Lytham St Annes Twinning Association

Lytham St Annes Twinning Association

A great way to share your civic pride in where you live, and a great way to enjoy other cultures and foreign ways of life.

Why don’t you join the Lytham St Annes Twinning Association to benefit from fun and friendship at home and away.

Forthcoming Activities for 2017

Our AGM will be held on in the small meeting room in St Margaret’s Church on Monday 24 April starting at 7.15pm.

All members are encouraged to attend to receive reports on aspects of the association’s organization activities.

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Agendas and Minutes etc. will follow in due course. A good turn-out of members is essential if the association is to continue with its plans and aspirations.

With our French connections developing, we urgently need new members interested in France & French life to join us on the committee.

Find out More

If anyone is interested in joining us, for details, or any other information on the above, please take a look at our website

Contact John Regan on 01253 781504
or email

A Weekend with Friends

In 2014, 39 German visitors from our twin town of Werne spent the St Annes Carnival weekend with the Lytham St Annes Twinning Association.

They attended social events, a civic dinner at the Old Links Golf Club and had a memorable last evening watching their country win the World Cup with our members.

LSA Twinning Association exchange visit

There are photographs here at this link and an article on the German newspaper website (where this photo was taken from), complete with video, here.

Bratwurst and bangers on your menu with the Twinning Association recipe book.

Published July 2013

Committee member John Regan has been collecting favourite recipes from association members, our counterparts in Werne, and anyone else who wanted to contribute. These, together with photographs and short anecdotes about the food, are included in the book. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards offsetting the cost of hosting visitors from Werne next year to celebrate our 30th anniversary.

The recipe book, called “A Joint Venture” (pictured left) is now complete – it contains 30 recipes in both English and German. A donation of £5.00 – or more! will secure your copy – please email John Regan to get yours at

More about Lytham St Annes Twinning Association

Lytham St Annes Twinning Association

Lytham St Annes Twinning Association was established in 1981, Twinning with Werne, a small town in Germany, began in 1984. Over the years since then, there has been a lot of activity involving links with schools, exchange visits and sporting links between the tennis clubs of Werne and Lytham St Annes.

In 2009, the association celebrated 25 years of twinning and re-signed a charter to strengthen our relationship.

Active links have been established for many years between Lytham St Annes High School and St Christophorus in Werne, and an exchange of visits by students occurs each year.

Cultural and educational links are being pursued with the Japanese town of Hayashima and the French town of Bailleul.The association continues to forge wider links with other parts of the community and schools.

More information on these links and details of all twinning activity can be found below and on the website

Background. In 1981, Fylde Borough Council had received a suggestion for a town link but were unwilling to proceed and referred it to the town’s voluntary bodies. The Lytham St Annes Civic Society took up the challenge and the Lytham St Annes Twinning Association was formed at a meeting attended by 200 representatives from the town’s organisations. The National Joint Twinning Association then suggested that the town of WERNE in Germany be twinned with LSA and details of each other’s town, population, schools, clubs, churches, etc, were exchanged.

Charter. There was common consent to trial this for a couple of years and that exchanges with families should begin. So keen were the residents of Werne that a large group of their students came to Lytham only some 3 months after the agreement was reached to twin! That was the start of the regular student exchanges involving the Queen Mary and King Edward VII schools, Lytham St. Annes High School and St Bedes, Lytham. After some 3 years of exchanges it was agreed to formalise the arrangement, and in 1984 a Charter of Friendship was agreed and signed in separate ceremonies in each town.

Friendships. Since then, hundreds of friendships between the residents of both Lytham St Annes and Werne have sprouted and grown and numerous exchange visits have taken place. St Christophorus school, Werne has regularly dispatched a coach load of their students to the Fylde and many Twinning Association members act as their hosts while they are here. Werne residents also act as hosts for students on return visits from our local schools, and many children form lasting friendships with their contemporaries. We have also recently assisted the Ormerod Trust with making contact with a similar German organization in Werne, and hopefully exchanges will blossom through their link.

The Association. Annual membership is only £5.00 and our membership has fluctuated between 200+ to only 14, but this low point has recently blossomed to 50. Recently nearly 30 of us attended the Werne 650th anniversary celebration of the granting of its’ market charter and we were marvellously entertained, hosted, fed and very liberally watered. In return we intend to invite Werne residents to stay here with us in the Summer of 2014 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the signing of our Twinning Charter with them. In order for us to reciprocate to a similarly high standard of hosting, we have to raise money by various local events, for, unlike Werne, whose local council provides financial and ancilliary support to the Werne International Club for all their twinning activities, we have to be self funding. Recent events included, a town Treasure Hunt, a popular Quiz, and a joint concert in production with musical ensembles from KEQMS.

A Joint Venture - recipe Book from LSA Twinning AssociationA Joint Venture – recipe Book from LSA Twinning Association

LSA Twinning Association School Exchange 2012, Pupils from WerneLSA Twinning Association School Exchange 2012, Pupils from Werne

LSA Twinning, Georgie Coleshaw & Konrad Gunther 2011LSA Twinning, Georgie Coleshaw & Konrad Gunther 2011

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