We are a group who seek to promote international friendship and understanding.

We meet together regularly for social events and fundraising and take part in exchange visits with similar groups from our twin cities and partner towns abroad.

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This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the twinning link with Volgograd, our first twin city.

Olga Alyona Lawson, originally from Volgograd but now living in England, has close links with the Coventry Rotary Club and Coventry City Council, particularly Councillor John Mutton, who has visited Volgograd many times, most recently in November with two colleagues. CAIF were pleased to organise and host a presentation by Alyona of a slideshow about our twinning, a film made by students in their International Friendship Group and finally, a video link with Gymnasium no 5, when we were able to exchange continuing messages of peace and friendship.

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19 members of CAIF enjoyed a Christmas meal at the Roseycombe Pub in Binley Woods on Saturday December 8th. Photos in Gallery.

From 6-10 October, a small party from Dresden came to Coventry as guests primarily of the Coventry German Circle. CAIF, along with the Queen's Road Baptist Church, both having links with Dresden were happy to support this visit with hosting and social meetings. Tours of the Cathedral, city Centre and meals out were enjoyed by both visitors, hosts and friends. A successful visit , which will continue to grow. 

A truly wonderful concert was given by The Nightingales and Sensa Nome on Saturday night at St Andrew’s Church in Eastern Green. It was a tribute to Pat Trickett who founded  The Nightingales in the early 1980s. Their concerts here started 10 years ago and 5 years ago they were joined by Sensa Nome led by the incomparable Joanna Kunda. An emotional night for many of us but proud of the legacy that Pat left for us still to enjoy. Thanks to all of the singers. An uplifting experience.

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Eight members of CAIF recently returned from a week long visit to our friendship town of Meschede in Sauerland, Germany.

Along with a group of our Breton friends, we celebrated the Meschede group's 50 Years of International Friendship. 

We visited Monasteries, Museums and Factories and enjoyed several social occasions with plenty of food and good German beer.

A wonderful week that strengthened our links with both Meschede and Vannes.

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