Cancellation due to illness     

Sadly, it has been agreed that the planned visits will not take place until further notice, due to COVID-19

We will miss our friends in Itzehoe, and we will keep in touch often.  We hope they all stay safe and well, and we look forward to seeing them when the current crisis is over.

To the mayor and the town clerk of Cirencester




to take part in the celebrations of


30 years of twinning between Paslek and Itzehoe


30 years of town friendship between Malchin and Itzehoe


25 years Partnerschaftsverein der Stadt Itzehoe


50 years Weinfest in Itzehoe



We would be very happy to welcome you in Itzehoe


from June 3rd to June 8th 2020




In the name of the Partnerschaftsverein der Stadt Itzehoe


Itzehoe, March 2nd , 2020  

Renate Wilms-Marzisch (president of the Partnerschaftsverein)


Please reply by March 31st, 2020.

CTA Spring 2020 Newsletter          Click the button to download the Newsletter !

Twin town visit to Itzehoe,  28 Nov - 2 Dec 2019

It seems only yesterday that we were enjoying the best of summer weather and hosting our friends from Itzehoe to all that the Cotswolds has to offer. The year ended in style with a small but select contingent from CTA travelling to Germany to enjoy the “Itzehoe Advent 2019” tour.


From Thu 28 Nov until Mon 2 Dec 19, Peter Berrell and his daughter Lily, Lesley and Ben Thackeray, and Marion and Peter Stephenson were the sole ‘overseas’ visitors for the weekend. However, for a part of the weekend they were joined by four people from Malchin (about 200 km from Itzehoe and who enjoy a ‘friendship’ with the Itzehoe Twinning Group) and a further four from Paslek in Poland, who are twinned with Itzehoe.


The Cirencester contingent flew from Heathrow to Hamburg, where they were met and conveyed to Itzehoe. Renate, the enthusiastic and tireless President of Itzehoe Twinning Association, greeted all of the guests at a meal on their first full day. On behalf of the CTA, Marion Stephenson presented a card and calendar to Renate, and made a short address thanking their hosts. The Polish Group also made a presentation.

(Newsletter thanks to Barbara Cooper)

As we have come to expect, all the arrangements went well and, with friendly and welcoming hosts, the CTA contingent greatly enjoyed their visit. There were some interesting and enjoyable group meals, including one in the basement restaurant of the Hamburg town hall (much grander than it sounds), on the banks of the River Eider, and at the home of one of the hosts.

Then, by means of train, minibus and car, the group enjoyed a feast of Christmas Markets. Hamburg was the largest and the group arrived in time to enjoy a major parade. Barmstedt offered local produce, while Toenning (by the coast) was snugly indoors in a restored warehouse. For further variety, the group were also taken to a Finnish Christmas Market in Hohenlockstedt.

Lily had a good time at a local secondary school, where she spent a day. Renate is happy to assist with any other people studying German who would like spend some time with a German family.


This year offers the ideal opportunity to join the CTA and see what it is all about. Cirencester has been invited to join in the Itzehoe twinning festival on 3rd – 8th June.  This will mark the 30th anniversaries of twinning with Paslek (Poland) and friendship with Malchin (from former East Germany) and will include their Weinfest. They also hope that the folk from La Couronne (France) will be there to join in the celebrations. CTA has been linked to Itzehoe, near Hamburg, since 1982 and St Genis Laval, near Lyon.

If you are interested in joining this trip, please contact us on the website contact form and we will be delighted to give you more details.

Linking International Twinnings


Following on from a Bristol Conference promoting International Twinning between towns and cities where 'Twinning is a tried and tested way of linking people with their counterparts in other countries', Cirencester Twinning has taken the initiative to form an Umbrella group with neighbours Tetbury, Malmesbury and Nailsworth Twinning in order to collaborate and support one another in today's diminishing interest for European connection.

Our first meeting was held last year on 20th November, hosted by Tetbury and Chaired by CTA with support from Patrick Coleman our mayor, was met with an enthusiastic response from all members. We believe that collaboration with one another exchanging ideas and sharing social events will strengthen our resolve to keep the doors to Europe open. Malmesbury hosted our second meeting on 19th February, at which plans, experiences and ideas were shared.

