The Mayor of Bath is President of the City's four Twinning Associations. The Charter Trustees of the City of Bath assist the Twinning Associations to maintain the links. The Twinning Forum provides an overview of all activities. This comprises of the Chairman of the Charter Trustees' Standing Committee, the Clerk to the Charter Trustees and the Officers of the four Twinning Associations.
All the Associations are keen to widen their base of supporters in the area and want to establish a list of residents in and around Bath who were born or have lived in France, Germany, the Netherlands or Hungary. If you are interested in joining, please contact the relevant Secretary for further information or print a membership form, complete and return it to the Secretary together with your cheque.
For Twinning Association contact details Click here
Connections is a Twinning Newsletter published annually giving details of activities. Click on a link below. Please note that dates of events are correct at the time of printing but please contact the Twinning Associations direct for up to date information.
Connections Issue 21
For the latest Connections newsletter please Click here
Bath's Twin Cities
Click on the names of the Cities below to go to their City websites.
Aix-en-Provence, France Situated in the south of France and less than 20 miles from Marseilles, Aix-en-Provence has a population of 155,000 and is regarded as the cultural and artistic capital of the Provençal region. Many festivals of music and art are held there each year and the City plays host to more than 700,000 visitors annually. The university, which has 32,000 students, was founded in the 15th Century and is considered to be one of the most important in France. Aix, meaning "watering place", is a spa town and famous for its many fountains. Its similarities to Bath resulted in an official twinning link established in September 1977. Click here for information on the Committee and contact details.
Alkmaar, The Netherlands Alkmaar is situated in the north-west of the Netherlands, approximately 30 miles from Amsterdam. The city has a population of around 96,000 and is best known for its cheese market, which operates every Friday morning between April and September. The link with Alkmaar began just before the end of the Second World War, when fund-raising events were held to support the citizens of Alkmaar who were had suffered deprivation during the German occupation. The first official visit to Bath by dignitaries from Alkmaar took place in 1946, but formal twinning links were not established until May 1990. Click here for information on the Committee and contact details.
Braunschweig, Germany Braunschweig is situated in Lower Saxony. It's population is around 250,000 and the main industries include the manufacture of optical instruments, cameras, vehicles and engines. The city is regarded as an important historic and cultural centre in its region, boasting many fine theatres and playing host to a variety of annual festivals. The Bath/Braunschweig link was established shortly after the Second World War as part of a Foreign Office initiative to bring together young people from Cities in England and Germany. The first visit to Braunschweig by a civic delegation from Bath took place in 1957 and the formal twinning link was established in April 1971. A short film showing a picture of urban life in Braunschweig is available. The Bath Braunschweig Association has a Facebook account, as does the German Society at Facebook.
They also have their own website http://www.bath-braunschweigtwinningassociation.co.uk
Kaposvár, Hungary Kaposvár is the county town of the Somogy region of Hungary and is situated 100 miles south-west of Budapest. Its population is around 75,000. Kaposvár is very proud of its cultural and artistic heritage - its theatre has acquired international fame and important festivals are held in the city throughout the year. In 1967 thermal waters were discovered and Kaposvár aims to use this resource to develop tourism. Other industries include the production of food, textiles and electrical goods. Bath and Kaposvár were twinned formally in April 1989. Click here for information on the Committee and contact details. They also have their own web site http://www.bath-kaposvar.org.