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BBTA New Members

Posted by on September 23, 2019 in News, Welcome | 0 comments

BBTA New Members

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

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BBTA Newsletter No. 13

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BBTA Newsletter No. 13

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BBTA Newsletter No. 11

Posted by on January 23, 2018 in News | 0 comments

BBTA Newsletter No. 11

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...

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BBTA Newsletter No. 10

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

BBTA Newsletter No. 10

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...

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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  

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BBTA Newsletter No. 9

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

BBTA Newsletter No. 9

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...

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Connections 22

Posted by on April 14, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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. Download  

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BBTA books in Bath Central Library

Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

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...

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BBTA Newsletter No. 8

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

BBTA Newsletter No. 8

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

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