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Swindon Junior Ice Hockey Club in Torun / March 2005

The biggest yet visit by Swindon people to our Polish twin city of Torun in Poland took place last week with the Swindon Junior Ice Hockey Team taking part in an ice hockey tournament in the Polish city. A coach of players, parents and interested Swindon residents made the historic trip leaving the Link Centre at 3.30am! Eventually arriving at Torun at 2.00pm at the Hotel Wodnik we were greeted by a warming meal as temperatures were just above freezing. The hotel by the Wisla river proved amazing value at £15 a day full board and served to illustrate the attractive prices still available for the British tourist in Poland.
hockey trip march 2005

The Swindon team competed with Torun and Warsaw from Poland and eventual winners St. Petersburg from Russia. Being both the youngest and less experienced side they fought well and won a lot of friends both on and off the ice. Parents meanwhile enjoyed the pleasures of the historic Torun including its magnificent churches, historical market place, car free shopping centre and birth place of astronomer Nicholas Copernicus - everyone meets at his famous statue. Cllr Chris Shepherd and myself met with Torun Council representatives who were very impressed and pleased with the Bloor Homes development off Thamesdown Drive which will be adopting Polish names including Torun Way. Chris playfully suggested they rename their main road after Swindon!

Although the boys appeared to be adopting the McDonald's in Torun as their second home the adults sampled some excellent Polish cuisine in the many restaurants, cafes and bars that dot the city centre. With over 30,000 students studying at the Nicholas Copernicus university it creates a vibrant night life in the city. For the shopper the best buys in Torun are the vodka, beer, its famous Gingerbread with three shops devoted to it and amber jewellery.

The trip proved a great success and will hopefully be the first of many to come. We are now setting up an official twinning organisation - Torun And Swindon Twinning Enterprise (TASTE - a taste of Poland!). For more information please email moc.dlrowltn|kajap.d#moc.dlrowltn|kajap.d


Short Break to Torun / 17th March to 21st March 2005
We will be travelling as a group from Swindon, flight from Luton at 6:50 am on Thursday 17.03.2005, return to Luton at 11.55 on Monday 21.03.2004.

This is a trip by Swindon Ice Hockey team to an ice hockey tournament for three matches, but everyone is invited along (even if you hate ice hockey, there will be plenty to do).

Please purchase your own tickets, as flight costs change depending upon time and the number of tickets sold. Once you have booked a flight, please register with Chris Bulzacki, Peter Cejer or Daryl Jones to book a place on the coach and accommodation.

Hotel accommodation will be within throwing distance of the city centre at Hotel Wodnik (around £15 per night).

Additional activities will be arranged in Torun for your entertainment and enjoyment.

Further trip details are available at:
http://www.cejer.com/


Town Twinning Meeting 25.11.2004
At a meeting of Swindon's Town Twinning Network, a number of new cooperation initiatives were mentioned:

* plans and discussions are underway for a speedway match between Swindon Robins and Apator Torun,
* a Swindon road may get a name associated with Torun,
* work is underway for a family exchange with the help of town twinning funding from the European Union.
* Marek Czarnecki, award winning photographer from Torun, is working with Rubber Dragon to produce and album of Swindon Panoramas.


Swindon Toruń Meeting Place

Organisations / News & Contact Info

This page contains information about organisations in Swindon & Toruń that are working together.

Swindon Junior Ice Hockey Club in Torun / March 2005
The biggest yet visit by Swindon people to our Polish twin city of Torun in Poland took place last week with the Swindon Junior Ice Hockey Team taking part in an ice hockey tournament in the Polish city. A coach of players, parents and interested Swindon residents made the historic trip leaving the Link Centre at 3.30am! Eventually arriving at Torun at 2.00pm at the Hotel Wodnik we were greeted by a warming meal as temperatures were just above freezing. The hotel by the Wisla river proved amazing value at £15 a day full board and served to illustrate the attractive prices still available for the British tourist in Poland.
hockey trip march 2005
The Swindon team competed with Torun and Warsaw from Poland and eventual winners St. Petersburg from Russia. Being both the youngest and less experienced side they fought well and won a lot of friends both on and off the ice. Parents meanwhile enjoyed the pleasures of the historic Torun including its magnificent churches, historical market place, car free shopping centre and birth place of astronomer Nicholas Copernicus - everyone meets at his famous statue. Cllr Chris Shepherd and myself met with Torun Council representatives who were very impressed and pleased with the Bloor Homes development off Thamesdown Drive which will be adopting Polish names including Torun Way. Chris playfully suggested they rename their main road after Swindon!

