor's controversial decision to ban twin towns is delayed

A DECISION to end Doncaster's town twinning arrangements and put the money to other uses has been delayed.

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Towns forging international links with Hungary, France and Italy

Since the end of the Second World War, towns and cities around the UK have been joining forces with other places around the world in a show of international solidarity.

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Twin town initiative greeted by councillors

AN initiative by the Malvern Civic Society to work towards finding Malvern a twin town in Europe has been welcomed by local councillors

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Fantastic Sleaford Light Night spectacle draws the crowds

ORGANISERS were staggered by the crowds that filled the town on Saturday night to see an illuminating festival of light and history.

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French citizens to carry on D-Day tradition in Bedford

A group of French citizens and officials will visit the National D-Day Memorial on Friday to continue a “twinning” relationship with Bedford honoring the community’s World War II sacrifice.

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Twin town band to star in concerts

THE sounds of trumpets, trombones and euphoniums will be reverberating around various venues in North Devon when the region plays host to friends from Northern Germany next week.

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Deep links for Belper and Pawtucket

Town twinning has been a practice for decades, since it was pushed in the first half of the 20th century. Thousands of towns, cities and boroughs around the world are now joined together with links of commerce, friendship and tourism.

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Twinners reach out the hand of friendship to world cultures

Visiting a twin town is vital to understand people from different cultures and not just 'free holidays for councillors' – Dales twinning associations have said.

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Friendships through three decades revisited

MORE than 40 people recently made the latest trip to Exmouth's twin town Langerwehe, near Cologne in Germany.

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Sidmouth hosts Swiss twinners in October

SIDMOUTH'S Twinning Circle is busy preparing to welcome a group of Swiss visitors from Le Locle in 10 days time.

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Tamworth Celebrates 30 years of being a twin

Tamworth Twinning Association will celebrate there 30 year anniversary with Bad Laasphe in 2010, with a special event planned in Tamworth on June 12th next year.

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Alison's challenge is a bit of a cliffhanger!

A 76-year-old Aboyne artist undertook a daring rock face abseil at the weekend to raise money for a community initiative.

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Twinning benefits for Weymouth and Portland

MAYOR Anne Kenwood has hailed the links between Weymouth and Portland and the borough’s twin town in France.

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Carlisle council should scrap twinning schemes and save money

Carlisle should scrap its twinning arrangements with Flensburg and Slupsk, which cost £38,000 last year, the Green Party says.

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First visit to Skipton for new Simbach mayor

The new mayor of Skipton’s twin town Simbach made his first official visit to Craven at the weekend.

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French connection is back on track

WALLINGFORD is “back in bed” with its French twin town and ready to renew the relationship

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Twinning association meets French and American friends

A TWINNING bonanza took place in the French town of Dreux at the weekend as Evesham residents met with their Gallic and American friends.

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Cities celebrate 60 years of frienship

CELEBRATIONS are taking place to mark Wearside's 60 years of friendship with the German town of Essen.

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A French weekend of surprises for Thame Twinning -

THE highlights of this year’s annual exchange visit to Thame’s twin town near Paris, included vanishing bones, the return of a stolen heart, shark for dinner and a parking ticket - all just part of the experiencing of another culture that enriches the amicable and treasured relationship that has grown between Thame and Montesson over the past eight years.

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Alfreton forges link with US explosives centre

Alfreton has set up a twinning link with American city Nitro which was founded to manufacture explosives for the First World War.

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Efforts to save Berwick twinning links

EFFORTS are being stepped up to ensure Berwick's links to its twin towns do not disappear following the demise of the borough council.

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Bosbury considering twinning with Trevi nel Lazio.

A BIKER who completed an Italian job may have started a beautiful friendship.

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Chepstow envoys meet French twins

MEMBERS of the Chepstow Town Twinning Association enjoyed their biennial trip to Cormeilles in France over the August bank holiday.

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Marking 30 years of our friendship

A DELEGATION of visitors travelled to Hebden Bridge's twin town of St Pol to celebrate thirty years of links between the two towns.

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Event seeks to get to know twin town Chantilly better

A special evening is being held to encourage local groups and organisations to take part in town twinning activities with Chantilly in France.

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Divas put on a show for classical music evening in Elstree

A CLASSICAL music evening went down a storm yesterday evening despite going through rough waters in the build up.

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Lichfield traders' German market offer

AN ENTERPRISING Lichfield trader has been invited to join the Christmas market in the city's German twin town.

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Portsmouth's Caen connection 'is going downhill'

Culture chiefs have agreed to pick up their game after admitting there are flaws in their twinning arrangements with a French city.

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Calling all Maltese

MALTESE people in Somerset are being invited to help promote and share the culture of their country with Bridgwater.

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Cultural exchange for Holyrood students

YOUNG linguists at Holyrood Community School in Chard welcomed a group of German exchange students to the town last week

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Town Twinning Oath Unveiling

The Oath signed to confirm the town twinning between Largs and Andernos-les-Bains is to be permanently hung in Largs Library.

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French town bids to twin with Nailsea

Nailsea could be twinned with a town near Paris in France. Councillor William Rostene from Villecresnes, a town 20 km south of Paris, has written to Nailsea Town Council to see if it is interested in becoming its twin town.

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Soar Valley Twinning Association's September News

We are an established Twinning Association, formerly Kegworth now Soar Valley, having contacts with Plateau Nord de Rouen in France for over 30 years.

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Bid to build statue to honour one of Lyme's greatest sons

LYME Regis Twinning Association is hoping it will be third time lucky in their attempts to build a statue of one of the resort’s greatest sons.

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TWINNING: Russelsheim riders in town

Rugby Riding Club hosted 16 guests from Russelsheim for their sports twinning weekend over the Bank Holiday.

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Wisbech councillors pay a visit the Rathaus on twinning trip to Nettetal

THREE Wisbech councillors spent the Bank Holiday weekend on a visit to Nettetal, Germany, celebrating 20 years of twinning with Fenland.

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Rednock given European stamp of approval

GERMAN visitors thought the new Rednock School in Dursley was ‘wunderbar’ when given a tour of the £30 million building.

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Teenagers on twinning visit

A GROUP of youngsters from Germany have been finding out about West Lothian as part of a twinning visit.

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Kilted David bowled over by the Pole

TOTNES' trouserless town councillor David Horsburgh has been wowing the Poles with his traditional tartan turn-out. The Scots-born councillor has just returned from a delegation to Bytow in Poland looking at possible twinning links with the Polish town.

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Thousands attend Over the Rainbow

APPROXIMATELY 3,000 people visited the Montrose Mid Links at the weekend to take in the Over the Rainbow community fun day......to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the town's twinning with the French town of Luzarches.

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Veteran riders from Valence take the scenic route to Clacton

PEDAL power from France brought seven cyclists to Clacton. The cyclists, from Tendring District’s twin town of Valence, pedalled 1,060 kilometres to take part in the 40th anniversary celebrations of the link up in Clacton.

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Kidderminster town crier's voice booms over twin town

THE voice of Kidderminster’s town crier boomed across the streets of Husum during the twinning association’s latest visit.

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Zimbabwe government ignores the work of community group

The twinning of Nottingham city with Harare this year saw the sunshine city receiving grants and support from great Britain

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Swiss visit for twinning anniversary

TO mark the 25th anniversary of twinning between Sidmouth and Le Locle, Switzerland,

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Christmas opportunity for traders to visit Lichfield’s twin city

Traders from Lichfield and Burntwood are being given the chance to show off their wares overseas in the run up to Christmas.

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T.C., St. Stephen’s Students Visit Scotland With Mayor

Four students from T.C. Williams High School and two students from St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School traveled to Alexandria’s sister city Dundee, Scotland, last week for the Dundee Youth Festival, Alexandria City Public Schools officials said.

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Kendal medics in band come to the rescue at German music fest

KENDAL Concert Band's med-ical skills, as well as its musical ones, came in handy on a recnt trip to Kendal's German twin town Rinteln for the 32nd annual international Altstdt-fest.

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Nation shall speak unto nation – in theory, that is

THE practice of towns, cities and counties in different countries to ‘twin’ with the joint aim of promoting cultural and commercial ties is particularly pertinent this week as we remember the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

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Leader receives 'Ring of Honour'

The Leader of Knowsley Council has been honoured with a prestigious award in Germany. Cllr Ron Round was presented with the ‘Ring of Honour’ during a civic visit to Knowsley’s twin town of Moers.

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German group arrives to plan Didcot twinning link

A GERMAN delegation is visiting Didcot this weekend to lay the foundations of a possible twinning agreement.

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Town visit to celebrate 25 years of friendship

TRADITIONAL delicacies and lashings of ice cold beer welcomed a delegation from Rochford to a German town.

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Falmouth to welcome French friends

Over 40 French friends of Falmouth Twinning Association are due to arrive tomorrow for an exchange visit.

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French use Bridport's twin-town sign for target practice

THE entente may no longer be as cordial – if a bullet riddled sign in France is anything to go by.

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Young musicians to play in Susa

NORTH Devon's young musical talent will be given the chance to play to international audiences this autumn thanks to a grant from a Barnstaple charitable trust.

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Scheme brought happy couple together

WHEN Trevor Carter and Conny Kowalczyk tied the knot they were cementing bonds between more than just their two families.

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Mayor forges links with Romanian town

THE Mayor of Chard has further strengthened ties with a Romanian town by taking part in a formal twinning ceremony.

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Why can't Dave and Gordon learn a few lessons from Britain's most gloriously un-PC supermayor

By his own admission, Peter Davies would make a dreadful Foreign Secretary. Aside from the fact that he has never been in a plane and has been abroad only once (a four-day break to Paris in 1988), diplomacy is not his forte

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Depute Provost defends private school choice

The Depute Provost of East Lothian Roger Knox has defended a move to take pupils and staff from a fee paying school in Musselburgh to represent East Lothian on a twinning visit to the Czech Republic.

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Twinning visits under threat as committee bids to spark interest

HAWICK's twin town link with Bailleul in France is in desperate need of a boost, it was heard at a meeting this week.

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Man's love of photography leads to pictures for museum and twin town Saint-Jean-de-Braye

FUTURE generations in Fenland and France will be able to enjoy these stunning pictures of March due to one man's passion for photography.

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Twin towns celebrate 40 years

It’s party time for Tendring Twinning Association. The group, which has extended the hands of friendship across the channel to Europe, celebrates its 40th anniversary this week.

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Twinning on the cards

EUROPEAN relations look set for a boost as Malvern could soon be twinned with towns in northern France and the Czech Republic.

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Wimborne seeks unlikely twinning union with Omani town

ONE is a desert kingdom ruled by a Sultan, where the official language is Arabic. The other is a pictures-que market town nestled in East Dorset, whose charming English heritage includes the Minster church, Priests House Mu-seum and Model Village.

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Class war erupts over school Czech trip 'snub'

A move to take pupils and staff from the fee paying Loretto School in Musselburgh to represent East Lothian on a recent twinning visit to the Czech Republic has been branded "an unfortunate snub" to children in local authority schools.

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Money used to promote the aims of twinning

AS an active member of two twinning associations I feel I should respond to the article (August 5 edition) relating to comments made by Mike Jones, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, concerning junket trips in the guise of twinning activities.

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Last chance for a great weekend in France with Thame Twinning

THERE are still a few places left on the coach taking a group from Thame to our twin town in France, Montesson, on Friday, September 18, 2009.

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International camp got seal of approval from twinning visitors

CLYDESDALE International Twinning Association organised a work camp in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park for school pupils from Clydesdale, Hemmingen and Yvetot earlier this month.

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Twinning links to be re-established

RINGWOOD mayor Christine Ford is to write to the town mayor of Pont- Audemer in northern France to re-establish twinning links between Ringwood and the French town.

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own's twins pay a visit

MEMBERS of Portishead Twinning Association welcomed a coach of visitors from the twin town of Schweich, near Trier on the Mosel in Germany.

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Watford businesses sponsor Borehamwood and Elstree Twin Town Association event

Businesses in Watford will sponsor a classical concert and dinner hosted by the Borehamwood and Elstree Twin Town Association (BETTA).

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Brass band gets a Champagne reception on tour

CHAMPAGNE was the order of the day for band Bold Brass as members visited Clevedon's twin town Epernay, at the heart of the famous region.

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French twins arrive in St Asaph

NEXT week sees the arrival of St Asaph's Twin Town guests from northwestern France and they are in for a jam packed few days!

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Outrage at Twinning Festival costs

REBEL councillors in Pontypool have criticised a week-long twinning event, costing taxpayers over £11,000.

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Two twin towns is too much for us to handle

A FRENCH community is trying to twin itself with Droitwich – but the Worcestershire town is just too busy to forge the link.

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St Clement to twin with Cancale?

The only parish in Jersey not to have a twin town is now one step closer to getting one

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Droitwich could have new twin town

DROITWICH Spa could be set to forge lasting relationships with a second foreign town

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Secret MoD files reveal UFOs went to the top

A former chief of defence staff warned Margaret Thatcher's government in 1985 that its "perfunctory" dismissal of UFO sightings near an RAF base shared with the US Air Force in Suffolk could turn into a political "banana-skin" because it was unexplained..................A Bonnybridge councillor tried to get the town twinned with Roswell, the New Mexico town were some people believe an alien spacecraft crashed in 1947,

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Town Twinning Political and Field Exchanges

The Town Twinning Associations in Waltham Abbey and Hörstel have been busy arranging work placement exchanges this summer and we welcomed Thomas Stollenwerk and Tom and Max Pollich in July.

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Rally driving duo reach Stevenage twin town in charity bid

TWO housemates who are driving more than 10,000 miles to raise money for charity have reached Stevenage's twin town - Shimkent in Kazakhstan.

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Twinning trip planned to Harare

Nottingham City Council is considering sending a delegation to the Zimbabwean capital Harare in a move to reaffirm the two cities' twinning arrangement.

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Haddington's French connection

A TEENAGER from Haddington's twin town of Aubigy-sur-Nere in France was given a warm welcome when she arrived in East Lothian last week.

