NEWS and EVENTS
Norfolk Brewhouse's new brew, Amitié IPA which celebrates the 60th anniversary of our twinning in 2019, was launched in Norwich at the City of Ale festival on 26 May. The 'twin' brewers from Normandy were present. You might be interested in this article by beer writer Roger Prozt http://protzonbeer.co.uk/features/2018/05/28/viking-beer-cements-norfolk-rouen-link Next year the Northmaen brewers plan to bring their beer by boat up the Seine, across the Channel and down the Yare to Norwich. To be called 'Thors Crossing' it will be a great way of bringing a whole new audience to the twinning.
Beccles 40th anniversary twinning event
Hark to the Bells: A unique bilingual entertainment in May featured the tower bells of St Michael’s and Waveney Handbells with actors from the Commédiamuse in Petit-Couronne. The event was part of the 40th anniversary twinning celebrations in Beccles.
New brew from the Norfolk Brewhouse!
David Holliday of the Norfolk Brewhouse has called his new brew Amitié IPA which is a very nice gesture to our Association. Thank you David! The beer is brewed at Moon Gazer Barn, Hindringham. David has made links with the Northmaen (pronounced Norman) brewery near Rouen. At The Vine in Norwich some of us were able to sample David's brew and two whiskies from the Northmaen brewery, and very good they were!
Latest from other Norfolk twinning associations
Dereham is twinned with Caudebec-lès-Elboef which is not far from Rouen. On the weekend of 10-11 November to coincide with Peace Weekend, there is an afternoon tea dance in or near the Memorial Hall in Dereham. On the weekend of 21-22 September, there is a wreath-laying and other twinning events in Dereham. Details of both to follow.
King's Lynn: during Whitsun weekend and to coincide with the visit of their German friends there will be events in King's Lynn linked to the Hanseatic League. All welcome. Details later.
Photographic project in Norwich's twin towns
An up-and-coming photographer, Stefan Ebelewicz, began his photographic project in Rouen where he was welcomed by Christophe Thierry, Rouen-Norwich-Club President, and other members of the RNC. Stefan's website is at https://www.instagram.com/s_ebelewicz/?hl=fr We look forward to seeing his photographs later.
Trip to Brussels: EU Parliament and Passchendaele Memorial Museum
Thetford Twinning Association is organising the above trip from 17 - 20 September 2018 inclusive. They will travel by coach and stay in Brussels for three nights. See the details here. This is a subsidised trip and everyone going MUST attend the EU Parliament visit.
International conference at UEA
A free conference on twinning and international relations took place at the University of East Anglia on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - see the attached flyer and programme. Contact: Robert Rickard at Norfolk County Council, firstname.lastname@example.org
A tale of two ales
A special beer has been brewed by The Norfolk Brewhouse in collaboration with Northmaen Brewery near Rouen. It will be available at the City of Ale Festival to be held this May in Norwich. The new beer is the brainchild of David Holliday of The Norfolk Brewhouse who explains:
“The City of Ale Festival is always a great celebration of Norfolk breweries and Norwich pubs. The twinning with cities is also important to Norwich and I felt that creating a beer which could complement the strengths of both regions would be a fitting tribute.”
Rouen is home to a craft beer pub – La Taverne de Thor which is owned by Northmaen Brewery – a farm and brewery 20 miles from Rouen.
“The fact that we found not only a brewery with a city and county base was fantastic but to then learn that they grow their own barley was the icing on the cake. We are such advocates of Norfolk Maris Otter barley that to find someone who was equally proud of their malt was just fabulous.” said David.
As part of the planning to ‘twin’ the two malts, Thomas Renaux and Dominique Camus of Northmaen Brewery came to Norwich to create the recipe and bring over a sample of their grain in order that a test brew can be created by The Norfolk Brewhouse. Thomas is excited and proud to be presenting a taste of France at the Festival:
“It is an honour to be part of the Festival and we are excited about what the combination of the malts will bring. It is great to see how much shared heritage that there is between our two cities and, if through our beer we can create yet another connection between Rouen and Norwich for now and the future that will make us very proud.” The plan is for Norfolk beers to be part of the Viking festival in Normandy in June.
Drama in French
The annual student/staff drama production in French by UEA's Sacré Théâtre took place in March 2018 at UEA. Jules Romains's famous satire Knock ou le triomphe de la Médecine is about the invasion of modern medicine in a sleepy French village, with the arrival of a certain Dr Knock, very well played by Claudine Tourniaire, and the devastating consequences for the village and the retiring doctor!
NNRFA Annual General Meeting
This took place on Wednesday 14 March at City Hall. Minutes to be available eventually.
Lakenham first school now has a link with Ecole Bachelet in Rouen and the children of Ecole Bachelet sent a box of Christmas crackers to Lakenham school.
13 – 18 November 2017 – This is England, festival of short films
The sixth festival of British short films, This is England, was the culmination of months of preparation by a team of Rouen Norwich Club organisers and was a huge success. Thirty shortlisted films from some 1000 received were shown to students and members of the public. The jury, usually drawn from the French film industry, were this year all British: Norwich-based Guy Myhill, director of The Goob, Steve Bell, The Guardian's political cartoonist, and film producer Millie Marsh. The films showed a wealth of talent and imagination and ranged from documentaries to animation and fiction, some funny, some thought-provoking, some touching. Some 5500 school students from the collège and lycée age groups attended to see a selection and each group chose their winning film. Some film-makers were present and available for Q&As after the showings. At the end of the week, the awards were announced: The Rouen Norwich Club chose Wednesday with Goddard (Nicholas Ménard), an amusing animation about a personal quest for spiritual enlightenment. The Collège students chose Sweet Maddie Stone (Brady Hood) about a 15-year-old girl who rules the school playground. The Lycée students also chose a film with a social theme: Kin, (Helena Middleton) about a young man who seeks custody of his younger brother. The jury chose three films: Mordechai (Benjamin Bee), about an orthodox Jew who turns up to his father's funeral in a flashy shirt, having lost his case on the way, and finds that his family can't accept that. Tough (Jennifer Zheng) an animation of a conversation between a Chinese mother and daughter about identity and belonging, and The Party (Andrea Harkin), set in Belfast in 1972, when young people meet up with a fugitive friend for drinking and dancing but things end up going terribly wrong. You may find all or some of these films on Vimeo.
Also in Rouen was an exhibition in the city hall of 51 of Steve Bell's cartoons, many based on famous paintings and figuring British politicians and sometimes French presidents. An explanation of the cartoon with a photograph of the original painting where relevant was shown to help visitors who didn't recognise the characters. Steve also talked about his work one evening in Rouen's largest bookshop, L'Armitière.
All in all it was a marvellous week. The festival was very well organised and the atmosphere very friendly and welcoming. Thanks to Christophe Thierry, Festival Director and President of the Rouen Norwich Club, and his team of assistants who voluntarily took on everything from programming to seeking sponsorships, sub-titling, publicity and arranging accommodation. Dates for 2018:12 - 17th November! (Christine Wilson)
Lots of photos on the website of the Rouen-Norwich-Club and details of the festival at www.thisisengland-festival.com/