Librarians’ Seminar in Créteil 21-24 November 2018

March 12 2019

A Seminar for librarians from several of Créteil’s Twinning partners was held in the Médiathèque in Créteil from 21-24 November 2018. Library Services was represented by veteran librarian Gray Allan. Gray wrote the following short report on the event and his experiences during the visit. I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit France and Creteil for the first time in November as part of the professional exchange organised by Creteil Libraries and the Creteil Twinning Committee. As a recently retired librarian with Falkirk Community Trust I was deputising for my working colleagues who were all involved with Scottish Book Week at this time. Taking part in the event were Falkirk, Creteil (GPSEA) Salzgitter (Niedersachsen) & Mataro (Catalonia). Salzgitter was represented by Claudia Rietdorf, head of service and her depute Yvonne Willert. The librarians from Mataro were Laura Villaret, head of service and her depute Sylvia Barragan. The exchange which took place over 4 days was intensive with visits to libraries in Creteil, the Mediatheque L’Abbaye – Nelson Mandela, Mediatheque Alfortville, the Bibliobus or mobile library in Creteil, a games library, the Ludotheque, also in a housing development in Creteil and the village library in the old part of the town. On the Friday afternoon we had a guided visit to the BNF, the Bibliotheque National de France, in Paris. The participants also took part in a master class run by Antoine Guilloppe a well-known artist and author of children's books, one of which was presented to each of the twinned library organisations. Each of the libraries had selected 13 books in English, German or Spanish for presentation to Creteil Libraries who in exchange gave each of us a small collection of French novels to take back with us. We all introduced one of the books from our selection on the “Book Tube”, an online information service streamed to libraries in the Creteil library network (subtitled in French!) I and my colleagues from Salzgitter and Mataro gave a presentation on our respective libraries to our French colleagues on the Friday morning. The Saturday saw the first literature festival “Bruit des Mots” staged by Creteil Libraries and held in the Mediatheque de L’Abbaye, an impressively organised and well-attended event It was not all work of course! Our hosts from Creteil Libraries and the Twinning Committee treated us royally, exposing us to the variety of French cuisine including a lovely meal in a Montmartre bistro! Not to forget the three trips into Paris!; a flying trip to see Paris at night by car, sightseeing after the BNF visit and a personal escorted tour with Margo on the Sunday before flying home. Many thanks to my hosts from the Mediatheque, Elena Da Rui, Frederique Giacomini and Frederique Bazinet, and representatives from the Twinning Committee, Director Romain Guimber. President Anne Berruet, Noemie, Brigitte Anne and Margo.

Librarians Exchange Invitation

October 19 2018

An invitation has been received from Creteil for Falkirk to be represented at a Seminar for librarians to be held at the Mediatheque in Creteil from 20-25 November 2018.

Créteil English Class Evening

July 14 2018

News from Créteil. At the last English class before the Summer break, which happened to be 4th July, Teacher Catherine, chose an American theme for the evening!  From the happy smiling faces, it looked like it was an evening enjoyed by all.  Lovely to see several familiar faces of those who have visited Falkirk. 

See photos in the Gallery.

2018 The English Class Créteil Visits Falkirk

April 25 2018

Members of Falkirk District Twinning Association (FDTA) were delighted to welcome 6 students and their Teacher from The English Class from our twin town of Créteil, near Paris.  They were given a warm welcome to Falkirk by Cllr Laura Murtagh at Municipal Buildings, Falkirk.

In Falkirk to meet twinning members, improve their language skills and go sight seeing around Falkirk and further afield, a busy programme was planned which met these requirements.

A day of sightseeing and shopping was enjoyed in Edinburgh which was seen at its best in full sunshine and blue skies.  Many parcels later, the day was completed with an evening meal at a Chinese restaurant.

A highlight had to be a visit to New Lanark World Heritage Site accompanied by FDTA members. The site is a unique 18th century mill village  which recreates a working mill,  millworkers’ houses, a school, roof garden and so much more.

