An Introduction to Twinning
Town Twinning is the coming together of two communities who seek to foster friendship and understanding between different cultures. It was first introduced in Europe in 1947 as a means of encouraging reconciliation and peace between those countries that took part in WWII. In the modern world, where nations and populist politics are increasingly looking inwards, it is now more important than ever.
Throughout the year we organise a wide range of social activities for our members so that we can all keep in touch and promote a truly friendly club spirit. These have included wine tasting, skittles, concerts, talks, ghost and heritage walks, conversation classes, boules matches, as well as meals, garden parties and croquet afternoons - to name but a few. Some events are open to non-members but the cost is always lower to members.
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The highlights of our calendar are the exchange visits we make with our twin towns. Annual visits are made to either Friedberg or La Flèche where members receive a friendly welcome and stay with host families. The Twinning Associations of La Flèche and Friedberg, in turn, send regular groups to Chippenham. In this way many new friendships and made, pleasant holidays are taken and an exchange of hobbies and interests take place. We can also be instrumental in helping to establish student, sporting, business and professional contacts.
The Twinning Association is actively involved with local schools and colleges and provides prizes and trophies which are awarded to students who have achieved high standards in modern languages.
We will also support school exchange visits and provide assistance to local groups (musical, sporting and arts) who are visiting our twin towns to give concerts and shows or take part in joint sporting activities.