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Friday 25th May 2018

27th-31st: Twinning Visit to Cesson, France

Friday 25th - Tuesday 29th May 2018

Join Sodbury & District Twinning Association for their next visit to Cesson – new members welcome.

Please contact Jana Mas on 07741 301959 or by email below if you are interested in getting involved.

Chipping Sodbury’s twin town of Cesson is near Paris in France. The Twinning Association aims to foster friendship and understanding between the people of Sodbury and the people of Cesson.


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Sodbury and District Twinning Association

Keep Twinning Alive

Sodbury and District Twinning Association need your help!

Our secretary Pam is seriously ill and has resigned. Mike Pearce will stand as chairman again and so will Stan as vice chair – providing we can fill the roles of treasurer and secretary.

At our meeting on 26th March 2018 it was decided to hold an emergency meeting in June, after our trip to Cesson/France.

At that meeting we need to decide about the future of the Sodbury & District Twinning Association.

We have had lots of great events in the past and would like to keep the spirit of our Twinning alive.

Can you help and take on a role? Or can you give a helping hand to organise events?

Please email and let us know if you want to keep twinning alive. We appreciate every kind of help.

2018 Trip to Cesson

We still have some places left for our Twinning trip to France end of May (to Cesson, Friday 25th to Tuesday 29th).

People would need to organize the travel individually, but there will be hosts for accommodation and a nice programme for Saturday and Monday.

If anyone is interested in joining us, please email Jana Mas on (closing date is 30.04.).

How the Twinning Association began

British and French aviation engineers worked together on the British-French Concorde Project at Filton.

Robin Blake, who later became Chairman of Dodington Parish Council, lived in Melun (near Cesson) in 1967/8, when he was the Bristol Siddely (later Rolls-Royce) Test Engineering representative.

He knew a number of colleagues who lived in Cesson from working with them at SNECMA Villaroche.

Roland Lacroix was the SNECMA Engineering representative at Rolls-Royce in the early 70s.

He lived in Patchway, but got to know a number of families from the Chipping Sodbury area, as a result of being introduced to Sodbury Round Table by Robin.

Sodbury and District Twinning Association

Gerard Lagny with flag

On his return to Cesson, he told Robin that they had a Twinning Committee and were looking for a similar sized UK community to form a twinning link.

Two public meetings were held in Chipping Sodbury and a committee was formed in March 1978.

The idea of twinning was supported by councils, local organisations and individuals.

Colin Hatfield became the first Chairman of Sodbury & District Twinning Association. Official charter ceremonies between Cesson and Sodbury Town and Dodington Parish Councils took place in 1979.

Since then regular visits have been arranged in both directions by the Twinning Committees in Sodbury & District and Cesson.

About the Association

Sodbury and District Twinning Association: Cesson Mairie

La Mairie, Cesson

Twinning brings together people from different countries to share their values and cultures, promoting friendship and understanding.

The Twinning Association organises visits for individuals and groups, develops links between schools and holds fund-raising activities.

Cesson is 36 miles south-east of Paris, north of Fontainebleau.

It is a small residential town in the department of Seine et Marne: click here to visit www.ville-cesson.fr

Visits take place every year – alternating between Cesson and Sodbury & District.

Would you like to know more?

Click here to download a leaflet about Sodbury & District Twinning Association [PDF, 460kB, updated October 2016].

For further information about Sodbury & District Twinning Association and its activities, or if you are interested in taking part in twinning visits or coming to any of the events, please get in touch.

Please contact Jana Mas on 07741 301959 or by email at: . if you are interested in getting involved.

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Friday 25th May 2018

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