The Crewe & Nantwich
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The Annual General Meeting of the Crewe and Nantwich Twinning Association will be held on Monday 14th October at 5pm in the Municipal Buildings Crewe, Everyone welcome.

2019 annual Agricultural Students visit
Carol Lightfoot gives us the story.
The Mayor of Crewe Cllr. Ben Minshull was there as was the Mayor of Cheshire East Cllr. Barry Burkhill. The Mayor of Nantwich Cllr. Arthur Moran met us at Reaseheath. CANTA members attending were Carol and Trevor Lightfoot, Jill and John Oakes and Cyril Jones. The Vice Chancellor of Reaseheath met us and extended a warm welcome to the group. The Head of the Engineering Department showed us around his department and explained about the machinery and explained what was taught to the students. Craig Bailey, Horticulture Head, took us around the zoo and his department and gave everyone a taste of the colleges' home grown strawberries. . Some pictures of the event are here

UPDATED 26th January Friendship Agreement with Dzierżoniów signed
An official delegation came to Nantwich to formally sign a Friendship Agreement between the two towns. They were able to observe the reinactment of the Battle of Nantwich in the Civil War before the signing ceremony. This took place in the Civic Hall after a musical recital by Phoebe Crewe and a splendid Hog Roast. Some pictures of the event are here
Nantwich Museum has sent us a fascinating presentation on Dzierżoniów made by a 16 year old work experience student.

UPDATED: See Twin Towns section "Mâcon comes to Crewe" right
Mâcon joins Crewe at War Memorial

For this year's Remembrance Sunday, 100 years after the start of the first world war, a delegation from Mâcon was in attendance making clear the European nature of the tragedy. A gift was presented by Mr Jean-Claude Bernardet, president of the French War Veterans Association.The two towns reaffirmed their bond by resigning the document commemorating 60 plus years of twinning and committing Mâcon and Crewe to continuing their relationship. Document here

2018 English Language Summer School
This year's event was a great success. There were 14 students, one only 13 years old. There were 5 morning teaching sessions with tutor Isobel Skelhorne. Afternoon visits were to Chester, Arley Hall, The Macclesfield Silk Museum, Bentley Motors and Nantwich. On the final Saturday the students visited Bridgnorth and Bewdley and took a trip on the Severn Valley heritage railway.
PicturesAgneta Schmitt's

Operation Seduction! UPDATED with Walter Beck's seductive slide show
In 2017 Mâcon launched opération séduction to encourage groups from towns outside their twin towns to visit the town. Groups get VIP cards offering reductions in shops and restaurants, help in arranging accomodation, the services of a guide and a visit to the Town Hall. Prompted by CANTA Bischofsheim, our other twin town, organised a visit this spring. Nine members of CANTA joined the group. Truffles, wine, castles, medieval towns and lots of sun - what else could you want!
Walter Beck's slide show
The French report of the visit and a German one from Bischofsheim and some images from Detlef Gärtner


CANTA plus Google makes history!
Dominique Jollat, from Switzerland, found an interesting document in his late father's possessions concerning a Mme Ducaret. A web search found her on the CANTA web site as Hilla the fugitive Jewess from Dzierżoniów. Read the original story and the exciting follow-up in Twin towns news opposite.

More connections with Dzierżoniów
An article in the Guardian put Wendy Cox, a local resident, in touch with an old school friend from Dzierżoniów when it was the German town of Reichenbach. Ursula Kantorowicz, second left, was sent to England, aged just three, to escape Hitler's persecution of the Jews.
Wendy put CANTA in touch with Ruth Geall who shares the story of her great aunt with us in our Twin towns news opposite.
Ursula's story here

Twin towns news

Change in Mâcon
Gino Ceddia is now the new president of the Twinning Association.François Sauzet becomes their honourary president. The full list of committee members is here

UPDATED Mâcon comes to Crewe
Une Mémoire et un Recueillement partagé

In its March issue the prestigious cultural magazine Mosaïque gave extensive coverage of the event and the re-signing of the 60 year old twinning agreement. It's in French but there are plenty of striking images!

Twin Towns meet up for the first time!
In the photo we have Hugo Berg, the Chairman of the Bischofsheim Twinning Committee, presenting a gift of local wine to Marie-Paule Cervos, the Deputy Mayor of Mâcon in charge of tourism and international relations, and François Sauzet, President of the Mâcon Twinning Committee. This meeting was the fruit of the tourism promoting event reported in our Latest News section.

Action cœur de ville
Mâcon is implementing a national plan to revitalise town centres. They have increased the mumber of free shuttle buses into the town centre, helped shops refit in a modern style, smartened up the streets and squares and mounted a series of events in the central St. Pierre Market Hall.

More links with Dzierżoniów
David Marren represented CANTA at special celebrations in the town this May.
At a one-to-one meeting with the Mayor David was told that practical twinning events, particularly for young people, should take priority over official ones. CANTA would like to hear if any groups would like to initiate a liUPDATED AGAIN! nk or renew an old one. Financial assistance may be available.
David's busy timetable can be seen here and some pictures of the visit here

UPDATED AGAIN! A tale of two towns and one remarkable woman
The tale starts in the German textile town of Reichenbach now Dzierżoniów where Hilla was born. She married a German Count and settled in Dusseldorf. Then came Hitler and, because she was Jewish, she spent the war trying to escape extermination. Part of this time was spent in Mâcon. This is her story: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Ruth Geall, the great niece, was recently invited to Dzierżoniów and located her father's house. A joint oral history project with the town is planned.