Bridgwater International exists to promote cultural, educational, civic, sporting and touristic links between people of all Nations and is based in the town of Bridgwater in the English county of Somerset.
 

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Akropolis Winter Sojourn

For the third time this year we've hosted the ladies of the Akropolis family centres in Uherske Hradiste and Kromeriz. Dagmar, Natalie, Marie and Ivana. Linking up for a full weeks job shadowing at Bridgwater College and related programme they stayed with host families and drove around in the fat car of the fat councillor.

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Czech students on an English Course at Bridgwater College

http://bridgwaterinternationalblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/czech-students-on-english-course-at.html

A new venture of ours is a partnership project with Bridgwater College whereby we arrange transport, accommodation, meals and touristic programme whilst the College provides teachers, classrooms and lessons for the week. Our first experiment was with the Moskevska Zakladni Skola in Kladno, Czech Republic. The group stayed at Model Farm.

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Czech, Italian and even Canadian Visit for Bridgwater Carnival

So for Carnival time this year we had a visit from the Uherske Hradiste Mayor and council plus a couple of Czech Police officers, a Czech teacher from the UH Gymnasium , a couple of itinerant Canadians and Luigi from Italy.

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Voice of the People in Slovenia (and Venice)

Each year Yvette Staelens and her community choir of naturist voices (sic) jet off to some interesting country, sing with a local choir and then come home. This year it was Slovenia where, thanks to the lovely Stasa Slapnik we found the lovely Tanja Jamnik and with the further help of the lovely Janez Medja we even got some lovely busses and hotels out of it.

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Sheldon Singers in Prague & South Bohemia

At the end of September 2015 we took a group of about 40 singers from Devon and Somerset to Prague and Ceske Budejovice where they performed several concerts helped by Pavla Pracnova in Prague and Eva Kordova in Ceske Budejovice. The group was the Sheldon singers and the programme went something like this;

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Uherske Hradiste Wine Festival 2015

September is the time of the Uherske Hradiste Wine festival.We try to take a Mayor over there if we can. This year (as we usually do) we succeeded. Hence our civic group was Cllr Leigh Redman (Mayor) Mrs Tracy Redman (Mayoress) Cllr Brian Smedley, Cllr Peter Johnstone, Mrs Janet Johnstone, Mr Tim Mander, Mr Dean Fox and Mrs Karen Fox. 

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Along the South Coast with Zdena (and a bunch of Czechs from Kladno)

In August we had a visit from Zdena Biggsova and group of teachers from the Czech town of Kladno, some retired, some still teaching. This time Zdena decided she wanted to have a look at the South of England so we went from West Lulworth in the West to East Eastbourne in the East. And of course to London.

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Kordova of the West

A regular feature to our shores is Eva Kordova from Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic. This summer Eva brought a group of Czechs on a mini tour of the South West.

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Akropolis Summer Visit

In June 2015 4 ladies from the Akropolis Family Centre and offshoots around the Uherske Hradiste region dropped into Bridgwater for another visit as part of their ongoing Erasmus programme linking up with Bridgwater College.

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Bridgwater Twinning Conference 2015

In 2015 Bridgwater held it's first Town Council sponsored Twinning Confernece at the Bridgwater Arts Centre. All 6 twinning groups in the town took part and guests came from Czech Republic, France, Italy, Hungary and Malta. In all 14 x Twinning delegates took part in the Conference.

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Bridgwater twins with Priverno

It had been several years in the making but finally it happened. Bridgwater's 5th town twinning was with the Italian town of Priverno. But the twinning trip was not without incident.....

It was only a couple of months before that Mayor Steve Austen had joined us on a preparatory trip and everything was set for a February twinning...but then Steve and Stella couldn't make it and nor could Deputy Mayor Leigh Redman.

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Bridgwater Police visit Uherske Hradiste

Two Bridgwater Police officers – PC Dominic Bryant and PCSO Mike Shaw, visited the Czech Republic from 12-17 February 2015 on a programme organised by Bridgwater International with the co-operation of the Uherske Hradiste town council , the UH Town and State Police departments and with the backing of Insp.Andrew Pritchard of Avon & Somerset Police.

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Czechs and Italians visit Bridgwater College and Family centres

In January and February 2015 we organised a small group of Czech family centre workers from the Akropolis Centre in Uherske Hradiste and another group of Italians from our soon to be twinned town of Priverno. A progamme organised with the help of the Bridgwater College and other institutions involved in training for social care made this possible.
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