Sheep Worrying secretary, Brian Smedley, visits Communist Czechoslovakia during his time researching a series of socialist local history plays. The third in the series would go on to be ‘The Vernon Bartlett Show’.
Uherske Hradiste region Social Democrat chairman, Antonin Machala, puts an advert in Labour News asking for help in the ‘first post-communist elections in Czechoslovakia’. Bridgwater Labour secretary Cllr Brian Smedley replies and hitch-hikes over to visit him.
Bridgwater Mayor Cllr David Baker & Uherske Hradiste Deputy Mayor (later Senator) Jaroslav Petrik sign the twinning document at Sydenham Manor Bridgwater 18. 6. 1992.
The first Bridgwater-Czech link up. A minibus containing 10 hardy pioneers (plus an outrider) in the form of rock band The SkaCats visits Prague and Uherske Hradiste. Two of them never leave!
Cllr Patrick Daniel (Chairman SDC) and Cllr John Turner (Mayor of Bridgwater) lead the return twinning visit to Uherske Hradiste and are interviewed on Czech National TV attending the Vlcnov ‘Kings Ride’ festival.
Chairman of Sedgemoor Cllr Ken Dyer & Mayor of Bridgwater Cllr Trevor Donaldson receive gifts from an ever expanding troupe of Czech visitors as the Society flourishes. Dyer famously mispronounces the Czech town ‘Ooosky Radoosky’.
Sedgemoor Chairman Cllr Sandy Buchanan & Bridgwater Mayor Cllr Adrian Moore welcome Czech visitors from Ceske Budejovice. Both visited Prague at different times with Buchanan fronting a Somerset Czech Trade Mission which netted 6 contracts.
Sedgemoor Unison kick off their first of 10 years of Football tours starting and finishing in the Czech Republic accompanied by Antonin Machala’s ALTECH S.R.O.
As the Millenium arrived the Society was going strong with over 500 travellers a year. In this picture Czech/Slovak Chairman Cy Bartlett (himself 1/4 Czech) shows Moravian horticulturalists around his Somerset garden.
Sedgemoor Chair Jessica Healey welcomes Czech visitors with Mayor Ken Richards. Jessica visits Czech & Slovakia several times, including the 2002 Anniversary trip, hosts up to 20 Czech students at a time and even names her cows after Czech visitors!
Czech-Slovak Society Chair Cllr Marilyn Wallace, along with husband Ian, take annual trips to Czech and Slovakia with young people from their Young Somerset Organisation.
At the Somerset County Council International Links conference – Milos Salus (Slovakia) and David Pribyl (Czech Rep) addresses the audience alongside GB secretary Brian Smedley.
Mayor of Bridgwater Phillip Smeed, visits UH for the 750th Anniversary of the foundation of the town. Antonin took him flying in his personal learjet.
Rhode Lane Wanderers under 16 Football team plays three games in Uherske Hradiste and one in Kladno.
Ant and Smed. Still going strong (despite both reaching 50 (in 2008)….nb they’re now both 61!!! (and still going)