The Crewe and Nantwich
Twinning Association

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New Secretary needed
Unfortunately Pam Minshall has had to step down due to ill health. This post gets you into the heart of twinning activity in our area. Please contact our Chairman if you can assist.

A slap-up meal!
17 members of CANTA met at Crewe Golf Club to enjoy an excellent pre-Christmas dinner. The food was of high quality and the selection of sweets had to be seen to be believed.

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

Mâcon agricultural students visit Crewe and Nantwich
The annual student visit took place on July 7th. The students were greeted by the Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor Lesley Smetham and the Mayor of Crewe Councillor Brian Roberts. They then visited the Bentley showrooms and Reaseheath College where they were met by the Mayor of Nantwich David Marren.

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

Learn French in Mâcon
The annual 'University of the Nations' Summer School will be held in Mâcon from 14th -19th July 2019. This is an excellent way to brush-up your language skills and discover the beautiful area around Mâcon. The programme and application form will be issued later.

Mâcon comes to Crewe
The delegation from Mâcon in Crewe for Remembrance Sunday included dignitaries and young people. Deputy Mayor of Macon Mr Hervé Reynard and Jean-Claude Bernardet, both gave speeches in French at the service. The Union Flag and French Tricolour were flown either side of the Crewe War Memorial.

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.

The Republic shows its face
This poster was displayed in Carrefour in Mâcon. In this powerful information/propoganda poster Marianne is used to hammer home the message that it is forbidden to fully cover the face in any public space. Marianne is the well known national symbol of the French Republic, a personification of liberty and reason, and a portrayal of the Goddess of Liberty.

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.