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2017 HippFest at The Hippodrome Bo'ness 2017

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.

The English Class Creteil

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.

Changes at the Comité de Jumelage de Créteil

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.

Visit to Falkirk from the English Class

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.

Season's Greetings from FDTA to 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.

Making music 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. 

2015 April

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!

Music+ Event in Krakow

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.


Student Placement, Falkirk

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!

Bisous, Ana