Göttingen has best air quality in Germany

It’s worth taking a deep breath in Göttingen. According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), Göttingen has the cleanest air quality of any large city in Germany, and is ranked 29 out of 323 European towns based on recent research into air particulates in European urban areas. Göttingen’s Mayor, Rolf Georg Koehler (SPD) stated: ‘GöttingenContinue reading “Göttingen has best air quality in Germany”

Twinning Gathering – 2 August 2021

To celebrate 70 years of twinning with Göttingen a get together will take place in Montpellier Gardens on Monday 2 August from 5-7pm to mark the occasion here in Cheltenham, as we are unable to meet face to face with our Göttingen friends. Videos and photos will be taken and exchanged with Göttingen.   Please bring alongContinue reading “Twinning Gathering – 2 August 2021”

Providing Clean Water in Kisumu

Cheltenham Twinning Association is raising much needed funds for a groundwater well at a school in our friendship town Kisumu, Kenya provided by the WellBoring charity (https://www.wellboring.org/). Each well costs £5,000 (or £4,000 plus gift aid), and provides safe water to pupils, teachers, and the wider community for many years. Cheltenham has benefitted from accessContinue reading “Providing Clean Water in Kisumu”

Virtual Bridge Tournament between Cheltenham and Göttingen

With 2021 marking 70 years of twinning between Cheltenham and its German twin town Göttingen and due to reciprocal visits and face-to-face events scheduled for this anniversary year being cancelled, some virtual events are happening to honour and celebrate this long standing friendship between the two towns. One such event was an online bridge tournamentContinue reading “Virtual Bridge Tournament between Cheltenham and Göttingen”

Plans Restart for Sochi Film Festival

Having twice been postponed, talks have restarted on the hosting of the Sochi International Film Festival and Awards UK to be held here in Cheltenham in February 2022. With the delightful Chapel Arts Centre being proposed as a venue for film screenings, concerts and an exhibition of Russian art, a meeting was recently held thereContinue reading “Plans Restart for Sochi Film Festival”

Active Twinning – Keeps Going

Angie Boyes, Carol Stephens and Annette Wight of the Cheltenham Twinning Association were delighted to participate in an online Twinning Conference on 25 February 2021 led by Ann Kennard, Chair of the Bristol Hannover Council. This successful online conference was attended by over 40 representatives of UK twinning associations, and focused on sharing best practicesContinue reading “Active Twinning – Keeps Going”

Founder of Göttingen Youth Sports Exchange passes away

Philip Gordon “Jasper” Cook 19 July 1934 – 29 April 2020 Jasper Cook, 85, passed away 0n 29 April 2020 in Gloucester Royal Infirmary.  He had recently had a stroke but sadly became another victim of the coronavirus. Jasper, as he was affectionately known, started the Cheltenham – Göttingen Youth Sports exchange along with PeterContinue reading “Founder of Göttingen Youth Sports Exchange passes away”