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Twinning Committee



Twinning Logo  The Twinning Committee was established to develop programs to strengthen the bond of friendship between Cheltenham US and Cheltenham UK.  Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, except July and August, at the Township Administration Building, located at 8230 Old York Road in Elkins Park, beginning at 7:30 p.m.


 Ordinance Establishing Committee


2020 Members

William Chambres

Mary Washington

James McCann III

2018 Twinning Lottery

Over 365 chances to win payouts from $25 to $100 in 2018!


The Cheltenham Township Twinning Committee, which was created to strengthen ties between Cheltenham, USA, and Cheltenham, UK, is sponsoring a fund-raiser based on the Pennsylvania PICK 3 (previously the Evening Daily Lottery) evening number, straight only. To play, participants purchase a $20 Twinning Committee ticket at the Cheltenham Township Administration Building, located at 8230 Old York Road in Elkins Park, on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  From January 1, through December 31, 2018, winners on Saturdays will receive $50 and once-a-month holiday drawings will earn $100.  All other payouts will be $25.  Checks will be mailed to winning ticket holders automatically.

For more information on the lottery fund-raiser, call 215-887-6200, ext. 230.



 Projects and Exchanges

2017 Presentation

Twinning Presentation May 2017

Cheltenham Township resident Sophie McHugh (left) presents Cheltenham UK Mayor, Councillor Chris Ryder (center), with two books about the history of the Township as a token of friendship in recognition of the long-standing bonds between the twinned Cheltenhams, US and UK. McHugh was in Cheltenham UK to perform a concert at Bethesda Methodist Church in May 2017 as a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Heinz Chapel Choir.  Mayor Ryder, joined by a member of Cheltenham UK Twinning Committee, Alexis Cassin, reciprocated with a book presentation as well.


2012 Exchange

Twinning Committee chairman presents official plaque during a 2012 exchange in Cheltenham UK.  Twinning Committee Chairman Jim McCann (right) presented the Lord Mayor of Cheltenham UK with an official plaque during a visit to Cheltenham UK in 2012. Cheltenham UK invited representatives from all of its Twin Cities to witness the Olympic Torch Relay stopover on its way to the London games.


1950 Exchange

The Cheltenham UK Lord Mayor made an official visit in 1950 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Cheltenham PA as an incorporated Township.

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Twinning Fingerpost Installed 2011


To raise awareness about the Twinning link between Cheltenham US and Cheltenham UK, the Township Twinning Committee will install a Twinning Fingerpost at the Township Administration Building that points to our official twin as well as to other Cheltenhams in the world with links to our Cheltenham UK forbearer. The manufacture of the post began in late 2010.  The fingerpost was dedicated on May 14, 2011.





 Twinning Fingerpost Installation

Twinning Fingerpost Installation 2  



Twinning Fingerpost Dedication  Twinning Fingertpost Closeup


Twinning Charter Signed 2000

Cheltenham Township commissioner and Lord Mayor of Cheltenham UK sign offiical Twinning Charter in 2000 at Curtis Arboretum in Wyncote After more than 50 years of friendship and reciprocal visits, Cheltenham Township formalized our relationship with namesake Cheltenham, UK, with the signing of an official Twinning Charter on October 11, 2003.

The Board of Commissioners created the Twinning Committee to develop a regular program for exchanges between the two communities. The Twinning Committee will establish programs to develop cultural, social, educational, governmental, fraternal, sporting or other connections to strengthen the bond of friendship between the two communities. For example, the group recently helped organize email "pen pals" for students in Elkins Park School with counterparts in Cheltenham, UK, schools.

      Any groups or organizations interested in forging a link with Cheltenham, UK, are welcome to contact the Twinning Committee for assistance. Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Township Administration Building, beginning at 7:30 p.m. In addition, the committee invites residents who would like to be more involved to become members. Eligible candidates must be registered voters.

The committee is also looking for local hosts who would welcome Cheltenham, UK, guests in their homes during future visits. Staying in private homes instead of hotels is preferred since making friends and experiencing different lifestyles are major goals of the twinning program. Anyone interested in serving as host or taking part in other twinning activities should email their name, address, telephone number and any special interest



2010 Fitness Challenge

[email protected], UK, won the 2010 contest with The Gym in Elkins Park, US by achieving a weight loss of 68 lbs, representing 2.1% of their total.  By comparison, The Gym lost 51 pounds or 1.5% of their total. The Cheltenham Township Twinning Committee will have the trophy engraved and sent to the winning team.



On May 18, 2009, a gym in Cheltenham Township, US, and Cheltenham Borough, UK, launched a “race” across the Atlantic in the First Annual Cheltenham Twinning Fitness Challenge.

This friendly competition between the two Cheltenhams, which are officially designated as twin cities, was designed to foster goodwill between the communities.  “We have helped students, firefighters and others connect with UK counterparts,” said James McCann, III, who chairs the township twinning committee, “but this is our first ‘race’.”  In addition to increasing public awareness about the twin Cheltenhams, the event is an excellent way to promote fitness for the summer.

The Gym in Elkins Park, US, and the Leisure at Cheltenham Fitness Center, UK, were the challenge competitors.  Each logged the daily miles accrued on one treadmill, one elliptical and one recumbent bike. The first gym to total 3,450 miles – the distance between the two Cheltenhams – wins. The Cheltenham Township Twinning Committee supplied the trophy, which The Gym in Elkins Park -- the winning gym -- will get to display until the next competition.



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