In January, members and friends enjoyed a reception attended by the Mayor of Bath. It was an opportunity to thank everyone for their involvement with twinning in the past year and to discuss plans for the coming year. These currently include proposals for about seven different groups from Brunswick and (beyond) to visit Bath. It’s going to be another busy year!
Normal activities continue with our regular monthly committee meeting on 8th February, followed by our online Book Club with members of the Brunswick DEG. New participants are always welcome and can get in touch under “Contact us”.
November and December saw the Bath Christmas Market again, attracting nearly half a million visitors. Our Twinning Association was represented, selling various products from Brunswick, as well as handing out information about our twin city. It was very rewarding to talk to so many members of the public with a link to Germany, and even to Brunswick itself. On the 6th December, St Nicholas Day, the Mayor of Bath welcomed members of Bath German Society and the Ukele band- Uke Can’t Be Serious – to sing German carols and entertain the public. Our thanks to everyone who participated in the event.
We were very sorry to wave goodbye to the members of the Münsterchor of St Aegidien in Brunswick on Sunday, 22nd October. They had spent a week in Bath, visiting some of our local tourist attractions, and giving a recital in the Abbey, as well as taking part in services in Salisbury and Wells Cathedrals and in St John’s the Evangelist in Bath. Many members of the public were able to enjoy their fine singing, and the playing of their organist, who had to master four different instruments in a very short time.
At a reception on 16th October, they were officially welcomed to Bath by the Mayor, Cllr Dine Romero, who had had the pleasure of hearing the choir sing at the opening of the Bath Garten in Brunswick in August.
Our thanks to all our friends and members who made this visit a notable success.
Congratulations to Dennis Schroeder, the star of the German basketball team which recently won the world championship. Dennis comes from Brunswick and was a pupil at the IGS Franzsches Feld. Although now living abroad, he came to Brunswick for his 30th birthday and signed the Golden Book of the city.
The Bath Garden in Brunswick was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Brunswick, Dr Thorsten Kornblum on 21st August. The Garden is situated in a beautiful central park, with features named for Brunswick’s other twin and friendship cities. Members of BBTA were pleased to be part of a large group witnessing this celebration of our long-standing friendship, and to be entertained by the Münsterchor of St Aegidien, which will be visiting Bath in October.
At the end of July, a group of BBTA members made their way to Cardiff to meet friends from the Cardiff-Stuttgart Association, whom we had originally met online, and then in person in Bath last year. It was also a good excuse to enjoy the delights of Wally’s Viennese Café and Delicatessen, a well known Cardiff attraction. We can recommend the Apfelstrudel!
On our recent visit to Brunswick committee members were delighted to meet other participants of the DEG book group in person. Our online activities resumed on 29th June with a discussion of “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus, but we hope to meet again in person in Brunswick on 24th August, when the chosen book will be “Two steps forward” by Graeme Simsion.
Meanwhile back in Bath, the German Society hosted a discussion of Brigitte Reimann’s “Die Geschwister” on 22nd June. This is an annual German language event, and suggestions for 2024 would be welcome.
At the AGM on 15th June, the current members of the committee were re-elected unopposed. The committee is now planning activities for July and August – and beyond!
The next meeting of BBTA will be our AGM on Thursday, 15th June, at 14.30 in the Mayor’s Parlour. Members and guests are welcome to join us.