Town twinning ambitions
12:03pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
WORLD MUSIC: Vice chairman of VOGTA, Chris Murray and members of the VOG Oompah Band performing at the Troittoirfest in Rheinfelden
TWO men are pledging to add some oomph to the Vale’s twinning arrangements with other European towns.
Paul Baker, of Barry, has become the new chairman of the Vale of Glamorgan Twinning Association with the new vice chairman is Chris Murray of The Vale of Glamorgan Oompah Band.
Paul has been a Barry resident for more than 50 years, local artist, long-time member of the Barry Yacht Club, Rowing Club, and Vale of Glamorgan Artists. Paul studied ceramic art at UWIC and continues as a maker exhibiting work all over the Vale.
Paul said: “It is our ambition, to e-twin many schools within the Vale, and link sporting clubs and any interested organisations with our twin towns of Rheinfelden, Germany, Fecamp, France, and Mouscron, Belgium.
Paul and Chris said they would bring enthusiasm and commitment to the principles of twinning which are to promote, support and develop links with the Council’s twin and friendship towns - by working with social and hobby clubs, professional bodies, schools and colleges, the voluntary sector and the business community with particular reference to youth, culture and sports.
The association is very grateful to the all the hard work and dedication shown by its outgoing chairman, Rodney Care, and wish him well for the future.
The Vale also has friendship agreements with Jurbarkas in Lithuania and Nuemarkt in Italy.
Barry representatives have so far this year attended events in Fecamp and the Trottoirfest in Rheinfelden.
They will play host to the twin towns at the annual Cowbridge Food Festival, on October 26 and 27.
The association will have a tent where all of our twin towns will have stalls selling their own local produce.
Groups wishing to get in touch with similar organisations in these twin towns should contact the VOGTA secretary, Mark Petherick, Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry, CF63 4RU, in writing, giving their organisations aims, membership and the type of organisation they would be interested in twinning with.