The Concept of Falkirk Twinning Associations

The Falkirk District Twinning Association and The Odenwald Association promote twinning in the Falkirk Council Area.

The General purpose of Twinning is:

  • to promote friendship and links within the partnerships
  • to cultivate greater understanding of our twin communities
  • to help in arranging exchanges and visits
  • to include as diverse a range of activities and abilities as possible
  • to help financially, if feasible
  • to stimulate interest in twinning
  • to aid communication between interested parties in all areas of activity within the communities

The Associations will continue to act separately as far as their respective twinning areas are concerned.

Activities

Both Associations have encouraged a variety of exchanges and visits over the years and continue to do so. Not everyone is involved in traveling to the Partner areas but have acted as hosts to visitors or participated in letter writing, sending tapes, video conferencing, e-mail, etc.

You decide how you want to be involved.

For Membership information on the Odenwald Association or the Falkirk District Twinning Association please go to the respective home pages and click on Membership Form.

For dates of meetings please check our forum. See the minutes and agendas menus for each of the associations for copies of the minutes and agendas.

Twinning Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. What is twinning?
    A. Twinning is friendship in partnership through links with our partner countries
  • Q. Who are Falkirk’s Twinning Partners
    A. Falkirk twins with the Odenwald, a rural region in South-west Germany and Créteil, a large cosmopolitan town, South of Paris.
  • Q. How does a twinning start?
    A. A twinning agreement between two organisations requires a partnership commitment to be agreed and signed. This allows the people affected by the agreement to begin to get to know each other in a variety of ways.
  • Q. Who can get involved in twinning?
    A. Twinning is not restricted to ‘official’ involvement and activity and is open to individuals of all ages and abilities, schools, colleges, groups, organisations whether in sport, art, music, dance, or anyone who simply wants to make new friends. Most importantly, it is about having fun!
  • Q. What do I get out of twinning?
    A. Twinning is a great opportunity to learn about a different country by meeting the people, not simply traveling as a tourist. It is an opportunity to make friends, share culture, explore common interests and possibly learn the language, ‘first hand’.
  • Q. Do I need to be able to speak the language?
    A. No, but it does help. Many people who visit their twinning partner country or host people in this country are encouraged to learn the language so they can get to know each other better.
  • Q. How do I become a member of the Twinning Associations?
    A. The Falkirk and District Twinning Association and The Odenwald Association are two independent Associations who support twinning within the Falkirk Area. Membership form is available in the Odenwald Association's own section of the website.  For the Falkirk and District Twinning Association, contact the Secretary.
  • Q. Can I attend meetings of the Twinning Associations?
    A. Anyone can attend meetings and chat to members to find out more about the Associations with a view to joining.
  • Q. What kind of events do the Twinning Associations organise?
    A.  Events are organised for anniversary celebrations or when visitors from partner countries are being hosted. Ceilidhs, concerts and evenings with traditional entertainment are always popular. In addition, there is a programme for members during the year at the regular meetings. This may take the form of speakers, films, demonstrations and general social evenings.  Also, fundraising events are held to raise money for trips to partner countries and to enable young people to be assisted financially.

Active Twinning

Schools / College

Kinneil Primary School, Bo'ness - Odenwald
 Larbert High School - Odenwald
Graeme High School - Créteil

 

Arts/Culture

Jenkins School of Highland Dancing - Odenwald
Airth Highland Games - Odenwald
Falkirk Band, "The Tonkerers" - Odenwald
Falkirk Folk Club - Odenwald and Créteil

Community Groups

Royal British Legion, Scotland - Creteil