The first minuted meeting of the body that eventually became the Association took place on 13th March 1978 when it was agreed that steps would be taken to formalise a twinning agreement with Gronau in Germany and subsequently to seek out a further partner in France.
The formal civic twinning charter between Bromsgrove and Gronau was signed, sealed and delivered in May 1980.
The twinning proved to be most successful and for the past twenty seven years annual exchange visits have been made by members of the Association and by many special interest groups such as swimmers, footballers, cyclists and choirs. Many lasting friendships have grown between host families and their guests.
In July 1999 a formal friendship link document was signed in Bromsgrove Council Chamber between Bromsgrove and the district of Saint Sauveur Lendelin in Normandy, France. Exchange visits have been established on an annual basis and many members of the Association have also visited friends made on the organised trips.
The Aims of the Association as set out in its Constitution are:-
(a) to promote and foster friendship and understanding between the people ofBromsgrove District, those of Gronau in the Federal Republic of Germany, those of the district of Saint Sauveur Lendelin in the Republic of France, and those of other towns with which the Association may later form links
(b) To encourage visits by Individuals and groups to and from linked towns, particularly by children and young people, and the development of personal contacts, and by so doing to broaden the mutual understanding of the cultural, recreational, educational and commercial activities of the linked towns.
(c) to organise fund-raising activities to foster the aims of the Association