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Schorndorf Posaunenchor Band


The Posaunenchor band from Schorndorf had a highly successfiul vist to Bury between 

Monday 28th October and Saturday 2nd October.


During the visit they will performed 3 concerts:


1. Tuesday 30th October at St Stephen's Church, Bolton Road, Bury 

2.  Wednesday 31st October in Pennistone, Yorkshire           

3. Friday 1st November at Bury Parish Church, The Wylde, Bury 


The band describe themselves as a Brass Choir, so, like a choir but with brass instruments instead of voices.  They are not comparable with a British Brass band as the instruments play in 4 parts.  Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass.  They play a selection of different musical styles.  Their leader, Sophie Pope, studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester before continuing her studies in Germany.

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 Christmas Dinner 2019


The annual Christmas Dinner will be held at the Bury College on Thursday 29th November.


Tickets are £22.00 each and available from Anita Lindley.  or contact the secretary



Visit to Bury By Schorndorf 2020

A party from Schorndorf will visit Bury in 2020.  

They will arrive on Wednesday 29th April and depart on Monday 4th May.

Further details will be published nearer the date.

Newsletter June 2019


2019 is the year in which falls the 50th   anniversary of the twinning between Tulle and Schorndorf.    It is also the 25th year of twinning between Bury and Shorndorf.    So it was a splendid opportunity for all three twinning partners to share in a joint celebration in Schorndorf.

Twenty seven members including Clr. Trevor Holt and Mrs. Evelyn Holt. made up our party.   We used Mayne Coaches and experienced a comfortable journey, using the Tunnel and staying overnight in Reims on the outward and return leg. 


From the start the visit was busy.  There was a major garden event in Schorndorf, where the whole of the town was florally decorated,   there were music and art festivals taking place.   (We understand that the total cost of the garden festival was in the region of €1million, and it showed).

At the garden festival there were musical events by an accordion trio from Tulle and dancing by the more familiar Ecole Ventadour of Tulle.

An equally familiar mascot helped the Mayor open the event and we were guided round the gardens.  Later we visited the Town Twinning Grove - an arboretum of trees native to the countries of the twin towns and guests from Tulle, Bury and Dueville were wined and dined at a beer garden in the Sports Park. 

We also spent a day as guests of the Twinning Association.    We had lunch in the delightful Café Muckensee at Lorch and afterwards visited the Monastery there before enjoying a demonstration of Birds of Prey.


We attended a Gala evening, where we were entertained by the Youth Orchestra of Schorndorf led by their impressive solo cellist and where there were presentations and speeches by the mayors of  Schorndorf, Bury and Tulle and a question and answer session involving the Chairmen / Presidents of the Twinning Associations.


On Sunday morning we participated in a commemoration at the Old Cemetery where there is a memorial to the victims of the massacres in Tulle and Oradour sur Glans and to all victims of war and tyranny.


Members of the three groups and representatives from Dueville placed white roses printed with the name of each of the martyrs on the memorial and later joined in a service of remembrance and conciliation at   the Holy Spirit Church, where again the Mayors and the Chairmen participated. 


Special and moving mention was made of Jean - Pierre Plas during the service.   Following the service

the Bury group left for home.   We again stayed at the hotel in Reims but crossed the channel by ferry on this occasion.


For your diary:


Schorndorf will be visiting Bury from Thursday 30 April and leaving on Monday, 4th. May 2020.       We are about to commence planning for their visit.  Your suggestions for events during their stay would be helpful.

Our next visit to Tulle will be during the last week in June 2020 during the annual and   famous

AccordionFestival, known as Les Nuits deNcre.   The exact dates have not yetbeen fixed.

For your diary also:


While in Schorndorf, we had ameeting with Sophie Pope, director ofthe Posaunenchöre Schorndorf, a

brass orchestra of 27 musicians aged upwards from 12 years to very much older, and they will be visiting Bury from Monday 28th October to Saturday 2nd. November 2019.  They will be playing at St Stephen's Elton at 7. 30pm on Tuesday 29 October 2019 and at Bury Parish Church at 12.30 pm Friday 1 November.  During their stay in Bury they will visit Penistone in Yorkshire where their   leader, Sophie Pope, who trained at the Royal Northern College of music originates.


The teenagers in the group will be staying at a hotel with chaperones but there are a number of adult members who we would like to be accommodated.    If you are able to act as a host please would you contact me (Yvonne) on 0161 766 7378 or


Afternoon   Tea  


On Sunday 11th August 2019 in Yvonne and David’s garden at 2 Hey Croft Whitefield.  M45 7HX.  2.30 pm. to 4.30pm.

