Some Frequently Asked Questions About
What Is It?
Twinning enables members of local communities to forge relationships
throughout Europe and the World. Wokingham is twinned with Viry
Châtillon in France and Erftstadt in Germany, who in turn are twinned
with each other, creating a three way link.
Who Is It For?
Anyone who is interested! People of all ages and walks of life who are
interested in making new friends in Wokingham and in our twin towns.
The Association also encourages other societies, clubs and groups to
contact their counterparts in the twin towns. Many successful exchanges
What Is Involved?
Annual trips to both Viry-Châtillon and Erftstadt with return visits to
Wokingham from Viry-Châtillon and Erftstadt. A full programme of
activities and social events is planned throughout the year.
What Will It Cost Me?
Obviously, you have to pay your own transport costs but the association
endevours to take advantage of group travel discounts and to arrange
the cheapest method of travel dependent on the number in the group. In
the spirit of twinning exchange hospitality is normally given on a
reciprocal basis and payment is only given in exceptional
circumstances. If, as rarely happens, you do not hit it off with your
first hosts or visitors, don't worry. There's no binding commitment and
the Assocation will be more than happy to try again on your behalf.
How Do I Get To Know A French Or German
Easy! The simplest way is to join one of the trips run by the Twinning
Association. The Association will do their best to match your family
and any special requirements, e.g. non-smokers, age group, number of
children etc. Alternatively you can offer hospitality when a group from
Erftstadt or Viry-Châtillon visit Wokingham.
Must I Speak French Or German?
Not necessarily, but your friendship might be more satisfying if you
can. English is, however, widely spoken in both France and Germany
especially amongst young people. There are German and French language
courses available locally, and the Anglo-German and Anglo-French clubs
are an ideal venue for practising your linguistic skills and learning
more about French and German culture.