17th February 2020

Alice Chandler presented to Cirencester College students at The Sundial. The College are now in the process of selecting the next young person to travel to Bathurst fully paid and support by The Bathurst Friendship. The students will go through a process followed by interviews at the end of March 2020. Further updates will be published over the next few week.

Alice's Presentation

October 2019

Having established a formal friendship arrangement both cities shared a desire to move beyond a symbolic relationship and to create a genuine economic partnership to benefit the local businesses and economies of both areas. The first stage in this process was the establishment of the ‘Cotswolds Store’ at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre in October 2019 set up by Simon King Ltd. The Store stocks a selection of authentic products of Cirencester and the Cotswolds, all carefully selected and personally approved by Lord Bathurst. Check out a selection of the available products below, and call into the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre to grab your piece of the Cotswolds.


26th January 2018

The friendship has just been featured on BBC Radio Glos Nicky Price show - Nicky will be doing a show live from Bathurst in April. Today she interviewed the Mayor of Bathurst, one of their residents and Cllr Mark Harris from Cirencester.

18th October 2017

Over 250 people and 170 organisations packed Cirencester Parish Church on Wednesday 18 October to hear the plans for the Friendship Initiative between Cirencester and the City of Bathurst in New South Wales Australia.

The Australian High Commissioner, The Hon Alexander Downer AC, was the guest of honour and was greeted at the door to the church by the Earl and the Countess Bathurst as well as Cllr Mark Harris before being introduced to Revd. Katie Richardson, the chair and vice chair of the Cotswold District Council and the Deputy Mayor.

The Community evening saw Cirencester’s voluntary organisations, sports clubs, the Royal Agricultural University, schools and colleges all come together to hear from their Australian counter parts by way of a video which included the Mayor of Bathurst - Graeme Hanger as well as listen to how they can get involved in the Friendship.

A grant fund and trust is to be set up by and held within the Cirencester Community Development Trust that will pay for a young person from the Cirencester area, who would not usually have the opportunity, to travel to Bathurst NSW for work, study, sports or involvement in the voluntary sector.

17th October 2017

Australian High Commissioner to be guest of honour at launch of community friendship between Cirencester and city of Bathurst

Read more about The High Commissioner  here from Wilts & Glos Standard 

28th September 2017

Today we visited Cirencester College to get some of the students to sign our giant postcard that we will be sending to Bathurst, New South Wales in Australia after our event on 18 of October.

Read more about The Giant Postcard here from Wilts & Glos Standard 

2nd August 2017

Cirencester’s business community gathered at the Cirencester Park on Thursday 22nd of June to listen to plans for a proposed friendship between the town and the city of Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia.

The partnership are planning a series of activities and events in 2017, culminating in a celebration and launch of the friendship arrangement between the two regional capitals in the Parish church in October. But the biggest announcement of the evening was the idea to set up a fund that will pay for a young person from the area, who would not usually have the opportunity, to travel to Bathurst and experience a life changing opportunity – be it through work, study, sports or in the voluntary sector.