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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, click 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.



Join us on Monday 18 November for the next in our Foreign Film Evenings

Les Gardiennes (The Guardians) (2017) Certificate 15

French with English subtitles

An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I.

The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front.

GuardiennesYou can book tickets here http://thenorthernlightcinema.savoysystems.co.uk Tickets (£11) include canapés.


NLC / WTA Partnership Launch

Cllr. Andy Jordan, the Mayor of Wirksworth, joined us on 30 September for the first of our Foreign Film Evenings this season to celebrate our co-operation with Northern Light Cinema and marked our gratitude for their invaluable help in working with us towards our shared aim of bringing international films to Wirksworth.


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WTA welcomes visitors from our link town Varallo

Grazia and Uberto arrived in Wirksworth on Thursday and spent the Festival weekend getting to know the town.

They were very kindly hosted by WTA members Lucia and Phil. 

Grazia and UbertoAfternoon tea at Carsington


Artwork from students of the Varallo school was displayed at Anthony Gell over the weekend and can be seen upstairs at the Town Hall until 20 September.


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WTA artist, Susie Botting, receives a warm welcome in the Diois at the Arts et Vigne Festival, Chatillon-en-Diois


Susie was invited by the Diois Jumelages to exhibit her work and give workshops at the Arts et Vigne Festival at the beginning of August. She took work of other artists local to Wirksworth and was hosted for her one-week stay by two families in the Diois area.




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.






Varallo

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!