Sandwiches, cakes and a glass of Prosecco.

Tickets cost £10 and are available from AnitaLindley at 

3 Alkrington Close, Unsworth Bury BL9 8NP     

cheques to BMCTA.  Please enclose SAE.    

Unfortunately, the number of tickets are limited to 50.




Newsletter April 2019


On Saturday 30 March - the day after we thought that we would have left the EU,

several members of the Committee met with Mme. Marie - Jeanne Lavigne and
Mme. Sophie Dulac in Bury. Marie-Jeanne and Sophie visited to advise us about
plans of the The twinning Association in Angouleme to arrange an “English Week” to
celebrate the 60th anniversary of twinning between our two towns.

Those of you with the longest memories will remember that in 2009 we celebrated the
50th anniversary in Bury, which was the last occasion when Bury had the pleasure
of hosting a group of visitors from Angouleme.

The programme will begin on the afternoon of June 11 when there will be a
discussion about the consequences of Brexit for English people living in
France led by Robert Franck of the University of Paris.

This will be followed by a concert given by the rock band - Novustory, a young rock
group from Tottington. There will also be a screening of a film produced by Creadoc a
group of young people from Angouleme, to be filmed in Bury in May. This in turn will
be followed by a showing of an English film - currently likely to be ‘The Full Monty’

The following day involves a photographic exhibition themed on English pubs. On 13 June
there will be a lecture in the Town Hall of Angouleme of the part played by the English in
the history of the town. In the evening a meal prepared by Glen Duckett of the Eagle and
Child Gastro Pub (Ramsbottom) at the Ateliers Magélis and a French musical group. 

On the Saturday 15 June, Brunch at Blomkal. A cupcake making workshop. A
demonstration of cricket and a further jazz concert by Novustory brings the English
week to an end.

It might be felt that an English week celebrating 60 years of twinning but without town

twinners from Bury might be seen as missing a crucial ingredient, accordingly, an
invitation has been sent for five members of the BMCTA to visi t Angouleme for the
celebration. Unfortunately, there is no longer a significant group of friends in Angouleme,
who would have acted as hosts for a larger group - hence the size of the invitation
An interesting fact that came to light during our meeting and which our members 

will find fascinating is that the ‘Comité des Jumelage Angoulême et Villes Etrangêres’ receives
€90,000 each year from the council to carry out the functions of a twinning
association, managing relations with their 10 twin towns and to pay the salaries
of two full time members of staff.

Members who would like to visit Angouleme to participate in this celebration should
contact the Chairman as soon as possible. First come etc.
tel 0161 766 73780

1931 -2019
Sadly we have to report the death of Tom Doyle. Tom and
Marie Doyle were very active members of the Association until
Tom’s health deteriorated greatly several years ago.

If you recently received a reminder about your subscription
and have not yet renewed your membership please ensure
that you are again up to date before the end of April, at which
time our constitution requires us to remove names from the
list of members . The subscription rate was increased to £7.50
or £15 family membership at the AGM in November 2018


Tuesday 28th May 2019 to Monday 3rd June 2019

A detailed itinerary for the visit to Schorndordf is now available and has been distributed to 

participating members.

More accurate times for the journey to and from Schorndorf will be
agreed with the coach company and given to participants closer to
the visit. There are still places on our luxurious coach if you are still
considering coming to Schorndorf but you should let the secretary

know straight away. The cost is £400 per person and includes two 

nights in a hotel in Reims.

Newsletter Janaury 2019

Guy Jean-Pierre Plas 1955 - 2018
Chairman of the Tulle Comite De Jumelage

Tragically, Jean-Pierre, was diagnosed with cancer in November
and had just begun treatment when he died on 22nd December 2018.

At school his interests leaned towards history and literature. but he later
trained as a hospital administrator,eventually becoming Assistant
Director of the Centre Hospitalier de Cornil. He retired in 2016.

He took up the role of President of the Comité de jumelage in
2003 and successfully amalgamated the previously separate
Committees of Schorndorf, Dueville and Bury.

He was passionately interested in art, history and the theatre; and he
eagerly passed on his enthusiasms to all those with whom hewas acquainted.

We remember fondly his speeches bubbling with classical references
and quotations from literature.

