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The 2017 English Language Summer School gets off to a swinging start
After their first lesson with their enthusiastic tutor Janice Benn the group spent a relaxing afternoon in Chester before trying their hand at skittles in the Bickerton Poacher. The team with the least score traditionally get wooden spoons!


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


Crewe and Mâcon renew their twinning links
On the weekend of 26th-29th May the two towns celebrated 60 years of twinning. Their ties were reaffirmed at a ceremony in the Town Hall. Mâcon will be coming to Crewe and Nantwich at the beginning of September. Pictured are François Sauzet, Chairman of their Twinning Committee; Clive Mosby, Chairman of CANTA; Marie-Paul Cervos, Deputy Mayor in charge of International Relations; the Mayor of Crewe Councillor Diane Yates; the Mayor of Mâcon Jean-Patrick Courtois. Here is a flavour of the weekend Other pictures in our Gallery.


Historic documents discovered
Peter Kent has found some interesting reminders of our links with Mâcon: Report of visit to Mâcon by the Mayor of Crewe 1961; Menu for Reception Dinner for Crewe delegation in Mâcon 1964; Menu for Reception Dinner for Mâcon delegation in Crewe 1978.


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

Ingo Kalweit new Mayor of Bishofsheim gets up to speed
Ingo Kalweit took over from Ulrike Steinbach on the 1st July. He has had to do a lot of preparation to ensure he can discharge his responsibilities and get fully under the skin of the younger generation.
Here, on the left, he is getting some practical help from the Mayor of nearby Ginsheim-Gustavburg.


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 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
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.