Although the boys appeared to be adopting the McDonald's in Torun as their second home the adults sampled some excellent Polish cuisine in the many restaurants, cafes and bars that dot the city centre. With over 30,000 students studying at the Nicholas Copernicus university it creates a vibrant night life in the city. For the shopper the best buys in Torun are the vodka, beer, its famous Gingerbread with three shops devoted to it and amber jewellery.

The trip proved a great success and will hopefully be the first of many to come. We are now setting up an official twinning organisation - Torun And Swindon Twinning Enterprise (TASTE - a taste of Poland!). For more information please email moc.dlrowltn|kajap.d#moc.dlrowltn|kajap.d

Short Break to Torun / 17th March to 21st March 2005
We will be travelling as a group from Swindon, flight from Luton at 6:50 am on Thursday 17.03.2005, return to Luton at 11.55 on Monday 21.03.2004.

This is a trip by Swindon Ice Hockey team to an ice hockey tournament for three matches, but everyone is invited along (even if you hate ice hockey, there will be plenty to do).

Please purchase your own tickets, as flight costs change depending upon time and the number of tickets sold. Once you have booked a flight, please register with Chris Bulzacki, Peter Cejer or Daryl Jones to book a place on the coach and accommodation.

Hotel accommodation will be within throwing distance of the city centre at Hotel Wodnik (around £15 per night).

Additional activities will be arranged in Torun for your entertainment and enjoyment.

Further trip details are available at:
http://www.cejer.com/


Town Twinning Meeting 25.11.2004

At a meeting of Swindon's Town Twinning Network, a number of new cooperation initiatives were mentioned:

* plans and discussions are underway for a speedway match between Swindon Robins and Apator Torun,
* a Swindon road may get a name associated with Torun,
* work is underway for a family exchange with the help of town twinning funding from the European Union.
* Marek Czarnecki, award winning photographer from Torun, is working with Rubber Dragon to produce and album of Swindon Panoramas.


Swindon Town Twinning Conference / Friday 1st October 2004
Enlargement, Citizenship and Participation
This year's conference was organised by David Martin, Secretary of the Swindon Salzgitter Twinning Association, with support from the European Union and Swindon Borough Council, and the active participation of Swindon's Mayor, Peter Stoddart.
steam reception

The event kicked off with a dinner at Steam, Swindon's Railway Museum, on Thursday 30th September, invited guests included the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, and the German Ambassador, delegations from Salzgitter (Germany), Ocotal (Nicaragua), Imatra (Finland). The delegation from Torun was headed by Zbigniew Fiderewicz (the Vice President of Torun), Bogdan Major (Councillor and Chairman of the Committee for City Development, Cooperation and Promotion), Agnieszka Lisek (from the Department of Development and European Integration), Henryk Tomaszewski (from the International Programmes Office at Niclaus Copernicus University) and Romuald Poślednik (Polish British Foundation at International House).

Members from the Swindon Torun Group also attended, including Stan Pajak, Chris Bulzacki and Sylwia Sitek.
The Conference began with the opening of the Twin Towns Exhibition at Steam, which featured Panoramas of Toruń by photographer Marek Czarnecki.

There were presentations from representatives of participating towns, Toruń Vice President referred to the rich history of Toruń, it's development plans and booming tourist industry, a film was shown giving an overview of Toruń.
Daryl Jones, Senior Economic Development Officer at Swindon Borough Council, discussed European Funding and how to apply for it. Swindon receives around £2 million each year from the European Social Fund, whilst farmers in Wiltshire receive around £35 million.

