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Thiers New Town Council

Posted by Bridgnorth Twinning on September 19, 2020 at 6:30 AM

There has been a major change of Council Members and Mayor in Thiers:

Following seven years as mayor, Claude Nowotny’s communist party has been

replaced by a non political organisation called Generation Thiers, with new mayor

Stephane Rodier.

Isabelle, who becomes a deputy mayor, explained that

“most members of the new Town Council have never been involved in politics,

what gathers us is our love of Thiers and our desire to make it feel and look better!”


What a great achievement for a town council to discard political bickering and to

concentrate on the important work of improving and enhancing the town!

Well done residents of Thiers!

We are please to hear that Claude will still be involved with Twinning in his capacity

as President. He is a strong supported of Twinning and was deeply involved with all

aspects of the Thiers Jumelage Committee, being present at every event organised

locally and internationally, over his seven years as the Mayor of Thiers. 



Schrobenhausen Festival

Posted by Bridgnorth Twinning on September 19, 2020 at 5:45 AM

The 2020 Schrobenhausen Festival has been rescheduled to 2021.

Dates to be published when available.

The 2020 International Council meeting will take place over the weekend commencing 31st October,

in Schrobenhausen. Because of the restrictions due to the pandemic, arrangements are being made

for communication via the Internet.

The Bridgnorth Twinning Festival will now take place in 2022.


Posted by Bridgnorth Twinning on August 29, 2019 at 12:55 AM


Posted by Bridgnorth Twinning on August 29, 2019 at 12:30 AM

Thiers Jumelage & La Pamparina 2019

Posted by Bridgnorth Twinning on January 13, 2019 at 9:55 AM

The 2019 Twin Towns annual Festival will be organised by Thiers and is due to take place during La Pamparina popular Music Festival. over the weekend of 5th, 6th & 7th July.

Bridgnorth International Twinning Festival

Posted by Bridgnorth Twinning on July 22, 2018 at 5:35 AM

The Twinning Association's International Festival took place over the weekend of 21st,22nd & 23rd September 2018, when 98 visitors attended from our Twin Town's of Thiers and Schrobenhausen to celebrate 40 years of Twinning links with Thiers, and 26 years with Thiers. The Festival was organised by the Bridgnorth Twinning Committee.


Posted by Bridgnorth Twinning on August 7, 2017 at 5:55 AM
Celebration of 30 years Partnership between Schrobenhausen and Thiers, and the 40th anniversary year for the Schrannenfest trade organisation.


Posted by Bridgnorth Twinning on March 2, 2016 at 12:15 AM

Bridgnorth Twinning AGM

Posted by Bridgnorth Twinning on October 17, 2015 at 7:15 AM



Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held in College House Annexe, St Leonard’s Close on Thursday 15th October, 2015 at 8.00pm


Jenny Leman gave a welcome to all present.


1. Apologies had been received from J & K Hunt and A Wilson


2. Chairman’s Report (attached)

While Jenny was able to celebrate many positive aspects of the year, she also highlighted that the way ahead for Twinning was not clear due to the difficulty of attracting committee members in general but particularly because, as she spoke, there was no one in line to take on the chairmanship.



3. Minutes of the AGM held on 25th September 2014 at 8pm.

These were taken as read.

Adoption of the minutes was proposed by D Seipel, seconded by H Edwards and agreed by all.



4. The Future of Twinning.

Our President, Keith Marshal,l introduced a time of discussion by posing a number of questions.

What is Twinning about? What does it do? What does it mean to people?

What are we trying to achieve?


Comments were then invited and a wide ranging, interesting discussion followed.

The need for more publicity was stressed and a number of approaches were aired:

1. A regular feature in the local paper should be sought,

2. More use could be made of noticeboards.

3. There is potential for using the Town Council website.

4. An informative leaflet could be produced and either posted through doors or given to people at a market stall for example.. In particular it was felt the Continental Markets that happen from time to time would be excellent opportunities for sharing the Twinning message..

Several comments were made about a Twinning visit being quite different from simply travelling abroad as a tourist. Sharing life with local people and their different ways of doing things is an enriching experience worth sharing. One member who was involved from the beginning talked of a great friendship built over many years and others spoke of similar experiences.


In spite of all the efforts previously made to involve schools some felt that they were looking for exchanges with more exotic places than France and Germany, It was felt that, despite lack of success to date a concerted effort should be made to engage the secondary schools.

It was suggested that approaching the schools through their governing bodies might be more successful than approaching head teachers. It would be good to let the schools know of the successful event that was organised for a group of students from Thiers by St Peter’s school in Wolverhampton, ably assisted by committee members. Enthusiasm might be engendered if the schools received feedback from some of the students who visited.


The aspect of Music as a successful shared Twinning experience was highlighted although Bridgnorth needs to have a more established way of funding Festivals locally as the welcome in Schrobenhausen and Thiers is always so good. There must be other interests as well as music that folks from the three twinned towns share – efforts should be made to explore some other possibilities.


The President brought the very fruitful discussion to a close and the meeting moved on to the formal business.



5. Treasurer’s Report and adoption of Accounts (Copy attached)


K Marshall presented the accounts which had been prepared by K Hunt.


Adoption of the accounts was proposed by H Howell, seconded by D Seipel and agreed by all.


It was proposed by H Howell, seconded by D Murray and agreed by all that Martin Jones be appointed as Auditor for the year 2015/2016.


6. Election of President.


KM did not wish to continue as President and as this is an Honorary position, and no one else was forthcoming, it was decided not to fill it at the moment.



7. Election of committee

J Leman conducted the election of new officers and committee members.


Mike Proudman offered to be Chairman for the coming year.

This was seconded by D Seipel and all voted in favour.


Brett Myors was willing to be Vice Chairman,

All voted in favour.


Secretary: Nicky Cooper. Proposed by J Leman; Seconded by V Gill. All in favour.

Treasurer: K Hunt. Proposed by Val Gill; Seconded by J Leman. All in favour.


Committee: R Burkey, R Dunham, H Howell, L Macdonald, D Seipel, A Wilson.

V Gill to continue as Council rep.

8. Any other business.

H Howell expressed thanks to all the outgoing committee for all they had done. K Marshall particularly

expressed thanks to J Leman and V Gill for their work as Chairman and Secretary.