A discussion on the impact of the UK Referendum debate on the future of the European Project
This took place at the Newbury Methodist Church on 09/09/2016. The aim of the event was to discuss the impact on the future of Europe of the decision of the majority of UK voters to leave the EU. Information on the reasons why the UK held a referendum was distributed. A visual power point presentation outlining the reasons why the UK voted to leave the EU was given by the Newbury Twin Town Association President. The group then split into 7 sub-groups by language. Each group was presented with 10 EU statements and had to individually ‘score’ each statement depending on how strongly they agreed or disagreed with each one. Each statement was then discussed in the group. The average score for each statement and for each town and for the towns as a whole was calculated and presented back to the whole group in the final part of the workshop.
This took place in the Newbury Market Place on 09/09/2016. Representatives from each town set up a stall offering produce from their towns to the visitors, hosts and members of the public. This event increased the visibility of the project to members of the public. The local MP was also present to meet representatives from the visiting towns.
This took place at the town hall on 10/09/2016. The aim of the event was a youth meeting to discuss the impact of the referendum decision on young people and the issues highlighted by this decision. The meeting started with an introductory ‘ice-breaker’ session in order that the participants could get to know each other. This was followed by a video about the EU, a quiz to test knowledge about the EU and a discussion on the future of Europe for young people following the UK decision to leave the EU. This was followed by a group meal and group activities for the rest of the day.
This took place in Newbury, UK between 09/09/2016 and 11/09/2016. Newbury Twin Town Association started a photographic project on 01/01/2016 entitled ‘Where I Live’ with the aim to create an archive of photographs taken in Newbury and its twin towns that would show what life was like in 2016. All inhabitants of each town (in addition to Twin Town members) were encouraged to be involved in the project. Photographs were uploaded to the website www.lavidaphoto.eu. A selection of photographs from each town were used to create banners that were displayed in Victoria Park, Newbury, during the weekend. The visitors and their hosts were encouraged to visit the banners and they were also visible to the general public.
Meeting of the Association Presidents
This took place at The Town Hall in Newbury on 11/09/2016. This was a meeting of the Presidents of the associations to discuss present and future projects and meetings. The meeting was also an opportunity for representatives from the ‘West Berkshire Stronger Together’ group to make a presentation to the meeting that expressed their disappointment at the results of the UK Referendum and their desire to maintain the strong links between West Berkshire and the other countries in Europe.
This took place at a local Newbury hotel on 11/09/2016. The visitors, hosts and civic dignitaries met for a traditional Sunday dinner. This event was an opportunity for the embroidered banner of the associations, created by Newbury in 2009 and passed each year to the International Reunion host town, to be passed to representatives from Braunfels in anticipation of the next International Reunion in 2017.
This took place at The Royal British Legion in Newbury, UK on 11/09/2016. The aim of the event was to promote informal discussions between the hosts and visitors on the theme of the weekend prior to the departure of the visitors.