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BBTA Newsletter No. 10

Posted by on July 31, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Two Countries, Twin Flags

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.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 at Work

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).

Ladies’ Choir from Waggum

When I stay in Braunschweig in the summer months, I sing with this wonderful choir of 55 ladie.  They are a friendly group of singers, many of whom form the church choir, and also sing at events in Waggum, a small village just outside the city of Braunschweig.  I travelled with the choir on their recent trip to England from 18 to 23 May
On 21 June we sang at the morning service in St Michael’s Without, where we were welcomed by the former Mayor of Bath Cllr. Paul Crossley  and his wife Margaret who also attended the service.
Vicki Messam
(BBTA Commitee member)
*, *, *, Bath, Somerset * United Kingdom
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Waggum Choir from Braunschweig visit Bath

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Please follow this link to see Vicki’s news on her blog page:

www.timmerlahtimes2017.blogspot.com

 

BBTA Newsletter No. 9

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Two Countries, Twin Flags

Bath – Braunschweig
Twinning Association
Newsletter
No 9 May 2017
In This Issue
Monthly meetings
Children’s Twinning Games
Letter from Braunschweig
Update BODS visit to Braunschweig
Did you know?
Book from Braunschweig

Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath
Next meetings:
   Friday   5 May             2 pm
   Friday   2 June            2 pm
   Friday   7 July (AGM)  2 pm
   Friday   4 Aug              2 pm
   Friday   1 Sep               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.mayorofbath.co.uk

Children’s twinning games event Summer 2018
 
Plans are underway for this event which will probably take place over 7 days next July at Bath University. Children aged 13 to 15 from all 4 twin cities would be participating. Sports could include swimming, athletics, 6 a side football and rounders.
Further details in the next Newsletter.

 Braunschweiger Zeitung’s
    Erwin Klein

left Braunschweig on his Honda Transalp 650 motorcycle on 12 May for a 3000 Km 4 week “Brexit-Tour” of the the 8 British towns that are twinned with towns in Lower Saxony: Chard, Taunton, Bath, Swindon, Windsor, Luton, Heywood and Dumfries. In the aftermath of Brexit and with a general election looming he hopes to talk to as many people as possible to gauge the mood of the country.
Erwin was in Bath 22 to 24 May and met Bath’s Mayor, Councillor Paul Crossley and several members of the BBTA. He was most impressed by the enthusiastic support of Councillor Paul Crossley in this weekend’s decisive match between Braunschweig and Wolfsburg

Bristol Meeting

On 12th May Bryan Chalker, Chairman of Bath-Braunschweig Twinning Association, and Judy Spencer attended a conference on “Challenge and Opportunity in Furthering British-German Understanding” in Bristol’s splendid City Hall.
This conference was organised jointly by the British-German Association and the Bristol-Hannover Council (which was celebrating the 7th anniversary of its twinning) and hosted by the City of Bristol. Over 120 participants were welcomed by Mayor Marvin Rees, who talked about Bristol’s international links and mentioned the “Global Parliament of Mayors”. The main themes of all speakers were the importance of youth involvement in exchanges and in the Associations themselves, and that twinning would be even more important in a post-Brexit world.
Bryan chaired a workshop on “The View from both Sides” which was intended to give participants the opportunity to discuss ideas on twinning as seen from the British and German perspectives, and a lively discussion ensued with participants exchanging useful advice. The overall message is that anything is possible if we look for the ways and the means, and that twinning is not only fun – it often leads to marriages!

