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Twinning : St Helier - Bad Wurzach Partnerschaft Committee

Bad Wurzach crest

 

The 'Partnerschaft' with Bad Wurzach

History of the twinning

The twinning with Bad Wurzach would never have happened had officials of the Third Reich chosen a different town in which to intern English-born people from Jersey in 1942. Despite the hardship of internment, the local people in this small town in southern Germany treated the islanders well and rejoiced with them when the town was liberated. After the war links were gradually established and friendships established, but an early attempt to make a twinning was abandoned in 1973. Procureur Sid Proudley proposed the idea at a Parish Assembly and it was seconded by the late Michael Gabb, a former internee; however after some opposition from the floor the matter was withdrawn. Nearly twenty years later in the Pomme d'Or Hotel the present Constable of St Helier met the then Mayor of Bad Wurzach who had been invited to the Liberation Day service by the Bailiff, and the twinning became a reality, seconded, once more, by Mr Gabb, in 2002.

Recent developments

Members of the St Helier - Bad Wurzach Partnerschaft organised a visit to our German twin town to mark the 70th anniversary of the internment of over 650 British-born Jersey people during the Occupation, and the tenth anniversary of the twinning. The Bailiff, Sir Michael Birt and his wife Joan, along with the Chief Minister, Ian Gorst, accompanied the group. Deputy Rod Bryans represented the Parish and took some excellent photographs which can be viewed online at www.parishpics.blogspot.com. Deputy Bryans said: 'St Helier's twinning with Bad Wurzach was a simple act of reconciliation that has had a profound effect on both towns. Anyone that now finds themselves in the town will be royally treated.'

If you're interested in learning more or wish to join the group, please contact Clive Armstrong on 854152 or email clive.partnerschaft@outlook.com or Angela Francey on 483675 or angie.francey@yahoo.co.uk.

Read more about the St Helier - Bad Wurzach Partnerschaft here.