We are preparing our part of the Remembrance Day ceremony, which includes amongst others the Twinning wreaths and hosting the representatives from Le Touquet and Unterhaching during their visit here in Witney.
As it is customary for the towns to offer to host their guests, we would like to find out from you, who would have spare bedroom they could make available to host a guest for one or two nights.
Furthermore, we will be organising a dinner at a restaurant in Witney for our guests and the membership to enjoy and get together.
In order for us to plan the event it would be helpful to find out who would be interested and available in joining us that evening, the 11th November.
I don't need a firm commitment yet, this is more a "save the date" and I will be sending another email out in a couple of weeks time with more information, however the sooner you can confirm either way, the better.
Looking forward to hearing from you and please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.
A Committee Meeting took place on Wednesday 20th September at 19:30, please find the minutes from the evening here.
Dear Twinning Association Members and friends,
Another year has passed and once again the time has come for the renewal of your membership for which the fees for the year remain at £10 per member or £14 for a family membership. I do hope that even in these turbulent Brexit times you can still renew your membership to help us continue to foster our friendship with the twinned towns of Unterhaching and Le Touquet.
Witney Twinning Association is a non political organisation that promotes goodwill with our twinned towns in Germany and France and whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations we will endeavour to maintain the excellent relationship which has been built up over many years. I therefore again, ask that you renew your membership in order that the Witney and District Twinning Association can flourish, which in turn can only help achieve these aspirations.
Tony Perkins ,Treasurer
Payments can be made directly through your bank to:
The Witney and District Twinning Association
Sort Code 40-47-07
Account number 01044478
The Witney Twinning Association would like to invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 31st July 2017 at 7pm at the Witney Town Hall.
A committee meeting has been arranged for Tuesday 27th June 2017 to take place in the Council Chamber of the Witney Town Hall at 7-00pm. This meeting is to update us on the current situation and to pencil in and plan our future events.
Minutes of the meeting are available here.
I would simply say that we were met be Bernie at the airport which was wonderful and taken to our hosts in Unterhaching. The Lindners (Annagret and Mannfred) are wonderful hosts and I have stayed with them before, some years ago, and Annagret and her boys have stayed with us in Finstock too, some years ago.
Essentially the official part of the visit was on Saturday 6th May when we visited the Rathaus and met many members of the Unterhaching twinning group as well as visitors from their twin towns in Austria, Poland, and Belgium. This included unveiling of a plaque and exhibition by Thomas to celebrate the Unterhaching partnerships. That afternoon we had a guided tour of Munich led by Peter and that evening had a more formal dinner and celebration of twinning involving short presentations. I am very grateful to John Thornton for his verbal contribution (in fluent German of course) on our behalf at this important celebration.
On Sunday 7th May it rained all day but we made the most of it by being taken by Peter and Bernie to visit some of the wonderful art galleries of Munich before Bernie returned us to the airport for the journey home.
A committee meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 12th April 2017 to take place in the Council Chamber of the Witney Town Hall at 7-00pm. This meeting is to update us on the current situation and to pencil in and plan our future events.
Please find in the attachment a copy of the new Witney and District Twinning Association Newsletter which the Twinning Committee hope you enjoy and find a fund of information on the activities we have been engaged in in the past year. This is being sent on behalf of Jenny Smith our newsletter editor.
As you will no doubt be aware members of the Le Touquet and Unterhaching Twinning Associations will be coming to Witney to join the town in commemorating Remembrance Sunday on November 13th. Although the exact arrival and departure times of our twinning guests has not yet been fully established we are making plans on the basis of what we know already. With this in mind we intend to greet our guests for a drink and something to eat on Friday the 11th November at 5-00 pm in the Witney Town Hall to which we most warmly invite any of you who are free to join us to meet our Twinning friends. Please do come and help make our guests most welcome.
Further to this we are extending an invitation to you all to meet with our guests at the Cafe Rouge in Witney on Saturday evening at 6-00 pm for an initial get together followed by a meal. Please see this menu to see what the choices of main meals are but you will of course be free to choose whatever else is on offer at the time. Can those who wish to attend please forward their names to me as soon as possible in order that we can confirm the numbers with the Cafe Rouge.
As always the Remembrance weekend will give us the opportunity to renew friendships and catch up with one another.
This is to confirm that the Twinning Committee meeting scheduled for Monday 24th October at 7-30 pm will be taking place in the Witney Town Hall Council Chamber.
This is to inform you that the Witney and District Twinning Association will be holding its AGM on Thursday 15th September in the Council Chamber of the Witney Town Hall at 7-30 pm. All members will be most welcome to attend when a review of our past year, together with our plans for the future, will be presented.