Letter from Braunschweig

What’s on in Braunschweig?
The DEG sends best regards from Braunschweig where we are expecting a large number of cultural events such as the Northern European Cathedrals Conference in connection with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and thus many international guests in the next months, among others the visitors from Bath Bridge Club and from BODS. We are looking forward to meeting you very soon. After what seems like a long winter many activities are about to take place; the DEG itself will move to another location at Kulturpunkt West so we can finally forget our worries about finding a suitable parking space and will even have the chance to sit outside in a lovely garden in summer. What we need now is sunshine and comfortable temperatures.
Katrin Landsmann (Deutsch-Englische G’schaft)

Update on BODS visit to Braunschweig 6 to 10 June 
  
At present 8 or 9 BODS members will be participating, travelling by air and staying in low cost flats in Braunschweig. They will be part of the secular or friendship visit which coincides with but is not part of the North European Cathedrals Conference. There will be visitors from Nimes, Braunschweig’s French twin city. There will be one or more excursions e.g. by steam trains in the Harz Mountains.
Anyone from Bath is most welcome to come. There is still some cheap accommodation available.
Please contact Paul KAVANAGH    pkavanagh@t-online.de

Did you know?
                               
 
The Hanseatic League or Hansa
 
was a medieval trading association of merchants in northern Europe which some historians have likened to an early common market. At its height in the 16th century there were over 170 Hansa towns  in northern Germany, the Baltic and  the North Sea  from London in the West to Novgorod in the East  and as far South as Braunschweig. In fact some historians trace the origins of the Hansa to the rebuilding of Lubeck  by Henry the Lion in the 12th century. The Hansa legacy is evident today in the name of the national airline Lufthansa and the car number plates of several North German cities which start with the letter H (e.g.HB… for Hansestadt Bremen)
 
 

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).

Our Book from Braunschweig
Our latest book from Braunschweig is “Léon und Louise” by the French-born Swiss author Alex Capus. It is an unusual love story, narrated by the grandson of the male protagonist, which is played out sporadically in the background of an account of 20th century French history. There is an autobiographical element in as much as the author is a historian, whose grandfather also worked for the forensic police in Paris, which makes the narrative all the more convincing. The chapters describing the occupation of Paris from 1940 – 1944 are particularly moving, and at times Kafkaesque in their depiction of the work of Room 205.
This is a fascinating novel which portrays the survival of the human spirit in the face of adversity. It is well worth reading.
Judy Spencer

*, *, *, Bath, Somerset * United Kingdom
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Connections 22

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Bath’s Twinning Newsletter

The Bath Braunschweig Connection continues to flourish. The past 12 months have seen several successful school exchanges and petanque events, supported financially by the Bath Braunschweig Twinning Association.

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BBTA books in Bath Central Library

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As part of our twinning arrangements, the Braunschweiger Stadtbibliothek has now sent a total of four books to Bath Central Library.  The first two were “Altes Land”, which was discussed in Bath German Society last year, and the children’s book “Eine Macke kommt selten allein”.  The two latest books are “PlötzlichShakespeare”, a time-travelling quest for love, and “Léon und Louise”, an epic love story which is intertwined with 20th century French history.  This is a welcome chance to read modern German literature, and longer reviews are contained in the association’s Newsletter.

BBTA Newsletter No. 8

Posted by on January 29, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Two Countries, Twin Flags

Bath – Braunschweig
Twinning Association
Newsletter
No 8 January 2017
In This Issue
Monthly meetings
DEG President visits Bath
Bridge between Twin Cities
Book from Braunschweig
Letter from Braunschweig
BODS to visit Braunschweig

Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath
Next meetings:
   Friday   3 Feb          2 pm
   Friday   3 Mar          2 pm
   Friday   7 Apr          2 pm
   Friday   5 May          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.mayorofbath.co.uk

Visit
      
A chance to visit Braunschweig in June 2017
Seven BBTA members met Paul Kavanagh President of the DEG and his colleague Jens Mueller on 12 Dec. Huw Morgan, Chairman of the Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society was also there. BODS (20 members) are visiting Braunschweig 6 to 11 June 2017.They are going by coach and Paul has hired a number of 4 bedroom flats at a cheap rate for them in Braunschweig  for that period. The coach seats 29 so there are 9 cheap seats if any members would like to go!
Anyone interested should contact Paul (info@deg-bs.de) soon about the accommodation and Huw (huw@morgan-bath.co.uk) about seats on the coach.

