STONEHAVEN & NORTH EAST TWINNING GROUP - TWINNING FRIENDS

Twinning with other Towns and Communities throughout the World is at the core of the rationale of the Group. Currently the Group is twinned with Acheres-Paris, France and Athens, Alabama, USA. The above photograph shows the Mayor of Acheres, Marc Honor and SNES Twinning Group Coordinator Phil Mills-Bishop having signed, in May 2018, a friendship concordat in Acheres Town Hall. A similar declaration will be made when Ronnie Marks the Mayor of Athens Alabama visits Stonehaven in early August 2019.

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS: ACHERES - FRANCE

In 2013, the team of Marc Honoré launched the reflection on the project that it wishes to carry for the mandate from 2014 to 2020. Among the commitments made, the twinning with an English-speaking town is retained.In 2015, during a private trip to Scotland, one of the members of the Municipal Office fell in love with the town of Stonehaven.

 

This town of 11,000 inhabitants located in Aberdeenshire has characteristics that echo the city of Achères ... It is Achères that the first motor vehicle "La Jamais Contente" has crossed 100 km/h at the end of the 19th century and it was in Stonehaven that the inventor of the Robert William Thomson tyre was born.

In Achères, Sax, is a stage conventioned by the DRAC of current music and Stonehaven organizes each year, in summer, a Festival of current Gaelic music. Stonehaven has many musical education courses, while in Achères we have a Conservatoire with communal influence.  Sports practices are echoed: rugby, tennis, and especially French and Scottish cousin feel. The signing of a charter with Stonehaven is envisaged for the year 2018 but already the twinning committee is formed . In Achères, Sax, is a stage conventioned by the DRAC of current music and Stonehaven organizes each year, in summer, a Festival of current Gaelic music. Stonehaven has many musical education courses, while in Achères we have a Conservatoire with communal influence.  Sports practices are echoed: rugby, tennis, and especially French and Scottish cousin feel. The signing of a charter with Stonehaven is envisaged for the year 2018 but already the twinning committee is formed .

 

For more information (monthly periodical) visit: http://www.mairie-acheres78.fr

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INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS: ATHENS - ALABAMA

We invite you to visit Limestone County Alabama - located in the Tennessee Valley with the Tennessee River running along the southern end of the county and the Elk River defining the southwest boundary.

 

Limestone County is in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northern Alabama. Filled with friendly people and progressive communities, the county stretches from the northern bank of the mighty Tennessee River to the southern boundary of the State of Tennessee.

 

Whether you are interested in a quiet morning walk on any of our 17 trails, our beautiful antebellum homes, museums, bird watching, festivals, rodeos, tractor shows and pulls, sports events, hunting and fishing, horseback riding, picking cotton, shopping, or eating Southern style cooking, you will find it all in Limestone County.  Limestone County is in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northern Alabama. Filled with friendly people and progressive communities, the county stretches from the northern bank of the mighty Tennessee River to the southern boundary of the State of Tennessee.

 

Whether you are interested in a quiet morning walk on any of our 17 trails, our beautiful antebellum homes, museums, bird watching, festivals, rodeos, tractor shows and pulls, sports events, hunting and fishing, horseback riding, picking cotton, shopping, or eating Southern style cooking, you will find it all in Limestone County. Limestone County is in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northern Alabama. Filled with friendly people and progressive communities, the county stretches from the northern bank of the mighty Tennessee River to the southern boundary of the State of Tennessee. Whether you are interested in a quiet morning walk on any of our 17 trails, our beautiful antebellum homes, museums, bird watching, festivals, rodeos, tractor shows and pulls, sports events, hunting and fishing, horseback riding, picking cotton, shopping, or eating Southern style cooking, you will find it all in Limestone County.

 

For more information, visit: http://www.athensal.us

LOCAL FRIENDS: ABOYNE - ABERDEENSHIRE

Aboyne lies on the A93 mid way between Ballater and Banchory. As a settlement it had a late start, though it then rapidly developed into something that would be recognisable to visitors today.

