Town twinning

Pendle twinning association

Pendle is twinned with Creil in France and Marl in Germany.

Twinning helps us to form international friendships and understanding. The Association formed in 1973 when we first set up links with Creil. In 1994, we established links with Marl.

The Association is voluntary, and receives a small grant from the Council as well as relying on raising its own funds.

Particular emphasis is placed on young people up to the age of 25. The Association helps schools, sporting organisations, clubs and other organisations to make contact with similar groups in Creil and Marl, usually in the form of exchange visits.

This year the Twinning Association is sending four young people and a youth leader to an international youth event in Creil and contributing to their flights; sending two young people to a summer school in France in July; and arranging for a young musician from Pendle to visit Marl in October to help celebrate the town's 20th Anniversary of twinning with Pendle.

In August/September a group of young people from Marl and Creil are visiting Pendle for a week and staying at Earby Youth Hostel. They will visit the Blues Festival, do some walking and sight-seeing. We hope that the newly formed Bonds Beyond Borders, a cultural youth twinning group just set up in Pendle, will welcome them.

A youth orchestra in Marl is in touch with Pendle Youth Choir and Pendle Youth Orchestra about performing together either in Marl or Pendle in 2016.

Anyone is welcome to come to twinning meeting which are held every 6-8 weeks on a Wednesday evening, usually at 5.30pm in Nelson Town Hall. Membership for an individual or an organisation is £10 per annum. 

The following organisations currently have links with Pendle's twin towns:

  • Pendle Forest Model Railway Society
  • Colne Orpheus Choir
  • Burnley and District Philatelic Society

Chairman: David Carter
Honorary Secretary: Philip Mousdale

If you would like any more information please contact Joanne Eccles on 01282 661654 or email

Pendle Palestine Twinning Group

The Pendle Palestine Twinning Group (PPTG) was formed in 2007 by a group of people in the Pendle area who were concerned about the treatment of the Palestinian people. 

In October 2007, three Palestinian visitors, including the Mayor of Beit Leed, came to Pendle. There was a return visit to Palestine the following spring, and since then there have been several trips in both directions. These visits are paid for by the individuals concerned or the PPTG.

The PPTG makes sure that visitors to Pendle meet as many people as possible, with at least one event to which the general public is invited. It generates publicity and press coverage, believing that an informed public is vital in helping to achieve a just solution to the problems facing the Palestinian people.

In December 2012, Pendle Council took steps to formalise the relationship between the two towns. It has now agreed to a twinning arrangement with Beit Leed. Although it is unable to provide financial help for the twinning, the Council has asked the PPTG to carry out the administrative work involved, which it is happy to do.

President: The Mayor of Pendle Borough Council
Chair:  Richard MacSween
Vice-Chair:  Sue Roscow, Gary Boyle
Minutes Secretary: Yvonne Bolton
Treasurer:  David Penney

Facebook: Pendle Palestine Twinning Group

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Tel: 01282 661661