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By on Sep 23, 2019

If you would like to join the Bath Braunschweig Twinning Association, please download the membership application form by clicking on this button: Membership

BBTA Newsletter No. 13

By on Dec 21, 2018

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BBTA Newsletter No. 11

By on Jan 23, 2018

Bath – Braunschweig Twinning Association Newsletter No 11 Dec 2017/Jan 2018 In This Issue Monthly meetings Holocaust Memorial Day AGM 2017 Letter from Braunschweig Visit from H-B Schule Did you know? Monthly meetings are held in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Bath Next meetings: all 2 pm on Fridays 2 Febuary 2 March 6 April 4 May 8 June (AGM) 6 July 3 August 7 September 5 October 30 November 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.deg-bs.de www.bath-alkmaar-eu www.bath-kaposvar.org www.mayorofbath.co.uk Joint Civic Reception   4 members of the BBTA at the Joint Civic Reception. The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Ian Gilchrist, welcomed members of all 4 twinning associations and the Bath Beppu Friendship Association. Holocaust Memorial Day event Thursday 25 January 7.30 -9 pm in the City Hall Bristol As we approach Holocaust Memorial Day you are welcome to attend a presentation of the Forced Walks Project which during 2015 and 2016 retraced the steps  of Esther Brunstein’s death march in the closing years of WW2. see: https://forcedwalks.wordpress.com/ **********************     BBTA Annual Dinner was held on Tues 17 Oct  2017 at the Rising Sun who once again provided an excellent meal. A raffle raised money for the association with everyone receiving a present. Letter from Braunschweig   The year is drawing to a close and it is once again time for Christmas, with all its festivities, beautiful decoration and delicious homemade biscuits and stollen, Christmas carols and time of reflection. Braunschweig’s city is full of people from various parts of the country visiting the well-known Christmas market which dates back to the year 1505 and is one of the most impressive ones in Northern Germany with altogether 148 stalls which can be admired. We are all excited what 2018 will bring as we are all waiting for our new government. It seems hard to find a new coalition having similar ideas and aims and being able to work together in harmony and respect. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy new year, Katrin Landsmann and the DEG   Visit of students from H-B Schule 5 engineering students from the Heinrich-Büssing-Schule  in Braunschweig will be visiting Bath City College at the end of January. They will spend 4 weeks in Bath and placements are to be arranged with local engineering firms. Paul Kavanagh and Jens Müller will be with them for the first week. Did you know? Within a 20 mile radius of Bath there are no fewer than 8 towns with a German twin town: Niedersachsen: Shepton Mallet           Misburg Trowbridge                 Leer Bradford upon Avon    Norden Baden-Württemberg:              Frome             Murrhardt Devizes           Waiblingen Calne               Emingen Rheinland-Pfalz:  Wells              Bad Dürkheim Bayern: Chippenham     Friedberg I hope to contact the twinning associations in these towns to learn more about their twinning activities  and report back in the next issue. 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 SafeUnsubscribe™ sguyett@yahoo.com Forward this email | Update Profile | About our service provider Sent by guestmartin@hotmail.com in collaboration with Try it free...

BBTA Newsletter No. 10

By on Jul 31, 2017

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.deg-bs.de www.bath-alkmaar-eu www.bath-kaposvar.org 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...

Waggum Choir from Braunschweig visit Bath

By on May 30, 2017

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BBTA Newsletter No. 9

By on May 28, 2017

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.deg-bs.de www.bath-alkmaar-eu www.bath-kaposvar.org 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...