Twinning document destroyed in arson attack

14:07 26 March 2014

The twinning oath burnt in the Axminster Church arson attack

The twinning oath burnt in the Axminster Church arson attack

Archant

Historic hand-written ‘oath’ was a victim of the Axminster Parish Church fire

Police closed access to the town centre as firefighters tackled a blaze in the historic Minster Church. Photo by Chris CarsonPolice closed access to the town centre as firefighters tackled a blaze in the historic Minster Church. Photo by Chris Carson

Axminster’s historic twinning oath was virtually destroyed in the Minster Church fire, it has been revealed.

The unique hand-written document, marking the link between the town and Douvres la Delivrande, in Normandy, was badly burned in the recent arson attack.

‘The ‘Oath’, written in French and English, set out the aspirations of the two communities in pursuing their friendship.

It was originally signed in the Minster Church on the April 24, 1999, by the mayors’ of Douvres and Axminster – Cllr Don Self.

For many years, the framed Oath has hung in the church and was unfortunately displayed near to where the fire was started.

A spokesman for the twinners said: “It is hoped that a replacement can be obtained but the Oath is hand written and this might prove difficult.

“However, Axminster and District Twinning Association Chairman Caroline Hillyard is currently in Douvres and will discuss its replacement with the Mayor.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:24
The pensioner is airlifted to safety off Seaton

Lyme RNLI crew called to assist 67-year-old in need of medical help

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30

Police are now aiming to clamp down on boy racers.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:55
The Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) has been announced as the winner in a competition to bring a top contemporary artist to town.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:02
Resplendent in his robes, Town Crier Derek Wenn ensured the Colyton Tractor run had a fitting send off. Ref mha 7902-22-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

More than 120 agricultural vehicles take part in this year’s charity fundraiser

Read more
Mon, 18:30
Computer

Anyone who can help should get in touch with steering group vice-chairman Jackie Wadsworth.

Read more
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Dan Lavery of the Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1231-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Dan Lavery is determined Devon Freewheelers will help save lives – as a Belfast ‘hidden hero’ undoubtedly helped saved wife Shelley’s life in 2005.

Read more
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Sam Bader

Dad-of-one Sam Bader, 28, who grew up in Ottery St Mary, supports Devon Freewheelers by sponsoring one of the motorbikes, Bravo One.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

Independent councillors call for extraordinary meeting to debate the office relocation

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
Checks were carried out by police at Honiton Tesco as part of a drive to cut down on defective vehicles. PC Steve Lee with Tesco staff Michael Williams, Mark Dowell, Angela Lockyer and Naomi Curtis. Ref mhh 6528-21-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The activity was part of Operation Mascot, the rural East Devon policing sector’s initiative to tackle travelling criminals, address driving offences and improve road safety.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
First year Sixth Form students Mikey Rose, Brad Burraston and Tom Broderick

Axe Valley Community College sixth formers selected to take part in for philosophy, politics and economics programme

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder