Twinning Association of Poynton (TAP) & Photos of Haybes and Érd
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Updates and Events
TAP would be delighted to hear from anyone who would be interested in more information, and/or in joining TAP. Please email TAPoynton@outlook.com. You can also find out more information and add your comments on the TAP Facebook page.
TAP Quiz Night - Friday 29th September 2017 - 7pm
A great time was had by all at the Twinning Association Quiz at the end of September 2017
Susan Warrington (TAP Committee Chair) and Gillian Wilkinson (Committee member) visited Érd in September as guests of the town council, along with delegations from other towns twinned with Érd.
They spent Friday evening getting to know other delegates and renewing contacts from Érd and Szásrégen over dinner.
On Saturday morning, the main focus was a conference at which representatives from each delegation spoke on European themes, commemorating significant anniversaries and... outlining their hopes for the E.U. of the future.
TAP had been asked to talk about ‘Brexit’ and Susan made a number of relevant points – making it clear that these were our personal views – before emphasising that, in the current situation, international links such as the twinning association’s activities were all the more valuable and important. Her address was well received and our Hungarian hosts particularly appreciated the fact that she began her talk with a few sentences in Hungarian. We were encouraged to hear the Mayor, in his opening remarks, highlight his wish to continue links with Poynton after Britain leaves the E.U. The afternoon and evening were spent at the Érd street festival culminating in a firework display.
On Sunday, the hosts organised an excursion to the World Heritage Site of Pannonhalma, where they visited the magnificent monastery, which is also a boarding school for about 350 students.
After lunch, they went to the town of Papa to learn about its interesting history of religious tolerance.
The other delegations left late on Sunday evening, so we were able to spend Monday in Budapest with a friend of Susan’s (an early participant in twinning activities) and her family.
Overall, the visit was a very positive experience. Angela from Érd and Maria from Romania both expressed their wish to renew links with Poynton. TAP will look at a number of possible ideas to progress this!
TAP First Anniversary Dinner
To celebrate the 1st anniversary of the signing of the Twinning Agreement between Poynton and Haybes, the Twinning Association of Poynton hosted a meal at Il Borgo Antico! A great time was had by all!
À l'amitié et au jumelage!
An informal and casual group of cyclists, known as the Poynton Pedallers, started making plans last year to visit to our new twinning partner, the French village of Haybes in the Ardennes.
This became a reality in June this year, when Rob McLaren, Vicar of St George's, Councillors Howard Murray and Mike Beanland and ex-Town Clerk Malcolm Adams took to the saddle to spend three days on a self-funded stay in Haybes.
They were given a warm welcome on arrival by the Mayor and members of the Haybes Twinning Committee, and treated to a busy visit programme, characterised by generous hospitality throughout.
In addition to a guided tour of Haybes, an official reception and dinner, and beer tasting at the local micro-brewery, the Pedallers cycled with local biking enthusiasts along the River Meuse and into nearby Belgium. They also enjoyed some exhilarating mountain biking!
The Pedallers were fortunate enough to be the first interest group to visit Haybes, and the Twinning Association of Poynton would very much like to encourage further visits in both directions.
Haybes has much to offer in the shape of hotels, restaurants and local festivals. It also has an extensive central camp site that borders the River Meuse, as well as an impressive Gite for private hire, and hostel type accommodation for school or sports parties.
Much importance will be placed by our Haybes' colleagues on various events and activities planned for August 2018, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War. It would be wonderful if any prospective visits to Haybes could be planned to coincide with that period, as well as between now and then, and TAP members would be very happy to provide details of local contacts as well as general help or advice.
TAP Afternoon Tea - 30th April 2017
A great afternoon was had by all at the Twinning Association Afternoon Tea!
A great night at our French Conversation evening talking food, drink & Restaurants at the Poynton Royal British Legion!
TAP Annual General Meeting
Thank you to all who joined us at the Annual General Meeting - a great time was had by all!
The Association’s Officers will remain in post for a further year: Susan Warrington (Chair), Glenys Parry-Jones (Secretary), Suzanne Beanland (Treasurer) and Sarah-Jane Gilmore (Publicity Officer).
Committee Members John Jurics, Judith Jurics, Malcolm Adams, Michael Myerscough & Michael Beanland are joined by Gillian Wilkinson - welcome aboard Gillian!
Our resident chefs Chris Gilmore and Suzanne Beanland laid on an excellent meal of French Onion Soup, Beef Bourguignon, Vegetarian Quiche & Galette des Rois which everyone enjoyed immensely!
We are also grateful to Jürgen Voges and his colleagues who spoke to us about the Northwest Twinning Federation and to The Gypsy Jays who provided musical entertainment during the evening!
If you are contemplating a trip to France this year, and are interested in visiting our new twin town of Haybes in the Ardennes region, let us know on the night and we can help with advice on hotels, camp sites etc.
Further information can be had by emailing TAPoynton@outlook.com.
