We regularly take Bridgwater's civic leaders to key events in our twin town Uherske Hradiste and have encouraged links also between Sedgemoor District and Prague 6 district where, along with Ceske Budejovice and Olomouc, we have helpful civic contacts.
On top of this we are actively promoting our own policy of 'Triangulation' which means, basically, 'your twin town is our twin town' whereby we have organised projects involving many new communities with which we have developed mutual links. These include Priverno (Italy) La Ciotat (France) and Sarvar (Hungary).
But civic twinning to us doesn’t just mean Mayors and Councillors (who we always insist pay their way!) but other local government projects – some which can attract European funding to the area, and for which we need the backing of the Local Authority.
For several years we have brought Family Centre workers from Uherske Hradiste to Somerset with European funding, engaging with some of the needier areas of our community and working with them on joint solutions to problems. We have also taken youth workers to the Czech Republic (most recently from Shrewsbury).