DIDCOT TWINNING ASSOCIATION

Twinned with Meylan and Planegg

Didcot
Meylan
Planegg
Planegg

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What's new

STOP PRESS - Planegg 2019

Our visit to Planegg next year will be from 12 to 15 September 2019.  Put these dates in your diary now.  More details to follow.  If you are interested in going please contact someone on the Committee to let them know.

Social

We will be meeting up in the Boundary Park Pavilion on 12 December 2018 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm  for a drink and a chat.  Please come along. 

Latest Newsletter

The latest newsletter (Autumn 2018 #65) can be found here.

It includes reports on:
– the recent trip to Meylan
– the AGM in June
– our stall at the Didcot Summer Fair

BACA nominations

The Twinning Association has been short-listed in 2 categories for the Business and Community Awards (BACA)!!!  The Gala Presentation is on 12 October and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed.

Didcot visit to Meylan September 2018

A party of 17 from Didcot visited Meylan from 20 September to 23 September 2018.  The group included the Mayor, Bill Service, and 3 other Councillors, Mocky Khan, Steve Connel and Denise Macdonald.  We had the usual warm welcome when we arrived at the Reception on Thursday evening where we met up with our host families.  There was a varied and interesting programme over the weekend.  On Friday there was an all day visit to Lyon with lunch in a traditional Bouchon restaurant.  Saturday morning started with a meeting with the Accueil des Villes Francaises association who make new residents in Meylan welcome by providing guidance and friendship so helping them to settle in.  This was followed, for the Councillors, by a meeting with their counterparts in the Mairie (town hall) of Meylan to discuss current shared issues, how to resolve them and opportunities for working together.  The rest of the day was spent with hosts visiting Meylan or other places of interest in the region.  The traditional Gala Dinner was held at the restaurant ‘Le Chateau du Mollard’ not far from Meylan.  The Mayor, Bill Service, and Chair of the Twinning Association, Axel Macdonald, both gave speeches, in English and French (thanks to the help of Penny Wilde providing translations and some coaching in pronunciation).  Sunday morning and the departure of most of the group arrived too soon but old friendships had been re-invested, new friendships made and valuable links between the two town councils established.

Twinning visit to Lyon September 2018 [Photo: Mocky Khan]

Didcot Town Fayre 2018

You couldn’t have wished for a better day to hold the Didcot Town Fayre and we were pleased to have a stall there to raise the profile of the Twinning Association.
Penny (left) organised our entry and is seen here having a rest just before the opening of the fayre.

It seems it’s never too hot for chocolate roulette!!!!  We had a steady stream of visitors throughout the afternoon, mostly small children (right) but also some big kids too, including the Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Bill and Angela Service (below right) and our local police (below left).

It was good to meet Lisa Khan, who will be going on the next visit to Meylan, and others interested in the towns twiining links.

AGM 2018

 L to R: Axel Macdonald (Chair of the Association), Bill Service (Mayor of Didcot) and Geoff Oldham (Secretary to the Association)

The AGM at the Civic Hall was well attended tonight (Tuesday 12 June 2018) including by a number of Town Councillors.  We are grateful to Bill Service, Mayor  of Didcot, for chairing.

Didcot Twinning Association at Get on Board Event​

A useful day promoting Twinning  at the Didcot Get on Board Event on Saturday 2 June 2018.  Signed up a few more people for the newsletter (some of whom might become members!), and making contacts with other groups in Didcot who we hope will establish links with their counterparts in Meylan and Planegg.  Thanks to the Rotary Club and Didcot First for organising the event. 

Penny Wilde explaining what twinning is about to a member of the public.

Didcot Twinning Association gets Facebook Page

The Didcot Twinning  Association now has its own Facebook page so that you can keep up to date with what’s going on with twinning.  Please have a look at the site and comment, share and like!!  Click on the icon below to visit our site:

Youth Exchanges
From time to time we are approached by families in Meylan and Planegg who would like to arrange private exchanges or penpals for their children. If we have any such inquiries they will appear on this page.
In addition details will be circulated in our newsletter.
We are happy to pass on your requests too.

Clubs and Societies
If your club or society is interested in establishing links with an equivalent organisation in any of our twin towns, please get in touch. Although we do not get directly involved in such cultural and sporting exchanges, we are happy to try to put you in touch with your counterparts in Didcot, Meylan or Planegg.

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