At our meeting on Friday February 6th, the German teacher from the Ralph Allen School and five of her pupils gave us at talk and presentation of photographs from their recent visit to the Franzsches Feld School in Braunschweig. The children enjoyed their visit, and told us about the school itself and how the children there learn English. They were very impressed by the level of their English speaking. During the visit the children went to the VW works at Wolfsburg and other places of interest. The children stayed with host families, some of whom were lucky enough to visit Hamburg and Berlin. Good friendships have developed between the school and the children, and it is hoped that a party of children from Braunschweig will visit Bath in the near future.
You’re invited to join a debate about the role of Bath and European Spa at the Komedia Centre in Westgate Street on March 5th.
It’s a free day-long session – complete with expert presentations - which will take a look at what thermal spa waters have and will mean to Bath in the past, present and future.
Spa towns are a unique form of settlement and do not conform to the usual settlement types established for the purposes of protection, worship, kingship, politics, industry, trade or expansion.
The Great Bath – part of the Roman bathing complex built around the thermal waters.
They were cities of leisure and health, where boundaries of class and gender were blurred, and where artistic and cultural activity came to the fore.
These places of healing were the first tourist destinations, attracting people to stay for lengthy periods of time, inventing themselves as islands of leisure and pleasure, where life was somehow different.
Spa in Belgium was nicknamed the “Café of Europe” because, as in a café, all manner of people gathered together, while taking the cure, to discuss the arts, politics, philosophy, music, and of course to gossip!
The Café of Europe debate in Bath takes its inspiration from the rich and varied heritage of Europe’s historic spa towns.
The City of Bath is the only European spa town currently listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, having been inscribed in 1987.
The inscription is based on the natural thermal springs, the Roman archaeology and the 18th Century urban plan and architecture.
In creating his vision of the Ideal City, John Wood the Elder, creator of Georgian Bath, saw Bath as an imaginary place, a garden city of great vistas and grand public spaces merging with the surrounding landscape and… “A Region that sets Paradise itself before one’s Eyes…the very Elysium Fields of the Antients.”
The Bath Café will debate a range of inter-related topics with interludes and presentations to stimulate discourse concerning the future of Bath and other famous European spa towns. Do these places have the potential as model cities for urban living in the future with the health and well-being of its inhabitants and visitors underpinning all policy decisions?
The Bath Café of Europe will be built around a series of short presentations on one of the many themes linking the unique qualities of our famous spa towns. These presentations will be by writers and specialists in their fields and be short and to the point.
After each presentation a panel of local experts; the people responsible for managing and protecting the various aspects of Bath’s fabric, its offer and its image will respond to the themes and relate them to their current roles when considering the future issues facing Bath and North East Somerset as a place to live, work and visit.
The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Cherry Beath whose portfolio includes Spa Ancient and Modern, the Cultural sector and Health & Wellbeing, will host the Café.
Paul Simons, World Heritage consultant and the B&NES representative to EHTTA, will Chair the event and introduce the speakers:
John Carey, writer and editor of “The Faber Book of Utopias” will guide us through Utopian thought and writings of the past.
Ian Bradley, lecturer with a lifelong fascination with spas and music and author of “Water Music – music making in the spas of Europe and North America”.
Amy Frost, architectural historian, curator and writer on the works of architect John Wood the Elder whose mystical inspiration created much of Georgian Bath.
Christopher Woodward, art historian, Museum Director and writer who includes in his passions swimming and Bath.
Susan Sloman, an independent scholar and author of “Gainsborough in Bath”.
Gillian Clarke, town planner, writer, and garden specialist with a particular interest in Prior Park garden, Bath.
Christopher Pound, architect, town planner, writer and World Heritage expert, author of “A Verye excellent treasure – values of the Bath spa resort”.
There will be plenty of opportunity for participation, questions and debate and interventions of both the serious and not-so-serious kind.
A small group of young people from Bath will also present a fictional version of the city with Alice Maddicott, who is curating “The Chancery of Lost and Found” in Milsom Place as part of the Bath Literature Festival.
