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Annual Mâcon Summer School
Do you want to brush up your French and in addition have a really good time in Burgundy? If so why not sign up for the Summer School. It is highly recommended. The Twinning Association in Mâcon work very hard to keep you amused after your morning lessons. Application forms are here

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

Who makes the best galette in Mâcon?
On the Feast of Epiphany, January 6th, The French celebrate eating the Galette de rois which is a frangipane tart made with pastry, butter, ground almonds and a few extra ingredients. First of all the youngest child has to hide under the table and tell whoever is cutting the cake who should get which piece. Whoever finds a hidden charm, known as a "féve", in their slice gets to wear the crown that comes with the tart and then names their king or their queen.
Mâcon runs a competition for craft bakers trying to make the best galette. They are judged on the appearance, quality of decoration, taste and value for money.

Fire fighting has a common language
This is another image from the successful visit of Crewe Fire Cadets to Bischofsheim in September. Here the Crewe and Bischofsheim cadets are tackling a simulated fire on a children's climbing frame. A large child doll had to be rescued by means of a stretcher.
It's pleasing that a return visit to Crewe is in the pipeline.

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.