March 18 2018
Falkirk District Twinning Association (FDTA) were delighted to be invited along to give a talk to the Odenwald Association(OA) prior to their business meeting on Tuesday 13 March. Elaine Mitchell, Chairperson, Ian Burt, Vice Chairperson, Councillor Pat Reid, Treasurer and Laura McEwan, Falkirk Council’s Education representative on FDTA Committee were given a really warm welcome by the members of the Odenwald Association. Elaine kicked off the talk with information about the town of Créteil, its inhabitants and its close proximity to Paris and Eurodisney. Photographs of the old and new town of Créteil gave OA members an idea of the layout of the town and showed examples of the styles of buildings and landmarks in the cosmopolitan French town.
Pat gave a short history of FDTA, from the signing of the twinning agreement between Falkirk District and Créteil in 1983 to the projects and exchanges that have taken place during the last 35 years such as those involving youth groups, sports organisations, music projects, disabled groups, school exchanges and the longstanding link between the British Legion and Les Anciens Combattants (Former Soldiers) in Créteil. Elaine followed this with a short update on more recent activities, including a theatre project with the Wee Tree Theatre company, a twinning partnership between Denny Library and the Médiathèque in Créteil, an Erasmus project involving the Champions Board and a link between Falkirk Lawn Tennis Club and Créteil Tennis Club.
Ian continued with a few stories about his involvement as a member of FDTA for many years, including the ‘French house’ that FDTA provided accommodation for Créteil students doing work placements in Falkirk, some of whom were experiencing their first time away from home and also their first taste of a Scottish winter! Ian also highlighted the role that twinning plays in language development.
Laura, as a Modern Languages teacher at Graeme High School in Falkirk was able to give the group an interesting insight into school exchanges and her involvement in the 1+2 language programme in primary schools. She also gave an update on the recent signing of a twinning agreement with L’ Académie de Française de Créteil that would continue to support and develop language links in Falkirk schools.
Elaine brought the talk to a close with a short Q&A session and thanked the OA for inviting members of FDTA to the meeting. Walter Simms, Chairperson of the Odenwald Association replied with a vote of thanks to the FDTA team and invited them to join the group for refreshments.
C’était une soirée formidable pour l’équipe de FDTA et nous espérons que la présentation était intéressant pour les membres de OA.
January 30 2018
The trophy won by the Forth Valley Football Academy under 13 team in last year’s Cristo Cup competition is making its way back to Créteil this week. The competition will again take place in April of this year at the Stade du Sport in Créteil. The Falkirk team will unfortunately not have the opportunity to defend their title or match their amazing achievement in 2017. Falkirk District Twinning Association remains proud and delighted that the talented team were able to demonstrate the skills and ability being successfully nurtured in Scottish youth football.
January 24 2018
A group of adult students who are learning English at the Bureau de Jumelages in Créteil will visit Falkirk District in April. Accompanied by their English teacher Catherine Bettoni, they will arrive in Falkirk on Friday 20th April for their 3 day visit and will take part in a programme of visits and activities organised by Falkirk District Twinning Association. Members of the Association will help and support the group during the visit. The group will depart on Monday 23 April.
Photo shows a group of students from an earlier visit enjoying sunshine in Edinburgh.
January 24 2018
Magda Vorchin, the former Directrice de Jumelage de Créteil has been awarded the ‘Médaille de La Ville’ by Le Maire de Créteil Laurent Cathala.
Our friend and twinning colleague, Magda Vorchin was awarded the ‘Médaille de la Ville’ by Le Maire de Créteil, Laurent Cathala, at a ceremony two weeks ago in Créteil. The prestigious award was given in recognition of her work in the community of Mont-Mesly, a district in Créteil, and also in her role over the last 10 years as Directrice of le Comité de Jumelage, (The Twinning Committee) in Créteil. Many of us have worked on twinning projects over the years with Magda and her passion and enthusiasm for twinning and creating opportunity for people of all ages knows no bounds! To say the award is well deserved, is a genuine understatement. Congratulations and best wishes to Magda from her friends at Falkirk District Twinning Association.
Link to an article about the awards in Le Parisien online
December 19 2017
Greetings to all our friends in Créteil from Falkirk District Twinning Association.
November 17 2017
The ‘Languages Lost & Found’ event will take place on Saturday, 18th November between 11.00 & 15.00 in the Howgate Shopping centre in Falkirk. The event forms part of the annual ‘Being Human’ Festival, which aims to make visible the often hidden richness and diversity of languages and cultures in Scottish society through community-led workshops and activities. Falkirk District Twinning Association are taking part with an informal talk on the history of the twinning link with Créteil, Falkirk’s French twin town and an information stall with twinning enthusiasts on hand to answer any questions about twinning and Créteil. There will also be a short French language workshop for children and members of the Wee Tree Theatre will recite some amazing French poems.
Please see the full programme for the event below. Lots going on, so looking forward to seeing you there. (See enhanced view of Programme in Gallery menu - Event.)
