Twinning visits

Visit to Chassieu - June 2019

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Celebrating our arrival

Celebrating our arrival
A Roman aqueduct we happened across...

Visit from Chassieu - June 2018

                                   Official Welcome

                 Sampling the gin at Chase distillery, Hereford

Moulding frogs at Denby-ware factory

Farewell evening at the Town Hall

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Visit to Chassieu - May 2017

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Malcolm joins Olympique Lyonnais

A view of the vineyards at Tain l'Hermitage and the Rhone

Malcolm at the Chocolate factory

The hallowed turf of Olympique Lyonnais

he final evening



The weather was certainly beau fixe for the Twinning Association visit to Chassieu at the end May. From the Wednesday of our arrival to the Sunday of our departure we had blue skies and temperatures in the upper 20s. The welcome from our hosts was, as ever, equally warm and the 35 of us who travelled to the beautiful Rhône-Alpes region of France enjoyed the best of hospitality.

At the official welcoming party at the Boulodrome on the evening of our arrival, the local M.P. Philippe Meunier, congratulated us on our long-standing alliance. Brexit was mentioned but all agreed that our two nations had so much in common – the shock of the recent terrorist attack in London had brought messages of sympathy from Chassieu – that the negotiations should in no way prejudice our future friendship.

Malcolm Butler, our chairman, who was by now wearing a Lyon Olympique football shirt printed with his name, presented to him by the mayor, Jean-Jacques Sellès, thanked Aline Duret, his French counterpart, for inviting us again, saying that he could see from the itinerary in the welcome-pack that we were in for an interesting stay. After the ceremony there was just time for a few games of boules before supper was served.

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Visit from Chassieu - May 2014

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Wednesday evening and the Morris Dancers





Thursday - Worcester Cathedral


Lunch at Worcester College of Food


Morgan Car Company





Firday - Birmingham Central Library- the biggest library in Europe


Birmingham Science museum


Saturday and the farewell evening at Maxstoke Golf Club...




...with dancing until midnight

Visit to Chassieu - May 2013



Visit from Chassieu - May 2012

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary

1982 - 2012

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30th Anniversary of the Twinning

Coleshill Twinning Association hosted 28 members of Dialogue Chassieu-Coleshill for five days in May. This visit marked the 30th anniversary of our links with the town in the Rhône-Alpes region of France and it was felt the occasion merited special celebration.


We were honoured with the presence of Monsieur Alain Darlay, the Mayor of Chassieu, visiting us for the first time. Our French friends had suggested we plant a tree at Chassieu Walk on the banks of the River Cole, coincidentally an idea that we too had in mind. Well-provided with amenities as the Chasselands are, they do not have a river!



At the planting ceremony on Saturday 19th May 2012, hosts and guests met at the chosen spot to hear the Mayor of North Warwickshire, Cllr. Lorna Dirveiks, the Mayor of Coleshill, Cllr. David Simkin and Monsieur Darlay congratulate all those who had worked to maintain the links over three decades. Then, with polished spades, they sprinkled earth over the roots and the gathering gave full voice to La Marseillaise and God Save the Queen. 

 The visit began Wednesday afternoon with a champagne reception and buffet at Packington Hall, by kind permission of the Earl of Aylesford.

The hall, with its pastoral surroundings, gave our guests a glimpse of English countryside at its finest and the French tricolour fluttering at the masthead added a finishing touch.

 In the Pompeii Room, Coleshill’s Deputy Mayor, Bill Richards, speaking in French, said how pleased he was to welcome the Chasselands here and how much he had enjoyed family holidays in their country. He also pointed out that the mixed weather we were having lately was due to the announcement of a hose-pipe ban, since when it had hardly stopped raining.

The stay at Packington concluded with a visit to the Church of Saint James where the organist, Margaret Herdman, entertained us with music by the composer G.F.Handel, who once played the instrument himself. 



 On Thursday we travelled by coach to the S.S.Great Britain in Bristol, a fascinating exhibition of one of Brunel’s masterpieces of engineering and an illustration of just how uncomfortable a 10-week voyage to Australia must have been in the 1840s.

We had lunch at Clevedon in The Little Harp, a pub-restaurant overlooking the Bristol Channel. The sea was today a light brown colour which intrigued our guests who are more accustomed to the azure of the Med. Sadly, the weather was not suitable for bathing but a walk along the promenade provided a breath of sea air before heading home.

No sooner did we engage the M5 than song sheets were handed around with a selection of holiday songs from each nation’s repertoire. 

Friday found us at Aston Hall in the morning and, after a fine lunch at the College of Food, we saw the famous Saxon Hoard at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.     


The Farewell Party took place at Maxstoke Golf club where Mayor Alain Darlay, standing in front of a portrait of the Queen, said that, much as his political leanings were republican, it might be good if some all-powerful monarch could come along to sort out Europe’s current difficulties. He went on to thank us for the warm welcome he had found here and to mention of the good work the Twinning was doing in Chassieu, making special mention of the English language group that now has over a hundred members.

Aline Duret raised a laugh by referring to the weather –‘It’s the first time we’ve been here in winter’, she said and then went on to refer to the Saxon Hoard -‘Perhaps we should all buy metal detectors and check out our fine lawns. She thanked us for a wonderful stay and said she hoped to see a good number of us in Chassieu next year. Malcolm Butler then invited Aline to cut the first slice of our 30th Anniversary Twinning Cake, after which we took to the dance floor. 

Visit to Chassieu - May 2011

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Visit to Coleshill June 2010

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Wednesday -    


The welcome at the Market Hall

Bienvenue au Market Hall

Thursday -    


 Cosford Air Museum

Musée RAF Cosford


Lunch at Park House Hotel, Shifnal

Déjeuner - Park House Hotel, Shifnal
Friday -    


Bletchley Park Code-breaking Museum -

English group

Groupe français


Lunch at the Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne

Déjeuner, Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne

Saturday -    


 Farewell dinner at Maxstoke Golf Club

Adieux, Maxstoke Golf Club

Sunday -    


Garden Party

Visit to Chassieu 2009

Here are some photos of our recent visit to Chassieu.  For Brian Nicholson's report on our activities, please click here

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