Laura Zampagli from the Gubbio twinning association has invited us to participate in a special meeting on ‘ Google Meet’ on Sunday, December 20th at 7pm Italian time (6pm in UK), to exchange Christmas greetings and wishes for a Happy New Year.
Here is the link to join the meeting:
Chrismas lights are up all over our twin towns. Huntingdon has a lovely tree and a fine array of lights in the Market Square and around the pedestrian shopping areas.
Godmanchester has gone for an animated light show on the walls of the Town Hall near the Christmas tree on School Hill.
Our twin towns are also beautifully decorated:
Salon de Provence
The postponed AGM for the year 2019-20 was held via Zoom on Wednesday November 18th 2020. There were 28 members present.
The main business of the meeting was to adopt the new Constitution, and to elect the committee – convened under the terms of the new Constitution – for 2020-21. The Constitution was adopted and a new committee elected. A fuller report of the AGM will appear here in due course.
The new constitution can be found here.
As everyone is surely aware, many events which were planned for 2020 have had to be cancelled; not only the regular town events in which Twinning always participates, such as the summer gala days and the Christmas Lights switch-on evenings, but also some special events for twinning members : the Quirky Quiz, Chairman’s summer lunch party, Paint Out in the Park, the Murder Mystery evening, and perhaps most regrettably of all, the Youth Sports Festival in Wertheim.
However, there is some good news in that the new committee, which was elected at the AGM on November 18th, is determined that these lovely ideas shall not simply be forgotten in the general gloom created by the Coronavirus pandemic. Just as soon as we are able to arrange a proper in-person event you can be sure that we will do so. And in the meantime we are trying to come up with ‘virtual’ ways in which Twinners can connect to our friends in Salon, Wertheim, Szentendre and Gubbio.
Watch this space.
Today is Worldwide Knitting in Public Day and the Arts Legacy Knitters had planned to join in at the library. Instead, here’s a virtual selection of some of the things the group has been working on both before and during lockdown. Can you spot some of the re-worked yarnbomb pieces? Hopefully, we’ll be back in business soon and able to complete our plans. Thanks to Helen, Nan, Mary A, Mary B, Mary C, Pauline, Patr, Janet, Di, Shirley, David, Diane, Sally and everyone keeping the HGTA Arts Legacy going!
At the recent business meeting in Wertheim it was agreed that a joint Facebook page for HGTA twinned towns would be created. Wertheim are leading on this; more information and a report of the meeting to follow shortly.
As part of the Arts Festival Legacy activities, there is a craft group who meet regularly in Huntingdon Library. They are currently re-working pieces from the yarnbomb into twiddle mats and sleeves for Ferrars Court Care Home residents and Hinchingbrooke Hospital Children’s ward. These help with mental health and anxiety difficulties. The next meeting is on Tuesday 28th January between 10.00 & 12.00.
Getting in the Christmas spirit at our very successful stall at Huntingdon Christmas Market!
Business meeting Gubbio 26/09/19
I talked about the legacy of the Bridge Arts Festival and some ideas for the future. Although the idea of yarn bombing, and knitting in general, was met with some bemusement, both Gubbio & Szentendre were enthusiastic about exploring the possibility of an arts and crafts festival in one of the towns to include knitting from Huntingdon/Godmanchester, embroidery from Gubbio and patchwork quilting and blue print fabrics from Szentendre. Wertheim mentioned glass blowing as a traditional craft in the town but it was felt that this would be better incorporated with an exhibition including, for example, ceramics, which are of course an important part of life in Gubbio.
Szentendre was full of ideas concerning joint arts events. They mentioned the monthly exhibitions they hold in the Townhall Gallery and said they would be happy to invite artists from all the twin towns. They hold art courses and workshops for children & adults & they liked the idea of people from the twin towns participating. In September 2020 it will be the tenth anniversary of their military brass band festival and they wondered if other towns could also take part.
Gubbio had several ideas for arts events for next year. In December they plan to hold a festival called “Your Town in Dance” where groups from all the towns will be invited to explore the different aspects of their town such as nature, customs, architecture, artworks, literature & music in the form of dance. There will also be a jazz festival in Gubbio in August 2020 and they would like to invite Malcolm Talbot with his “Story of Swing” to take part. If there are jazz groups in the other twin towns they will also be welcome to attend.
The idea of having a Biennial Arts festival in each twin town on a rotating basis was not really taken up but the idea of smaller events involving all the towns was greeted with enthusiasm.
Students from the twin towns attended the Medieval Festival in Gubbio. The first night there was a dinner in the cantina of Saint Antonio, one of the three saints celebrated in the Festa di Ceri every year
The festival dates back to the 12th century. The Ceri are large urns each weighing 300kg which are paraded through the town with a figurine of each saint on top. The Ceri are stored in the Basilica S’Ubaldo.
The twin towns also held a business meeting to discuss future joint events for the coming year.