 On Wings of Song
 On Wednesday 11 January Antje Siefert mezzosoprano,  accompanied by Sybille Hempel-Abromeit on the piano gave a superb performance at the Michael Tippett Centre,  Bath Spa University.
The programme was an exciting mix of classical German songs on poems by Heine and contemporary works by Britten, Tippett and George Odam, whose first ever performance of Year Songs was enthusiastically received by the audience. George Odam, formerly Professor of Music at Bath Spa University was instrumental in the creation of the Michael Tippett Centre which is Bath’s only purpose built concert hall.

Our Book from Braunschweig
Bath Library recently received “Plötzlich Shakespeare” (published in 2010) by the best-selling author David Safier. This is an unusual novel, perhaps reflecting the author’s interest in reincarnation, the theme of a previous novel.
The central figure, Rosa, is the first-person narrator (one thinks of Bridget Jones) who is transported from present day Wuppertal to the London of 1594 (the probably inaccurate date is taken from the blurb) and finds herself in the body of no less a person than Shakespeare, who also speaks in the first person. Some confusion for the reader is avoided by means of differing fonts, yet the situation gives rise to many other confusing incidents. In 1594 Rosa encounters historical personages as well as characters and events from Shakespeare’s plays, helps him to rewrite Sonnet 18 and Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy, for which the bard was apparently considering “Wein oder nicht Wein” and “Schwein oder nicht Schwein”.
The author plays fast and loose with historical accuracy, and the resulting work is reminiscent of an episode of “Blackadder”, with a touch of James Bond. It is however also a quest to find the answer to the age-old question “What is love?” If the reader is willing to suspend disbelief he (or she) may find the resolution entertaining.
Judy Spencer

Letter from Braunschweig

The DEG would like to wish you all a wonderful and (what seems most important these days) peaceful 2017, including good health and luck. We are looking forward to numerous visitors from Bath this spring/summer and are happy to welcome the Bath Bridge Club, members of the Bath Opera and Drama Society as well as the Bath College and the BBTA. These connections and exchanges are a great occasion to enhance the friendship and twinning between our two cities.
The renowned Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum (one of Europe’s oldest museums of art and picture gallery of Old Masters) has been reopened after improvements, renovations and extensions which lasted seven years. People in Braunschweig are very happy to have their popular museum back. On that occasion even a special stamp has been issued showing Jan Vermeer’s “Mädchen mit dem Weinglas” which is a popular attraction in the museum.
Hope to see many of you soon.
Katrin Landsmann (member of the DEG)

BODS visit to Braunschweig
  
Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society are planning a musical trip  to Braunschweig from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th June 2017.
This will be a real challenge, as BODS is also producing Sweet Charity at the Theatre Royal Bath, in May 2017. We are hoping to take a concert group 20 strong to Germany, to perform 3 concerts on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. I believe three very different venues have been selected for us to perform a selection of songs, some of which will come from the world of musical theatre.
This is BODS’ first visit to Braunschweig and we are all very excited.
Along with singing for our supper, I gather a couple of trips are being organised by our hosts. There is talk of a visit to Volkswagen in nearby Wlolfsburg, a trip up the highest mountain in the area and a tea party on Saturday. I am assured that we will also have the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Braunschweig.
I am confident that this trip will bring the peoples of our two extraordinary cities even closer and foster life long friendships.
Huw Morgan
Chairman BODS

We were saddened to hear of the death of Don Grimes, a member of the BBTA committee, who  passed away on 24 November 2016.
Don & other Petanque players did much to strengthen our ties with the DEG       and was  instrumental in ensuring that the Twinning Competition was well organised. He organized several Annual Dinners for the BBTA and represented the City of Bath Petanque Club on our committee. He will be sadly missed.

Did you know?
 