 

Located on the north bank of the River Dee, there was a small settlement here before 1800. The major turning point came in 1828 with the building of a bridge across the Dee. It was to be a short-lived one, being swept away in serious floods in 1829. But by then the idea had taken hold that this was the natural focus for the area, and the bridge was soon replaced. It was the coincidence of the bridging of the Dee, the arrival of the railway, and the spending power of a local resident, Sir Cunliffe Brooks, that really turned Aboyne into what it is today, an inland resort serving a large area of Aberdeenshire. It was Sir Cunliffe who established a golf club here in 1883.

 

As a result hotels large and small emerged, including the prominently placed Huntly Arms Hotel. In 1924 the War Memorial Hall opposite was built. Today Aboyne can be a busy place in high season, but with its large open area next to the A93 it never seems too crowded. The resort theme has been strengthened by recent additions to the range of activities on offer in the area. A couple of miles east drivers on the A93 can stop (in a specially constructed layby) to watch the activities of the gliding club whose airfield lies right next to the road. Meanwhile, the Aberdeen Water Ski Club operates at the Loch of Aboyne, just to the north of the village.

 

On the south side of the River Dee opposite Aboyne is the mouth of Glen Tanar, a glen that leads south west towards Mount Keen and the eastern Cairngorms. This is a popular area for walking and riding, and while it does not have the wildness of the mountains further west it does have a beauty all of its own.

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LOCAL FRIENDS: INVERURIE - ABERDEENSHIRE

Inverurie is a prosperous Aberdeenshire town whose history stretches back well over a thousand years. At first sight you might expect its story to be one of quiet and steady commerce and growth. Appearances can be deceptive. Inverurie lies in a strategically important location on the north bank of the River Don, opposite Port Elphinstone, and on the west bank of the River Urie. As a result it has seen conflict more than once in its history.

 

The two rivers meet at the south east corner of the town, and here you find the site of The Bass, the Earl of Garioch's motte and bailey built in the 1100s. This was used as a base by Robert the Bruce before his defeat of the Earl of Buchan in May 1308 at the Battle of Inverurie, often known - because it was fought several miles north east of Inverurie near the Hill of Barra - as the Battle of Barra. The motte and bailey of The Bass remain to an impressive height today, and now share a large cemetery with a fascinating group of Pictish symbol stones.

 

Inverurie lends its name to not one but two battles. The second took place over four centuries after the first, on 23 December 1745, when 1,100 Jacobites defeated 500 Hanoverian troops in what was to be the third-last battle to be fought on British soil. A cairn on the bank of the River Don today marks the site of the battle. These two Battles of Inverurie neatly bracket in history the largest and most important conflict to have taken place in Aberdeenshire. On 24 July 1411 an advancing army of Highlanders under Donald, Lord of the Isles were fought to a standstill by a rapidly gathered army of Lowlanders under the Earl of Mar at the Battle of Harlaw, two miles north of Inverurie. The battle was one of the most savage and bloody to be fought on Scottish soil, and today its site is marked by a large memorial erected to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the battle.

 

Inverurie itself grew steadily between bouts of conflict. A monastery had been established nearby by about 1000, and Inverurie received its charter as a burgh in 1195. Steady growth continued and a grammar school appeared in 1606. The River Don was bridged in 1797, and in 1805 Port Elphinstone was linked to Aberdeen by the Aberdeen Canal. With the building of the railway came a more important role for Inverurie. It became a significant junction, with branch lines heading off in various directions, and it also acquired major railway workshops and a large area of new railway housing. The main line station remains, and easy commuting to Aberdeen by rail has been a major factor in the recent wealth and growth of Inverurie.

 

Close to the railway station is the focal point of Inverurie where the High Street broadens out into the Market Place. This has in its centre the small wooded park surrounding the war memorial. At the head of the Market Place is the large grey stone Town Hall, built in 1863. Since 1996 this municipal building has been joined in Inverurie by the new office block on the western side of the town that serves as offices of Aberdeenshire Council.

 

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