Bedford Borough Council also has friendship links to Arezzo in
Italy and Wloclawek in Poland.
Arezzo is the only Italian chief town to have
been one of the "lucumonies" of ancient Etruria under the rule of
King Porsenna. Evidence pertaining to the town's long history that
dates back to the dawn of civilisation, can be seen today in its
four museums, in its Medieval and Renaissance churches and in its
prestigious buildings of splendid architecture where countless
works of art are preserved.
The extraordinary intellectual achievements
that took place in the town have certainly influenced culture
worldwide. Worthy of mention are the ancient bronzes (the most
famous is the Chimera that dates back to the 5th Century B.C.),
invention of the dinner service (Marco Perennio, 30 B.C.),
invention of the musical notation (Guido Monaco 1000 A.D.),
scientific evolution of medicine (Andrea Cesalpino 16th Century,
and Francesco Redi 17th Century), invention of the rules of
perspective in pictorial art (Piero della Francesca, 15th
As Carducci, the poet, once said "Arezzo alone
is enough to glorify Italy".
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The tradition of Arezzo continues today thanks
to its versatile and resourceful citizens who have gained
international fame within the sphere of various sectors: jewellery,
leather, clothing and furniture industries as well as technological
Arezzo Web site: http://www.comune.arezzo.it/
Wloclawek, situation by the Vistula River and
its tributary, the Zglowiczka, is the capital of the Kujawy region.
It has an area of 85 square kilometres and a population of
Wloclawek is one of the oldest settlements in Poland. About 5,000
years ago at the estuary of the Zglowilczka river to the Vistula
the first Vloclavians settled down. The favourable geographical
conditions, unique environment were the reason, in spite of many
fires and distractions, high and lows, the town has survived to our
times, keeping its unique structure. There are no other such towns
with its Old Town on the very bank of the river and with a
breathtaking view of the Szpetal Hills.
Whilst there are very few things that have remained untouched from
the ancient times, the history can still be found in the backyards
of the 19th Century tenement houses and sleeps in the proud towers
of the Cathedral testifying the splendour of the medieval town.
Wloclawek's tourist attractions include:
the Willany Reservoir (with 75 square
kilometres it is the third largest reservoir in Poland).
The Wloclawsko-Gostynilski Landscape Park
(with 9 tourist trails)
forests, lakes, nature reserves and numerous
For those who would like to experience the
Gothic era, there is a great opportunity to admire precious
monuments of architecture and sacred art. For those who prefer an
active form of rest there are stables, excursions to the nature
parks and the wild banks of the Vistula river. The tremendous
Vloclavian Bay has very good conditions for sailing. There are few
such places where you can see Moses' burning bush (Dictamnus albus)
in its natural environment and a falconry display, where you can
admire the golden eagle and the majestic moose.
To get to know the country is to get to know
its tradition and culture. In the Vloclavian museums you can see a
unique collection of hand painted Vloclavian faience and a very
rare collection of measures and scales. Coming to our Ethnographic
Park you can become the eyewitness of the authentic customs and
folk ceremonies and you can see them during the old custom of
carnival march on the streets of the town.
Present day Wloclawek is above all a centre of
industry and of services for the region's agriculture. The town's
various industires (chemical, food, high precision, metal and
light) constitute the bases of its economy.
Wloclawek is a great place to invest in for
its location in the centre of the country
land and buildings of bankrupt industrial
factories, available for development
extensive municipal infrastructure (a sewage
treatment plant, a garbage dump, large supplies of good quality
cheap and qualified labour
Town Promotion and Development Office - tel.
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The Harrold Twinning
association was originally formed in 1992. St Pazanne is a small
town in the north-west of France. Every two years members from
Harrold and the surrounding area visit St Pazanne, and on alternate
years, members of St Pazanne's Twinning Association return the
visit. Visit Harrold website at
http://www.harrold.info/HarroldSiteManager/harroldtwinningassociation/index.asp?n= for more
Great Barford was officially twinned with Wöllstein in Germany
in 1978 when the twinning charter was signed by the then Chairman
of the Parish Council and the Burgermeister of Wöllstein.
Every two years members from Great Barford visit Wöllstein and
on alternate years, members of Wöllstein Twinning Association
return the visit. Visit Great Barford Twinning Partnership
website at http://www.greatbarfordpartnership.co.uk/ for