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 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

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


There is currently no cost involved in being a member.

Grand Visit to St Hilaire

The Coleford Twinning Association are planning a grand visit over to St Hilaire de Riez for the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend, May 27th to 29th 2017. Go to the EVENTS page to download an invitation and then distribute them to family and friends!

French Conversation Sessions

Come and join in.  Beginners most welcome. French speakers espacillay welcome!  For dates and times go to the Events menu



We have been given a voucher of a week's holiday in a mobile home on a campsite next to the beach in St Hilaire de Riez.


Go to the EVENTS page for more details 


All you have to do to is put in an offer in a sealed envelope and the highest offer will win the holiday.


Deadline for offers is 24th March.