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Kirkham Twinning Association

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Well, like everyone else in these strange COVID times we have had to restrict our travels to see our twinning friends both here and abroad. This update is on 28th October 2021. We have no immediate plans to restart our visits but soon as we are able to travel to see everyone we will let you know. We look forward to it!

We returned from a superb trip to see our friends in Bad Bruckenau

over the weekend of the 12-15th July 2019.

We had a great visit and met up with many of our friends from Ancenis.

Click on Latest Information (above) to give you some idea of the very enjoyable and varied weekend

we had with our friends old and new over the weekend.

We went to our friends in Ancenis for a long weekend on 10-13 May 2018

 We joined our German friends from Bad Bruckenau to have an amazing weekend!

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Just to give you some idea of our activities over the last few years:

25-28 August 2017 

Wonderful! Our friends from Ancenis and Bad Brückenau

came and visited  Kirkham.  We had a superb time!

8-10th July 2106

We had a great time when we visited our friends in Bad Brückenau

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14th -18th May 2015

What an incredible weekend when we visited our friends in Ancenis

and many from Bad Brückenau 

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June 13-16th 2014

A great success! Our friends from Ancenis and Bad Brückenau

Visited Kirkham over the weekend

5-7th July 2013

We were made very welcome by our friends in Bad Brückenau

over the weekend and met up with many friends from Ancenis.


24-27th August 2012


We had a wonderful weekend in Ancenis

see the story of the weekend and photos!

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Ancenis 2012


July 2010


Another wonderful visit to Bad Brückenau.

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Bad Bruckenau 2010


June 2009

What a superb visit to Ancenis!

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Ancenis 2009

For more information see the Latest Information Section where

you can find a lot more information and photos

So who are we?

    The Kirkham Twinning Association was started in 1974. The original link was between the Rotary Clubs of Ancenis and Kirkham set up by a local gentleman, Gordon Himsworth. Gordon met his wife Jackie whilst at University in Manchester, married her and moved to Ancenis.

The man himself with his wife Jackie!

After the Rotary link was broken the two towns made a more formal link in 1973 again through the efforts of Gordon. Ancenis was twinned (1990) with Bad Brückenau in northern Germany.

So there you have it! Not only a twinning but a tripling!   


We usually have at least one visit a year usually over a long weekend, arranged in rotation, unless there is something special on in one of the towns. Whilst we don't tend to all travel together we do all meet up in the town and our hosts put on some sort of entertainment, we've had barbeques, concerts, firework displays, visits out to local attractions and celebrations of local events. We, of course, reciprocate with our French and German visitors being welcomed to Kirkham.

In fact everything to make for a very enjoyable time!


All our activities are, of course, self-funded and we do not get any financial support from the local council.


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