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Lichfield Twinning Weekend 2014

Over the weekend of Friday 3 to Monday 6 October, Lichfield will be hosting the "Official Twinning Weekend" which comes to Lichfield every 6 years. There will be 60 visitors arriving from Limburg in Germany, and 60 from Sainte Foy in France.

In 1992 Lichfield entered into a ring twinning with the towns of Limburg an der Lahn in Germany and Sainte Foy-lès-Lyon in France (who had themselves been twinned from the 1960's). Over the years our twinning friendships have continued to widen and deepen, and we therefore look forward to welcoming our friends, both old and new, in October next year.

There will be a busy programme of activities and events in Lichfield city centre arranged by the Council with the support of the Lichfield Twinning Association.

Please contact us if you are interested in one or more of the following:

  • being a host family
  • volunteer help
  • participation in the weekend events by a local organisation which you represent

Hosting

If you are interested in hosting please download the hosting form CLICK HERE WORD CLICK HERE PDF and return it to the Twinning Officer at the City Council. Guests arrive on Friday 3rd 2014, and depart on Monday 6th October 2014. We will try as far as possible to find you a guest (or guests) whose age/interests, etc, match your own. If your knowledge of French and German is slight, then we will try and find an English speaking guest for you! Twinning is very much about personal contacts and friendships between people of the respective towns, so treat guests as part of your family - we don't expect you to offer 5* accommodation! NB If you are hosting young people under the age of 18, who will need to submit your details for a DBS check. Host families do not receive any payment, but you will receive a complimentary invitation to the Twinning Friendship meal on the evening of 4 October.

Volunteering

We rely heavily on people's goodwill and willingness to help out in many different ways. The hosting form is also an "offer to help" form, so even if you can't host, please complete the form if you are willing to help in some other way.

Participation by Groups and Organisations

If you are involved with an organisation that would wish to be involved, please complete the organisation form CLICK HERE WORD CLICK HERE PDF There are opportunities to join in with activities and events already planned, or you may wish to organise something in addition. On the Market Square there will be a marquee with staging and PA and we invite groups to dance, play music, entertain, act, etc on Saturday. The Guildhall will also be available free of charge over the weekend for meetings, displays and exhibitions, etc. supporting the Twinning programme (space is limited, so apply early).

And finally...

Please contact the Twinning Officer if you have any queries, or wish to be involved in Twinning in any other way. Email sophie.bishop@lichfield.gov.uk Tel 01543 309857.

The City's Twin Towns

Sainte Foy les Lyon

Limburg an der Lahn, and Sainte Foy lès Lyon.

Limburg an der Lahn

Limburg

Limburg an der Lahn is an historic town, some 35 miles north of Frankfurt and close to the Rhine valley. It boasts a fine ancient cathedral, and the congregations of the cathedrals of Lichfield and Limburg maintain close links.

The Altstadt (old town) area of Limburg is full of narrow streets with half-timbered houses, dating mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries. When you tire of historic sites, there are shops, department stores and markets galore in Limburg's town centre, together with cultural facilities.

Limburg
 
Sainte Foy lès Lyon

Sainte Foy lès Lyon is slightly smaller than both Lichfield and Limburg. It is only three miles from the centre of Lyon, (the second city of France) but is a community in its own right. The town grew as a haven from the industry of Lyon, as it is set high above the city, and there are some wonderful panoramas of Lyon and the surrounding area, notably from a park known as the 'Esplanade de Lichfield". Lyon is said to be the city of three rivers - the Rhône and Saône rivers which converge there- and the Beaujolais! Sainte Foy's finest historic asset is remains of a Roman aqueduct and there is a fine seminary, steep narrow walled streets, parks and gardens, and squares in the town centre.
 

Sainte Foy lès Lyon

Further information about the twin towns is available in Lichfield Library , where there are daily newspapers from Limburg and Sainte Foy. There are also many books in the library's collection, which have been presented to the city by the twin towns.

Every second year it is the turn of one of the towns to host the town twinning weekend. These weekends act as a focus, and provide a springboard for creating new links between the three countries; the Twin Town Orchestra developed from one such occasion, the Lichfield and Limburg scouts now have a strong link and for several years have organised international camps, and this year Lichfield is welcoming choirs from both twin towns and schoolchildren from Sainte Foy. Naturally friendships and contacts made over twinning weekends continue throughout the year, with visits being made to friends abroad, often combined with a holiday.

Lichfield also has a Twinning Association, which organises occasional social events and trips to the twin towns. If you would like further details about Lichfield's twinning, please contact the Twinning Officer at Lichfield City Council, on Lichfield 01543 250011.

A member of the UK Town Twinning Portal

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