The most frequently asked question is, “How did Peacehaven become linked with these two Towns in mainland Europe?” Well, East Sussex, via the County Council, were linked to the Dept. of Essone in France. The Town of Epinay-sous-Senart was already twinned with Isernhagen in Germany but was seeking a partnership with an English Town on the South Coast.
Peacehaven’s County Councillor, while visiting Isernhagen, heard of the French need and suggested to a former Town Council that a link be forged. The Council decided to proceed, but only with the French Town so on October 9th, 1982, a Charter was signed by former Mayor, Bill Parris and the French Mayor, Pierre Bonningue.
The ceremony was attended by a delegation from Isernhagen who persuaded Peacehaven of the value of including their Town. In 1983 Peacehaven twinned with Isernhagen and thus became the first town in England to form a triangular link.
For the next four years the Town Council took sole responsibility for matters relating to twinning but with the formation of the Peacehaven & District Twinning Association the development of links moved into the hands of the Towns people. Twinning members continue to enjoy social events, language courses, fund raising, travelling to other Towns and hosting families from our Twin Towns. The representative for the Council is Cllr. Candida Terry, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
PEACEHAVEN & DISTRICT TWINNING ASSOCIATION – Twinned with : Epinay-Sous-Senart (France) & Isernhagen (Germany)
Chairman: Sue Lee Secretary: Heather Booth
Heather Booth 01273 588288
Anglo/German Youth Holiday to Peacehaven’s Twin Town – Isernhagen (near Hannover)
The Twinning Association has been asked to help organise a week’s trip to Germany for a group of ten 16-18 year olds.
. Travel by air from Southampton direct to Hanover – collection at Hannover and transport to Isernhagen
. Two-day visit to Berlin – Brandenburg Gate, Reichtag (Parliament), Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and remains of the Wall. Staying overnight in the International Youth Hostel. .Second day – sightseeing, museum and shopping. Sightseeing visit to Hannover – including historical links between Hannover and Brighton . Day trip to Hamburg with boat trip on River Elbe, visit to Miniature Wonderland (the largest train set in Europe). Day trip to the Hartz mountains . Civic reception by the Mayor of Isernhagen on arrival
It may be possible for a member of the Peacehaven & District Twinning Association to accompany the group travelling to and from Isernhagen. The visit will be supervised in Germany by a senior member of staff from the Grammar school. Accommodation will be provided by local families known to him.
Provisional dates Thursday 22nd – 29th August 2013
Approximate cost: £175 + spending money
This visit is being part-funded by IBI (German Twinning Association) in Isernhagen and the Peacehaven Twinning Association.
APPLICANTS MUST BE RESIDENT IN PEACEHAVEN OR TELSCOMBE CLIFFS
To be considered for a place on this trip:
You need to prepare a presentation lasting between 5 – 10 minutes to explain how you would benefit from this visit and your knowledge of the links between our two regions.
Send an e-mail to: email@example.com to request an application form.