Three Days of September Sunshine Takes Group of Young Bristolians all around their Twin City of Bordeaux thanks to Community of Purpose and the Bristol Together Championship.

On the morning of Tuesday 26th August, 20 footballers from four different Bristol primary schools arrived at Bordeaux Airport to warm sun and a warm welcome from their twin city. They spent the following three days being shown some of the most interesting and exciting things Bordeaux has to offer.


From an open top bus tour to a reception at the City Hall, where the group was priveliged to meet Bordeau’s Mayor, Alain Juppé himself, these young Bristolians had the chance to see all around a completely new city during what was for most of them their first time in France. They met children from Bordeaux’s Dupaty School and Chanteclerc football club and a number of them remarked just how similar their French peers were despite having imagined that they would be unlikely to get along. Football and fun and games sufficed as a common language as Chanteclerc and Dupty put the children into mixed teams and a number of new friends were made. Having been greeted at the Association Bordeaux-Bristol, who helped to make this visit possible, where they tried all sorts of new French snacks, the group wandered around the city, buying souvenirs and making memories, finishing their trip with a private tour of the new Matmut-Atlantique Stadium and an afternoon in the sunshine swinging through the trees at Acrobranche, ‘the scariest but coolest place ever’ according to one boy arm in arm with a new friend from a different school in a different part of Bristol.


It was really brilliant to see kids from Bristol, some of whom were outside the UK for the first time, splashing around in the Miroir d’eau and climbing through the trees at Acrobranche. They didn’t let the language barrier hold them back from having an amazing time and they were inquisitive and gracious throughout the three days.

They threw themselves into every activity and were a credit to their schools as well as the city of Bristol. It was especially great to see girls being given a chance to play the sport they so clearly love and it was so much fun to see kids from different schools making friends with each other and learning about a new country together. Community of Purpose has done a wonderful thing in setting up this trip – Amy Kington’s hard work has definitely paid off as the group of kids and adults alike discovered life in Bordeaux and how valuable the twinning between Bordeaux and Bristol really is.

Thanks to the Quartet Foundation for their support.

Poppy Madaras, Intern at Association Bordeaux-Bristol and group guide


Hannover Bach Choir Concert: 10th October 2017

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Hannover’s famous Bach Choir is giving a free lunchtime recital in Bristol and everyone is welcome.

As part of the 70th celebrations the concert will be in Bristol Cathedral on Tuesday10th October at 1.15pm.

The choir has over 100 members in Hannover and undertakes three large orchestral concerts and an a-cappella one each year. This October they are taking their repertoire on tour in the UK. The choir is also the resident choir for the Marktkirche which is Hannover’s cathedral.





National Lottery TV Surprise for Bristol Twinning Project

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Ruth Myers and Pete Insole from Myers-Insole Local Learning CIC celebrate with Boyzone star Shane Lynch after learning at the National Lottery Awards that their ‘In Someone Else’s Shoes’ project will receive £6,800 of National Lottery funding.

A project behind plans to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the twinning of Bristol and Hannover received a huge surprise when former EastEnders and Holby City star Don Gilet, revealed to the group that they are to receive a £6,800 National Lottery grant.

 Millions of viewers will witness the exciting moment which is being broadcast as part of the National Lottery Awards show on BBC One on Wednesday 27 September at 10.45pm.

 In Someone Else’s Shoes, Myers-Insole Local Learning CIC will use the funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a touring exhibition celebrating the links between the cities, which were the first from Britain and Germany to be twinned after the Second World War.

 The group were invited to London to attend the recording of the BBC One National Lottery Awards show, which celebrates the nation’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

 They were not aware that their funding application had been successful until Don Gilet delivered the shock news in front of a star-studded audience which included Richard Blackwood, Martin Clunes, Kimberley Walsh, Tamzin Outhwaite and double gold medal winning Paralympian Libby Clegg.

 Ruth Myers, co-director of Myers-Insole Local Learning CIC, said: “We were absolutely blown away when Don Gilet told us the news that we’d received our funding live on camera.  We had no idea that was the real reason we’d been asked to attend the event.

 “In 1947, while Germany was still recovering from the war, children from Bristol sent shoes to the poverty stricken children of Hannover. Having no money, Hannover ‘paid’ for the shoes with music – a gesture which developed into a formal twinning relationship.

 “In partnership with the Bristol-Hannover Council, we will use this funding to work with the Bristol exchange alumni to capture the personal stories of this relationship over the last 70 years and present these stories to a wider audience through a touring exhibition.”

 Sports presenter and Strictly Come Dancing champion, Ore Oduba, is presenting the show for the first time.  He said: “It was brilliant to see the delight on the faces of the group when they were told they had received their National Lottery funding.

 “National Lottery players raise £30 million every week for good causes which make a life-changing difference to communities right across the UK.

 “The National Lottery Awards show shines a light on the work of these projects and the transformational power of Lottery funding.  Everyone who plays the National Lottery should be very proud of what they are helping to achieve.”

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 For more information visit or to find out more about the In Someone Else’s Shoes project email or visit their website

The Hannover International Fireworks Competition


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The Hannover International Fireworks Competition is famous throughout Europe, taking place in the beautiful Herrenhausen Gardens over five weekends with each one dedicated to a different country. Hannover had arranged for the English fireworks display to happen when our Mayor and delegation were there. Here is a link to the amazing display which was witnessed by over 11,000 people and covered by regional TV NDR:

A Hannover-Bristol Exchange


Cotham School will soon host a visit from their partners in Hannover, the Goetheschule, as part of their annual exchange. Goetheschule students and teachers recently took part in the Twinning Ceremony in Hannover town hall where they gave a presentation to over 120 guests about their long standing links with Cotham. Here is a link to their website:

Badminton Exchange With Hannover Going Strong

Over the weekend of the 1st to the 3rd September, a thirteen strong team of Badminton players from Hannover took part in the annual exchange with Bristol.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Hannoverians took on their Bristol counterparts at Ashton Park school’s excellent facilities. The standard was high and very competitive. Pleasingly this year there was a majority of young German players who made the trip.


After two days of matches leading to the awards for the best male and female Hannover players and of course the destination of the coveted Moose trophy, everyone went to Laycock on Sunday for a visit and a cream tea!


Left Nicole Friedlein, Hannover volunteer in Bristol and right Jackie Millward, organiser of the Bristol Hannover Badminton exchange.

The excellent programme was put together by Jackie Millward and her colleagues who did a great job as always.