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The Chair's report


This blog page serves as the public facing place for the chair to report to the committee and its friends about events the committee has undertaken and progress towards those future events and projects we will be undertaking...

Useful links - These are a collection of places where information can be found on what we are doing in relation to twinning with European cities.

An easy to remember url for this webpage is tinyurl.com/chairectc

The websites listed below are for respective members only as they include information on events, venues and times

Our Friends of Portsmouth Twinning members page is here

Our French Speakers in Portsmouth group has a website here

Our German Speakers in Portsmouth group has a website here

Our Italian Speakers in Portsmouth group has a website here

These links do not require passwords

The YouTube Channel, which features many videos of performances at our events is here


Our public calendar is available online here

This is for the Portsmouth ECTC landing page

This is the public facing information page for Friends of Portsmouth Twinning

This link is for our Caen homepage

This link is for our Duisburg homepage

This link is for our Caen blog

This link is for our Duisburg blog

This is for the Portsmouth International Cities blog post

The most up to date information on the ECTC members is here

The Chair's Report

Information will appear here on or around July 7th, for the Committee Meeting tabled for July 8th.


Chair's Report for ECTC meeting July 8th 2020

We do not yet know if it will be possible to hold an actual meeting, or whether a virtual meeting should be held instead or indeed if we just postpone until October.

Watch this space for a decision on any future meeting.



Chair's Report for ECTC meeting April 1st 2020


In January we saw the launch of Friends of Portsmouth Twinning and Duisburg 70 at Portsmouth Guildhall a report written by Sue H can be seen at the bottom of the Friends of Portsmouth Public Info page: tinyurl.com/ectcjan20


This was also an opportunity to get local and regional twinning associations together. This hopefully will be the start of a bit more collaboration between people who volunteer to support twinning associations.


In February

We held the first event to which all members of FoPT were invited.

We held an event that celebrated the diversity in the West of Germany (so Duisburg) and France (Mardi Gras) fancy dress, tie cutting etc... rather than just making pancakes!

Shrove Tuesday is February 25th so the event is on Saturday February 22nd from 2pm to 5pm.

Shareable link tinyurl.com/foptfeb20


March

We had the Westlake Brothers here from Caen on Saturday March 7th. - They held a memorial and following on from that a reading of the names of all those from Portsmouth who died in WWII/D-Day Landings and The Battle for Normandy


Wednesday March 18th pm - We will have a stand at the University of Portsmouth's International Fair at their Nuffield Centre Sports Centre.


The April meeting will hopefully be able to show that much planning has happened for the various events in May 2020 both here and in Duisburg.


Our April 1st meeting was cancelled and the committee saw no real reason to hold a virtual meeting.

Unfortunately due to travel restrictions and the lockdown, the planned visits from Caen in June and Duisburg in August are now cancelled.


As pubs, clubs, cafés and other meeting venues are also closed all ECTC and FOPT are cancelled or postponed until further notice. We are holding online socials from time to time. These are through the ECTC Facebook Page, French, German and Italian Speakers in Portsmouth Facebook Groups. The Socials are held using Google Hangouts for Business which can accept up to 250 connections. It is therfore not as restricted as usual Google Hangouts (8 connections), Houseparty (8 connections), Zoom (3 connections or just 40 minutes and then a new Zoom Meeting needs to be scheduled).



Chair's Report for ECTC meeting January 8th 2020

A large group arrived from Caen for the Victorian Festival of Christmas on November 30th.

A meal was held for them at the Eldon Arms which was attended by a few members of French Speakers in Portsmouth and the ECTC including the Lord Mayor Cllr. David Fuller and the Lady Mayoress Leza Tremorin with last year's Lord Mayor Cllr Lee Mason.

Once ready there will be a brief article on this along with a few more images, but here is one image for the time being.


The 6th December saw the return of the French market company France at home, where we had a stand and sold a few calendars and gave out a lot of leaflets.


Signing up 2 people to Friends of Portsmouth Twinning in advance of the 24th January launch.


