Malmesbury to Gien:
The dates for the visit to Gien are now confirmed as: Thursday 28th July to Tuesday 2nd August;
Gien and Malmesbury have been twinned since 2000, and in 2012 Gien also twinned with our German twin Niebüll, so we have a “Trimelage”. In normal times each year one town visits and also receives visitors.
The Mayor of Gien and the Gien Twinning Association were especially keen to invite us this year, both to restore contact after Covid, and also because it is this year hosting the “Comice Agricole” which comes to Gien only every sixth year. This is celebration of rural and agricultural life in the region, involving many events in the town.
Our programme for the visit will revolve around the Comice, especially on the Saturday and Sunday. The Thursday and Tuesday are essentially travelling days. The Friday and Monday may involve trips to nearby places of interest, and / or free time with hosts.
Gien is on the Loire River, 80 km (50 miles) south from Orléans, and on the edge of Burgundy.It is a famous crossing of the Loire. with an old stone bridge, a critical crossing in WW2. It is the centre of the Giennois district with many beautiful villages and a wine growing area. Nearby is the town of Briare with its famous aqueduct canal crossing of the Loire. Gien is well known for the Gien Dinnerware Factory: ‘Faience de Gien’ which was founded in 1821 by Thomas Hall, an Englishman who wanted to introduce fine English earthenware manufacturing techniques in France. Gien has a population of about 17,000 with a further 10,000 in surrounding areas.
Niebull to Malmesbury:
The dates for the visit from Niebull are still set for: Thursday 22 to Tuesday 27 September;
This visit will celebrate the cultural links with our Twin towns and will take place at the same time as The Flying Monks Art Trail 2022. Work of artists from both Gien and Niebull will be be on display alongside our local Malmesbury artists and will form part of our joint Twinning Cultural Celebration.