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. Twinning associations have been formed in both towns and a formal agreement between the two associations was signed on 5th August 2016. The Constitution for Coleford Twining Association can be downloaded via the Association menu above. The current 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 Mayor of Coleford, Paul Kay and the Mayor of St Hilaire, Laurent Boudelier.

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

French Conversation Sessions

These have been suspended for the summer, however we intend to resume in the Autumn.

Wine and Cheese Tasting Evening 16th June

There will be a fantastic opportunity for you to taste some French wines and cheeses at a Wine and Cheese Tasting Eveing on 16th June. This will take place at Le Petit Hibou Cafe, 5/6 Market St, Coleford between 7 pm and 9 pm. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased at Le Petit Hibou or at the Coleford Tourist Information Centre. There are limited places, so get your tickets early! See EVENTS for more details.

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Fancy a game of Petanque?

10:30 to 12:30 every Sunday at Angus Buchanan Recreation Ground. Beginners especially welcomed.