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                              Cheltenham-Göttingen Twinning.


Göttingen visitors in Cheltenham this summer

If you don’t already know about the visit from our twin town in Germany, it takes place this summer and Annette is asking for homestay accommodation for our visitors and also some volunteers nearer the time to help with the language with translations / interpreting etc. 

She writes:


“The ‘Göttingen / Cheltenham Festival’ usually involves more than 100 people visiting Cheltenham and staying with local people. 


The date for the visit has been set for Saturday 22 July to Thursday 27 July 2017 and one of the most important tasks is to find as much accommodation with local people in and around Cheltenham as possible, as it is expected that most of the 100+ Göttingen residents participating would like homestays.  There is a whole variety of people requesting homestays, from young to the more advanced in years and single people to couples and those with families.


I am, therefore, writing to see if you are able to offer accommodation to visitors from Göttingen for the 5 nights and become involved in this twinning event.  I must stress that there is no obligation for anyone to offer hospitality, as there is NO payment for hosting guests on this particular exchange.  It is rather hoped that Cheltenham people may like to offer accommodation to Göttingen visitors with a view to receiving their reciprocal hospitality in Göttingen in the future.  Hosts are asked to provide bed and breakfast and some evening meals, depending on the programme and their guests’ involvement.


During the 4 day stay in Cheltenham, an optional programme of activities and excursions is organised and we try to organise events during the day time for those hosts who work, leaving the Sunday and evenings free for guests to be with their families.  A comprehensive list of things to see and do in and around Cheltenham will be included with the programme giving ideas to fill free time.  Hosts are, however, most welcome to join in with the trips and attend events on the programme.  


I do very much hope that you will consider hosting and participating in this twinning visit.  Many lasting friendships have been made from these visits and the Göttingen people are very warm and friendly and will openly welcome you to Göttingen for reciprocal hospitality.


Finally if you know of any family or friends who have a spare room and who might be prepared to offer accommodation, perhaps you could give me their name and address, and if you belong to any clubs or societies who would either be interested in becoming involved or where you could publicise the event and the need for host families, I would be most grateful if you could do so.”


If you can help, please contact Annette Wight for more info and a form at:

[email protected]

Hosts are also needed for the following. Annette writes:

Dear Host family / Twinning Association friends


I am seeking home stays for the following group from our German twin town and would be grateful if you would consider hosting.


Thursday 20 July – Monday 31 July 2017 -  For 11 nights I have a group of 15 young people aged between 13-18 from Göttingen, Germany coming to Cheltenham on an organised sport, language learning and sight-seeing visit  (this group came in June last year, under the leadership of Jessika and Nico).

Payment will be £250 per student.  We are happy for them to stay in pairs where possible.  Bed, breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal would be required. They have activities/ excursions every day, except the two Sundays 23 and 30 July which would be spent with the host family.  The group depart early morning on Monday 31 July.


I realise this is a busy period of time with holidays and requests from other establishments, so I would be very grateful for your offers.


With many thanks


Charity Cycle Ride from Göttingen to Cheltenham

Two directors of a local Cheltenham company are planning to cycle from Göttingen to Cheltenham and hoping to raise £2500 for the local charity County Community Projects who help underprivileged people in the Cheltenham area.  The Mayor of Göttingen will see them on their way on 20 June as they set off to cover the 600 miles in 7 days aiming to arrive back in Cheltenham Montpellier Gardens on 26 June.  Full information can be seen from the link below and I am sure any donations would be gratefully received.


Details from :

Annette Wight

email: [email protected]

Twinning Officer : Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
tel  01242 264311
(Democracy Assistant : Wednesday and Friday
tel 01242 775153)

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We currently have 12 students / apprentices from Göttingen in Cheltenham for 4-6 weeks on work experience placements.  They are placed with a variety of businesses and educational establishments throughout the town, and one girl is with the Inspiring families team at the Council.  Yet again they are absorbed into English family life as they stay with local families and enjoy sightseeing excursions as well.

From 3-11 October a group of 15 youngsters from Göttingen Town’s Sport Association will be here enjoying a programme of sporting and sightseeing activities.

Towards the end of October, 12 colleagues from Family Centres in Göttingen will be here for 4 days with a programme of visits to Children’s centres and meetings with practitioners of health and social care and early years learning organised, enabling better understanding of the system in the UK.