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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).

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BBTA Newsletter No 4.

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Two Countries, Twin Flags

Bath – Braunschweig
Twinning Association
Newsletter
No 4 Dec 2015
In This Issue
Monthly meetings
Honouring Esther
BBTA Annual Dinner
Bridge
Individual exchanges
Book from Braunschweig
Season’s Greetings
Petanque in Bath
News from Braunschweig
Treve Erdmenger
Did you know?
Stammtisch

Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath
Next meetings:
   Friday   8 Jan               2 pm
   Friday   5 Feb               2 pm
   Friday   4 Mar               2 pm
   Friday   1 Apr                2 pm
   Friday   6 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.book-of-phd.com/BoPHD_screen.pdf
www.mayorofbath.co.uk

Forced Walks
is a programme of public walks to commemorate the death marches in the closing years of WW2.  Lorna Brunstein and Richard White are proposing a walk on 4 and 5 February 2016 which will follow as far as possible the exact route taken by Esther Brunstein (Lorna’s mother) and other survivors 71 years ago from near Hannover to Bergen Belsen. If you would like to join the walk or just like to learn more please visit
www.forcedwalks.wordpress.com

BBTA Annual Dinner
15 Oct 2015
at the Rising Sun
20 of us enjoyed an excellent meal at the Rising Sun with German specialities on the menu. Afterwards Don Withers (below) entertained us at the keyboard.
Many thanks to Don Grimes for organising the evening.

BRIDGE BETWEEN TWIN CITIES
Enthusiastic bridge players in Bath have made contact with the director of a bridge club in Braunschweig. At the moment we are learning more about one another and our clubs and exchanging photos of our activities. We hope to invite a group of Braunschweig players to visit Bath in July 2016 when we can offer them a number of bridge sessions, social events and – of course – the opportunity to explore Bath and its sights.
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)

Our book from Braunschweig
The latest book from our twin town is a children’s book by the journalist and writer Birgit Schlieper.  Its title
“Eine Macke kommt selten allein”  promises many idiosyncracies and perhaps misfortune, but it is in fact a charming tale of two 12 year olds who become friends and spend their summer devising ways of making extra pocket money, which leads them into sometimes unfortunate adventures.  The novel is amusingly written in a suitably simple style, but contains some swear words (which readers will no doubt recognise) and some examples of current child-speak, which will be more challenging.  The scenes of family life will strike a chord with everyone. It can be taken out on loan from Bath Central Library.
Bath Library has chosen Emma Healey’s debut novel “Elizabeth is missing”, which has been favourably reviewed, to send to Braunschweig.
Judy Spencer

Frohe Weihnachten und ein          glückliches neues Jahr !
photo:Braunschweig Stadtmarketing GmbH
         Braunschweig Christmas Market

                      

City of Bath Petanque Club
10th Anniversary  July 2015
This was quite an international competition  with teams from Aix-en-Provence, Kaposvar , Vienna, the Black Forest and Jersey as well as our group of 15 from Braunschweig
We were lucky to have warm, pleasant weather with only a light shower of rain. We managed to visit the well known sights of Bath and places of interest in the vicinity, as well as renewing friendly contacts with members of the BBTA.
We are not experienced players, and most of us do it just for fun and from interest in French culture. Well, we did not win the cup, but we did have a lot of fun on a warm sunny Saturday at the new pétanque terrain, that was ceremoniously opened that morning.
The cup winners were Kaposvar with Aix-en-Provence second. An unforgettable day for which we thank all the organizers, but especially Don Grimes, and Diane Greenaway.
These encounters and activities across borders are what makes twinning worthwhile. We came home with good memories, a sense of what the European Union really means and the wish to see our friends from Bath and other places back here in Braunschweig before too long.
DEG team from Braunschweig

News from Braunschweig

 

 

The main news at present is the large number of refugees in the city. One of the three State Reception Authorities for Lower Saxony is in Braunschweig; there are thus between 3000 and 4000 refugees at any one time being assessed before being relocated within Germany or sent home if they come from a safe place. Not surprisingly reactions of people in Braunschweig vary. Some, especially those living near the camp complain of antisocial behaviour; on the other hand there are many initiatives trying to help the refugees in all sorts of different ways.

