Recently members of the Bridgwater-Marsa Twinning Association spent their half term holiday in Malta.They met up with their friends and families and visited different areas of the island and it was warm enough to swim in the sea.They paid a visit to a primary school which is linked with St Georges School in Wembdon.They had taken letters from the children in Bridgwater and after tea with the headmistress Sister Rita and the Deputy Head they visited two classes of Year 2 students.The children and teachers had prepared songs and poems to greet us, we returned with letters and a hope that the children will prehaps also communicate by email.
We had been invited to attend by our linked Scout Group in Marsa to a day at the National Park Ta' Qali to celebrate 100 years of Scouting in Malta. Malta was the first country outside of England to embrace the Scout movement in 1908. There are 41 groups on the Maltese Islands today.We meet up with the group from Marsa where there were many leaders and boys and their families, the boys were busy playing football. There were 100's of young people, leaders and their families.over a huge park.We shared lunch with them which was a local dish called Timpani which is a type of pasta dish enclosed in a pie( picture 1 ) -it was delicious. After lunch a certificate was signed by Mr Alfred Savona Group Scout Leader to finalise the signing which had been signed by Wembdon's GSL Mr John Ennals prior to our visit( picture 2 ).Pat and Steve Morgan presented a shield from the 1st Bridgwater Wembdon Scout Group to Mr Savona and Mr Joseph Galea who is a senior member and historian of the group, who explained to everyone the importance of the link that started in 2006 watched by the Mayor of Marsa Mr Francis Debono ,boys and leaders ( Picture 3 ).The Scouts then went off to do many different activities including climbing,absailing,tug of war ,football,dry grass skiing, volley ball,many other games and quieter activities .Marsa scouts have a band with bagpipes and other instruments, many groups have bands also and they all took turns in marching around the site entertaining not only the scouts as by the afternoon there were many families enjoying the park for Sunday picnics.
We had a great time learning more about Marsa and the Maltese way of life. There is a youth football academy in Marsa who may be interested in linking with one in Bridgwater , if interested please contact us.