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Mâcon-Crewe twinning 60th Anniversary Celebrations
Crewe and Nantwich combined to provide a worthy welcome for our French guests. The annual Nantwich Food Fair was a great hit; Heler's cheese being extremely popular!. There was a tree planting ceremony at Reaseheath, a tantalising glimpse of the connections between Mâcon and Dzierżoniów in the war, the official commemoration event at the Crewe Arms Hotel and music and bowling practice at Crewe Bowling Club. Several memorable meals, complete with Welsh choir, complemented an excellent weekend of activities. Some pictures here Twinning renewal document


The 2017 English Language Summer School got off to a swinging start
Skittles at the Bickerton Poacher is the traditional evening entertainment to bring the group and their English friends together. The team with the least score traditionally get wooden spoons!
A successful week followed. After each morning's lessons an afternoon trip was organised. Chester, Trentham Gardens, the Nantwich Show, Llangollen, Gawsworth Hall and Manchester gave our German students a varied experience of British life and culture.
Agneta Schmitt has sent images and a videoGerman press reports here


The annual Mâcon Agricultural Students Visit on the 7th July
The students were first welcomed by the Mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr. Arthur Moran and the Mayor of Crewe Cllr. Diane Yates who explained their roles. After an inspection of the Mayor's Bentley they went to Reaseheath College where they were met by the Mayor of Nantwich Cllr. Penny Butterell. Staff from the Engineering Department gave the students a guided tour of the workshops and other interesting departments on the campus. The French report of the visit, with lots of pictures, can be seen here


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

Fire Cadets in Bischofsheim
Dietmar Zaia sent this report.
Just to let you know that we had a great time with the Crewe Fire Cadets (14-19th Sept.) All went well especially the public drill on Sunday 17th with about 300 spectators. The execise was held in front of our old people home opposite the Bürgerhaus. This time we even had the troops mixed with one Crewe and one Bischofsheim Cadet. Great! The photo is taken in the yard of the Fire Station on the last evening. We are about to check if a re-visit could take place in 2018.
Note: On the 15th September the Voluntary Fire Service celebrated 112 years of service to the community.


Bischofsheim's Twinning Association on holiday
The group took themselves off to Alsace at the end of June faithfully following the famous wine route. It was, of course, necessary to carefully sample the competition in each historic town!


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 link 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


Nantwich Choral Society makes Twinning Celebrations special
The Cathédral St Vincent was the setting for a splendid performance of John Rutter's Magnificat by the Nantwich Choir and L'Ensemble Arpège de Mâcon. Planned as a celebration of 60 years of twinning the performance was dedicated on the night to the victims and families of the Manchester concert atrocity. The return visit featured a concert in St Mary's Church Nantwich on July 15th. Pictured is the Choir, led by Music Director John Naylor, performing a solo piece.


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.