Cirencester Twinning Association

Come and Join Us at the Crown - Friday March 1st

Friday 1st March, from 7pm


Cirencester Twinning Association is alive and well!   The Association has never completely disappeared but after a few years of reduced activity the last 3 years have seen huge a revival in interest and a great desire to keep as many links with our European friends as strong as possible.


You may have seen our Cirencester calendar on sale in a variety of outlets around the town for the last three years. This year we featured images of the town by local artists, the previous two saw stunning photographs, and plans for the next one are already underway.  Money raised goes towards welcoming guests here and showing them the same hospitality as they afford to us. You may also have enjoyed a warming mulled wine at the Advent Market or tried a piece of Stollen.


We have welcomed groups from Saint Genis Laval in France and Itzehoe in Germany. We have opportunities to visit both countries in the early summer and we are hoping that people from the town can take part in these visits. We are also welcoming a group from Itzehoe here in July and are looking for people to host our visitors and enjoy the activities we intend to offer together with them.


If you think you would like to take part in  a visit, host or just get to know some other people who are interested in keeping up our twinning links then please come along to the Crown on Friday March 1st at 7pm for a glass of wine and hot buffet items whilst you talk to people about  the Twinning Association . Our Mayor, Nigel Robbins, will be lending his support to this event.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak French or German so don’t let that put you off! If you feel that Twinning is of interest to you then don't wait to be invited, just come along and feel welcome!

Three Years of CTA Calendars


This winter the CTA calendars have again sold like hot cakes!


Billed as the only pure Cirencester Calendar, the first year showed a collection of beautiful photos of the town.

The second included more spectacular photos of Ciren, while the third was entirely paintings by local artists - even the fantastic one of the stained glass window in the Town Hall at Itzehoe.


We hope you and your friends have enjoyed all three!

6th July 2018- French Evening

Invitiation from Cirencester Twinning Association :     Try your hand at pétanque

  The Cirencester Twinning Association is delighted to invite interested people of Cirencester to join us from 8pm onwards for a French themed evening of petanque, drink and nibbles on Friday 6th July.  There will be a Committee meeting from 7-8pm at the same venue for anyone interested in joining Committee.  Email Jo at for more details of the social evening.

 VE Day Celebrations

CTA with founding members of SGL Twinning Association: M and Mme Mottard, Jo Wood, Susannah Gilbert and Richard Gunner

At the Mairie with Mayor Roland Crimier and his team

Right: Welcome to Saint Genis - proud of their connection with Cirencester!

May 2018 - ExploratoryVisit to Saint Genis Laval

Update from Cirencester Twinning Association :-  Merci à Jane Austen!  Pacte d’amitié : Cirencester – Saint-Genis-Laval stays strong!

  We have Jane Austen to thank for improvement in Anglo-French relations.    Thanks to a recent tour of noteworthy Austen domiciles by friends of Cirencester from Saint-Genis-Laval, a sizeable group were able to detour to Cirencester to say “Bonjour”. This was back in October and since then residents of Saint Genis Laval (SGL) have been reconnecting with our townsfolk and generously hosted four of our number over this first May Bank Holiday weekend.

Highlights included a trip around SGL: the Parc Beauregard in SGL with its community vineyard, to the University of Lyon observatory and attendance (and speech!) at VE day celebrations and Armistice Day commemoration.  Visits further afield took us into Lyon to the recently refurbished Grand Hotel Dieu and into the villages to meet mature students of the ASPAL English course.   

As the first official group visiting from CTA for a while, we were treated to many occasions to meet people interested in reigniting local friendships whether it be for linguistic reasons, for pleasure, for travel or for community spirit.  The underlying evidence from SGL was that this is a town wholeheartedly supporting Anglo-French friendship, worried for the outcome of Brexit and wishing to remain as close as possible to our country and our town of Cirencester. 

Getting-to-Know-You Supper with Saint Genis Laval

A group from Saint Genis Laval will be visiting Cirencester on Thursday 19th October, staying for just one night.  To welcome them and introduce them to as many Francofiles as we can, we have booked the function room at the Greyhound, Siddington.    The pub is preparing a special fixed-price menu for us, and we will try to arrange for as much mingling as possible.

If you would like to join us for the supper, please click here and send the e-mail to let us know numbers.

Newsletter Autumn 2017

Update from Cirencester Twinning Association  (if you don't see the newsletter below, please click the download button)

Invitation from Itzehoe, Advent 2017

With Programme of Events for the Weekend  (if you don't see the newsletter below, please click the download button)

Saturday was a day to introduce our guests to the beauty of Cirencester, with Civic Society guided tours of the historic features, building the Lego model of the original Abbey (details here), guided climbs up the tower of the Parish Church - and in the afternoon a visit to the world-famous Corinium Museum

On Sunday a coach tour around the most scenic of the Cotswold villages had been arranged, with stops to enjoy the tranquility and atmosphere.

The tour finished at the Fairford Community Centre, with a welcome by Jennie Sanford, Mayor of Fairford, guided tours of the historic Church and a fabulous tea with cakes.  Our visitors had brought special marzipan cakes, a north German delicacy, with pictures of Itzehoe's and Cirencester's most celebrated Churches.

For the final day, the coach took our visitors to see Gloucester Cathedral, followed by a walk around the Docks.

Our friends still had energy in the evening, so we all went to hear the 'scratch' concert in the new Baptist Church.   Mozart Requiem, followed by a real English fish & chip supper!

Some of the visitors even sang in the concert, and we also met the French choir group taking part.

Cirencester Twinning Association Hosts its first Visit !

At Easter 2017, Itzehoe paid its first official visit to Cirencester since the re-formation of the CTA.

The weekend kicked off with a supper at the Parish Centre for everyone, with bilingual words of welcome from Keith Watson on behalf of the CTA, presentation of gifts by Renate on behalf of the visitors, and an official welcome from the Mayor of Cirencester, Mark Harris.  The room was decorated in a suitably festive style by Jackie Gloyn and her friends.

A busy schedule, and a wonderful opportunity to get to know our twinning friends from Germany   -   one big family! 

When they sadly left early on Tuesday morning, we realised that they hadn't been caught by the rain the whole weekend - not what they expected at all!

Cirencester Twinning Association offers a taste of Itzehoe’s Adventmarkt

The Cirencester Twinning Association brought added Adventmarkt cheer to the Cirencester Advent Festival as many members and new faces came for a warming mug of Glühwein and to browse through the current fundraising initiative: the 2017 Cirencester calendar.    To watch the video of the party, click here!


Committee Member: Margaret Bryant (left)

Cirencester Market Place in full swing

Gorgous smiles from the CTA:

Left:  Susannah Gilbert Right:  Jo Wood

Newsletter August 2016

Update from Cirencester Twinning Association  (if you don't see the newsletter below, please click the download button)