Friday, 2 September 2011
BRIDGWATER'S DEVELOPING ITALIAN LINKS
A couple of years back, a Bridgwater delegation to the Uherske Hradiste wine festival (the next one is 9-11 September) bumped into a delegation from our Czech town's twin town, 'Priverno' just south of Rome. From that time to this we've been developing new partners for our International friendship links.
Last year we took our football team over to Priverno along with a team from Uherske Hradiste and played a couple of matches while getting to know the place.
This October we are taking the Voice of the People Choir from the Bridgwater Arts Centre over there on a singing tour.
Next February plans are afoot to take Bridgwater college Film & Media students on a fact finding trip plus Health care students from Richard Huish in March.
Priverno is a small rural community 40 minutes south of Rome and very close to the beachresort of Sabaudia - interestingly created as a 'Fascist new Town' in the 20's when Mussolini drained the pontine Marches and within easy reach of the world war 2 battlefield of Cassino and Anzio.
Our most recent Italian escapade was a visit to Bridgwater by 3 Italian girls from Cerignola who did voluntary work at the YMCA and were given English lessons by our Czech admin assistant Jana Branecka...and thus the cycle is complete.