Twinning Events 2019
This year marks the Silver Anniversary of our twinning with Eitorf in Germany. To mark this occasion we had our first celebration in June here in Halesworth, where we enjoyed an Anniversary Dinner. We have decided to create a special spot in our Millennium Green with the planting of a group of Silver Birches, with kind permission of the MG committee who manage this local beauty spot with the aid of volunteers. The official planting of the trees will take place in the Autumn.
The second leg of our Anniversary celebrations took place in Eitorf in September. For this occasion , we presented a Silver Trophy in memory of Achim Korte and Frank & Marianne Hassel who were prominent members of their Twinning Society, in past years and we plan to play our twinning towns (Bouchain and Eitorf) at a Competition of Silly Games each June here in Halesworth.
The occasion was also the Ruby Anniversary of the Eitorf- Bouchain Twinning and the 875th Anniversary of the Town of Eitorf (79 years older than Halesworth!). Both myself and our Town Council Chairman as well as our counter parts from Eitorf and Bouchain spoke at a Grand Reception to celebrate our Twinning relationship. All our speeches emphasised the importance of us retaining our links, whatever happens in the future. Afterwards we were entertained by a classical music duo (cello and violin), a dance group and the Eitorf Carnival Troupe, whose irreverent sense of humour was shown by their naming our Chairman as the Burgher-King of Halesworth; Cllr Wollweber took it with good humour and went on stage to play his part in the jollity of the event (whoever said that the Germans don’t have a sense of humour !)
The annual Mystery Tour took us to the Lindlar Open-air Museum, which was created to show us how the local countryfolk once lived.
Apart from these events we were also hosted by the members of the German Twinning committee, with their usual generous hospitality. Everyone had a great time!
Our next trip will be to Bouchain for the Christmas market (7/8 December) , where we have a stall selling Christmas food and drinks.
If you’d like to join us, please use the email above. We can arrange for a French family to host you and will have a minibus to take you.