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Twin towns - Roncq

Roncq (France) twinned with Todmorden.

Map showing location of Roncq in relation to Todmorden

A small and pleasant town with over 12,000 people. It is semi-rural, 3km from the border with Belgium and close to the cities of Lille, Tourcoing and Roubaix.

The journey, by coach and short channel crossing, takes less than 12 hours.

Its industry has much in common with Todmorden. Most of its former textile base has been replaced by a number of modern manufacturing industries.

The flat landscape contrasts sharply with our Pennine hills, but otherwise our outlooks are the same - enjoy!

A plaque and flower bed by Todmorden Bus Station celebrates our close links.

Todmorden Town Twinning Association (TTTA)

Town twinning helps people from different countries to exchange regular visits. Members stay in each others homes, experience each others way of life and lasting friendships form between families and guests.

The TTTA helps by arranging the group travel. They introduce Todmorden people to their hosts in our two twin towns:

  • Bramsche (western Germany).
  • Roncq (northern France).

They also arrange places to stay, events and other things to do for groups visiting Todmorden.

Formed in 1978, the TTTA continues to have successful annual exchange visits with groups of between 30 and 60 people. This makes us the envy of Calderdale and many larger towns/cities in the UK. Our success depends on getting new people to join, especially younger families, who live in or around the Todmorden area. We also encourage local groups to take part, such as football teams, music groups, Judo and Tennis clubs and more.

We prefer members to go on trips to either Bramsche or Roncq (or both!), as well as be hosts for visitors when they come here. Do not worry if you are unable to put visitors up, you can easily help out in other ways. We are as flexible as possible and aim to "twin" people together by age and interests. Also, we find somewhere for those who may want a different host the next time.

  • To encourage young families, children 14 or under travel for 50% of the full price.
  • Children up to 15 years old can travel without their family. This is only possible if a named adult on the trip accepts full responsibility.

TTTA is made up of:

  • An elected Chairman;
  • a Management Committee;
  • and a social sub-committee who work together for both Bramsche and Roncq.
  • There is a secretary for Bramsche and one for Roncq.
  • An AGM is held in February each year to elect officers.
  • TTTA is bound by a written constitution.

Why not get involved?

Applications for membership are invited from all Todmorden residents or the surrounding area, within reason. Also, any organisation or body based in the town.

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