Halifax Aachen Society

he exchange with the city of Aachen and Halifax dates back to 1949.

Since that time an exchange has taken place each year either to Aachen from Halifax or to Halifax from Aachen. The exchange has always operated on an alternative year basis and on a home to home basis. We believe that this is the best way to get to know a country and its people.

As a result of these exchanges, numerous friendships have been formed, some of which started with the first exchange in 1949 and they are still continuing.

It is one thing to travel abroad and have an English speaking guide, staying in hotels where English is spoken and where English meals are served, but it is another and far more exciting experience to stay in a home where the language is not easily understood, the customs are quite different and where the food is not the traditional English food. This makes the holiday really enjoyable and provides the opportunity to realise that folks living abroad are very much the same as we are.

It is a very useful, practical contribution towards reaching a better understanding between peoples who, at times, do not appear to appreciate each other's point of view.

2009 was a special anniversary year - we celebrated 60 years of friendship and 30 years of official Town Twinning with activities throughout the year.

The July/August 2013 exchange visit to Halifax from Aachen

Twin town members outside Aachen town hall

In July, a group of 12 adults and 1 child visited Halifax for one week.

They enjoyed a packed programme, including a welcome party at Siddal Rugby Club, a civic reception at Halifax Town Hall, afternoon tea at Harveys, trips to Keighley, Skipton, Ampleforth, Helmsley and Port Sunlight and a farewell party at Crow Nest Golf Club.

We invite you to join us!

Meetings are held at the Maurice Jagger Centre on the last Wednesday of the month and are open to all to come and try/join.