BBTA New Members

By on Sep 23, 2019

If you would like to join the Bath Braunschweig Twinning Association, please download the membership application form by clicking on this button: Membership

BBTA Newsletter No. 13

By on Dec 21, 2018


BBTA Newsletter No. 11

By on Jan 23, 2018

Bath – Braunschweig Twinning Association Newsletter No 11 Dec 2017/Jan 2018 In This Issue Monthly meetings Holocaust Memorial Day AGM 2017 Letter from Braunschweig Visit from H-B Schule Did you know? Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath Next meetings: all 2 pm on Fridays 2 Febuary 2 March 6 April 4 May 8 June (AGM) 6 July 3 August 7 September 5 October 30 November To join, contact: Hilary Elms, Secretary BBTA 208, Old Frome Rd BATH  BA2 5RH 01225 837790 h.elms412@btinternet.com Quick Links www.bath-braunschweigtwinningassociation.co.uk  www.deg-bs.de www.bath-alkmaar-eu www.bath-kaposvar.org www.mayorofbath.co.uk Joint Civic Reception   4 members of the BBTA at the Joint Civic Reception. The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Ian Gilchrist, welcomed members of all 4 twinning associations and the Bath Beppu Friendship Association. Holocaust Memorial Day event Thursday 25 January 7.30 -9 pm in the City Hall Bristol As we approach Holocaust Memorial Day you are welcome to attend a presentation of the Forced Walks Project which during 2015 and 2016 retraced the steps  of Esther Brunstein’s death march in the closing years of WW2. see: https://forcedwalks.wordpress.com/ **********************     BBTA Annual Dinner was held on Tues 17 Oct  2017 at the Rising Sun who once again provided an excellent meal. A raffle raised money for the association with everyone receiving a present. Letter from Braunschweig   The year is drawing to a close and it is once again time for Christmas, with all its festivities, beautiful decoration and delicious homemade biscuits and stollen, Christmas carols and time of reflection. Braunschweig’s city is full of people from various parts of the country visiting the well-known Christmas market which dates back to the year 1505 and is one of the most impressive ones in Northern Germany with altogether 148 stalls which can be admired. We are all excited what 2018 will bring as we are all waiting for our new government. It seems hard to find a new coalition having similar ideas and aims and being able to work together in harmony and respect. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy new year, Katrin Landsmann and the DEG   Visit of students from H-B Schule 5 engineering students from the Heinrich-Büssing-Schule  in Braunschweig will be visiting Bath City College at the end of January. They will spend 4 weeks in Bath and placements are to be arranged with local engineering firms. Paul Kavanagh and Jens Müller will be with them for the first week. Did you know? Within a 20 mile radius of Bath there are no fewer than 8 towns with a German twin town: Niedersachsen: Shepton Mallet           Misburg Trowbridge                 Leer Bradford upon Avon    Norden Baden-Württemberg:              Frome             Murrhardt Devizes           Waiblingen Calne               Emingen Rheinland-Pfalz:  Wells              Bad Dürkheim Bayern: Chippenham     Friedberg I hope to contact the twinning associations in these towns to learn more about their twinning activities  and report back in the next issue. Individual Exchange visits: are you interested in visiting Braunschweig? perhaps staying with a family in Braunschweig? and maybe inviting them to stay with you in Bath? Contact Barbara Heck at the DEG (see link) Stammtisch If you would like to practise your German in a friendly informal atmosphere over  ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ come to the Stammtisch –  every Wednesday throughout the year between midday and 1:00pm, in the upstairs room at Cafe Retro, 18 York Street, Bath (by Bog Island). *, *, *, Bath, Somerset * United Kingdom SafeUnsubscribe™ sguyett@yahoo.com Forward this email | Update Profile | About our service provider Sent by guestmartin@hotmail.com in collaboration with Try it free...

