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					                                                                                TWN/M1
                            HUNTINGDON TOWN COUNCIL

                              TWINNING SUB-COMMITTEE



A meeting of the Twinning Sub Committee was held in The Commemoration Hall, High
Street, Huntingdon on Thursday 17th September 2009.

Present:           Councillors B C Dutton (Chairman); C J Osborn and B J Luckham.

In Attendance:     Co-opted Members Malcolm Lyons and David King of the Huntingdon
                   and Godmanchester Twinning Association; K Cameron (Town Clerk).


1.    ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

      It was proposed, seconded and

      RESOLVED that Councillor C B Dutton be elected Chairman to the Twinning Sub
      Committee for the local government year 2009-10.

2.    APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

      Apologies for absence were received from Councillors S Akthar (Mayor); H S Mallett;
      A Mackender Lawrence and J T Morgan.

3.    APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIRMAN.

      It was proposed, seconded and

      RESOLVED that Councillor B J Luckham appointed Vice Chairman to the Twinning
      Sub-Committee for the local government year 2009-10.

4.    DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

      None were declared.

5.    MINUTES

      Copies of the minutes of the meeting of the Twinning Sub Committee held on 13th
      November 2008 (TWN/M2) had been circulated following their informal approval by
      the Chairman. It was proposed, seconded and

      RESOLVED that these were a correct record and that they were duly signed by the
      Chairman.

 6.   PUBLIC ADDRESS/ADDRESS BY OTHER TOWN COUNCILLORS TO SUB
      COMMITTEE

       None were presented.
7.   REVIEW OF OBJECTIVES

     Mr Lyons reported to Members the HGTA activities that had taken place or were in
     the process of being planned to meet the Town Councils Best Value Performance
     Plan 2009/10, summarised as follows:

       •    The Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr S Akthar would be visiting the annual youth
            culture festival in Wertheim at the start of October. Also attending would be
            students from St Peters and Hinchingbrooke School.

       •    The twinned towns of Szentendre and Wertheim celebrated twenty years of
            Twinning on the weekend of 19th -23rd August 2009. A small delegation from
            Huntingdon and Godmanchester had been invited to attend. The delegation
            consisted of the Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr S Akthar, the Deputy Mayor of
            Godmanchester, Cllr D Brown and David and Shirley Brown from the Twinning
            Association.

        •   The choir ‘Musica Beta’ from Szentendre visited Huntingdon 15th-18th May. Mr
            Lyons reported to Members that the visit had been a success; there had been
            performances from the choir through-out the weekend at various locations. A
            Civic reception held been held on the Sunday night in honour of the
            Szentendre guests.

        •   Contact had been made with the Twinning Association from a town in Canada
            via the Twinning website; Mr Lyons asked Members if Huntingdon Town
            Council would be happy to create a friendship link in this particular instance. It
            was

            RESOLVED to continue a friendly dialogue.

        •   The Huntingdon Historical weekend had been arranged to take place 26th &
            27th June 2010. Members were advised that arrangements were currently
            being made to send invitations to the Mayors of the respective twin towns to
            attend the weekend. It was

            RESOLVED that the Twinning Association would invite their counterparts in
            Salon, Wertheim and Szentendre to participate in the weekend celebrations.

        •   A survey would be required for the strategic review of the Twinning Service
            which should show the service of the Twinning Association and obtain
            residents’ perception of the service. In the first instance it was agreed to look
            at the last survey that had been sent out approximately five years before and a
            copy sent to Mr Lyons. It was

            RESOLVED that the survey would be available on the Twinning Stall at the
            switching on of the Christmas Lights and possibly the continental market.

8    LINKS WITH GUBBIO, ITALY

     Members were advised that Gubbio in Italy, which was twinned with Wertheim had
     invited Huntingdon and Godmanchester to extend their Twinning links to Gubbio. Mr
     Lyons outlined many positive reasons on why this should be looked at further. It was

     RESOLVED to pursue a friendship link at this current stage
9.    ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING – FEBRUARY 2010

      Mr Lyons reported that a tasting event for fundraising purposes had been arranged
      in conjunction with the annual business meeting on 27th February 2010.

      It was RESOLVED to note that invitations would be sent to Civic dignitaries.

10.   TWINNING AGREEMENT WITH WERTHEIM – 30th ANNIVERSARY

      Members discussed how this milestone could be marked and looked at different
      types of events such as a black tie ball or a ceilidh. It was

      RESOLVED that Mr Lyons and Mr King would update the committee at the next
      Twinning meeting with more definite ideas.

11.   ESTIMATES OF INCOME & EXPENDITURE

      Members of the Sub-Committee had before them copies of the Twinning
      Association’s four year rolling budget covering the period 2010-2014.

      Mr Lyons advised Members of some of the projects for which funds had been
      reserved for 2010/11, summarised as follows:

         •   10% of social funds had been put towards the language bursary which is used
             to encourage students to study another language. Members heard how HGTA
             had introduced an award system for Key stage 3 & 4 language students at
             Hinchingbrooke and St.Peters School.
         •   An upgrade had been planned for the HGTA website.
         •   £200 to be spent on badges which would be given to Twinning visitors.
         •   A cycling group from Salon had expressed an interest in visiting Huntingdon
             next year,
         •   A new information pack was presented to Members which showed the new
             logo. It was

      RESOLVED to thank to Mr. Lyons for his presentation.

12.   DATE & AGENDA OF THE NEXT MEETING

      12th November 2009, Town Hall, Huntingdon, time to be confirmed.
                                CHAIRMAN

				
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