Town Twinning - Cannock Chase

Cannock Chase Council has town twinning connections with Datteln in Germany and Western Springs in Illinois, United States.


Situated on the North Rhine in Westphalia, Datteln, a small town with a population of 37,500, lies at the heart of Germany's canal network.

Since twinning began in 1971 numerous close personal relationships have been forged with Datteln.  Every year clubs, societies, and local people visit the area to make new friends and renew existing friendships, particularly in August when the town hosts its annual Kanalfestival.

Visit the Datteln website - if you speak German!

The red mailbox at the main entrance of the town hall is a gift from our English twin town of Cannock. Although it looks historic, it is very happy to receive your mail. And: It is emptied every weekday.

See the red mailbox on their Facebook page by following this link.

Western Springs

Links between Cannock Chase and Western Springs were formed when the twinning with Rugeley took place in 1957. Western Springs, when it was originally settled, took its name from an abundance of cool, clear spring water.

With a population of 12,000, the town is a convenient 25-minute fast express ride from Chicago. The townsfolk have always made visitors very welcome and, despite the distance between both communities, the bonds of friendship have blossomed with occasional visits and regular correspondence.

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