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Christmas Greetings from Mâcon
The Mâcon Twinning Committee sends us best wishes for Christmas. We'll all be meeting up next year to celebrate 60 years of twinning.
The editor and the CANTA Committee also wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
On Monday December 5th CANTA members enjoyed a convivial festive season meal at Crewe Golf Club.
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 Thuringia from Walter Beck is here German press reports of the visit
Twin towns news
Mâcon has been awarded its second Gold Flower award
The award is for the best town and village floral displays. It is only the fourth town in France to have been awarded two Gold Flowers. It's good to see the passionate enthusiasm of the Head of the Parks and Gardens Department thus rewarded.
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
Hugo Berg is awarded a 'Service to the Nation' Cross
Hugo Berg, the Chairman of the Bischofsheim Twinning Association, has been given this prestigious award as a recognition of many years of service to the community including the setting up of the twinning bond with Dzierżoniów.
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