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Bavaria adventure for youngsters

FOUR pupils from Leweston School in Sherborne have just returned from representing Sherborne Douzelage - town twinning in Europe - at a week activity and climate change conference held at a wilderness camp in the Bavarian Wald.

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Appeal to improve Long Eaton's twinning links

A Long Eaton group is urging people to dig out their phrase books and join them in improving the town's links with its continental counterparts.

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Language sessions to be held by twin town association in Borehamwood

GERMAN and French sessions will be held in Borehamwood next week for people to brush up on their knowledge of the languages.

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Celebrating 50 years of the Dorsten connection

THE Mayor of Newtownabbey welcomed visitors from Dorsten to Mossley Mill last week to celebrate 50 years of friendship between Ballyclare Presbyterian Church and the Lutheran Church in Dorsten

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Do you want a French twin?

DAVENHAM could be twinned with a village in France if the community wants to make it happen.

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Je voudrais a French lesson, barman

Pubs aren’t just a place where you can drink. You can even learn French at one county inn. “Pouvoir j’ai une bière, s’il vous plaît? Et peut-être un café au lait pour deux?”

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Volunteer call to help Oxford's Nicaraguan twin town

WHEN Andrew and Jane Longley moved to Leon in Nicaragua, they had no idea it was, in fact, Ox-ford’s sister city.

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Ottery twinners' free office bid fails

A REQUEST from Ottery's Twinning Association to use the town's council office for free fell on deaf ears on Monday night.

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No more free holidays for councillors

VALE Royal will officially end all its links with twin town Rychnov-nad-Kneznou in the Czech Republic next year.

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French students connect with Sunderland

French students are making a connection with Wearside businesses.

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Twinning link with Poland proposed

AN effort is being made to establish a formal twin town link between Elgin and a Polish community.

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Bin tour for VIPs from twin town

BINNING and twinning came together during an exchange visit to mark the 40th anniversary of Bury’s links to the French town of Tulle.

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Legion fund embezzler sentenced

A woman who admitted two charges of embezzlement while treasurer of two organisations in the Borders has been given 200 hours community service.

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Amsterdam redefines town-twinning as aid

Many places in the Netherlands and the world have 'twin' or 'sister cities' in other countries. Amsterdam has decided to take the concept in a new direction: its city services are now involved in development aid in 13 countries.

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Businesses pull together for civic reception

WHEN Helensburgh businesses pull together they really pull together. And there was no clearer evidence of this than on Friday

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Campbelltown celebrates 250th

CAMPBELLTOWN - For Nancie Smith, the trip to Campbelltown, Pa., was like coming home in a way. Smith, a member of the Town Council of Campbeltown, Scotland, was one of several special guests who came across the Atlantic Ocean to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Lebanon County community last night.

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Celebrating long French connection

BLUE, white and red flower beds and the tricolour flying high may be some of the ways St Neots could celebrate 20 years of being twinned with French town Faches Thumesnil.

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Warm welcome for judges

FORRES pulled out all the stops last week to welcome the judges who came to the town for the finals of the "Entente Florale" Europe in Bloom competition.

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TWINNING links between Dumfries and Cantu have been rekindled this week through a visit by 30 students and three leaders from the Italian town.

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Zimbabwe: Harare, Nottingham 'Twinned' Again

Harare — Nottingham City in England has revived itrong>s twinning arrangement with Harare and has offered to assist the city council with "the regeneration of infrastructure" and any other areas the council may indicate.

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Anglo-Russian friendships flourish

Members of Watford's Friendship Society had the chance to celebrate ancient trading traditions, while visiting one of Watford's twinned towns in northern Russia.

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Family flee Cheltenham blaze

When a fire broke out at the Kimber family home in the middle of the night, help was close at hand. Staying with them was a family from Cheltenham's twin town of Gottingen – including a member of the German town's fire authority.

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James Street WILL become Rue de Funchal

Jersey's James Street is to have a new name - Rue de Funchal in recognition of the island's links with Portugal.

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Books, coins, photos placed in time capsule

A metal drum wrapped in the flag of Bermuda is to become a treasure trove of history for future generations. .........Owen Lovell, Deputy Mayor of Lyme Regis the English town twinned with St. George's, then deposited a copy of documents signed by Sir George Somers outlining events in Lyme Regis before he set sail on the Sea Venture.

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Warm welcome for Helmstedt visitors

VISITORS from Chard’s twin town of Helmstedt in Germany received a warm welcome when they arrived at the Guildhall on Monday.

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Twinning poster winners

THE Henley and Falaise Twinning Association has judged the third annual primary schools’ poster competition.

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Twinning link with LA

MANCHESTER is to establish a formal `friendship agreement' with Los Angeles - after being chosen by the American city ahead of London and Birmingham.

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Guests delighted by gardens

GARDENERS from Kidderminster’s German twin town were given a tour of some of Wyre Forest’s best floral displays.

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Four decades of links with Hornsea celebrated

AN INTERNATIONAL friendship is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The twinning of Hornsea and La Grande Motte, in France, has been described as one of the oldest of its kind in the UK.

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Could friendly Felixstowe have new twin?

Its residents are always chatty, happy and helpful, making the most of life on the coast, with its record sunshine hours each year and the lowest rainfall.

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Euro junket is blasted as a 'waste' of cash

County leaders have come under fire for spending £1,500 of taxpayers' cash on a four-day 'jolly' to Sweden.

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Golden milestone in town twinning

BURY’S twinning ties which have fused lasting friendships in France, Germany and the USA are celebrating 50 glorious years.

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Mayor Davies steps up to the crease for first innings

AS a Flintoff-inspired England side were finishing off the Aussie stragglers to take a 1-0 lead in the Ashes, England's Peter Davies stepped up to the crease in the Mansion House to face a barrage of googlies at his first mayoral question time.

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Pair set for Gambian experience

TWO dedicated teachers from Woodfield Middle School will be giving up their Christmas holiday to spend time in Gambia.

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Mayor defends plan to scrap twin town

THE NEW mayor of Doncaster has hit back at critics who said he'd 'isolated' the town when he scrapped its twin town links.

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College Students Impress At Twinning Visit in Velizy

A GROUP of students from Harlow College enjoyed success at an international festival of sport and music in the French town of Velizy last weekend.

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Campaigners Anger over plan to scrap Chester Twinning

DETERMINED campaigners are gearing up for a fight as council leaders prepare to end twinning with foreign towns by next year.

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Civic visit from Mayor of Masvingo, Zimbabwe

A TOWN is taking part in a cultural exchange with a civic visit from its twinned city in Zimbabwe.

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Community in Borehamwood comes together with continental neighbours

A TEA group set up to help develop continental cohesion is being launched in Borehamwood next week.

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Malaga Is ‘boss’ Says Liverpool

Liverpudlian celebrities and residents are joining forces with easyJet to launch a campaign to twin the city with its favourite summer holiday destination, Malaga in Spain.

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Town celebrates 20 years of twinning

TWO decades of Witney being twinned with a German town have been celebrated.

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Visiting dignitary receives warm welcome

TRAVELLERS at Oxenholme station got a surprise when they stepped onto the platform at the same time as a visiting state dignitary.

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Twin town step is inconsistent

And for that we have to thank the new mayor; he has certainly gone down well with the rest of the country, who are writing to tell you that they want someone like him in their town. And, so far, he's gone down well with me – he's done all the right t ADVERTISEMENT hings (even when he doesn't like what he has to do – but if that gives us the new performance venue after all, then I'm happy).

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Preview of Carmen, Oxford Town Hall

Dancers and singers from all Oxford’s European twin cities will come together again to hit the high notes at the Oxford Town Hall next week.

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Special Feature: 20 years of friendship

MEMBERS of the Fritzlar Twinning Society in Burnham marked two decades of friendship with their German counterparts last week.

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Town prepares to greet German guests

Shepton Mallet residents are getting ready to welcome their visitors from their twin town of Misburg in Germany.

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Waseley youngsters strengthen twinning link

A GROUP of youngsters from Waseley Hills High School has returned from a week in Bromsgrove's twin town of Gronau in Germany.

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Taste of Spain on timetable

Flamenco dancing and Spanish-style cooking were served up at Pulham Primary School on Wednesday.

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Unity is carnival theme

RESIDENTS are being urged to join the fun at Bicester’s carnival tomorrow.

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Twinning committee’s busy summer

CLYDESDALE International Twinning Association have just completed a series of very successful 25th anniversary celebrations of twinning with Hemmingen in Lower Saxony, Germany.

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Towns pool ideas for the future

DELEGATES from Basingstoke have taken part in a ground-breaking pan-European conference to share ideas on how towns can develop in environmentally sensitive ways.

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Molly and Scarlett were winners at gala day

THE Skegness Twinning Association's gala day was another great success at the Tower Gardens for residents, holidaymakers and guests from Bad Gandersheim.

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It's a Weeze for Watton councillors

Town councillors are looking into the possibility of naming part of Watton after its German twin town of Weeze.

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Sidmouth couple sizzle

A COUPLE who bid for, and won, a cookery lesson during Sidmouth Twinning Circle's recent fundraising auction, have been able to prepare a three-course meal for two friends in 30 minutes.

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Priory choristers get German trip donation

CHORISTERS from Bridlington Priory Church are heading to Europe at the end of this month for a series of concerts

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2,000-mile ride of friendship

A Polish postman cycled more than 2,000 kilometres to deliver a message to a Lancashire city.

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Twin town association holds classical music evening

A TWIN town association is asking for more volunteers to help with a classical music evening event to be held in Elstree in September.

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Concerns grow at twin-town ditching

DONCASTER MP Rosie Winterton has raised concerns over plans to ditch Doncaster Council's involvement with its Chinese twin town.

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Skegness Bad Gandersheim Twinning

The Skegness Twinning Association celebrated the 30th anniversary of its partnership with Bad Gandersheim in Germany this weekend.

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Radlett singers strengthen cultural ties

A group of singers from Radlett helped encourage international relations when they performed at the Fete de la Musique in France.

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Germany meets England

Yarm Town Twinning Association and Yarm Town Council welcomed the Chair person of Schwalbach, Mrs Eschborn, and her daughter, to Yarm on Sunday the 5th July 2009.

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Orchestra in tour of twin town concerts

MUSICIANS from Bolton’s Youth Orchestra are teaming up with their counterparts from Germany and France to perform a special concert in the Albert Hall this week.

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Town's U-turn over twinning signs

Councillors in Bradford on Avon are reconsidering their decision to leave the names of their French and German twin towns off welcome signs for the town.

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School's Twinning award

SOUTHWATER Infant School has been awarded third place at the National UK eTwinning Awards. The award, which recognises excellent eTwinning projects, was given for an international project titled 'Let's Give Breath to Earth'.

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Russian visit to boost Perth's link with Pskov

FREELANCE translator Emily Justice has been charged with revitalising Perth’s twin town links with the city of Pskov in Russia.

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Red carpet welcome as towns seal link

A GROUP of people from Haltwhistle were treated like royalty when they visited the Italian town of Valentano.

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Councillors clash at town twinning ceremony

Opposition councillors faced calls of 'shame' from the Spelthorne cabinet after they voted against a proposal to twin the borough with Mauritius.

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TWINNING ASSOCIATION & COUNCIL JOIN FORCES

A new joint standing committee has been created by Epping Town Council to help forge closer links and ways of working between the Council and the Epping-Eppingen Town Twinning Association

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Bicester signs charter with twin town

BICESTER has officially signed a new charter with its third twin town.

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Exchange students’ very English adventure

AMERICAN students and teachers paid a visit to Billericay and learned about life in an English school.

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Twinners get funding until next year

CHESHIRE West and Chester Council is to take a fresh approach to international links.

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Towns celebrate 40 years of twinning

A CELEBRATION of 40 years of twinning between North Tyneside's twin towns of Halluin in France and Oer-Erkenschwick in Germany took place between June 12 and June 14.

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Cheshire West & Chester Council to end town twinning in 2010, and replace it with an International Framework

ELLESMERE Port’s twinning links with Reutlingen are under threat. Cheshire West and Chester Council originally decided to sever links with the Port’s German partner.

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Melksham welcomes cyclists from French twin town

Cyclists from Avon in France pedalled into Melksham town centre on Friday to meet with members of the twinning association at the Town Hall.

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Bromsgrove has second twin after agreement is signed

BROMSGROVE is now twinned with a second town after an official signing ceremony took place last Friday, (June 26). The town has become linked with the Canton of St Sauveur Lendelin, in Normandy, after officials from both towns formalised the twinning agreement in the High Street.

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A gift from our German twin town

A TOWER has been presented to a Worcestershire town to represent its links with another town in Europe.

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Doctor delivers aid pledge

A RETIRED doctor from Nettlebed has raised ?14,000 to buy an X-ray machine for a hospital in Uganda where he worked.

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Emeline bids au revoir to twin town

A YOUNG French student bid au revoir to Ulverston at the weekend after a six-week study placement.

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French join the row over Bradford's twinning sign snub

The chairman of the French Twinning Association representing Sully-sur-Loire has appealed to Bradford on Avon Town Council to reconsider their position on the lack of twinning signs in the town.

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Twin town visitors enjoy river cruise

A PACKED programme of events awaited a group of visitors from twin town Sankt Augustin, in Germany, when they paid Grantham a visit.

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Councillor hopes to strengthen links with twin town

KEEN runner and Swindon councillor Stan Pajak is hoping his participation in a half marathon in Poland may encourage an international entry to this autumn’s Swindon Half Marathon.

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Largs in Euro twin town games

“When can we do it again?” That was the verdict from the Largs team who took part in the recent Town Twinning Challenge Games weekend in Andernos-les-Bains, Largs’ new twin town in France.

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Part of France that will forever be linked with Highlands

THE first thing I was aware of when I awoke in St Valery-en-Caux was the screeching of a gull. advertising Highly appropriate, I thought, for Inverness's twin town. Another similarity was the weather — grey and damp, although that was to change to hot sunshine as the day wore on.

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Twin town is back in contact

L’AMOUR is in the air between Wallingford and its estranged French twin town after councillors were invited to France to mark an important anniversary.

