Despite the anxieties related to Covid and the restrictions which are being imposed in many countries, we and our twin towns have all made brave efforts to celebrate the Christmas season with beautiful decorations and Christmas markets. Here is a small selection of the many photographs which we have received – with thanks to all the photographers:
Huntingdon/Godmanchester: David King, Alan Hooker, Steve McAdam, Wertheim: Manfred Lutz, Gubbio: Matilde, Salon de Provence: Office du Tourisme
Salon de Provence: In addition to the stunning Christmas lights, especially the light show on the Hôtel de Ville, Salon also has a big fun fair at this time of year.
Wertheim: The traditional Christmas market can’t take place because of the pandemic but there are some stalls outside the old town centre selling craft products. Merry Christmas and Frohe Weihnachten from Wertheim.
Gubbio A word of explanation from Matilde: These images show the huge Christmas Tree in lights, and some of the life size statues which appear throughout the San Martino district, the heart of the medieval city, as a Nativity scene. Along the ancient alleys, across the bridge and along the riverside there are reconstructions of shops, activities and crafts typical of medieval Gubbio. Buon Natale!
Huntingdon and Godmanchester marked Remembrance Sunday in the traditional fashion, with Services of Remembrance at the towns’ war memorials. Many members of the public turned out in force in both towns to participate in the Act of Remembrance and to stand in silent reflection for two minutes at 11am. The Last Post and Reveille were played, flags were dipped, and wreaths were laid.
HGTA was represented in Huntingdon by Malcolm Lyons, David King, and James Fell, who laid the HGTA wreath.
In Godmanchester, a shower of poppies preceded the wreath-laying. Nan Taplin laid a wreath on behalf of HGTA. There was also a church service in the evening, at which the names of the fallen in two world wars were read aloud.
There have now been five SoCo meetings, organised by Gesine deVere and the Wertheim sub-committee. These are social events for twinners who have a particular interest in our German twin town of Wertheim. The first three meetings were hosted by Gesine in her lovely garden (and accompanied by her even lovelier cakes and scones!). SoCo 4 was at Frosts Garden Centre, and SoCo 5 saw us in the Queen Elizabeth School in Godmanchester, where Dick Taplin gave a very interesting illustrated talk about the Harz Mountains. You can see more details about each of the events on the relevant ‘Events’ pages, but here is a quick recap of what we have been up to since the summer.
SoCo 1 July 7th
SoCo 2 August 4th
SoCo 3 September 1st
SoCo 4 October 6th
SoCo 5 November 3rd
The next SoCo event will be on Wednesday December 1st at 1.30pm at the Grand Piano café in Godmanchester. Please contact Gesine deVere if you would like to attend.
Local artist David Brown has already conducted two very successful workshops on ‘Drawing Buildings in our Twin Towns’. He started with Salon de Provence on September 8th, and on September 22nd it was the turn of Wertheim.
This is the Salon workshop.
And here’s Wertheim!
There will be two further workshops, Szentendre on October 6th and Gubbio on October 20th.
The workshops are suitable for beginners & improvers. David is focusing on perspective, shading, and helping each artist to develop their individual style.
For more information please contact David Brown.
It was great to display work from our twin towns on 23/24 September at the Commemoration Hall as part of our partnership with their Arts Alive project. Over 60 people saw the exhibits, and we were able to further spread the word about what twinning does.
It would have been good to have had the real works but due to Covid we had to make do with digital copies. However, the exhibits were generally well received and we had encouraging comment from the public.
David Brown, Szentendre Chair who organised the event and all the helpers thoroughly enjoyed it!
Photos: Steve McAdam.
A big thankyou to our twin towns for sending their work to us.
As part of HGTA’s involvement in the Arts Alive project which is being held in the Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon, a group of enthusiastic knitters and crocheters got together to work on the creation of some lap blankets for the Arts Café as well as some ‘fiddle muffs’ for local care homes.
The group was originally formed under the expert guidance and inspiration of Liz Perrett to yarnbomb Huntingdon and Godmanchester during the Bridge Arts Festival in April 2019.
There will be another ‘cosy-up’ session on October 13th, and it is hoped that the yarnbombing legacy groups will continue to meet thereafter to create beautiful and useful items for our community.