News from 2018

28th November 2018

St. Helen's Church Darley Dale

Carol Service, 7pm Friday 14th December 2018

Followed by mulled wine and mince pies

Accompanied by

Darley Dale Brass Band


Tinderbox Singers

In collaboration with Darley Dale Twinning Association

26th October 2018

Help - Help - Help

2019 - 30th Anniversary Celebrations

How you could be involved

2019 is the 30th anniversary of the forming of the Twinning Association. Over all these years, we have made many friends, in our French twin town, Onzain. They and others have been invited to send a group to Darley Dale, to celebrate this achievement, on the weekend of 8/9 June 2019. For this special occasion, it is likely that there will be a large number of visitors and we need to find host families, who would be willing to accommodate any one them, or more, if you have the room. We are planning a programme of events/activities that will include some meals, to reduce the number that host families provide.

If you would like to help us in this way, or maybe you are able to offer something else, please get in touch with Chair of the Twinning Association, Kevin Senior - 01629 733053 / 07768 922003 - you could also ring him to get more information about what is involved. Speaking French is not compulsory, as most of our visitors speak some English.

So far, our provisional programme will include an official welcome by the Mayor of Darley Dale, a visit to Tissington Hall - led by Sir Richard Fitzherbert, communal meal in the Whitworth Ballroom, Sunday morning service at St. Helen's Church. 

On the Sunday afternoon we shall be organising a "Music in the Park" event. This will be open for everyone in Darley Dale to come along to see and enjoy the musical talent we have in the area; as well as the French musicians travelling over to perform for us.

Check our our website - - for more information about the Twinning Association and get the latest information for the celebration weekend.

27th September 2018

30th Anniversary Onzain visit to Darley Dale

We have a provisional date of the weekend of 8th / 9th June 2019 for the Onzain visit to Darley Dale to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the twinning link. This date is subject to confirmation by Onzain.

A preliminary programme for the weekend is as follows and is subject to development and possible change:

Friday 7th June - evening arrival of French guests and meal with hosts.

Saturday 8th June - AM - free time with hosts

Saturday 8th June - PM - official reception by DDTC, picnic and a communal visit to a local Derbyshire event or location.

Saturday 8th June - Evening - A communal meal followed by evening entertainment.

Sunday 9th June - AM - free time with hosts or Church service at St Helen's

Sunday 9th June - PM - musical events in the Whitworth Park

Sunday 9th June - Evening - free time with hosts, Darley Dale Brass Band concert at Barrington's.

Monday 10th June - early morning departure of French guests.

Please put these PROVISIONAL dates in your diaries. Needless to say, we will be needing hosts and helpers for the weekend so we would be very grateful if you could please respond positively when we ask for hosts and volunteers.

3rd July 2018

Message from Chairman Kevin Senior - Appeal for Help

Dear friends,

The Twinning AGM was held on the 26th June with 10 attendees including the new Mayor but despite the disappointingly poor attendance after such a great weekend in Onzain, the Committee was able to demonstrate to her our enthusiasm and commitment to the Twinning and she in response showed interest in reviving our public relations and working agreement with the Council.

2019 will be the 30th Anniversary of the Onzain and Darley Dale partnership and it is our hope to invite our friends from Onzain to Daley Dale to celebrate this occasion. Events have yet to be planned and in due course I shall be asking for volunteers to help put the weekend together as your support is essential to making the weekend a success. 

We are pleased to report that we gained an additional committee member at the AGM but we are still short of a secretary to support the committee. This role is not an onerous one as long gone are the days of paper communications between our committee and Onzain. The role essentially consists of arranging the committee meetings (normally about 3 or 4 per year excluding special meetings for particular events), arranging the agenda with the Chairman and taking the minutes for distribution by email to the committee. Communications between our committee and Onzain are usually done by email between the two Chairmen. Over 70 people travelled to Onzain for the recent twinning weekend and if just one person from that group, or a member of their family or one of their friends could volunteer a small amount of time to help the committee by taking on the role of secretary, this would help the Twinning Association enormously.

Thank you in anticipation, Regards, 


9th June 2018

AGM 2018

Please follow the link below to see the details of the AGM 2018 and associated papers.

The AGM is at 8pm on Tuesday 26th June 2018 at Barrington's, Darley Dale.

11th May 2018

Opportunity for education exchange - GCSE/A level French student

Message from Kevin Senior, Chair of Twinning.... 

I should be very pleased to receive details of such a family who would like to take up this opportunity for a simple exchange. 

We see this as a personal arrangement which can be facilitated by the Twinning Association and I'd be happy to have a chat with any interested families if this would help. We do not have any other information at the moment."

Kevin Senior 


Darley Dale & District Twinning Association."

Visit to Onzain 16/17th June 2018 (the full dates are Friday15th to Monday18th June)

Dear friends,

Firstly, would everybody please note that this visit is open to all residents of Darley Dale and surrounding areas and not just members of the Twinning Association, also .........

we are now at the point of real commitment. 

I have to send a non-returnable deposit to Slacks Coaches but need twinning passengers to reply pdq - as per the forms attached. Without that deposit the coach 's channel crossing booking will be lost and being a large vehicle its not as easy to change the crossing details as you would for a car.

Please complete and return the attached forms a.s.a.p. - thanks

1. Letter from Chairman of the Twinning Association

2. Consent form for under 18's travelling without a parent/carer

3. Personal details of travellers



Darley Dale Twinning Association

Visit to Onzain 2018

We have been invited to visit Onzain for a twinning exchange next year 2018 and we are proposing to go in June 2018 on a weekend yet to be agreed between us and Onzain. Please make a note in your diaries for June 2018 we hope to be able to confirm the date after Easter 2017.