Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Few words about Beit Leed...

Beit Leed (Arabic: بيت ليد) is a Palestinian town in the Tulkam Governorate in the northeastern West Bank located a few kilometers southwest of Tulkarm and west of Nablus . According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistices, the town had a population of 4,994 inhabitants in 2007. In 1922, its residents amounted to 653, and then rose to 1,807 in 1961.
On the map 163.185 and rises from sea level 435m and descended the hill of Beit Leed severe decline towards the south, where there is soil brown and brown soil red on the south side of the hill while descended gradually declining in the two northern and northwestern where spreading soil white and extends the Mount in the North West and Mount Ras al-Shami in the north side of town and the surface of the earth in the same Beit Leed covered with brown soil.
Town consists of houses are built with stone and cement, especially older buildings that are not separated in the center of town only alleys with a round shape or a semi-circular therefore planned town circular radial cross the narrow streets branching along the roads branching from Beit Leed, particularly in the Bank on both sides of the by Saffarin where almost all buildings of Beit Leed and Saffarin coalesce with each other area of ​​the town has increased as a result of this urban growth of "22 acres" in 1945 to more than "150 acres" in 1980.

Letter from the mayor and from the municipality of Beit Leed

This letter is from the Mayor and municipality members of Beit Leed to the Mayor of Pendle.

English letter :

Dear Mr. Mayor and the distinguished members of the municipality.

We are so grateful and honored to have this twining between your town and our village.
Myself and the municipality members would like to extend and develop this twinning relationship between our municipality and yours for a closer relation, communication and cooperation.
We hope that we will find more ways in which we will keep in touch.
With sincere thanks and appreciation,
Mayor of Beit Lid.
Abdallah Atallah.
Arabic letter :
هذه الرسالة من رئيس واعضاء بلدية بيت ليد لرئيس البلدية حضرتكم:
حضرة السيد رئيس واعضاء بلدية حضرتكم المحترمين
تحية طيبة وبعد
نتقدم نحن رئيس واعضاء بلدية بيت ليد في فلسطين بطلب بناء علاقة توأمة بين بلديتنا وبلديتكم من اجل توثيق علاقات الاتصال والتواصل والتعاون بيننا وبينكم املين منكم الموافقة على طلبنا
مع خالص الشكر والتقدير
رئيس بلدية بيت ليد

Pendle's mayor

In the evening, we were invited to the Council where we had a great opportunity to meet the Mayor and to talk about the twinning. We had the letter translated into English. In this letter the Mayor of Beit Leed thanked the municipality here and requested to extend the relations and the communication between the two towns. Noor read the letter in Arabic and Richard read it in English.
After that the Twining was approved. Noor was also asked to present a talk during which she explained the projects that she has been doing.Some of these projects are about Palestinian life and Beit Leed in particular. 
Sabrina explained about the up coming students' visit in June and explained more about CADFA work in London.


Today we've been in an exploratory tour for the students' visit accommodation. We went to a nice place called Coldwell. We really enjoyed the place and we got discount and good offers.
Coldwell Activity Centre is a residential facility in the heart of the Lancashire landscape in a remarkably beautiful setting overlooking the reservoir.
The organizers were very nice, we had the chance to talk and we put some suggestions and ideas for making the stay more interresting.
Coldwell has twelve bedrooms, three of which are en-suite, sleeping up to 27 people. Because of the size of the groups who will stay they will have exclusive use of all the residential facilities, and receive a bespoke, personal service.
The building itself has been converted from an 18th century inn, retaining many original features and set in its own grounds with woodland walks and plenty of wildlife.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Few words about Pendle...

We visited a beautiful town called Pendle. Pendle is located in the East of Lancashire (see the map). Pendle is composed of the towns of Nelson, Colne, Barnoldswick and Earby. Pendle is nestled within Pennine Lancashire, Pendle offers some of England’s finest countryside, as well as beautiful villages, bustling towns and wide open spaces to explore at whatever pace takes your fancy. Visitors can also admire an amazing view from Pendle Hill.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Report second meeting in Pendle

A meeting was organised in order to start to prepare the Students visit in June. This meeting happened around a dinner. Indeed, during this meeting we exchanged and talked about different aspects of this visit. First of all, we started to talk about how to find the buddies. With regards to this point we decided to ask each peson who wanted to become a buddy to fill an application form. After, we talked about the accomodation so, people proposed different places. Then, we dealt with transport and we were wanded if it was  possible to rent a van and finally, we finished by discussing fundraising. In fact, the people in Pendle will organise different events and cake sales. We also thought it would be good if we had a budget and a target of the amount of money which we needed to finance the trip in Pendle. Each of the people in charge should ask or/and think about either the accomodation, transport or the  fundraising for the next meeting. The communication of this students' visit will be part a for the next meeting. 

First meeting in Pendle

Today, a tour was prepared by Richard to visit University of Manchester with its museum, followed by the Old Trafford, the home of the Manchester United. We ended the day with a play called  « Woody Sez ». It was about the life and music of Woody Guthrie. We saw it at the Lowry in Salford.
We went to an event organized by the twinning group in Pendle. This event was in a restaurant in Burnley. We started the speech by talking about CADFA. We also explained our voluntary work, with a power point presentation and we talked about the different visits which CADFA will be organizing (Women's visit, Students' visit...) from Palestine, so at the end people were aware of the twinning groups. And Richard informed them about the twining that will be between Pendle and Beit Leed. People asked questions and were interested to talk and exchange ideas during a warm dinner. It was really interesting.

Very lovely welcoming !!!

We were met and warmly welcomed by Richard at Manchester station and he took us around in his car and then we had a cup of tea at Yvonne's house. She was so sweet and we enjoyed it a lot.
After that we had a dinner in a fancy Italian restaurant, where we talked about the work, the importance of the twinning and we discussed about the school work that we've been doing and CADFA work specifically.