Coleford town in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire has twinned with a town in the Vendee region of France called St Hilaire de Riez.
The Chair of the Coleford Twinning Association is Iain Baird. The President of the St Hilaire twinning association, called the Echanges Franco Britanniques, is Damien Guibert.
St Hilaire de Riez is shown by the red star on the map. For more information on St Hilaire de Riez
The two twinning associations are keen to involve as many members of the two communities as possible. This includes schools, youth clubs, sports clubs, music and arts groups, families and, of course, local businesses. If you want more information about the Coleford Twinning Association and the various events that are planend, then please have a look at the other pages on this website. If you would like to become a member of the association then please contact Marilyn Cox, secretary of the Coleford Twinning Association at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Iain Baird, chair, at email@example.com
Coleford Twinning Association welcome a group of young people and their leaders to Coleford on 24th July. They are staying loocally and are making their most of their four days in the Forest of Day with a trip down the River Wye, an Archery session and Going Ape at Beechenhurst. Berry Hill Rugby Club are also hosting them for a game of skittles with youngsters from the Mount of Olives Youth Group. Their visit will end with a trip to Monmouth for the music festival.
More photographs of their visit in the Gallery.
Coleford Twinning Association trip to St Hilaire de Riez - August 2918
22 members of the Coleford Twinning Association travelled to St Hilaire de Riez on the 1st August. After a very pleasant coach and ferry trip, we arrived in St Hilaire at 9:00 pm to be greeted by our French friends, many of whom were hosting members of our group. After a good night's sleep we assembled at Amy's House, the restaurant run by Vincent, the deputy-president of the St Hilaire twinning association. One of the advantages of having a chef hosting us, is that we were presented with a wonderful selection hors d'oeuvres and wine.
That evening many of the group visited the free Arts Festival and watched music groups, jugglers and acrobats delight the large crowds of local families who wandered around the rural site.
The next day, however, was the petanque match between the Angus Buchanan team and the St Hilaire team. Angus Buchanan narrowly lost 10 - 3, but the real winner was the friendship that was established between the players in both teams. A relationship that was further strengthened by the wonderful supper that was prepared for the teams and the generous gifts that were presented.
On a very hot Sunday morning two of our members took part in the half-marathon, which was part of a number of running events staged by St Hilaire running club. Well done Michael and Alan.
It was a sad group who met on the Monday morning for the journey back to Coleford. Some lasting frendships have been formed, but we look forward to the next trip in 2019 when the friendships can be renewed.
See pictures of the trip on the Gallery page.