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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

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 will feature 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.

Ingo Kalweit is the new Mayor of Bischofsheim
Ingo Kalweit (CDU) beat Ulrike Steinbach (SPD) 55.4% to 44.6% in the election run-off. We look forward to working as profitably with him as we have done with Ulrike over the past few years. We will miss her.

Sympathy from Mâcon
François Sauzet, the Chairman of the Twinning Committee, has sent a message of sympathy relating to the terrorist attack in London.
On behalf of the comité de jumelage I would like to tell you and all the CANTA members how shocked we have been when hearing what happened in London and express our deepest sympathy to the unfortunate victims. Our world is getting crueller and crueller everyday and yet we should remain confident, because we must not submit to terrorism.
Kind regards to you all, François