BBTA Newsletter No. 10

By on Jul 31, 2017

Bath – Braunschweig Twinning Association Newsletter No 10 Aug 2017 In This Issue Monthly meetings ? Trams for Bath Erwin Klein AGM 2017 Bridge News Letter from Braunschweig Braunschweig Youth Choir Visit Did you know? Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath Next meetings:    Friday   4 Aug              2 pm    Friday   1 Sep               2 pm    Friday   6 Oct              2 pm    Friday   3 Nov              2 pm    Friday   1  Dec              2 pm To join, contact: Hilary Elms, Secretary BBTA 208, Old Frome Rd BATH  BA2 5RH 01225 837790 h.elms412@btinternet.com Quick Links www.bath-braunschweigtwinningassociation.co.uk  www.deg-bs.de www.bath-alkmaar-eu www.bath-kaposvar.org www.mayorofbath.co.uk ? Trams for Bath    Our new mayor Cllr. Ian Gilchrist recently visited Braunschweig. As a keen supporter of a possible tram system for Bath he was particularly pleased to have been given the opportunity to drive a tram in Braunschweig. He gave a short presentation of his recent visit at our AGM (see below)  Braunschweiger Zeitung’s     Erwin Klein returned  on 11 June after visiting the 8  towns in the UK that are twinned with Braunschweig. He noted  a wide range of opinions on Brexit – from ‘completely crazy’ to ‘a great opportunity for the UK’! On the subject of twinning he observed that the twinning associations with municipal support seemed to be more successful. He also felt that the nature of twinning had changed from its beginnings in the 1950s and that it was important to introduce ‘young blood’     BBTA AGM was held on Friday 7 July 2017 The officers were all reelected: Chairman Bryan Chalker Vice Chairman Jeremy Key-Pugh Secretary Hilary Elms Treasurer/Min.Sec. Tony Horstmann There are in addition 6 committee members. We are sad to record the recent death of Mark Gilbert who was elected a member of the committee earlier this year.  Diana Guest was elected. Bridge Exchange 2017 At the end of May, 11 bridge players from” Bath Bridge Club” and “Bridge and Games – Bath” travelled to Brunswick to meet the friends who came to Bath in the first stage of the exchange in 2016. At an initial reception in the club rooms of “bridge + art”, an engraved bowl from Aqua Glass was presented to their chairman, Michael Seiffert, on behalf of the City of Bath and the two bridge clubs. We were able to play bridge on two consecutive days in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at a beautifully restored former railway station. The visit concluded with a celebratory meal of locally grown asparagus and an afternoon bridge session. Language was no problem, but the game itself sometimes had us puzzled. Our hosts were generous in their hospitality and made us very welcome in their city. The Bath visitors were welcomed officially by the Mayor, Frau Ihbe, and in a short time we soon felt at home, admiring the medieval architecture of the city (which was 90% destroyed in 1944), the many green spaces and extensive network of cycle paths. We also had the chance to explore the surrounding countryside, and to visit the VW headquarters at Wolfsburg, which offered a contrasting vision of the 21st century. Letter from Braunschweig   This summer the highlights in Braunschweig definitely were the numerous visitors from Bath, namely the Bath Bridge Club in May as well as members of Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society in June. The latter gave a brilliant concert performing the most wonderful songs from their broad repertoire, partly in cooperation with Cortez Musik Theater. Everyone agreed that “Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory”, as Oscar Wilde once said. We also had the remarkable honour of welcoming the Mayor of Bath, Cllr. Ian Gilchrist, and Cllr. Colin Blackburn in addition to BODS at our annual garden party. Thank you for having been our guests! Katrin Landsmann (Deutsch-Englische G’schaft)   Visit of the Braunschweig Youth Choir On 29 June the 75 strong Braunschweig Cathedral Youth Choir gave an excellent afternoon concert of choral music from both Germany and Great Britain in Bath Abbey under the direction of Domkantor Gerd-Peter Münden and Kantorin Elke Lindemann. In the morning the group attended a Civic Reception hosted by Mayor Cllr. Ian Gilchrist and then went on to visit the Roman Baths. Did you know? The Horstmann family have lived in Bath for over 150 years. Gustav Horstmann originally from the Prussian province of Westphalia set up in Bath as a clock and watchmaker in 1854. In addition he invented a micrometer accurate to 1/10,000 inch. His son Sydney, together with Hermann, Sydney’s brother, founded the Horstmann Gear Company in 1902. Sydney went on to design and produce cars in Bath setting up in 1913 the Horstmann Car Company (later Horstman Ltd.) Horstman (the second ‘n’ was dropped during WW1) cars were made in Bath between 1913 and 1929. In all about 1500 were made of which 10 exist today. Tony Horstmann, great grandson of Gustav Horstmann, is Treasurer of the Bath Braunschweig Twinning Association.             1923 4 seat Horstman Tourer An original 1914 Horstman Light car and also a copy of Gustav Horstmann’s micrometer can both be seen at Bath’s Museum of Bath...

Waggum Choir from Braunschweig visit Bath

By on May 30, 2017

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