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Barnet and Chaville celebrate 50-year partnership

A COMMEMORATIVE tree will be planted in Friary Park to celebrate 50 years of twinning between Barnet and the French town of Chaville.

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Roxanne is a blooming winner

A youngster is enjoying the sweet smell of success after winning a horticultural competition.

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Twinning Association under fire from Councillors

Members of Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) have criticised the town’s Twinning Association after the group retrospectively applied for a grant towards the cost of a meal at which visitors from the twin town of Champs-sur-Marne were entertained earlier this year.

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Polegate Twinning - busy French make most of their visit

AFTER our wonderful visit to Appen in Germany in April/May, 30 French people from Saintry-sur-Seine arrived in Polegate just before Ascension Day and experienced four days of British weather at its best.

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Sidmouth Twinning Circle auction raises £1,300

AN AUCTION organised by Sidmouth Twinning Circle has raised more than £1,300 to entertain visitors from Le Locle this autumn.

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Don’t mention the Germans in Bradford on Avon

German civic officials have been left feeling snubbed after their name was dropped from new welcome signs in Bradford on Avon.

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Schools in spotlight during twinning visit

The Mayor of Pembroke Dock, Clr. Pam George, the Deputy Mayor of Pembroke Dock, Clr. Maureen Colgan, together with the chairman of the Joint Tourism and Twinning Committee for Pembroke and Pembroke Dock, Clr. Aden Brinn, visited Pembroke, Malta recently.

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New twinning link to be signed

FRIDAY will see an important milestone in the history of twinning in Bromsgrove when the Canton of St Sauveur Lendelin in Normandy will become officially linked with the town.

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Bridport and St Vaast celebrate 30 years of twinning

THREE decades of cross Channel friendship have been celebrated at Bridport.

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Twinning visitors

THE 23RD ANNUAL exchange between Pontardawe and a town in Brittany is to take place next month.

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Cultural exchange helps promote Burnham and its residents

A CULTURAL exchange proved to be a great success as several Burnhamites visited their twin town of L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer in France recently.

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Melksham residents urged to get on their bikes for twin town visit

Members of a twinning association in Melksham are appealing for people to come out on their bikes to welcome visitors from their French twin town who are cycling from the continent to England.

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Why everyone should see war graves once - says twinning chairman

Axminster's twin town Douvres la Delivrande extended an invitation to its counterpart to take part in the Normandy Landings' commemorations - 65 years after D-Day. Brian Watson, representing Axminster Town Council, and Caroline Hillyard, chairman of Axminster Twinning Association, together with Miriam Hillyard and Iain Fifer, travelled across the Channel

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Travellers Hungary for more Marlow visits

A SMALL group of Hungarians discovered Marlow is their home from home after their first visit from the town's eastern European twin.

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Town set to welcome its Polish twin

A NEW twinning charter is due to be signed between Bicester and Czernichov, Poland, on Saturday.

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Gifhorn kids trip receives funding from council

A TRIP to Gifhorn in Germany for 14 youngsters has received a welcome boost from the Dumfries and Galloway Council.

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Twins' are united in song

A CAERPHILLY choir sang in front of the town's French counterparts at a special concert.

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The French connection

Learning a new language and making friends with people from another country can be a really enriching experience and thanks to one group, everyone in the area has the chance to explore another culture.

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Tablecloth seals Coventry link with Volvograd

A COMMEMORATIVE tablecloth has been presented to Coventry by the people of Volvograd in Russia to celebrate the 65th anniversary of their twinning.

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Ottey twinners reflect on France trip

OTTERY Twinning Association members have this week been reflecting upon a bank-holiday trip to French counterpart town Pont L'Eveque last month.

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Seaton twinners mark anniversary

SEATON and District Twinning Association representatives travelled to France for a 20th anniversary celebration.

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Football: Ville youngsters in French tournament

TWO teams from Moretonville JFC were in France from May 29 –31 to compete in a tournament organised by the Town Twinning Committee in Mouvaux and played at Parc Sportif, Pierre De Coubertin, Mouvaux.

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Twin association chairman resigns

The chairman of Bicester and District Twinning Association has resigned less than a fortnight before signing a charter with Poland.

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Whitchurch town twinning group enjoys exchange visit to Neufchâtel-en-Bray, France

A PARTY of 26 people from Whitchurch extended the hand of friendship to inhabitants of French twin town Neufchâtel-en-Bray.

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Gourmet dishes to promote town twinning

THE search is on for some of the best-loved recipes typical of France, Greece, Turkey and Germany whose towns Courbevoie, Halandri, Sariyer and Gladbeck are twinned with Enfield.

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Petersfield hosts lose gracefully to French guests

DEFEAT on the pétanque pitch did not dampen the spirits of the Petersfield families who oversaw another successful twinning association trip.

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Cyclists to take on mammoth bike ride

A 340-MILE cycle challenge awaits a team raising money for charities close to their hearts.

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Forest Row fun day success

FANCY dress made out of recycled items was a feature of a village fun day on Saturday (June 6).

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French leave for twinning group

SIXTEEN members of the Cowes Deauville Twinning Association have recently returned from a weekend visit to their French counterparts.

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Visit marks 36 years of twinning

RESIDENTS of Falaise in France have visited Henley to mark the towns’ twinning association.

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Fresh, new signs for Thame Twinning -

THAME'S main entry streets now boast fresh, new signs illustrating the town's link with the French town of Montesson, near Paris.

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Hand of friendship reaches across globe

ROCHDALE dignitaries have returned from an ‘amazing’ friendship mission to Bangladesh.

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French visitors bag twinning gift

VISITORS from Brittany in France were welcomed to Ilminster by members of the town’s twinning association last month.

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Cyclists set off for French twin town

A D-DAY veteran wished cyclists a safe ‘bon voyage’ as they set off from Abingdon on a challenge to mark the 65th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy.

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Obelisk at Kings Heath school marks twinning with one in Nepal

AN OBELISK has been unveiled in the grounds of a Birmingham primary school to mark its twinning with a school in far-off Nepal.

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Visit marked 25th yearof twinning

MILL VISIT: twinning visitors from Hemmingen, Germany, and Yvetot, France, spent the morning in the sunshine at Carmichael Mill, near Lanark

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Re-signing of Eye twinning charter

More than 50 visitors from France rolled into Eye on Friday, some having cycled about 100 miles from twin town Pouzauges.

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Entente cordiale with twin visitors

A group of people from Niort in France travelled to Wellingborough for a few days and stayed with host families in the town

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Attleborough welcomes French visitors

Members of Attleborough's twin community in France - Nueil-Les-Aubiers - have been warmly welcomed to the town for their biennial visit.

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Timbuktu talk at Hay Festival 2009

PUPILS from the Gwernyfed High School stepped into the national spotlight for the second time in as many weeks last Thursday (May 29) for an appearance at Hay Festival.

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Councillors ‘fly off’ with taxpayers’ money

COUNCIL bosses have spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money jetting off around the world, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

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European visitors grace Chesham

IT WAS International Weekend in Chesham as members from the town's 'twins' came to visit.

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Calne's French and German twins meet

New mayor Howard Marshall might not speak French but he led an official visit to Calne’s twin town of Charlieu last week.

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Penryn couple's thanks for anniversary

A Penryn couple have thanked the town's twinning association for a memorable surprise to mark their golden wedding anniversary when they visited France.

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Perpignan pupils on exchange trip with CRGS

PUPILS from a French school twinned with Clitheroe Royal Grammar School had an exchange visit to the Ribble Valley.

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D-Day on Honiton's Millennium Green

HONITON'S Millennium Green will be the venue of a commemorative event to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

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Party for 60 years of Aachen friendship

THE Halifax-Aachen Twinning Society celebrated two landmark anniversaries with a spectacular party at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax.

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Bonjour to residents of Falaise

RESIDENTS of Falaise in France have visited Henley to mark the towns? twinning association.

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Quality lots for Sidmouth Twinners auction

MORE lots have been pledged for Sidmouth Twinning Circle's bumper auction to help fund its 25th anniversary celebrations marking the town's twinning with Le Locle.

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German visitors visit twin region

MORE than 30 visitors from North West Germany visited the former borough of Restormel last week, keeping the tradition of twinning alive in Cornwall.

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French visitors descend on Chipping Sodbury

THE continent seemed a little closer in Chipping Sodbury as a group of 60 French visitors descended on the town.

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Twin towns unite for anniversary celebrations

Twenty five members of the Radlett and Aldenham International Friendship Association (RAIFA) have visited a village in France, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their twinning agreement.

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Town Hall's £5k bill for Hilden trip

TOWN hall staff and councillors spent more than £5,000 of council money on a four-day trip to Hilden, Germany.

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Youngsters to visit from Flintshire's German twin town

YOUNG people from Flintshire's twin town of Menden are to visit the county in October as part of an international exchange programme.

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Twin town ‘divorce’ alerts TV cameras

Chairman Alan Craddock received a call from the television station after nearby town Wallingford announced it wanted to ‘divorce’ its twin after years of inactivity.

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Council steps in to help with school twin trip

A BASINGSTOKE school’s difficulty with forging foreign links has been overcome – thanks to some help from the borough council.

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New role for telephone box

AN ICONIC red telephone box presented by Lynn to its twin town Emmerich has been put to good use by its new owners.

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Chesham's twins in town

CHESHAM had a continental flavour to it this weekend with the arrival of guests from two of its twin towns.

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French towns queue up to twin with Wallingford

WALLINGFORD has received a flurry of twinning offers from French towns after it attempted to severe links with its European partner.

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City to twin with Boston?

LONDONDERRY may be twinned with Boston if a plan sponsored by local businessman Garvan O'Doherty and New York-based ex-patriot newspaper the Irish Echo goes ahead.

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Honiton twinners visit D-Day beaches

ON the anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, Honiton twinners were guests of their counterparts in Mezidon, Normandy.

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Three decades of friendship remembered in one weekend

THIRTY years of friendship with a French town will be celebrated this weekend when dozens of visitors make their way to Oxfordshire.

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Chipping Sodbury marks 30 years of twinning links

CROISSANTS and coffee, boules and baguettes – the French way of life is being celebrated in Chipping Sodbury this weekend as the town marks 30 years of links with the continent.

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Choir from twin town will return to Witney

A gospel choir from the twin town of Unterhaching will return to Witney to celebrate the 20th twinning anniversary.

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Largs team in French twin town sports

Largs will be playing away this weekend when a group of 24 Largs Academy 6th year and students will represent the town in the Andernos-les-Bains Twin Town Challenge.

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Uckfield twin town members on bike ride to Paris

UCKFIELD twin town members embarked on a gruelling bike ride to Paris to raise awareness and money for an international youth camp planned for July.

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Weymouth and Portland twinning trek

THREE mayors marked the golden anniversary of twinning between Weymouth and Portland and Louviers in France.

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Say hello to our German friends

The Halifax Aachen Society would like to invite Courier readers to come along to our stall in the Piece Hall during Friday May 29 – Calderdale Neighbours Day.

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Young footballers get in the twinning spirit

UFFCULME Twinning Association has held strong links with Caumont-l’Éventé in Normandy for 32 years, and this year’s visit by the French saw a special additional event.

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Constantine School hosts twinned town

Constantine School became an international school on Friday afternoon when visitors from the twinned town came to the school.

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French visitors mark historic links with

A French football team and rowing team were among visitors welcomed to Norwich last night to mark half a century of a twinning partnership.

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Hennef orchestra coming to town

BANBURY will welcome a troupe of special guests to the town next week to play a celebratory concert.

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Whitchurch town twinning members on French exchange visit

A PARTY of Whitchurch town twinners are off to France tomorrow for a four-day visit to Neufchâtel.

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Skipton set to get French twin town

Skipton is set to get a new twin town in France.

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Putting the record straight!

I WRITE to correct the many inaccuracies in the musings/ravings of Jim Jones during the past two weeks – Tuppeny-ha'penny (Selby Times, April 30) and Roundabout apology (Selby Times, May 14).

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Cheshire West and Chester Council chief confirms authority won't be supporting twinning

COUNCIL leader Mike Jones says the new Cheshire West authority won’t be supporting twinning with foreign towns because it is simply amounts to ‘cheap and free holidays for councillors’.

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Councillors clash at town twinning ceremony

Opposition councillors faced calls of 'shame' from the Spelthorne cabinet after they voted against a proposal to twin the borough with Mauritius.

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Cyclists get to know their twin town

THREE Sevenoaks residents will be flying a green flag for Sevenoaks as they cycle to its twin town of Pontoise today (Thursday).

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Town's new mayor has twin aims for the year

A town's new mayor has pledged to help develop links with other countries and raise money for charity.

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Group says bonjour to twin town counterparts

MEMBERS of Billericay Twinning Association said ’allo ’allo to their French counterparts.

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Gosport naming ceremony celebrates 50 years of town twinning

The programme of events has been announced for an historic twinning between a Hampshire and French towns.

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Seaford Silver Band to play at twinning anniversary

SEAFORD Silver Band will perform to mark the 25th anniversary of the twinning with Bonningstedt.

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Whitley Bay poet heads for German festival

A POET from Whitley Bay is visiting counterparts in Germany as part of a book festival. Keith Armstrong will be making a special guest appearance in Tüebingen, Durham's twin city, at its bi-annual book festival, which takes place from May 19 to May 24.

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Hereford's new mayor meets German counterpart

HEREFORD’S new mayor will have double cause for celebration this Monday evening.

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Party from Coutances due in Ilkley

Civic leaders from Ilkley’s twin town of Coutances in Normandy will come to Wharfedale next week for the annual exchange visit.

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Fire Fears Disrupt Truro Concert

Fire fears disrupted a Truro concert held to mark 30 years of the city being twinned with Morlaix in France.

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Kington twinning group trip gatecrashed by immigrants

A GROUP dedicated to making international friendships suddenly found themselves with more foreign guests than they could handle.

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Patagonia twinning charter signed

A town in Argentina where Welsh immigrants set up home 100 years ago has officially twinned with a seaside community in mid Wales.

