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Newsletter April 2019


On Saturday 30 March - the day after we thought that we would have left the EU,

several members of the Committee met with Mme. Marie - Jeanne Lavigne and
Mme. Sophie Dulac in Bury. Marie-Jeanne and Sophie visited to advise us about
plans of the The twinning Association in Angouleme to arrange an “English Week” to
celebrate the 60th anniversary of twinning between our two towns.

Those of you with the longest memories will remember that in 2009 we celebrated the
50th anniversary in Bury, which was the last occasion when Bury had the pleasure
of hosting a group of visitors from Angouleme.

The programme will begin on the afternoon of June 11 when there will be a
discussion about the consequences of Brexit for English people living in
France led by Robert Franck of the University of Paris.

This will be followed by a concert given by the rock band - Novustory, a young rock
group from Tottington. There will also be a screening of a film produced by Creadoc a
group of young people from Angouleme, to be filmed in Bury in May. This in turn will
be followed by a showing of an English film - currently likely to be ‘The Full Monty’

The following day involves a photographic exhibition themed on English pubs. On 13 June
there will be a lecture in the Town Hall of Angouleme of the part played by the English in
the history of the town. In the evening a meal prepared by Glen Duckett of the Eagle and
Child Gastro Pub (Ramsbottom) at the Ateliers Magélis and a French musical group. 

On the Saturday 15 June, Brunch at Blomkal. A cupcake making workshop. A
demonstration of cricket and a further jazz concert by Novustory brings the English
week to an end.

It might be felt that an English week celebrating 60 years of twinning but without town

twinners from Bury might be seen as missing a crucial ingredient, accordingly, an
invitation has been sent for five members of the BMCTA to visi t Angouleme for the
celebration. Unfortunately, there is no longer a significant group of friends in Angouleme,
who would have acted as hosts for a larger group - hence the size of the invitation
An interesting fact that came to light during our meeting and which our members 

will find fascinating is that the ‘Comité des Jumelage Angoulême et Villes Etrangêres’ receives
€90,000 each year from the council to carry out the functions of a twinning
association, managing relations with their 10 twin towns and to pay the salaries
of two full time members of staff.

Members who would like to visit Angouleme to participate in this celebration should
contact the Chairman as soon as possible. First come etc.
tel 0161 766 73780

1931 -2019
Sadly we have to report the death of Tom Doyle. Tom and
Marie Doyle were very active members of the Association until
Tom’s health deteriorated greatly several years ago.

If you recently received a reminder about your subscription
and have not yet renewed your membership please ensure
that you are again up to date before the end of April, at which
time our constitution requires us to remove names from the
list of members . The subscription rate was increased to £7.50
or £15 family membership at the AGM in November 2018


Tuesday 28th May 2019 to Monday 3rd June 2019

A detailed itinerary for the visit to Schorndordf is now available and has been distributed to 

participating members.

More accurate times for the journey to and from Schorndorf will be
agreed with the coach company and given to participants closer to
the visit. There are still places on our luxurious coach if you are still
considering coming to Schorndorf but you should let the secretary

know straight away. The cost is £400 per person and includes two 

nights in a hotel in Reims.

Newsletter Janaury 2019

Guy Jean-Pierre Plas 1955 - 2018
Chairman of the Tulle Comite De Jumelage

Tragically, Jean-Pierre, was diagnosed with cancer in November
and had just begun treatment when he died on 22nd December 2018.

At school his interests leaned towards history and literature. but he later
trained as a hospital administrator,eventually becoming Assistant
Director of the Centre Hospitalier de Cornil. He retired in 2016.

He took up the role of President of the Comité de jumelage in
2003 and successfully amalgamated the previously separate
Committees of Schorndorf, Dueville and Bury.

He was passionately interested in art, history and the theatre; and he
eagerly passed on his enthusiasms to all those with whom hewas acquainted.

We remember fondly his speeches bubbling with classical references
and quotations from literature.

Jean-Pierre was a very good friend of Bury and we will sorely miss
his friendship and his enthusiasm for life.