Photo courtesy of Jean Barrow who helped on the stand, with Lynda Parsons and Sue Hopgood.

Our next main event is The ECTC launch of Duisburg 70 and the Friends of Portsmouth Twinning group. Our public facing calendar of what is planned can be seen here.


The poster below advertises out upcoming event on January 24th. Over 50 tickets booked so far...


Attendees include the University of Portsmouth, Syd and Phyllis Rapson (former MP for Portsmouth North), various local and regional twinning associations and representatives from businesses and groups on the city... Many other invitees are yet to confirm.

Chair's Report for ECTC meeting November 13th.

There are now blog posts from both interns in both Portsmouth and Caen.

The Great South Run happened and the runners from both Caen and Caen's twin town of Würzburg were very happy with their visit and the things we had organised for them.

Maybe in the future everyone should just be happy that people come to take part, rather than worry so much about which teams wins the race as it seems increasingly confusing to obtain the timings from either the Great South Run or Les Courants de la Liberté organisers. After all the purpose is to get people from different places together.

A successful buffet meal for 60 was provided at The Eldon Arms, the French and German guests were very complimentary about the food served. In future, however those guests who are not part of the team from Caen, will need to confirm that they are attending by paying for their meal in advance. The failure of some promised attendees from the UK has cost the committee unnecessary expense.

We are hoping for information on this run in due course and a blog post will hopefully appear on this blog, including possibly information on who actually won the race in Caen and in Portsmouth.

Committee members have been busy planning events for Duisburg 2020 and the launch of our Friends of Portsmouth Twinning group. The Eventbrite link for online purchase of tickets is here tinyurl.com/foptjan20

We will also have physical tickets available from committee members and a further way of purchasing tickets directly via BACS.

Two groups will be in Portsmouth for Saturday November 30th from Caen to attend the Victorian Festival of Christmas.

The French Market will return to Southsea's Palmerston Road on Friday December 6th. We hope to have a stand there with the help of committee members. Read more here.

Chair's Report for ECTC meeting September 10th.

We had our intern from Caen arrive in early August and leave on September 1st.

Hopefully, soon we will have a short report from her on her stay, which will go onto this blog under another post. The Portsmouth Intern in Caen will return on September 16th to Portsmouth. We should also have a brief report from her for our blog.

The Kite Festival was void of all stands this year due the forecast of high winds. These did come on Saturday in particular, so we were unfortunately not able to have a stand there this year.

We had a visit from Duisburg's Portsmouth Freunde in August for a week. A dinner was arranged for some of the members to meet locals at the Inn Lodge/Farmhouse on Burrfields Road. Plans were discussed fro celebrating Duisburg-Portsmouth 70th Anniversary of Twinning. They were also welcomed by the Lord Mayor, Councillor David Fuller on the Friday at the Guildhall.

The last Friday of August saw a French Market from Normandy and Brittany arrive in Southsea. We did have a presence there and spoke to many people, giving out a lot of leaflets.

This stand taught us that we really must set up a group of some sort for people in the city who want to know more about twinning and be involved without them needing to be on the committee... Committee members are going to a conference in Bristol for twinning associations, we hope that there we will get some ideas as to what we could do here in Portsmouth.

Chair's Report for ECTC meeting and Annual General Meeting - July 3rd, 2019.

A list of events can always be found at tinyurl.com/caenduisevents

Please see these links below for updates on individual past events.

A report on the chair's visit to Caen and its surroundings with one of our greatest supporters Miss Becki Short and a professional photographer (Julie Cotterell) is here. (in the meantime here are some shareable videos

A report by Kevan Chippindall-Higgin on Les Courants de la Liberté is here.

A report on the D-Day 75 events in Portsmouth is here.

A report by Bryony Whitmarsh (Associate Dean of University of Portsmouth) on the re-signing of collaboration contract between Caen and Portsmouth is here.

A report by Lynda Parsons on the British visit to Caen over the weekend 7th to 10th June is here.