The group visited the iconic Kelpies followed by a visit to the historic Callendar House.

Staying centrally at Cladhan Hotel the group was able shop locally in Falkirk Town Centre and it's no surprise that some brought with them an extra suitcase!

Clearly this was a successful visit with new friendships made and existing friendships  strengthened.  This is the power of twinning!

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Cristo Cup Returns  to Créteil

January 30 2018

The trophy won by the Forth Valley Football Academy under 13 team in last year’s Cristo Cup competition is making its way back to Créteil  this week.  The competition will again take place in April of this year at the Stade du Sport in Créteil.  The Falkirk team will unfortunately not have the opportunity to defend their title or match their amazing achievement in 2017.  Falkirk District Twinning Association remains proud and delighted that the talented team were able to demonstrate the skills and ability being successfully nurtured in Scottish youth football. 

Visit to Falkirk by Les Étudiants d’Anglais in April

January 24 2018

A group of adult students who are learning English at the Bureau de Jumelages in Créteil will visit Falkirk District in April.  Accompanied by their English teacher Catherine Bettoni, they will arrive in Falkirk on Friday 20th April for their 3 day visit and will take part in a programme of visits and activities organised by Falkirk District Twinning Association.  Members of the Association will help and support the group during the visit. The group will depart on Monday 23 April. 

Photo shows a group of students from an earlier visit enjoying sunshine in Edinburgh.

Magda Vorchin - former Directrice de Jumelage de Créteil Award

January 24 2018

Magda Vorchin, the former Directrice de Jumelage de Créteil has been awarded the ‘Médaille de La Ville’ by Le Maire de Créteil Laurent Cathala

Our friend and twinning colleague, Magda Vorchin was awarded the ‘Médaille de la Ville’ by Le Maire de Créteil, Laurent Cathala, at a ceremony two weeks ago in Créteil. The prestigious award was given in recognition of her work in the community of Mont-Mesly, a district in Créteil, and also in her role over the last 10 years as Directrice of le Comité de Jumelage, (The Twinning Committee) in Créteil.  Many of us have worked on twinning projects over the years with Magda and her passion and enthusiasm for twinning and creating opportunity for people of all ages knows no bounds! To say the award is well deserved, is a genuine understatement. Congratulations and best wishes to Magda from her friends at Falkirk District Twinning Association. 

Link to an article about the awards in Le Parisien online

Photo shows Magda (extreme left) on a visit to Falkirk.

Season's Greetings

December 19 2017

Greetings to all our friends in Créteil from Falkirk District Twinning Association.

"Languages Lost and Found" Event - 18 November 2017, 11.00-15.00, Howgate, Falkirk

November 17 2017

The ‘Languages Lost & Found’ event will take place on Saturday, 18th November between 11.00 & 15.00 in the Howgate Shopping centre in Falkirk.  The event forms part of the annual ‘Being Human’ Festival, which aims to make visible the often hidden richness and diversity of languages and cultures in Scottish society through community-led workshops and activities.  Falkirk District Twinning Association are taking part with an informal talk on the history of the twinning link with Créteil,  Falkirk’s French twin town and an information stall with twinning enthusiasts on hand to answer any questions about twinning and Créteil. There will also be a short French language workshop for children and members of the Wee Tree Theatre will recite some amazing French poems. 

Please see the full programme for the event below. Lots going on, so looking forward to seeing you there.  (See enhanced view of Programme in Gallery menu - Event.)
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2017 Proposed New Twinning Activities

November 07 2017

Following the summer break twinning business for Falkirk District Twinning Association is beginning to pick up momentum. We have had several requests from local organisations about developing links with partner groups in Créteil.
The leader of Falkirk Gaelic Choir (FGC) , Lorraine Russell is keen to make contact with a youth choir in Créteil. FGC currently has 21 members who are between the age of 7 and 18. They are well used to taking trips to perform having taken part in events in various areas in Scotland and a trip to Ireland to take part in the ‘Sharing our Similarities, Celebrating our Differences’ event.
We have also had a request from Falkirk Lawn Tennis Club about developing links with a tennis club in Créteil. 
Falkirk Council’s Champions Board Coordinator, Janet Weir would like to organise a youth visit to Creteil’s  Youth Council as part of an Erasmus project. 

