A LOCAL farming couple have become the latest visitors to Cirencester as part of the friendship initiative between the English Cotswolds town and Bathurst.
And they must have had a good time, because they’ve offered to accommodate visitors from Cirencester who come to Bathurst.
Cattle farmer and breeder Graham Russell and his wife Merylyn, who live just outside Bathurst on the Macquarie River, visited Cirencester with their friends Helen and Sam Sheffer to learn more about the area, its agricultural practices and its landscape.
The Earl Bathurst, who oversees the Bathurst Estate, one of the largest farming companies in the Cotswolds, gave them a personal tour of his gardens and talked to them about how the estate is run.
“We had a wonderful day in Cirencester and were quite overwhelmed by the attention and welcome we received at all stages of the itinerary so kindly put together for us by Claire [Cirencester Town Councillor Clarie Wardell],” Mr Russell said.
The couple were also guided around the town by councillors Wardell, Mark Harris and David Fowles as well as Cirencester business mentor Simon King.
When visiting Cirencester’s famous church, they even managed to bump into another group from Bathurst.
“It is wonderful that Bathurst is embracing the friendship,” Cr Harris said.
“Mr and Mrs Russell have even offered to accommodate anyone from Cirencester through the friendship initiative if they visit the city – a wonderful gesture.”
Bathurst Regional Council approached Cirencester Town Council with a view to forming a friendship in Bathurst’s bicentenary year of 2015.
A series of events have since taken place to further the friendship.
Those looking for more information about the friendship arrangement can email firstname.lastname@example.org