Twinned with redon france, goch germany and andover massachusetts

Andover town twinning association

 

The Andover Town Twinning Association exists to promote friendship between the residents of Andover and the surrounding area with other overseas towns. We are currently twinned with Redon in France, Goch in Germany and Andover, Massachusetts in the USA. Our first formal link was with Redon in 1977, followed by Goch in 1980. In 2000 we signed an agreement with Andover, Massachusetts and this event is commemorated with a stunning statue of the Pennacook tribal Chief Cutshamache, (from whom the early settlers bought the land) in the open space behind Cricklade House. Andover.

 

Each year we visit one of our sister towns or receive their representatives into our homes in Andover. There is normally an annual exchange between us, Redon and Goch, and we visit Andover, Massachusetts (or they come to us) once every two years giving members an excellent opportunity to meet and make friends with like-minded people in Europe and America without incurring high travel costs. During our visits accommodation is arranged with private families and it is expected that whenever possible, those who receive hospitality abroad will be prepared to offer it in return, we stay in the homes of our hosts and visit local places of interest as a group and there is always a lively dinner on one of the evenings. This makes the trip an ideal way of meeting new friends and gaining an understanding of life in a foreign country. We also entertain our European and American friends in our homes here in Andover.

 

You donít need to speak a foreign language to join in. We all have a lot of fun communicating in other ways, but being in a large group means there is always someone to help out if needed. We all regard it as an adventure and many of us have forged lasting friendships over the years.

 

The ATTA holds monthly committee meetings and social events that will appeal to all ages, see our diary dates for more information on this years events.

 

The Association encourages and assists other groups in Andover to make contact with our twin towns and there have been several visits from school groups, sporting clubs and music societies, visit the affiliated societies page to find out more.

 

The Association was proud to be awarded a European Flag of Honour in 1984 for the part it played in the subsequent twinning between Goch and Redon. It was only one of eight flags awarded in the UK that year.

 

 

2014

DIARY DATES

 

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 Sat 8th Feb - Quiz -Upper Clatford Village Hall

 

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Fri 21st March Talk - The History of the VC - Lt Col Mike Martin - White Hart Bridge Street Andover

 

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Thurs 10th - Mon 14th April  - Visit to Redon

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Fri 9th May - Skittles - White Hart, Stoke

 

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Sat 28th or Sun 29th June(tbc) Barge Trip on Kennet & Avon Canal, Kitbury/Hungerford

 

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Thurs 31 July - Mon 4th Aug Visit from Goch

 

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Sat 2nd Aug ATTA Summer BBQ

 

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Tues 2 Sep - Tues 9th Sep - Visit Andover Mass.

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Sat 11 Oct - Fluffy Pig Racing - Upper Clatford Village Hall

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 Sat 15th Nov AGM

 

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ANDOVER TOWN TWINNING ASSOCIATIONWelcome to Andover Town Twinning Association