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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


Twenty one visitors from Tulle arrived in Bury on the evening of 8th. July.  Nine of our visitors were visiting Bury for the first time.  The age range of our group (including hosts as well) was from nine to ninety and it all ran like clockwork. 


Monday was a day for families but visits were additionally organised  to Manchester Cathedral and Chetham’s Library; people explored Hanging Ditch and  found a cafe serving scones in town. 


On Tuesday we went to the Lake District and cruised on MV Swan from Bowness to Lakeside and travelled on by steam train to Haverthwaite before moving on to  the Barton Grange garden centre for refreshments really, although the garden centre was clearly of interest to our guests. On the way home, the Olympus  Restaurant in Bolton provided fish and chips and apple pie and custard and  Dorothy provided the accompaniment as the Marseillaise was rendered by all with great enthusiasm. 


On Wednesday, The Mayor, Councillor Jane Black hosted the reception at the Town Hall and clearly enjoyed welcoming  our visitors in their mother tongue.  In the afternoon we were guests of Hollins Bowling Club and on this occasion, the crown green bowling competition was won by the English. Tea and cakes in the interval impressed our guests.  Plans for bingo etc. in Hollins Social Club were overtaken by the match between England and Croatia and in the event we all vowed to support France in the World Cup final.  


This year because of airline schedules, our guests spent an extra day with us and on Thursday we visited Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope, where members of the group found the experience really fascinating or not depending on their personal interests. In the evening, dinner at the Owens Restaurant in Ramsbottom brought the programme to a close and allowed guests and hosts to say their farewells warmly and enjoyably. 

Postscript. We are aware that some members were disappointed that they did not know of the visit and were not able to participate. We are sorry about this.  However,  the visit was announced at the AGM and at the Christmas dinner and mentioned in earlier newsletters.  Members informed us of their wish to host and for the first time we were not required to advertise; indeed some volunteers were disappointed and we had a reserve list of hosts.  Where non hosting members contacted the planning committee with a view to participation and where there was room, we were able to oblige where this was possible, for example at the Hollins bowling event. Otherwise, available places were essentially taken up by hosts, guests and non hosting members of the planning committee.


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International Conference

In March 2018, Bury hosted a conference of all of our twin towns in Manchester.


Following the Twinning Conference in Berlin in 2012, it was Bury’s privilege on 16 & 17 March to host a planning conference involving delegates from Bury, Tulle, Schorndorf and Dueville.  Dueville is the twin town of Tulle and Schorndorf in Northern Italy.  The conference took place at Ziferblat - a quirky venue in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. 

The main objective of the conference was to arrange a calendar of exchanges between the twin towns during the next five years.

Delegates were welcomed to the conference by Cllr. Rishi Shori, theLeader of Bury Council and the main speaker was Ivan Lewis MP for Bury South, who gave a fascinating account of the political pressures leading up to the referendum and subsequently to the current Brexit negotiations. Bury was represented by Yvonne Moore, (who presided over the conference), David Moore, Anita and Graham Lindley, Joan and Paul Grimshaw and John Butterworth. Schorndorf delegates were Thomas and Margit Roder,  Heidrun and  Lothar Bacher, Brigitte Cajar, Marion Rube and Ralf Beck. Tulle was represented by JeanPierre Plas, Martine Barratte and Michel Barratte.  Dueville  was represented by Giuliano Bettanin, Antonio Brotto, Bianca Zonta,  Patrizia Zocca and Antonella Salin.

During the conference  further consideration was given to decisions arrived at in Berlin and to exchanges of views concerning the involvement of young people; the exchanging of official gifts and information about subscription rates etc. 

Possibly of major impact, was the invitation given by the Chairman to the Dueville Delegates to visit Bury in 2019.  This was seen as an informal opportunity for the people of Bury and the people of Dueville to meet each other perhaps with a view to a more formal twinning agreement in due course.

In addition to the business, delegates visited  Adlington Hall and called in on the Trafford Centre.  The conference coincided with St Patrick’s Day and Delegates joined in the fun.  On the last evening delegates enjoyed dinner as guests of BMCTA at the Northern Quarter Restaurant.

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In 2019 (May) Bury and Tulle will together visit Schorndorf - significant anniversaries for all three towns.  Schorndorf will also visit Bury tin 2019.  An invitation was given to Dueville to visit Bury also in 2019. In 2020 in the spring Bury will visit Tulle and in August 2020 Bury will visit Schorndorf. In 2021 Tulle will visit Bury In the summer. In 2022 Schorndorf will visit Bury. In 2023 Bury will visit Schorndorf.


“On behalf of all of us and of the town of Dueville itself, I would like to thank you, Yvonne and your amazing team for your exemplary  hospitality and your unique proposal.” - Dueville

“Martine and I want to thank you for your welcome. We had such  a good time with nice people, everything was so well organised. We specially liked Yvonne speech at the meeting, we appreciate  the way she's concerned for others. Thank you”. - Tulle

“Once again, thank you for the marvellous organisation.  And the nice days we have spent with you and your whole team!” - Schorndorf