Wirksworth Twinning Association

What is Twinning?

Twinning is intended to foster friendship and understanding between different peoples and cultures and this is enabled by the establishment of formal links between twin towns.

Wirksworth has signed twinning charters with Die, France and Frankenau, Germany and since July 2017, the possibility of developing a relationship with Varallo in Italy is being discussed.


What can twinning mean in practice?

The towns have agreed to promote understanding by developing contacts between the citizens through joint activities.  Here are just some of the activities which spring from twinning:

  • Family and individual links
  • Young people’s visits
  • School links
  • Musical visits
  • Artistic exchanges
  • Sporting exchanges
  • Social and Community events

Once a year a group visit is organised, either to a twin town or we in Wirksworth host a group of visitors. These activities are open to everyone. We usually stay in family homes; a good way to get to know people.

Here are a few comments from local people.

“I feel the main things about twinning for me are visiting another country, getting to know people and their way of life, making friends both here and from France/Germany, also being able to show the Wirksworth area to other”

“We hosted for the first time and met 2 lovely ladies from Frankenau. Luckily for us both spoke English”

“Magnificent landscape; rich flowers; history; a tipple or two; lasting friends; instructions on snail hunting”

“I joined twinning last year and have met wonderful people from Die, Frankenau and Wirksworth who are all now good friends”

Stoney Wood Inspiration

The planting of Stoney Wood on Middleton Road was inspired by the Forêt Giono near Châtillon en Diois. Stoney Wood Group‘s listing has more detail.


Who makes twinning work?

Twinning is an initiative of Wirksworth Town Council working in partnership with the Twinning Association who co-ordinate twinning activities.


Do I need to speak French or German to get involved?

Not at all (but it is a good way to learn). There are always people who can help with translation and it is amazing how well people can communicate without language.


Above all – twinning is Fun!


To find out more about twinning links and the current activities see the Twinning website

Website: http://www.wirksworthtwinning.org.uk

If you would like to contact the twinning association please our secretary will be pleased to hear from you.

Sue Cunliffe: 01629 822124 or email: suecunliffe@wirksworthtwinning.org.uk

A group of people on a twinning visit to Frankenau.

Twinning visit to Frankenau, May 2016