Newbury Twin Towns

Newbury Twin Town Association

Brexit: The price of a divorce

The meeting of the 7 networked towns – 11th to 15th July 2019

The conference ‘Brexit: The price of divorce’ took place in Newbury as part of the EACEA thematic project ‘Immaginare il futuro: percorso in otto tappe verso l’Europa del 2050’ (‘Imagine the future: eight-stage route to Europe 2050’) project number 601590-CITIZ-1-2018-1-IT-CITIZ-NT. The meeting involved over 183 people from 8 countries. The was co-funded with the support of the European Union EACEA under the ‘Europe for Citizens : Network of Towns’ programme.

Brief overview of the weekend

Arrival and allocation of visitors with host families.

9:30 – 15:30 : Conference and workshop on ‘Brexit: The price of divorce’ : Newbury College, Newbury.

10:15 – 11:30 : Twinning with Carcaixent : The Corn Exchange, Newbury
14.30 – 15.30 : Talk on Brexit: Ben Joel Baccas & Sophie Larroque : Newbury Town Hall
16:00 – 17.15 : Italian play ‘Sogno di una felice Europa’ (Dream of a Happy Europe) : Phoenix Centre, Newbury
19:00 – 23:00 : Gala Dinner and dancing : Newbury Racecourse

Free time with hosts or optional activities:
10.30 : Greenham Common and control tower tour
14:00 : Guided walk around Newbury Town Centre 14:00
19:00 – 23:00 : Hog Roast and Barn Dance : Hermitage Village Hall, Hermitage

Departure of visitors

Conference and workshop - 12th July

The conference and workshop was held at Newbury College. The programme of events is given below

09.45 : Welcome by Elizabeth O’Keefe Mayor of Newbury
09.50 : Introduction, Brexit timeline by Gillian Durrant
10.00 : Richard Benyon MP
10.30 : George Chichester rural land agent from Strutt and Parker
11.10 : Break
11.40 : Judith Bunting MEP (Culture and education committee)
12.00 : Johannes Von Stumm (The Creative Industries in the UK)
12.30 : lunch
13.30 : Workshops followed by plenary session
15.30 : End of conference


Twinning ceremony between Newbury and Carcaixent - 13th July

Twinning of Newbury and Carcaixent took place in the Corn Exchange.

Presentations at Newbury Town Hall - 13th July

14.30 : Ben Joel Baccas: ‘Legal Challenges Have Revealed Brexit Puts Our Democracy at Risk.’
15.30 : Sophie Larroque (representative of The UK European Union party) at Newbury Town Hall

Italian Production at Phoenix Centre: ‘Sogno di una Felice Europa’ - 13th July

A play about the contradiction that is the European Union and the various nationalities that are part of it.

Gala dinner at the Newbury Racecourse - 13th July

Hog Roast and Barn Dance - 14th July