The reciprocal visit to Portsmouth is due in June 2020 – could you or anyone you know, host someone, a couple, a family from Caen? A Brazier, S Hopgood and J Hill (FSIP) we need one more at least…

The comité de jumelage Caen-Portsmouth has put some information on their website here.

A report on the Mayor Making Ceremony with the inauguration of the Cllr David Fuller as Lord Mayor of Portsmouth in the presence of M. Pascal Pimont from Caen and six delegates from Duisburg is here.

A report on the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend Lord Mayor's Rural and Seaside Show along with the winners of the Brittany Ferries competition is here.

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Information on our other forthcoming projects:

There are planned visits from Caen on June 8th for D-Day 75 festivities, June 22nd, July 9th, July 20th, August 29th, September 21st and November 30th (Festival of Christmas)

Sunday June 16th – Les Courants de la Liberté

A group of runners are travelling to Caen to run on behalf of Portsmouth in Caen’s Les Courants de la Liberté.

KCH is collating all entrants and their paperwork, has sorted their accommodation and has communicated all this with Caen.

August

We will send an intern to Caen City Hall and Abbaye aux Hommes to work as an English-Speaking Tour Guide. This year for the 75th Anniversary Caen is offering the possibility of this internship being extended from mid-July to mid-September.

Caen will send us an intern to work at Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower for the month of August – 4 weeks. This intern requires accommodation – Ann B has offered to accommodate

August 10th to 17th – Visit from Duisburg’s Portsmouth Freunde.

They have a very packed itinerary normally. People will be able to come and eat or just have drinks later on the Wednesday evening at the Innlodge, Burrfields Road, hosted by Southsea Castle Rotary Club.

They will have a reception with the Lord Mayor at Portsmouth Guildhall on the Friday morning.

AS will organise another activity in Portsmouth for them on the Wednesday daytime too. (If you contact AS, you are welcome to come to that event too)

Are there people interested in perhaps hosting individuals, couples or families from Duisburg and exchanging with them? Let AS know…

August 10th and 11th – Portsmouth International Kite Festival

We hope to have a presence and will invite Portsmouth Ambassadors to support and promote their work too

What could we do on our stall? - Ideas please to AS Support from the committee?

2020 70 years of twinning with Duisburg - We need to make a big deal of this anniversary!

Friday, January 24th at Portsmouth Guildhall - Confirmed, hosted by Lord Mayor of Portsmouth , Cllr. David Fuller.

Annual main fundraiser to support the ECTC in promoting links with Caen and Duisburg throughout Portsmouth.

Fine Voice Academy are working on a show to bring to Duisburg for Duisburg 70 (2020) – Sören Link, Jürgen Hördt, Karin Reiche, Alexa Polachowski – Duisburg (PF) has extended an official invite working on the Week in May of half term here in Portsmouth.

Vicky Halliday & Paul Joyce (UoP) are working on a school to school project…

Erica Smith - Portsmouth Festivities are working on a Duisburg 70 thread for the 2020 Portsmouth Festivities.

All other ideas welcome – let’s start planning now!

(This will appear here on or around July 1st, 2019)

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The information below was published on April 28th, 2019.

Chair's Report for ECTC meeting April 30th 2019.

A list of events can always be found at tinyurl.com/caenduisevents

A report on the Westlake Brothers Visit from March is available on this blog on this page.

A report on the visit to Westminster arranged for the Caen comité de jumelage members by Stephen Morgan MP on Wednesday April 24th is available on this blog on this page.

A report on the Police Football Match between Caen and Calvados Police and Hampshire Constabulary can be found on this blog on this page.

May Day Bank Holiday Weekend (4th, 5th & 6th) – The Lord Mayor’s Rural and Seaside Show.

We have a presence and will invite Portsmouth Ambassadors to support and promote their work too. Can any committee member please help us?

What could we do on our stall? - Ideas please to AS

Tuesday May 14th – Mayor Making

It is possible to attend the ceremony in the morning. If you would like to sit with the twinning delegation, please contact AS in the first instant and we can arrange your seat to be in those rows. AS will liaise with PCC for seating arrangements.

