Twin Town Tea Party

BASH hosted a Twin Town Tea Party on Saturday 21st June 2015 in St Peter’s Church to celebrate the Messages project, the 375 anniversary and twinning. 

Cream teas and an edible version of the twinning charter were enjoyed by many. Information about the twinning and BASH’s related projects was on display, alongside the signed Twinning Charter and a slideshow of photographs old and new from both towns. BASH’s secretary Sonia Frost read an official letter of greeting from Wendy King of Sandwich MA, and Rev. Mark Roberts gave a short speech. On the same afternoon (with a 6 hour time lag!) Sandwich, MA held a celebratory heritage tea in their founding church, First Church of Sandwich, an iconic Cape Cod building. The Massachusetts tea was given an English theme in our town’s honour. Our thanks to the Friends of St Peter’s for their support.

Henry’s elephant! The first elephant to tread on English soil disembarked at Sandwich in 1255, on its way to Henry III’s Tower of London menagerie. The BASH elephant (above), adapted by Jim Marshall from the engraving by Matthew Paris, become an exchange mascot for Sandwich, Kent. Copies of Henry’s elephant were decorated by children from Sandwich Infant School and sent to schoolchildren in Massachusetts. The colourful elephants could also be spotted at the BASH Twin Town Tea Party.

Messages to MA

It all started with a ‘Sandwich Story Tree’ at the annual Festival of Trees in St Peter’s Church, in December 2013. Using large luggage labels, BASH asked visitors to write messages of greeting to the people of Sandwich MA, or to share their own stories or memories of Sandwich. They could then hang the labels on the Story Tree. The resulting labels, with the first greetings from one Sandwich town to another, were included in the Messages to Massachusetts parcel.

town crier
Kevin, Sandwich town crier and sergeant, rings in the news

Our BASH post boxes were launched at The Sandwich Food Fayre in early May 2014. BASH volunteers Jan Cooper and Jim Marshall gathered over 70 postcards of greetings during the event. Jim’s Cape Cod sandwich tribute – the Lobster Pot – even won second prize in the annual sandwich competition!