This meeting was very well attended. As well as our French and German friends, there were members of the Lewes Twinning Association and representatives of a range of local organisations which are involved in twinning activities.
The meeting started with a welcome and introduction by John Lamb, the Mayor of Lewes and was followed by a review of events held over the past year and a discussion of plans for the forthcoming year.
We are organising an exciting programme of events including visits to Lewes, Blois, and Waldshut-Tiengen by music and sports organisations. There will also be trips for local festivals such as Schwyzertag in Tiengen and the Carnival in Blois and a group from Germany will be in Lewes to join in the bonfire celebrations. There are strong links between Commercial Square B.S. and Waldshut-Tiengen, also between Cliffe B.S. and Blois they are both planning visits to Germany and Blois in the coming months.
The Twinning Associations are particularly keen to involve young people in links and visits and to work with local schools and the College. An idea was suggested that perhaps we should organise a debate between youngsters from the three towns to discuss climate change and the environment.
After the meeting a dinner was held and earlier in the day the visitors had enjoyed visiting the market and seeing the festivities for the introduction of this year’s Harvey’s Old Ale.