Other news is the emissions scandal at Volkswagen. Many people in the region, including my husband, work at the site in nearby Wolfsburg. He says that the atmosphere there is really bad and people are concerned about the possibility of losing their jobs.

But to finish on a more optimistic note: the carnival season has just started and people plan to make 2016 the best ever!

 

Katrin Landsmann

 

TREVE ERDMENGER
It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden and unexpected death on 11 October of Treve Erdmenger.
Treve was the moving spirit of the DEG (Anglo German Society of Braunschweig) for more than 30 years and will be sadly missed.

Did you know?
 
         Das Grüne Band
(the German Green Belt) is a strip of land nearly 1400 km long and up to several hundred metres wide that follows the route of the Iron Curtain between the former West and East Germanies from the Baltic to the Czech border. It passes about 40 km east of Braunschweig.
Two decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain Europe’s largest nature reserve is now an ecological treasure trove and home to more than 600 rare species of flora and fauna.
This landscape of memories with its long distance walking and cycle routes has become an important area of sustainable tourism.
The unique combination of nature, culture and history is a living monument to German reunification.
©Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e.V.

Stammtisch


If you would like to practise your German in a friendly informal atmosphere over  ’Kaffe 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).

BBTA Newsletter No 3.

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Two Countries, Twin Flags

Two Countries, Twin Flags

Bath – Braunschweig
Twinning Association
Newsletter
No 3 August 2015
In This Issue
Monthly meetings
BBTA AGM
Footprint Appeal
BBTA Annual Dinner
Book from Braunschweig
Petanque in Bath
What’s on in Braunschweig
Stammtisch
40 years ago….
Did you know?
Individual exchanges

Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath
Next meetings:
   Friday 11   Sep              2 pm
   Friday 2    Oct              2 pm
   Friday 6    Nov              2 pm
To join, contact:
Hilary Elms, Secretary BBTA
208, Old Frome Rd
BATH  BA2 5RH
01225 837790
h.elms412@btinternet.com
Quick Links

BBTA  AGM
Our AGM was held on 26 June 2015 in the Council Chamber and was attended by 13 members.
Officers elected were:
Chairman: Bryan Chalker
Vice Chairman: Don Withers
Treasurer: Tony Horstmann
Secretary: Hilary Elms

The Lambeth Walk
After a seven day 140 mile walk from Bath to London  four intrepid walkers arrive at Lambeth Palace to deliver by hand a letter to Archbishop Justin Welby inviting him to visit Bath to learn more about the Footprint Project for the restoration of Bath Abbey.  BBTA committee member Jeremy Key-Pugh (hatless) is second from the left

BBTA Annual Dinner
15 Oct 2015
at the Rising Sun

Book from Braunschweig
 
Our first “Book from Braunschweig”, entitled “Altes Land”, arrived in Bath at the end of July.  The novel is the first work by Dörte Hansen, a native of Husum, and is set in the area of that name in Lower Saxony, bordering the Elbe and Hamburg.  The region and its old farm houses are as much characters in the novel as are the people, who are described sympathetically, but without undue sentimentality. The central characters are Vera, who as a child survived the trek from Eastern Germany in 1945, and her niece Anne, who seeks refuge with her aunt after separating from her child’s father. The novel shows how change affects the lives of all in the community.  The author’s use of dialect phrases reflects her own background and her interest in languages, and is used to great effect to define characters and the setting.  “Altes Land” is now available on loan from Bath Central Library.
Judy Spencer

City of Bath Petanque Club
2015 Twinning Association Challenge
 26 June 2015
Aix en Provence, Alkmaar, Braunschweig and Kaposvar Twinning Associations competed today. Peter of the BKTA winning team with the trophy. The Braunschweig team were in joint third place.

