Aims

To promote and foster friendship and understanding between the people of Aylesbury and District and Bourg-en-Bresse and District and those of any other town with which the Association may form links.

To encourage and organise visits by individuals and groups to and from these towns, particularly by young people, and to encourage the development of personal contacts, and by doing so to broaden the mutual understanding of the cultural, recreational and commercial activities of these towns.

To organise fund-raising activities in order to foster the Aims of the Association.

The Association shall be non-political.

Aylesbury Twinning Association – Constitution

Membership

Membership is £5 and is open to all persons and organisations in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Association.

There are three categories of membership

Individual membership
Family membership which shall be open to all members of a family residing at one address (dependants up to the age of 18)
Associate membership which shall be open to any organisation in its corporate name.

Membership Benefits

to receive regular newsletters
to receive invitations to receptions and functions.
to receive priority notice of twinning events and visits.
to be eligible to vote at the AGM and to serve on the committee.
to support the aims of the Association, twinning initiative and to ensure its longevity.

For a membership application please click here

Committee Members

Denise Summers – Chairman (E-mail)
Neil A MacKinnon – Secretary (E-mail)
Tim Crapper – Membership Secretary (E-mail)
Sheila Page – Newsletter Editor (E-mail)
Cllr Edward Sims – ATC Representative and Finance
Keith Gray – ATC Representative
Diana Fawcett – Town Centre Partnership
Judith Priest
Barbara Russel

Twinning Visit August 2014

In August this year, five delegates from Bourg-en-Bresse arrived safely in our “blooming” town for three days filled with tours, meetings and presentations. Our visitors included Guillaume Lacroix, the Deputy Mayor for culture and International Relations, Gerard Lora-Tonnet and Martine Desbenoit both Municipal Councillors and Marie Vincent, International Relations Manager.

They were escorted around our town by Cllr Tuffail Hussain, Aylesbury Town Mayor; Keith Gray JP, Aylesbury Town Clerk and Cllrs Mike Smith and Allison Harrison and Tom Hunter-Watts.

A welcome dinner was hosted by the Town Mayor, held in the historic and stunning Judge’s Lodgings which was attended by councillors, business people and dignitaries including Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher and Mr Joe Barclay the High Sheriff, providing an opportunity for the towns to develop working and social relationships with each other.

A major part of the visit was centred around The Bucks County Show where agricultural business links were established and progressed. Our French visitors enjoyed walking the showground, taking in all the of the wonderful sights and sounds that this long standing show has to offer. Our visitors also had the honour of awarding some of the prestigious prizes during the show.

The Hon Recorder of Aylesbury, HH Judge Sheridan gave a guided tour of the Crown Court and invited the delegation to sit in on a court procedure before experiencing the prisoner transportation van.

Twinning Visit August 2013

Cllr Denise Summers and BouCllr Denise Summers and Bourg’s Deputy Mayor Guillaume Lacroix, March 2013

Our twin ties with Bourg-en-Bresse have become a little stronger with the recent partnership of Turnfurlong Junior and Notre Dame schools. The schools have already exchanged videos and greetings, and we await further news as both schools are very enthusiastic to develop links.

The Lycée Lalande High School is also interested in organising an exchange with groups comprising years 11 to 13. The pupils have already had one foray into the Buckinghamshire countryside, and were so impressed they would like more.

There is also a society called English Cool that meets up and converses in English. With around 150 members, they have visited many places in the UK, including the Lake District, Northumberland and Oxford. They are keen to extend an invitation to people in Aylesbury to visit France and stay with a family in Bourg-en-Bresse.

With an upsurge of interest in the twinning of Aylesbury and Bourg-en-Bresse, Cllr Denise Summers and Deputy Mayor Guillaume Lacroix met to discuss past and planned future events.

Bourg-en-Bresse has invited a delegation from Aylesbury to their 50th anniversary celebrations of the twinning. Representatives of 6 towns and 20 associations will be descending on Bourg for the celebrations during May this year.