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Tonbridge twin town display officially opened

A DISPLAY dedicated to Tonbridge's twinning with a town in Germany was officially opened last week.

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Wellingborough twin town visitors to see the sights

People in Wellingborough are looking forward to welcoming visitors from its French twin town of Niort next week.

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Workington twin town on anniversary visit

VISITORS from Workington’s German twin town of Selm were in West Cumbria this week.

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New sculpture marks Oxford's twin town link

A NEW sculpture given to Oxford by its German twin city will be unveiled in Bonn Square during a week-long celebration of the cities’ links

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Pershore visitors enjoy time in German twin town

AN historic trip to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the twinning of Pershore with the German town of Bad Neustadt was made by residents and members of the town council at the weekend.

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Twinners' trek

THIRTY visitors from France enjoyed a visit to Royston as part of the annual town twinning exchange

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RENAMING CEREMONY IN HONOUR OF 50 YEAR FRIENDSHIP ACROSS THE WATERS

On Friday 22 May at 3pm, the walkway known for many years as the Esplanade and then later as the Millennium Promenade, will be re-named ‘Esplanade de Royan’ in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the Gosport – Royan Twinning.

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Bourne End honoured by French village

A FRENCH village has renamed one of its roads in honour of Bourne End, the Bristish village it is twinned with.

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Hay pupils to star in TV documentary

PUPILS living near Hay-on-Wye are about to get their 15 minutes of fame as the stars of a BBC 2 documentary

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Champagnegate row rumbling on

A LABOUR councillor has refuted claims made in the Advertiser last week that he had quaffed champagne while on a twinning visit to France.

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Council consider twinning with Italy

IT COULD soon be 'A presto' for Ballymoney after councillors agreed to consider joining a twinning town project in Italy.

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Twin town veterans share VE Day remembrance

CLEVEDON and its twin town of Epernay in France united to commemorate the anniversary of VE Day last week.

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Triumphs worlds apart at twinning ceremony

A TWINNING ceremony with a difference takes place in Bodmin this week when a diesel locomotive teams up with a Royal Navy submarine.

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New Twinning Group Set for First Meeting

A NEW Borough-wide twinning association is to meet for the first time next week. The Charnwood Twinning Association has been formed to help co-ordinate twinning activities in the area.

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Foreign visitors set to be welcomed to town

THE town's (Chesham) twinning association is gearing up to greet their European counterparts over their International Weekend at the end of the month.

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Warrington Borough Council officials involved in coach crash in Twin Town Nachod

The Mayor of Warrington, Clr Graham Welborn is among the group of council officers involved in a coach crash in Nachod, Czech Republic yesterday morning.

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Cyclists' epic journey to twin town raises cash for Rotary club

A group of 32 cyclists have helped raise thousands of pounds for the Rotary club by riding to Chichester's twinned city Chartres, in France.

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Sidmouth twinners promise auction with a difference

AN AUCTION with a difference is being planned by Sidmouth Town Twinning Circle to help fund its 25th anniversary visit by Swiss twinners from Le Locle.

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Ottery twinners' German visit a success

OTTERY "twinners" marked a visit from their German counterparts with a civic reception last weekend.

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Credit crunch strains twin towns' amitié

Wokingham's twinning links with France and Germany are under strain because of the recession.

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Twinning trip row erupts

Conservative councillors have hit out at an allegation that a trip to Ilkeston's twin town in France last year was at the taxpayers' expense.

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Prestwick's twin Italian job

The seaside town has been twinned with Ariccia, a town in the Lazio region of Italy just south of Rome, which has been added to the relationship Prestwick has with Lichtenfels in Bavaria and Vandalia in Ohio.

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Steam up for Cornwall railway fans

Cornwall’s steam train enthusiasts will be out in force later this month when Bodmin and Wenford Railway holds a Twinning Ceremony between the owners of resident Class 50 diesel locomotive No 50042 Triumph and the Royal Navy Trafalgar Class SSN submarine of the same name on Thursday , May 14.

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Knaresborough celebrates 40 years town twinning with Bebra

A GROUP of almost 40 Knaresborians were welcomed with open arms when they visited Bebra, Knaresborough's twin town, earlier this month, to celebrate 40 years of Town Twinning.

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Morpeth learns from Dutch flood defences

MORPETH Lions got a glimpse of Dutch expertise in flood protection on a trip to their twin club.

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Douai and Harrow celebrate twinning

VISITORS from France are in Harrow this weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the borough's twinning with Douai.

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German Cookery Evening

We held a German Cookery Evening in March 2009 which was a successful evening and a good time (and meal) was had by all

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Children and faiths unite to beat prejudice

ASIAN schoolchildren from Savile Town made friends with white pupils from a Huddersfield suburb in a twinning programme.

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Whitchurch Twinning Committee prepares for exchange with French visitors

WHITCHURCH Twinning Committee discussed its latest exchange visit at a meeting at Dodington Lodge, Whitchurch.

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French town says it wants to renew twinning links with Wallingford

THE French have begged Wallingford not to sever their twinning links in the row over a lack of contact.

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Twin towns at heart of exchange visits

CLACKMANNANSHIRE Council is calling on adults in the area to help support a new exchange initiative with its twin towns in France and Spain.

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IS TOWN READY FOR A FRENCH CONNECTION?

NEWS Telegraph readers are asked if they think Ashbourne should be twinned with a small town in northern France.

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Cllr Blaney back as chair of Moyle Twinning Association

MEMBERS of Moyle Twinning Association held their annual general meeting in Sheskburn on Thursday night last with a good turn out.

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The truth about twins: they don't always get on

Like all relationships, you have to work at it. And after a decade of Gallic indifference from the spa town of Luxeuil-les-Bains in eastern France, the Oxfordshire borough of Wallingford has had enough......

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Ottery Twinning Assocaition crowned best in Devon

OTTERY'S Twinning Association has been crowned the best in Devon.

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Twinning guild disbands as French cool the entente

CROSS-CHANNEL ties between Elmbridge and its twin town are under strain after an apparent lack of interest from the French.

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Twin Town Exchanges Now Open to Adults

Clackmannanshire Council is calling on adults in the area to help support a new exchange initiative with its twin towns in France and Spain.

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Twin town visitors say 'Auf wiedersehen'

A TRIP on a red London double decker bus around the Yorkshire countryside was one of the highlights for visitors from Brighouse's twin town, Ludenscheid in Germany when they spent a week in Brighouse.

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Twin Pique: Why Wallingford wants to divorce its French twin town

COUNCILLORS want to end Wallingford’s historic link with its French twin town after becoming fed up with more than a decade of silence.

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Parking fine for twinners' coach

A COACH which carried German visitors to Bewdley to join in the town’s 20th anniversary twinning celebrations was slapped with a fine while parked in a car park.

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Morpeth's Mayor hosts first civic visit

MORPETH'S new Mayor Ken Brown has welcomed his first civic visitors to the Town Hall.

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All together for tidy twin towns

Twin-town tidy-ups were held at the same time as part of efforts to keep neighbourhoods clean.

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WALTHAM FOREST: Plea to keep 'twin-town' tradition alive

WALTHAM Forest was twinned with a German town 60 years ago to ‘mend the wounds of war’ - and now young people are being asked to keep the tradition alive.

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Mayor visits Shanghai

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool is visiting Shanghai this week to mark the 10h anniversary of the twinning of the cities.

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Students get a real taste for their twin city

THREE French exchange students have spent time in Worcester taking in the delights of the city.

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‘Barrow should be twinned’

BARROW should get itself twinned, preferably with somewhere in the USA, a councillor claimed.

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Award boost for twin town

A TOWN'S twinning group has beaten almost 80 others by becoming the best in Devon. Ottery St Mary Twinning Association has won the Monica Saunders Trophy.

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£1m boost to Norwich's heritage

It is renowned for its fine architecture, religious connections and the important role played in its history by the wool trade. Now Norwich is teaming up with a place that shares those characteristics, the Belgian city of Ghent, in order to promote its landmark buildings.

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Penryn twinning association hold fundraiser

Penryn twinning association enjoyed an Easter supper on Saturday night. In order to raise money for their trip to their twin town Audriene in France, the association enjoyed an evening of fun and games along with their meal in the town hall.

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Knaresborough celebrates 40 years town twinning with Bebra

A GROUP of almost 40 Knaresborians were welcomed with open arms when they visited Bebra, Knaresborough's twin town, earlier this month, to celebrate 40 years of Town Twinning.

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Student Delegation from Palestine arrives in Brighton

On the 20th April a delegation of two Palestinian students arrives in the UK to continue the work of the Sussex-Al-Quds Tubas University Twinning Project. The delegation has been organised by students at both universities, in cooperation with the local Brighton Tubas Friendship and Solidarity Group.

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German mayor samples local curry

THE owner of a curry restaurant in Swindon was delighted when Swindon Mayor Steve Wakefield, and Frank Klingebiel, the Mayor of Swindon’s twin town Salzgitter, turned up to taste his food.

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High Wycombe's twin town paper editor looks at driving attitudes

THE editor of a newspaper in High Wycombe's twin town of Kelkheim, Germany, has written a piece comparing driving regulations in the two countries.

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Maldon Beer Festival hailed a success

Once again, the Maldon Beer Festival has been hailed a success with nearly 1,800 beer lovers attending t.......This year’s theme was the 40th anniversary of the Twinning Association between Maldon and the Dutch town of Cuijk.

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On the road to Dutch twin city

A party of 68 prepare to leave Oxford for a nine-day visit to the Dutch twin city of Leiden in 1967.

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Falmouth twin towns come in threes

There may be a signboard at the Ponsharden roundabout heralding that Falmouth is twinned with Landkreis Rotenburg (Wumme), Germany and Douarnenez, Brittany, France, but few people seem to know that there is a Twinning Association, claims newly co-opted membership drive secretary, Pamela Wentzell.

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Ottery leaflet language move to boost tourism

A GERMAN version of Ottery St Mary's free Heritage Walking Tour guide will be launched next month.

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Friendship blossoms with twin town

A SCHOOL has fostered good relations with its opposite number in Paisley’s twin town of Fürth.

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A sunny welcome for twin town visitors

WARM Easter sunshine welcomed visitors from Ludenscheid – Brighouse's twin-town in Germany – when they arrived in Brighouse for the traditional Easter visit.

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Olympic training camp bid for Reading

Olympians from Barbados could use Reading as a training camp for the 2012 Olympics. Reading’s town twinning group hopes to strengthen the link between the two places by inviting the country’s two swimmers, two sprinters, one hurdler and sailor to train in the town.

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Town twinning

EARLY on Easter Monday morning, my wife and I bade an emotional ‘au revoir’ to friends whom 60 hours earlier were total strangers.

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MEP congratulates Bewdley's twinning celebrations

LABOUR West Midlands MEP, Neena Gill, has congratulated Bewdley and Vellmar on their twinning celebrations.

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Connaught benefits from British MP twinning programme

Thrilled by what she saw when visited Waterloo in he rural urban area, during her visit to Sierra Leone, British Member of Parliament House of Commons Hon Claire Curtis-Thomas wasted no time in establishing a twinning programme with her Waterloo constituency and ours.

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Dumfries business woman makes Italian Link

DUMFRIES-born businesswoman Shona Fraser is doing her bit to promote the town and the rest of the region to Italian tourists.

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Twinning isn't a 'jollie'

IT WAS disappointing to read John Pinchbeck's snide and ill-warranted remarks in the Target (April 1) regarding Sleaford's twinning – of 10 years with Marquette lez Lille and its future twin, Fredersdorf-Vogelsdorf.

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Germany comes to Borehamwood for twin town event

THERE was a distinctly German feel in the air at Fairway Hall last night, as Borehamwood and Elstree celebrated the link with their twin town.

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Twin town link is work of art

A PICTORIAL reminder of Cumbernauld's twin town has gone on display.

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Twinning students begin work experience

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council has welcomed four students from its twin town of Troisdorf, Germany for a week long visit to the area organised through the Twinning Association.

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Antiques and art to lure visitors

A new attraction for Sandwich has been announced in the form of an antiques and art market to be held through the summer months on Saturdays...............I recently came back from a twinning visit to Honfleur in France, where there was a large market.

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Community garden a hub of activity

A COUPLE of events are being held in April to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the twinning link between Forres and Vienenburg.

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20 years of twinning to be celebrated

RESIDENTS are being invited to get involved with Watlington Twinning Association. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the twinning of Watlington with the French town of Mansle and celebrations are planned in both countrie

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SchwÄBisch Hall Scholarship Up for Grabs

A FANTASTIC opportunity to sample the culture of Loughborough’s twin town during a three-and-a-half-week study scholarship is up for grabs.

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Villagers go on trip to celebrate twinning

A 33-STRONG Hurst Green contingent is flying to Germany to celebrate 25 years twinning with the village of Ellerhoop.

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Continental Market comes to town

On Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April, George Street and Market Street will be transformed into a bustling marketplace

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BBC highlights Wrexham school's twinning links with African youngsters

TWINNING links between a north east Wales school and Kambhoke School in Swaziland have been highlighted in a BBC Radio Four programme.

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Walk guides translated

GUIDES to heritage walks in an East Devon town have been translated into German and French.

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Twin towns celebrate over dinner

THE BOREHAMWOOD and Elstree Twin Town Association is holding a German evening next Tuesday. The event, to be held on Tuesday, includes food, entertainment and beverages and will celebrate the links to Borehamwood’s twin town Offenburg in south-west Germany, near Strasbourg.

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French village's proposal for Reedham

THE French village of Glenac, set in beautiful countryside with a river flowing through it, would seem a natural partner for one of Norfolk's finest Broadland villages

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Oxford twin town band was banned from wearing Santa outfits

MUSICIANS from Oxford’s twin Dutch city yesterday revealed they were told not to wear Santa suits at Oxford’s Christmas festivities to avoid offending anyone

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Wanted: A fluent German-speaking Derbeian to be our envoy

A FLUENT German-speaking Derby resident is being sought to represent the city with our twin city of Osnabrück.

