Chichester twinning group meets to discuss cultural links

Iain Shepherd chairman of Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry International with Ken Averell, Susan Handley and mayor Michael Woolley
Iain Shepherd chairman of Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry International with Ken Averell, Susan Handley and mayor Michael Woolley
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TWINNING groups from Chichester have met with associations from across the county to exchange ideas on how cultural links with Europe can be improved.

The county town has three formal links with the continent including Chartres in France, Ravenna in Italy and last year a ‘friendship link’ was created with the Maltese capital, Valletta.

The event featured a range of discussions including how associations can bid for a vital source of formal funding through the EU commission, to ways of encouraging a greater number of younger people into association groups.

Iain Shepherd, of Chichester Chamber of Commerce said his organisation had viewed the city’s twinning associations as important tools for generating industry connections.

The city’s links with the Italian city were struck up in 1996, pre-dated by those with Chartres, which began in the 1950s and have remained strong ever since.