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November 07 2017
Following the summer break twinning business for Falkirk District Twinning Association is beginning to pick up momentum. We have had several requests from local organisations about developing links with partner groups in Créteil.
The leader of Falkirk Gaelic Choir (FGC) , Lorraine Russell is keen to make contact with a youth choir in Créteil. FGC currently has 21 members who are between the age of 7 and 18. They are well used to taking trips to perform having taken part in events in various areas in Scotland and a trip to Ireland to take part in the ‘Sharing our Similarities, Celebrating our Differences’ event.
We have also had a request from Falkirk Lawn Tennis Club about developing links with a tennis club in Créteil.
Falkirk Council’s Champions Board Coordinator, Janet Weir would like to organise a youth visit to Creteil’s Youth Council as part of an Erasmus project.
July 10 2017
On the final day of the visit by the delegation from Créteil, Falkirk Council Community Trust had organised an exciting programme of visits to several of Falkirk District's attractions. The group started off with a tour of the Mariner Sports Centre by the centre's manager Carol Whyte. When first built, the innovative centre led the way for leisure pools in Scotland. Carol also informed the group of the ambitious new plans for the refurbishment of the building and the creation of an amazing new soft play area.
A visit to Falkirk would not be complete without a visit to the Helix and the world-famous Kelpies. Following a delicious lunch in the new Helix visitor centre the group was treated to a guided tour of the Kelpies. Like all of us, our visitors were completely mesmerised by Duke and Baron and took lots of photographs.
The day continued with a visit to Callendar House where Geoff Bailey, Archaeologist and Keeper of local History took the group around the beautiful house and we all came away much more knowledgable about its history and the families who had lived there over the years. Romain and Noémie even had time to try on a Roman soldier's uniform in the Roman exhibition area!
After delicious tea and scones in Callendar House café, it was time to take the group to Edinburgh airport and say au revoir and bon voyage to our friends from Créteil. À la prochaine!
More photos in the website gallery
July 05 2017
Today's programme for the delegation from Créteil; a walking tour of Falkirk led by Ian Scott, local historian, followed by delicious scones and jam with dollops of cream! A busy day with a train ride to Edinburgh for sightseeing and shopping!
More photos on the website gallery.
July 04 2017
Our French visitors spent the afternoon at Denny library where the managers Gavin and Linda gave a short presentation on the building of the new library and accompanied the group on a tour of the facility. Frédérique Giaconomi, the Assistant Director of the Médiatique in Créteil also delivered a short presentation on its activities and operation.
After a long day of visits and meetings the group relaxed with members of FDTA.
July 04 2017
After a productive business meeting at Municipal Buildings, Falkirk with members of Falkirk District Twinning Association and representatives interested in developing the twinning, the delegation from our twinning partners Créteil, Comité de Jumelage, visited the Falkirk Wheel. Despite the rain, they still managed to smile and were fortunate to see the Wheel in action.
June 29 2017
The President of the Twinning Association in Créteil, Anne Berruet will visit Falkirk next week from 3-6 July. She will be accompanied by 3 colleagues from the Bureau de Jumelages - Romain Guimber, the Director of the Twinning Association, Frederique Giacomini, a board member responsible for international exchanges and Noémie Rebecca the new assistant in the twinning office.
Members of Falkirk District Twinnng Association will accompany the group during a full programme of meetings, activities and visits including a visit to the main Falkirk tourist attractions – The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies, The Helix and Callendar House. They will also meet with groups and organisations who have been involved in recent twinning activities and others who are interested in creating new twinning links with Créteil. Hopefully the weather will be kind and show Falkirk District in its full glory!
May 11 2017
Forth Valley Football Academy under 13 team are the delighted winners of this year's Cristo Cup in Créteil. Well done team!
April 12 2017
The Under 13 youth football team from Forth Valley Academy will take part in this year's Cristocup football tournament in Créteil. The event takes place over the Easter weekend and involves teams from Créteil's other twinning partners including Salzgitter in Germany & Loulé in Portugal. It is also the 20th anniversary of the competition.
February 25 2017
Because of recent events in France, there has been a pause in twinning activities involving young people and this year, members of the English Class in Créteil will not be visiting. However, Falkirk District Twinning Association is delighted that a small delegation from Créteil, headed by our good friend Magda Vorchin, will make a flying visit to Falkirk from 23 March to 25 March to investigate a film and theatre project in which they hope to include a visit to "Hippfest" at Bo'ness Hippodrome Cinema.
HippFest programme, the Seventh Hippodrome Festival of Silent Film, runs from 22-26 March and is described as "a premier silent film festival in Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema. The range of British and international silent films will all have live musical accompaniment".
Members of the group visiting (as well as Magda) are Corinne Turpin, Community Film Officer from Cinema Lucarne in Créteil and Marie Dupleix , a Theatre Producer and Director of theatre company, ' Compagnie des Mistons'.