For more information, please contact Margaret

We enjoyed several meals together and are very grateful to our Mayor, Patrick Coleman for his support during the visit. The Mayor of Itzehoe, Dr Koeppen, and the leader of the council, Dr Mueller, also came for the weekend and we all enjoyed a civic reception at the Bingham Library. Corinium Radio interviewed several members of the group and their English hosts and you can listen to the interview by going onto their website and following their links.

Together as a group we visited Chedworth Roman Villa and Sudeley Castle and then on Sunday 14 July we enjoyed guided tours of the town by the Civic Society before congregating around the tree in Cricklade Street to take photos. The bench and tree were presented to Cirencester by Itzehoe in 1993. The tub with the badges of Cirencester and Itzehoe, cared for by the Phoenix Gardeners, added greatly to the setting. In the afternoon we enjoyed listening to Cirencester Band as they celebrated their centenary, joined by members of the Oelixdoerfer band.

Our group in Cricklade Street

Our guided tour

of Sudeley Castle

Our German friends departed, leaving us with invitations to join them at the advent markets or the wine festival in May. Itzehoe is also planning a major twinning celebration with all their twin towns next June and would be delighted to see people from Cirencester there. For details of these events and further information about the twinning association please go to the Cirencester Twinning Association website where we will post information as we receive it.


We are hoping to arrange for a group of our friends from Saint Genis Laval to visit us some time next summer – details will be posted on the website as they develop.  Get in touch if you would like to be involved – hosting, organising, catering or just being convivial!

CTA 2019 Newsletter          Click the button to download the Newsletter !

Twin town visit from Itzehoe,  11 – 15 July 2019

Cirencester Twinning Association was delighted to welcome a group of 24, mostly from Itzehoe, our twin town in Germany, but also from Malchin in what was East Germany, who are also twinned with Itzehoe. The weather was glorious throughout the visit so we were able to show off the Cotswolds at their very best

(Newsletter thanks to Barbara Cooper)



Hosting our German and French friends has given great pleasure and satisfaction to everyone involved. New people come into our lives at the beginning of the week and often leave as life-long friends. This wonderful friendship between our countries becomes even more relevant with our country’s own uncertain relationship with Europe. We look forward to the continuing support or our current membership and are actively seeking new members of all ages and backgrounds.


To join, please download the form found under 'Contact Us'

Committee Members

If you would like to go one step further then please think about joining our committee which meets generally 5/6 times a year. We need 2 or 3 new Committee members and younger members are particularly welcome. Tetbury Twinning has been in touch with a view to collaboration and maybe sharing social events which we would welcome.

Future Events


28 Nov – 3 Dec 19 – invitation from Itzehoe to visit the Christmas markets. They are very generous hosts and the markets are always a delight Everyone invited!


30 Nov 19    Help needed for assistance on the Twinning Stall in the Market Place.  We shall be pouring drinks, selling cakes, selling our 2020 Fundraising Calendar and chatting to the folks of Cirencester!


3 – 8 Jun 20   Itzehoe are inviting us along with their French, Polish and Malchin partners for a bonanza long weekend.

Three Years of CTA Calendars


This winter the CTA calendars have again sold like hot cakes!


Billed as the only pure Cirencester Calendar, the first year showed a collection of beautiful photos of the town.

The second included more spectacular photos of Ciren, while the third was entirely paintings by local artists - even the fantastic one of the stained glass window in the Town Hall at Itzehoe.


We hope you and your friends have enjoyed all three!

6th July 2018- French Evening

Invitiation from Cirencester Twinning Association :     Try your hand at pétanque

  The Cirencester Twinning Association is delighted to invite interested people of Cirencester to join us from 8pm onwards for a French themed evening of petanque, drink and nibbles on Friday 6th July.  There will be a Committee meeting from 7-8pm at the same venue for anyone interested in joining Committee.  Email Jo at for more details of the social evening.

VE Day Celebrations

CTA with founding members of SGL Twinning Association: M and Mme Mottard, Jo Wood, Susannah Gilbert and Richard Gunner

At the Mairie with Mayor Roland Crimier and his team

Right: Welcome to Saint Genis - proud of their connection with Cirencester!

May 2018 - ExploratoryVisit to Saint Genis Laval

Update from Cirencester Twinning Association :-  Merci à Jane Austen!  Pacte d’amitié : Cirencester – Saint-Genis-Laval stays strong!