We have all lost a good and valued friend.


2019 is a special year for BMCTA. This year we will have been twinned with Tulle for 50 years
and with Schorndorf for 25 years.

Twinning members from Bury and Tulle have been invited toSchorndorf to help
celebrate these special anniversaries.

The dates for the celebration starts on the morning of Thursday 30 May 2019 and
ends on the morning of Sunday 2 June 2019.  We do not have any further details at this stage.

The Committee has decided that we will organise a coach and stay in France for one night
on the outward and return journeys and this will require us to leave
Bury on Tuesday, 28th. May 2019 and return to Bury on Monday,3rd. or
Tuesday, 4th. June 2019. (Depending on theprogramme of events, which is not yet available).

At this stage we anticipate that the cost of the visit will be about £450 including hotel rooms in
France and depending upon which day we return.

We suggest that participating members pay in three stages :-
£100 on 28 February,
£200 on 29 March
and possibly £150on 26 April 2019.

It is anticipated that Schorndorf will be able to host a party of thirty members from Bury. so
early indication of intention toparticipate is important. Priority will of course be given to
members who’s subscription for 2019 has been paid.

Please notify the Secretary if you wish to participate:-
David Moore 0161 766 7378

Annual Spring Dinner

The annual spring dinner will be held at the Bury College

Thursday 14th March 2019.    6.30 for 6.45pm.

Cost is £22 per person.

Please contact Mrs Anita Lindley, 0161 766 6604 

to book and for mernu choices.for men


This year the subscription fee was raised to £7.50 for a singlemember;£15 for family membership.
The subscription was lastraised ten years ago. The increase has become necessary to meet the
increased cost of paper, printing and postage that havebeen rising steadily since the
previous increase. We hope thatmembers recognise this and that they will continue to
give us their support.

Since the responsibility for organising town twinning in Bury was passed over to BMCTA by the Council
we have received an annual grant from the Council. Since then, the grant has risen in small increments
and last year we received £1950. The cost of twinning has also risen in this time and a visit to Bury by
one ofour twin towns costs between £3000 and £4000 depending how long they stay and this
depends upon the availability of flights.  Clearly, without the income from the Dinners and other
events which we arrange from time to time, the Association we would not be able to function.

2019 finds us in a slightly anxious situation. We have not received the annual grant which would
normally have been paid to the Association by the end 2018. The Chairman will be asking for a meeting
with the Council this month and hopefully the situation can be cleared up.  In the meantime, I would
ask members to pay their subscriptions - if they have not already done so. For convenience and if
preferred, a Standing Order form is available from the secretary.

As a post script, the cost to the Council of running town twinningbefore responsibility was
transferred to BMCTA was £30,000 per year and involved a full time member of staff and
included secretarial and administrative support

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at Hollins Social Club, Bury.

The Chairman and Treasurers reports were received and elections took place for Committee members and officers.

Mr Joe Walk stood down as Vice Chairman after several years of hard work in order to  concentrate on training for the Ministry. Mrs Phyllis Lefevre also stood down as a Committee member.  Phyllis is one of our longest servig members having been part of the original twinning team. The Chairman presented them each with a gift from the association.  Both will continue to be valuable members of Town Twinning.

Mr Graham Lindley was elected as Vice Chairman.

Mr Mark and Mrs Mary Pitt were elected to join the committee.  All other officers and committee members were duly returned to office.

Membership Fees.

Membership fees are to rise for the first time in 10 years.

New fees,  which can now be paid by standing order, will be:

Individual member £7.50 per year.

Family membership £15 per year.

Fees are payable at the AGM each year.  The Assosciation financial year runs 1st September to 31st August  

Data Protection.

The secretary took us through the new Privacy Policy which we require as a result of the EU regulations which came into force on 25th May 2018.  These will be available for inspection by contacting the Chairman or Secretary.  A copy will be made available to each member.

Twinnig Visits.

There will be a visit from Bury to Schorndorf 29th May to 3rd June 2019 for the anniversary of Twinning.  This will also be attended by members of Schorndorf's other twin towns.

