A Shared Name Between Two Communities

The City of Bathurst was named after the 3rd Earl Bathurst in 1815 whose family had lived in Cirencester since 1705. His descendants still live in Cirencester marking three centuries of strong connection with the town.

Following a visit to Cirencester in 2016 by a City of Bathurst regional councillor, the then Mayor of Bathurst approached Cirencester Town Council with a proposal to develop a friendship between our two regional capitals – this website celebrates that friendship.

Our vision is "to promote awareness, communication and opportunities between the people and organisations of our two regional capitals; based on friendship, commerce, education, sports and tourism".

The friendship initiative is supported by Cirencester Town Council, Cirencester Community Development Trust, the 9th Earl Bathurst and Bathurst Regional Council.

Meet some of the Bathurst Friendship team in Cirencester.

Bathurst - New South Wales

Find out more about Bathurst NSW in Australia: Its history, what it's like now and why you should make friends and visit!

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Cirencester - Cotswolds

Cirencester, the jewell of the Cotswolds. Discover its past, present and why you should swing by when you're in the UK.

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Creating a Global Community

When we do things together, we create a community. If we can do things, however small, with our friends on the other side of the world, we can create wider communities and, let's face it, the world could use more friendships.

So please tell your friends and colleagues about the friendship. The mark of success of this initiative will be when a person from Bathurst or Cirencester arrives in their sister community, residents will understand the relevance of where they are from and receive a warm welcome - as of course any visitor to our communities do!

Let's lead the way in not only being a wonderful local community, but being part of a wonderful global community too!

Support the Initiative

If you’re looking to support a good cause, consider donating to the Friendship Initiative. By donating, you’ll be helping us forge new opportunities between the people and organisations of Cirencester and the City of Bathurst.

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