Chris on March 30th, 2015

swindon-sign-features-torunSwindon sign incorporating Toru? has been put up in Wroughton. Every entry point to the town will follow.

Chris on November 5th, 2013

The Mayor of Swindon visited Torun in October together with two members of the Swindon Torun Group following an invitation from Torun, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Swindon’s twinning with Torun.

The trio were invited on an all expenses trip by Torun’s town council which hosted a twinning festival, inviting a number of delegations from across Europe and beyond.

twinning-presentation-paintingPhotograph shows the presentation of a painting of Stonehenge by local artist Robin Woodford, given to officials on stage during the twinning festival.

See also an earlier article from the Evening Advertiser about the trip.




Chris on January 31st, 2013

A street sign at Plac Rapackiego near to the Old Town and the road bridge across the Vistula River shows the distance to Swindon as well as other twin cities. Do we have something like this in Swindon?



Chris on March 5th, 2012

Warsaw Village Band to feature at the Town Gardens Bowl in Swindon on Saturday 26th May.

The band’s website is


Chris on February 24th, 2011

An invitation from Torun to take part in a Photographic Art Project

The Partner Cities Association in Torun would like to invite photographers from the Partner Cities of Torun, that includes Swindon, for the 6th edition of the photographic art project entitled “Torun in Springtime through the Twin Lens”.

The project will be held in Torun between 23 May and 29 May 2011.

We are looking forward to receiving personal and professional details of the photographer that will represent Swindon in our project by 31 March 2011.

Contact us for further details!


Chris on June 20th, 2010

torun photo competitionTASTE have had a Town Twinning Grant Approved for an exhibition of Photographs from the Torun through the Twin lens competition which took place in Torun in 2008. The plan is to host an exhibition of photographs from Torun in Swindon’s Central Library. We should like to combine the photography exhibition with some Polish poetry by choosing some selected verses or whole poems from the various poems which Anita has translated – both in Polish and English – and matching them up to some of the photos.
Please get in touch if you can help us with putting on the exhibition.

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Chris on June 20th, 2010

A group of around 30 visitors from Swindon enjoyed a short stay in Torun over the weekend 5th June to 9th June, the weather was warm most of the time, but there were a few showers. The Torun Marathon happened to be on and five members of the group took part in the race, including Stan Pajak and Dave King editor of the Evening Advertiser.

The hotel was good, Hotelik w Centrum just next to the Old Town – Stare Miasto. On Monday we had an official meeting with the Vice President of Torun at the beautiful Cafe Dwór Artusa at Rynek Staromiejski, there was an exchange of gifts, Torun were presented with a commemorative beer glass and a bottle of Arkells beer.

Other attractions included a visit to the Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesniej CSW, a new modern art gallery and a tour of the city with summer drizzle. See also photos from the trip.

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Chris on June 20th, 2010

The TASTE website has just been refreshed with a new content management system, this should make it easier for everyone involved with the group to contribute. Simply add your comments to posts.

Earlier versions, Swindon Torun wiki website and the original html website are still available in archive.


Chris on October 11th, 2009

Well known Polish marathon runner from Toru?, Krzysztof Bartkiewicz, won the Swindon half marathon 11th October 2009 with a time of 1:11:28, not quite beating his best time.
Thousands of runners took part in the driving rain to raise money for charity or personal achievement and, despite the poor weather, organisers hailed the event as a great success with a total of 1,692 runners taking part.

Full results available at Swindon Marathon website

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Chris on March 22nd, 2005

The biggest visit yet by Swindon people to our Polish twin city of Torun in Poland took place last week with the Swindon Junior Ice Hockey Team taking part in an ice hockey tournament in the Polish city. A coach of players, parents and interested Swindon residents made the historic trip leaving the Link Centre at 3.30am! Eventually arriving at Torun at 2.00pm at the Hotel Wodnik we were greeted by a warming meal as temperatures were just above freezing. The hotel by the Wisla river proved amazing value at £15 a day full board and served to illustrate the attractive prices still available for the British tourist in Poland.
hockey trip to polandThe Swindon team competed with Torun and Warsaw from Poland and eventual winners St. Petersburg from Russia. Being both the youngest and less experienced side they fought well and won a lot of friends both on and off the ice. Parents meanwhile enjoyed the pleasures of the historic Torun including its magnificent churches, historical market place, car free shopping centre and birth place of astronomer Nicholas Copernicus – everyone meets at his famous statue. Cllr Chris Shepherd and myself met with Torun Council representatives who were very impressed and pleased with the Bloor Homes development off Thamesdown Drive which will be adopting Polish names including Torun Way. Chris playfully suggested they rename their main road after Swindon!
Although the boys appeared to be adopting the McDonald’s in Torun as their second home the adults sampled some excellent Polish cuisine in the many restaurants, cafes and bars that dot the city centre. With over 30,000 students studying at the Nicholas Copernicus university it creates a vibrant night life in the city. For the shopper the best buys in Torun are the vodka, beer, its famous Gingerbread with three shops devoted to it and amber jewellery.

The trip proved a great success and will hopefully be the first of many to come. We are now setting up an official twinning organisation – Torun And Swindon Twinning Enterprise (TASTE – a taste of Poland!).

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