We are a non-political, self-funded group of Twinning Associations from Essex and Suffolk. We meet annually to share ideas and information, and to discuss ways of improving and extending our links with our European neighbours.
The 2018 AGM took place on Saturday October 13th, generously hosted by the Dunmow-Dourdan Association.
The meeting was well-attended and delegates found it to be a useful session.
Notes from Dunmow AGM
Haverhill and District Town Twinning Association has kindly offered to host the 2019 meeting, the date to be advised. We anticipate that the date will be either the first or second Saturday in October.
Several Associations gave presentations during the AGM about the work and activities of their groups. Results are published below.
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Armistice Weekend visit to France.
Haverhill and District Twinning Association visited Pont Saint Esprit to mark this special 2018 anniversary.
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Our 2017 AGM took place in Felixstowe on Saturday October 14th. We are grateful to Felixstowe for hosting this event.
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Minutes of 2016 AGM held in Colchester
Bury Friends of Compiegne recently hosted a lunch to celebrate 50 years of Twinning links. Congratulations all round!
Sudbury Town Twinning Association celebrated their 10th Anniversary with Fredensborg in Denmark in 2017, and celebrated again in Sudbury in June 2018.
Twinning groups across Suffolk and Essex who are not yet members - do please get into contact!
The British German Association, and the Bristol/Hannover Council hosted a conference "Challenge and Opportunity in Furthering British-German Understanding" in Bristol, May 12th 2017. This was of direct interest to all Twinning Associations.
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Town Twinning and Brexit. June 2016.
The Essex and Suffolk Joint Twinning Congress represents the many East Anglian communities, large and small, that are twinned with European towns and villages in several different countries.
Whatever the politics of different nations, and whatever will change in the future, we all remain committed to the principles of Town Twinning.
Rest assured that all our member associations will continue to work towards extending, not restricting, opportunities to promote friendship and understanding for all British and European citizens wherever they live.
The Essex and Suffolk Joint Twinning Congress brings together twinning associations from across East Anglia to share ideas and experiences. Many towns and villages have long-standing connections with their European twins, and more communities may wish to join us. We all work actively with our friends in Europe to expand mutual understandings and build lifetime friendships across international borders. Twinning offers unique oportunities to get to know our European neighbours in dynamic and friendly ways.
Twinners welcome visitors of all ages and backgrounds into their homes, and the hospitality is returned when we visit the twin town. We always receive the warmest of welcomes. Languages are not a barrier to enjoyment, although an interest in learning other languages is always appreciated. We are keen to encourage individuals, clubs and teams across the region to participate in these opportunities. So if you are a member of a sports team, music group or social club, why not contact us ? We could put you in touch with like-minded Europeans and your group could soon be on its way. We are especially keeen to encourage young people.
Colchester students in Avignon - an international celebration