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Kirkham Twinning Association
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Great news! The dates for our friends from Ancenis and Bad Brückenau
to visit Kirkham in 2014 are confirmed as June 13-16
For more information see the Latest Information Section
So who are we?
The Kirkham Twinning Association was started over 34 years ago. 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.
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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One of our visits was in July 2010 when we had a wonderful visit to Bad Brückenau.
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To see the report on our visit to Ancenis in June 2009.
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