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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

Annual French Dinner

The annual French Dinner wil take place at the 3Czons restaurant at Bury College 

Thursday 26th April  6.15 pm. for 6.45pm.

Menu and tickets are available from Graham Lindley tel. 0161 766 6604

2017 December Newsletter

Schorndorf Visit October 2017

Thirty-five members visited Schorndorf from 21st to 24th  October, travelling  on this occasion by Ryanair.

On Saturday guests toured Shorndorf and later Stuttgart.  In the evening we were guests at a dinner held at the Centre for International Meetings, A warm and cheery experience and an opportunity to meet old friends. 

On Monday we were welcomed at the Town Hall by the Mayor of Schorndorf, Oberbügurmeister Klopfer, who told us  about the many new facilities being created in the town. Later, we visited the magnificently baroque Abbey of Neresheim.   The Abbey now houses only a handful of monks, who run a conference centre and manage a very comfortable guesthouse.  The Abbey was magnificent and our guide held us spellbound as he enlightened us about the vicissitudes of life in the Abbey.

After lunch we drove to Geingen and the Margarete Steiff Museum Where they told us that Bears are for adults as well.


The College put on a superb dinner for the Association, which in spite of  cancellations due to ill health was enjoyed by over seventy members and guests. The atmosphere was typically warm and friendly and we were pleased to see lots of new faces among us. We will be holding our French Dinner slightly later this year probably in April but we will give lots of notice. 


We hope to reintroduce an antiques evening at the Garrick Theatre, Whitefield in the summer.  The expert will again be Adam Partridge.


Bury U3A (University of the Third Age) have plans to offer a beginners’ course in German  starting on 24 January and meeting on 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month. The course will be run by Stuart Martin, who is a member of  BMCTA. Enrol via Bury U3A website.


If you didn’t renew your membership at the AGM or at the Christmas Dinner then it’s subscription time.  Please  make cheques out to BMCTA .  The fee is the same as last year.

Individual membership £5.00 or Falimy membership £10.

Cheques should be made out to BMCTA and sent to:

Mrs. Maureen Woodward, 104 Watling Street, Seddons Farm, Bury. BL8 2TG

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Group photo taken in Schorndorf Town Hall