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, who is also a Coleford Town Councillor. The President of the St Hilaire twinning association, called the Echanges Franco Britanniques, is Damien Guibert.


The photograph below shows the official signing between Iain and Damien, witnessed by the previous Mayor of Coleford, Paul Kay and the Mayor of St Hilaire, Laurent Boudelier.

Agreement signing St Hilaire UK and France SHDR quadri

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 Janette McCutcheon, secretary of the Coleford Twinning Association at:   or Iain Baird, chair, at

The October Visit by our visitors from St Hilaire was a great success - thanks to all those who helped.

Many thanks for everyone who made the visit by the St Hilaire de Riez group such a great success, despite the weather doing its best to dampened the visit for two of the days. The Committee wants to pass special thanks to Coleford Town Council who have provided a generous grant to help sponsor the transport fo the meal.

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See more pictures in the PHOTOS section.

The Coleford Twinning Association Annual General Meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on

Monday 19th February at Bells Hotel in Coleford. This meeting is open to everyone and the formal AGM will be over as quickly as possible, so that we can concentrate on telling everyone about the exciting events planned for 2018 and meeting new supporters. There will be refreshments available.

We aim to try and twin some families this year, so if you are interested in your family being twinned with a similar family in St Hilaire de Riez then come along to the AGM. If you cannot make the AGM then please contact Iain or Janette, the Association Secretary.