The Crewe & Nantwich
Twinning Association

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The constraints in place due to pandemic are currently severely restricting our activities. We will let you know when the situation changes.

Barbara Colbert
We have just been informed that Barbara has passed away. Everyone at CANTA is saddened and our sympathy goes out to her family and friends. With her husband John, Barbara contributed such a lot to our activities over the years. She will be much missed.
Our photo is from the 2016 English Language Summer School. Barbara hosted an evening at her home where folk dancing was the highlight. She confessed she found these events stressful but here, top right, we have caught her in a brief moment of peaceful reverie. Everyone else is clearly having fun!

POSTPONED £100 prize for best school assembly
In partnership with the local town councils and with South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, CANTA wants to promote the general concept of ‘twinning’, and the specific twinned communities, with young people in Crewe and Nantwich. As part of this programme, we intend to award £100 to the primary school that presents the best ‘language assembly’ before 31 July 2020. This might take the form of some material presented in French or German or Polish – or with elements of all three! – but this is not a requirement. Alternatively, it might include material that widens the children’s understanding of one or all of our three twinned communities. In addition to the cash prize, there will be a trophy awarded.
If you are interested in taking part, please email us on by 9 April.

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 2019 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.

Twin towns news

Crewe Town marked Liberation Day in Mâcon
Crewe Town Council entrusted the honour of attending Liberation Day to former Crewe Town Councillors, Diane and Simon Yates, as they travelled to Crewe’s Twin Town of Mâcon to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Mâcon during World War 2. A ceremony marking the anniversary took place on 4th September 2019. Full details here
Crewe visited Mâcon on Armistice Day when friends from the Royal British Legion officially represented Crewe. They presented a smaller version of the poppy installed on Memorial Square.

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

More links with Dzierżoniów
David Marren represented CANTA at special celebrations in the town in May 2019.
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