Coleford Twinning Association

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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

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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:   or Pay Kay, chair, at

Five Acres High School welcomed a visit by 50 students from their twinned college, College Garcie Ferrande, in March. The students from each school spent time talking to each other and practising their French and English conversation.

Later in the day the visitors found out more about the Forest of Dean at the Dean Heritage Centre and were also able to visit the centre of Coleford.

It is hoped that a group from Five Acres High School will be able to visit St Hilaire de Riez in the future.

Coleford Twinning Association welcomed a large group of visitors from St Hilaire de Riez this April. In the group were an U15 rugby team from St Hilaire who played an exciting match with their counterparts at Berry Hill Rugby Club. They narrowly lost 22 - 17. The Angus Buchanan Petanque team lost to their French counterparts, whilst the golf pairs enjoyed a couple of games on the Forest Hills golf club.  

All the visitors enjoyed the wonderful warm weather and visited Gloucester, as well enoying walks in the Forest. Overall their visit was extremely successful and the Association is grateful to all those members who hosted visitors and made their visit especially enjoyable.

We now look forward to our reciprocal visit to St Hilaire de Riez in the first week of August. See the Events page for more details.

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