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We meet together regularly for social events and fundraising and take part in exchange visits with similar groups from our twin cities and partner towns abroad.

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It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our member Pat Trickett. A former secretary of CAIF and our current Social Secretary, she used her boundless energy and love of people to bring us all together in peace and friendship.

Together with her wonderful and loyal choir, The Nightingales, she raised funds for many good causes, particularly Global Care. 

Friends in our Twin and Friendship Towns and Cities have expressed their sympathies. When we were all together, either here in Coventry,  in France or Germany, we would be led in song by Pat accompanying us on piano or playing the guitar.

She will be very deeply missed.

 

 

Recently,we received the following request from Kiel:

On behalf of the town president of the city of Kiel (Mr Tovar) – Coventry became the first twin city to Kiel after WW II – I’m assigned to revive relations on the level of youth exchange programs for both cities as the German coordinator. The office of the town president, has chosen a head teacher and me, sending us to get in contact with responsible and adequate persons in the field of schools and youth work in Coventry and its vicinity. My team colleague Mr. Joerg Thomas is the head teacher of a comprehensive community school situated in the so-called East Bank neighbourhood of Kiel.
Our task is to develop contacts and ideas of options required for building up partnership relations with institutions and / or organizations like schools, associations, creative centres, church congregations to install and implement exchange and encounter programs for German and British girls and boys.
Unfortunately, our request is very short-term and the time frame is limited: We’ll stay in Coventry as of January 30th (evening) until February 3rd (noon). For this period of time we have to arrange a schedule of meetings and talks with interested institutions and organizations to become partners in these future projects.

As a result, from Wednesday 32 January-Friday 2 February, we were pleased to meet Deacon Sebastian Schneider and Headteacher, Joerg Thomas and to arrange approriate visits and introductions for them in a jam packed 3 days. They had already contacted Coventry Schools with limited success and with our help made fruitful visits to:

Bluecoats Secondary School

King Henry V111 Senior School

Bablake Senior School

St Elizabeth's Primary School, Foleshill

St Albans Church

Tours of the Cathedral and The Council House

Thanks go to: 

Ram Lakha (OBE)

Pru Poretta (Lady Godiva)

Mary Goodwin (CAIF member; Cathedral Guide and Coventry German Circle member) 

Richard Parker (CAIF member; Cathedral Guide and Coventry German Circle member)

David Hirons (Caif member)

We hope that exhanges with young people from Coventry and Kiel will happen in the not too distant future.

Linda Hirons (CAIF Secretary)

SEE GALLERY FOR PHOTOS

 VISIT TO VANNES

8 members of CAIF had a most enjoyable visit to Vannes from 29 June- 6 July this year. As always, our hosts were kind and generous and treated us to the following programme of interesting and scenic trips out. 

Thursday 29 : A mini bus will pick the travellers up in Nantes at 16 h 30

Friday 30 : Visit to Carnac , Locmariaquer

Saturday 1er : Auray , St Goustan , Ste Avoye , Le Bono

Sunday 2 : with the family with a picnic at Josselin

Monday 3 : La Gacilly , Rochefort en Terre

Thursday 4 : Ile d' Arz and party near the river

Wednesday 5 : Vannes market,  meeting the Deputy Mayor for a presentation and after a group lunch, a tour of Vannes.guided tour of Vannes in english on afternoon and " apéro dinatoire " at Conleau

Thursday 6: départure at 8h30 to Nantes

There were many social ocasions and pique-niques that only the French can do!

Our ties of friendship are stronger than ever.

See the Gallery for photos

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FAIR

We had a successful and enjoyable day at The Community Information Fair in Smithford Way. This was part of Coventry's annual Positive Images Festival. Not only were we able to talk about our aims in CAIF but we saw other community groups and the valuable work they do. We thank Colin Scott and Mehru Fitter for this opportunity and their organisation of the day. See photos in Gallery.

Global Care Concert 

A letter was received thanking Pat and the Nightingales Choir for their donation of £305.50 in support of Syrian refugees. Global Care fund their partners in Lebanon,the "Out of the Wilderness Agency" to run a "Shack School" to educate 100 refugee children aged 6-9. They are determined that these children will not become a 'lost generation'

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Alan, Margaret, Dave and I met Claudia from our twin city of Dresden on Monday evening. She is a journalist and initiates monthly meetings to speak English and learn about Coventry. She is keen to strengthen the cialis prix en pharmacie links between us. Our thanks go to Judith with whom Claudia was staying for her hospitality. Photo in Gallery.

Another successful concert at the Parochial Hall, Kenilworth for Pat and The Nightingales. With contributing performances from Opera singer Joanna Kunda, Vintage Singer Betsy Harmony and a tasty buffet for all, it was a most enjoyable evening. £300 was raised for local charity Global Care, who build Shack Schools for Syrian Refugee Children. Thanks to all.

See Gallery for photos.