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History and Objectives

Ashby-de-la-Zouch is twinned with the town of Pithiviers in the department of the Loiret in France, situated about 30 miles north of Orleans and 50 miles south of Paris.

The Twinning Association was founded in 1960 when the two town councils signed the Twinning Charter and it continues to flourish today. Its objectives are:

  • To further education about and knowledge of French language and culture among members of all ages and in the community at large
  • To promote friendship and understanding between the citizens of Pithiviers and Ashby-de-la-Zouch
  • To encourage exchanges of all kinds between the citizens of the two communities and generally to develop and promote European co-operation.

This it seeks to achieve by a variety of means, the most important of which is an exchange, each year, in alternate directions when a party from one town visits the other and stays en famille with members of its twinned association; an activity which has now taken place continuously for over 60 years.

Other exchanges are also arranged for specific groups and these have already included various sports teams, Rotary and Round Table, bridge Clubs, choirs and musicians. In the past there was also a yearly exchange in both directions by local school children and, although this has been discontinued the Association is currently in process of re-establishing inter-school links.

Many of the contacts made on these exchanges have proved to be life-long friendships and the citizens of one town often comment on the feeling of “coming home”, when visiting the other.

The Association always welcomes new members interested in fostering Franco-British friendship and you are cordially invited to contact us by e-mail at: ptva@hotmail.co.uk.