The Association was formed in 1962, following a visit to Romans-sur-Isere by members
of the local Rotary. They arranged for representatives of Romans to come over to
have a look at Coalville and the Town Twinning agreement was formally signed by the
The purpose of Town Twinning is generally to promote peace and understanding between
nations by fostering links and good relations between the twin towns and their inhabitants
through exchanges, links and projects and to examine issues of mutual interest.
This means having a formal Twinning agreement with a Twin Town, developing links
between social, cultural, sporting and business organisations and arranging Exchange
Visits. These are not, in our case, ‘Civic’ visits - they are exchanges between
ordinary families and members of local organisations. Anyone living in the Coalville
area can apply to join and take part in exchanges.
Many of the family friendships that were established over 50 years ago are still
going strong. Some of the children who exchanged are now grown up with families
of their own and are still involved in Twinning. New families join each year and
soon become part of the Twinning tradition - you are never too old or too young to
In the past we have also organised Youth Exchanges. Coalville young people had the
opportunity to go Romans and to host a young person from Romans in return. There
are still opportunities for young people to take part in other projects in France
and join in international projects with other towns twinned or linked with Romans-sur-Isere.
We hold a number of events throughout the year to raise funds to help finance the
programme of events and activities we put on for the French Adults and French Youth
Exchange when they are in Coalville.
Town Twinning members going to France on the Exchange Visits or attending the International
Biennale weekend pay for their own transport costs but are provided with accommodation,
meals and activities by their French hosts.