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NEW 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.
On Monday December 5th CANTA members enjoyed a convivial festive season meal at Crewe Golf Club.
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
Twinning takes centre stage
Bischofsheim came to Crewe and Nantwich for the English part of the celebration of 25 years of twinning between our towns. Canta and the town councils of Crewe and Nantwich laid on a weekend packed full of events from a hog roast to Crown Green bowling. The Lyceum Theatre hosted the formal declarations of friendship before afternoon tea and a tour of the theatre. Some pictures of the weekend here Chronicle press coverage here Walter Beck has produced an animated video of the celebrations and the visit to York and other northern townsIndividual pictures here
Pictures of the German celebrations here
Twin towns news
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
Important events in 2016
Bischofheim's local paper Lokal-Anzeiger had a photo review of the most significant events of 2016. The first on the page was the rededication of the memorial to the fallen of both World Wars by Reinhard Bersh and Margery Mayman. This was the first event in the 25th Anniversary Twinning Celebrations in July.
The report noted that it was ironical that this event took place just after the Brexit vote in which the majority of the population in Cheshire voted out.
Mâcon suppports town centre shops.
The growth of out of town shopping is always bad news for city centres. To keep Mâcon's town centre vibrant and prosperous the town has given 50,000€ to support the modernisation of interiors, exteriors and production techniques; giving, as they say, "une seconde jeunesse"
The youngsters have the last word
A children's masked ball ends Bischofsheim's Carnival time. Here they queue up to be prettified for their big night. However this was a much soberer occasion than many of the wild parties held during the Fastnacht period. The Germans take their February fun quite seriously!
UPDATE 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
Ruch 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.
Hugo Berg is awarded a 'Service to the Nation' Cross
Hugo Berg, the Chairman of the Bischofsheim Twinning Association, has been given this prestigious award as a recognition of many years of service to the community including the setting up of the twinning bond with Dzierżoniów.