Town twinning

Pendle twinning association

Pendle is twinned with Creil in France, which is about 40km northwest of Paris. It is also twinned with Marl in northwest 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, which was already twinned with Creil. Marl is renowned for its world-famous Sculpture Museum.

Pendle Twinning Association is a voluntary organisation, 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 and cultural organisations and other groups to make contact with similar groups in our twin towns and contributes towards twinning exchange visits and projects.

In October 2019, the Pendle Youth Choir celebrated its 70th anniversary. Part of its celebrations, was a trip to Paris to sing in Chartres Cathedral and Madelaine Church. The C4 choir from Creil joined them in Paris and they went on to sing together in Creil. The Association contributed £500 towards their visit to enable the two choirs to perform together and strengthen their link.

Last year Creil hosted a swimming tournament, inviting young swimmers from Pendle, Marl and Chorzow in Poland. The Twinning Association helped towards the cost of flights to enable young people from Colne Swimming Club to take part. This was the second swimming event - the first was held in Marl in 2017. 

This year, the Twinning Association is providing funds to Colne Swimming Club who are planning to return the hospitality some of their members have received, by hosting young swimmers from Creil and Marl for a long weekend in September.

We are encouraging links between a school in Creil and Colne Primtet Academy, so students can develop their language skills. This is starting with a penfriend scheme and will hopefully progress to an exchange. 

In August each year, we invite walkers from Marl and Creil to take part in the Pendle Walking Festival, staying with local people. If you would like to host any of our visitors please get in touch.

Anyone is welcome to come to twinning meetings which are held every 6-8 weeks on a Wednesday evening at 5.30pm in Nelson Town Hall. Membership is £10 a year.

Chairman: David Carter
Honorary Secretary: Philip Mousdale

If you would like any more information please 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

Facebook: Pendle Palestine Twinning Group

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