N.B. The deadline has passed to guarantee sitting with us… You can probably still get tickets by contacting Lydia or going to the city library.

We are expecting from our twin cities: Oberbürgermeister Sören Link and Lydia Steinhauer from Duisburg, M. Pascal Pimont from Caen and possibly some other representatives from the city of Caen. Also, representatives from other sister cities and partnership cities are likely to attend.

Major Forthcoming Project – D-Day 75 and the arrival of Veni Vidi, Canto

Notes from the meeting about Saturday June 8th held at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday March 13th. Updated information since this meeting as well.

Veni, Vidi, Canto arrive on the morning ferry. Normally this ferry would arrive at 6:45 and they should be in the ferry terminal by around 7:15.

N.B. Le Village des Sens in Normandy is promoting a day trip to Portsmouth for this very visit. If there are any takers from Normandy, we will also have some Caen people no doubt coming along to this and to part one of the St Mary’s Concert (they need to leave by 9pm to get to the ferry terminal on time) AS to confirm arrangements once known.

The PCC Officer in charge of the Hotwalls Studios (Chrissie McQueen) has invited VVC to sing at the Hotwalls from around 9:00 as the Boudicca with the veterans and VIPs on board is due to come into the harbour around 9:15. So a big fuss can be made about their presence in Portsmouth as the veterans return from Caen.

(I am sure it is not a problem for anyone else who would like to come down and meet them to do so. They will no doubt be having breakfast /drinks somewhere nearby before they feature.)

Brian Moles at St Mary’s has said it ought to be possible to organise for performers to come in during the morning to practise – rehearse etc.

Afternoon – St Mary’s has a wedding from 4 to 5 – so allow 3:00 – 5:30 for that to happen.

17:30 practice times available for VVC and any others who wish to help practise and set up.

19:00 We open the doors to spectators (Becki Short & Friends)

19:30 White Cliffs of Dover for all

All timings approximate

19:35 St Mary’s Choir

19:50 FVA

20:05 Becki

20:15 VVC

20:30 Haven Community Choir

20:45 Interval (Becki to direct)

21:00 Brass Band (via HCC and Julie W)

21:05 FVA

21:20 Becki

21:35 Local vocals

21:45 VVC

Pause for remembrance and silence

22:00 We'll meet again for all

Compere: Ken Ebbens, will be very happy to link the evening together as he does for FVA shows and rotary events – Perhaps a quick welcome announcement and thank you for coming from Andrew (1 minute) at 19:30 while everyone gathers together for White Cliffs…)

Dress code(s): tbc (usual performance wear or, if required 1940s if your set reflects 1940s – an idea – comments to AS?)

Refreshments: Ken E - following up with Gemma (Tesco) and Anna Marie (Co-op)

tinyurl.com/caendday75 is a webpage which holds as much information as we currently have. It will be updated with news when it is confirmed – do send information about yourselves if it is not already there on the page.

Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite for free link is on tinyurl.com/caendday75

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What is known about Sunday 9th June.

VVC have been invited to go to the Spinnaker Tower by around 9:30 for photo opps and then a few songs somewhere one the tower is open.

The New Theatre Royal (also linked on the page tinyurl.com/caendday75)

VVC are performing 2 songs in act one and 2 songs in act 2 chosen by Scott Ramsey from the list they provided at The New Theatre Royal.

We are still working on them being around at various events in the city on Sunday.

FVA and becki Short have had speerate meetings with Scott Ramsay at The New Theatre Royal and know what they are doing for this performance, which is free for veterans, should they wish to attend.

Scott is planning a very big ‘spectacle’ as the French would call it based on D-Day 75 – this promises to be an apt closure to the events over the week.

There is much going on in the city, but our events do offer alternatives to the Southsea Common events, which will no doubt also be well attended on Saturday evening. (There is something happening at the Guildhall in association with D-Day Story too.)

Veni, Vidi, Canto leave on Monday 10th June on the morning ferry.