There may also be a chance for one or two members to go to Le Touquet on a Twinning visit arriving on Friday the 23rd September and leaving on Sunday the 25th or Monday the 26th. The numbers are still being finalised at the moment but as time is short we would like to hear from any of our members who would be interested in going so that they can be contacted when more details are known.
Pauline and Andrew Carter represented Witney at the Unterhaching beer festival in July this year. Other nations represented included visitors from France, Poland and USA. Apart from the two evenings at the beer festival our hosts treated us to a visit to a camel centre and organ museum in Bavaria, as well as meals in two of the local restaurants. The weekend finished with a spectacular fireworks display in the Sportpark where the beer festival was being held. Our hosts did of course want to know about Brexit, but our view after the weekend was that the Brexit decision would not affect the personal friendships and existing ties that we have with our twinned towns.
Interested in joining? The Witney and District Twinning Association will be represented on a stall at the Witney Carnival this year. Please come and see us on Saturday 9th July 2016 to find out more about what we do.
To All Our Twinning Friends, WTA Committee, 6th July 2016
Please see the following link for a message from The Witney and District Twinning Association to all our members.
News from Unterhaching
Newspaper article from Germany featuring the Witney and District Twinning Association can be found here.
Hosting Request, Tony Perkins, Treasurer
The Association has received following request from Lena Meyr born 5.2.2002. She is visiting the 8th form of the Pestalozzi-Gymnasium in Munich and would like to visit Witney as an exchange student to stay with a family and improve her English. She is thinking of Easter 10.4 to 22.4.2017 or Whitsun 6.6 to 16.6.17 for one or two weeks. Of course the family would be happy for an English pupil to come and stay with them to improve their German. Lena and Eva Meyr are thanking us and sending kind regards. This is the gist of the original email that was sent to Bernie Maidment in Unterhaching which was passed on to us via Margit here in Witney.
If any of our members would be willing, or know anybody that would be amenable, to hosting Lena could you let Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org or Margit at email@example.com know and we can take it from there.
Remembrance Weekend, Mike Breakell, Chairman
Details are yet to be finalised.
Social Gathering, Mike Breakell, Chairman
Thank you Jim King (as Mayor) for helping make the recent winter social gathering in the Town Hall such a success. Indeed not only the Mayor but all those who attended. A particular important thank you to Eleonore and Tony who provided the refreshments and to Margit and Mark who are working on the Twinning website and had it on display for all to see. We are pleased to have received important and carefully preserved historical records from Valerie, Andrew, Steve and Pauline which we will hope to delve into in due course.
We had a good discussion about twinning concentrating on forthcoming activities, although we were pleased to hear that Felicity and John had just returned from the Le Touquet wine festival which they thoroughly enjoyed. We know that Unterhaching will be holding the annual Beer festival beginning on July 1st and that Le Touquet is likely to have a festival in late Sepember and if you are thinking of visiting on these occasions do let us know well in advance so arrangements can be made by our hosts. We look forward to hearing more details from our twin towns in due course. We believe that the Witney Town Band is planning to visit Le Touquet in June, and that Voicebox choir is hoping to develop a link with a choir from Cucq near Le Touquet. However we seem to hear little about any school links that may be developing, and this is something that we have always hoped to encourage, as there have been many successful exchange visits in the past. By the way we are still eager to find a Secretary and/or Newsletter Editor so if you want to help us, or if you think you can help do get in touch.
In the meantime, do keep an eye open for the twin town challenge between Witney and Le Touquet which is being organised by Brendon Cross with proceeds going to Specialeffect, a Charlbury based charity involving the provision of computer games for disabled people.(see www.twintown16.co.uk for more details of the May event and www.specialeffect.org.uk for the charity itself) It is not a car race but a challenge for vehicles (and drivers) purchased for less than £500 which starts at Blenheim Palace on Friday May 27th and goes via the Silverstone and Abbeville circuits to Le Touquet for a civic reception and street party with live bands, organised by our colleagues there. It then returns to Blenheim the following Monday. This year,it hopes to be even bigger and better than the previous challenge in 2014,which was described as 'an epic road trip,enormous fun,and raising funds for a fantastic charity.'
With all eyes set on Europe the coming months will be interesting for those of us involved with twinning. Bernie tells me that they already have 800 new migrants living in Unterhaching and we know that Calais has its problems too and is not very far from Le Touquet. I hope we can take a positive approach to Europe and the mutual friendships we have established between our towns over many decades.