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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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 Marilyn Cox, secretary of the Coleford Twinning Association at:   or Iain Baird, chair, at

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.

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Annual General Meeting 

Thursday 21st February 2019

at Forest Hills Golf Club

Everyone Welcome

Find out about 2018’s events and experiences and then what is planned for this coming year. Are you part of a local sports organisation, a school planning a visit or expecting a visit from your partner in St Hilaire de Riez?

Meet current members and decide if you’d like to be a part of what is going on.

If you would like to help plan future events then why not consider joining the Committee?


Already planned:

March 9th 2019 French wine tasting at The Main Place with Tom Innes of Fingal Rock, Monmouth leading the evening.

April 10th-15th 2019 Visit of U-16 rugby team and EFB members from St Hilaire de Riez

August 2nd-9th 2019 Coleford goes to St Hilaire!