     
    The Elbphilharmonie,    Hamburg’s new landmark
 
opened recently on 11 January with a concert that included Beethoven and Britten. Located in the Hafen City area of Hamburg on the River Elbe, it is a striking wavy glass construction with an old warehouse as its base. As one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world it is a truly international endeavour; the architects were Swiss while the auditorium was designed by a Japanese acoustician. Grossly overbudget and behind schedule it was nicknamed the Elfie by the local population. However  the success of the opening concert bodes well for the future of this  audacious project.

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
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A chance to visit Braunschweig in June 2017

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Seven of BBTA members met Paul Kavanagh President of the DEG and his colleague Jens Mueller today (12 Dec). Huw Morgan Chairman of the Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society was also there. BODS (20 members) are visiting Braunschweig 6 to 11 June 2017. They are going by coach and Paul has hired 4 bed flats at a cheap rate for them in Braunschweig for that period. The coach seats 29 so there are 9 cheap seats if any members would like to go!

Anyone interested should contact Paul (info@deg-bs.de) soon about the accommodation and Huw (huw@morgan-bath.co.uk) about seats on the coach.

Martin Guest

BBTA Newsletter No. 7

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Two Countries, Twin Flags

 

Bath – Braunschweig
Twinning Association
Newsletter
No 7 October 2016
In This Issue
Monthly meetings
Book Corner
Choir visits 2017
Letter from Braunschweig
AGM
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
BATH  BA2 5RH
01225 837790
h.elms412@btinternet.com
Quick Links
www.bath-braunschweigtwinningassociation.co.uk
www.mayorofbath.co.uk

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)

BBTA AGM
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.

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).

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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BBTA Newsletter No. 6

Posted by on July 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Bath – Braunschweig
Twinning Association
Newsletter
No 6 July 2016
In This Issue
Monthly meetings
Book from Braunschweig
Inter twinning Petanque
Bridge between Twin Cities
Letter from Braunschweig
A special wedding car
Did you know?
Simply British

Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath
Next meetings:
   Friday   5 Aug               2 pm
   Friday   2 Sep               2 pm
   Friday   7 Oct               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.mayorofbath.co.uk

Book Exchange
Our first book from Braunschweig, “Altes Land” by Dörte Hansen has aroused a great deal of interest and was recently discussed in the German Society. The evening was open to non-German speakers who examined one of the themes of the novel – the plight of refugees from Eastern Germany in 1945 – in the light of personal experiences.
Last month, Bath library sent “Our Endless Numbered Days” by Claire Fuller to Braunschweig’s city library. In return we received “Das Mädchen mit dem Fingerhut” (Girl with a Thimble) by Michael Köhlmeier. Both books share the theme of children and their survival in a harsh world. Köhlmeier’s work is a modern fairy tale, with dark undertones. It is narrated in short, simple and often repetitive sentences which convey the difficulty of communicating when there is no common language. The three children at the centre of the story are therefore ultimately unknowable and their fate remains uncertain. This is an unusual novel which will leave the reader with some haunting images.
Judy Spencer

Inter Twinning Association Petanque Tournament
Report on the Pétanque Competition between Bath’s Twinning Associations
The Mayor and Mayoress of Bath, Councillor Paul Crossley and Mrs Margaret Crossley, recently attended the third annual pétanque competition in Queen Square between the city’s four twinning associations. Each association fielded 2 teams of 3 players, and after some very closely fought games,  the Bath – Aix-en-Provence Twinning Association emerged as victors.  Competition organiser Don Grimes said: ‘Provence is the birth-place of the game of pétanque so it is perhaps fitting that the team representing Aix-en-Provence won this year. Many of the players here this evening had not played boules before, so it was good to see everyone, including the Mayor, joining in so enthusiastically.’