What’s on in Braunschweig

 

The weather this summer turns out to be very unreliable in Braunschweig. We had a very hot weekend with temperatures up to almost 40 degrees but only for a short time, followed by severe thunderstorms causing a lot of damage to cars, houses and trees.

Anyway, people in Braunschweig are enjoying lots of summer events such as festivals, concerts and open-air festivities. We are happy that the numerous strikes (postmen, kindergarten teachers, train drivers) are over.

Members of the DEG are looking forward to their visit to Bath participating in the Pétanque competition.

Best wishes for everyone, good luck and a happy reunion of good friends.

Katrin Landsmann (DEG)

 

Stammtisch


If you would like to practise your German in a friendly informal atmosphere over a ‘Kaffe 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).

40 years ago …..

The Bath Society of Young Musicians, founded in the early seventies, gave their first concert led by David Lord in Braunschweig in 1976.  I took over in 1978 and led the BSYM on three more exchange visits. Now known as the B&NES Society of Young Musicians it continues to thrive and rehearses every Saturday morning at Hayesfield School

 

George Odam.

 

Did you know?
 
 

Der Braunschweiger Loewe
According to legend,  Henry Duke of Bavaria and Saxony, whilst on pilgrimage, came across a fight between a lion and a dragon. Henry helped the lion slay the dragon and the faithful lion accompanied Henry back home. After Henry’s death in 1195 the lion died of grief. The people of Braunschweig  then erected a statue in the lion’s honour. A replica stands on the Burgplatzin front of the castle in the centre of the city. The original is in the castle.

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 Treve Erdmenger at the Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft (DEG) Braunschweig
(link above)

Book of Plans, Hopes and Dreams


This book is the work of 52 writers from Germany, the UK and beyond. They came together in 2014 to answer a call for contributions for work which would link people who lived in 1914 with those who might be alive in 2114.
The book is now available at the Bath Central Library

(see also website under quick links above)

BBTA Annual Dinner 2015

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Members of the Association  enjoying an evening together at the Annual Dinner, 2015

Annual Dinner 2015

Annual Dinner 2015

Bryan, our Chairman entertains us.

Bryan, our Chairman entertains us.

BBTA Annual Dinner 2015

BBTA Annual Dinner 2015

Don plays for us at the BBTA Annual Dinner, 2015

Don plays for us at the BBTA Annual Dinner, 2015

Mourning the Loss of Treve Erdmenger, Chair of the AGS in Braunschweig.

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Brunswick.  Unexpedtedly for her friends and family,  Treve Erdmenger, Chair of the Anglo-German Society in Brunswick, has died.    As the deputy Chairman of the AGS, Barbara Heck announced, that Treve Erdmenger had led the Society for more than thirty years, “with extraordinary skill and organised evening meetings of great variety.”   The AGS will try to continue to offer a programme in the spirit of Frau Erdmenger.

Born in New Zealand,  Treve Erdmenger met her husband in Australia, and then accompanied him back to Germany.   Brunswick became the new home for the family with two sons.   Treve Erdmenger taught in adult education, English and French at the BBS V, a secondary school, and was involved in a variety of groups, and organised group outings.

She will me much missed by friends

Two Countries, Twin Flags

Two Countries, Twin Flags

in Bath and Braunschweig who knew her well.

 

BBTA April Newsletter.

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Two Countries, Twin Flags

Two Countries, Twin Flags

Bath – Braunschweig
Twinning Association
Newsletter
No 2 April 2015
In This Issue
Monthly meetings
BRLSI German Wine tasting
Kleinanzeige
Seen in the Parade Gardens
Have you seen Hermann?
What’s on in Braunschweig
BRLSI German Group
Individual exchanges
Impressions of a student
Did you know?

Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath
Next meetings:
   Friday 15   May             2 pm
   Friday 5    June            2 pm
   Friday 26  June (AGM) 2 pm
   Friday 7    Aug              2 pm
   Friday 11   Sep              2 pm
   Friday 2    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

BRLSI
German Wine Tasting
On 20 Feb 2015 Dr Daniel Wolverson, University of Bath, gave a most entertaining talk on German Wines. At intervals during the talk we had the opportunity to taste 4 white wines – three sweet and one dry. We learned that the quality of the wine is often judged by its sweetness.

Kleinanzeige
My name is Johanna Schlegel, I am 18 and from Hildesheim near Braunschweig. I would like to spend a gap year in England. I am a certified youth leader and I enjoy working in youth camps. For more information please contact Hilary Elms, Sec. BBTA (see top of page)

City of Bath Petanque Club



The 2015 Petanque twinning challenge will take place on Friday 26 June at 6 pm. 2 teams will represent each twin for the Trophy won by Alkmaar last year. If you would like to try the game the City of Bath Petanque Club meet every Wednesday at 11 am on Queen Square and every Monday at 6 pm at Alexandra Park. If you would like to be in the Braunschweig team please contact Hilary Elms.

Don Grimes

A report from the Virtual Museum of Bath recommends that something needs to be done about the unsightly box (?electricity substation) near the Brunswick Garden in the Parade Gardens. Banksy we need your help!

German Exchange Visit 

On Friday, 13th March 21 German students from our twin school IGS:FF in Braunschweig arrived at Ralph Allen School. They spent 9 days hosted by our KS4 students currently studying German at school. The weekend was spent with host families who kindly showed their guests the delights of the City of Bath and surrounding area.

On Monday, the German students spent the day in lessons. They followed their hosts’ timetabled lessons and felt very welcome in all lesson activities.

On Tuesday, the German students went to explore the City of Bath together with their Ralph Allen Exchange peers. The day started with a visit to the Roman Baths. This was followed by a reception at the Mayor’s Parlour where the German delegation was greeted by The Mayor of Bath, Cherry Beath. She welcomed the group and stressed the importance of this exchange in strengthening the links between the twinned cities of Bath and Braunschweig. The afternoon was spent exploring the Fashion Museum. In the evening the students went out for a meal at Jimmy Spices.

On Wednesday the German students went to Prior Park to enjoy the views of the city and to explore the gardens.

On Thursday  the German party went to Bristol where they visited the M Shed and Cabot Circus for some shopping. In the afternoon Mrs Godwin had arranged a High Tea which was also formally attended by Councillor Bryan Chalker and his wife as part of his role as chairman of the Bath – Braunschweig Twinning association.

On Friday the German students spent a final day here at school.

Saturday saw themtravelling as far afield as London for more sightseeing and shopping.

On Sunday we said goodbye to our guests as they left Bath for their return journey to Braunschweig.

I would like to thank all parents and staff for hosting students and giving every one of them a very memorable stay here at Ralph Allen School and in Bath.

Mrs S. Godwin

 

 

Have you seen Hermann?
 Our Chairman Bryan Chalker’s 1973 Trabi, ‘Hermann’, was purchased for only £1 seven years ago, having been found in a barn in Southstoke just outside Bath.  After 3 hours in the hands of Larkhall Garage, the little German 2-stroke car was up and running , showing that simplicity is the key to a robust motor vehicle.  It isn’t the easiest car to drive, with its 2-cylinder motor-cycle engine and gravity-fed fuel system, and the noise emitted from under the bonnet is akin to a lawnmower on steroids but the little yellow Trabi has proved to be incredibly reliable, starts first time in any weather and passes its annual MOT without too much trouble.  The car’s only pointless ‘extra’ is a radio, because it simply cannot be heard over the engine noise!

What’s on in Braunschweig

After a rather bad start to the year 2015 with the cancellation of the Carnival parade and very annoying weekly demonstrations (but also impressive counter-demonstrations), the citizens of Braunschweig are now waiting for a beautiful spring with pleasant temperatures and lots of sunshine and fascinating events.

