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Worcester Twinning Association celebrates 25 years of twinning with French visit

By Alicia Kelly  aliciakellyWNReporter

NEVER mind Brexit, Worcester Twinning Association celebrated the 25th anniversary of its liaison with Le Vésinet with a four day visit to the leafy French town, which stands on a loop of the River Seine 12 miles from the centre of Paris.

It was back in 1994 the French Connection was formalised when Le Vésinet's mayor joined a party of 12 of its leading citizens for a weekend in Worcester to attend the formal twinning ceremony in the Guildhall.

Around 20 members of WTA made the return trip this summer, travelling by coach from Croft Road to the western suburbs of the French capital.Their visit included a special 25th anniversary ceremony, which took place outside Le Vésinet's Town Hall.

Worcester’s deputy mayor, Jo Hodges, gave a speech in French and English and presented a gift to the Mayor of Le Vésinet. Representatives from all Le Vésinet’s twin towns took the opportunity to chat to old friends and new, while enjoying drinks and a buffet lunch provided by the town council.  In the afternoon a fashion show was held in the town centre, followed by an Elgar concert.

In the evening there was a “Dîner en Blanc”, which took place by the town lake.  Everyone dressed in white and the atmosphere was enhanced by twinkling candles and lamps. This was followed by a Fête de la Marguerite, when the parishes of St Marguerite and St Pauline invited everyone to an open air Mass on Sunday morning.  Host families organised a picnic for the traditional family garden party lunch in the park.

On Monday morning, before boarding the coach for the homeward journey, the visiting party attended the start of Caryl and Lyndon Bracewell’s bike ride back to Worcester in aid of Alzheimers and Dementia charities.

Councillor Hodges said: “Worcester Twinning Association would like to thank their dear friends in Le Vésinet for a fantastic 25th anniversary and the generous host families who looked after us so well.”

Worcester News  17th September 2019


TWINNING: How city keeps in touch with its twin towns


In the first of an occasional column, Liz Smith, chairman, Worcester Twinning Association, tells us how city keeps in touch with its twin towns

Worcester maintains regular contacts with most of our twin towns, but one of them, our namesake, Worcester in Massachusetts USA, is a long way away, and maintaining such regular annual visits is challenging.

It was therefore a great pleasure that the Worcester Chorus choir from Worcester Mass made Worcester UK one of its stops on a recent singing tour of this country. They arrived in the Faithful City with true American energy: after an all-night flight from the US they took in a visit to Windsor Castle on their journey here.

With only one full day in Worcester most of their time was taken up with rehearsals before singing in the Cathedral for Evensong. Then off to their next destination – Coventry – in the morning.

However, a number of the 59 strong party stayed with members of the Twinning Association, while other members were able to join the Choir for lunch at the Cricket Club between rehearsals.

We were joined by former mayor Derek Prodger with his wife Mary on this occasion. Derek was instrumental in promoting this twinning over 10 years ago.

Worcester’s other twin towns are in Europe, and over the years many lasting friendships have been formed.

Members will be visiting Kleve in Germany, our original twin town this month and, earlier this year, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of our twinning with Le Vesinet while Worcester members have joined with the people of Ukmerge in Lithuania for their annual festival.

Worcester also has a temporary twinning with the village of Gouzeaucourt in France, the village they helped in the aftermath of WW1 and a Friendship Pact with Vernon, the city liberated by the Worcestershire Regiment after the D Day landings in 1944.

Article by Liz Smith Published Worcester News 3rd September 2019



Lyndon and Caryl Bracewell have successfully completed a sponsored cycle ride as part of the 25 year Twinning  Anniversary  celebrations  between Worcester and Le Vésinet in France.  The journey of around 300 miles from le Vésinet took Four days to reach Worcester They are hoping to raise as much money as possible to contribute to the research into the causes and cure of Alzheimer and dementia.

 For those who would like to add to their sponsorship, details and a link to their Just Giving page can be found at:

Published Worcester News 26/07/2019

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