BBTA Newsletter No. 7

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Two Countries, Twin Flags


Bath – Braunschweig
Twinning Association
No 7 October 2016
In This Issue
Monthly meetings
Book Corner
Choir visits 2017
Letter from Braunschweig
Did you know?
DEG President visits Bath
Forthcoming concert

Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath
Next meetings:
   Friday      4 Nov            2 pm
   Friday      2 Dec            2 pm
To join, contact:
Hilary Elms, Secretary BBTA
208, Old Frome Rd
01225 837790
Quick Links

Book Corner
In the absence of a new book from
The book begins with an autobiographical account of the author’s life growing up in Hampstead and Highgate as the child of Jewish refugees who fled to Britain in 1934, and is dedicated to the memory of her grandmother Anna, who died in Theresienstadt, and to Anna’s mother Charlotte and grandmother Emilie. It is however far more than a holocaust memoir, as the author’s extensive genealogical research uncovers an amazing link to the Prussian (and hence British) royal family. Consequently, the book gives an insight into German history from the Napoleonic era, through the 1920s and 1930s and also through the years of the cold war.
Despite the occasional historical inaccuracy and a style which mixes romantic fiction with – as the author herself writes – the atmosphere of a novel by John le Carré, this book is immensely readable and is ultimately a tribute to the survival of a family.
Susan Feest and Judy Spencer

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)

2017 Recitals  by Choirs from Braunschweig
The Ladies Choir from Waggum will visit Bath at the end of May and the St Blasius Church Childrens Choir will be in Bath at the end of June

Visit of Dr Christiane Blass
Dr Blass who is a General Practitioner in Braunschweig and also a member of the Normannia Rowing Club in Braunschweig visited Bath on 27 July 2016 as guests of Jane Giddins and Andy Hoyes of the Bath Minerva Rowing Club.

Letter from Braunschweig

Dear friends in Bath,
The DEG was delighted to welcome 7 members of the City of Bath Pétanque Club from 1st to 3rd October in Braunschweig. We enjoyed spending some lovely days together with sightseeing, shopping, a social evening with a rich buffet and barbecue, a trip to Wernigerode including a trip on a steam train going up the Brocken (the highest mountain in Northern Germany where we even threw some balls in arctic cold) and the city Pétanque tournament organised by the FSV Braunschweig on 3rd October, German Unity Day. These days were another chance to enhance the links between our cities and to strengthen our connections. Thank you for your visit, dear Pétanque players.
Katrin Landsmann (DEG)

Our AGM was held in July.
Don Withers resigned as Vice Chairman and Margaret Burrows a long standing committee member also resigned.
Jeremy Key-Pugh is now our new Vice Chairman and we welcome Judy Spencer on to the committee.
We are very sad to report that Bill Waterfield, for many years an active member of the committee passed away in July.

Did you know?
The Benz Motorwagen built in 1986
In 1988 Benz’s wife Bertha drove the car without her husband’s knowledge from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back, a round trip of 120 miles.
This scenic drive in Baden-Württemberg is now known as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route.


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).

DEG President visits Bath
Paul Kavanagh, new President of the Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft of Braunschweig, visited Bath on 19 September.
Over lunch at the Green Park Brasserie Paul brought us up to date with some of the DEG’s plans for further exchanges. He made contact with the City of Bath College to form a partnership with the Heinrich-Büssing-Schule in Braunschweig to initiate a robotics project.
While in Bath he also took the opportunity to meet a member of the Bath Opera and Dramatic Society who have been invited to Braunschweig next year to give two concerts.

 Song Recital
Wed 11 Jan 2017
Antje Siefert, mezzosoprano
Sybille Hempel-Abromeit, piano
George Odam, composer
Michael Tippet Centre
Bath Spa University
including works by Michael Tippet, Benjamin Britten, George Odam and many others.
details from:   http://bathspalive.com
*, *, *, Bath, Somerset * United Kingdom
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