Chojna, Poland

Chojna is a town in Poland with a population of 6,300, to the south west of Szczecin, in the province of Zachodniopomorskie (West Pomerania). 

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In 1993 Sherborne found out that the town was desperately short of books in English for students and adults and so, under the direction of councillor Jeremy Barker, a large collection of books was obtained from libraries, schools and people of Sherborne. These were driven to Poland by Jeremy and as part of this Chojna started a Town twinning relationship with Sherborne; this was before Poland joined the EU.

When they joined the EU then they also joined the Douzelage. Because of the special relationship with Sherborne then the contacts and activities with the town are coordinated by a dedicated Chojna Committee in Sherborne.


Chojna days

The committee arranges several exchanges to and from Chojna each year including for the Chojna Days in June and the Days of Integration in August. If local people would like to join these trips then they are most welcome.

It is a regular feature that several catering and hotel students from Chojna come to work in hotels and catering establishment in Sherborne for several weeks annually.

The committee maintains contacts with the Polish community is Sherborne and the area.

Committee members include: Jeremy Barker, Krysia Griffith-Jones, Clifton Jelbert.

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Sherborne Douzelage is very grateful to all of these organisations for their donations and for the support that they are providing to make our projects a success:

Valmeira Glass UK Ltd
Sherborne Kitchens
West Dorset District Council
Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust
Duo Teresa Carreño
The Eastbury Hotel (Three Wishes)
Old Fosterians Association
Porter Dodson
Sherborne Abbey Festival
Sherborne Arts Link
Simon Digby Charitable Trust
Simon Digby (Sherborne) Memorial Trust
Wessex Strings
Castle Gardens
Riley’s Cycles
Aviation Training International