  We have Jane Austen to thank for improvement in Anglo-French relations.    Thanks to a recent tour of noteworthy Austen domiciles by friends of Cirencester from Saint-Genis-Laval, a sizeable group were able to detour to Cirencester to say “Bonjour”. This was back in October and since then residents of Saint Genis Laval (SGL) have been reconnecting with our townsfolk and generously hosted four of our number over this first May Bank Holiday weekend.

Highlights included a trip around SGL: the Parc Beauregard in SGL with its community vineyard, to the University of Lyon observatory and attendance (and speech!) at VE day celebrations and Armistice Day commemoration.  Visits further afield took us into Lyon to the recently refurbished Grand Hotel Dieu and into the villages to meet mature students of the ASPAL English course.   

As the first official group visiting from CTA for a while, we were treated to many occasions to meet people interested in reigniting local friendships whether it be for linguistic reasons, for pleasure, for travel or for community spirit.  The underlying evidence from SGL was that this is a town wholeheartedly supporting Anglo-French friendship, worried for the outcome of Brexit and wishing to remain as close as possible to our country and our town of Cirencester. 

Getting-to-Know-You Supper with Saint Genis Laval

A group from Saint Genis Laval will be visiting Cirencester on Thursday 19th October, staying for just one night.  To welcome them and introduce them to as many Francofiles as we can, we have booked the function room at the Greyhound, Siddington.    The pub is preparing a special fixed-price menu for us, and we will try to arrange for as much mingling as possible.

If you would like to join us for the supper, please click here and send the e-mail to let us know numbers.

Newsletter Autumn 2017

Update from Cirencester Twinning Association  (if you don't see the newsletter below, please click the download button)

Invitation from Itzehoe, Advent 2017

With Programme of Events for the Weekend  (if you don't see the newsletter below, please click the download button)

Saturday was a day to introduce our guests to the beauty of Cirencester, with Civic Society guided tours of the historic features, building the Lego model of the original Abbey (details here), guided climbs up the tower of the Parish Church - and in the afternoon a visit to the world-famous Corinium Museum

On Sunday a coach tour around the most scenic of the Cotswold villages had been arranged, with stops to enjoy the tranquility and atmosphere.

The tour finished at the Fairford Community Centre, with a welcome by Jennie Sanford, Mayor of Fairford, guided tours of the historic Church and a fabulous tea with cakes.  Our visitors had brought special marzipan cakes, a north German delicacy, with pictures of Itzehoe's and Cirencester's most celebrated Churches.

For the final day, the coach took our visitors to see Gloucester Cathedral, followed by a walk around the Docks.

Our friends still had energy in the evening, so we all went to hear the 'scratch' concert in the new Baptist Church.   Mozart Requiem, followed by a real English fish & chip supper!

Some of the visitors even sang in the concert, and we also met the French choir group taking part.

Cirencester Twinning Association Hosts its first Visit !

At Easter 2017, Itzehoe paid its first official visit to Cirencester since the re-formation of the CTA.

The weekend kicked off with a supper at the Parish Centre for everyone, with bilingual words of welcome from Keith Watson on behalf of the CTA, presentation of gifts by Renate on behalf of the visitors, and an official welcome from the Mayor of Cirencester, Mark Harris.  The room was decorated in a suitably festive style by Jackie Gloyn and her friends.

A busy schedule, and a wonderful opportunity to get to know our twinning friends from Germany   -   one big family! 

When they sadly left early on Tuesday morning, we realised that they hadn't been caught by the rain the whole weekend - not what they expected at all!

Cirencester Twinning Association offers a taste of Itzehoe’s Adventmarkt

The Cirencester Twinning Association brought added Adventmarkt cheer to the Cirencester Advent Festival as many members and new faces came for a warming mug of Glühwein and to browse through the current fundraising initiative: the 2017 Cirencester calendar.    To watch the video of the party, click here!


Committee Member: Margaret Bryant (left)

Cirencester Market Place in full swing

Gorgous smiles from the CTA:

Left:  Susannah Gilbert Right:  Jo Wood

Newsletter August 2016

Update from Cirencester Twinning Association  (if you don't see the newsletter below, please click the download button)