• Andrew Starr

The European Cities Twinning Committee

On July 11th 2018, the Caen-Portsmouth and the Duisburg-Portsmouth Friendship Committees were merged together. A simple url to this page is

The two committees will still retain their separate online identities, but will be working as one 'body' officially known as the (Portsmouth) European Cities Twinning Committee. The committee is staffed entirely by volunteers who work together to promote and help our city, the city of Portsmouth with its current links in Europe Caen (since 1987) and Duisburg (since 1950).

So who is on the committee?

I am the chair of the new committee (having been chair of the Caen-Portsmouth Friendship Committee beforehand)

You may contact me by e-mail here or here.

I am a freelance translator, interpreter, languages tutor and multilingual tour guide.

This is a list of the current committee.

We currently have no vacancies on the committee, however there are many ways in which you can be involved in twinning in Portsmouth. Among these is by joining our Friends of Portsmouth Twinning (FOPT) group - more information here

Why not come and find the chair and other members at the many events in and around the city, if you are at all interested, for a chat.

Full Committee Members ECTC - Postholders

Andrew Starr - Chair

Sue Hopgood - FoPT members Secretary/Finance Officer

Ann Brazier - Social Secretary

Kevan Chippindall-Higgin - Blue Light Co-ordinator

City Council Appointed Representatives

Cllr David Fuller - President (Lord Mayor)

Cllr Lee Mason - Former Lord Mayor (Independent Councillor)

Cllr Linda Symes (Conservatives)

Cllr Lynne Stagg - Cabinet member for Traffic and Transport (Liberal Democrats)

Cllr Claire Udy - Independent Councillor

Lydia Mellor - Council Officer Events and Twinning Manager

Other Full Committee Members

Claire Coulter Committee Member (German Speakers in Portsmouth)

Christopher Jones - Brittany Ferries

Paul Joyce - University of Portsmouth (German)

Sabréa Oughton - University of Portsmouth (French)

Lynda Parsons Committee Member (Caen Legacy Group)

Frederick Walton - Brittany Ferries

Bryony Whitmarsh - Associate Dean, University of Portsmouth

Ken Ebbens - Southsea Castle Rotary Club

Co-opted Members:

Syd Rapson - Honorary Alderman; Former Lord Mayor and Former MP for Portsmouth North (Vice President)

Cllr Ben Dowling - Deputy Lord Mayor

Cllr Tom Wood (Liberal Democrats)

Jean Barrow - former Caen Committee member

Phyllis Rapson - former Duisburg Committee Member (Duisburg Legacy Group)

Claire Reid - University of Portsmouth (French)

Catarina Hartang - University of Portsmouth (from Duisburg)

Corinna Holzherr - University of Portsmouth

Cllr Steve Pitt - Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport (Liberal Democrats)

Claudine Cerisier - Présidente du comité de jumelage Caen-Portsmouth

Jürgen Hordt - Leiter den Portsmouthfreunden

Andrew Todd (Portsmouth City Council) Honorary Treasurer

Terry Hall - Honorary Alderman; Former Lord Mayor

Partner Associations and People

Thanks are due to these organisations or people who generously support (or have supported) us with their time and help during our twinning activities:

The staff at Brittany Ferries

Simon Long - The Fine Voice Academy

Simon O'Hea - Music in Portsmouth

Scott Ramsay - The New Theatre Royal

Brian Moles and Father Bob - St Mary's Church

Shaun, Andrew & Tom at The Eldon Arms

Bryony and the team at The Fleet

Veni,Vidi, Canto from Caen

Miss Becki Short - Omniarts Group - Professional Vintage Performer and Singing Teacher

See a selection of my videos of artist's performances at our events here

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