Our French partners on the outskirts of Paris

Créteil is a large cosmopolitan town lying to the south of Paris, France.  It is composed of the old part, known as Créteil Village with its traditional streets, shops and restaurants and the contrasting development of the ‘new town’ with its innovative architecture, variety of residential accommodation and interesting water features throughout.

Créteil boasts some wonderful green spaces, particularly Parc Dupeyroux which has been reclaimed and is the location for the annual Parc du Jardin weekend of competition and events.

The village of Créteil.
The modern Hotel de Ville – the offices of the local council in Créteil.

An outstanding feature is the beautiful lake where many water sports and activities take place.   It is hard to believe that this tranquil area, now home to a variety of wildlife, was once an old quarry.   The area is used by all sections of the community from schoolchildren having lessons outdoors, to daily joggers, Mums with children and people just enjoying the environment.

The Twinning Committee in Créteil was established in 1978 as the Comite Jumelages and is run by a Board of Directors who are elected volunteers and permanent employees.  This is Falkirk’s direct link in twinning projects. See more at Créteil  Jumelages   

News from the Falkirk District Twinning Association

(promoting links with Créteil in France)

  • Celebrating 40 years
    The twinning partnership between Falkirk District and the French town of Créteil will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year (2023). Since the signing of the Twinning agreement in 1983, the strong relationship has enabled many individuals, groups and organisations both French and Scottish to experience and enjoy all that each of the towns has toContinue reading “Celebrating 40 years”
  • Parisian cycle rally for Falkirk area cyclists
    Two cyclists from Falkirk Cycle Club have been invited to Créteil to take part in this year’s Cyclotourisme event on 25 September organised by L’Union Sportive de Créteil (USC). This year is the 50th anniversary of the annual event and as part of the celebrations, Créteil has invited cyclists from three of its twinning partnersContinue reading “Parisian cycle rally for Falkirk area cyclists”
  • Twinning partners meet in Créteil
    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 FranceContinue reading “Twinning partners meet in Créteil”
  • Gallery: A class evening in Créteil
    Members of the English class in Créteil enjoyed food and fun on the last meeting before their Summer break.  The evening was organised by their Teacher Catherine. Here are some pictures. Click on any image to see a larger version. From the happy smiling faces, it looked like it was an evening enjoyed by all. Continue reading “Gallery: A class evening in Créteil”
  • Conference for twinning groups
    The Odenwald Association hosted a conference for local twinning groups in the Municipal Buildings, Falkirk on Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018. Representatives from six groups (including the OA) came together to discuss challenges and share strategies to improve recruitment, funding, and promotion.   It was interesting to find out how each group operates, and very encouragingContinue reading “Conference for twinning groups”
  • Cristo Cup Returns to Créteil
    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 toContinue reading “Cristo Cup Returns to Créteil”
  • Gallery: Warm welcome in Falkirk
    Members of Falkirk District Twinning Association (FDTA) were delighted to welcome six 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 andContinue reading “Gallery: Warm welcome in Falkirk”
  • Les Étudiants d’Anglais to visit Falkirk
    A group of adult students who are learning English at the Bureau de Jumelages in Créteil will visit Falkirk District in April 2018. 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 organisedContinue reading “Les Étudiants d’Anglais to visit Falkirk”
  • Honour for Magda Vorchin
    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 theContinue reading “Honour for Magda Vorchin”
  • Lost and Found event
    The Odenwald Association and the Falkirk District Twinning Association took part in ‘Language Lost and Found’, an educational event highlighting the benefits of learning a new language. The event took place on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The programme included a Gaelic Bookbug session for small children, entertainment from Falkirk Junior Gaelic choir and representatives fromContinue reading “Lost and Found event”
The lake at Créteil. Picture by Clio 64. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. More information here.

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