The Twinning Association of Poynton (TAP) hold monthly French speaking evenings, when we meet socially, have a drink and endeavour to speak French! It's not taken too seriously, it's free and we do help each other.
It really doesn't matter what level your language skills are at, so do come along and join us.
The French evenings take place on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Poynton Royal British Legion, Georges Road West, starting at 7.30 p.m.
TAP 12th Night Celebration Dinner
The Twinning Association of Poynton (TAP) celebrated 12th Night with a dinner at Il Borgo Antico on Park Lane on Thursday 5th January 2017. They finished their meal with a slice of Galette Des Rois – a traditional French sweet for 12th night.
Previous French Speaking Social Evenings
Following the visit from our friends in Haybes, we decided to improve/practice our French!
Our first French speaking meeting was a great success – everybody made an effort to speak French and we carried on for more than an hour before we lapsed into English!!
At our second meeting, on Wednesday 26th October at the British Legion, we discussed BREXIT and on 24th November our topic was 'Solving problems' - for example coping with problems at your hotel or in the bank or buying a ticket at a railway station.
Would you like to join us? If you are not too sure of your speaking ability – just come along to our next meeting and listen - or jot down in advance a few words that you would like to say.
TAP Quiz Night
On Friday 23rd September TAP we held a Quiz Night at Poynton Royal British Legion with a Two Course Supper!
Poynton is officially twinned with the French town of Haybes
Further to the formal approval by the Town Council of Poynton's twinning with the town of Haybes in the French Ardennes district, the Twinning Association of Poynton (TAP) hosted a delegation of visitors from Haybes in early July, led by their Mayor, M. Benoit Sonnet.
The Association was delighted to lead and host a packed four day programme of visits and events to showcase Poynton's heritage, as well as taking in various attractions in the surrounding area.
A particular highlight of the visit was an official reception at Poynton's Civic Hall at which the Mayors of Poynton and Haybes, Cllr Mrs Sandra Horsman and M. Benoit Sonnet, signed the Twinning Agreement, a successful conclusion to all the work and prior contacts made between Poynton and Haybes.
The Twinning Association was delighted to welcome its new found European friends and twinning partners, and now looks forward to a successful and lasting friendship between the two communities.
The TAP French Evening on the occasion of Bastille Day was a great success! We had a great turnout with some VERY impressive French themed outfits! Thanks to everyone who came along and made it a 'soirée fantastique'!
The TAP Committee will place particular emphasis on a schools' exchange programme, and will also actively promote cultural and other links between societies and organisations in both our communities where there are common interests.
The Committee would also encourage Poynton's residents to visit and discover Haybes for themselves, to realise the benefits of twinning, and to take advantage and build on the relationships and goodwill that already exist.
Further information about Haybes can be gleaned from the Haybes Town Council website here*: www.haybes.fr (in French) while updates about the twinning programme can be had from the TAP Facebook page. You can also view photos from the town below.
(*Google offers an English translation here but we can't guarantee the accuracy of this translation).
The Twinning Association of Poynton attended the Poynton Family Fun Day at Poynton High School on 21st May 2016 – despite the rain a great time was had by all!
What is the Twinning Association?
The Association was originally formed in 2003 with the aim of creating links with Érd, a town in Hungary, near Budapest.
This was chosen because there are several Hungarians living in Poynton, and Érd is also the home town of a former Mayor of Poynton. You can see photos lower down this page.
TAP is delighted that Poynton Town Council have now also signed a twinning agreement with the French town of Haybes (details above).
Town Council website (Mairie in Haybes in French)
Google offers an English translation here. (NB we can't guarantee the accuracy of this translation).
Érd Town Council website www.erd.hu
Google offers an English translation here.
(See note at the bottom of this page re external links)
Érd was chosen because there are several Hungarians living in Poynton, and Érd is also the home town of a former Mayor of Poynton.
Photos of Érd
|It's a long way to Poynton||Community Centre|
The aims are to build and strengthen friendships between individuals, local groups and the Councils; to promote the areas of culture, education, sports and tourism in both communities; and to respect each other's cultures and traditions.
|Hungarian Geographical Museum garden. Open sided building is a concert hall||Hungarian Geographical Museum garden. Statues of Hungarian explorers|
Since its formation there have been many exchanges between the two towns involving dancers, singers, musicians and young people, including a group from Poynton's Air Training Corps who visited Érd in the summer of 2012 and a group of cyclists from Poynton who transited Érd in September 2012 en route to Turkey.
|Harangjatek Telen (Statue called 'peel of bells' in front of town hall, in winter. It has 12 bells and plays 44 tunes)||Érd old town, St Michael church||The new vine celebration in valley of vine cellars|
|Community Centre with fountain in front - only squirts every now and then||Hungarian Geographical Museum garden in winter||Szuret - 'Grape Harvest' festival|
*EXTERNAL LINKS Poynton Town Council is not responsible for the content of external websites. Any link to an external website should not be understood to be an endorsement of that website or the site's owners or their products or services. Find out more details in our Terms and Conditions. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of Google's translations.