BBTA Newsletter No 5.

By on Apr 18, 2016

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Two Countries, Twin Flags

Bath – Braunschweig
Twinning Association
No 5 April 2016
In This Issue
Monthly meetings
Forced Walks
BBTA Website
Cafe Britannia
News from the DEG
News from Braunschweig
Forthcoming concert
Did you know?

Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath
Next meetings:
   Friday   6 May               2 pm
   Friday   3 June              2 pm
   Friday   1 July (AGM)    2 pm
   Friday   5 Aug               2 pm
   Friday   2 Sep               2 pm
To join, contact:
Hilary Elms, Secretary BBTA
208, Old Frome Rd
01225 837790
Quick Links

Forced Walks
On 4th and 5th February Lorna Brunstein and Richard White led a small party of British and German walkers from Hannover to Bergen Belsen following the exact route of the forced march taken by Esther Brunstein (Lorna’s mother) in February 1945.
The walk reminded us that a refugee’s journey is long and troubled
and continues until they find safety, a welcome and a sense of belonging.
For more information see

Inter Twinning Association Petanque Tournament
After the AGM on Friday 1 July 2016, about 6.30 pm, venue to be confirmed

Bath bridge players are looking forward to the visit of eleven guests from Braunschweig at the beginning of July.  Our guests are members of the “Bridge and Art”  club which recently featured in a local news programme of North German Television.  While in Bath they will be playing with “Bridge and Games – Bath”, who are hosting the visitors, and also with “Bath Bridge Club”.  We hope they will also have time to relax and enjoy the local attractions.
Judy Spencer

Individual Exchange visits:
are you interested in visiting Braunschweig?
perhaps staying with a family inBraunschweig?
and maybe inviting them to stay with you in Bath?
Contact Barbara Heck at the DEG (see link)

Would members kindly note that Subscriptions for 2016-2017 are now due    (except for payment  by Direct Debit)

BBTA websiteVicki Messam has handed over the management of our website to Simon Guyett. Simon works in IT and speaks German fluently. Many thanks to Vicki Messam for all her hard work in setting up and managing the website until now. Vicki will be in Braunschweig over the summer months and we hope to hear from her.

The people of Braunschweig are happy to announce the recent opening of a great new café serving traditional English fare. Find out more:   http://www.cafebritannia.de

 Anglo-German Association    of Braunschweig
Dear Members and Friends,
We are pleased to announce the election of our new Board and Committee members.
President: Paul Kavanagh pkavanagh@t-online.de
Vice-President: Barbara Heck   bjheck@gmx.de
Treasurer:               Gudrun Schweimler-Löffler
Secretary:                            Eva Grimpen
Committee Members:              Jane Henke
                                               Carmela Folgosa
                                               Katrin Landsmann
                                               Sabine Thomas
                                               Amadeo Miller
                                               Jutta Martens
Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft  (DEG)
Anglo-German Association
Braunschweig e.V.

News from Braunschweig

The Braunschweig Carnival was a huge success in February after the sad cancellation in 2015 due to terrorist threats. Though there were 50,000 fewer people  in comparison to previous years. The motto was (something like): Now more than ever! Jetzt erst recht! Following Angie’s motto “Wir schaffen das” (We will make it).
The situation of the refugees has improved a lot, I think. There are now fewer people in the Reception Centre where everyone has to register first and instead permanent accommodation is being built (lightweight construction or gym halls are being used). A very nice gesture happened last week in the city centre. Refugees were distributing roses to the Braunschweig population in order to say Thank you for the warm welcome. That was very emotional and moving.
Katrin Landsmann

Concert in memory of Gerhard and Marita Siefert
 Concerts are planned in both Bath and Braunschweig to remember these 2 musicians who led musical exchanges between our twin cities in the 1980s.  Their daughter Antje Siefert will perform George Odam’s recent work Year Songs  for voice and piano which is dedicated to Antje.
More details in the next newsletter.

Did you know?
              The Harz
45 mins by train to the south of Braunschweig lies the picturesque town of Goslar, gateway to the Harz Mountains.
The Harz is the land of German fairy tales, dark forests, mediaeval villages and wicked witches. Steam trains carry passengers on 140 Km of narrow gauge railway from the lowest point Quedlingburg to the  highest point Brocken at 1125 metres.
Goslar     ©GOSLAR marketing gmbh, Stefan Schiefer
                                                         Harz Narrow Gauge Railway
© Foto:Wernigerode Tourismus GmbH


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).