Welwyn Hatfield duo create special bond with Polish town

PUBLISHED: 11:03 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:03 12 November 2015

Michal Siewniak and cllr Lynne Sparks visit Swidnik in Poland

Michal Siewniak and cllr Lynne Sparks visit Swidnik in Poland


A special bond is being developed between Welwyn Hatfield and a town in Poland.

Councillor Michal Siewniak, who represents the Peartree ward, travelled to Swidnik with Welwyn Hatfield mayor Lynne Sparks to investigate the possibility of building a relationship between the two communities.

Father-of-three Cllr Siewniak is originally from Lublin, which is 20 minutes from Swidnik, and he believes that the borough and town could learn from each other.

The councillors, who self-funded their trip, found that the people of Swidnik would be happy to welcome children from Welwyn Hatfield to see the concentration camp and the town’s helicopter factory.

They drew inspiration from Swidnik’s festival for disabled people and are considering whether something similar could be held here. It may be that links could also be formed between the Polish university and the University of Hertfordshire.

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