Jean-Pierre was a very good friend of Bury and we will sorely miss
his friendship and his enthusiasm for life.

We have all lost a good and valued friend.


2019 is a special year for BMCTA. This year we will have been twinned with Tulle for 50 years
and with Schorndorf for 25 years.

Twinning members from Bury and Tulle have been invited toSchorndorf to help
celebrate these special anniversaries.

The dates for the celebration starts on the morning of Thursday 30 May 2019 and
ends on the morning of Sunday 2 June 2019.  We do not have any further details at this stage.

The Committee has decided that we will organise a coach and stay in France for one night
on the outward and return journeys and this will require us to leave
Bury on Tuesday, 28th. May 2019 and return to Bury on Monday,3rd. or
Tuesday, 4th. June 2019. (Depending on theprogramme of events, which is not yet available).

At this stage we anticipate that the cost of the visit will be about £450 including hotel rooms in
France and depending upon which day we return.

We suggest that participating members pay in three stages :-
£100 on 28 February,
£200 on 29 March
and possibly £150on 26 April 2019.

It is anticipated that Schorndorf will be able to host a party of thirty members from Bury. so
early indication of intention toparticipate is important. Priority will of course be given to
members who’s subscription for 2019 has been paid.

Please notify the Secretary if you wish to participate:-
David Moore 0161 766 7378

Annual Spring Dinner

The annual spring dinner will be held at the Bury College

Thursday 14th March 2019.    6.30 for 6.45pm.

Cost is £22 per person.

Please contact Mrs Anita Lindley, 0161 766 6604 

to book and for mernu choices.for men


This year the subscription fee was raised to £7.50 for a singlemember;£15 for family membership.
The subscription was lastraised ten years ago. The increase has become necessary to meet the
increased cost of paper, printing and postage that havebeen rising steadily since the
previous increase. We hope thatmembers recognise this and that they will continue to
give us their support.

Since the responsibility for organising town twinning in Bury was passed over to BMCTA by the Council
we have received an annual grant from the Council. Since then, the grant has risen in small increments
and last year we received £1950. The cost of twinning has also risen in this time and a visit to Bury by
one ofour twin towns costs between £3000 and £4000 depending how long they stay and this
depends upon the availability of flights.  Clearly, without the income from the Dinners and other
events which we arrange from time to time, the Association we would not be able to function.

2019 finds us in a slightly anxious situation. We have not received the annual grant which would
normally have been paid to the Association by the end 2018. The Chairman will be asking for a meeting
with the Council this month and hopefully the situation can be cleared up.  In the meantime, I would
ask members to pay their subscriptions - if they have not already done so. For convenience and if
preferred, a Standing Order form is available from the secretary.

As a post script, the cost to the Council of running town twinningbefore responsibility was
transferred to BMCTA was £30,000 per year and involved a full time member of staff and
included secretarial and administrative support

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at Hollins Social Club, Bury.

The Chairman and Treasurers reports were received and elections took place for Committee members and officers.

Mr Joe Walk stood down as Vice Chairman after several years of hard work in order to  concentrate on training for the Ministry. Mrs Phyllis Lefevre also stood down as a Committee member.  Phyllis is one of our longest servig members having been part of the original twinning team. The Chairman presented them each with a gift from the association.  Both will continue to be valuable members of Town Twinning.

Mr Graham Lindley was elected as Vice Chairman.

Mr Mark and Mrs Mary Pitt were elected to join the committee.  All other officers and committee members were duly returned to office.

Membership Fees.

Membership fees are to rise for the first time in 10 years.

New fees,  which can now be paid by standing order, will be:

Individual member £7.50 per year.

Family membership £15 per year.

Fees are payable at the AGM each year.  The Assosciation financial year runs 1st September to 31st August  

Data Protection.

The secretary took us through the new Privacy Policy which we require as a result of the EU regulations which came into force on 25th May 2018.  These will be available for inspection by contacting the Chairman or Secretary.  A copy will be made available to each member.

Twinnig Visits.

There will be a visit from Bury to Schorndorf 29th May to 3rd June 2019 for the anniversary of Twinning.  This will also be attended by members of Schorndorf's other twin towns.

There will be a visit to Bury from Schorndorf in October 2019 but the dates are not yet confirmed.

There was discussion regarding communication of information to members in respect of the last twinnig visit and the lack of capacity for members who were not hosting to participate.  The Chairman has promised to ensure that all members are kept advised of future events and given the opportunity to take part in the social aspects.