Presentation of Lincolnshire flag January 2010 in Fredersdorf-Vogelsdorf

Photo by PW

Presentation of Lincolnshire flag January 2010 in Fredersdorf-Vogelsdorf



On Saturday 23rd January Sleaford’s Mayor, Councillor Gordon Blythe, and his counterpart in Fredersdorf-Vogelsdorf, Herr Doktor Uwe Klett, sealed the German version of the twinning agreement between the two towns. Despite daytime temperatures that struggled to rise above minus10 degrees Celsius the three-day visit was most successful.

In the course of Saturday morning the two mayors, helped by Jean-Michel DePlanque, representing the Mayor of Marquette-lez-Lille (the two towns’ mutual French twin), ceremonially unveiled one of the twinning plaques newly installed in Fredersdorf Nord, Fredersdorf Sud and Vogelsdorf. A visit to the magnificent new Kita, a nursery accommodating 150 children aged 6 and under, followed. We were impressed by and envious of all the facilities, but a special mention goes to the miniature sauna, complete with ready access to the snowy outside world so that the children can cool down. The pre schoolers of our new twin town are privileged.

The final part of the twinning agreement was signed with due pomp and ceremony during Fredersdorf-Vogelsdorf’s New Year honours celebrations late on Saturday afternoon. As symbols of this new partnership Councillor Blythe presented the people of Fredersdorf-Vogelsdorf and of Marquette-lez-Lille with glassware, Sleaford Pride decorative paving blocks and a Lincolnshire flag.

A major focus of this twinning will be to instigate initiatives to involve the young people of our towns. To this end teachers from Kesteven and Sleaford High School and from Carre’s Grammar School spent Monday in the local Hochschule, meeting German teachers and discussing ways of building contacts between school pupils. Plans are also afoot for a joint summer camp for 18 to 21 year olds and for continuing sporting, cultural and musical links.