In addition to attending events at Hippfest 2017 in Bo'ness the group will meet with the Wee Tree Theatre Company to discuss possible twinning projects and Corinne will meet with Alison Strauss, Falkirk Community Trust Film and Media Officer to progress Franco- Ecossais cinema projects.
As is usual with twinning visits, members of FDTA will be on hand to organise airport transfers and will accompany the visitors during their time in Falkirk.
April 20 2016
A group of 6 ladies and their Teacher from the English Class held at Jumelage Créteil were collected from Edinburgh Airport by members of the Twinning Asociation and transported to the Park Hotel to start their visit to Falkirk. A busy programme has been organised which includes a trip to Edinburgh, a visit to the Kelpies, the Falkirk Wheel, Blackness Castle, the micro brewery at The Corbie Inn Bo'Ness and the Railway Museum. The group will attend Falkirk Folk Club on Thursday evening and on Friday morning will support a small promotional event on the Cretéil twinning in Falkirk High Street prior to their departure in the afternoon. As the visit progresses photos will be available to view on the website gallery.
February 04 2016
Magda Vorchin retired this week from her role as Directrice of the Twinning Committee in Créteil. For over 10 years, Magda has been at the heart of developing active twinning links and creating strong relationships between many groups and individuals in Falkirk District and Créteil. She has made an enormous contribution to twinning because of her passion and enthusiasm for international relations and her canny ability to make things happen! She is a well known visitor to Falkirk and is looked upon as a friend by many of us. Romain Guimber who has worked alongside Magda for several years and is well known to Falkirk Twinning has taken over the role as Directeur of the Twinning Committee in Créteil. He has visited Falkirk several times and has worked on many twinning projects involving local youth groups. Romain is well qualified to undertake the role and also shares Magda's enthusiasm for twinning. Although Magda is 'retiring' from her current position, she will continue to work on special projects with Romain and other members of the twinning team, led by Anne Berruet, 'Le Président de Comité de Jumelage de Créteil '.We all offer our huge thanks to Magda for all that she has contributed over the years and wish her well for the future. We also look forward to organising many more exciting twinning projects in Falkirk District and Créteil.
February 04 2016
Several students from the English language classes in Créteil will visit Falkirk from 19-22 April 2016. As in previous years, they will be accompanied by their English teacher Catherine Bettoni. They will take the opportunity to practise their English and will take part in visits both locally and further afield accompanied by members of Falkirk District Twinning Association. The classes are organised by the Comité de Jumelage de Créteil.
December 29 2015
Falkirk District Twinning Association wishes friends at Comite Jumelage, a happy and peaceful New Year. In 2016 we look forward to developing existing links, renewing friendships and promoting the successful twinning partnership already established. Best Wishes to all our friends in Créteil.
October 29 2015
Two Youth Music Tutors from Falkirk, Susanne Bell and Gareth Lloyd visited schools in Créteil to look at ways with our twinning partners of promoting language in schools through music. It was also a great opportunity to promote Scottish music and play alongside the popular Falkirk band, The Tonkerers at the annual open air event, Parcs et Jardin. Some of the more adventurous onlookers even joined in the Ceilidh dancing! The visit ended with a glittering evening in Paris and some special memories to take back to Falkirk with future joint working and links assured.
October 09 2015
A group of students accompanied by their tutor from the English Class in Créteil enjoyed a visit to Falkirk to develop their language skills, learn about our culture and renew friendships. They packed a lot into their sightseeing visits including; The Kelpies, Culross, South Queensferry and Linlithgow Palace. Despite weather for all seasons, they all enjoyed their visit and improved their confidence in speaking English, with a Scottish accent of course!
October 30 2014
With the support of Falkirk District Twinning Association, Susanne Bell, a Musician and Senior Youth Music Tutor and Anne McEwan, Head of Dance Academy/Physical Education/Health and Wellbeing, attended the Music+ seminar in Krakow Poland.
The aim of the pan European event was to recognise the structures of formal and non-formal music education in European countries, to increase knowledge about the methods of teaching and dialogue between teachers and youth workers involved in music education. An important aspect was also the development of intercultural education. Susanne and Anne also met with Magda Vorchin, la Directrice de Jumelages, to discuss future projects involving young dancers and musicians from Falkirk Council area. The event was funded by Erasmus+ a European funding initiative.
September 30 2014
As usual, my stay in Falkirk was amaxingly rewarding! I worked for 3 weeks with the 16+ Activity Agreement for the Falkirk Council and it was very interesting. I was able to meet and work with very nice young people and learn a lot from working with the youth workers. I talked to the youngsters about France and French culture and I even organised a French week during which we watched 2 French movies, (The Artist and Untouchables) and we cooked Quiche Lorraine.
Megan, the person who hosted me, was so nice and so involved in everything she does that I could not have hoped for a better host.
Finally, it was really exciting to be in Scotland during the Edinburgh Festivals and, of course, the running for the Referendum (particularly that I had the chance to meet the First Minister, Alex Salmond the day before I returned to France). I feel like each time I go to Scotland (and Falkirk) is better than the previous one. Thank you for welcoming me every Summer!