A workshop session was led by David Bruce from the University of West England www.tourism-research.org, and Julia Hasse from Germany, they presented the PREPARe wheel, a method to support a baseline and review process for activities between different local authorities, with a view to using this method in the context of twinning. Separate groups discussed issues of tourism, business development, municipal plans and youth and community exchanges. A temporary power cut in the building failed to interupt proceedings, delegates grappled with multiple languages, exchanged ideas about their respective experiences, sought to extend cooperation and plan for the developent of initiatives to qualify for additional European Funding.
In the evening, the Toruń delegation visited the Polish Community Centre, which has been thriving in Swindon for over fifty years.
wyvern concert

Saturday was devoted to sight-seeing around Swindon, and a trip was organised to Avebury, the site of ancient burial grounds and stone circle.
In the evening, everyone attended a concert by the Swindon Pegasus Band at the Wyvern Theatre, after which a reception was held for final farewells.
pegasus band

The Twin Towns Exhibition continues at Steam until the 24th October 2004.


Polish Foundation meet with Swindon Mayor
04th March 2004

A new sports initiative was agreed, during the visit of a delegation from the Polish British Foundation in Torun, who met with Mayor Derek Benfield, sports officials and Artscape in Swindon today.
Romuald Poślednik, Grzegorz Chruszcz and Bill McAlister arrived in Swindon on the 4th March from the Polish British Foundation in Toruń, whose aims are to promote the English language and culture in Poland.

The Foundation has proposed to initiate International Challenge Day in Torun and Swindon, an international event, encouraging people across the world to take part in physical activity.

The Foundation is also organiser of a Dictation Competition during which students from the Torun region will compete in writing an English dictation, first prize for the winner willl be a visit to Swindon.

During the morning, the delegation visited the Swindon Museum to view a new exhibition of contemporary British paintings. Click here for details.

Then at the Civic Offices, there was a meeting with the Mayor of Swindon, Derek Benfield, during which the Swindon Mayor responded enthusiastically to the idea of International Challenge Day and the Dictation Competition.

Later the group met with Celia Yeoman from Artscape, and with sport officers at the Life Style Unit at the County Ground.

Swindon Councillor, Stan Pajak, who accompanied the delegation reported: "I thought our lightning visit went very well. We had a very positive reception at the Life Style unit at the County Ground and it appears the Challenge Day on the 26th will happen with support from the sport officers and the mayor."


Swindon Torun Group Meeting
18th February 2004

Seven members of the group met at Dom Parafialny, the Polish Centre in Swindon, to discuss events in recent months, and future ideas. Amongst other things,

* a short break Spring trip to Toruń (more details to follow),
* Baj Pomorski http://www.bajpomorski.prv.pl/, a puppet theatre company from Torun is visiting London this Spring, and we considered whether they could also perform in Swindon,
* a proposal from the British Polish Foundation for International Challenge Day on 26th May,
* arrangements for group coming over from the Torun Electricity Company in October 2004,
* proposals for schools in Swindon and Torun to work on project work together as part of the European Union linking initiatives,
* venues for an exhibition of Polish art in Swindon.

Apart from that we had a few beers in the bar, and talked about life, art, philosophy, business and more mundane things too.


Town Twinning Meeting
8th December 2003
Stan Pajak presented the meeting with information about Torun initiatives including:
An International Citizenship Conference took place on 10th October and included 3 delegates from Torun : Cllr. R. Grobelski, M. Kruzewski (Euro officer), B. Tymolewski (Treasurer of Torun City Council).
Torun Twinning week in Torun for December was cancelled due to late funding agreement by EU.


International Citizenship Conference
10th October 2003
Covers the role of linking and twinning.

Showing how schools, colleges, youth, community and faith groups, business and local government can all use, create and further develop local international links to their advantage and to the advantage of the community at large.

Friday 10th October
9.30 - 4.00
University of Bath, Swindon

The Conference and lunch are free.

For further information please contact : Michelle John at the Swindon Learning Partnership


Global Footsteps Youth Conference
Torun 29 August to 7th September

Organised by the Rendezvous Society Charity, this is the eighth youth conference in a series that has taken us to our partner communities in Kisumu (Kenya) and Sochi (Russia) in recent years. The emphasis is on helping youth to address issues of concern to their localities in the spirit of joint stewardship of the environment.

Young people who would be interested in attending the conference in Torun are invited to apply before 16 August 2003. Several participants and facilitators from Swindon will be travelling.

For further information please contact Dennis Mitchell, Global Footsteps Conference Convenor, Rendezvous Society Charity.
Website: www.global-footsteps.com
Telephone: 01242 577893

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