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French Winkel turns its nose up at Wincle’s advances

BOLD plans to twin the tiny village of Wincle with a European namesake were dismissed...after Winkel’s French leaders said "non".

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Bewdley joining euro zone for a weekend

BEWDLEY will become a euro-friendly town for a weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its twinning agreement with German town, Vellmar.

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French twinning events cannot be matched by Lingfield

VISITORS from France for the 30th anniversary of twinning with cash-strapped Lingfield face a warm welcome but a scaled-down programme of events.

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School called upon to help restore German twinning link

A school could hold the key to reinstating a twinning link between Melksham and a German town, which cooled after it was felt the German residents were taking advantage of the free hospitality.

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Welcome to Wincanton, twinned with Discworld

It is a fantasy world that is pancake flat and peopled by a metropolitan mix of witches, vampires and other strange, atavistic beings in loincloths, all balanced on the teetering backs of four giant elephants.

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?Gibraltar twin for Tenby?

Tenby could be set to have a continental counterpart this time next year. Mayor of Tenby, Clr. Mrs. Sue Lane, who has outlined plans for the town to twin with Gibraltar,

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Council tax could be reduced by cutting twinning and staff budgets

Two items in last week's Standard caught my eye. At the Skegness Town Council management meeting the town clerk reported both he and the deputy clerk had sent out 18 questionnaires to companies relating to the illuminations...............report that our German twinners are in financial difficulty and cannot fulfil their commitment to host a visit to Germany this year. Our council is therefore offering not only to host the visit but also to pay for the German visitors. Why?

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Twinning possibilities for Malvern?

MALVERN could be twinned with a town in France, Germany or even the Czech republic, if plans unveiled this week come to fruition.

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Maldon gets ready for seventh beer festival

The seventh Maldon Beer Festival was officially launched at Promenade Park as members of the Dengie branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) met with David Denyer, mayor of Maldon, and members of the town’s Twinning Association

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No grant for twinning group

THE cash-strapped Yeovil Twinning Association should increase its membership fee to become self-sufficient and not seek a bailout with public money.

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Kate Muir: how we twinned with a school in Kenya

A North London mum finds herself at Ngilai Primary, ‘twinned' with her childrens' local school

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Twin town students take tea with mayor

FRENCH exchange students had a real taste of Boston life when they came to the town for four week spell of work experience.

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Hundreds gather to watch French band

Hundreds of people turned out to watch a twinning concert at Westbury Gardens in Bradford on Avon on Saturday.

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Twin town could host winter Olympics

Cheltenham's French twin town could host the Winter Olympics — four years after its Russian twin stages the event.

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Council's standards committee describes Gaza proposal as "unwise"

THE controversial recommendation to twin Worcester with war-torn Gaza has been labelled “unwise” by city councillors.

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Twinners set to become 'triplets'

PREPARATIONS are moving on apace towards the signing of a twinning agreement between Sleaford and the German town of Fredersdorf Vogelsdorf, near Berlin.

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Trowbridge is first UK town to twin with Muslim Arab city

Trowbridge has officially been twinned with the Moroccan city of Oujda, making it the first place in the UK to be twinned with a Muslim Arab town.

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Twinned town celebrations are cut back

A town'a historic twinning celebrations are to be drastically scaled down after a last ditch bid for cash failed.

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Twinning charter to be signed in May

The Upper Culm Twinning Association (UCTA) will formally seal a twinning arrangement when visitors from France make their bi-annual visit in May.

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Cheltenham Mayor to welcome German visitors from twin town

A group of 50 pupils from Cheltenham's twin town of Göttingen in Germany will be visiting the town for the day on Thursday.

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German twinning group makes official visit to Burnham-On-Sea

A group of residents from Sedgemoor's twin district in Germany of Schwalm-Eder-Kreis visited Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend to celebrate 30 years of twinning activities.

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Wivey twinners celebrate 25 years

WIVELISCOMBE and District Twinning Association are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.

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Town’s past is explored

STUDENTS visiting from France have ret-urned home after enjoying a week of education and entertainment in Ludlow.

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Maldon is getting in the mood for beer!

The seventh Maldon Beer Festival is being held from Wednesday April 15 to Saturday April 18 at Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon. .....theme is the 40th anniversary of the Twinning Association between Maldon and the Dutch town of Cuijk.

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East Grinstead Town Twinning Association - March 2009

SCHWAZ is situated on the River Inn, 18 miles from Innsbruck. It is highly picturesque in the way of many Austrian towns. Schwaz now has a population of 13,000, but when it was an important centre for the silver mining industry it boasted 80,000. Visitors can still visit the mines, travelling 7 miles underground on a miniature train to view the original workings.

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Town is turning Euro for weekend

Bewdley will become the first town in the country to accept Euro notes and coins ….. at least for one weekend.

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Join Thame Twinning for a fun Bank Holiday weekend

PLANS for the annual visit to Thame of our French friends from Montesson are well underway, for a great Bank Holiday weekend May, 1 - 3, 2009.

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Swiss twinners in for cream tea treat in Sidmouth

A TRIP to Exeter and Devon cream teas are on the cards for Swiss visitors to Sidmouth later this year, thanks to a £400 grant provided by the town's county councillor.

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Skegness could pay for cash-strapped Bad Gandersheim councillors to visit

SKEGNESS Town Council could pay for a civic visit from councillors from Bad Gandersheim, because the German twin town cannot afford to fund the trip itself.

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Diamond days for Halifax-Aachen twin-town friendship

Six decades ago a group of people who had been at war with each other became friends. And the rest, as they say, is history. Virginia Mason reports IT all began with one town looking out for another after the devastation of the war.

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Kidderminster Carnival queen on twinning trip

A BLOOMING good time is in store for Kidderminster Carnival queen, Rosie Bennett-Bentley, with a trip to Germany this weekend.

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Polegate Twinning Association welcomes new members

THE ASSOCIATION has been twinned with Appen, (just north of Hamburg), since 1981 and with Saintry-sur-Seine, (south-east of Paris), since 1991.

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Call for greater links with Dacorum's German twin

Residents of Bovingdon, Chipperfield, Flaunden and Kings Langley could soon benefit from a wealth of community links with a town in Germany.

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French connection

Moves to create new town twinning link PLANS are in place to twin a village in either Dumbarton, the Vale or Clydebank with a town in the south of France.

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Warm welcome for twinning students

Redcar & Cleveland Town Twinning Association is ready to welcome students from the German town of Troisdorf with a Town Hall history lesson.

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Backing for second UK city to be twinned with Gaza

Volunteers participating in the recent British aid convoy to Gaza are backing call for a second English city to be twinned with the besieged territory to help future missions.

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Falmouth Twinning Association

Members and friends have been busy during the winter months organising a series of fund raising events including a French themed evening, a South American evening, a Christmas get together.

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County will not fund Northumberland twin town initiatives

THE new unitary authority will not fund any town twinning projects in Northumberland, county leaders have said.

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UK schools to benefit from eTwinning data strategy

Schools in the UK are set to benefit from a Europe-wide online e-twinning data strategy that has been set out in the recent European Union eTwinning conference.

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Fremington celebrates twinning anniversary

FREMINGTON is celebrating the 25th anniversary if its twinning link with French village Colombelles in Normandy.

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Call for town to be twinned with Gaza

BOLTON should be twinned with Gaza City in a bid to urge residents to help those in the war-torn territory.

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Twinning target nearly reached for Sidmouth group's anniversary exchange

SIDMOUTH'S Twinning Circle has nearly reached its target of £5,000 to meet the costs of funding a visit from Le Locle residents in October.

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Twin group's bid to secure more funding

WETHERBY Twinning Association is preparing to become a Community Interest Company (CIC) to limit its risk of incurring civil claims.

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Worcestershire Camera Club

THE renowned and entertaining photoshop guru Barry Colquhoun visited us in early February. He gave a fascinating talk entitled Photoshop Methods And Techniques, demonstrating a range of methods to enhance and improve pictures, creating exciting images and some very different impressions. It turned out to be a very thought provoking evening.

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Danes would be great for twinning plan, say group

AS Helensburgh marks 25 years of entente cordiale with its twin town of Thours in France, there has been a move to join up with another European community — in Denmark.

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Twin town students to visit

A group of students from Ludlow’s twin town of La Ferté Macéare are set to make a visit.

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Twinning group throws out Gaza link-up plans

WORCESTER Twinning Association has rejected controversial plans to twin Worcester and Gaza following secret talks. The decision not to pursue the link with the war-torn Middle Eastern city was revealed in an e-mail sent to your Worcester News yesterday morning.

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Sierra Leone twinning campaign gathers pace

The campaign to twin Kent with a small fishing village of the same name in Sierra Leone is gathering momentum.

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West Malian jewellery selling well in Hay

A HAY-ON-WYE co-operative is celebrating record sales of the West African produce it sells locally to help people in Hay’s twin town of Timbuktu.

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Raglan says “Oui”

Over seventy Raglan residents recently attended a public meeting at the Beaufort Arms to learn about a potential twinning opportunity with the French Village of Parcé-sur-Sarthe. The audience listened attentively to the benefits of a twinning partnership, heard a presentation about the village and watched a DVD especially recorded by the Mayor of Parcé for the people of Raglan.

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'Symbolic importance' of Gaza twinning

A WOMAN who lost family members in Gaza has urged Worcester to support the controversial twinning motion

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Legacy means El Viejo link will last

The future of a group set up to establish a bridge of friendship between Norwich and the Nicaraguan city of El Viejo has been secured - after a long-standing member left it nearly £60,000 in her will.

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St Piran and pasties in the Golden State

MARCH 5 will be a pretty standard day for most Americans. Most people will be at work or at school, burgers and hot dogs will be eaten and vast quantities of cola drunk.

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abour councillors gagged from discussing Gaza twin plan

WORCESTER’S Labour Party has gagged its councillors from publicly discussing their own proposal to twin the city with Gaza, a leaked memo reveals.

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Southend-Calais twinning links should be revived says councillor

SOUTHEND could revive its twinning links with Calais if a Francophile councillor gets his way. Labour member Mike Royston wants to see a return to the historic entente with the French port – scrapped by Southend in Seventies when the French town elected a Communist mayor.

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In Brittany : Sound and Lights Show about Saint Telo next summer

On August 20th 1989, Plogonnec, a small town in South-West Brittany, between Douarnenez and Kemper/Quimper, 2 miles south-east from Locronan, confirmed its twinning with Llandysul in Wales, by signing the charter.

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Colourful parade launches city festival

A colourful parade with samba dancers, giant puppets and drummers kicked off a festival celebrating inspirational and pioneering women.

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Twinning city with Gaza is good, says ambassador

THE Palestinian Ambassador to the UK has told your Worcester News he is backing the controversial city council proposal to twin Worcester with Gaza City.

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LORD MAYOR’S NOTTINGHAM ZIMBABWEAN COMMUNITY PARTY A HUGE SUCCESS

NOTTINGHAM: The recently much awaited Lord Mayor’s party for the Nottingham Zimbabwean Community was successfully hosted at the Town House’s Ballroom on Friday. Everything went on as per programme.

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Councillor defends idea for Worcester to twin with Gaza City

THE city councillor who put forward the idea to twin Worcester with war-torn Gaza City has defended his actions after claims the move had made the Faithful City become a laughing stock.

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Worcester twinning with Gaza City has made us a laughing stock

ALAN Amos has a lot to answer for today. The Labour city councillor has made Worcester a national laughing stock with his barmy plan to twin us with Gaza City.

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Board reaches out to repair faith relations

An Islamic community centre will host a major Jewish exhibition as interfaith groups attempt to repair relations in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict.

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City MP criticises Gaza twin bid

Worcester's bid to twin itself with Gaza have made the city "a laughing stock", its MP has claimed.

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Reports: English town wants to twin with Gaza City

The English town of Worcester is seeking to twin itself with Gaza City in a gesture of solidarity with the Palestinian people, an official there said Thursday. Councillor Alan Amos told Britain's Channel 4 News the twinning would draw attention to what he called the «dreadful occupation» and blockade that Gazans had

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Worcester backs Gaza twinning bid

A UK city council says it wants to twin with Gaza as a "humanitarian gesture". But Worcester City Councillor Alan Amos, who is behind the bid, said the move would not show support for Gaza's Hamas leadership.

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Gaza twinning vote due

A CONTENTIOUS proposal to twin Worcester with Gaza City in the Middle East is due to be put to a full council vote tonight.

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Still baking up a treat at 90

A PENSIONER who has baked 29,000 home-made scones admits she doesn't eat them herself - because she thinks they're "boring". Hilda Paterson, who has just turned 90, has baked the scones over a 15-year-period.

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Town Mayor is off to Ghana

THE Mayor of South Molton will travel to Africa to sign an historic twinning link next month.

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Worcester to become first city in Britain to be twinned... with Gaza

One is a picturesque cathedral city in the heart of England, famed for its china and the tangy sauce that shares its name. The other is a grief-stricken war zone in the Middle East run by a group listed as a terrorist organisation by both the EU and the U.S. They may not seem best suited as twins, but Worcester, birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar, could become the first British city to be twinned with Gaza City.

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Raglan votes on twinning

At a special public meeting on Thursday 26th February there will be the opportunity for the residents of Raglan to learn more about a potential twinning partner for their village. A fact finding team from Raglan has spent the last few months corresponding with the French village which is located within the beautiful and historic Loire region and within easy travelling of Raglan.

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twinning is a oui bit closer

CIVIC leaders in Newton Stewart have hailed the twinning visit by a party from Marcoussis in France as a great success.

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Town twinning scheme to continue

A BOND between Sedgefield and a German community will be nurtured following local government reorganisation.

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Twinning may be annual event

Gymnasts and coaches from Prudhoe’s twin town of Mitry-Mory in France visited Tynedale at the weekend for the first Prudhoe International Gymnastics Tournament.

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Lack of cash may scupper twinning celebrations

Celebrations to mark Gosport's 50th year of twinning with the French town of Royan could be an 'embarrassment' after funding was slashed.

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China twinning advisor warns over inward investment shortfalls

A SENIOR advisor on China has said “there is little understanding there of what Liverpool has to offer” within its sister city Shanghai.

