It’s Christmas in our Twin Towns!

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!




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Remembrance Sunday, 14th November 2021

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.   

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SOcial COnnections (SoCo) with Wertheim

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.

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It’s truffle time in Gubbio!

This weekend sees the 35th National Exhibition of White Truffles and Agro-food Products being held in the Piazza Grande, Gubbio. This event is organised by the Upper Umbria Mountain Community. The mayor and the Municipal Manager, Ubaldo Casoli, opened the festival and over 40 exhibitors from all over Italy are taking part. There is a focus on recipes that combine street food with Italian food specialities, the festival providing a showcase for gastronomy celebrating the ‘King of the Table’. The price of the truffles ranges from 700 Euros per kg for black and 1200 for the white up to an astonishing 5,000 Euros per kg! Thanks to our friend Matilde in Gubbio for the photos and the information.

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Arts Alive! Drawing Buildings Workshops

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.

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Twin Town Art, September 23rd and 24th

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.


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Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité! French social evening, September 18th

There was a decidedly gallic flavour to Huntingdon Town Hall on Saturday September 18th when members of HGTA and their guests got together for a french-themed social evening of wine, cheese, pâté, french bread and a rather fine tarte aux fruits for dessert.         Organised by the sub-committee for Salon de Provence, 55 people enjoyed the opportunity to share a convivial evening together in person once again.                          There was friendly rivalry between the tables as to who would win the prize for Peter Downes’ quiz about Monarchs, Emperors and Presidents through French history.  

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Arts Alive! Cosy-up knitting, September 15th

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.


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Godmanchester Gala, September 11th

Following the very successful Huntingdon Carnival last month, HGTA was again out in force at the Godmanchester gala on September 11th. We were lucky with the weather and had plenty of visitors to the stall. Publicity leaflets were handed out while the soft drinks bar and the tombola were going great guns. Here are some photos of the day.         

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Huntingdon Carnival, August 7th

HGTA had a very successful day at the Carnival on Saturday 7th August. The Pimms was a hit with everyone who visited the stall, and the tombola had sold out by 3pm! Here are some photos of the day:

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