Sandwich, Massachusetts, the oldest town in Cape Cod, celebrated its 375th anniversary in 2014. BASH joined in the celebrations – and helped to establish a new town twinning
Messages to Massachusetts
To mark the Massachusetts anniversary, and the twinning of our two Sandwich towns, BASH gathered a parcel of messages from Sandwich UK to our American cousins. Postcards of greeting were collected via our 'Messages to Massachusetts' BASH post boxes in town. We added these to the many letters, photos, documents, leaflets, books, cds and commemorative gifts generously sent in by local organisations and individuals. There were even some beautiful words and pictures from children at Sandwich Infant School. The parcel arrived in time for the Sandwich Massachusetts Heritage Day on 14th June 2014, where letters were read out to the assembled crowd, including a greeting from the Sandwich Mayor Cllr Paul Graeme. Items from the parcel are now on display in Sandwich MA. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the parcel. For more on this story, see the post 'Messages to MA'...
The signing of the twinning charter
The Mayor of Sandwich, Cllr Paul Graeme, Town Clerk Laura Fidler and Chair of BASH James Frost signed four copies of the new twinning charter in the Mayor's Parlour on 30th May 2014. Two copies were returned to Sandwich, MA, one is held in the Sandwich Guildhall and one will remain with BASH. We are delighted to be custodians of this document, which we proudly displayed at our celebratory Twin Town Tea Party (see post!).
Twinning and visits
Our first official visitor from Sandwich MA, Sandy Schrader, arrived in August 2014. Sandy was greeted by BASH, the Mayor and Mayoress, Deputy Mayor and Consort and Chair of the Sandwich History Society. After a visit to the Guildhall Courtroom, Sandy enjoyed an afternoon tea at The Salutation, followed by a historic tour of the town. She also presented gifts in response to BASH's Messages project. Meanwhile, Sandy's husband Dave was back home meeting our first twinning pioneer Jim Marshall. Jim took along some Sandwich Folk & Ale t-shirts, modelled here with the Sandwich MA twinning sign.
Further links between the towns are being established through a new twinning association, the Sandwich Transatlantic Twinning Association, headed by Jim Marshall. Visit our Messages to Massachusetts pinterest board for images, webpages and scraps of news about Sandwich Kent and Sandwich Massachusetts. For more information about Sandwich, Massachusetts and their anniversary events, visit www.sandwich375.com