Impressions of a Student from Braunschweig

By on Apr 3, 2015

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)

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

By on Mar 2, 2015

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...

The Ralph Allen School exchange with the children of Franzsches Feld School in Braunschweig.

By on Feb 10, 2015

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.

Does Bath Spa still hold Water? by Richard Wyatt

By on Jan 26, 2015

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 King’s Bath or original sacred spring of the Romans. 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 New Royal Bath 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:   The King’s Bath and Queen’s Bath in 1675 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.   The Great Bath. 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”. Partners 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. Website: www.bathfestivals.org.uk 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 Facebook:SourcedeCulture   The New Royal Bath 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...

The Ralph Allen School´s German Exchange visit to Braunschweig November 2014.

By on Dec 9, 2014

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,...

The next Committee Meeting is on December 12th 2014.

By on Nov 28, 2014

Please note that we have moved our next meeting from Dec 5th to December 12th at 2pm in the Guildhall.