Bath – Aix en Provence Twinning Associations celebrate 40 years of friendship

Bath Newseum is here to help you post your notices. So here’s one about a very special international celebration of friendship.
Marian McNeir MBE , Chairman of the Bath – Aix TA , writes that the celebrations began last year with the unveiling of a beautiful Bath stone bench in Parade Gardens . The bench was made by apprentice stonemasons at Bath College with stone kindly donated by Bath Stonemine in Limpley Stoke.
A beautiful poem in French by a poet from Aix is carved in the stone seat. Marian says ” Do try it out  — it’s down by the river with the most amazing views “.
The celebrations continue with a visit by the Deputy Mayor of Aix and a group of Jumelages ( Twinning )  members who will have talks with Bath Tourist chiefs and local business people to discuss possible joint ventures.  A local art gallery in Bath is interested in organising an exhibition of Bath artists in Aix and contacts with Bath schools are also planned.
The visit will culminate in a joint conference on Tuesday 18 September from 9.30 to 12.30 in the Assembly Rooms. The subject will be Heritage and the key speakers will be Stephen Bird MBE, Director of Heritage Services and Pierre Dussol, President of the Patrimoine ( Heritage ) in Aix.  Charles Curnock MBE will also talk about the Abbey’s Footprint Project and the Mayor, Cllr Angetell- Jones will also receive the guests.
The conference is free and all are welcome — it would be good to let Marian know if you’d like to attend  —
As Marian says , ” Aix is a very beautiful city in Provence and we have a lively TA in Bath which welcomes anyone who is interested  — just email as above and we’ll send you information about our activities. “