Over 60 parishioners attended St Helier’s Parish Assembly on Wednesday evening to support the proposed twinning of St Helier with Trenton, the state capital of New Jersey, USA.
Proposed by former Senator, Ted Vibert, and seconded by Deputy Ahier, the discussion at the Assembly focussed entirely on the positive cultural, academic, economic, and community aspects of twinning arrangements. Speakers at the Assembly also referred to the success and benefits of the Parish’s existing twinning arrangements with Avranches, Bad Wurzach and Funchal. The Assembly concluded its debate by voting to approve the proposed twinning arrangement, with a number of those in attendance indicating that they would be interested in contributing to the development of a St Helier - Trenton Twinning Committee.
The twinning follows several meetings and exchanges in recent years between Jersey and Trenton; most recently in May this year, when Mayor Reed Gusciora, Mayor of Trenton, visited Jersey for the official naming of Trenton Square in the International Finance Centre. Following this visit, Trenton City Council unanimously passed a resolution requesting that St Helier become a ‘sister city’ of Trenton.
Parishioners are invited to become involved in this Twinning or any of the other St Helier twinnings by contacting the Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
 The project, ‘Sister Cities International’, was founded as a Presidential Initiative by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to create more community-led global relationships, so that people of different cultures could appreciate their differences and build partnerships to lessen the chance of new national conflicts and promote a peaceful and prosperous future; the initiative has made a significant impact in building bridges across nations, cities and communities, and include educational, economic, cultural, municipal and humanitarian assistance exchange programmes that are mutually beneficial to each community. The project now involves 2,300 communities in 150 countries, spanning six continents, and with nearly every district in the U.S. House of Representatives represented. As such, the Sister City project mirrors the Twinning arrangements created between European cities following the end of the Second World War, and in which Jersey’s twelve parishes are already involved.
[28th November 2019]