There will also be a discussion, led by Alice, with the young people around the theme of the “ideal city”.
The Bath Literature Festival welcome famous writers and creative minds to Bath to celebrate literature. In its seventeen year history, the Literature Festival has hosted Nobel and Booker Prize winners.
Inhabitants of the city of Bath are really attached to this festival, which events take place in historic buildings throughout the town. The Festival will take place from 28 February to 9 March.
Tools and medias
This meeting will be filmed, broadcasted and recorded.
How to book your place?
Book your free place with the Bath Box Office 01225 463362
or online at http://www.bathfestivals.org.uk
Please join us on social media:
Twitter: SourceAtBath #BathCafe
The Bath debate is part of a European-wide multidisciplinary project based on the origins and the future of the “European spa-town culture”, notably in terms of all its forms of creativity that have been central to building of a European culture produced by exchanges: the art, literature, music, philosophy, politics, science and urban development of these towns.
Working together, the objective of these towns has been the discovery of this shared European cultural heritage.
Debates organized in the framework of this project will be gathered together and put into perspective in a “Thermal Blue Book”, which will present contributions and scenarios for Europe in 2020, in order to encourage, improved dialogue about thermal culture, to reinforce the role of historic thermal towns through the creation of a permanent common platform and to spread a notion of creative thermal culture.
Read all the latest news from the DEG, (Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft – Anglo-German Association, Braunschweig´s) newsletter No.1 January, 2015.
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Please click the link below, to read our first e-newsletter. Read the latest news about what’s happening in Bath and in our twin city of Braunschweig.
On 23 November, a group of twenty one KS4 German students departed to Braunschweig, Germany to take part in the school’s first ever German exchange. This exchange is not only supported by the school but also the Bath/Braunschweig Twinning Association, who have been generous in providing financial support for this new venture.
The group spent considerable time in lessons in our partner school, “Integrierte Gesamtschule Franzsches Feld,” to support the learning of English across the board. Excursions included a trip to the Volkswagen Factory in Wolfsburg, which gave a fascinating insight into the production of VW cars, and a visit to Phaeno, which is an interactive science museum sponsored by the VW AG. The group also visited the amazing Christmas Market in Braunschweig and many students were treated to a full day excursion to either Hamburg or Berlin by their host families.
Students who participated had a most enjoyable time and gained valuable cultural insights into the German way of life as well as improving their linguistic competence.
Mrs Godwin, Languages.
|A schoolboy’s look at Bath.by Richard Wyatt of the Virtual Museum of Bath|
I must give a mention – and all credit- to a young student at Bath’s King Edwards School who has produced a video which takes a personal look at his home town – its architecture and public spaces.
It’s the work of Will Peppercorn and he has produced it as part of his AS Art studies.
You can check it on on Youtube via http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqssVlkraWQ
Bath’s Paragon Singers are hosting a German choir – “Thomas-Selle-Vokalensemble Berlin” for “A German Christmas by Candlelight” concert on 6th December at St Michael’s Without, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ.
For more details and tickets at £12 each from Bath Box Office. 01225 463362
Please click on the link below to watch a delightful film about the City of Bath.
Bath Police have been informed about a new tree bark chewing attack in historic Queen Square where there is fresh evidence of dog activity.
The following email came from Terry Basson who first raised the issue on the Virtual Museum last year. Then a sustained dog attack did extensive damage to the bark of many trees in the central garden where signs warn of a £100 fine if dogs are not kept on a lead.
“I was playing Pétanque over on Queen Square today and noticed the same guy with his black dog again chewing and ripping bark from the base of the large tree at the corner closest to the Victoria Park. I could not stand by like it seems all those responsible were doing nothing, so I walked over to him and gave him a right telling off. He said he had not noticed his dog chewing. I told him the dog should not be let off the lead He knew exactly what the dog was doing and he knows he can piss all over the clearly published rules of dogs not allowed to be off their leads. I felt so angry that I risked being caught up in a fight with a drunken man and his dog.
