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Kirkham Twinning Association

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Great News! Our friends from Ancenis and Bad Brückenau

will be visiting Kirkham on 25-28 August 2017

We had a great time when we visited our friends in Bad Brückenau

on 8-10th July 2106 Check the Latest Information link

What an incredible weekend when we visited our friends in Ancenis

from the 14th -18th May 2015! See the link below

A great success! Our friends from Ancenis and Bad Brückenau

Visited Kirkham over the weekend of June 13-16 2014

For more information see the Latest Information Section

So who are we?

    The Kirkham Twinning Association was started in 1974. The original link was between the Rotary Clubs of Ancenis and Kirkham set up by a local gentleman, Gordon Himsworth. Gordon met his wife Jackie whilst at University in Manchester, married her and moved to Ancenis.

The man himself!

After the Rotary link was broken the two towns made a more formal link in 1973 again through the efforts of Gordon. Ancenis was twinned (1990) with Bad Brückenau in northern Germany.

So there you have it! Not only a twinning but a tripling!   


We usually have at least one visit a year usually over a long weekend, arranged in rotation, unless there is something special on in one of the towns. Whilst we don't tend to all travel together we do all meet up in the town and our hosts put on some sort of entertainment, we've had barbeques, concerts, firework displays, visits out to local attractions and celebrations of local events. We, of course, reciprocate with our French and German visitors being welcomed to Kirkham.

In fact everything to make for a very enjoyable time!


All our activities are, of course, self-funded and we do not get any financial support from the local council.

Another wonderful weekend with our friends in Ancenis

and many from Bad Brückenau over the long weekend of 14-18th May 2015

Lots of details can be found in the

Latest Information section


We were made very welcome by our friends in Bad Brückenau

over the weekend of 5-7th July 2013 and met up with many friends from Ancenis.

More information and photos can be found in the

Latest Information section


We had a wonderful weekend (24-27th August 2012) in Ancenis

see the story of the weekend and photos!

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Ancenis 2012



 One of our visits was in July 2010 when we had a wonderful visit to Bad Brückenau.

See the report by hitting the button below

Bad Bruckenau 2010


To see the report on our visit to Ancenis in June 2009.

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Ancenis 2009



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