Final day for visitors from Créteil

July 10 2017

On the final day of the visit by the delegation from Créteil, Falkirk Council Community Trust had organised an exciting programme of visits to several of Falkirk District's attractions.  The group started off with a tour of the Mariner Sports Centre by the centre's manager Carol Whyte.  When first built, the innovative centre led the way for leisure pools in Scotland. Carol also informed the group of the ambitious new plans for the refurbishment of the building and the creation of an amazing new soft play area.

 A visit to Falkirk would not be complete without a visit to the Helix and the world-famous Kelpies.  Following a delicious lunch in the new Helix visitor centre the group was treated to a guided tour of the Kelpies.  Like all of us, our visitors were completely mesmerised by Duke and Baron and took lots of photographs. 

The day continued with a visit to Callendar House where Geoff Bailey, Archaeologist and Keeper of local History took the group around the beautiful house and we all came away much more knowledgable about its history and the families who had lived there over the years.  Romain and Noémie even had time to try on a Roman soldier's uniform in the Roman exhibition area!

After delicious tea and scones in Callendar House café, it was time to take the group to Edinburgh airport and say au revoir and bon voyage to our friends from Créteil. À la prochaine!

More photos in the website gallery

Walking Tour of Falkirk

July 05 2017

Today's programme for the delegation from Créteil;  a walking tour of Falkirk led by Ian Scott, local historian, followed by delicious scones and jam with dollops of cream!  A busy day with a train ride to Edinburgh for sightseeing and shopping!

More photos on the website gallery.

French Visit Denny Library

July 04 2017

Our French visitors spent the afternoon at Denny library where the managers Gavin and Linda gave a short presentation on the building of the new library and accompanied the group on a tour of the facility.  Frédérique Giaconomi, the Assistant Director of the Médiatique in Créteil also delivered a short presentation on its activities and operation.

After a long day of visits and meetings the group relaxed with members of FDTA. 

Créteil Delegation

July 04 2017

After a productive business meeting at Municipal Buildings, Falkirk with members of Falkirk District Twinning Association and representatives interested in developing the twinning, the delegation from our twinning partners Créteil, Comité de Jumelage, visited the Falkirk Wheel.  Despite the rain, they still managed to smile and were fortunate to see the Wheel in action. 

Visitors from Créteil

June 29 2017

The President of the Twinning Association in Créteil, Anne Berruet will visit Falkirk next week from 3-6 July.  She will be accompanied by 3 colleagues from the Bureau de Jumelages - Romain Guimber, the Director of the Twinning Association,  Frederique Giacomini, a board member responsible for international exchanges and Noémie Rebecca the new assistant in the twinning office.

Members of Falkirk District Twinnng Association will accompany the group during a full programme of meetings, activities and visits including a visit to the main Falkirk tourist attractions – The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies, The Helix and Callendar House.  They will also meet with groups and organisations who have been involved in recent twinning activities and others who are interested in creating new twinning links with Créteil.  Hopefully the weather will be kind and show Falkirk District in its full glory! 

THE WINNERS Under 13s FVFA - Winners of the Cristo Cup Créteil

May 11 2017

Forth Valley Football Academy under 13 team are the delighted winners of this year's Cristo Cup in Créteil. Well done team!

Under 13 Football Team Event Créteil

April 12 2017

The Under 13 youth football team from Forth Valley Academy will take part in this year's Cristocup football tournament in Créteil. The event takes place over the Easter weekend and  involves teams from Créteil's other twinning partners including Salzgitter in Germany & Loulé in Portugal. It is also the 20th anniversary of the competition.

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