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Next Foreign Film evening
Monday 30 September

French conversation group
Next meeting:
September, date to be advised

German conversation group
Next meeting:
Friday 26 July at 14.00 in the Heritage Centre Cafe

Twinning Visit to Frankenau 20 to 24 June 2019
more details to follow

Welcome to Wirksworth Twinning Association

We welcome members from Wirksworth and the surrounding area and villages. If you'd like to know more, please go to the membership page and if you're thinking about joining us, go here to find out how.

Wirksworth is twinned with Die in France and Frankenau in Germany. For the latest news and plans see below or go to News and Events

For information on past events, go to Past Events and News.

WTA visit to Frankenau, 20 to 24 June 2019

In June Twinners from Die and Wirksworth travelled to Frankenau, our twin partner in the Hesse district of Germany, to help them celebrate the 777th anniversary of the founding of their town.

The programme of events included visits to the Dulfers Hof cheese factory, the Schreufa Weather Museum and Meditative dancing!  There was also plenty of "down-time" where guests could relax with their hosts and several "fuddles" had been arranged for one evening, where groups of guests and hosts got together for informal meals.

The official welcome meal was held at the DGH in Louisendorf on Saturday lunchtime and we were all able to sit outside and make the most of the warm sunny weather our hosts had arranged for us!

On Sunday, following the church service, there was a colourful display of quilts made by quilters in all three twin towns, including a beautiful joint friendship quilt.

We'd like to thank all our friends in Frankenau and the surrounding villages for their wonderful hospitality during the stay.

Carnevale comes to Carnival

Monday 27 May 2019

Carnevale1 Carnival2 Carnival4 Carnival3

The sun shone, Wirksworth came out to cheer the parade and we won 2nd prize for our outfits (walking groups).

Thanks for supporting us and Wirksworth Carnival 2019!

Quilters join forces

HNA - Frankenberger Allgemeine, 23 May 2019

See below a copy of the article published in HNA - Frankenberger Allgemeine, showing the quilt which has been created by the quilters of the Garden Route Eder Lahn Diemel with the help of quilters in our twin towns of Die and Wirksworth. The article describes the joint work that will be exhibited at the Jubilee Festival in Frankenau. The name for the community quilt is "Partnerschaft - Partenariat - Partnership".

20190523 HNA Quiltdecke International


Over the last two years we have been developing ties with the Twinning group of Varallo, a town in the Piedmont region of north-west Italy, which has been twinned for many years with our partner in France, Die.  The town became a special place of pilgrimage in medieval times. It has its own charm and many artistic treasures and the ski resort of Alagna, with its chairlift into the mountains, and the beautiful Lake Orta, are nearby.

A group of four from Varallo visited Wirksworth during our hosting visit in June last year and earlier this month a small group from WTA travelled to Varallo to join the carnival celebrations there.  (For a link to Phil Richards' photos of the recent trip please click here.)

The last visit gave us the opportunity to further develop friendships and we were delighted to find there are so many potential links between our towns including the carnival, the arts and football….and there may be more!

We are now considering formalising a twinning link with Varallo and are keen to involve our members in the process of making a decision.  We are currently gathering feedback.  Watch this space for news!

Buongiorno di Varallo!

3 March 2019: Nine visitors from Wirksworth, including our Mayor, Chris Whittall, were hosted by members of the Varallo Twinning group over the Carnival celebrations.

Varallo March 2019

Wirksworth Twinning Association Annual General Meeting Friday 23 November 2018

Held at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, St John’s Street, Wirksworth

Many thanks to those of you who joined us for the AGM.  We looked back over the last 12 months and forward to the next 12 (there will be more to follow on the Frankenau trip when we have more details…). We also invited you to let us have suggestions for Twinning and we’ll be looking at those at the first meeting of our new committee next month. If you couldn’t be there and have any comments or suggestions you’d like to make, please do let us have them.
For those of you who weren’t able to be there please click here to download a copy of the presentation that was given.

Our friends from Dios Jumelages have sent us a link to their website where you can see news of their latest events:

Diois Jumelages

Die Cantat joins the Wirksworth Community Choir for the 'Wirksworth Remembers' Concert
3 November 2018


On 3 November Wirksworth Community Choir welcomed singers from Die Cantat for the WW1 commemoration concert, which was held in St Mary’s Church. Singers from Raise Your Voices who travelled to Die in August also joined the choirs for the concert.