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Busy time ahead for twinners

IT PROMISES to be a busy 12 months for the Royston and District Twinning Association. The association has several events planned for 2009, including a visit to German twin town Grossalmerode, and hosting visitors from French twin town La Loupe.

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Special guests open Edenbridge twinning display

SPECIAL guests braved the bad weather to travel across from France for the opening of a display of the history of Edenbridge's twinning with the French town Mont-Saint-Aignan.

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UK schools to benefit from eTwinning data strategy

Schools in the UK are set to benefit from a Europe-wide online e-twinning data strategy that has been set out in the recent European Union eTwinning conference.

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New boules pitch

Members of the Burnham and Highbridge Town Twinning association are hoping to install a boules pitch in Apex Park.

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Councils’ trips cost more than £50k

More than £30,000 has been spent sending Wolverhampton councillors and officers on trips across the world, it has been revealed.

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Cartoon makes light of Spelthorne town twinning plan

Staines councillor Colin Davis has been fast-tracked to a Mauritian beach by Ashford artist Darren Lacey in an illustration for a Spelthorne Council business magazine.

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German mayor's bid to restore twinning link

A GERMAN mayor is trying to revive a 20-year-old twinning link with a west Wiltshire town, which ended after the German visitors were deemed to be taking advantage of the free hospitality.

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50 years of friendship built on the ruins of war

A SERIES of poignant events got underway in Germany today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the special relationship between Coventry and Dresden. The historic cities were flattened in air raids during the Second World War but, after the fighting stopped, a bond of friendship and forgiveness was forged and, on this day in 1959, a twinning agreement was signed.

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German flavour to evening of light music

An audience of about 50 people enjoyed an evening of German music held by Bognor Regis Twinning Association.

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Twinners burn the midnight oil

THE Upper Culm Twinning Association enjoyed a great fund-raising Burns Night Supper at Hemyock.

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Party time for Hereford twinners

A HEREFORD group with European connections is inviting residents to a major party this spring. Dozens of Herefordians will say “guten tag” on May 21 when the city marks 20 years of friendship with Dillenburg, Germany.

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Taunton-Lisieux twinning celebrates 60 years

TAUNTON is this year celebrating the 60th anniversary of its twinning links with the French town of Lisieux.

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Royal visit for Leeming air base

A NORTH Yorkshire airbase will be playing host to a Royal VIP next week. .....will mark the station’s twinning initiative with the Canadian Air Force.

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Mystery of the missing twinning trophy

Romsey Twinning Association is looking for a cup presented to the town mayor 50 years ago.

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Jews and Palestinians unite in basketball 'peace league'

Scores of teenage boys Thursday - Israeli and Palestinian - helped kick off the second season of the Jerusalem Peace Basketball League, a joint initiative of the Jerusalem municipality and PeacePlayers International - Middle East. The league is comprised of six integrated teams of Arab and Jewish youth, who participate in the Twinned Basketball Clubs program, and four other teams from across Jerusalem and a West Bank town.

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wsYouth group wanted for Malta visit

PEMBROKE, Malta, is putting together a programme to commemorate 25 years of Pembroke as a town. The Mayor of Pembroke, Malta, Joe Zammit is hoping to secure European Funding to hold a ‘Youth for Action’ event and has invited a group of 10 young people, aged 15 to 18, plus two leaders, from each of their twinned, partnership, friendship agreement towns Pembroke/Pembroke Dock, Bradford Upon Avon, Roccalumera, Sicily, Cetinje, Montenegro, and Bergen, Germany.

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Twinning scheme gathers pace

EFFORTS to twin Newton Stewart with a town in France are gathering pace. Plans have been finalised for the visit of the seven-strong French delegation from Marcoussis next weekend.

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The Germans are coming! We need volunteers.

TWINNING association members are preparing to host around 20 guests from Dursley's twin town in Germany.

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Humble conker marks German twinning link

FROM German conkers, great horse-chestnut trees do grow.

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Scroll confirms town's Italian twin connection

A SCROLL has been presented to Helston's mayor Niall Devenish which confirms the strong link between the town and its Italian 'twin' Sasso Marconi.

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Who do Largs folk want to twin with?

During recent months, Largs has boosted its status by becoming a joint twin town with the seaside resort of Andernos-les-Bains on the French west coast near Bordeaux wine country.

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Olympic gold medal biker joins twin towns challenge

An Olympic cyclist will be coming out of retirement and getting back on his bike to help raise money for a Northamptonshire charity.

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Bursary available for young travellers

Young people with an urge to travel are being encouraged to apply for a Youth Travel Bursary from Petersfield Twinning Association.

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TWIN TOWN BURNS SUPPER

A GROUP of 20 people travelled from the twin town of Maule to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns with members of Carnoustie Twinning Association in the Station Hotel, Carnoustie, on Saturday night.

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Lack of interest forces twinning chairman to quit

The chairman of a struggling twinning association has decided to step down after a lack of interest put the long-running scheme in jeopardy.

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Roundabout twinning scheme underway

Work has begun on a town centre roundabout to create a living monument to St Helens 60th anniversary of its twinning links with Stuttgart.

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Ghana link develops with South Molton

TWINNING links between South Molton and the Ghanaian region of Shama have received a massive boost following a special visit this month.

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Town Twinning article a great help

THE East Grinstead Choral Society is most grateful to the Courier and Observer. The two-page spread of coverage in the September 18 edition of your paper ('Taking a closer look at our twin')...

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Marlow is twinned with Budavár (District 1) of Budapest, Hungary

In November 2007 a formal twinning agreement was signed by the Mayors of Budavár and Marlow. In December the Marlow Budavár Town Twinning Association sprang to life. Its aim is to encourage friendship between the inhabitants and the social, sporting and cultural organisations of Marlow and Budavár. In addition the Association organises events in Marlow with a Hungarian ‘flavour’ and arranges exchange visits between Marlovians and Budavárians.

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Could the blues twin with the reds?

TRUE blue Felixstowe is to explore the possibility of twinning with a town from red China.

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Official twinning of Largs and Andernos

MAYOR Philippe Perusat of Andernos-Les-Bains and Provost Bobby Rae of Largs and North Ayrshire signed the official document pledging the twinning between the two towns

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FORFAR PLANS JULY TRIP TO CHABANAIS IN FRANCE

THE Forfar Chabanais Twinning Association is currently organising the next visit to the twin town in France during the summer.

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Golden celebration for twin town founder

One of the founders of Reading’s twinning with the Irish town of Clonmel celebrated 50 years of marriage with his own perfect partner on Saturday.

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Twinning association celebrates Burns Night

FOR one night only Exmouth Twinning Association changed their attention from the town's links with Dinan in Brittany and Langerwehe near Cologne in Germany to celebrate Burns Night.

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Co-operation helps community go a long way

PROJECT Romania members met with a representative of the Co-op on Wednesday to offer thanks for their help during the Seica Mare twinning ceremony.

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Twinning anniversary trip

COCKERMOUTH’S twinning committee’s 26th anniversary visit to twin town Marvejols will take place during the autumn half-term.

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Heather takes a fancy to French assignment

Billinge woman has been appointed as a civic ambassador to the French town of Angers.

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French student sheds light on Ashby's name

ASHBY has become the subject of a 30,000-word thesis penned by a former French exchange student - 27 years after her first visit......became fascinated by the name of the town as a child living in Pithiviers - Ashby's twin town.

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Town's contribution should be recognised

AN ONLINE petition hoping to get official recognition for a community that tirelessly respects fallen war heroes has attracted more than 1,000 signatures......Other supporters are calling for the town to be twinned with the Armed Forces

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Derbeians sought to represent city during twinning trip

TWENTY-FIVE Derbeians are being sought to represent the city by travelling to Germany to take part in a week of twinning celebrations.

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New Year medal for local twinning woman

A BOWNESS woman has been honoured with a special award in Germany.

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Links forged with African village

An ambitious charity challenge has helped forge a new friendship between Bovingdon and an African village.

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Chuguyiv wants link with Wokingham

The Ukrainian town of Chuguyiv is hoping to forge stronger links with Wokingham. Chuguyiv has written to Wokingham Town Council clerk Keith Abnett asking councillors to consider twinning the two towns.

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FRENCH VISITORS FOR TWINNING BURNS SPUPPER

AS PART of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland's Bard, Robert Burns, Carnoustie Twinning Association will welcome a group of 17 travellers from Maule, France, for their supper on Saturday, January 24.

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French friends dinner

A DINNER dance is set to take place next weekend to raise money for the Friends of Oignies twinning association.

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French twinning link will collapse without YOU

COMMITTMENT needs to be shown by everyone interested in maintaining an entente cordial between Market Rasen ansd its French twin town Mamers.

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Twinning meeting

COCKERMOUTH Town Council’s twinning advisory committee will meet on Monday.The committee will discuss future visits to Cockermouth’s twin town Marvejols and other events for 2009.

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Moroccan memories on display

A VIBRANT exhibition is coming to Trowbridge next week tracing the history of Moroccan communities in the UK. ....the first place in the UK to be twinned with a Moroccan town, Oudja, in 2006.

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History maker

AT an age when most people are settling for a quiet life, one Strathaven grandfather-of-four has embarked on yet another new venture.....was the linchpin in East Kilbride’s twinning links with Ballerup in Denmark

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Twinning anniversary dinner

More than 40 members of the Chalfont St Giles Twinning Association attended a dinner in the Reading Room on Monday

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Twins link up to share ideas for city growth

An international conference will be held in Preston next month to improve links.....25 representatives from Preston's twin towns – Almelo (Netherlands), Nimes (France), Recklinghausen (Germany), Kalisz (Poland), and Almelo's twin town Iserlohn (Germany)

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FA Cup: Kettering talent guarantees Blue Square inclusion in fourth round

Kettering's footballers have got talent too. Cheered on by Faryl Smith, the 13-year-old diva who charmed the nation in the television show Britain's Got Talent, .......unexpectedly twinned the Northamptonshire market town with Gaza for a day,

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Largs town twinning ceremony

Andernos Les Bain mayor Philipe Persuat will be in attendance in Largs at the end of this month for the twinning of Largs and the French seaside town.

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Woodbury twinning Association looking for new committee members

THE Woodbury Twinning Association is inviting residents to attend it annual general meeting.

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Credit crunch spoils civic trip to Skegness' twin town

SKEGNESS Town Council's civic visit to twin town Bad Gandersheim has been cancelled because the German town is tightening its belt in light of the credit crunch.

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Town twinning to honour war hero

A bid to mark a village's historical ties with a French town may come to fruition this year.

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Staines to twin with tropical hotspot Mauritius

One has white sandy beaches, the other has just approved plans for a concrete seven storey block of flats just off the M25 -but Spelthorne Council is determined to twin Staines with the tropical island of Mauritius.

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Birthday celebrations for St Giles Twinning Association

A dinner celebrating three decades of friendship is being held to mark the Chalfont St Giles Twinning Association's 30th anniversary.

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Newton Stewart to twin with French town?

PLANS to twin Newton Stewart with the French town of Marcoussis are gathering pace, the members of Cree Valley Community Council were told at their meeting on Monday night.

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Bay-by it’s cold outside

A FATHER and daughter braved freezing weather to enjoy a Christmas day swim and raise money for a special trip.

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Village to get French twin

The village will be twinned with a town in France the parish council announced last night. The joining of Kings Langley and Achiet-le-Grand has long been on the cards and councillors hope the formal twinning will expand the communities’ common interests.

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French town interested in twinning link-up

COUPAR Angus, Ardler and Bendochy Community Council have received a letter from the Mayor of Thesee inviting the town to twin with them

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Forgotten link with Bulgaria revived

A MERSEYSIDE authority is reviving links with an ancient corner of Bulgaria, after forgetting about the international union it formed 22 years ago.

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BRENTWOOD: New plea to boost schools' links with twin town in Germany

MORE schools are needed to link up with those in Brentwood's twin town in Germany. That is the call from the borough's town twinning association which is particularly keen for junior age pupils to get involved.

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Twinning move for town

THE region’s commonwealth town is exploring the possibility of twinning links with France.

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Forgotten link with Bulgaria revived

A MERSEYSIDE authority is reviving links with an ancient corner of Bulgaria, after forgetting about the international union it formed 22 years ago.

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MARCH: Twinning Association fights for survival and launches hunt for new members

MARCH Twinning Association is fighting for its survival, and is holding a special meeting in the new year in an attempt to find new members

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French town interested in twinning link-up

COUPAR Angus, Ardler and Bendochy Community Council have received a letter from the Mayor of Thesee inviting the town to twin with them.

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Twinners decide not to split

A special meeting of the Sandy Twinning Association has been held to discuss the future direction of the group.

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Town to get Italian twin

Coniston could soon have a twin town in Italy to go with the French town it has twinned with for ten years.

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Top tucker for big Aussie bash

Plans to dish up mountains of sizzling sausages, eggs and beans at a big Aussie bash in Lincoln are well under way.

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Lakes village hope of second twin town

A LAKES village is forging ties with a community in Italy in the hope of embracing a second twin town.

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Club employs flower power to build links

YOUNG members of the Canal Boat Adventure Project’s Nessie Club have been working hard in order to launch the Runcorn club’s English rose garden in Germany.

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Borough mayor sets up stall at market in twin town of Reutlingen, Germany

BOROUGH mayor and mayoress Keith and Joan Butcher have just returned from an international Christmas market in the Port’s German twin town.

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Town club facing uncertain future

IF WE do not get more members we will be forced to close next year. That was the stark warning from Shepshed Twinning Association this week.

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Bridgend could be twinned with Belgian town Hechtel

TWINNING links between Bridgend and Germany could be severed in favour of a Belgian alternative.

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Twinning group’s dinner ends another very successful year

CLYDESDALE International Twinning Association completed their activities for 2008 with a dinner at the Woodpecker Restaurant in Lanark last week

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Kindness of pupils for twin town

A GROUP of kind-hearted pupils have come up trumps for children living in Chard’s twin Romanian town of Seica Mare.

