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CHAIRMAN'S LETTER - JULY 2020
Petersfield Twinning Association
Designed by Phil Chapman.
Promoting goodwill and friendship with Barentin in France & Warendorf in Germany
Dear Twinning friends,
I hope that you and your loved ones have escaped the traumas
of the COVID 19 virus. You will possibly have heard that very sadly, of an
unrelated illness, our deputy mayor and ex officio member of our Committee,
George Watkinson recently died. George was a genuine supporter of our
Association, having been Town Mayor on three previous occasions he was
scheduled to have been Mayor once more had the COVID ‘lock-down’ not delayed
the inauguration. We and the town shall seriously miss George – who I shall
remember as a man of wisdom and warmth.
We are living in very strange times and Twinning Association
activities, like so much else in normal life, has become a matter of
hibernation. Hopefully some form of normality will return for 2021 to enable
the featuring of Twinning activities, and it is on
that assumption that we are currently provisionally planning for next year. If
this proves to be a reality then we shall visit Barentin
in the month of May and shall host our friends from Warendorf
in August. I am pleased to state that we have avoided any financial exposures
from the rescheduling of both our Barentin travel
arrangements and the cancelling of our various venue bookings for the planned
hosting of our Warendorf guests. Our accounts are
still in good order.
Our Barentin contact, their
Association President, Huguette Laporterie continues
to communicate with the Association and has recently become a Municipal
Councillor. Barentin also has a new Town Mayor, M.
Christophe Bouillon, and he has made an introductory formal communication with
both our Petersfield Town Mayor and our Association, which augers well for our
future relationship. Huguette sent a picture of a bouquet of Lily of the valley (Muguet
de Bois) as a reminder that in France the 1st of May is celebrated with these beautiful
flowers and it is planned that we are to be welcomed in Barentin
in May of 2021.
Our Warendorf contact, their
Association Vorsitzende (Chairman) Ulrike Jäger also continues to communicate with the Association
and from awareness of our links, the Petersfield Community Radio requested that
we might arrange for them to interview a Warendof
contact on the German experience of COVID 19. We discussed the concept and the
proposed details with Ulrike and an interview was recorded last week between
Alan Cosh of the radio station and Ulrike. You can trace the interview by
accessing :- https://petersfieldradio.uk/2020/07/lockdown-in-warendorf-ulrike-jage-explains/ or if you go to the Petersfield Community
Radio web site there is also a clip in this week’s Ppod.
If, like me, you had little or no knowledge of Petersfield Radio, you might be
surprised by the professional nature of this local station.
Although there are ‘gestures’ of our nation moving out of
lock-down we shall clearly await to truly ‘open up’ for a good while yet. Until
that time we shall need to keep safe and keep hopeful. I look forward to the
time when can meet up again, initially within our Association and then with our
twin town friends. Our website will be reactivated when it is the appropriate
time to do so, in the hands of Ian Chambers, with the generous assistance of
his son. Our thanks are very much owed to Phil Chapman, who after many years of
providing this service from his initial establishment of the site is standing
down from the role.