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.
On Saturday 22nd October, Lewes Twinning Association will be hosting the Three Town Summit, where members of Twinning Committees in Lewes, Blois (France) and Waldshut-Tiengen (Germany) meet to review the previous year’s events and discuss plans for the future.
The Summit is also an excellent opportunity for Lewes individuals, groups and organisations to make contact and discuss starting or strengthening links in the twin towns.
At previous meetings, a number of links were made leading to one Lewes artist being commissioned to create sculptures which now stand in Waldshut and the surrounding area. Another artist has been to Tiengen and held an exhibition of his work. Lewes groups including orchestras and a youth band have also been invited to both Blois and Waldshut on a number of occasions to take part in concerts and local events. Groups from the twin towns have also come to Lewes to visit the town, hold concerts and take part in Bonfire Night.
The Summit will be held in the “Lecture Room” of Lewes Town Hall (Fisher Street entrance), from 10.00am to 12:00pm. All are very welcome to attend.
Contact us for more details
Sadly, on Friday 8th January 2016, former Twinning Chairman, Jack Greenaway, passed away after suffering with dementia. He will be sadly missed by everyone who met or knew him.
We would like to congratulate Philipp Frank on becoming the new Oberbürgermeister of Waldshut.
Sadly, due to lack of interest, next Friday's SKITTLES NIGHT has been cancelled.
With so few members booking to come to the event we would have lost money on the evening, not least in paying the caterers.
We hope to have another event soon.