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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
Twinning takes centre stage
Bischofsheim came to Crewe and Nantwich for the English part of the celebration of 25 years of twinning between our towns. Canta and the town councils of Crewe and Nantwich laid on a weekend packed full of events from a hog roast to Crown Green bowling. The Lyceum Theatre hosted the formal declarations of friendship before afternoon tea and a tour of the theatre. Some pictures of the weekend here Chronicle press coverage here Walter Beck has produced an animated video of the celebrations and the visit to York and other northern townsIndividual pictures here
Pictures of the German celebrations here
Summer School fun
The 2016 English Language Summer School was a great success. After 3 hours of study every morning the group made afternoon visits to places of interest and let their hair down in the evenings. The boat trip down the canal in Audlem made a relaxing break.
Some pictures here
25 years of friendship
Whatever Brexit holds it does not mean that we cut ourselves completely off from Europe. Our relationship with Bischofsheim is as strong as ever, as was demonstrated by the recent celebrations in Germany.
Our hosts went out of their way to make this event special. The highlight was a day cruise along the Rhein and the Main.
A complete photographic record of the celebrations and the additional trip to Thunringia from Walter Beck is here German press reports of the visit
German teacher gets lifetime achievemet award
Canta has been supporting the work of Leighton Academy in promoting a knowledge of Germany and its language. See below for latest report.
It is very pleasing to discover that Nigel Pearson, from the school, was presented with a lifetime achievement award by German ambassador Dr Peter Ammon at the 13th German teacher awards. In these awards the Federal Republic of Germany recognises outstanding achievements of individual teachers of German in primary and secondary schools in the UK.
(Photo and information Crewe Chronicle)
Twin towns news
A tale of two towns and one remarkable woman
The tale starts in the prosperous 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 became an enemy of the people. She spent the war trying to escape extermination. Part of this time was spent in Mâcon. This is her story
Zur Erinnerung - In Remembrance
The 25th Anniversary Twinning Celebrations in Bischofsheim got off to a very special start. Margery Mayman, widow of John Mayman of the former Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council, laid a wreath to rededicate a memorial to the fallen of both countries. In 2007 Mayor Reinhard Bersch and John Mayman laid the original wreath at the behest of the late Albert Killiner, a former soldier and citizen of the Borough.
Mâcon celebrates 60 years of twinning with Neustadt.
The Mayor of Mâcon Jean-Patrick Curtois and Marie-Paul Cervos, in charge of international relations, visited Neustadt in Germany in May. The twinning was Mâcon's first, a courageous step not so long after the Second World War. The event involved youngsters from Mâcon and demonstated the importance of young people in twinning. Details of the event, in French, are here