After the Second World War, twinning with European countries
began in earnest in a bid to rebuild links between these countries.
Therefore it is no surprise that a majority of the twinning links
were formed with France and many of these earliest links still
The aims behind establishing a twinning link was to offer
"ordinary" people the opportunity to build friendships, to
encourage understanding of the different cultures and to exchange
Tredegar is twinned with Orvault, a flourishing town on the
outskirts of Nantes in Brittany. This partnership began in 1979
with the signing of the Official Twinning Charter established to
forge the links forming between the two towns.
Tredegar Twinning Association is the foundation stone on which
these strong links with Orvault have been built. Founded in 1979
and now in its 32nd year (2011) the Twinning Association continues
to actively encourage and participate in exchange visits by
families, school children, local organisations, sports groups and
The family exchange continues to take place bi-annually over the
Spring Bank Holiday weekend, with Orvault and Tredegar in alternate
years welcoming guests. It is the Twinning Association who
organises the itinerary for the French guests which will always
contain a cultural visit to places of interest in the area, social
events such as a dinner and dance, free time to spend with the host
family and a Civic Welcome Reception hosted by Tredegar Mayor and
Tredegar Town Council. It is a similar itinerary when Tredegar
residents are guests in Orvault.
Lynne Price, Secretary for Tredegar Twinning Association,
"The aim of the Association is to develop and strengthen the
mutual understanding of the cultural, recreational, educational and
commercial activities of the linked Towns. Membership is open to
anyone who supports these aims whether or not you speak French or
you are able to host French families when they visit Tredegar.
Social and fundraising events are organised throughout the year
to finance the visits by our French guests. These include Cheese
& Wine cabaret nights, themed social evenings, car treasure
hunts, duck races (or in our case plastic ball races!) and wine
tasting nights to mention just a few.
Throughout the years many lasting friendships have been formed
between families of the Twin Towns and we are eagerly looking
forward to our next visit to Orvault which will take place over the
Spring Bank Holiday in May.
We meet on the first Monday of every month and we welcome new
members. Please contact myself, Lynne Price Tel: 01495 725507, for
Some photographs from Orvault can be found via this link to the
Gallery or by
clicking on the links below. We hope to add more from future
April 2012 Tredegar
Visit to Orvault, Wednesday 12th April 2017 to Monday 17th
The bus will be leaving Tredegar at 5pm on Wednesday 12.4.17 and
arriving back in Portsmouth at 6.30pm Monday 17.4.17. All visitors
will be hosted by families living in the Orvault area and there
will be activities arranged for during the stay. Please contact
Lynne Price Tel: 01495 725507 for futher information.
Visit to Orvault, Friday 24th May to Tuesday 28th May 2013
This year it is Tredegar Twinning Association's turn to visit
Orvault and arrangements have made made to travel out to France on
Friday 24th May and travelling back on Tuesday 28th May. Visitors
will be guests of the French families and staying with them at
their homes. Activities/outings have been arranged for the duration
of the stay. If you are interested in going with Tredegar Twinning
Association please contact Lynne Price Tel: 01495 725507.
Thank you Letters:-
on 2013 Visit
Orvault Visit 2013 photo gallery:-
Saturday 25th May
Sunday 26th May