BRIDGE BETWEEN TWIN CITIES
“The long anticipated visit of our bridge playing friends from Braunschweig finally became reality at the beginning of July.  We enjoyed three tournaments together at Bridge and Games – Bath in Queen Square, and at Bath Bridge Club, culminating with an evening of team games in Queen Square, which was won by our German guests.  As well as playing bridge, the guests attended an official reception with the Mayor, Councillor Paul Crossley, and visited the Roman Baths, the Museum of Costume and many other places of interest within Bath and in the surrounding countryside.
Guests and hosts agreed that the visit had been a very enjoyable experience and we are already planning a return visit, and hope that this exchange will lead to some lasting friendships between the citizens of our two towns.
Judy Spencer
The Winning Team

Letter from Braunschweig

Dear friends in Bath,
We were very sorry to hear about the outcome of the EU-referendum leading to Brexit as it will have a great impact on politics, economy, sports and everyday life. Still, everybody is happy to read that the majority of people in Bath voted to stay in the EU. Our Lord Mayor also emphasized that the referendum will have no impact on the twinning.
There is one thing I would like to point out personally and for the DEG in general: We all share your worries and feelings; however the close links between our two cities and all the twinning activities will remain and will even be stronger than before. Politics may change but our friendship will remain. There is so much exchange going on between Braunschweig and Bath: Petanque, Bridge clubs, Book exchanges, Rowing clubs, Theatre groups, etc. We must keep this in mind and carry on!
And although you may be angry and sad at the moment you can be proud of your beautiful country and the adorable British people who are always polite, friendly and helpful.
People in Germany understand that no one really expected the protest voters to be in the majority and that the aim was just to teach the EU a lesson.
Best wishes
And remain optimistic for the future!
Katrin Landsmann (DEG)

A special wedding car
The wedding of Sam and Katrin took place at the Assembly Rooms on Saturday 14 May and it is probably the very first time an East German Trabant has been used as an official wedding car in the UK.  Katrin is from former East Germany and having seen ‘Hermann’ in Bath on several occasions decided that a Trabant would be wonderful for her wedding.
Husband-to-be Sam had also seen the Trabi in the City and traced Bryan
Chalker through the Museum of Bath At Work. Bryan explained to both Sam
and Katrin that ‘Hermann’ was a little on the ‘scruffy’ side but Katrin was adamant; she wanted to ride in it from Maybrick Road to the Assembly Rooms and so the epic ride was duly organised.  Wedding guests (many from former East Germany) and tourists were captivated by the yellow Trabi - particularly as it still sports its original DDR plate at the rear and
many other totally original features.

BBTA AGM
Our AGM was held on 1 July 2016 in the Mayor’s Parlour and was attended by 14 members, as well as the Mayor of Bath Councillor Paul Crossley.
Officers elected were:
Chairman:            Bryan Chalker
Vice Chairman:    Jeremy Key-Pugh
Treasurer:          Tony Horstmann
Secretary:           Hilary Elms

Did you know?
 
 

William Herschel was born in 1738 in Hannover but moved to England at the age of 19. He lived in Bath between 1766 and 1782 at 19 New King Street, the site of today’s  Herschel Museum of Astronomy. He was not only a gifted amateur astronomer, eventually becoming the first president of the Royal Astronomical Society, but also a composer of numerous musical works including 24 symphonies. He discovered infra red radiation and in 1781 made the first observation of  Uranus.

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).

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)

A new shop has just opened in Braunschweig
     which sells typical English products – inluding
     baked beans, mushy peas and Marmite!

BBTA Newsletter No 5.

Posted by on April 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Two Countries, Twin Flags

Bath – Braunschweig
Twinning Association
Newsletter
No 5 April 2016
In This Issue
Monthly meetings
Forced Walks
Bridge
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
BATH  BA2 5RH
01225 837790
h.elms412@btinternet.com
Quick Links
www.bath-braunschweigtwinningassociation.co.uk
www.mayorofbath.co.uk

Forced Walks
    (sequel)
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
https://forcedwalks.wordpress.com

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

BRIDGE BETWEEN TWIN CITIES
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)

POLITE  NOTICE
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

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).