“I am eighty years old but found the courage to try to deal with this without help from it seems our City Fathers who know all about this man’s unlawful behaviour . Something in me wants to say again that the so called dog control unit is just never seen active in Queen Square.”
Bath Parks Department have reported the matter to the police. Queen Square – constructed between 1729 and 1736 - was the first of the great sequence of urban spaces created by John Wood and his son. It culminated with the Royal Crescent some 40 years later.
Two Accounts from Nigel Fenwick about his Involvement from the late 1950′s with the Bath/Braunschweig Twinning Association.
“I became involved with Bath/Braunschweig Youth Exchanges in the mid to late 1950’s, firstly hosting at our home in Bath and then visiting Braunschweig with a group in 1957 and then again in other later years.
I joined the current Bath/Braunschweig Twinning Group just last year, being invited to do so by Hilary Elms after contacting her for help with my efforts to re-establish contact with two boys in particular – Horst Kroh, who stayed with my family in 1956 and Hans-Jürgen Reupke who’s family I stayed with, in 1957 in Braunschweig. Hilary has been instrumental in helping me with German contacts to assist with my search – Barbara Heck and Katrin Landsmann from the Braunschweig DEG Group, they in turn enlisting other help as required and/or appropriate in Braunschweig itself. They were local ‘officials’ who are called Stadt Heimatpflegers, appointed for the protection, preservation and continuation of standing traditions.
Katrin in particular has been the most enthusiastic, diligent, thorough and indefatigable help in successfully tracing Horst and Hans-Jürgen.
Hans-Jürgen and I have re-joined contact through eMail and unfortunately although traced, Horst had passed away some years ago. A very bittersweet result if ever there was one!
It is entirely on the cards for me to follow up the above reported exercise with a brief return visit to Braunschweig, possibly in July this year.
(Nigel Fenwick – Friday June 6th 2014)”
“ I visited Braunschweig as part of Bath youth group exchange visits during the latter part of the 1950’s.
In 1956 my family hosted a boy from Braunschweig called Horst Kroh and the following year I visited Braunschweig and stayed with Hans-Jürgen Reubke’s family on the Gifhorner Straße.
Over the last few years, following my retirement, I made attempts to trace Horst and Hans-Jürgen with a notable lack of success until I tackled my tracing difficulties via the Bath & Braunschweig Twinning Association and in particular Hilary Elms. Hilary has been of the most invaluable support and practical help with all the contacts through whom I eventually traced the two German boys. The Braunschweig contacts approached in my search quest were, Treve Erdmenger, Barbara Heck and Katrin Landsmann. The search result(s) were a bitter/sweet experience with Hans-Jürgen alive, well and still in Braunschweig, but Horst having died some two years ago, aged 70.
As a direct result of rediscovering Hans-Jürgen and his whereabouts, I decided to visit Braunschweig and re-establish contact with him and his family. This trip has taken place in July this year and took the form of a return car journey from Bath to Braunschweig – Bath to Dover (200 miles) – Sea Crossing to Dunkerque (Loon-Plage) – Dunkerque to Gladbeck (236 miles) – Gladbeck to Braunschweig (188 miles) – The return from Braunschweig to Dunkerque was a single trip – All in all the continental journeys were bearable, except for the volume of heavy lorry traffic on week days!
Whilst in Braunschweig my wife Libby and I had a most enjoyable brunch meeting with Katrin Landsmann plus most of her family and a delightful evening meal with Barbara Heck & Carmela Folgosa. We also visited Hans-Jürgen and his wife, who had their grandson Nicholas on hand to act as a most successful interpreter.
We stayed at the Braunschweig Mercure Atrium Hotel during the duration of our visit and can thoroughly recommend this fine hotel for comfort and excellent service (they also take pets).
I am very pleased to have been able to make this nostalgic trip, although understandably sad concerning the passing of Horst Kroh – Thank you again to all who helped and contributed to the success ultimately achieved in making the trip possible and an old man happy.
(Nigel Fenwick – Friday August 8th 2014)
from left: Libby and Nigel Fenwick enjoying an evening meal with Barbara Heck and Carmela Folgosa.