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Rhondda Cynon Taff’s Partnership with Mbale is widely praised at ceremony in Strasbourg

Rhondda Cynon Taff’s unique partnership with Mbale in Africa has been saluted at a prestigious European conference.

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Barnet's first Israeli market hailed a great success

sraelis flocked to Barnet this week to take part in the borough’s first Israeli street market. The British Zionist Federation invited more than 30 traders from Barnet’s twin town of Ramat Gan to set up shop in Finchley Road, Temple Fortune, following previous successful French and German markets.

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County to get a new African twin called Kent?

An ambitious campaign has been launched to twin the county with a small fishing village in Sierra Leone called Kent.

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Heacham: Idea to twin with French village

HEACHAM is working on plans for a twinning association with the French village of Criteuil-La-Magdeleine.

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Bexhill's Mayor welcomes French visitors in his native language

TOWN Mayor Cllr Patrick Douart has had the pleasure of welcoming a civic party from France in his native language – French.

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Dourdan twinners visit

MORE than 30 twinners from the French town of Dourdan made the trip across the channel to meet up with their Dunmow counterparts in London.

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An evening full of festive cheer

OKEHAMPTON was alive with seasonal spirit last Thursday when Edwardian Evening brought plenty of colour and song to town. .....barrel organ and a glass of mulled wine served up by members of the the town’s twinning association.

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Spanish marathon helps blind charity

PUPILS at North Town Primary School, in Taunton, have covered the 800-mile journey to Spain to raise funds for Somerset Association for the Blind.

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Otterndorf twinning goes well

Sheringham Otterndorf Twinning Association reported on a successful and busy year at its annual meeting.

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Largs twinning this weekend

A delegation from Largs is heading out to France this weekend to sign, seal and deliver a historic town twinning arrangement with Andernos-Les-Bain.

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Dresden trip for Amersham School pupils

Eight pupils from The Amersham School have returned from a three day trip to Dresden in Germany organised by youth worker Paul Williams.

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Hundreds share the lighting up of festive Thame -

HUNDREDS of local people thronged to Thame town centre on Friday evening, to witness the switching on of Thame's new Christmas lights. The switch was thrown by celebrity chef and local restaurateur, Raymond Blanc, who won the hearts of the assembled families with his Galic charm, and later signed copies of his recently published book, A Taste of My Life..........market stall, manned by Thame's French friends from the town's twin town, Montesson, proved very popular

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Thai boxing twinning project a success

LOCAL dignitaries along with the business community celebrated the success of the Shin-Gi-Ru Muay-Thai Kickboxing Club in Whalley Range Business Park that is helping to bring benefits to children in both Lancashire and Thailand.

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Hay plans to help Timbuktu

HAY-ON-WYE residents are reaching out to their West African counterparts after the town was officially twinned with Timbuktu. Medics4Timbuktu doctors in Hay have been discussing projects to improve child health and maternal mortality rates there.

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Blankets celebrated in movie

A PROJECT to celebrate Witney’s world famous blanket industry has now turned into a film. .......even enthusiastic talk now of twinning Witney with Fort William in Canada which has a historical park with a theme on blankets.”

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An unlikely pairing under the mistletoe

In an unlikely pairing, America's sprawling Oklahoma City (population 1.2 million) is to twin with Worcestershire's picturesque Tenbury Wells (population 3,786) for the Christmas season at least.

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International visitors coming to WinsfordInternational visitors coming to Winsford

A DELEGATION from Winsford’s French twin town Deuil la Barre will be visiting the town this weekend.

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A £3,500 bill for council's Japan 'jolly'

COUNCIL Tax payers have forked out more than £3,500 for civic leaders to enjoy a five-day 'jolly' to Japan.

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Bloom is created to honour twinning links

A NEW breed of roses has been created to symbolise the twinning relationship between Crewe and Nantwich and Macon in France.

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Cavalcade of light at Waltham Abbey

WALTHAM Abbey was adorned with colourful floats and its festive decorations lit up at the town's annual cavalcade of light........included a contingent from the Abbey's twin town of Hörstel in the north Rhineland and Burgermeister Heinz Hüppe flicked the switch to light up the town for Christmas.

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MAYOR IMPRESSED BY GILBERT VISIT

NEWTOWNABBEY'S Mayor and Deputy Mayor have described their recent visit to Gilbert, Arizona as "impressive."

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Ellesmere Port & Neston Mayor promotes the Borough in Germany

The Mayor and Mayoress of Ellesmere Port and Neston, Councillor Keith Butcher and his wife Joan have just returned from our twin town of Reutlingen in Germany, after holding a stall there on the International Christmas Market.

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Caistor lights up for Christmas

Caistor market place came alive during a very cold, foggy evening when a great crowd of visitors gathered to see the switching on of the Christmas tree lights........Tore Tideman, Mayor of Enebakk, (who also ran the Forestry Commission). Tore told Keith he would not sell the tree but would donate one. And so the story began. ......and the initial idea of the Twinning programme between the Caistor and Enebakk Schools.

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New pool could put Middlesbrough in the swim

A NEW swimming pool in central Middlesbrough could be the hub of a new leisure development in the town........backed by Mayor Ray Mallon, who intends sending a small delegation from Middlesbrough to Oberhausen - its twin town in Germany - to see first hand how the private sector has provided a new pool for the town.

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Ottery twinners enjoy German-themed party

MORE than 60 members of Ottery's Twinning Association geared up for the festive season with a German- themed pre-Christmas party earlier this month.

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Viking boxers to put on fight night at Villa

VIKING Boxing Club is all set for a full night of amateur boxing at the Villa Marina this Saturday (November 29) an event hosted by the Douglas Corporation twinning committee.

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Overseas visitor will receive the royal treatment

A VISIT from the Mayor of a Lithuanian city will take place today. Mayor of Ukmerge, Algirdas Kopu-stas will arrive in Worcester at noon

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Hundreds enjoy Victorian Fayre fun

A VICTORIAN Christmas Fayre provided plenty of festive fun in Worcester from Christmas carols to merry-go-rounds. .....They were joined on the podium by Anne Marie Laurent, chairman of the Le Vesinet Twinning Association and Karl Heinz Koster, chairman of the Cleve Twinning Association

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Twinning link anniversary

A STONE lantern has been presented to a National Forest visitor attraction to celebrate the anniversary of a twinning link.

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Euro students say thank you to Dave

TEN Cockermouth School students who were given grants to go on educational trips abroad have given presentations about how the money was spent.

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New Southcourt bridge is named

AYLESBURY'S new bridge has been given its official name of Bourg Walk.

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Lighting up time for festive season

BERWICK'S Christmas lights were officially switched-on at the weekend,..........visitors from Berwick's twin town in Poland said what a wonderful sight it was and plan on starting something similar in their home town."

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Pontypool gets ready for international festival

PONTYPOOL is gearing up to play host to an international Youth Festival with young people from its twinned towns of Bretten, in Germany, Longjumeau, in France, and Condeixa, in Portugal.

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Volunteers Needed for Town Twinning Scheme

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help secure the future of a council’s long-running town-twinning scheme.

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The garden of friendship in the people's park

TWO Japanese garden designers have arrived on Tyneside to plan an Oriental feature for a Victorian park.

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Continental friends will visit city Christmas fair

BIENVENUE, Willkommen and Sveiki – Worcester is preparing to welcome friends from across the continent.

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Twinning Association secures grant!

Congratulations to Lytham St. Anne’s Twinning Association in securing grant funding in preparation for June 2009 when it celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Charter with Werne in Germany.

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Anger after plaque for twinning is snubbed

THE absence of three plaques on the Midsteeple, linking Dumfries with towns in Europe and the USA, has provoked an angry backlash.

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‘Twinning’ — one small step toward reconciliation

Remember that old expression, “Think globally, act locally?” A group of forward-thinking Jews and Muslims here in the Bay Area is doing just that with the advent of the “twinning” movement.

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Twinners celebrate Nepalese link

AN UNUSUAL town twinning ceremony was held when a delegation from the villages of Debden and Wimbish visited their friends in a Nepalese village.

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Mayor of Louth salutes French kindness

THE MAYOR has thanked civic leaders in Louth's twin town of La Ferte Bernard in France.

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MAYOR IN USA FOR TWINNING ANNIVERSARY

A DELEGATION from Newtownabbey jetted off to America this week to mark the tenth anniversary of the borough's connection with a town in Arizona.

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Celebrating 25 years of German twinning

ROCHFORD will celebrate the 25th anniversary anniversary of its link-up with German twin town, Haltern, with a series of events next year.

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Doris celebrates Postcode Lottery win

THE secretary of a local town twinning society is celebrating after winning nearly £17,000 on the Postcode Lottery.

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Bristol and Beira partnership

Bristol signed a friendship agreement with Beira in Mozambique on 11 December 1990. Developed from the Anti-Apartheid movement in the 80s, the Bristol-Beira partnership has been established with the aim to promote lasting peace and development, and enhance understanding between the two cities.

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Twinning group's Poland trip

DULVERTON twinners took part in a trip to Poland to celebrate the tenth anniversary of partnership with their twin town.

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Twinning association needs funds

A TWINNING association is calling for help after missing out on a European Union grant for two years running.

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Celebration of 10th anniversary of Twinning

Billerica, Mass. - This year marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of the twinning agreement between Billerica MA USA and the Billericay Mayflower Twinning Association in Billericay Essex UK, our sister town.

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Enfield and Sariyer twin town project is cemented

ENFIELD and Sariyer in Istanbul have formalised their twin town status with an official signing ceremony. The ceremony took place at Edmonton’s Salisbury Turkish School last Thursday and featured, the Mayors of both towns and a number of local dignitaries from Enfield and Sariyer.

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Group makes remembrance trip

GUESTS from Ulverston’s French twin town and a Furness civic party took off to France for a week of remembrance.

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Twin set celebrates

A street in a French town has been named after its twin in Comet country.

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Pakistan guests tour town

MEMBERS of Pakistan’s National Assembly were treated to a guided tour of Rochdale when they paid a flying visit to the town.

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Game plan for twinning groups

TWO of Redditch’s French twinning societies are to apply to Redditch Council for a boules playing area in the town

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Churchgoers show faith in twin town

A vicar took seven congregation members to Germany to mark the tenth anniversary of the first meeting with worshippers from Elstree and Borehamwood’s twin town.

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Twin traders come to town

SIX traders from Warrington’s twin town Hilden will be among those taking part in Warrington Market’s Christmas Showcase this weekend.

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Twinning association needs your help

MARCH Twinning Association is urging people who are interested in keeping the association alive to attend a special meeting at March Town Hall in January.

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Showstopping pupils ready to tour Hungary

SHOWSTOPPING pupils are set to premiere their new African and contemporary dance piece, before taking it on tour to Hungary.

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Twin towns learn from Oxford's flood problems

Visitors from Oxford’s twin towns believe lessons can be learned from the city’s experience of last July’s devastating floods

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Local Remembrance ceremony - (Photos)

Friends from Normandy joined villagers and members of the Swingfield Twinning Association for a short ceremony in the rain at the lych gate of St Peter’s, Swingfield Street on Remembrance Sunday.

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Town Twinning

Abingdon has close links, built up over many years, with its four twin towns: Argentan, France; Lucca, Italy; Schongau, Germany and Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.

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Burgh visitors celebrate town twinning success

HELENSBURGH Town Twinning Association celebrated their 25th anniversary with a trip to Thouars last week.

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THE HIDDEN FRENCH CONNECTION

WHEN the French town of Albert twinned with the historic market town of Ulverston it was a purely random association.

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Chichester is building links with another walled city

A 'friendship link' may soon be formed between Chichester and the Maltese capital Valletta – another historic walled city

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French twins visit Lane End

LANE End became a corner of France this week when the village welcomed guests from its twin town.

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Criticism of Nicaragua trip 'unfair'

A council leader has said a £7,000 trip to Central America was justified because it will help improve lives there and in Leicester.

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Cae Top pupils to get European link

CONSTRUCTION of state of the art buildings for a Bangor primary school has opened the European door for its youngsters.

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Roundabout highlights from the other Andover

The place is Andover, Hampshire, England, but many issues facing residents there mirror some of those facing the residents of Andover, Mass.

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Cheltenham's twin town celebrates Obama win

People in Cheltenham's twin town of Kisumu have declared a public holiday to mark Barack Obama's US election win.

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Street naming to mark anniversary of town twinning

A STREET will be named after Letchworth GC's German twin town, Wissen, North Herts District Council has revealed.

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Minehead Twinning Association

The Association is a group of people from Minehead and district who are interested in promoting links and contacts with our twin town.

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Twinning association needs your help

MARCH Twinning Association is urging people who are interested in keeping the association alive to attend a special meeting at March Town Hall in Januar

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St. Gabriel Catholic Church plans project with twin church in Haiti

Rev. Pat Apuzzo, pastor at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, ask those interested to participate to please wait before making a donation of equipment

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‘Twinning’ with east Africa

A TEAM of Huddersfield solicitors have visited east Africa as part of a twinning programme.

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France trip for Williton twinners

MEMBERS of Williton Twinning Association have returned home after a trip to their twin town in France.

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Guests treated to Cornish hospitality

THE Truro-Boppard Twinning Association recently hosted a group of eight guests from the German town.

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Town twinning

Twinned towns date back in many cases to the Fifties. However, many councils are now developing additional links with developing countries, with emerging industrialised nations such as China, India and Japan, and with eastern European countries

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Twinning meeting

CAERNARFON-Landerneau (Brittany) Twinning Committee are holding an informal open meeting on Monday, November 10 at 7pm in the Menai Room in the Institute Building, Caernarfon.Š

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Women meet twin town group

EIGHT members of a women's group have made a regular visit to ones of Darlingtons twin towns.

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Slap-up tea for French visitors

A GROUP of farmers’ wives from Cockermouth gave more than 160 French visitors a taste of Cumbrian cooking.

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Sariyer and Halandri to celebrate Enfield twinning

SENIOR Turkish regional politicians will be in Enfield next week to celebrate the town twinning project between them.

