News from 2014

12th November 2014

Christmas Concert at St Helen's Church 5th December 2014

St Helen's Church and Darley Dale Twinning Association are presenting a concert of Christmas seasonal music at St Helen's on Friday 5th December 2014 at 7.15pm.

Music and songs will be performed by Darley Dale Brass Band and the choir of S.Anselm's School.

Tickets £5 adult, £3 children which includes a mince pie & mulled wine after the concert.

For children there will be biscuits and a soft drink.

Tickets from Bill Jameson on email or any committee member.

You can also pay on the door if there is any room left!

Please support this concert which will raise funds for the Twinning Association

10th August 2014

Stitching & Knitting Exhibition 16th & 17th August 2014

Please come along to the Whitworth Centre next Saturday and Sunday to see an exhibition of stitching & knitting by this local Darley Dale group. Some members of the twinning association will be there displaying their handiwork. On the 20th anniversary of the Darley Dale-Onzain twinning in 2009, some of the ladies in this group stitched a large commemorative quilt which is displayed in the Hotel de Ville in Onzain, see photo below.

Exhibition 2014

Maggie's Quilt

26th April 2014

25th Anniversary visit to Onzain 21/22 June 2014

We have had some drop outs from the coach and we now have 4 places available for the return trip to Onzain, leaving Thursday evening 19th June and arriving back in Darley Dale about 10pm on Monday 23rd June. Tickets priced Adult £75, Children (16 years or under) £45. Please email Bill Jameson.

We have received the following programme for the weekend in Onzain, always of course subject to possible change:

Friday 20th June

Friday afternoon 15.00: visit of the school in Chaumont by the party from Rowsley School and others who are interested. 

Friday 16.45 "goûter" with the teacher/headmaster Mr Neri and the children offered by the school.

Friday 18.00: pot daccueil offered by Onzain local authority. Unfortunately the new mayor will not be present as he has a family commitment. 

Friday evening: Meal with hosts

Saturday 21st June

Saturday morning: with hosting family.
Meeting for the two committees to discuss the future as usual.

Saturday lunchtime:
Picnic brought by the hosting families and apero+wine+cakes offered by the Twinning commitee.
The Midalain group will entertain (music and songs)
Any musician or dancer will be welcome to join in and mix.

Late afternoon with hosting family+early meal.

Saturday evening: 20.00 pm Fete de la musique in Chambord (big event)

Sunday 22nd June

Sunday 10.30 : Service in church musicians will play / sing 

Sunday 11.30 March in Onzain to the Square 
Music and dance : DD band, La Renaissance, Morris Dancers, La Valcissienne ( 10 minutes each maximum)

Sunday lunch with hosting family

Sunday 15.00: fete de la musique à Onzain
Ecole Maurice Genevois. All sorts of musicians (amateurs / professionals), any age 
play or sing all sorts of instruments or songs. 
Participation of Darley Dale Band, singers and Morris Dancers +la Renaissance and others.

Sunday Evening: apero dînatoire
Drinks and food + more music

Depending on the weather the various activities will take place indoors or outdoors.

Monday 23rd June

Early morning departure of coach to Darley Dale

6th April 2014

AGM 2014 Tuesday 29th April 2014, 8pm Whitworth Centre.

We are fortunate to have received a funding grant from Derbyshire County Council for our twinning initiatives and in particular the 25th anniversary celebrations this year. Just before the start of the AGM, Cllr Mike Longden of DCC will present us will a cheque for £500.

The AGM itself will be brief, consisting of a review of the Chairman's and Treasurer's reports for 2013-14 followed by the election of the committee for 2014-15. The agenda, including the names of the candidates and the reports, will be emailed to members on 15th April. 

After the AGM there will be refreshments and an update on the twinning weekend in Onzain including an opportunity to purchase one or more of the commemorative wine coasters which your committee is asking all travellers to Onzain to purchase as a gift for their hosts. More details of this will be given in a separate email. There will also be an opportunity to pay the balance of the coach fares, again more details in a separate email.

We would like as many as possible of those travelling to Onzain to attend or be represented at the AGM and would be grateful if you would confirm whether or not you will be able to attend by email to Bill Jameson.

21st February 2014

AGM 2014

This year our AGM will be earlier than usual and will be on Tuesday 29th April 2014, 8pm at the Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale. Our AGM is usually in June but as this would clash with our 25th anniversary visit to Onzain we have decided to have it earlier. As this date is before what is normally considered the "holiday season", we hope more members will be available to attend.

After the AGM, at about 8.30pm, we usually enjoy some drinks and refreshments and this year we hope that all those travelling to Onzain in June will come along to meet each other and discuss any questions they may have about the trip.

Further details will be sent out with the AGM papers next month.

25th Anniversary visit to Onzain 21/22 June 2014


We still need more people to travel by coach. We have about 30 confirmed seats taken so a coach will definitely be going, but clearly we need to do our best to fill the coach to keep costs down. If you haven't already done so, please confirm by the end of this month (February) by emailing Bill Jameson. Seat prices are £80 return and we will be asking for £30 deposit per seat to confirm your place. We hope to get some grant funding to subsidise the cost of children's (aged 16 and under) fares but we can't confirm this yet.

The coach will leave Darley Dale at 7.30pm on Thursday 19th June and arrive in Onzain about lunchtime on Friday 20th June. Children travelling will then get a chance to visit their linked school in Onzain and get some experience of what goes on in a French classroom. They will of course be able to meet the French children who they will socialise with over the weekend. The coach will leave Onzain early Monday morning 23rd June and arrive back in Darley Dale about 10pm the same day.

Photo Book for visits over 25 years

We are looking at the idea of producing a photo book with photos taken at each of the twinning events held over the last 25 years. If you have any photos which you think would be good to include, please send them to Mike & Sandy Doyles. They will scan any prints and return the originals to you. We are particularly interested in photos from the first 10 years 1989 -99 but also any good ones from later years would be welcome.

18th November 2013

25th Anniversary of Darley Dale / Onzain Twinning Association 

Visit to Onzain on weekend 21/22 June 2014

We need to start to get an idea of the numbers of people who may be interested in going to France for the anniversary weekend next year.

For those who haven't been on a twinning visit before, a brief outline of what happens is set out below.

On the weekend of 21/22 June we are taking a group of "Twinners" to Onzain 
More than likely, this will involve travelling on the Friday and Monday before and after the actual weekend

Details of travel modes will be available soon - these will include approx. prices for coach, air or car

Apart from travel costs, the only other expense is whatever individuals wish to spend themselves

Accommodation is provided by our twinning families in Onzain, for which there is no charge. However, we do ask all our group to take a 'thank you' present for their hosts

Our friends in Onzain will be arranging a variety of events over the weekend and there will be opportunities to buy local products, souvenirs and wine (direct from the vineyards) around the town centre and surroundings 

During our stay, there is usually a concert consisting of entertainment from both towns - already the Winster Morris Dancers are going and Darley Dale Brass Band hope to confirm very soon. The three primary schools around Darley Dale will be asked if they would like to take a small group of children, parents and a performance group

If you think you may be interested in joining in this weekend, please get in touch with us via the Contact Us page on the website or emailing the Secretary directly with your name and contact details together with the numbers of adults and children in your party. We are sorry but we cannot accommodate children who are not accompanied by adults.

We will be reviewing numbers early in the new year so please respond by 1st January 2014.