This weekend there is an international horse riding tournament where many famous participants are expected. On Friday 20 March everyone enjoyed the amazing solar eclipse in blue sky and the whole town had a clean-up day on Saturday to make the city shine bright and neat.

Wishing you a very Happy Easter with sunshine and many beautiful Easter eggs.

Katrin Landsmann (committee member of the DEG)

 

   Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution
   German Culture and Language Group

We are a small friendly group of people who are either native speakers of German, have lived in a German-speaking country or are studying the language.  Our aim is to foster an interest in the German language and in German-speaking countries. We have an annual programme between September and May, with talks by native speakers on all sorts of subjects as well as other events. We also run a Stammtischevery Wednesday throughout the year between midday and 1:00pm, in the upstairs room at Cafe Retro, 18 York Street, Bath (by Bog Island).The meetings are held at the Bath Royal Literary and Science Institution, Queen Square, Bath, and start at 7.30 pm

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 Treve Erdmenger at the Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft (DEG) Braunschweig
(link below)

Impressions of a student from Braunschweig

With the fantastic support of various members of the Bath-Braunschweig Twinning Association I was able to attend St Gregory’s School Sixth Form in Bath for three months, from January to March 2015.

It was an amazing experience. The school and the people were so welcoming and made me feel at home from the start. I learned so much, from haemoglobin to Henry VII and ‘The Catcher in the Rye’.

Thank you so much to Mr. Friel, the Headteacher of St Gregory’s and the staff, everyone from the BBTA who helped me to make my dream come true and Simon and Shirley, my fantastic host family.

I hope that students from Bath will come to Braunschweig and there will be an active exchange between our two beautiful twinned cities.

Pia Landsmann (Student)

 

The Landsmann family – to the right – at the Civic Reception on 27 March.

Did you know?
 
 

Braunschweig – Low German Brunswiek, English
Brunswick - probably derives from ‘Bruno’ and ‘wick’ meaning place. But who was Bruno?  Bruno 1st (960 to 1016)  member of a family of Saxon nobles is generally considered to be the founder of Braunschweig.
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Impressions of a Student from Braunschweig

Posted by on April 3, 2015 in Events, News | 0 comments

With the fantastic support of various members of the Bath-Braunschweig Twinning Association I was able to attend St Gregory’s School Sixth Form in Bath for three months, from January to March 2015.

It was an amazing experience. The school and the people were so welcoming and made me feel at home from the start. I learned so much, from haemoglobin to Henry VII and ‘The Catcher in the Rye’.

Thank you so much to Mr. Friel, the Headteacher of St Gregory’s and the staff, everyone from the BBTA who helped me to make my dream come true and Simon and Shirley, my fantastic host family.

I hope that students from Bath will come to Braunschweig and there will be an active exchange between our two beautiful twinned cities.

Pia Landsmann (Student)

The Landsmann family - to the right - at the Civic Reception on 27 March.

The Landsmann family – to the right – at the Civic Reception on 27 March.

Industrial Heritage Exhibition on Saturday 7th March, Bath City Football Club, Twerton Park.

Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Events, News | 0 comments

On Saturday 7th March sees another of Bryan Chalker’s Industrial Heritage Exhibitions at Bath City Football Club, Twerton, between 10am – 4pm, with free admission to exhibitors and public.  This latest event will focus on the achievements of Stothert & Pitt and other manufacturers located in and around the City of Bath and draw attention to the fascinating links with RMS Titanic and other famous ocean liners of the period.

Exhibitors include Avon Valley Railway, Saltford Brass Mill, Royal Mineral Hospital, Museum of Bath At Work, Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, Claverton Pumping Station, Radstock Museum, Bath & North East Somerset Heritage Services and Bath Heritage Watchdog.  Bryan will also be exhibiting a range of antique toys, trains and domestic packaging from his huge collection of memorabilia.

As an added attraction, there will also be a bar and light refreshments.

City of Bath's Coat of Arms

City of Bath’s Coat of Arms