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Mayor of Barnsley

"It is an honour and privilege to have been elected as the Worshipful Mayor of Barnsley for the municipal year of 2023/24, and it is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Barnsley Schwäbisch Gmünd Twin Town Society website.

I’m very much looking forward to working closely with the BSGTTS who continue to support the Civic office to consolidate our already developed strong links." more

Councillor James Michael Stowe - Mayor of Barnsley 2023/2024

Richard Arnold, Lord Mayor Schwäbisch Gmünd


"Together with Barnsley Schwäbisch Gmünd Twin Town Society I would like to extend a cordial welcome to all visitors on this website. The twinning connections between Barnsley and Schwäbisch Gmünd are very special." more

Richard Arnold, Oberbürgermeister Schwäbisch Gmünd


Please browse our website via the links above to discover more about us, our activities and our wonderful twin town friends and experiences.

Links have existed between Barnsley and the Baden-Württemberg town of Schwäbisch Gmünd since 1954.

Map of Europe pointing out Barnsley and Schwäbisch Gmünd

Twinning people without borders - cultural understanding, friendships and exchanges, mutually beneficial partnerships, learn and share experiences of community lifestyles and values, exchanges of traditions through music, sport, food and drink, clothing and well being, bringing people together.

It is interesting to note that initial links which led to the friendship and twinning was started by young people primarily through youth exchanges in the early days.

On June 24th 1971, the two towns were formally twinned, supported by both Local authorities, their Officers, Mayors, Burgermeisters and Oberburgermeisters in an official twinning ceremony and document. Since then regular visits by council officials has taken place in both directions but it was felt that twinning should also involve ordinary towns-people and on
March 28th 1978 the inaugural meeting of what was to become the Barnsley Schwäbisch Gmünd Twin Town Society was held.

Countless Barnsley people have to date, visited the historic Baden-Württemberg twin town, marvelled at the scenic beauty, fascinating architecture and experienced the warm hospitality of the townfolk.

We are self-financing, raising funds through our events and the contributions of our members.

We do not receive any subsidies from Barnsley Council.

It is hoped that browsing this website will encourage you to get involved, get in touch, sample an event or two and become a member of the Barnsley Schwäbisch Gmünd Twin Town Society.

If you would like to help or donate something, please click on the Contact link, we will be happy to inform you of our account details.

BSGTTS is a non-profit organisation involved in;
"the promotion of relations between the populations of the official twin towns of Barnsley and Schwäbisch Gmünd".

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