The small village
of Chinusu, situated in the district of Harghita, within the Transylvania region
of Romania, comprises some 95 houses, a church, a small shop, and a village hall
and has a population of approximately 140.
Chinusu has been linked
with the village of Toddington, Bedfordshire since 1989, when the Toddington Parish
Council was asked to adopt the village to try to save it from being demolished.
1988, the former Dictator Ceausescu announced a policy of 'systemisation', in
which the rural population was to be moved from the rural areas to larger urban
The policy required the development of some 300 - 500
villages into modern towns and the complete phasing out of another 6,500 smaller
Fortunately, Ceausescu's reign ended before any harm
came to Chinusu, however, the country was left in a state of chaos and extreme
Apart from a couple of letters sent from the Parish Council
in Toddington however, no other contact was made between the two communities until
March 1992 when the first visit to Chinusu was undertaken.