The Twinning Committee was established to develop programs to strengthen the bond of friendship between Cheltenham US and Cheltenham UK. Committee meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of even months, except July and August, at the Richard Wall House Museum Carriage House, located at 1 Wall Park Drive in Elkins Park beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Ordinance Establishing Committee
James McCann III
The Committee is sad to announce there will be NO lottery in 2022, because it was unable to obtain the needed small game of chance license from the County this year due to circumstances outside its control.
Over 365 chances to win payouts from $25 to $100
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, 2020, 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. 226.
Projects and Exchanges
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.
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.
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 Cheltenham's 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 Charter Signed 2000
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.