Bridgwater Twinning Conference 2015

Report of the 2015 Twinning Conference



14 x Twinning delegates took part in the Conference

 

1.     The Maltese delegation ;- Cllr Dominic Spencer + Claudette Spencer

 

2.     The Italian delegation  - Maria Capobianca, Damiano Pellegrini, Luca Ranucci, Mario Russo (Marilunari folk band )+  Carla Contini (Priverno school teacher)

 

3.     The  Hungarian delegation  Beata Kovacs (teacher) and Karina Kraszni  (student)

 

4.     The  Czech delegate  Antonin Machala (Altech sro)

 

5.     The French delegation Mireille Benedetti : Deputy Mayor, Marie-Pierre Leonardelli: Chair of La Ciotat Twinning Committee, Magalie Ambrosi: secretary for Twinning, European and International Department Nathalie McAndrew: Twinning Committee elected member

 

The project was co-ordinated by Brian Smedley through Bridgwater International whicharranged directly the 4 Twinnings within their remit (Czech, Italy, Hungary, France) along with shared elements of the programme and held a single non-profit budget.

 

2 Maltese guests stayed in Bridgwater by arrangement with the Maltese group throughout the week. Their expenses were contained and controlled within that Twinning groups account apart from elements of shared programme at the weekend which were covered by the Bridgwater International project account.

 

There were no International guests from the German group.

 

The Programme

 

Thursday 5th March

 

Brian hired a minibus for 5 days to cover movement of all conference guests and band £280 hire  charge + Fuel £113.05 .He collected 5 Italians from Gatwick at  1230 and 2 Hungarians from Gatwick Airport at 1730.The 4 Italians (Marilunari) flight cost  £303.75-paid for from the project . Carla Contini paid her own flight

The 2 Hungarians flights  were paid for by the Hungary group £189.30

The Hungarians were taken to Taunton to stay FOC with Ian Tucker.

The 4 band members of Marilunari were taken to Bridgwater to stay with Martin Grixoni (1 Castle st) This cost £150. Martin vacated his house for the duration. Bridgwater international provided food materials which over the week came to £47.76

Carla Contini the Italian teacher stayed at Huntstile Farm This cost £140 and included bed and breakfast + meal on arrival (£8)

 

2200 Antonin Machala (Czech)  and Magalie Ambrosi, Nathalie McAndrew,Marie Pierre Leonardelli, Mireille Benedetti (France) arrived by plane and were collected from Bristol Airport  by minibus. All paid their own flights.

Accommodation was arranged for all at Huntstile farm paid for by the project  Czech £140 French £480 Bed and Breakfast

 

Friday 6 March

 

All delegates met at Sedgemoor car park for a guided tour of the town centre by Brian + a visit to the street market and to the carnival centre.

 

The main feature of the morning was a visit to Bridgwater College where they met John Harding co-ordinator of the Erasmus projects who was keen to work with everyone. They had a tour of the college arranged by Mino DiFrancesca (Media). Mino also organised a lunch time concert for Marilunari and recorded it. Mino also arranged the loan of a Cajon drum for the duration of the tour FOC. It was hoped that lunch would be provided by the college but we had to pay ourselves and so £40  was paid by Bridgwater international to cover delegates food.

During the afternoon the minibus toured Somerset including Wells and Cheddar.

 

During the evening a social event at the Squib skittle alley in West st was arranged and sponsored by Steve Austen the Mayor of Bridgwater from his own budget. Approximately 50 people attended and a buffet was included.The Czech rep Antonin Machala won the skittles tournament.

 

Saturday 7 March

 

The Bridgwater Arts Centre had been hired in it’s entirety for the whole day. This cost £250 to which each twinning group had contributed £50 (so £300 income). The remaining £50 was earmarked for publicity. Posters initially for Rabi Gabbi had cost £21 with additional flyers for the conference costing £28. However, after Rabi Gabbi pulled out we had to pay for new Marilunari posters which cost £21 further.

 

An early morning BBC radio interview

with Brian + Nathalie McAndrews was broadcast on BBC Somerset Sound.


The Art Centre was set out for the Conference with stalls from each group

 

The German and Maltese stalls filled the bar The French stall filled the foyer .The Czech,Italian and Hungarian stalls took up the gallery space.A late and surprising arrival by Cllr Alison Hamlin of the Schwalm Eder Kreis district twinning also requested space. This may have been a confusion with an anticipated ‘sedgemoor; display – however, this was already in place and consisted of several boards promoting sedgemoor generally and provided by Claire Faun. A space was nevertheless found in the gallery area.

 

The Mayor of Bridgwater opened the conference at 1100 and acted as compere throughout. Every 30 minutes a presentation took place from the stage.

 

Technical assistance for the day came from Adrian Baker free of charge.

 

Whilst most groups included food on their stalls we also provided a giant paella served from the garden by Kate Gardner of Purple Spoon Events. This cost £100 of which £70 was donated by Tim Mander chair of the Czech group (although he had originally hoped to be sponsoring goulash)


Yvette Staelens and the Voice of the People choir performed FOC on stage

 

Programme for the day


 

1100 Mayor’s welcome

1115 La Ciotat  

1145 Homberg

1215-Czech;

1245 lunch (Kate Gardiner )

1315 Voice of the People

1345 Malta

1415 Priverno  

1445 Sarvar;   

1515 plenary –Mayor

 

Attendance for the day was not easy to quantify as guests came and went throughout but an estimate might be c.100+.

 

The French delegation were afterwards taken to lunch at the Green Olive by Derek Alder and Keith Giles at their own expense.Keith & Derek also helped FOC with some transport.

 

During the evening the band Marilunari performed a concert on stage at the art centre. Also Dom Spencer from Marsa sang a couple of karaoke songs from Malta.

Ticket sales were 62 at £10 = £620. This was the income we were relying on to cover the Marilunari costs and any shared costs (minibus/fuel etc)

   

Sunday 8th March


Ian Tucker drove the Hungarians + Carla the Italian to Gatwick FOC

 

Brian took the 4 French to Bristol airport and then Marilunari who had an additional concert at the Sheppey Inn,Godney which raised £100 for the project fund and the manager gave an additional £20 for  food directly to the band

 

Brian then drove Marilunari to Watchet where they had an additional concert at the Pebbles Inn which raised £100 for the project fund. Ben Allen the host raised an additional £50 which he gave directly to the band.

 

Monday 9th March

The minibus was returned. Brian drove Antonin Machala to Bristol airport for 1320 for the  1520 flight and the Marilunari band to Exeter for the day

 

Tuesday 10th March

Brian returned to Exeter at  0230 am to collect the Italians and drive them to Gatwick for 0720 for the 0920 flight. These activities cost an additional £81 in fuel.

 

Budget summary


income

6 Twinning groups  x £50 = £300

62 x Art Centre tickets=£620

Sub from French Group =£530

Sub from Hungary group = £244.50

Sub from Czech group = £100

Sub from Italy group = £341.93

Marilunari concerts = £200

Donation T Mander (Czech) = £70

                              

                                                       Total £2,406.43

 

 

outgoings

Art Centre hire = £250

Publicity = £70

Minibus hire = £280

Minibus fuel = £113.05

Hungary Flights = £194.50

Marilunari flights =£303.75

Marilunari food = £47.76

Marilunari additional fuel =£81

Marilunari accommodation = £150

French Accommodation = £480

Czech accommodation= £140

Italian accommodation = £148

Delegate food College=£40

Conference food = £100

                                                          Total £2,406.43

 

Brian Smedley 20.3.2015


 


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