Ausstellung im Crawley Museum (erstellt am 20.10.2022 von Iain Miller)
An exhibit has been set up by Crawley Town Twinning Association (CTTA) who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2023.
It consists of a display cabinet with some commemorative items and souvenirs from Crawley’s twin town of Dorsten, in Germany, together with a large notice board full of with pictures & information.
Founded in 1973, the CTTA exists to promote friendship between the people of Crawley and Dorsten through personal and cultural links.
The CTTA is run by residents of Crawley to facilitate exchanges between clubs and societies such as sports clubs, choirs or orchestras.
Dorsten sits close to the Rhine, only 40km from the Dutch border. It is on the edge of the extensive Hohe Mark Country Park in the rich pastoral landscape just north of the Ruhr (Germany’s main industrial belt).
The river Lippe flows through the town and its 11 neighbourhoods are separated by large areas of woodland and open fields.
Like Crawley, Dorsten is an expanding town with a variety of light industry and many commuters. The population is slightly less than that of Crawley. With its Altstadt (old town) and modern shopping precinct, the pedestrianised town centre proudly combines old and new.
Local farmers hold a colourful weekly market in front of the picturesque Old Town Hall and large Market Church.
Every year a group from Crawley visits Dorsten or a group from Dorsten comes to Crawley. Visitors pay their own travel expenses but when in Germany they stay with a German family as non-paying guests and visits are arranged to places of interest in the neighbourhood.
The following year Crawley members act as hosts to their German guests.
Membership is open to families, individuals, clubs and societies. It is not necessary to speak German but there is the opportunity to do so if you wish.
By Iain Millar Chairman, Crawley Town Twinning Association