Cittaslow Taiwan?

Sue Sharpe, Aylsham Festival Director and member of Cittaslow Aylsham committee with Yu Pei Chang, Blickling Hall, September 2013.

Sue Sharpe, Aylsham Festival Director and member of Cittaslow Aylsham committee with Yu Pei Chang, Blickling Hall, September 2013.

Mo Anderson-Dungar, Aylsham Town Clerk, writes about a recent visit from Taiwan’s Yu Pei Chang and their hopes of joining Cittaslow.

“Aylsham was pleased to welcome Yu Pei Chang from Taiwan during the 9th to 17th September, as part of an international trip to explore Cittàslow towns in Germany, Italy and the UK.  Funded by the Taiwanese government, Yu Pei spent time researching how Cittàslow worked in the various towns with the ultimate goal to make her town the first Cittàslow in Taiwan.  She was particularly interested in work for older people, and it gave us the opportunity to show her the St Michael’s Care Complex – incorporating Housing with Care, a Care Home with Nursing, a Health Centre/pharmacy and a Community Centre.

“A visit to a local primary school provided the opportunity to look at eco and environmental projects, with Yu Pei also enjoying a farm visit, a coastal trip to see the offshore wind farms (and enjoy traditional fish and chips!), a trip on the Bure Valley Railway combined with a trip on the electric launch and time to explore all that the town centre has to offer in shops, cafes and historic buildings.  Yu Pei showed a particular interest in the Cittàslow Committee’s project to turn a piece of scruffy amenity land into a bee-friendly garden.”

Cathy Warnock Chairman of Cittàslow Aylsham, said  “We were pleased to welcome Yu Pei and to hear about her country’s ambitions for Cittàslow.  My thanks to the

Smudge Smith, Yu Pei Chang, Cathy Warnock and Mo Anderson-Dungar, Citttaslow Aylsham representatives during Yu Pei's visit to Aylsham September 2013.

Smudge Smith, Yu Pei Chang, Cathy Warnock and Mo Anderson-Dungar, Citttaslow Aylsham representatives during Yu Pei’s visit to Aylsham September 2013.

staff, members of the Cittàslow Aylsham Committee and everyone who took time to show her all the Cittàslow categories reflected in Aylsham life.

“Coming to Aylsham after Berwick and going on to Mold, I’m sure Yu Pei will have a better understanding of the Cittàslow philosophy and the opportunities it gives for towns to develop and strengthen as individual communities within an international framework.”

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