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Twin town visas refused

A YOUTH group has had a long-planned visit by town twinning friends from abroad officially blocked. Now it wants to set up a lobbying group to change the way the Government assesses visa applications after it refused Stevenage's Zimbabwean twin town entry to the UK.

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German visitors get taste of Warwick

German visitors experienced a taste of Warwick life when they arrived in the town earlier this month.

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European debut for Boston conductor

THE director of Boston Choral Society is orchestrating a move across the Channel.

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Celebration of town twinning

A distinctively French feel arrived in Hertsmere last week with both Elstree and Borehamwood and Radlett celebrating the relationship with their twin towns in the continent.

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RADLETT CELEBRATES SILVER ANNIVERSARY FOR FRENCH TWINNING

Last weekend (23 to 25 October) Radlett welcomed 28 visitors from its French twin town, Louveciennes, including their Mayor, André Vanhollebeke to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their twinning partnership.

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Councillor’s China trip slammed

CARDIFF council’s deputy leader has come under fire for taking a trip to China – at taxpayers’ expense.

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Councils spend £62,000 on overseas trips

THE region's councils have spent more than £62,000 of taxpayers' money on overseas trips in the past three years.

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Twin town visit hailed a success

A GROUP from Trowbridge visited the German town the county town is twinned with to celebrate the 500th anniversary of its largest fair.

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Germany trip a success for Ottery 'twinners'

A DRIZZLY weekend failed to dampen spirits of Ottery Twinning Association members who enjoyed a trip to Southern Germany earlier this month.

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Twin towns in link-up on history

A PROJECT is being launched to increase understanding of life in a Northumberland town and its Polish twin during the Second World War.

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Return trip to Scarborough's German twin town in spring

PLANS are under way for a return trip to Scarborough's German twin town after a successful visit.

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Dutch visitors become victims of village vandals

Visitors from Chalfont St Giles' twin town in Holland were shocked to find that their coach had been damaged by vandals during their stay in the village.

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Wrexham pupils on a high learning about African kingdom

SIX teachers from the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho have spent a week in three Wrexham schools, at the invitation of the Maelor School Penley, Acton Park Juniors and Ysgol Bodhyfryd.

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Twinning plan for primary school

LEDBURY Primary School could soon be linked to two overseas schools, one in Africa and the other in Scandinavia.

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British schoolboys in Goa for football ties

A group of schoolboys from the city of Leicester in southeast England arrived in Goa on Monday to take part in matches and a historic twinning arrangement with India.

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Community Activity Fair 18 October 2008

The Association was one of forty groups represented at the Community Activity Fair at Seaton Town Hall.

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Youth games plan for twin towns

HALO Leisure, the company that runs Ledbury swimming pool and leisure centre, is planning an international Youth Games, to take place in the county in the summer of 2009.

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Twinning visit spiced up by evening of fun

A special relationship with a German town was celebrated with some visitors who took in some traditional English sights and rounded their stay off with a good ol’ British curry.

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Twining up - all in the Queen's name!

They share an uncannily similar name – but they couldn't be more different. One park boasts fearsome lions and leopards, while the other boasts gentle sheep.

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Hawkhurst is twinned after 10 years of dispute

THE TWINNING of Hawkhurst with an Italian town was officially recognised by the parish council after more than 10 years of uncertainty.

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Twin town swimmers take on Wycombe

SWIMMERS from High Wycombe's twin town in Germany were taking on their English counterparts in the pool at Handy Cross today.

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Special reception for French visitors

AROUND 30 representatives from Gournay-en-Bray will be arriving in Hailsham on Saturday afternoon (October 18).

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Police say officer's visit to twin town was not 'a beano'

HELSTON police have responded to claims that one of their number went on what amounted to a "beano" to Italy.

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Trophies for Blyth's Euro cyclists

The group of five young people from the Croft and Newsham area, accompanied by three Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure staff, were congratulated after completing a 280-mile, three-day cycling trip.

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Explore China

For various reasons, it is going to take a while to set up a twinning arrangement with a school in China. When we proposed the Explore China idea we knew that the same approach could be applied to other countries and continents and as I am working in Tanzania for six weeks this Autumn I will be exploring the possibility of forming a link with a school here as well

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Globe trotting lawyers prepare way for twinning with Mombassa

THE twinning of Liverpool Law Society with its Mombasa counterpart moved a step closer last week.

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Germany and the town twinning movement

Half a century after World War II, there is hardly any European city Without one or several twin towns. Yet the role of town twinning in improving international relations on a worldwide scale has been little researched or documented.

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Polish teachers strengthen twinning links with Doncaster

TEACHERS from Doncaster's Polish twin town visited Doncaster College to cement the partnership and resurrect links going back to 2000.

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Former Saints ace Jon to cycle to Northampton's twin towns

Former England and Northampton Saints winger Jon Sleightholme has promised to cycle to Northampton's two twin towns in Europe to raise money for Autism Concern as part of the charity's £150,000 fund appeal.

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Two Events - Community Fair and Windows on Seaton

On Saturday 18 October there is a Community Activity Fair sponsored by the Town Council in Seaton Town Hall

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Entries coming in to give town a new flag

Entries have started to come in for the competition to design Petersfield's new town flag.

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Town to be twinned in honour of war hero

Kings Langley is taking the first steps towards twinning with the French town where a village war hero earned the Victoria Cross.

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Vandals kill gift from our twin town

THE Silver Fir tree given to the people of Leighton by our twin town Titisee-Neustadt in Germany has been snapped off and killed.

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French twin visitors get a Yorkshire welcome

VISITORS from Wetherby's twin town in France were given a traditional Yorkshire welcome at the Town Hall.

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German twin town celebrations in Mansfield

MANSFIELD hosted a special cultural event in honour of the town's German twin town Heiligenhaus on Saturday

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Twinning group report events success

MORE than £300 has been raised by the Clydesdale International Twinning Association at their recent sale which was held in the Tolbooth at Lanark.

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Council criticised for overseas 'jolly'

Leicester City Council has been condemned for wasting taxpayers' money sending members abroad on a twinning exercise.

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Mayor leaves village gift

A Bavarian mayor visited Bushey to refresh twin town ties and leave a large gift for the village and its rose garden.

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Friendship is at twinning's heart

EXMOUTH Twinning Association has just said "auf wiedersehen" to their Teutonic friends from the town's German twin of Langerwehe.

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Torcy town twinning triumph

DURING the holiday weekend a group of 28 members of the Girvan & District Town Twinning Association paid their annual visit to our twin town, Torcy.

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French visitors treated to traditional Wetherby hospitality

VISITORS from Wetherby's twin town in France were given a traditional Yorkshire welcome at the Town Hall.

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Finlay saddened at axing of Texan ties

A BID by Ballymoney Council to salvage its international twinning link with Benbrook City Council in Texas has failed.

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Rasen twinners making big plans

MARKET Rasen's Twinning group is making plans for its 20th anniversary year of association with the French town of Mamers in the Sarthe region near Le Mans.

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A little piece of Thame...in France

TWIN town Montesson has honoured the residents of Thame by naming one of their squares after it.

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French connection

VILLAGERS have gone continental as they prepare to welcome French guests for a feast of Gallic festivities.

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Concert celebrates Blue Toon’s twinning link

Pupils to team up with Alesund youngsters in Norway for anniversary event

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Hayling Ladies are Virgo's stars

HAYLING Ladies Football Club has forged twinning links with another team 6,000 miles from home – thanks to the internet.

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Law society departs on Mombasa mission

LIVERPOOL Law Society have sent a delegation to Kenyan city Mombasa in the hope of becoming their twin city. Here, society president Anne Heseltine outlines the trip

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Twinning link strengthened

NEW Trans-Atlantic links have been forged between West Lothian and the USA. That’s the conclusion of West Lothian’s twinning delegation on their return from Grapevine in Texas.

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College earns glowing praise from VIP guests

........, and busy twinning with Russian and South African schools. Twinning with French, German and Hungarian schools is already in the pipeline.

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Anniversary celebration for twin town visit

PLANS are being finalised for the 25th twinning anniversary visit between Cockermouth and its twin town of Marvejols.

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Pipers strike-up stirring tunes to strengthen twinning links

TWO pipers were this week praised for entertaining school children with their music during a visit to Seclin in France.

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Ayr clothing factory hosts twinning event

THE latest taste of the French Connection came to an Ayr clothing factory this week

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Meet the twinners

FIND out more about Bideford's French connections at a twinning open day on Saturday, October 25.

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Italian dancers boost Mayor's charity

BARNSTAPLE Mayor's annual charity concert has been hailed a sell-out success.

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British Visitors Arrive To Help Abingdon, Va., Celebrate Its 230th Birthday

After a trip down the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, a tour bus carrying 46 visitors from Abingdon, England, arrived here Tuesday evening

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German twinning plan a step closer

SLEAFORD could soon have closer links with a German town after councillors agreed in principle to accept plans to twin with Fredersdorf Vogelsdorf.

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Bristol to Bordeaux school exchange trip cancelled

School exchange visits planned between Bristol and Bordeaux next year have been cancelled because their organiser is ill.

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Blaenau Gwent youngsters take the Euro tour

BLAENAU Gwent school pupils travelled to Germany for the 18th annual International Youth Camp.

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Call for Barnoldswick to be twinned with Polish town

AFTER the recent success of a youth choir's visit from Glubczyce, local co-ordinator Mr Peter Elgie has repeated his call for twinning arrangements to be made between Barnoldswick and the Polish town.

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A Tale of 2 Abingdons

Forty-six special guests will arrive today from Abingdon. They’re coming from Abingdon, England, to help Abingdon, Va., celebrate its 230th birthday.

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Texan twins plan heard on the Grapevine

A DELEGATION from West Lothian travelled to Texas to sign a formal twinning agreement with Grapevine.

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Hurer attacks Enfield Labour "smoke screen"

ENFIELD Cllr Ertan Hurer, has attacked the local Labour group's reasons for abstaining in the vote for the Council's twinning project with towns in Turkey and Greece.

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What should we call Aylesbury's new bridge?

...........The Bucks Herald has been inundated with requests to call the structure The Bourg Walk, in honour of Aylesbury's twin town Bourg en Bresse, in France.

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Taunton and Wellington have flower power

TAUNTON and Wellington are blooming marvellous, according to the judges of this year’s South-West in Bloom competition. .......The Mayor of Taunton’s twin town, Konigslutter in Germany, said he would like to replicate what we have done in his own town.”

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Police will walk 500 miles

IT would be an unlikely day for most that a Proclaimers song could have resonance, but for the town centre PCSOs tomorrow, Friday, ‘I would walk 500 miles’ will have special meaning.

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City’s links with Baltic country are improving

TIES between Worcester and Lithuania continue to strengthen after a high- ranking official visited the city.

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Why Largs twinned with French town

In response to Mr. Woods letter about town twinning, firstly let me reassure him that there is no junketing involved in foreign trips but each committee member who visits our agreed twin – Andernos-les- Bains in France – pays their own fares and expenses. We have raised money ourselves through two raffles and a social event for members. Grants received from North Ayrshire Council are properly accounted for to that body and we have audited accounts.

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Civic welcome for visitors

STUDENTS from Chard’s German twin town, Helmstedt, received a civic welcome this week as they had a tour around the town’s Guildhall.

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The finest organ in the land

..........musically inclined members of the Marlow Budavar Town Twinning Association, on a visit to Budapest, were treated to a short private recital to demonstrate the organ’s features, and the rare chance to climb inside the organ...

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The British are coming to HSE High School

On October 7, a team of two teachers, four students and one other adult will represent the Billericay Twinning Association, the counterpart to Fishers' Sister Cities organization, in a visit to Hamilton Southeastern High School. This trip is part of the Student Teacher Exchange Program sponsored by Sister Cities International of Fishers, Indiana (SCAFI).

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Square named in Thame's Honour in Montesson

PART of a new development in Thame's twin town of Montesson, near Paris, has been named in honour of the English market town. The Mayor of Thame, Don Butler, was in Montesson over the weekend (September 19/21)with a contingent of 38 others from the town, for the traditional September exchange visit to celebrate Montesson's annual Fete du paté a la carmen.

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Everyone's a twinner at this festival

THOUSANDS of people spent the weekend enjoying the fun and spectacle of this year’s Highworth Festival.

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Twinning market to celebrate Euro links

PEOPLE from the Wrexham area are invited to a special event to celebrate the town's links with two European towns.

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Another successful visit for Skegness twinners

ANOTHER successful visit to Bad Gandersheim, Germany, was enjoyed by the Skegness Twinning Association.

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Why Europe affects the day job

The old phrase that sums up the little Englander mentality of a century back, ‘fog over Channel, continent isolated’, has some resonance in modern-day local government.

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Twinned with Aachen... so we're being targeted

THALIDOMIDE victims seeking millions in compensation from the German company which manufactured the drug have targeted Calderdale Council because the firm is based in Halifax's twin town Aachen.

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Twinners cross the Channel

MEMBERS of the Burnham and Highbridge Town Twinning Association crossed the Channel to visit their counterparts in twin town Louvigne du Desert.

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Oompah oompah, stick the weather up your jumper

takes more than the elements to stop Souters and their twin-town guests from Plattling having a good time, reports Andrew Keddie

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Clydesdale Twin group plan busy programme of events

CLYDESDALE International Twinning Association’s recent September was the last for Clare McCool as chairman.

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Stay closer to home - St Affrique twinning trips plea

THE Driffield-St Affrique Twinning Association has been asked by the town council to keep events a bit closer to home.

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Marlene's a dancing queen

SHE has danced thousands of steps and taught hundreds of pupils and now a Coleraine woman is celebrating 40 years of Irish dance teaching.

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Kidz Karnival time approaches

IT is almost Barnstaple Carnival time again and excited youngsters and their parents are reminded now is the time to get those entries in for the popular Kidz Karnival.

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Street party is a big success

THE weather stayed dry and the crowds came out to enjoy a night of fun at a street party in Chard town centre on Monday.

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Twinning matters...in Chard

CHARD is now officially twinned with the Romanian community of Seica Mare following a formal ceremony at the Guildhall on Saturday.

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