After a successful Carnival in Blois last weekend, the participation of the Lewes Bonfire Boys and Girls was much appreciated. The Deputy Mayor of Blois for International Relations said "the Bonfire troupe has been much appreciated as always, here in Blois." Well done to the Bonfire Societies who attended.
The Association held it's Annual General Meeting On Saturday 16th March. A brief report of the meeting is as follows:
Each year, the Twinning Associations of the three twin towns get together to review the previous year’s events, and plan the upcoming year. Each town takes it in turn to host the meeting.
In October 2018, the meeting was held in Blois and as well as members of Lewes Twinning Association, we were also joined by Lewes Mayor, Cllr Janet Baah and Mayoress, Barbara Rowe.
The meeting was held on Saturday morning and a number of visits and events were agreed.
For Lewes, in 2019 we hope to welcome two groups from Waldshut-Tiengen, including the Waldshut Stadtmusik orchestra who have said they would very much like to come to our town and put on a concert. Lewes’s own LGB Brass are going to be joint hosting the orchestra and event.
The Augustin Thierry school in Blois expressed a wish to set up links with schools here for pupils of the same age from the two countries to be in contact with each other.
We also discussed initiating links between other groups and associations in the three towns.
Each year we are asked if there is a student from Lewes, or the surrounding area, that would like to work in our French twin town, usually at the Chateau.
This year, Rachel Thulborn, who is at Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth From College (BHASVIC), has gone over to Blois to work in the Chateau for a month.
A few months ago, Carmen Slipjen from the Depot Cinema in Lewes contacted the Association to firstly find out more about what we do and if there was a way to link up with the twin towns. She wanted to explore setting up an exchange programme between the cinemas of Lewes, Blois and Waldshut-Tiengen.
Saturday 17th March was the Association's AGM, held at St Thomas's Church Hall, in the Cliffe.
Despite the day having been snowy, 24 people attended, including two new members and one guest.
The AGM was opened, and included an introduction, by the Mayor of Lewes, Michael Chartier (as Honorary President).
Sadly, past Chairman and long time Twinning Member, Phillip Hall, died on 28th December 2017.
Almost every house in Lewes gets a copy of the Lewes News, the local freesheet which is published every two months and includes articles, local news and adverts from Lewes individuals, businesses, clubs, groups, etc.
After a suggestion from our Secretary, Cate Stocken, we started to submit articles to the Lewes News on a regular basis, with the latest issue being our third submission. These articles have proved extremely successful in raising the awareness of twinning in Lewes, as well as getting new members and offers of help to host guests for the upcoming visit from Blois (see our Upcoming Events page).
Remembering that the Lewes News is a small, low profit publication, produced by a dedicated team of volunteers and led by Fran Whittle, we recently donated a sum of £50.00 to them for all their hard work and as a thank you for their support of the Association.
However, we realise that there are many people who may be interested in Lewes twinning, but may leave in surrounding villages, who do not receive the Lewes News, we will be putting copies of the articles on this website for all to read.
Lewes Twinning Association was approached by Patina to see if we could ask our twin towns of Blois and Waldshut-Tiengen if they would like to be involved in the postcard campaign. On contacting the towns, they were both very happy to help and a staggering 400 postcards were sent from the children of those towns to the children of Lewes and surrounding villages who are moving on this year.
Back in mid May Lewes had a visit from the students of the Hochrhein Gymnasium in Waldshut. They were here to tour the local area and spend a day with their counterparts at Priory School, where they learnt how the teaching of lessons here differ to Germany, plus they built up connections with English students.