2023 was the first full year we’d planned since Covid  was well and truly finished. The year started with a group of Italians from our twin town Priverno staying for two weeks at Model Farm and the students doing work experience shortly followed by a group of Slovenians from Radovljica coming over and staying at Minehead YHA. The rest of the year featured 2 Czech, 2 American, and 2 more Slovenian groups  touring the British isles while a couple of Somerset choirs headed off to Italy and Slovenia. We’re on the road again!

March 14 – 25 Italian students in Bridgwater

Italian students from our twin town Priverno stayed at Model Farm, Bridgwater for 2 weeks and during this time did work experience in various local businesses. We took them to Cornwall for a couple of nights and to London.

March 31- April 3 Planning visit to Prague

I hadn’t been to Prague since autumn 2019 and the Covid hit. So I needed to make a planning visit to see if everything was still there. Liz came with me and it was her first time. We met all our great mates who help us so much on the trips we organise. Katka, Martin, Jan & Vera, Tanweer.

April 20 – 25 Slovenian students in Somerset

Slovenian students from the EGGS High school came over to stay in Bridgwater. Well, in fact Minehead YHA, but they linked up with Bridgwater College, toured the South West (and London) , had a cream tea with the Mayor of Bridgwater and had a barbecue in Taunton thanks to our mate Martin Peters.

June 5-15 Americans Tour England

Don & Colleen had toured Ireland with us a few years back. Now they wanted England. So we had a tour from Cornwall to Oxford to York to the Lake District and back down to London.

June 21- 30 Slovenian Choir Tours Scotland

Tanja Jamnik from Kranj in Slovenia brought her choir over to  us and we took them up to Scotland. They had a great time and did a couple of big gigs thanks to our contacts on the ground. In Clackmannan they had a ceilidh with the locals and up in Tain and Dornie our friends Marilyn & Ian Wallace arranged some big concerts for them. After this we had a drive over to Oban, the isle of Mull and Iona then down to Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Every year we celebrate our twinnings by holding a major Petanque tournament in Victoria Park Bridgwater. This year the French team won. Then we have a major performance event at the Art Centre. This time round we had the italian ‘tarantella’ expert ‘La Tarantella’.

July 6-15 Czechs Tour Ireland

Our Czech friends Jana & Tonda Hubena brought a group of their friends from our Czech twin town Uherske Hradiste with them and we took them around ireland. It went Dublin>Glendalough>Cashel>Killarney >Lisdoonvarna>Galway>Bush Mills > Belfast>Drogheda and back to Dublin.

15 July the EAST TIMOR Ambassador visits Bridgwater

It may be a surprise to learn that one of the largest migrant groups in Bridgwater are from East Timor. In an effort to encourage integration and  appreciation of their culture we invited the Ambassador down for the day. He brought lots of coffee.

July 25-30 US band GANGSTAGRASS tour UK

Brilliant American rap-bluegrass crossover band Gangstgrass came over once more. This time we took them to the Cambridge Folk festival and Womad plus a visit to the mechanics institute up in the Penines somewhere and also a visit to Worcester. Oh yes, and a gig in Hackney.

July 30- August 6 Czechs tour Somerset, Devon & Cornwall

Our Prague friends Jan and Vera gathered a group of Czechs with them and we took them to Bridgwater for a few days and  then down to Cornwall staying at  Treyarnon Bay

August 9-13 Northern Ireland

This one was a holiday….meeting family

September 2 – 9 Claire Anstee’s Choir trip to Italy (Sorrento & Sabaudia)

Somerset choir singers led by Claire Anstee approached us to organise a residential in Italy where they could sing to their hearts content in beautiful locations. We chose Corrento and then the Oasi di Kufra in Sabaudia near our twin town of Priverno

September 13-15 Quorum visits the Solent

A short trip by the gang of Four to Portsmouth and the isle of Wight

October 1-9 Americans tour Portugal

A couple of Connecticut Yankees have a short tour of Portugal (Mainland) taking in Lisbon, Cascais, Porto, Evora and Setubal

October 12- 17 Slovenians tour Somerset

The second group this year from the Radovljica school this time led by Uros, staying in Street YHA and travelling around Somerset and the West Country plus a day in London.

October 30- November 3 Yvette Staelens Choir tour Slovenia

Yvettes Choir this time visits Slovenia and links of with Tanjas choir  in Kranj. They stay in the town of Bled and then spend a few extra days in Venice.


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