Further information re: D-Day Celebrations:

Brittany Ferries are supporting the Portsmouth ECTC with a visit for Becki Short, a photographer (and Andrew as chair, guide and interpreter) to go to Caen for June 30th

Caen are holding a Retro-Festival – celebrating 100 years of Citroën and 60 years of the British icon the Mini.

Ability to perform at the Festival still to be confirmed, however plenty of opportunity to do promo material. AS will begin to organise opportunities once photographer is confirmed and tickets are secured…

Claudine Cerisier of the Caen version of twinning committee is going to attempt to organise a concert for Becki Short to perform.

Caen have said they will be happy to work with FVA, Becki etc on future events they are holding… So, watch this space…

Wednesday 5th June – Main feature and events in Portsmouth

Around 2,500 VIPs in Portsmouth on the common Most likely Donald Trump, Macron A Senior Royal or two… other world leaders – An event in the morning and lunch then off to Caen on the Bouddica Ship

Thursday 6th June – Main feature and events in Caen. Ceremony at the D-Day Memorial on South Parade at 11am (We will lay a wreath on behalf of the city of Caen).

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth is likely to be in Caen.

Thursday 6th June to Friday 7th June

A delegation from the University of Portsmouth is going to the University of Caen to sign an official twinning link of co-operation between the two universities.

Friday June 7th to Monday June 10th – A small group from Portsmouth will visit their exchange partners in Caen – We are looking to extend and rebuild this 32-year-old exchange of friends and families – Do you know anyone?

The reciprocal visit to Portsmouth is due in June 2020 – could you or anyone you know, host someone, a couple, a family from Caen? A Brazier, S Hopgood and J Hill (FSIP) we need one more at least…

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Information on our other forthcoming projects:

There are planned visits from Caen on June 8th for D-Day 75 festivities, June 22nd, July 9th, July 20th, August 29th, September 21st and November 30th (Festival of Christmas)

Sunday June 16th – Les Courants de la Liberté

A group of runners are travelling to Caen to run on behalf of Portsmouth in Caen’s Les Courants de la Liberté.

KCH is collating all entrants and their paperwork, has sorted their accommodation and has communicated all this with Caen.

August

We will send an intern to Caen City Hall and Abbaye aux Hommes to work as an English-Speaking Tour Guide. This year for the 75th Anniversary Caen is offering the possibility of this internship being extended from mid-July to mid-September.

Caen will send us an intern to work at Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower for the month of August – 4 weeks. This intern requires accommodation – Ann B has offered to accommodate

August 10th to 17th – Visit from Duisburg’s Portsmouth Freunde.

They have a very packed itinerary normally, but AS will arrange for them to have dinner in Southsea and invite interested parties to dine with the German visitors. People will be able to come and eat or just have drinks later on in the evening.

They will have a reception with the Lord Mayor at Portsmouth Guildhall on the Friday morning.

AS will organise another activity in Portsmouth for them on the Wednesday daytime too. (If you contact AS, you are welcome to come to that event too)

Are there people interested in perhaps hosting individuals, couples or families from Duisburg and exchanging with them? Let AS know…

August 10th and 11th – Portsmouth International Kite Festival

We hope to have a presence and will invite Portsmouth Ambassadors to support and promote their work too

What could we do on our stall? - Ideas please to AS Support from the committee?

2020 70 years of twinning with Duisburg - We need to make a big deal of this anniversary!

Friday, January 24th at Portsmouth Guildhall

Annual main fundraiser to support the ECTC in promoting links with Caen and Duisburg throughout Portsmouth.

Fine Voice Academy are working on a show to bring to Duisburg for Duisburg 70 (2020) – Sören Link, Jürgen Hördt, Karin Reiche, Alexa Polachowski – Duisburg (PF) has extended an official invite working on the Week in May of half Term here in Portsmouth.

Vicky Halliday & Paul Joyce (UoP) are working on a school to school project…

Erica Smith - Portsmouth Festivities are working on a Duisburg 70 thread for the 2020 Portsmouth Festivities.

All other ideas welcome – let’s start planning now!

(This will appear here on or around April 29th 2019)


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