There will be a visit to Bury from Schorndorf in October 2019 but the dates are not yet confirmed.

There was discussion regarding communication of information to members in respect of the last twinnig visit and the lack of capacity for members who were not hosting to participate.  The Chairman has promised to ensure that all members are kept advised of future events and given the opportunity to take part in the social aspects.

Newsletter September 2018

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Following the Twinning Conference held in Manchester in January, when our Chairman suggested a visit  to Bury from Dueville in Italy, delegates from Bury were very kindly invited to Dueville as guests of the Dueville Twinning ssociation. and In July we were able to join in the programme arranged for a group from Schorndorf who were participating in a normal twinning exchange.  

Our proposal about a new twinning agreement has come at a difficult time for Dueville as local elections are pending and Signor Giuliano Bettanin, Director of the Twinning Association will shortly  complete his term of office.  

Never-the-less, we were welcomed with tremendous warmth by the Mayor,  Signora Giuseppina Armiletti, by the Dueville Twinning Commission and by our hosts and we learned what a lovely region our Italian friends lived in and we benefitted also from the kindness of our friends from Schorndorf who let us share their coach and indeed their visit to Dueville. 

We learned a lot about the people, the history and the produce of Veneto and the province of Vincensa, where Dueville is situated.  A handbag factory provided an opportunity to buy lots of souvenirs and this was followed by a visit to the ancient and fascinating walled town of Soave famous for its wine production.  We learned that asking for red wine in Soave was like “swearing in church”!   And we soon discovered the reason for this at lunch, which was  combined with a local wine tasting at the lovely Cantina Coffele. 

That evening we were again hosts of the Twinning Commission at Osteria Scaldaferro in Sandrigo, a few kilometres from Dueville for a splendid dinner during which we were able to view the blood red moon caused by the lunar eclipse. 

The next day we were taken to the  world famous  Parco Giardino Sigurta  where the more adventurous explored the gardens in a golf buggy while the rest did so by miniature train. Afterwards we visited  Lake Garda. 

On Sunday morning the Bury group were taken on an escorted tour of Vincensa the regional capital known as the ‘Pearl of the Renaissance’. We admired the classic architecture  and the baroque Basilica di Santa Maria di Monte Berico overlooking the city  (according to legend, the site of two appearances of the Virgin Mary).  Perhaps the most impressive of all was the Teatro Olympico. The final work of Andrea Palladio in 1585. The trompe-l’oeil imagery of the scenery  was designed by Vincenso Scamozzi and shows a street in ancient Thebes as the first play acted there was ‘Oedipus the King’ 

The last event of the visit was a ‘Pizza Party’ organised by theDueville Twinning Commission, who cooked and served the full catalogue of pizzas.  The speeches were something else! The caste are shown in the photo!  Speeches in Italian German and English and each speech translated into the other two languages. 

The next day we were driven by our hosts to Venice, Marco Polo Airport (we had arrived at  Venice Treviso Airport.  both involved a considerable journey and we are really grateful to our hosts for their kindness in acting as our chauffeurs.  It was very hot in Dueville but we were looked after extremely well!



Wednesday14th November 2018 at 7.30pm. 

The AGM this year will again be held in November at Hollins Social Club, Brook Lane, Bury BL9 8BA 

Directions: From Manchester Road follow Hollins Brow.  At the top of the hill, turn right at the mini roundabout on to Hollins Lane.  Brook Lane is a further 300 metres (approx) on the Right.  There is a small parking area immediately off Hollins Lane and additional parking on The Hags, a little further along Hollins Lane on the left hand side. Alternatively, leave the M66 at junction 3 drive west along Pilsworth Road to the same mini roundabout.



Thursday 13 December 2018 

This year the  Christmas Dinner will be on Thursday 13 December 2018. at the Bury College Restaurant 6.30pm for 6.45pm. the cost of tickets has been held at £22 (the same as the last 2 years). Please make your menu choices on the attached form and enclose with your cheque in a stamped addressed envelope to Mary Pitt, 33 Heywood Hall Road, Heywood, OL10 4UU