Twin towns

Solihull is twinned with Cholet in France and Main-Taunus-Kreis in Germany.

In addition to annual exchanges with both countries, a programme of monthly social and fundraising activities run throughout the year. The ability to speak French or German is not essential. For more information please contact Heather Clarke on 01564 702976.

Cholet

Cholet coat of arms

A commune of Western France, Cholet has a population of over 55,000, making it the second city of the Department of Maine-et-Loire. 

Voted the most sporting city in France in 2014, Cholet is home to the SO Cholet football team and has hosted the departure of Stage 5 in the 2008 Tour de France. The town owes the rise of its prosperity to the settlement of weavers in the area and has a textile museum to conserve the traditional machines used to create the town’s famous handkerchiefs.

Main-Taunus-Kreis

Main-Taunus-Kreis coat of arms

A district in the middle of Hesse, Germany and part of the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region, Main-Taunus-Kreis (MTK) has a population of over 235,000. 

The Taunus mountains cover the southern part of the district, with the Main river forming the south border. MTK features one of the world’s largest collections of Meissen porcelain, and the 500-year-old folk festival, the ‘Hochheim Market’, which happens every year in November.

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