Visit from twin town

Deacon SUS-150608-082136001
Deacon SUS-150608-082136001

A group of nine people from Hastings German twin town Schwerte made the journey to attend the ordination of Ian Moon to the Sacred order of the Diaconate.

The ceremony took place at St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs Roman Catholic Church, St Leonards.

The Rt. Rev. Richard Moth, bishop of Arundel and Brighton ordained Ian Moon.

Many parish members, family, friends and Clergy attended the ceremony.

Ken Sharples, chairman of the Hastings Association of Twin Towns, said: “A group of nine from the German twin town of Schwerte, of the parish of St Marien travelled to see the ordination.

“They brought special greetings and blessings from their parish priest Father Peter Iwan, and as a gift of friendship a stole for Ian Moons’ service in the church.

“After the ceremony there was a reception in the Concordia Hall, where the parish members put out an amazing buffet.”

Ken added: The church in St Leonards has very close links with the church in Schwerte. The Mayor of Schwerte is coming to Hastings again on Saturdy August 8 to watch the Old Town Carnival.”

Hastings is twinned with four European towns - Béthune (France), Oudenaarde (Belgium), Dordrecht (The Netherlands) and Schwerte (Germany).

In addition, Hastings is now twinned with Hastings in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Schwerte is located in North Rhine-Westphalia, on the river Ruhr, which flows to the Sauerland, a rural hilly region lying towards the South East. The town can be dated back to 962 when it was originally known as Suerte

In the Old Town centre is the Calvin house, which dates, back over 700 years and the Old Town Hall was built in 1547. It is now home to a museum.

Twinning with Schwerte began in 1982 and many strong friendships have formed over the years.