An open invitation has been extended to the Mayor of Thurles and to the people of the locality to visit Bollignton - one of Thurles’ twinned towns - in the UK during July to help renew links and acquaintances.
A letter has been sent of the Mayor, Councillor Michael Cleary, and to the people of Thurles from the Chairperson of the twinning committee in Bollington, Angela Williams, who visited the Cathedral Town as part of the last official visit from the UK delegation.
In the letter, Ms Williams outlines the proposal for the event in July and calls of the people of Thurles and the elected representatives to make a special effort to travel across the water to renew links.
The letter states:
To the Mayor of Thurles and Townsfolk,
I write as Chairman of the Bollington/Thurles Twinning Group to formally ask you if you would do us the honour of coming over to Bollington for a short visit, to meet with our Mayor and Councillors and specifically the group of Bollington residents who comprise the Twinning Group ( it is not and never has been a Council committee )
We are looking at a week-end event in 2013, July 5/6/7th, when we will be holding our annual Well Dressing Festival. Well dressing is an ancient tradition in the North West of England, when communities give thanks for the blessing of pure, clean water which saved many rural villages from the scourge of the Plague in medieval times. All the old wells and springs in the area are `dressed` i.e. decorated with flowers and natural materials fashioned into pictures, many with a biblical significance, all done by local residents. It is a village wide celebration, including the schools, who dance and sing, and our wonderful Brass Band turns out.
The whole programme will begin on Friday evening with local groups and pub singing, as several of our pubs (of which there are a fair few in Bollington) are very keen to get themselves involved with the twinning process) The Twinning Group concept has now been strengthened, as we have a firm involvement with the Bollington schools and a broader community base than previously.
The celebrations continue on the Saturday with a junior ceileigh in the afternoon which leads onto an adult one in the evening and on the Sunday we hope to host an ecumenical service with joint participation from all the churches.
This is an invitation which we hope that you will pass on to your fellow Councillors, as well as any of our Thurles friends who wish to renew acquaintance. We well remember the happy weekend in 2005, when John Kenehan came over here with several Thurles folk as well as the wonderful Michael Loughnane and Step Dancers. Of course I recently represented Bollington, when I was the Mayor and Dai , my husband and Consort and Shirley Sockett and her husband Martin all came over to Tipperary, and Thurles did them us all proud, I think that our stamina could not have lasted longer than a week-end.
It goes without saying that we would also be delighted to meet any Townsfolk who wish to make their first trip over the water and we assure them of a hearty welcome, after all we have been Twinning cousins for well over 30 years and want to bring in new folks to continue our Ango Irish family for many more years.
We can help a wee bit on the financial side, and can also offer special rates at our hotels, furthermore accommodation is offered in several homes, so that hopefully the financial aspect should not be too much of a burden.
I hope that this gives you a flavour of what we have done in the past and hope to continue in the future and that it intrigues you sufficiently to consider our sincere invitation.
With all good wishes,
(On behalf of the Bollington/Thurles Twinning Group)